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, which is designed to support peer networking and learning among nonprofit executives.
Develop Your Professional Capacity
Upcoming or regularly scheduled events
- 501 Talks Tech trainings
- Board Training in King County
- Nonprofit staff development workshops
- Executive Directors (ED) Forums
- Policy Governance workshop (provided annually or to your board)
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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Executive Director Forums
Executive Director 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.
Upcoming ED Forums
Board Training in King County
Our King County Board Training Series runs from September to May, offering over a dozen well-reviewed sessions about governance and board development for staff and board members.
Sessions are always held at Pacific Tower in Seattle but attendees from other counties are welcome! Cost is $45 per person and $40 for organizations that are 501 Commons members. Organizations with budgets under $1 million receive a $20 discount.
Upcoming Board Training:
It's Your Turn: The Role of the Board Chair – Tuesday, Oct. 23, 9:00 a.m. to noon
Board Members: Are You Ready to Stand For Your Mission? – Thursday, Nov. 8, 9:00 a.m. to noon
501 Talks Tech
Technology is a crucial component for the success of nonprofits to serve their missions.
Held periodically at Pacific Tower or online as a webinar, topics discussed at 501 Talks Tech include website maintenance, Google AdWords, social media, databases, search engine optimization, project management / collaboration tools, security & privacy, mobile, e-mail, and more.
Staff & Leadership Training
Affordable in-depth classes designed to build up your professional skills and leadership capabilities are available through the 501 Commons Nonprofit Staff Development Coalition. These workshops improve how staff and executive directors work with each other and the communities they serve.
Sessions are 3-6 hours long and cover topics such as staff retention, diversity and inclusion, cultivating empathy and emotional intelligence, building leadership skills, improving communication, and handling difficult conversations.
Fostering Belonging to Increase Employee Engagement – October 25, 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Pacific TowerLearn More
Bring Nonprofit Training to Your Organization
If you want to bring in a trainer for your staff, board or conference, contact us. We can deliver a wide range of board and staff trainings or conference presentations.
Training topics include Board Leadership, Financial Management, Technology, Strategic Planning, Human Resources, Advocacy, and Volunteer Management. 501 Commons expert staff members are also available for retreats, conferences, coalition meetings, or events.
WEBINAR: Nonprofits and the Washington State Paid Family & Medical Leave Laws
Washington will be the fifth state to offer paid family and medical leave. While the benefits start in 2020, employers have actions required in 2019. Get a jump start by learning how your organization can prepare to implement this mandatory program by watching this presentation by the Washington State Employment Security Department in partnership with 501 Commons.