Pre-Conference Deep Dive Tracks

Colorful dot arrowMake the most of your conference learning experience with a one-day pre-conference deep dive on Monday, May 20. You can choose from one of the following topics:

  • Strategic Fundraising, presented by The Ostara Group
  • Step Up Your Volunteer Strategy, presented by 501 Commons
  • Risk Leadership in Action, presented by NPIP
  • Leadership for Equity, presented by Fleur Larsen and Aparna Rae

Read more about each track by selecting from one of the four tabs below.

9:30am - 5:00pm
Leadership for Equity

Colorful dot arrowWe believe that social impact organizations can accelerate the pace of change when they operate with a diversity, equity, inclusion lens – from program design, development, to evaluation and operations, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) touches every aspect of your organization’s work.

As a leader, you know that DEI is vital to creating lasting change within your organization, however it can be difficult to move from theoretical understanding and good intentions to visible shifts in how your organization looks, feels and operates.

This workshop will:

  • Review the foundations for building an equitable organizational culture.
  • Provide an opportunity for you to reflect on personal and organizational experiences and norms.
  • Give you new ways to strengthen your leadership by using an equity lens.

Learning outcomes

By attending this session, you will be able to:

  • Build a strong DEI foundation through shared language and definitions.
  • Describe the intersection of DEI and your organization’s work.
  • Name actions that that increase accountability related to mission impact.
  • Demonstrate leadership skills for creating a culture of belonging.
  • Describe your personal and organizational culture in context of power and privilege

This session is designed for these people:

Organization leaders including Executive Directors, HR staff members, operations staff, Deputy Directors, Development Directors and Board members.

About the presenters

Fleur Larsen
Fleur Larsen
Fleur Larsen started facilitating 20 years ago on challenge course programs with youth and adults. Her style is based on sharp analysis, flexible thinking, joy, and purposeful results. Her work is relationship-based with connection, collaboration, and community as integral elements to reach goals. Currently, she works with several corporate and nonprofit groups facilitating retreats, trainings and workshops in addition to one on one coaching. Fleur’s work is focused on equity, social justice, diversity and inclusion, team building, emotional intelligence, experiential education and community development.

Aparna Rae
Aparna Rae
Aparna Rae is the co-founder of Future for Us, an initiative to further the success of Women of Color. She also has a strategy and evaluation practice with Jane Reisman that focuses on deploying mission-related capital with a DEI lens. Her background is in K-12 education advancing under-resourced students/communities, as well as lecturing at the University of British Columbia. Since 2013 Aparna has been involved with workforce development and alternate pathways to postsecondary primarily aimed at women. In 2013 she co-founded Project Feast, placing immigrant and refugee women on a path to employment. Her work in Seattle is at the intersection of D&I and organizational design.

9:30am - 5:00pm
Strategic Fundraising

We know you are doing a lot with a little. This is a day of protected time for you to reignite your development program through a series of interactive workshops. Identify your organization’s areas of greatest fundraising potential and leave with ideas on how to take your development program to the next level. The Ostara team brings to this day of workshops our experience with more than 250+ nonprofit organizations in the region.

Learning Outcomes

By attending this session, you will be able to:

  • Share a new perspective on organizational alignment
  • Tell your organization’s story with emphasis on the difference you make in the world
  • Link your core fundraising activities to where you are headed as an organization
  • Engage your board with specific tools and tactics in fundraising

Focus Audience

This session is designed for people working in organizations with at least one full time person on staff. It is appropriate for:

  • An executive director who participates in fundraising
  • A nonprofit development director (manager or coordinator) who plays a leadership role in the organization
  • A board member who participates in fundraising for the organization

Organizational teams – with people in all three positions listed above – are welcome and encouraged.


The Ostara Group

Presented by The Ostara Group

The Ostara Group was founded in 2009 to build fundraising skills, organizational capacity and effective leadership in the nonprofit sector. Their team of advisors have partnered with over 250 nonprofit organizations from across the Pacific Northwest to craft fundraising strategies, deliver interim staffing, increase grant writing success and provide support through coaching and planning. “Strategic Fundraising” draws on the talent and experience of their staff.

9:30am - 5:00pm
Risk Leadership in Action

Mission focused nonprofits face a whole lot of risk. And bold risk-taking is absolutely necessary to achieve an ambitious mission, change lives, and positively impact the community you serve. And although nonprofit boards should be the ultimate risk champions, in many cases boards are the cause of a nonprofit’s overly cautious position and missed opportunities. And worse, difficulties within the board and unresolved tension or power struggles between the board and staff can choke best intensions and derail bold plans.

