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Board Training in King County

See our fall lineup!

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, 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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Register for Fall 2017 Board Trainings

Up Your Understanding of Nonprofit Financial Statements
Thursday, September 28, 2017 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Trainers: Erin Welch, CPA, Partner, Jacobson Jarvis & Howard Donkin, CPA, Partner, Jacobson Jarvis

Financial statements can be intimidating, yet they contain essential information. More importantly, they are used by external decision-makers who hold your organization’s financial well-being in their hands. This workshop teaches financial statement speed-reading tricks and outlines some of the indicators that Board members sometimes overlook when they are exercising their fiduciary duties. We will talk about what the numbers mean, how they can be improved by your organization and how to spot the issues that catch the attention of external financial statement users.

To learn more and register, go to: Up Your Understanding of Nonprofit Financial Statements.

What you Need to Know about Board Governance
Thursday, October 12, 2017 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Trainer: Beth McCaw

Are you new to being a board member or just never got a good overview of what it means to serve on a board? Are you a seasoned board member who needs to help your newer board colleagues understand their role? This session gives insight into effectively performing the roles and responsibilities of a board member.

To learn more and register, go to: What You Need to Know about Board Governance.

Build a Stronger Board
Wednesday, October 25, 2017 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Trainer: Laura Pierce

How can you build the strongest possible board of directors to guide and champion your organization?  Participants will learn how to run a thoughtful board recruitment process that will yield results.  In addition, we’ll touch on engagement and retention strategies to make sure you are able to keep and benefit from the talented people serving on your board.

To learn more and register, go to: Build a Stronger Board.

Understanding the Path to Fundraising Success
Wednesday, November 8, 2017 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Trainer: Peter Drury

Does Your Board Really Understand Fundraising Success? Nonprofits try lots of things when it comes to fundraising: Events, auctions, 10K's, grants, social media, house parties, major gifts, corporate giving, and the seemingly chronic "anything and everything we can" plan. Are you tired of trying so hard at the same old game? Learn what our region's most effective fundraising organizations know, prioritize, and evaluate as they create meaningful fundraising plans to unify leaders and fuel compelling causes.

To learn more and register, go to: Understanding the Path to Fundraising Success.

Storytelling Matters: Communicating Your Mission Made Easy
Wednesday, December 6, 2017 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Trainer: Jim Shapiro

Even more than shocking statistics, a story can spur someone to help because it makes the cause more real. In this Board Training session, you’ll learn to inspire action, forge lasting relationships, and strengthen your ability to become better advocates of your mission. You will come away with new methods to tell better stories across diverse communication channels.

To learn more and register, go to: Storytelling Matters: Communicating Your Mission Made Easy.