MOUNT VERNON: Tools for Running an Effective Nonprofit

Mount Vernon Tools for Running an Effective NonprofitA daylong workshop for leaders of small, all or mostly volunteer organizations wanting to learn the basics on how to deliver on your mission


Your organization exists to make a difference. A group of people got together—maybe including you—and founded a nonprofit corporation to tackle an important issue. That corporation is like a car. It has a shape and size, it needs to be registered, and the people in the car matter. You need fuel to propel it forward.

During Tools for Running an Effective Nonprofit, we will 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

You will leave ready to:

  • Define to others what success looks like for your organization
  • Name one way your organization can be more sustainable
  • Name two elements to track for legal and financial compliance and protection
  • Explain how your programs tie back to your mission
  • Describe how your organization understands overhead
  • List at least two things that need to be in a volunteer or board job description
  • Name one way your organization can raise money without spending any money


This workshop is designed for board, volunteers and staff of smaller organizations. Anyone who wants to know nonprofit basics and have concrete actions to move their organizations forward will find something in the day. While a team is not necessary, it is helpful to have at least two people from an organization.



  • Light meal served
  • Plenty of breaks for networking and connection
  • Opportunities to ask about specific resources your organization needs



About the Presenter

Ginny Lang

Virginia D. Lang, Lang Consulting
Ginny Lang is a veteran management consultant who has worked in the corporate sector and the nonprofit community as an adviser on all aspects of community affairs for almost 30 years. Ginny has served as an expert coach, trainer, facilitator and consultant to an impressive array of nonprofit organizations and is an accomplished speaker and teacher. Lang Consulting specializes in planning, training and development for nonprofit organizations and helps nonprofit professionals and board members develop their leadership skills in the areas of communication, fundraising, outreach, board/ staff development and volunteer management.



  • When

  • Saturday, April 21, 2018
    9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    Pacific Time

  • Where

  • Skagit Transit Station
    105 East Kincaid
    Mount Vernon, WA 98273

Thank You to Our Partners

Presented by Washington Nonprofits in partnership with the Office of the Secretary of State and the Whidbey Community Foundation

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