Nonprofit Conversations

You seek opportunities to talk with your colleagues on the topics that most challenge you and your organization. It is hard to get to trainings, and there are only so many experts to go around. “Nonprofit Conversations” was created to give nonprofit networks and other communities of nonprofit people the resources they need to convene conversations that move their practice forward. They draw on the archived webinars that Washington Nonprofits produces each month.

We are very grateful to our volunteer speakers for sharing their wisdom during our webinars and agreeing to have their presentation recorded for on-going access by nonprofits across Washington.

Nonprofit Conversations…

  • Expands learning opportunities taking place outside classrooms.
  • Strengthens peer connection when questions, success stories, and enduring challenges are tackled collaboratively.
  • Grows networks between participants so that people can reach out to each other after the meeting is over.

Read more about how it works: Nonprofit Conversations Overview


Nonprofits and the Minimum Wage: What have we learned?
Webinar Recording
Date: September 13, 2017
With minimum wage increases taking effect statewide between now and 2020, nonprofits throughout the state will be impacted by new minimum wage regulations.
Discussion Guide
Presentation Slideshow

Advocate Effectively: Tips and Resources to Expand Your Impact with Christina Wong
Webinar Recording
Date: July 20, 2017
You do important and critical work in our communities, but you can make an even bigger impact on issues with public policy advocacy. Effective advocacy calls for strong relationships with elected officials and allies.
Discussion Guide
Presentation Slideshow

Getting the Most Out of Your Board with Susan Howlett
Webinar Recording
Date: May 31, 2017
You Whenever your board members gather for a meeting, there’s a lot of wisdom and passion in the room. Are you getting maximum value out of that precious time?
Discussion Guide
Presentation Slideshow

HR and Equity with Fleur Larsen and Keonna Jackson
Webinar Recording
Date: April 6, 2017
An organization lives its values through its Human Resources work. The core of HR is taking care of the humans who work hard to meet the mission and serve their clients. When this is in alignment with equity, transformation is possible. Everyone benefits when diversity and inclusion are at the center of HR. You will leave this webinar known the six key areas of HR and what you can do for each of these areas to strengthen equity within your organization.
Discussion Guide
Presentation Slideshow

Get Ready for GiveBIG with Jim Shapiro
Webinar Recording
Date: March 16, 2017
Giving days, which are growing in popularity, are community-wide campaigns to increase giving to local nonprofits. What should nonprofits do to get ready for these fundraising opportunities? Fundraising expert Jim Shapiro walks us through what you should be thinking about one month out, one week out, and right when the campaign is going on. We talk strategy and practical application of that strategy. We think about communications, from print to social media.

Liquor, Gambling, Raffles, Cannabis… and your event!
Webinar Recording
Date: February 2, 2017
This webinar is an opportunity to learn about the rules and regulations around raffles, gambling, and liquor. Come join us to keep your auctions and benefits events legal and fun! Our goal is for you to get the information you need for successful fundraisers that follow the law.
Discussion Guide
Presentation Slideshow

Nonprofit Bylaws Workshop with Judy Andrews
In partnership with Wayfind
Date: January 27, 2016
All nonprofits need bylaws.  Bylaws is the governing document for the nonprofit and its board of directors.  But what does that mean?  What is the real purpose of the bylaws and what provisions should be in bylaws? This training for  nonprofit leaders will cover the purpose of nonprofit bylaws, and explain all necessary or recommended nonprofit bylaw provisions.  This training is excellent for those who are going to start a nonprofit, or would like to review and update their nonprofit provisions.  Highly recommended for nonprofit board members.

Finance Unlocked: Nonprofit Finance 101 with Nancy Bacon and Erin Welch
Webinar Recording
Date: January 7, 2016
Through this webinar, we will cover the five main topics that every nonprofit person needs to know about nonprofit finance: Balance Sheets, Income Statements, 990, Giving and Oversight. We will share FUN resources and talk about how to use them within your organization. Whether you are a staff or board member, you will end the webinar with greater understanding of nonprofit finance and how to elevate financial literacy within your organization.

