Storytelling to Build Relationships

Andrew McMasters
Everyone wants to engage their staff, boards and donors. We all search for ways to bring people together into a shared vision and entice them into action. Personal stories used in a business context can be a powerful tool to build relationships and motivate people to act. Learn how your stories can engage your constituencies and practice structures and presentation techniques to make you a more dynamic leader.

Andrew McMasters

It is often said that the success or failure of an organization, program, or project is directly tied to board governance. Although “good governance” is the topic of hundreds of books, many nonprofit still struggle to apply these ideas. Here you will be equipped with the “blueprints” and tools for sustainable success. You learn how to make good governance a valued, institutional, structural norm. You will leave with 10+ practical “next steps” to improve board governance.

Sara Higgins, Katlyn Straub, Julie Brezicha

This interactive workshop equips nonprofit leaders with the knowledge and tools to identify the Lifecycle Stage of your organization. If you’re facing specific challenges and/or looking to increase the capacity of your nonprofit, we will help you answer the question, “What’s it time for now?” Using a simple organization self-assessment tool, you will leave the workshop with a snapshot of your organization’s lifecycle stages and ideas for next actions to move your nonprofit forward.

Susan Burgess

Susan Smallidge

Dianne Dickerson

Susan Burgess, Dianne Dickerson & Susan Smallidge
When Your Normal is My Trigger: Unpacking Multiple Generations and White Privilege

Your organization, board, volunteers, and funders represent a wide diversity of generations working together. Leading in today’s workplace means we must improve at attracting, motivating, retaining, and refereeing across differences. Using the backdrop of Generational Understanding and Predictable Triggers, we will re-frame communication across differences. We will also engage in actionable conversations across other lines of difference, such as privilege and systemic racism.

Barbara Grant

Linda Nageotte
Barbara Grant & Linda Nageotte

Pamela Oakes
Billions of dollars flow through nonprofits into communities of color, yet less than 5% of nonprofit leaders racially reflect the communities they serve. We will examine the impact of this racial leadership gap, explore ways to mine expertise and proficiencies in communities being served, and offer powerful insights for creating an authentic, diverse, equitable, and inclusive culture within your organization. You’ll leave ready to reframe the narrative of the underserved, recruit and diversify leadership, and create an organizational culture of diversity, equity, AND inclusion.

Pamela J. Oakes

Too often organizations take the “throw-a-training-at-it” approach to equity and cultural competency issues. But it takes infrastructure policy changes, new management skills, and ongoing efforts to ensure you can adequately support the transgender community – or at least avoid sticking your foot in your mouth. Learn the Gender Justice League’s four step process to understand the impact your organization’s cultural competency (or lack thereof) has on your ability to fulfill your mission. Practice your problem solving abilities with specific problem scenarios, and leave with a concrete plan for how to improve your organization.

Tobi Hill-Meyer

Elayne Wylie

Tobi Hill-Meyer & Elayne Wylie
Client Voice: How to Develop a Sustainable and Equitable Process to Hear Who You Serve

Hearing directly from the people we serve is critical. Limited capacity sometimes stops those conversations before they begin. Even organizations with deep experience and commitment to racial equity run into unanticipated challenges when seeking client feedback. We will explore ways to create an inexpensive, replicable, and impactful client feedback process through a racial equity framework. Jointly presented by a black woman and a white woman in respectful, collaborative partnership, this workshop invites you to fearlessly begin designing your own authentic and equitable client voice process.

Michelle Osborne & Sarah Grey

Nichola Russell
Fundraisers and volunteer managers play an essential role in building a nonprofit’s capacity to accomplish mission, reach financial stability, expand to scale, and achieve organizational success! Fundraising and volunteer engagement are “two peas in a pod,” yet there exists a divide in the nonprofit sector between the people raising the money and those managing volunteers. We will examine this divide and explore opportunities for reaching across the aisle to our fundraising colleagues to work more effectively together.

Nichola Russell

Lauren Collette
The online fundraising landscape is constantly evolving. While engagement strategies and donation processes may change, online giving is here to stay. Come explore the essential elements of an online fundraising plan. Learn how to create or update your existing plan and incorporate it into your annual giving strategy. Topics will include donation pages, metrics, social media, email, mobile, and more. Walk through each aspect of an effective plan while you assess your own fundraising efforts.

Lauren Collette
Adapt to Succeed: A New Model of Collaboration, Cooperation, and Consolidation

Our sector is failing to drive the systemic change necessary to make lasting impact on community-wide well-being. Siloed organizations with duplicative overhead and uncoordinated strategies have proven to be inefficient and ineffective. There must be a better way! An alliance of organizations has developed a new and scaleable model of cooperation and consolidation, enabling organizations to retain their brands and integrate administrative functions, leverage best-practices, share data, and enhance impact. Are nonprofit leaders ready to truly collaborate in order to drive change at the community and population level?

Karen Brady

Jon Botten

Scott Schaffer

Jon Botten, Karen Brady, & Scott Schaffer

Join staff from NAMI Seattle for a safe, welcoming, interactive workshop about creating workplace culture and policies that support and sustain folks with mental health conditions. You will deepen your understanding of mental illness, gain practical tools and strategies, and leave with a concrete action plan to address mental health at your organization, no matter what your role. We will explore what mental health leadership can look like and discuss ways to incorporate culture-based equity into a mental health leadership model.

Katie Mahoney

Faarah Misbah

Jeremiah Bainbridge

Katie Mahoney, Faarah Misbah & Jeremiah Bainbridge, NAMI Seattle