Nonprofit Practices Institute Hosts 11th Annual NPI Summit

Monday, April 29, 2019
9:00am – 4:00pm
Campbell’s Resort, Chelan WA

The Nonprofit Practices Institute (NPI), a partnership of the Community Foundation and the Icicle Fund, is hosting its 11th Annual NPI Summit on Monday, April 29, 2019 from 9:00am to 4:30pm at Campbell’s Resort in Chelan, Washington.

The NPI Summit is a day-long conference that provides high-quality, low-cost professional development and networking opportunities for nonprofit organizations serving North Central Washington. The event is open to nonprofit staff, board, volunteers, or anyone interested in nonprofit work.

This year’s keynote is Erica Barnhart, Senior Lecturer at the University of Washington’s Evans School of Public Policy and CEO of Claxon, a marketing consulting firm. The topic is “The Energetics of Language: how to use the power of words to drive change, inspire engagement, and lead a happier, healthier life.”

The rest of the summit includes a dozen presentations over three sessions that cover topics including grant writing, marketing and outreach, succession planning, diversity and inclusion, event planning, board/director relationships, and mindfulness.

“The summit is a great opportunity to learn best practices from experts in their fields” said Claire Oatey, director of community grants and summit programmer. “We’re excited about the diverse range of topics this year – there’s something for everyone.”

Online registration is required along with a $30 fee that includes lunch.



Interpersonal Leadership Workshop for Nonprofits

The Nonprofit Practices Institute (NPI), a partnership between the Community Foundation of NCW and the Icicle Fund, announces its fall workshop for nonprofits: Interpersonal Leadership Styles.

This workshop examines various leadership styles and the impact of those individual styles of behavior on producing results. Participants will take a survey in advance of the workshop, then review the results in a collaborative setting.

The workshop is intended for nonprofit leaders, including staff and board, but anyone is welcome to attend. Each participant will take home a booklet with their individual survey results along with tips and tools for communication.

Presenter Leslie Sholl Jaffe has over 31 years experiences as a consultant across a broad spectrum of businesses and nonprofit organizations, creating environments that enable people to transform their lives and achieve results.

Online registration is required, and the registration fee is $40 and includes light refreshments, lunch, and the individual survey. Deadline to register is August 28th, or when maximum capacity it reached. The workshop is offered in two locations:

Monday, September 24, 2018
10:00 am – 3:00pm
Pybus Public Market, Wenatchee

Thursday, September 27, 2018
10:00am – 3:00pm
Howard’s on the River, Pateros


Community Foundation of NCW Partners with Microsoft to Support Nonprofits

The Community Foundation of NCW has partnered with Microsoft to provide technology support of STEM innovation projects in three NCW school districts and the TechSpark initiative that will provide free technology assessments, products, and training for nonprofits across the North Central Washington region.

STEM Innovation Projects

The Tonasket and Oroville School Districts will both receive $9,600 for a project that will allow high school students to learn STEM, design, and digital skills as well as engaging parents and students together in STEM-related activities in collaboration with the Gear Up program. Gear Up students will receive training in 3D modelling, principles of 3D printing, the Engineering Design Model, digital skills, multirotor operation/design and competitions/challenges with other Gear Up sites.

The Mansfield School District will receive $5,000 to purchase a 3D printer and allow high school students to take two classes offered by Central Washington University in engineering, technology, science, and computers. Students will receive hands-on training in operation of AutoCAD’s design and drafting software with emphasis on features, limitations, and dimensioning strategy. They will also learn three dimensional modeling including design of parts, assembly, and working drawings using 3D solid modeling software.

TechSpark Initiative

Microsoft is offering nonprofits access to free technology products and training to help improve efficiency and secure data through its TechSpark initiative. TechSpark aims to foster greater economic opportunity and job creation through partnerships with rural communities, learn about local challenges, and implement digital initiatives to help accelerate growth. The TechSpark initiative focuses on five program areas: digital transformation, digital skills and computer science education, career pathways, rural broadband, and support for nonprofits. North Central Washington has been chosen as one of six regions selected as a Microsoft TechSpark community, with a focus on supporting nonprofits.

