What Happens When The Executive Director Says Goodbye? How to Create a More Resilient Organization through a Culture of Leadership Continuity

One of the greatest challenges faced by any nonprofit is the departure of a long-serving chief executive. Especially when that person is the founder. Such a loss can cripple your organization’s efforts to serve its cause, or it can provide an opportunity for growth. It’s all in how your organization views its people resources. In this session you’ll learn about actions you can take right away to make your organization more resilient, whether a leadership transition is on the immediate horizon or not.

This session is intended for executive directors, department managers, other senior staff leaders, board members.

Third Sector Company

The executive performance review is a critical element of the relationship a chief executive has with their board of directors. It also sets the tone for an accountable work environment while promoting a culture that values talent development, retention and performance recognition. This session will unpack several ideas about how an executive review can be constructed, conducted, and used to build strong relationships and stronger performance throughout your organization.

Third Sector Company

The Science of Story Building

While we know a great deal about why stories work, we don’t focus enough on what makes one story more compelling and effective than another. We’ll cover 7 principles of story building to help you learn to tell stories that can drive change.

This session is intended for executive directors, board members, and anyone else wanting to improve how you tell your organization’s story.

Ellen Nodine

A well-designed website is a critical part of your nonprofit’s outreach. Yet as programs expand and challenges arise, nonprofit staff often face shortages of time and money, leaving the website to age. Sometimes the website is an afterthought that was put together a few years ago and hasn’t really been touched since. The most effective nonprofit website is a dynamic, powerful online tool that works for you to amplify your organization’s impact. It should serve as the hub of your entire marketing strategy, where all roads point back to your online home. If your donor list isn’t growing as well as you’d like, if you’re feeling uninspired by your web presence, or you’re unhappy with the diminishing returns of your website investment, these six strategies for a world-class website are for you.

By attending this session you’ll be able to:

    Explain how your website is the most valuable asset in your marketing toolkit
    Evaluate your current website for what’s working well and what needs improvement
    Develop a plan to improve your existing website that won’t break your budget

This session is attended for anyone with an organizational website that could use a refresh.

Ricardo Ibarra

Finding Power In Your Dreams

Dreamweaving for nonprofits is where we are reminded of our dreams, where dreams are called forth, lived out, and brought into existence. The result of dreamweaving is greater connection to what you need within your family and community, as well as more satisfaction in the impact that you make at work. In this powerful session you will get to create a ‘Dream Board.’ You will tap into your creative side to weave your personal visions into your nonprofit vision. You are certain to leave this session refreshed and full of innovative and new ideas for 2020! And of course, a beautiful ‘Dream Board’ that is a significant first step in manifesting all you desire.

This session is intended for anyone, from any level of nonprofit knowledge and background will benefit from this workshop. Lao-tzu said, “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” Taking the step towards seeing your dreams become reality is a courageous act and one that I honor. Let’s work together to dream, declare and deliver your nonprofit dreams into reality. Let your journey begin!

Crystal Church

One of the most challenging tasks of leading a nonprofit is working with the Board of Directors. Confusion about who does what is rampant, often creating stress and frustration for you, the Director. In this workshop you will learn the division of responsibilities between an Executive Director and the Board of Directors and how to work successfully with your Board to accomplish the mission about which you are so passionate. Come and gain valuable tips and insights from one who’s been there.

This session is intended for executive Directors, both new and experienced; leaders of developing nonprofits who want to get it right the first time… and board members.

Elizabeth Benefiel

Community census work

Come learn about the efforts that nonprofits in Central Washington are making to promote participation in the 2020 census among their program participants and the wider community. Representatives from Nuestra Casa in Sunnyside and La Casa Hogar in Yakima will share details about the work they are doing along with a coalition of other nonprofits.

Census leaders from Nuestra Casa & La Casa Hogar

Sarah Tran and Jodi Nishioka were the Executive Directors of Nonprofit Assistance Center and Wayfind respectively – which recently merged into the new organization, Communities Rise. Over a period of 8 months, they navigated the merger of Wayfind and Nonprofit Assistance Center together. From hatching and exploring the idea, to pitching it to their respective boards, funders, and key stakeholders, and navigating the negotiation process involving staff, consultants, attorneys, accountants and more – they identified key lessons and reflections to share with others considering similar opportunities.

Jodi and Sarah will take you through their journey from an idea to reality, sharing stories of challenges, accomplishments, and fruition.

This session is intended for organizations interested in the process of merging.

Jodi Nishioka & Sarah Tran

Nonprofit Finance Update

It is hard to stay on top of accounting and tax changes impacting nonprofits. In this session, we’ll share the important finance changes that are impacting nonprofits in 2020. You’ll have a chance to ask your questions and get answers.

This workshop is intended for people with nonprofit finance knowledge interested in staying up to date on the rules. This session will not cover nonprofit finance basics. For that, we highly recommend Finance Unlocked for Nonprofits, which covers financial statements, compliance, giving rules, and oversight.

Moss Adams

Cultivating and stewarding relationships is key to our organization’s fundraising success. Who are your top donor prospects? Are they individuals, corporations, foundations, or a combination of all? You have your story and your why. Let’s talk about the how and what you do next. We will create a plan for your top 3 donor prospects. You will leave this workshop ready to raise intentional funds to support your vision and mission.

Rebecca Zanatta