Past Sessions


2014 Sessions

  • April 15 and 16 - Susan Newton of Development Strategies Plus. How  nonprofit boards and staff can function as a team to build the organization’s effectiveness and achieve sustainability by emphasizing  mission and core values.
  • May 20 and 21- Susan Newton of Development Strategies Plus. Conversation about navigating change in times of uncertainty. How  and why nonprofit organizations should master the art of adaption.
  • June 10 and 11 - Kay Sohl of Kay Sohl Consulting, Portland, Oregon. Work with nonprofits to share practical insights, wisdom and invite dialogue.

2013 Sessions

  • November 5 & 6  - Nancy Long of 501 Commons. The Five Elements of a Healthy Nonprofit
  • October 15 & 15 - Jan McGowan of Jan McGowan Nonprofit Consulting. The Importance of Donor Data.
  • September 17 & 18 - Bruce Toews, CPA/MBA, Associate Professor of Accounting/Finance at Walla Walla University. How to Read Financial Statements.
  • September 6 - Symposium featuring the Washington Secretary of State's Charities and Nonprofits Division.
  • June 11 & 12 - Susan Newton of Development Strategies Plus. How to Make Change!
  • May 14 & 15 -  Kay Sohl of Kay Sohl Consulting. Dashboards for Nonprofit Boards
  • April 23 & 24 - Jan McGowan of Jan McGowan Nonprofit Consulting. Becoming A More Effectinve and Efficient Board
  • March 1 - Governance as Innovation and Teamwork

Washington Nonprofits, a nonprofit state association, symposium on nonprofit board governance.

 

2012 Sessions

  • November 27 & 28 - Michael Mettler of Achieva Marketing Group and Jock Edwards. A Peer-to-Peer, Q & A Conversation on Social Media
  • October 16 & 17- Michael Mettler of Achieva Marketing Group and Susan Newton of Development Strategies Plus. Social Media: What Is It and How Should You Use It?
  • September 18 & 19 - Kay Sohl of Kay Sohl Consulting. Power Up Your Budget Process. Learn how to energize your board and staff by working together to build a realistic financial plan to achieve your strategic goals. Kay will explore strategies to focus budget efforts on critical choices and priorities rather than pages and pages of numbers.
  •  June 12 & 13 - Bruce Toews, CPA/MBA, Assoc. Professor of Accounting/Finance at Walla Walla University. Internal Controls: What are they? Why are they Important?
  • May 15 & 16 - Jan McGowan of Jan McGowan Nonprofit Consulting. The Importance of Financial Action Plans
  • April 17 & 18 - Lawson Knight of the Blue Mountain Community Foundation. Fundraising: How Best to Engage Board Members. Mr. Knight will share practical insights into how to best involve board members in the process of financial development.

 

2011 Sessions

November Sessions

  • November 15 & 16-Susan Newton of Development Strategies Plus. Evaluations: Board members & Executive Directors-A Key to Building Effective Organizations. Susan will address key issues such as:
    • How should board members police themselves?
    • What is the executive director's role in this process?
    • How can the board assess the executive director in such a way that the process is healthy for all involved?

 

October Sessions

  • October 18 & 19th-Carol Bowser of Conflict Management Strategies. An attorney, mediator, workplace conflict expert and professor, Carol brings a unique approach to address workplace conflict, train employees in conflict resolution skills, evaluate internal conflict resolution processes, and facilitate tangible change.

September Sessions

  • September 20 & 21-Kay Sohl of Kay Sohl Consulting, Portland Oregon. With limited resources in a challenging environment, collaboration becomes an essential business strategy. Kay will explain its various forms along the collaborative continuum. More importantly, she will outling the required skill sets and explain how to implement each of them on a successful and sustainable basis.

June Sessions

  • June 14 & 15 - Bruce Toews, CPA/MBA, Associate Professor of Accounting/Finance at Walla Walla University School of Business. This session will appeal to both the nonprofit board and staff members as it focuses on the following topics:
    • How to read a financial statement.
    • What patterns to look for concerning healthy trends.
    • What red flags to look for concerning emerging problems.
    • What internal controls are essential and why.

May Sessions 

  • May 3 & 4 - Jan McGowan of Nonprofit Consulting. This highly interactive session will build on the Learning Center's 2010 presentations on board roles, responsibilities, and models by engaging staff and board members in thoughtful conversations about issues and questions you are confronting now, such as who is in charge of the board? Board members and staff leadership are encouraged to attend.

April Sessions

  • April 5 & 6-Sonya Campion, CFRE, philanthropist, consultant, Whitman College alum. Sonya will share practical insights into best practices of fundraising, particularly by small to mid-size nonprofits. Focus will be on how to engage your board and create a philantropic culture within your organization that will produce results. 
  • April 8-Larry Clark, President and CEO of Comprehensive Health Foundation. Advancing Your Mission Through Earned Income Strategies. Participants will learn about the application of innovative and entrepreneurial strategies and tools, such as earned-income strategies, business planning, and strategic partnerships that have been effective in building nonprofit sustainability.