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)
- Preparing for GiveBIG Washington 2020 – Watch the webinar
- Life Cycle of Effective Volunteer Management (March 10 and May 12)
- Effectively Engaging Skills-Based Volunteers (April 21)
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. Email email@example.com if you are interested in being a discussion leader.
The 2020 sessions will be on Mar. 6, June 5, Sept. 11, and Dec. 4.
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. Direct questions to Kendra Demuth at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Upcoming Board Training:
Fostering Positive Board/Staff Relations – Apr. 7, 9:00 a.m. to noon
Boards in Fire! Inspiring Leaders to Raise Money Joyfully – Apr. 21, 9:00 a.m. to noon
Governance Matters: A More Powerful Board Through Policy Governance – June 17, 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.
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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.
Help! I'm Invisible: Invisible Disabilities in the Workplace – Mar. 24, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.Learn 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.
GiveBIG Washington Training Workshops
GiveBIG Washington, our state’s largest single philanthropic giving day, is on May 6, 2020. To prepare for a successful campaign, attend these in-person and online trainings led by Rebecca Zanatta, Principal at The Ostara Group. All in-person sessions are at Pacific Tower.
The Essentials of GiveBIG Success
Creating Your Next Level GiveBIG Campaign
Volunteer Management Workshops
Volunteers are the lifeblood of many nonprofits. This makes being able to effectively recruit, manage, and retain incredible volunteers all the more important. 501 Commons and United Way of King County are teaming up to present three workshops that will provide you the knowledge and tools for setting up a volunteer program for success (Mar. 10 and May 12) and know-how of engaging skills-based volunteers (Apr. 21).
All sessions are taught by Stephanie Heffner (501 Commons' Volunteer Initiatives Manager) at Pacific Tower.