NPI Virtual Learning

NPI Virtual Learning SeriesNonprofit Reemergence Learning Series

July – October 2020

The last few months have been challenging for nonprofits. We have faced closing our offices and canceling fundraising events. In some cases, we have served more people with limited resources, all while keeping physically distant. Now we begin a slow and intentional process of reopening our offices and facilities. How do we emerge from quarantine with new eyes and a fresh perspective on how to run our organizations? How do we take the lessons from COVID-19 and apply them to new ways of work within our organizations and our communities?

The Nonprofit Reemergence Learning Series is designed to give you new insight and practical tools to strengthen your nonprofit’s resilience. This no-cost series will be delivered via Zoom once a month and will cover:

  • Leading in Times of Uncertainty
  • Nonprofit Financial Strategy in Response to Crisis
  • Six Superpowers of a Small Nonprofit Fundraiser
  • Network leadership: Collaboration for Greater Impact
  • Next steps Community Conversation
Nancy Bacon, Consultant

Nancy Bacon, Consultant

The series will be moderated by Nancy Bacon, a nonprofit educator who led Washington Nonprofits’ learning program for eight years. Nancy will build connections and engage you in the conversation, so you complete the series ready to lead your organization in new and powerful ways.

We invite you to attend the full series, as they will build upon one another, but you will register for each part of the series separately. Once you sign up, you’ll receive a Zoom link via email. Each session begins at 9:00AM.

Again, this is a FREE series for our NCW nonprofits!

Next Steps Community Conversation

Nancy Bacon, Consultant & Claire Oatey, CFNCW Director of Community Grants

October 22, 2020
9:00AM – 10:30AM

Reflection and action are two sides of the same coin. Without one, the other is meaningless. So after this thought-provoking series designed to give you new insights and tools, let’s come back together to talk about next steps. Let’s review the highlights of these conversations and find ways to apply them within our organizations and communities.


If you missed this session and would like to receive a recording, email

Leading in Times of Uncertainty

Skye Mercer, HR Consultant and Leadership Coach

July 22, 2020
9:00AM – 11:00AM

COVID-19 has presented one of the most complex and difficult circumstances in the modern workplace. Leading and supporting employees and serving clients amidst changing legislation, funding uncertainty, and the threat of illness in the workplace, is uniquely challenging. No leader should go it alone. Getting support for managing in times of uncertainty is critical for any leader. If you are looking for support, tools, and strategies for leading your employees through a global pandemic, then this workshop is for you.

  • Describe how grief and fear are manifesting in the workplace and name ways to simultaneously support your employees and keep moving forward with the work to be done.
  • Identify key strategies for building personal resilience, a critical foundation for managing in challenging times.
  • Put systems in place to keep employees safe, engaged, and productive.

We know you have a lot of questions, so we will set aside plenty of time for you to get answers to the most frequently asked HR COVID-19 questions, such as how to handle it if an employee is sick, and what are the best ways to manage a newly remote team.

Skye Mercer, HR Consultant and Leadership Coach

Skye Mercer, HR Consultant and Leadership Coach

Skye Mercer, MBA, SPHR, SHRM-SCP is a certified HR Consultant and Leadership Coach with over 17 years of HR experience. Skye consults with nonprofit organizations all over the US to provide on-call and project-based HR and leadership coaching solutions. Skye has a unique background in that she has worked both in-house as an HR Manager and externally as an HR Consultant for both large national and small, community-based nonprofits. Some of the nonprofits she’s worked with include: YWCA Clark County, Goodwill Industries, Safe Passage Violence Prevention Center, and the Washington Association of Land Trusts. Skye grew up in Washington State and has spent a great deal of time in Central and Eastern Washington.

Nonprofit Financial Strategy in Response to Crisis

Scott Schaffer, Public Interest Management Group

August 25 + 27, 2020
9:00AM – 10:30AM

The current public health crisis has disrupted your operations and funding sources, with longer-term impacts that remain unknown. You face immediate budget impacts and potentially serious threats to sustainability. You need help navigating your way through this situation and bringing your board and funders along to a place of greater sustainability. That is what this online course is all about.

Over two 90-minute online sessions, you will gain the information you need to visualize and chart a financial strategy that proactively addresses the short- and longer-term impacts of the crisis. You will receive a toolkit of information to support your learning and to bring back into the life of your organization. We know you can’t do this alone, so we’ll make sure you have tools to bring your colleagues along with you. 

This course is designed for senior nonprofit managers and board members. It is assumed that you have basic nonprofit finance knowledge and a willingness to think beyond the immediate crisis. We do NOT cover the specifics of federal legislation, SBA loans, or the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP).

Scott Schaffer, Public Interest Management Group

Scott Schaffer, Public Interest Management Group

Scott Schaffer, Principal of Public Interest Management Group, is a nonprofit sector thought leader on financial health and sustainability. As past CEO of organizations in the health, housing and environmental fields, he’s led financial turnarounds and build resilient organizations. As a management consultant, he’s helped over 100 nonprofits chart courses toward financial health. Scott has a background in finance, economics and behavioral science, and has led a workshop called Strategic Financial Management for Nonprofit Executives in the U.S. and Canada.

Six Superpowers of the Small Nonprofit Fundraiser

Sarah Brooks, Methow Conservancy

September 22, 2020
9:00AM – 12:00AM

Do you find yourself constantly juggling your fundraising responsibilities with 64 other tasks for your mission? Raising money in a small nonprofit can feel overwhelming sometimes, but the truth is you have 6 superpowers that fundraisers in bigger organizations would LOVE to have! You just need to recognize and unleash them — even when it means you break some commonly held fundraising “rules.” Uncover your superpowers and learn how to avoid the small nonprofit fundraisers’ kryptonite. This workshop is designed with plenty of time for small and large group discussion to share and discuss ideas about what works best for your area.

Sarah Brooks, Methow Conservancy

Sarah Brooks, Methow Conservancy

Sarah Brooks is a passionate believer in the superpowers of small nonprofits.  A fundraiser and leader in a rural nonprofit in Eastern Washington, Sarah sees so much potential in the grassroots, community-based organizations that tackle so many issues people care about.  She’s a practical do-er and a relentless cheerleader for anyone brave enough to make a career in a small nonprofit.

Network Leadership: Collaboration for Greater Impact

Marty Kooistra, New Network Leader and Housing Development Consortium

October 8, 2020
9:00AM – 12:00AM

You work hard. You struggle to raise enough money and recruit enough volunteers to achieve big, bold changes. You wonder how to grow your budget to be able to do more, a challenge that just got harder with COVID-19. Your partnership efforts aren’t what they could be because who has the time. Sound familiar?

“Next Steps in Network Leadership” is designed to help you build the kind of collaborations that reduce stress and increase impact. You will learn the four principles of network leadership and how to apply them. You will see evidence on how network leadership is so effective and practice words to help you explain its power to your board and extended community. This webinar is particularly powerful for teams ready to take the next step on building collaborations.

Marty Kooistra, New Network Leader and Housing Development Consortium

Marty Kooistra, New Network Leader and Housing Development Consortium

Marty Kooistra is a leader in the New Network Leader movement and is the Executive Director for the Housing and Development Consortium of Seattle-King County. He has been a champion of community revitalization and affordable housing for over 27 years, serving in leadership roles both domestically and globally. Marty came to the Puget Sound in 2008 serving as the CEO of Habitat for Humanity Seattle-South King County. Marty was awarded an Archibald Bush Foundation Leadership Fellowship for study at the Joint Center for Housing in the Graduate School of Design and the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

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