Welcome to The Washington Nonprofit Institute!
Your mission is important. To achieve it, you need nonprofit knowledge, tools, and connections. You need to have a strong board, understand basic nonprofit finance, and be compliant with the rules that govern organizations like yours. You also need to know how to raise money, engage staff, and support volunteers. But you also need a place to learn. And that’s why we created the Washington Nonprofit Institute.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
I’m a board member. How do I begin?
We created a learning plan
to help get you started. It provides a list of our online resources and will guide you in the next steps. You can then jump into watching our short videos to learn about specific elements of nonprofit work.
I prefer to learn in person. Where can I find a class near me?
Washington Nonprofits offer in person classes across the state. Visit its calendar
to learn what is happening in the near future. Visit your region page
to find out more about what is happening in your region. Visit our partners
page to learn more about what our partners are offering near you.
I need help. My organization has a specific problem. Who can I speak with?
I need a tool or document. Can you recommend a place to look?
Absolutely! 501 Commons
has a lot of resources on its website here
. There are also resources on this site, organized by topic. For board tools or policies, go here
. For finance, go here
. For law, go here
. For planning, go here
I have a legal question about my nonprofit. Who can I speak with?
If you have a nonprofit legal question, check out our Let’s Go Legal page
. That’s where we cover the five main areas of nonprofit legal knowledge. If you don’t find your answer there– or your legal question is specific to your organization– Wayfind is a legal resource for nonprofits. Nonprofits can apply to Wayfind for free legal services. You can call Wayfind for more information by phone at (866)288-9695, email at email@example.com
, or check out their website for more information: www.wayfindlegal.org
I'm not sure if I am compliant with the Office of the Secretary of State. What can I do?
What is the best way to bring these resources back to my organization?
We created Nonprofit Conversations
to help you bring clips from webinars into your meetings. We also suggest that you show any of the short videos here and use the kit materials to guide a conversation.
I want to learn something that isn’t listed here. What can I do?
Washington Nonprofits has a library of webinars on a range of topics. Jump over to its Vimeo channel
to see what we have to offer.
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