TACOMA: Tools for Running an Effective Nonprofit

Tacoma 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

nancybacon2smNancy Bacon, Washington Nonprofits
Nancy Bacon leads the development and implementation of Washington Nonprofits’ learning programs. She was the founding director of the World Affairs Council's Global Classroom and has served as in the roles of executive director, founding program director, board member, and volunteer. Nancy led the team creating Finance Unlocked for Nonprofits in 2014, Boards in Gear in 2015, and Let’s Go Legal in 2016. She is a former middle school teacher who loves to teach. 

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.


With special guest Dermont Smith, Campbell & Company

Dermont SmithDermont is a Senior Consultant with the Campbell & Company who works with nonprofit organizations to help them achieve their goals of improving communities. He brings 20-plus years of senior development and sales experience to his role. Prior to joining the Collins Group last year, Dermont served as the National Director of the Middle Donor Team at World Vision US for ten years. Dermont is credited with creating World Vision’s first-ever moves management system used by middle and major gift officers through which he witnessed firsthand the power of data and analytics in fundraising. Dermont currently serves on the board of the Tacoma Urban League, where he has created a fundraising and development plan for the organization. He is also a regular volunteer with New Horizons Organization, partnering with Seattle’s homeless youth as they work towards sustainability.


  • When

  • Saturday, April 28, 2018
    9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    Pacific Time

  • Where

  • Tacoma Urban League
    2550 S Yakima Ave
    Tacoma, WA 98405

Thank You to Our Partners

Presented by Washington Nonprofits in partnership with the Office of the Secretary of State and the Tacoma Urban League.

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