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Board Training in King County

Fortify your board with confidence and knowledge

Board Training in King County is a forum for executive directors and board members to network with colleagues, learn about specific governance topics, and discuss issues facing their organizations. We encourage two or more from your organization to attend together.

Board Training in King County sessions are held in the 8th floor Panoramic Room of the Pacific Tower at 1200 12th Ave. S, Seattle, WA 98144.

Cost for most sessions is $40 for 501 Commons members, $45 for non-members, and $25 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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Upcoming Trainings

Boards & Executives: Up Your Understanding of Your Nonprofit's Finances
Tuesday, September 25 | 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Presenter: Erin Welch and Howard Donkin (Jacobson Jarvis & Co, PLLC)

Financial statements can be intimidating, yet they contain essential information that helps boards make crucial decisions. Learn financial statement speed-reading tricks, how to identify issues that sometimes get overlooked, what the numbers mean, and how to improve them.

It's Your Turn: The Role of the Board Chair
Tuesday, October 23 | 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Presenter: Amanda Madorno (Roam Consulting LLC)

Serving as the board chair is not for the uninspired and undecided! Doing the job well requires an appreciation for individualism, different levels of professionalism, and various degrees of commitment that can affect your culture and effectiveness. Discover how to address common board chair problems, structure meaningful meetings, and engage individual members.

Board Members: Are You Ready to Stand For Your Mission?
Thursday, November 8 | 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Presenter: Nancy Long (501 Commons) and Linda Hanson (Linda Hanson Associates)

Public policy impacts the missions of all nonprofit organizations, so advocacy is a must for all nonprofits and boards. This session will help board members and executives understand the impact of board involvement in advocacy, the rules of the road, and how small steps can lead to big results. Learn how to work effectively with policy-makers, remain in compliance with IRS laws, and become a great advocate.

Better Words, Better World: Messaging for Board Members and Executives
Wednesday, November 14 | 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Presenter: Erica Mills (Claxon Marketing)

The way you talk about your mission makes a difference when fundraising, engaging volunteers, and serving clients. Your messaging must be consistent and compelling – and that involves investing in your words! Find out how to adjust your messaging to different audiences, improve your mission statement, and choose words that truly capture people’s attention.

What You Need to Know About Board Governance
Wednesday, December 5 | 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Presenter: Beth McCaw (Washington Women's Foundation)

Whether you’re a new board member, someone who never received a proper orientation, or a seasoned board member who’s helping a new colleague understand their role, this session provides insight into core topics like the basics of nonprofits, legal obligations, personal risk, fiduciary responsibilities, and the concepts of governance. This session only costs $15!