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Nonprofit Capacity Building Workshops

Native Action Network is pleased to partner with Washington Nonprofits to offer a series of six workshops for staff and board members working with Native organizations. These courses are intended for anyone that is interested in serving their community and supporting the growth of Native organizations. Courses are taught by instructors well-immersed in the nonprofit world. In addition, NAN is working to strengthen community capacity by training a group of participants to be instructors next year. Native Action Network is excited to offer scholarships for those that would like to attend these training sessions at no charge. This is a great opportunity to engage boards and staff, as well as to expand the pool of community members who want to serve on a nonprofit board. NAN will present those that attend all six sessions with a certificate of completion at our June Legacy of Leadership graduation. All workshops are free with code NAN, and will be held online via webinar March-June. Follow along or learn independently anytime at

Boards in Gear

January 27, 2020, 4:00-8:00pm

Boards play an important role in the success of any organization. Strengthening the practice of nonprofit boards within a community will lead to more effective and sustainable results as that community addresses poverty, education, the environment and other critical issues. This interactive, hands-on workshop covers board responsibilities, operations, development, fundraising, and advocacy. You will leave with concrete action steps, tools, and connections.

Finance Unlocked for Nonprofits

February 24, 2020, 4:00-8:00pm

This interactive, hands-on workshop covers the why, what, who, and how of nonprofit finance. We will dig deeper into two key reports – Balance Sheets and Income Statements – and then cover what board members need to know about IRS Form 990, the intersection of finance and fundraising, and oversight. Healthy finance practice can be habit-forming when people are working within their comfort zones, so we will discuss how to get your organization there.

Let’s Go Legal

March 26, 2020, 4:00-8:00pm

Let’s Go Legal covers the five main topics board members need to know: State Law, Federal Law, Fundraising, Employment, and Intellectual Property. Let’s Go Legal shows how your organization is like a car. You need to register it with the state, driving on federal roads involves an additional set of rules, you need fuel to move your car forward (that’s the money part), the people in the car matter, and the look and feel of your car make it special. It covers what you need to know about each of these topics and provides an easy checklist to make sure your organization covers it all.

Tools for Running an Effective Nonprofit

April 25, 2020, 9:00am-12:00pm

Plus pre-work (1 hour), post-work (2 hours), and office hours (1pm-3pm) so you can get the most out of an online learning format.

During this workshop, we cover the basics of running a nonprofit. We will draw on tested tips and tools, including Washington Nonprofits’ four learning toolkits on boards, finance, law, and planning. You will leave with concrete next steps on how to strengthen your organization to better achieve your mission. Join us on this road trip to a strong nonprofit! Topics include:

  • The right size for your organization to be sustainable

  • Legal and finance information to compliance and protection

  • Budgeting

  • Program design

  • Volunteer management

  • Fundraising

  • Grant readiness

Generosity & Gratitude: Essentials for Fundraising

May 6, 2020, 4:00pm-6:30pm

Plus post-work (30 minutes), and office hours (6:30pm-7:30pm) so you can get the most out of an online learning format.

The prospect of raising friends and funds to fuel your nonprofit organization can be a daunting one. But it doesn’t have to be! This training helps participants master the skills essential to building relationships to raise money for your mission. Participants will leave with new confidence, skills, and tools to:

  • design a fundraising plan that fits your organization’s age, budget, and goals;

  • learn the three crucial elements of storytelling;

  • develop and practice telling your story; and

  • put gratitude into action.

The Accidental Grant Writer

June 12 & 13, 2020, 9:00am-11:00am both days

Plus pre-work (30 minutes), post-work (90 minutes), and office hours (11am-12pm) so you can get the most out of an online learning format.

If you’re working or volunteering in the nonprofit sector, odds are you’ll find yourself writing or helping with a grant proposal someday. You might even inherit the responsibility of writing all of your organization’s grants – a prospect that can feel overwhelming, risky, or uncertain. This workshop will teach you about the proposal lifecycle, from research to submission, and how to develop a strong grant writing plan. You’ll also have a chance to practice writing the key components of a grant proposal with a toolkit of helpful worksheets to get you started.  |  206-451-7298  |  815 1st AVE #113, Seattle, Washington, 98104

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