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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 and executive directors work with each other and with the communities they serve. Each session is generally 3-6 hours long and provides affordable staff and leadership development on topics relevant to most organizations 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 training opportunities:

Help! I'm Invisible - Invisible Disabilities in the Workplace
Monday, February 26, 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Pacific Tower (Smart Buildings Center Training/Event Space), Seattle
Trainers: Nancy Kasmar and Linda Rider

The word “disability” is often used to describe an ongoing physical challenge. While some disabilities may seem obvious, but many are unseen – or “invisible.” This workshop will provide you with knowledge and guidance on the impact of invisible disabilities in the workplace and challenge the way you think about disabilities.

We will discuss the prevalence and cost of invisible disabilities, disability etiquette, and techniques to encourage your staff to disclose their invisible disabilities to the organization. Participants will understand their own attitudes about invisible disabilities and how to promote acceptance of invisible disabilities in their own workplaces.

You'll learn how common invisible disabilities are in the workplace through presentation materials, videos, and a panel of 3-4 adults who will offer their perspectives about living and working with different invisible disabilities. There will also be small group discussions, with a report out to the entire group, about what participants plan to do to change their co-workers’ attitudes about invisible disabilities.

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Addressing and Managing Cultural Conflict
Thursday, March 22, 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Pacific Tower (Smart Buildings Center Training/Event Space), Seattle
Trainer: Anh Vo

When different groups of people bring diverse perspectives, mental models, and values to the table, it can lead to occasional conflict in the workplace. This is second of two parts series on Defining Inclusion and Inclusive Behaviors (the first session is on January 25th, 2018) that explores how nonprofit staff can foster more inclusive work environments.

We will do a deep dive on the impact of rank and privilege and how blindness to it can lead to conflict and compound it further if those involved do not acknowledge their rank. Power often unconscious can be a source of conflict so when power is unacknowledged and misused it can bring on attack and cause inter-personal conflict.

We will identify conflict management behaviors to help de-escalate situations and invite understanding; such as recognizing communications gaps, promoting inclusion and making sure everyone is heard, giving feedback and sharing observations and impact.

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

Want to Support These Trainings?

The NPSDC Project is currently in the process of applying for funding of its 3 initiatives: Staff training; transfer and application of learning; and building and strengthening the learning culture within coalition member organizations.

Funding organization interested in being part of this dynamic collaborative "grassroots" project with a much needed critical focus on staff and skill development should contact Nancy Long at You would be contributing toward:

  • The overall project budget/operational costs
  • Sponsoring one or a series of staff development workshops
  • Supporting one or more of its 3 initiatives