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All our workshops will be held at Olympic College, Poulsbo Campus, 1000 Olympic Way, PoulsboRooms 119 and 120.

      Half Day Workshop: Volunteers - Aligning Service To Strategy
      November 17, 2017
      8:30 - Noon

      This workshop has been approved for 3.5 CFRE Credits
      Find them! Keep them! Organize them! Come learn all the tips, tricks, and tools that can get your volunteer resources where you need them to be when you need them to be there! We welcome nationally recognized nonprofit expert Nikki Russell to help guide you through the process of creating a volunteer program with real impact.

      Creating value in a volunteer program requires a strategic approach to planning for engagement. Aligning volunteer service to your strategic goals and priorities will harness your volunteer resources to yield results and launch volunteer service into a highly valued partnership within your organization.  This workshop focuses on the importance of developing a volunteer engagement plan before designing volunteer roles and recruiting volunteers to fill those roles.  You will learn the purpose and steps for conducting an organizational needs assessment, developing a plan for volunteer engagement, designing results-focused volunteer assignments and targeting recruitment toward finding and engaging the best volunteers to meet the critical needs of your organization.

      You'll walk out of this workshop with:

      • A formula for developing a strategic volunteer engagement plan
      • A volunteer management assessment tool and process for assessing the strengths and weaknesses of your existing   volunteer involvement effort
      • A template for designing results-focused volunteer opportunities
      • Strategies for targeting recruitment to engage the right volunteers for your organization

      Nichola “Nikki” Russell, CVA
      Nikki Russell is a national leader in promoting the strategic advantage of effective volunteer engagement.  A CVA (Certification in Volunteer Administration), Nikki has over 20 years experience in volunteer engagement, including seven years as the lead volunteer management trainer for United Way of King County’s Volunteer Center.  Nikki has delivered basics and advanced volunteer management workshops to local, regional and national audiences and has presented at the National Conference on Volunteerism and Service.  The former Director of Development and Community Engagement for United Neighbors of Jefferson County, Nikki has also served on two national boards (the Association of Leaders in Volunteer Engagement (AL!VE) and The Council for Certification in Volunteer Administration (CCVA) and as Chair for the Volunteer Administrators Network (VAN) Northwest.


      Half Day Workshop: How To Create A Nonprofit Communications Plan From Scratch
      June 22, 2017
      8:30 - Noon

      This workshop has been approved for 3.5 CFRE Credits
      Walk in with questions, walk out with a plan that details how and when to broadcast your message so more of the right people receive it!  We welcome Allison Carney to Kitsap! Allison's entire career has been dedicated to helping nonprofits. In Seattle, she develops communications strategies for organizations--from planning wide-reaching campaigns to coaching staff on best practices in social media. She frequently gives trainings and speaks at events on how nonprofits can effectively and realistically improve their communications. Previously, she led communications departments, created and implemented communications strategies, and launched an online community for foundations. She has her master’s degree from Georgetown University in public relations and her bachelor’s degree from Mount Holyoke College. She knows what it's like down in the trenches and her accessible, relatable style makes communications seem easy! This workshop will train you to turn your organizational goals into an ACTIONABLE communications plan tailored to your organization's specific needs. You'll learn how to:

      Trainees will learn how to:

      • write communications goals
      • name key audiences
      • create compelling messages,
      •  identify channels and influencers,
      • list tactics, and
      • and develop a calendar and budget.

      Full Day Workshop: Social Media For Nonprofits
      March 23, 2017
      8:30 - 4:30

      This workshop has been approved for 6 CFRE credits.

      You know those books "How to...for Dummies"? What if someone wrote one for social media? Wouldn't it be great if that person could just come here in person and give an awesome workshop? Guess what? He is! We welcome John Haydon, author of Facebook Marketing for Dummies to Kitsap, as he brings his practical, how-to knowledge and accessible style to our nonprofits. John has over a decade of experience helping nonprofits market efficiently and effectively. He will cover a variety of topics and tools to help you better manage social media for your nonprofit.

      Join us as we explore ways to make your social media practice more effective, from policy and planning, increasing traffic, and innovative new software available to nonprofits.

      Final Agenda

      8:00-8:30am - Check in and Greeting
      8:30-9:30am - Setting A Good Foundation: Crafting A Social Media Marketing Plan and Policy
      9:30-9:45  - Break
      9:45-10:45am - Storify your content! Learn to tell more powerful stories at the right time.
      10:45-11:00 - Break
      11:00-Noon – Facebook Fundamentals For Nonprofits: Boosting Engagement With Content and Ads
      Noon-1:00 - Lunch and break
      1:00-2:00pm - Eye Candy: How to Leverage Instagram and Pinterest + Top 3 DIY Video Services
      2:00-3:00pm - High Traffic: Cool Tools to help you Keep Calm and Build Followers
      3:00-3:15  - Break
      3:15-4:15pm - Professionally Tweeting: How Can Twitter and LinkedIn Work For You?
      4:15pm - Goodbye and See you next year

      Workbooks Provided

      • Social Media Tools Guide – 51 different tools based on category
      • Facebook Ad Planning Workbook
      • 1 page Social Media Marketing Plan Guide For POST Method
      • Nonprofit Marketing Personas Book

      All our workshops will be held at Olympic College, Poulsbo Campus, 1000 Olympic Way, PoulsboRooms 119 and 120.

      Half Day Workshop: Technology Made Easy
      September 14, 2017
      8:30 - Noon

      This workshop has been approved for 3.5 CFRE Credits
      You know technology is supposed to be a good thing, and you know that you need to embrace it to make the future easier for your organization...but there are so many aspects to technology for nonprofits, how do you know what you need, or don't, and what if you can't afford it? Is there a hack for that? How do you know what you don't know?!

      We have a workshop to help you figure that out!

      Join us for a half-day workshop that can help you figure out those questions! We'll cover things like:

      • Managing Software and Security
      • Technology planning and decision-making
      • How to get what you need from resources you already have
      • How to assess your current tech situation
      • How to create a detailed plan of action

      Our workshop leader will walk you through a technology planning process, and whether you are looking for volunteer management, donor management, have security concerns or need day-to-day help, you'll walk out of the workshop with a short, ready-to-implement action plan!

      We are excited to have Jason Boerner, IT Infrastructure Program Manager for 501 Commons nonprofit center as workshop leader!  Jason has spent nearly 20 years solving complex business problems using his deep IT background in national and global roles for companies like Microsoft, Seattle Children’s Hospital, Caradigm, True Blue, and Wells Fargo. Jason  holds a B.S. in Computer Science from Montana State University and studied formal language design at the University of Utah. 

      501 Commons' mission is to boost the capacity of nonprofit organizations to thrive over the long term and effectively serve the community. They are a valuable resource and education center for nonprofits in Washington State and beyond.