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Board Training in King County

Board Training in King County is a forum for executive directors, board members, and potential board members to network with colleagues, learn about specific governance topics, and discuss issues facing their organizations. Previously hosted by the United Way of King County, 501 Commons now manages this highly regarded board partnership series. We encourage two or more from your board to attend together.

Board Training in King County sessions are held at the Pacific Tower at 1200 12th Ave. S, Seattle, WA 98144. Room details will be on your ticket.

Cost for most sessions is $40 for 501 Commons members, $45 for non-members, with a $20 discount for nonprofits with budgets under $1 million. The sessions take place from 9 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. (subject to change)

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Facilitating Group Dynamics for Board Members and EDs Tuesday, May 9, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Meetings-- of boards, staff and committees -- are the crux of how decisions are made at nonprofit organizations. But too often meetings do not go as planned; someone may dominate, topics may wander, or conclusions and next steps can be ambiguous.

That is where top notch facilitation comes into play.

To facilitate is to make a meeting, project or group decision run smoothly and effectively. In this Board Training session you will:

  • Learn how to design meetings and group work.

  • Learn skills that can be used to gather information and ideas and make decisions.

  • Practice methods that increase participation, minimize conflict, and keep everyone on track to achieve your shared goals.

Trainer Ann Paulson is the Department Chair and Faculty in the Business Management Department at Edmonds Community College. Prior to working in education, she spent 15 years in management. Ann has an MBA and a PhD in Educational Leadership from the University of Nebraska. In addition to teaching, Ann frequently works as an evaluator on grants, and volunteers for 501 Commons.  Her volunteer work allows her to use her management and facilitation skills to move nonprofits toward their goals to close opportunity gaps.

Board Advocacy: Are you Ready to Stand for Your Mission? - Tuesday, May 23, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Many nonprofits are considering how they become engaged with advocacy or how they can step up their advocacy efforts. This session is designed to help board members and executives understand the value of board engagement in advocacy, the rules of the road, and how some small steps can lead to results. We will also help you understand how to work effectively with policy makers and government representatives, provide some simple rules for having board discussions on policy agendas, and discuss how to deliver your message so that it will be heard.

The learning objectives for this session are:

  • Know Why:  Why advocacy is a tool for advancing your mission
  • Know the Rules: Understanding the definition of lobbying vs advocacy and the IRS guidelines for nonprofits
  • Know How: How to be an effective board advocate

Trainers: Nancy Long is the executive director of 501 Commons, an nonprofit organization that supports the success of other nonprofits in Washington State by providing affordable technology and management consulting services, support for board and staff leadership development, back office HR, tech and financial services and free information and referral services. Nancy has a master’s degree in public administration from the Evans School at the University of Washington where she also taught courses in nonprofit management and leadership of nonprofits.

René Murry is the Public Policy Director for Youth Development Executives of King County. She has been a direct service worker and advocate for children, youth and families for over 30 years, after receiving her Masters in Counseling in 1982 from the University of North Dakota. Rene’s advocacy roles range from a parent and PTA officer in Seattle public schools to co-chairing the Public Policy Committee of the Children’s Alliance and Chairing the Children’s Campaign Fund.