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501 Commons' Events & Trainings

Event In addition to our services, we host a variety of events for nonprofit professionals. Whether you're looking to hone your presentation skills in a Mighty Mouth workshop or want to learn about search engine optimization (SEO) at a 501 Talks Tech training, we have professional development opportunities to fit your needs.

We also host the ED Forum in partnership with Global Washington. The ED Forum is designed to support peer networking and learning among nonprofit executives.

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Upcoming or regularly scheduled events

501 Commons' events delve into an issue impacting nonprofits, provide a place to share great stories, and help you meet other nonprofit leaders and emerging leaders. New knowledge and inspiration await. Plus, a new contact may well become an important partner or life-long friend.

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ED Forums

ED Forums are a low-effort, low-cost, and high-impact way to gather with your executive director peers and learn from each other. Each forum gives you the chance to participate in three roundtable discussions led by an experienced executive director. Participants share problems and solutions and trade tips and resources.

For more than a decade, ED Forum participants consistently report that they left with actionable information and an extra bounce in their step from networking with others in our sector.

Oct. 7 ED Forum, 8:30 to 10:30 a.m.

Board Training in King County

Board Training in King County is a forum for executive directors and board chairs or key board members to network with colleagues, learn about specific governance topics, and discuss issues facing their organizations.

Sessions are usually held at the Panoramic Center in Pacific Tower on alternative Wednesday mornings (subject to change). Cost is $45 per person, $40 for 501 Commons members, and $20 for those with budgets under $1 million.

Speed Reading Financial Statements: Efficient Review Practices, Sept. 28, 8:30 a.m.

501 Talks Tech

Technology is a crucial component for the success of nonprofits to serve their missions. 501 Talks Tech is a series of FREE monthly sessions that provide information on free and low-cost technology tools that are readily available to organizations of all sizes.

Held on the third Thursday of every month at Pacific Tower, topics discussed at 501 Talks Tech include websites, Google AdWords, social media, databases, project management/collaboration tools, security & privacy, mobile, e-mail, and others.

Next training: So You Have a WordPress Website. Now What? on Aug. 18.

Nonprofit Essentials Training (NET) Program

Many nonprofits are in need of a "101-level" training for boards and their executive directors. However, these kinds of learning opportunities are not always available for organizations in all communities. The Nonprofit Essentials Training (NET) Program is meant to fill this identified gap in services.

NET offers learning opportunities in these subject areas: Board Leadership, Nonprofit Financial Management, Making Technology Decisions, Strategic Planning, Human Resources, and Volunteer Management.