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.


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?

Through the 501 Commons Nonprofit Information and Referral Service, experts can answer any question that nonprofits have. Nonprofit Assistance Center provides technical assistance to communities of color and refugee, immigrant, low income and other communities. Still not finding what you need, contact us at learning@washingtonnonprofits.org.

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 contact@wayfindlegal.org, 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?

We created a worksheet to help you know when your filings are due at the state level. (Not sure how you should register? Watch this.) You can visit the Corporations page or Charities page to look up your organization.

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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How do we know we are making a difference?
How do we know we are making a difference?
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Upcoming conferences to help nonprofits learn, network, and succeed Your attendance at conferences is vital to your success, and there are several on the horizon. Sign up for one of Washington Nonprofits' annual conferences, where you can connect with colleagues and get the knowledge and tools you need. Yakima, April 18 Central Washington Conference for the Greater Good Bellevue, May 16 Washington State Continue Reading
Architecture of Action: Connecting Conferences with Change
Architecture of Action: Connecting Conferences with Change
Conferences fill ballrooms with people eager for inspiration, who then spill out into workshop rooms where they learn and connect with colleagues. That energy can be like a sugar rush – we reach a high state of excitement imagining how amazing things are going to be when we get home and reinvent. Or maybe that sugar rush-inducing excitement is Continue Reading
Hot off the press: Let’s Go Legal
Hot off the press: Let’s Go Legal
You care about your mission and want to make sure your organization does what it needs to do to succeed. That is why we created “Let’s Go Legal,” a free set of learning tools on nonprofit law to help you stay compliant and protect your assets.