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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:

Emotional Intelligence: Effective Communication and Influence
Tuesday, December 12, 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Pacific Tower (Smart Buildings Center Training/Event Space), Seattle
Trainers: Hartley McGrath and Carly Cannell (Pause, Inc.)

Emotional Intelligence (EQ) is the ability to manage ourselves and our relationships successfully, especially in the face of tension or conflict. Increasing your EQ can lead to more effective leadership skills, enhanced career success, greater happiness, and relationship satisfaction. Research has shown that the more emotionally intelligent you are, the more likely you are to receive higher peer and/or supervisor ratings of interpersonal skills and stress tolerance. There’s also strong evidence that EQ and workplace performance share a strong relationship.

At this workshop, you’ll enhance your EQ through interactive experiential activities that can be directly applied to your work. Through one-on-one coaching, you’ll gain a solid foundation of knowledge and helpful tools for improving your communication skills and ability to navigate through emotionally-charged times.

For more information and to register, visit

Registration for NPSDC 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