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Board Training in King County

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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Fostering Positive Board/Staff Relations
Thursday, February 1, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon
Trainer: Mike Westby

The relationships between the board and ED can make or break an organization, and get in the way of working together toward your mission. Thankfully there are best practices, strategies, and approaches to help you embrace “productive friction” and ensure that all thrive. In this workshop you’ll learn to:

  • Understand the difference between governance and support roles
  • Develop a toolkit to help you improve and refine relationships
  • “Stay in your lane” to ensure your work culture remains productive

To learn more and register, go to: Fostering Positive Board/Staff Relations

Boards on Fire! Inspiring Leaders to Raise Money Joyfully
Friday, February 16, 9:00 a.m. to 12 noon
Trainer: Susan Howlett

In this interactive session, you will learn how to focus the attention of busy board members so they can raise the most money with the least effort, using activities they can embrace with joy.

To learn more and register, go to: Boards on Fire!

Storytelling Made Easy
Thursday, March 22, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon
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 Made Easy

Up your Understanding of Non-Profit Financial Statements
Thursday, April 5, 9:00 a.m. to noon
Trainers: Erin Welch and Howard Donkin

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.

To learn more and register, go to: Understanding Nonprofit Financial Statements

Define, Measure and Achieve Fundraising Success
Thursday, April 19, 9:00 a.m. to noon
Trainer: Peter Drury

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: Achieve Fundraising Success