Nonprofit Social Media Success with Steven Shattuck
Webinar Recording
Date: December 8, 2015
Ever since social media gained widespread adoption, one persistent question has vexed individual users and brands: What do we talk about online?  Knowing what context is best can mean the difference between an active online community and a barren digital wasteland.  Join Steven Shattuck as he explains the way to maximize engagement, achieve search engine rankings, increase website traffic and generate donations.

Pitch Perfect: The Nonprofit Edition with Erica Mills
Webinar Recording
Date: November 20, 2015
You may think you need a fantastic elevator pitch.  But you’d be wrong.  What nonprofits need is the ability to select the perfect pitch based on audience, setting, and goals.  This may sound daunting, but it’s actually pretty straight-forward once you get the hang of it.  Erica Mills, the country’s leading authority on nonprofits and language, will show how in this fun, fast-paced, fact-filled webinar.

Website 101 with Dave Forrester
Webinar Recording
Date: October 16, 2015
In this one-hour session, Dave will discuss how to get a free or low-cost website for a simple online presence. You will come away understanding why having a website is important, what questions you should ask yourself as you think about a website, and how you can take advantage of free and low-cost tools.
Website Overview how to create your own WordPress site

Open Reflections on Nonprofit Culture with Debra Holland
Webinar Recording
Date: September 22, 2015
In this webinar, Debra Holland, Vice President with Pacific Continental Bank’s Nonprofit Services Group, unpacks what makes a nonprofit’s culture work, and what might be working against them. She discusses how leadership defines a culture and a staff implements a culture within their organizations.

Managing Youth Volunteers with Michelle Morris
Webinar Recording
Date: June 19, 2015
Learn about how to tailor your volunteer program to incorporate youth volunteers. Using the 5 elements of volunteer program management, Michelle Morris will highlight the ways to plan, recruit, train, supervise and evaluate youth ages 13-19 at your agency. Join us to learn best practices and tips for setting your organization up for success to utilize youth volunteers.

The 60-Minute Grant Proposal: “Speed Thinking” Your Way to a Clear, Compelling — and Fundable — Project Concept with Maryn Boess
Webinar Recording
Date: May 5, 2015
Do you have a great grant idea you’d like to create, but not sure how to start? Come and join us as we show you how to develop a fundable project concept in a matter of minutes. No more going back to the office to get it done – have a first-draft proposal concept in 60 minutes!

Getting Ready for Giving Days with Jim Shapiro
Webinar Recording
Date: March 25, 2015
Fundraising expert Jim Shapiro walks us through what you should be thinking about one month out, one week out, and right when the campaign is going on. We talk strategy and practical application of that strategy. We think about communications, from print to social media.

Supercharge Your Fundraising Efforts with Content Marketing with Steven Shattuck
Webinar Recording
Date: March 20, 2015
This presentation provides an overview of content (inbound) marketing, which differs from the outbound marketing methods of advertising, direct mails and public relations. Steven Shattuck from Bloomerang will review how content publishing drives Search Engine Organization (SEO) and social media buzz, and what nonprofits can do today to get started.

Building Partnerships to Build Mission: From Reactivity to Creativity with Neil Baker, MD
Webinar Recording
Date: January 8, 2015
Neil Baker focuses on how to sustain creativity and progress in partnerships, even in the most difficult of situations. These methods are surprisingly simple and accessible though difficult to apply consistently. With awareness, discipline, courage, and persistence, every conversation can become an opportunity to take steady steps toward the partnerships you want to create inside and outside your organization.

Managing Federal Funds: What Nonprofits Need to Know About the OMB Updated Guidance
Webinar Recording
Date: February 20, 2015
Deby MacLeod from Clark Nuber and Lillian McDonell from Watson McDonell introduce us to the most important elements of the new rules. We also touch on procurement and other topics related to the OMB changes.
Managing Federal Funds Overview

How to Use Inspiring Stories to Steward Donors with Vanessa Chase
Webinar Recording
Date: December 11, 2014
During the holiday season, many non-profit will see an influx in giving. Whether it’s current donors make an additional gift or new donor joining your philanthropic community, this is an amazing opportunity for relationship building and increasing your fundraising revenue in 2015. Providing both of these segments of donor with outstanding donor stewardship is your best strategy for retaining donors and upgrading their next gift.