Dear Valued Service Corps Member,
Thank you! The 501 Commons board of directors and the volunteer engagement team – Yolanda, Pragya, Crystal, Kerry, Jan, Scott, and Gillian – are grateful to you for serving our communities through the Executive Service Corps (ESC). This year, together, we have strengthened over 1,000 nonprofit organizations throughout Washington and beyond, and improved the lives of tens of thousands of people and families.
Executive Service Corps is vital. Your willingness to apply your skills, talents, philanthropy, and leadership toward helping others makes a difference. Supported by the 501 Commons staff, ESC members drive client success in action-learning programs, such as Catalyst, Springboard, Volunteer Manager Corps, and Plan IT, as well as in delivering affordable and customized solutions to nonprofits of all sizes through management consulting, human resources, and coaching services.
Executive Service Corps effects positive change. Our success in strengthening a wide variety of organizations is evident in our work with these nonprofits:
- Assistance Dogs Northwest matching children and adults who have physical disabilities and other needs with specially trained dogs.
- National Asian Pacific Center on Aging preserving and promoting the dignity, well-being, and quality of life of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders as they age.
- Plymouth Housing Group providing permanent, supportive homes to homeless people with few other options for housing.
- Tasveer inspiring social change through thought-provoking South Asian films, art, and storytelling
- FIRST Washington engaging youth in exciting mentor-based STEM programming.
- El Centro de la Raza addressing injustice and securing a positive future for children and families.
We invest in you. 501 Commons is committed to improving the value of Executive Service Corps membership. During 2017, 501 Commons conducted the following activities for the benefit of ESC members:
- Convened three complimentary 501 Connects Meet-ups - Eastside Breakfast held at Google’s Kirkland campus, Summertime Picnic Lunch on the South Lawn of historic Pacific Tower, and Beer tasting at Optimism Brewing Company in Capitol Hill
- Organized two complimentary Learn-to-Serve workshops to develop and hone volunteer and professional skills
- Hosted the Annual Executive Service Corps Appreciation & Awards Luncheon
- Established the seven-member Executive Service Corps Leadership Council to assist volunteer engagement staff with enhancing ESC stewardship
- Improved the quality and value of The Leader e-newsletter
- Completed an internal VIP 360 assessment of 501 Commons volunteer engagement practices that yielded many improvements
Your generosity is crucial. The fees we earn from all client services only cover 44% of our operating costs. As a nonprofit organization, 501 Commons depends upon the altruism and philanthropic support of its partners, like you, to help underwrite the following services and more:
- Volunteer recruitment and support, such as Learn to Serve and 501 Connects
- Free guidance and support through our Information and Referral Program
- Educational services, such as 501 Talks Tech, Board Training Series, and Executive Director Forums
- Extensive web-based tools and advice within the Nonprofit Resource Directory
- ZaptheGap campaign striving to improve the nonprofit sector’s access to technology
Please donate and pledge. Donate to the 501 Commons 2017 Fall Campaign and join one of our new philanthropic societies that recognize donations ranging from $250 to $2,500.
Online donations for 2017 can be also be completed at 501commons.org/Donate. Your tax-deductible gift will be featured on our honor roll.
Ask Scott Hayman. Contact Scott, our director of community engagement, at 206.682.6704, X124 about benefitting 501 Commons with an IRA qualified charitable distribution; donation of stocks, bonds, or mutual funds; and/or matching gifts.
Thank you for your attention to, and consideration of my request for your philanthropy. Your generosity toward 501 Commons will enable nonprofit organizations to thrive over the long term and more effectively serve communities throughout Washington and beyond.
Yours in service,
Nancy E. Long
P.S. Please consider asking your friends and family members to join you by making a philanthropic investment in your work with 501 Commons’ and our continuing success, together.