Nonprofits in the region who want to take advantage of free technology will need to start by taking an online assessment that will give TechSpark information about their needs. From there, TechSpark will implement the appropriate tools and software, and provide training in partnership with Logic 20/20, a technology consulting firm.

Deadline to submit the technology assessment is July 20, 2018.


Nonprofit “Boards in Gear” Workshop Coming to Wenatchee and Twisp

The Nonprofit Practices Institute is hosting a workshop, “Boards in Gear”, for nonprofit board members and staff to help strengthen the practice of board leadership for more effective, sustainable results in addressing community needs.

“Boards in Gear” will be facilitated by Nancy Bacon, Director of Learning and Engagement at Washington Nonprofits. It’s an interactive, hands-on workshop that will cover board responsibilities, operations, development, fundraising, and advocacy and is appropriate for new, incoming board members or longtime board members looking for a good refresher.

“Boards in Gear” will be offered Tuesday September 26 in Wenatchee at Pybus Public Market and Wednesday September 27 at Aero Methow in Twisp. Both workshops begin at 10:00am and end at 3:00pm. Registration is $15 and includes lunch.

The Nonprofit Practices Institute is a partnership of the Community Foundation of NCW and the Icicle Fund, to support capacity building opportunities for nonprofits in the NCW region.

For more information and to register online, visit Registration deadline is September 15th.


Registration Open for 9th Annual Nonprofit Practices Institute Summit

The Community Foundation of NCW and the Icicle Fund are hosting the 9th Annual Nonprofit Practices Institute Summit on Monday, May 22, 2017 at Campbell’s Resort in Chelan from 8:00am to 4:00pm.

The NPI Summit is a day-long conference featuring a keynote and breakout sessions covering various topics of nonprofit management, such as board governance, fundraising, finance, and more. It’s a great event for nonprofit colleagues to network.

The summit is open to nonprofit staff, board, volunteers, and anyone who is interested in knowing more about nonprofit management.

Registration fee is $25 and includes lunch. The Statewide Capacity Collaborative has generously offered to sponsor 20 scholarships for the summit for organizations that meet qualifying criteria.

This year, the North Central Regional Library and 501 Commons will have informational booths on the services they provide for nonprofits. Northeastern University is a sponsor of the summit and will be sharing information on their online Nonprofit Management degree.

Established in 2007, the Nonprofit Practices Institute is a partnership between the Community Foundation of NCW and the Icicle Fund to provide affordable and accessible capacity building opportunities for nonprofits in the NCW region.


Registration Open for Compassion Fatigue Workshop

The NPI Spring Workshop on Compassion Fatigue is offered in Wenatchee and Twisp.

The Nonprofit Practices Institute (NPI), a partnership between the Community Foundation of NCW and the Icicle Fund, is hosting a workshop for nonprofit professionals who experience compassion fatigue in the workplace.

Compassion fatigue is the result of working among intense problems in our communities and experience trauma exposure response. Witnessing the hardship of others is a normal part of work for many nonprofit professionals, and presents challenges to emotional and physical well-being.

This workshop addresses resiliency-building techniques to effectively manage compassion fatigue in a way that supports a healthy work culture. It includes tactical coaching, immediate opportunities to practice skills, and help developing a long-term plan for sustained well-being.

The workshop is being offered at two locations:

Monday, March 27, 2017
9:00am – 4:00pm
Aero Methow Conference Room
Twisp, WA

Tuesday, March 28, 2017
9:00am – 4:00pm
Pybus Public Market
Wenatchee, WA

Online registration is required with a $15 fee that includes lunch.


This event is generously sponsored by

Nonprofit Fundraising Workshop Coming to Twisp and Wenatchee

Reserve your seat by September 28th!

The Nonprofit Practices Institute (NPI) is bringing co-founders Jim Shapiro and Steve Screen of The Better Fundraising Company to Twisp and Wenatchee for a workshop on “Building an Annual Fundraising Plan That Raises More Money”.

The workshop will be on Monday, October 3rd from 10:00am to 4:00pm at TwispWorks in Twisp and Monday October 10th from 9:00am to 3:00pm at Pybus Public Market in Wenatchee.

