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Nonprofit Capacity Building Organizations

There are many nonprofit organizations that provide services to help other nonprofits build their capacity to achieve their mission. If you're not sure if a particular organization is a good fit for your nonprofit, book a free 30-minute advisory session by completing this service request. We'll help steer you in the right direction. And, if we're missing a group that you know of, let us know at

This list is focused on the Pacific Northwest but includes some of the most helpful national organizations.

501 Commons amplifies the strengths of nonprofits by offering informational resources, learning programs, contracted financial services, human resources, technology, and data solutions,and broad array of management and technology consulting services.

BoardSource supports, trains and educated nonprofit leaders on governance topics.

Building Changes helps build the capacity of community-based housing and service providers through technical assistance, training, and consulting services. Find out more about their consulting staff and specialized services, including HOPWA Technical Assistance and Community Employment Pathways (CEP).

Communities Rise empowers communities by building strong nonprofits and community leaders to achieve social justice and equity. It provides legal assistance on business-related matters to nonprofits and small businesses, technical assistance, training, leadership development, and community-based research and evaluation, primarily to communities of color and low-income, refugee, and immigrant communities.

matches professional volunteer and community workers with nonprofit agencies in need of staffing assistance. In addition to a core group of full-time volunteer professionals who commit to working for client agencies for at least one year (and who may receive a stipend).

Global Washington is a catalyst for strengthening the global development sector in Washington state by leveraging resources; increasing visibility; sharing best practices; convening the sector by country, issue, and organization type; and advocating around education, global engagement, and foreign policy.

Idaho Center for Nonprofits represents the interests of Idaho's nonprofit organizations and serves as a broker of information and a bridge between the nonprofit, for-profit and government sectors.

InterConnection connects nonprofit organizations and underserved communities around the world to the computers and communications technology they need. They provide refurbished hardware, at discounted rates through their nonprofit online store, Seattle retail store, and grant program.

National Council of Nonprofits keeps nonprofits informed and empowered to create a positive public policy environment that best supports nonprofits in advancing their missions.

Nonprofit Association of Oregon, the state association for public benefit nonprofits, works to strengthen the collective voice, leadership, and capacity of nonprofits to enrich the lives of all Oregonians.

Nonprofit Association of Washington (NAWA) is a state association representing the 58,000+ nonprofit organizations in Washington State (as counted in 2013). The organization monitors and influences state and federal actions impacting nonprofits. WN also works to ensure access to resources that build the capacity of nonprofits.

Nonprofit & Philanthropy Resource Center at the King County Library System
, a Foundation Center Funding Information Network Partner at the Redmond Library, helps all types of nonprofit organizations, fundraisers, grantseekers, and others interested in philanthropy get the information they need.

Nonprofit Network of Southwest Washington offers Clark County-area nonprofits communications and networking resources, access to knowledge and best practices, and advocacy support. It also nurtures philanthropy in Clark County.

Northwest Nonprofit Resources offers training, access to information, communication links, and publications.

RVC provides operational support, capacity building coaching, and the community Impact Fellowship and Green Pathways Fellowship programs. The fellowship programs  cultivate leaders of color while strengthening the capacity of grassroots organizations that are led by and serve people of color. The organization also fosters collaboration between diverse communities to effect systemic change.

Shunpike helps all types of small-to-mid-sized arts groups better manage the business aspects of art. They offer fiscal sponsorship, business clinics, a leadership lab, and can partner with you on special projects.

Social Venture Partners is a network of individuals who combine financial contributions and professional skills with a passion for philanthropy. Leveraging their collective expertise and resources, it partners with and strengthens promising nonprofits for maximum community impact.

TechSoup provides other nonprofits and libraries with technology that empowers them to fulfill their missions and serve their communities. They offer free articles, webinars, forums to everyone, and qualified nonprofits can also access 400+ discounted and donated tech products from providers like Microsoft, Adobe, Cisco, and Intuit.

United Way of King County, particularly the United Way of King County Volunteer Center, seeks to build volunteerism and community engagement in King County and to improve nonprofit organizations’ use of volunteers. It does this by strengthening nonprofit leadership, mobilizing and connecting volunteers, developing corporate volunteer programs, and providing volunteer management training and resources.

United Ways of Washington is the state association for the 23 local United Ways in Washington State. Its mission is to assist and benefit United Way member organizations on matters of regional and statewide significance and to help these organizations accomplish their mission of helping people care for one another in their communities.

Washington Lawyers for the Arts is dedicated to supporting the arts in Washington State by creating alliances and making legal resources accessible to artists and arts organizations of all disciplines. It offers legal clinics, workshops, and a speakers bureau.