PROSSER: Tools for Running an Effective Nonprofit

Prosser 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 Presenters

Jeanne Kojis

Jeanne Kojis, Nonprofit Network of Southwest Washington 
Executive Director of the Nonprofit Network Southwest Washington since 2008, Jeanne has a degree in nonprofit management and communications, with a certificate in public relations.  Jeanne first served on a board of directors at age 16, and in the years since she has served on boards supporting the arts, education, the environment, and human services organizations.  Other community service has included the Washington OSPI Gifted Education Advisory in the 1990’s and the Washington State Charities Advisory Council 2007-2012. 

Rory BowmanRory Bowman 
Rory Bowman has spent years as a volunteer and organizer with small groups, including experiences good and bad. He has also served as an executive director, with nearly two decades of experience on a variety of corporate boards, including for-profits, non-profits and cooperatives in Oregon and Washington. His background in education and adult education gives Rory a passion for helping all organizations get better, at any size and every level. As a consultant, he has a decidedly practical and "real-world" focus.


  • When

  • Saturday, June 2, 2018
    9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    Pacific Time

  • Where

  • Walter Clore Wine & Culinary Center
    2140A Wine Country Road
    Prosser, WA 99350

Thank You to Our Partners

Presented by Washington Nonprofits in partnership with the Office of the Secretary of State.

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