The workshop will cover best practices for nonprofit fundraising, including:

  • When, how, and the best ways to ask for support
  • How to thank donors and retain them
  • How to create reports that thrill donors and engages them in your cause
  • How to track performance to continually build on annual successful fundraising plans

Shapiro was a presenter at the NPI Annual Summit in Chelan last May and received accolades from attendees for the delivery, relevancy, and content of this topic. Shapiro will be presenting at the Twisp location and BFC co-founder Screen will present in Wenatchee.

Advanced registration is required with a $15 fee that includes lunch. For more information and to register, visit

This event is supported by the Nonprofit Practices Institute, a partnership of the Community Foundation of NCW and the Icicle Fund.

Sign Up to Attend Board Celebration Dinners

Do you serve on a board of a nonprofit organization in Chelan, Douglas, or Okanogan county?
We want to celebrate YOU!

Tuesday, September 13, 2016 at Sun Mountain Lodge, Winthrop
Wednesday, September 14, 2016 at Sleeping Lady, Leavenworth

Doors open at 5:30, program begins at 6:15 with dinner at 7:00pm

The Community Foundation of NCW in partnership with the Icicle Fund is now taking reservations for the annual Board Celebration Dinners that honors and recognizes nonprofit board volunteers in Chelan, Douglas, and Okanogan counties.

The Board Celebration Dinners provide a complimentary dinner at Sun Mountain Lodge in Winthrop or Sleeping Lady Resort in Leavenworth along with a short program to recognize the importance of board volunteers and inspire continued service to community.

The evening includes a presentation by special guest, Chuck Underwood of The Generational Imperative, Inc. who will discuss how to engage different generations in better understanding and supporting the nonprofit work that brings a positive impact to their community.

Seating is limited and is first come, first served. Online reservation is required; reservation deadline is September 7, 2016.


Registration Open for the 8th Annual NPI Summit

NPIMonday, May 23, 2016
9:00am – 4:00pm
(Registration Opens at 8:00am)
Campbells Resort, Chelan WA

The Community Foundation of NCW is pleased to host the 8th Annual NPI Summit!

Open to board, staff, volunteers and anyone interested in nonprofit work, the Summit provides professional development and unique training opportunities from experts in their field.

In this day-long conference, we’ll cover several topics related to nonprofit management and sustainability so that you can bring back tools and resources to better achieve your mission and grow your organization.

We are excited to have Nancy Straw of The Ford Family Foundation as our Keynote who will talk about “Making the Most of Being a Rural Nonprofit“. Other session topics include:

  • Leadership
  • Marketing and Branding
  • Crowdfunding
  • Fundraising
  • Board/Director Relations
  • Succession Planning
  • Finance
  • and Peer to Peer Learning Sessions
We are also excited about a few exhibits that will be at the Summit:
  • Washington Nonprofits will share information about the incredible array of nonprofit resources they have available to you
  • North Central Regional Library will bring information about their new Funding Information Network where you can find information about funding sources
  • Northeastern University will have information on their Nonprofit Management program and is sponsoring a yummy dessert break!

Registration is just $25 and includes a delicious lunch, including vegetarian and gluten free options!

This is going to be one of the best summits we’ve ever hosted, you don’t want to miss out this year!



The Nonprofit Practices Institute is a partnership between the Community Foundation of NCW and the Icicle Fund

Nonprofit Grant Writing Workshop Coming to Wenatchee and Twisp

grantwritingThe Ultimate Grants Toolkit

The Nonprofit Practices Institute (a partnership of the Community Foundation of NCW and the Icicle Fund) is hosting “The Ultimate Grants Toolkit” – an interactive workshop to guide nonprofit organizations through the grant writing process.

Facilitated by Maryn Boess of Grants USA, this workshop is designed for both new and seasoned grant writers, covering mission-centered grant-seeking, planning, research, and methods for writing a winning proposal. Participants will receive a comprehensive toolkit and reference guide containing all the topics covered during the workshop.

The Ultimate Grants Toolkit” will be held on Wednesday April 13, 2016 at Pybus Public Market in Wenatchee and Thursday April 14, 2016 at Aero Methow Rescue Service in Twisp. Both workshops are from 9am to 3pm. Registration is $15 and includes lunch.

Maryn has over 20 years professional experience in the nonprofit sector as a program developer and grant writer. She has garnered over $42 million in grants for her clients and as a grantmaker manages over $1 million a year in competitive grants for teacher training.


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