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Join the Staff Development Coalition!

Helping nonprofit staff reach professional and personal excellence

Join the Staff Development Coalition and receive discounts on professional and leadership development training. These workshops help nonprofit staff and leaders reach professional and personal excellence through thought-provoking training workshops led by national and regional trainers/experts. You can improve how staff members work with each other and with the communities they serve.

Typically sessions are 3-6 hours long but they have been reduced for virtual sessions during COVID.  These learning sessions provide 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 are reduced for SDC members that bring 1-5 attendees. Learn more about becoming a member by contacting Kendra B. Demuth,, HR & Learning Programs Associate.

Upcoming Staff Development Sessions

Due to the current situation regarding COVID-19, in-person workshops have been postponed until the Fall of 2021. In the meantime, the Staff Development Coalition committee and 501 Commons are working to provide webinar topics relevant for these uncertain times. Starting in April of 2021, we will be implementing one-in-half hour online lunch box training series throughout the remainder of 2021. The upcoming online trainings will be listed, below, as they become available. Should you have specific questions about the online trainings please contact Kendra B. Demuth,, HR & Learning Programs Associate.

Feel free to check out the following resource: Prepare. Respond. SERVE. In partnership with Tech Impact, 501 Commons has launched a website dedicated to helping nonprofit organizations adapt their work practices during the COVID-19 situation. A list of resources and timely updates on how technology can be your friend in dealing with emergencies are provided. Guidance on how to prevent work disruptions, and stay connected to files, data, and colleagues while some or all staff members are working remotely is also shared. We also provide advice on management practices and HR policies that support remote work.