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Training & Networking Offered by 501 Commons

Learning opportunities and workshops provided by experts in the field

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.

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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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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. Both sessions will occur in Pacific Tower in accordance to current "social distancing" requirements.

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. Email if you are interested in being a discussion leader.

Upcoming ED Forums

Board Training in King County

Our King County Board Training Series runs from September to May, offering more than a dozen well-reviewed sessions about governance and board development for staff and board members. Every class is taught by expert nonprofit professionals who bring years of experience working with and consulting to nonprofit organizations like yours.

During the pandemic, all sessions will be held online via Zoom. When you register through Eventbrite, we will send you the Zoom link before the day of the training. Cost is $45 per person and $40 for organizations that are 501 Commons members. Organizations with budgets under $1 million receive a $20 discount.

Please direct your questions to Kendra Demuth at

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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 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.

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Staff & Leadership Training

Affordable in-depth classes designed to build up your professional skills and leadership capabilities are available through the 501 Commons 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. All sessions are at Pacific Tower.

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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.

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Virtual Volunteering for Success

Virtual volunteering is work done by volunteers online, via computers, smartphones, or other devices. The service may be done virtually, but the volunteers are real! Explore how virtual volunteers can be integrated into your overall strategy by applying the basic principles of volunteer management. We will address overcoming resistance to online volunteer service; designing virtual volunteering assignments; interviewing and screening online volunteers; managing risk and protecting confidentiality; and utilizing technology to recruit, orient, train and recognize volunteers.

Virtual Volunteering for Success: May 12, 9:00 a.m. to noon (online via Zoom)

Virtual Facilitation Bootcamp

“Remote work” is now a new reality for nonprofits, both during the pandemic and afterward. This means it’s critical that our virtual meetings be as engaging and effective as possible. In this fast-paced interactive session led by Una McAlinden, an experienced nonprofit facilitator, you’ll explore (and experience!) tools and techniques that can make every online meeting more dynamic, meaningful, and productive.

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This interactive two-hour workshop packs a punch, so we hope you can be present for the whole session. Registration is limited to 30 people. This means if your situation changes, please cancel so we can open your spot to others. When you register through Eventbrite, you’ll receive a link to the Zoom meeting shortly before the workshop.

Life Cycle of Volunteer Engagement Webinar Series

For a busy nonprofit professional, effectively managing volunteers can seem challenging– even daunting – but with a little time and intention, you can become highly effective at engaging volunteers. This webinar series (offered three different times) guides you through the critical components of setting a volunteer program up for success. This workshop is designed for volunteer managers with less than two years of experience or those looking to refresh their understanding of the basics. Attend one session for a mini boost or all three for maximum impact.