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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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Storytelling Made Easy-Wednesday, April 26, 9:00 am to 12 pm

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.

This session will cover:

  • Basic storytelling techniques – such as how structure can help you craft a narrative that increases awareness, donations, and volunteer involvement.
  • An introduction to advanced storytelling, including how to build a series of stories for even greater impact.
  • Storytelling adaptations for different media; visual storytelling, digital media storytelling, telling stories at special events, and tips to maximizing the effectiveness of face-to-face interaction.

Trainer Jim Shapiro is the co-founder of The Better Fundraising Co. and has more than 20 years of experience serving and working in the nonprofit sector.    His primary aim is to help nonprofits tell their story so that they can build stronger relationships with their donors raise more money.  He is the co-developer of the donor-centered “Ask, Thank, Report, Repeat.”

Facilitating Group Dynamics for Board Members and EDs Friday, May 12, 9 am to noon

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.