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What Would It Take? Train the Trainer Continues

February 13, 2019 Nancy Bacon

I keep a creased and faded flip chart page on my wall. At the top it says, “What Could We Do? What Would It Take?” It comes from a November 2017 event at which we invited consultants and those who train to tell us how Washington can become a leader in nonprofit learning. This is what these participants shared: Require conference speakers to demonstrate best practice Provide a pipeline of learning experiences that teach best practice Empower and equip staff to deliver training  Homegrow (support local people to deliver local trainings) Offer peer circles or affinity groups to get at […]

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New e-book on how to design conferences

February 13, 2019 Nancy Bacon

Hot off the press: “Conferences That Make a Difference,” co-authored by Washington Nonprofits Associate Director, Nancy Bacon! Do you organize an annual conference? Are you looking to deepen the learning that happens at your conference? Want ideas on how to organize activities that help people take action on what they learn?  You are warmly invited to download this free e-book for ideas on how to design a conference that makes a difference. It was written for membership organizations or association staff interested in expanding the learning aspects of your annual conference. The e-book covers four elements of conference design: Strategy […]

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Go Deeper On Your Learning

January 15, 2019 Nancy Bacon

I think a lot about a metaphor my education professor used to talk about learning: A learning program is like a fence. A strong fence has posts that go deep enough to reach solid, stabilizing ground. Its rails are wide enough to efficiently cover a lot of ground. (Too shallow or too wide and the fence falls down. Too deep or too short, and you run out of resources!) Likewise, a strong learning program goes deep on “mission critical” topics and broad across other topics so people get just what they need to take action. Washington Nonprofits’ learning program is […]

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Calling All Great Ideas! Washington State Nonprofit Conference wants to hear from you.

January 15, 2019 Nancy Bacon

Do you have an idea that you want to share with other nonprofit leaders? Do you have experiences that you think other nonprofit people could learn from? The Washington State Nonprofit Conference is an idea laboratory where people come to share, test, hear, and get inspired by new and renewed ideas. One way to share ideas is through the workshop proposal process. That is happening now with a deadline of January 31, 2019. If you have an idea that you want to share in a workshop format, now’s your chance to let us know! The Washington State Nonprofit Conference is the only […]

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What’s New in 2019?

December 18, 2018 Nancy Bacon

Paid Family and Medical Leave In 2019, employers and employees in Washington will begin paying premiums for paid family and medical leave. Employer payments are mandatory for nonprofits with 50+ staff, and optional for smaller nonprofits. Starting Jan. 1, 2020, employees will be able to apply for Paid Family and Medical Leave benefits for qualifying events. Benefits will be available for most employees who work at least 820 hours in the qualifying period. Paid Family and Medical Leave will be a state-run insurance program that is funded by both employers and employees. Eligible employees are assured up to 12 weeks […]

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Central Washington Conference for the Greater Good

November 16, 2018 Nancy Bacon

The Central Washington Conference for the Greater Good creates the space in which nonprofit leaders and volunteers learn, connect, and get inspired. It brings together experts and colleagues from across the region, philanthropy, resource providers, and state agencies to ensure that nonprofits have what they need to succeed. Learn more on the conference website: centralwanonprofitconference.org              

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Effective Trainers Lead to Strong Nonprofits

November 16, 2018 Nancy Bacon

Strong nonprofits are vital to healthy communities. To stay strong, nonprofit leaders need opportunities to learn new skills and integrate new ideas into their daily practice. Those who teach nonprofit leaders need to be skilled instructors as much as content experts because nonprofits don’t have time or money to waste. This is why Washington Nonprofits launched last November its “Train the Trainer” initiative. Inspired by the idea that every nonprofit learning experience in Washington should be excellent and action-focused, Washington Nonprofits Associate Director Nancy Bacon works closely with two local adult learning experts, Guila Muir and Tracy Flynn, to provide […]

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Central Washington Conference for the Greater Good – April 24

November 15, 2018 Nancy Bacon

All roads lead to Yakima, Washington on April 24, 2019! The Central Washington Conference for the Greater Good is where nonprofit leaders, philanthropy, and others working in the public space come together to learn, connect, and imagine new solutions to opportunities and challenges within our communities. Now in its sixth year, this Conference represents a partnership between Washington Nonprofits, the Central Washington Nonprofit Network, the Yakima Valley Community Foundation and many others. Akaya Windwood will keynote the Conference, speaking on the topic, “People Matter.” Based in Oakland, California, she is a partner at WiseBridge, a global transformative advising, training and […]