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Executive Service Corps News

Service Corps Spotlight: Growth and Sustainability at Khambatta Dance CompanyVanessa Villalobos

Vanessa Villalobos, a long-time volunteer and supporter of the performing arts, was thrilled to be selected to work with Khambatta Dance Company on their second year of facilitating the James Ray Residency Project, a program that sustains artists’ ability to present artistic work and remove obstacles.

Khambatta needed help with fundraising, financial management, marketing, and organizational management to further their growth and sustainability. Vanessa was assigned to work with two artistic leaders who were considering whether to become a 501(c)3 during a transitional year where the collective would be parting ways physically to embrace a new bi-coastal work model.

Read more about Vanessa and her project with Khambatta Dance Company, written by service corps member Nora Tabler. Thank you Nora!


501 Commons Update: What service corps members & staff are up to!
The camera tilts down to look at tiled pavement. Two pairs of feet surround the words "Passion led us here"Thanks to you, our dedicated service corps members, and our very hard-working staff, we have focused on providing solutions to the challenges nonprofits face. Much of what we have done, like federal loan assistance, was unanticipated, but it was what needed doing. Many projects have required us to turn on a dime to address immediate needs. We had to be very strategic about what we chose to do, given the resource limitations we face.

We expect that many organizations will continue to encounter challenges into next year. However, the pandemic has also forced changes in how nonprofits operate that we believe should be sustained. We are working to help organizations hold these gains.

Review our short slide deck,
Organizational Update & Covid Response, describing what 501 Commons has done over the last year to respond to COVID and to meet emerging needs. Let us know your thoughts by emailing our executive director, Nancy Long, at!

Executive Service Corps Events and Opportunities

501 Connects

501 Connects brings together new and seasoned Executive Service Corps members with 501 Commons staff and board members, as well as invited guests to celebrate our collective impact on the nonprofit community. Enjoy food and drinks, great company, and get briefed on 501 Commons activities and matters pertaining to the nonprofit sector.

We hope to return to in-person events as soon as it is safe to do so.

Learn to Serve

Learn to Serve workshops engage experts in delivering training on topics that are pertinent to Service Corps members. Build your expertise in relevant areas that will empower you to better serve your nonprofit clients. After all, learning is a continuous process!

Interested in hosting a Learn to Serve? Contact Camille Rochester, 501 Commons Community Engagement Manager, at

Executive Service Corps Connectr

Executive Service Corps Connectr are peer-led roundtable online discussions that will give you the opportunity to share your consulting experiences and learn from each other. Sessions will be conducted via webinar in order to enable volunteer consultants around the state to join in.

Stay tuned for the next Connectr!

Networking and Celebration Events

Thank you to all who joined us for this year's 501 Commons Appreciation & Awards Event for 2020-2021! Watch the recording, or see the list of prior award winners by clicking below.

Previous winners

Ongoing Volunteer Opportunities

If you'd like to utilize your professional skills to empower our community of local nonprofits to thrive, please view these ongoing volunteer opportunities:

  • Prepare. Respond. SERVE: Develop emergency plans for direct service organizations that address contagion and other emergencies using the 501 Commons Prepare Respond Serve assessment and plan template. Contact
  • Coaching: We need volunteers with coaching certifications (ICF) to provide leadership, executive, business, or performance coaching to the senior level leaders.
  • General Consulting: Contribute your professional skills in finance, HR, business, and other disciplines.
Learn more