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Our Impact

501 Commons affects thousands of lives in our community and beyond

Every year 501 Commons impacts more than a thousand nonprofits in the Pacific Northwest and beyond – whether it’s through providing back office support for their staff, consulting on a major project, a training workshop, or free information and referral services.

The stories of our impact on these organizations speak to the importance of expertise, capacity building, and leadership development in our sector. Read about how these nonprofits – some you might be familiar with, others you might not – improved their ability to serve their missions and paved the way for future success. See the impact a donation to 501 Commons can make on countless lives in our region.

Stories of Our Success

Soundview SchoolOur IT consultants worked closely with Soundview School to complete important projects such as mapping out their network system, updating and transferring information to a new server, backing up critical data, setting up their Internet-based phone systems, and making sure their computer lab, Wi-Fi networks, and student web filters are up to speed before each school year begins. Having a more stable technology environment allows them to better educate and equip their students to become innovative thinkers, ethical citizens, and compassionate leaders.

Next Level: Hear testimonies from participants of Next Level, an organizational development program tailored for BIPOC-led nonprofits:

Our clients range from newly formed nonprofits to more well-established organizations of all budget sizes and missions. We've designed our service offerings – ranging from training workshops to consulting projects to operational support services – to fit within the framework of the Five Elements of a Healthy Nonprofit.

Nonprofits are able to function at their best when they are strong in all five areas. We seek to build upon the strengths of each organization, respect their unique culture, and work closely with them to build a solid foundation that enables them to excel.

Here's a sample of the feedback we've received from some of these nonprofits over the years:

"We had a very successful collaboration. Our consultant had excellent content expertise and assisted us in achieving our goals in a timely fashion. She didn't just provide one way, but provided many options that we could tailor to the needs of our organization. We feel like we've cultivated a long-term professional relationship that we can fall back on should we need further assistance in the future." – Foundation for Health Care Quality, on our HR Services
"What I love about 501 Commons workshops is that they are available to anyone. I think that if more people from immigrant and refugee communities, Communities of Color, low income communities, and the disability community knew about 501 Commons workshops, they could use them as building blocks just as I have." – Attendee of our training workshops