That’s where the “Risk Bow-Tie Method” comes into play! Once you’ve identified the most serious risks your nonprofit faces, help arrives in the form of the risk bow-tie method, a versatile new visual aid that helps nonprofits through the risk mitigation process from start to finish. NPIP looks forward to sharing this exciting new tool, brought to you by the Nonprofit Risk Management Center (NRMC), during one of our breakout sessions. Together we will walk through how to make the risk bow-tie method work for you.

The NPIP and Nonprofit Risk Management Center teams bring a half century of experience coaching, supporting and inspiring management and governing teams at thousands of nonprofits, as well as fearlessness and optimism when it comes to equipping teams to face tough challenges head on.

By attending this session you will be able to:

  • Confidently identify and cope with the myriad risks that arise in nonprofit governance
  • Spot and treat the tricky issues that can turn CEO-board relationships from trusting to troubling
  • Champion a wise and practical division of labor for risk management and risk oversight at your nonprofit
  • Learn how to confidently talk about risk with your board
  • Identify and tackle troubling risks that hamper mission-advancing activities


Focus Audience

This session is designed for leaders working in nonprofits with at least one full-time staff member. It is appropriate for:

  • Executive directors and senior managers who report to or interact with a board
  • Board officers and members

Presented by NPIP in partnership with the Nonprofit Risk Management Center

NPIP, the Non Profit Insurance Program, is an insurance cooperative created and managed by its members that provides a financially consistent and stable product, with best-in-class insurance and risk management services.

The Nonprofit Risk Management Center inspires effective risk management and Risk Champions across the nonprofit sector. We enable nonprofit leaders to identify and manage risks that threaten their missions and operations, while empowering them to leverage opportunities and take bold, mission-advancing risks.

9:30am - 5:00pm
Step Up Your Volunteer Strategy

Volunteers accomplish work staff does not have the time to do. They build connections with the community, and often they are your most dedicated donors.  Most nonprofits cannot fully achieve their missions without help from community volunteers.

How do you take your organization’s volunteer strategy beyond the basics? How do you ensure that your staff team is fully invested in effective volunteer engagement? How do you recruit and support a volunteer base that represents the communities you serve? And, how do you best communicate the value and impact of volunteerism to your funders and stakeholders?

This deep dive will cover:

  • Training and supporting staff to work effectively with volunteers
  • Engaging a diverse volunteer corps at your organization
  • Best practices for measuring and communicating volunteer impact

You will learn from experts, practitioners, and peers and leave with new knowledge, tools, and connections.

Learning Outcomes

By attending this session, you will be able to:

  • Make volunteer engagement part of your team culture
  • Engage new populations of volunteers at your organization
  • Identify your next steps to a more inclusive and effective volunteer program
  • Demonstrate the impact of volunteers on your mission

Focus Audience

Step Up Your Volunteer Strategy is designed for people managing volunteers who are looking to deepen their skills and connections, as well as leadership or development staff looking to create a volunteer engagement strategy.
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Presented by 501 Commons

501 Commons provides expertise to nonprofits through 30+ services, including a full range of management and technology consulting, HR, accounting, and board training. 501 Commons began as the Executive Service Corps, an organization rooted deeply in the power of volunteers to make a difference in their communities. 501 Commons has managed a number of volunteer initiatives over the past decade. It brings deep knowledge and experience about Volunteer Management to this session.

Serve Washington LogoThis workshop is presented at a discounted price with generous support from Serve Washington.

About the presenters

Jan Burrell

Jan Burrell is the Consulting Services Manager at 501 Commons. Jan strives to help nonprofits overcome their own capacity challenges by working to frame their needs, match them with applicable resources, and oversee consulting assignments. Prior to assuming this role, Jan spent six years managing the Executive Service Corps, a program that engages skills based volunteers in nonprofit management consulting projects, and helping agencies evaluate and build upon their own operational strengths. She brings over 20 years of experience connecting volunteers to meaningful opportunities in the community and ensuring that both client needs and volunteer expectations are met.

Nichola Russell

Nichola Russell, CVA is a seasoned professional and leader in the fields of development and community engagement, delivering workshops regionally and nationally that promote the strategic advantage of effective engagement. She is currently the Director of Development and Community Engagement for the Olympic Peninsula YMCA.