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Join the Nonprofit Staff Development Coalition!

Helping nonprofit staff reach professional and personal excellence

Join the Nonprofit Staff Development Coalition (NPSDC) and receive discounts on professional and leadership development training. In 2017, the Staff Development Coalition became a part of 501 Commons so that it can continue to help nonprofit staff and leaders reach professional and personal excellence through thought-provoking training workshops led by national and regional trainers/experts.

These workshops improve how staff members work with each other and with the communities they serve. Each session is 3-6 hours long and provides affordable staff and leadership development on topics such as staff retention, diversity and inclusion, cultivating empathy and emotional intelligence, building leadership skills, improving communication, and handling difficult conversations. These topics are suggested and approved by the committee members and are especially important for nonprofits that serve diverse and vulnerable populations.

Topics and trainers are selected with the input of coalition members. The coalition is working to:

  • Provide high quality and critically relevant staff training for nonprofit staff
  • Ensure transfer and application of learning back at the employee's job
  • Promote, strengthen and reinforce a vibrant “culture of learning”

Sessions cost is $100 per person for NPSDC members that bring 1-5 attendees, $90 that bring 6 or more attendees. Non-members pay $149 per attendee. Learn more about becoming a member by contacting Pragya Madan,, Program Manager of HR Consulting, Organization & Leadership Development.

Learn more about the History and Accomplishments of the Nonprofit Staff Development Coalition Project.

Upcoming Staff Development Sessions

Racial Microaggressions: Strategies for Effectively Engaging Across Cultures
Tuesday, July 31, 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Pacific Tower (Smart Buildings Center Training/Event Space), Seattle
Trainer: Caprice Hollands

Dealing with “microaggressions” – defined as verbal and nonverbal cues that convey disrespect toward a particular social group – requires a level of comfort and skill that must be learned and practiced. While avoiding engagement or becoming defensive can be common practice, there are proven practices that can help bring us closer together and heal racial divisions.

In this interactive workshop, you’ll learn what racial microaggressions are, learn strategies for effectively engaging people who’ve experienced a microaggression, and increase their comfort in having these courageous conversations. Prepare to have your eyes opened to things you might be doing that are harming others that you have no idea you’re doing.

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Building Trust in Teams
Thursday, August 23, 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Pacific Tower (Smart Buildings Center Training/Event Space), Seattle
Trainer: Maureen Moriarty

This interactive workshop is designed to help participants understand the importance of trust in building a high performing team and how to do it.

The workshop will cover an overview of high performing teams and explore 13 Trust Behaviors of teams, through engaging in a ‘trust building exercise’ (no worries we aren’t going to fall into each others arms, build human pyramids or play silly games!); exploring team norms to increase trust, learning how to have difficult conversations to increase trust and engaging in group discussions, reflection and dialogue, and exchange of ‘best practice’ ideas. Participants will also learn how to support and encourage peer to peer accountability and the willingness to challenge unproductive behaviors.

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Mindfulness Practice for Stress Management and Burnout Prevention (registration link coming soon)
Tuesday, November 13, 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Pacific Tower (Smart Buildings Center Training/Event Space), Seattle
Trainer: Tim Burnett

Registration for these workshops is hosted on Eventbrite. If you need help, here are the step-by-step instructions for registration.