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Nonprofit Capacity Building Organizations

There are many nonprofit organizations, in Washington State, 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, give us a call at 206-682-6704 and we'll help steer you in the right direction. And, if we're missing a group that you know of, let us know at

501 Commons is a management support organization providing consulting services (board development, strategic planning, financial systems, organizational assessment, etc.) and leadership coaching on a sliding-scale basis. It also provides cohort programs for human service and arts organizations and contracted bookkeeping, human resources, and technology services.

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).

Center for Ethical Leadership cultivates leadership and change capacity that advances social change. It supports individual, institutional, and community transformation necessary to creating healthy, just, and inclusive communities.  Part think tank, incubator, and change agency, they help people develop and carry out change initiatives.

Companis 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), Companis also serves as a matchmaker to connect talented part-time volunteers from the community with nonprofits who need their specialized skills.

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.

Impact Capital helps build strong communities by providing community-based organizations with the tools they need to develop quality, affordable housing; promoting economic development; and providing other vital services in rural, urban, and suburban areas throughout Washington by leveraging investments, offering tailored loans, and building capacity through technical assistance.

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

Nancy Bell Evans Center on Nonprofits & Philanthropy works to enhance the understanding and vitality of the nonprofit and philanthropic sector through research, education, and community engagement.

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 Assistance Center empowers communities by building strong nonprofits and community leaders to achieve social justice and equity. It provides technical assistance, training, leadership development, and community-based research and evaluation, primarily to communities of color and low-income, refugee, and immigrant communities.

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.

Rainier Valley Corps cultivates leaders of color to strengthen the capacity of community-of-color-led nonprofits and foster 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.

South King Council of Human Services hosts monthly meetings where members and allies teach each other about emerging issues. It also provides technical support to agencies through a Capacity Building Project and brings the human services community together for annual events and awards.

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.

Volunteer Centers of Washington is a network of 16 Volunteer Centers. Through them, anyone in Washington can get connected to the nearest Center and find volunteer opportunities that fit their interest and skills. They can train you to become a volunteer leader, or you can use your professional skills to help expand the capacity of a local nonprofit. With opportunities available for any age, interest, or skill set, the possibilities are practically endless.

Wayfind (formerly Washington Attorneys Assisting Community Organizations, or WAACO) promotes community development and organizational capacity building in Washington State by assisting charitable and community-based nonprofit corporations in obtaining free legal assistance on business-related matters.

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.

Washington Nonprofits (WN) 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.

Whatcom Council of Nonprofits seeks to strengthen Whatcom County's nonprofits by building relationships, sharing resources, and communicating the vital role of nonprofit organizations in the community. It offers a variety of resources and training sessions.