Training Resources Northern California Environmental Grassroots Fund & Puget Grassroots Fund

The following list of nonprofit training resources may be useful in helping you find a training. This list does not cover all of the training opportunities in northern California and Puget Sound, and you don’t have to go to a training provider on this list to receive a scholarship. Check your local area – for example, many high school extension programs and community colleges offer good trainings in computer skills, bookkeeping, etc.



Center for Nonprofit Management
Location: Los Angeles
1000 N. Alameda Street, Ste. 250
Los Angeles, CA 90012
The center helps to foster healthy neighborhoods and communities by improving the performance of nonprofit organizations. The Center may be the closest training provider for groups in the southern part of the Sierras or the Central Valley.

  • Board Management
  • Finance and Accounting
  • Human Resources/Personnel
  • Leadership and Organization Development
  • Legal Issues
  • Marketing/Public Relations/Media Relations
  • Office Administration
  • Planning/Evaluation
  • Proposal Writing/Research
  • Technology Training
  • Volunteer Management
  • Fundraising /Resource Development
  • Fees: $75/ half-day seminars, $125 /full-day seminars

Center for Nonprofit Success
Location: San Francisco
Provides training, knowledge and resources to help nonprofit organizations through mentoring and trainings.

Center for Volunteer and Nonprofit Leadership of Marin
Location: Marin
555 Northgate Drive
San Rafael, CA 94903
The center offers workshops and consulting referrals in the following areas:

  • Board Development
  • Recruiting and Retaining Solutions
  • Governance
  • Financial Management
  • Grantwriting
  • Technology
  • Marketing and Telecommunications
  • Cultural Competency
  • Recruiting and Managing Youth Volunteers
  • Fundraising
  • Fees: $15-$80 prices may vary *Several free courses

The Community Foundation of Santa Cruz County
Location: Santa Cruz
2425 Porter Street Ste. 17
Soquel, CA 95073
The foundation supports local non-profits by offering a regular schedule of workshops on the following topics:

  • Board Governance
  • Fund Development
  • Nonprofit Accounting BootCamp
  • Facilitation Skills for Environmental Groups
  • Fees: $35-$120 (prices may vary) * Some workshops are free

Locations: Oakland, San Jose, Redwood City
500 12th Street Suite 320
Oakland, CA 94607
CompassPoint is a nonprofit training and consulting organization that provides nonprofits with management tools, strategies and resources.


  • Board Development
  • Executive Leadership
  • Management and Planning
  • Professional and Personal Development
  • Managing People
  • Volunteer Management
  • Fundraising
  • Financial Management
  • Technology
  • Communication and Outreach

Consulting Services

  • Executive Transitions & Leadership Services
  • Boards and Nonprofit Governance
  • Financial Management & Business Analysis
  • Fund Development
  • Managing People & Organizational Development
  • Strategic Planning, Mergers & Partnerships
  • Information Technology

Foundation Center
Location: San Francisco
312 Sutter Street, Ste. 606
San Francisco, CA 94108
The Foundation Center connects nonprofits and the grantmakers supporting them by offering valuable tools, training and information. The website includes a comprehensive database of grantmakers, grants and a monthly calendar of events and training opportunities.

  • Online Courses and Classroom Training
  • Proposal Writing
  • Fundraising
  • Foundation Directory
  • Nonprofit Management
  • Fees: Fee-Based courses range from $125-$295 *Most courses are free

The Grantsmanship Center
Location: Los Angeles
P.O. Box 17220
Los Angeles, CA 90017
Training by the Center covers all aspects of researching grants, writing grant proposals and negotiating with funding sources.

Humboldt Area Foundation
Location: Arcata
373 Indianola Road
Bayside, CA 95524
The foundation has a resource center that offers 20 workshops annually on a wide range of nonprofit issues from grantwriting basics to board service.

  • Grantwriting Basics
  • Fundraising for Grassroots Organizations
  • Strategic Planning and Volunteer Management
  • Information & Referral (including categorized lists of local consultants specializing in different areas of interest)
  • Fees: Members Half-day $40-$60, Non-members Half-day $65-$85

Institute for Conservation Leadership
Eastern Office: 6930 Carroll Ave Suite 1050
Takoma Park, MD 20912
Western Office: 13 South Wilson Ave Suite 9
Bozeman, MT 59715
Provides fee for service training and technical assistance for grassroots environmental groups, with an emphasis on volunteer run organizations. Also run several long-term training and leadership programs for nonprofit leaders. See website for details; good list of resources.

Network for Good
Location: Internet Based
7920 Norfolk Avenue, Suite 520
Bethesda, MD 20814
Network for Good is an online resource that specializes in providing fundraising and marketing advice to nonprofits. Additionally Network for Good provides webinars and other online training resources on the topics of social media, attracting corporate partners and emergency planning.

The Non-Profit Assistance Group
Location: Sebastopol
6401 Lone Pine Road
Sebastopol, CA 95472
The Non-Profit Assistance Group offers training and consulting services. The center has a grant resource library and offers nonprofit management, and referral services.

  • Grantwriting
  • Fundraising
  • Board Development
  • Starting a Nonprofit
  • Fees: For one-to-one telephone and email consulting $95 per/hour, For face-to-face within northern California $95-$125 per/hour

Nonprofit Resource Center
Location: Sacramento
1331 Garden Highway
Sacramento, CA 95833
Phone: 916.285.1840
The center provides comprehensive services and support to nonprofit groups in Sacramento, the Central Valley and may also be the most convenient location for many Sierra Nevada groups. Workshops include the following topics:

  • Board Development
  • Computer Technology
  • Financial Management
  • Fundraising
  • Technology
  • Executive Director Bootcamp
  • Starting a Nonprofit
  • Fees: Members $50/ half-day, Non-Members $55/half-day

The Nonprofit Resource Center
Location: Riverside
2060 University Ave., Suite 201
Riverside, CA 9250
Offers nonprofits throughout Riverside opportunities for growth and education. Support includes: Starting a nonprofit organization, writing successful grant proposals, identifying potential funding sources, donor strategies and revenue streams, human resources, strategic plans, and board member recruitment.

Location: Internet Based
435 Brannan Street, Ste. 100
San Francisco, CA 94107
1.800.659.3579 x 700
TechSoup has become a trusted resource about technology in the nonprofit community. The website is complete with a variety of articles on technical support and trouble-shooting, and how to find the appropriate technology for your nonprofit. The website is also a place to find links to organizations that provide technology training and technology products at discounted rates.

  • Links to Other Training Sources
  • Tech-support Articles
  • Consultants
  • Discounted Software and Hardware
  • Product Donations
  • Fees: Browse website and review related articles for free

Volunteer Center of Sonoma County
Location: Santa Rosa
153 Stony Circle, Ste. 100
Santa Rosa, CA 95401
The Volunteer Center of Sonoma County provides training and professional development for board members, staff and volunteers of nonprofit organizations. They have recently launched a new membership program for nonprofits that provides discounts on workshops, events and room rental.

  • Roundtables for Professional Development
  • Fundraising
  • Nonprofit Management
  • Library and Foundation Center
  • Nonprofit Helpdesk
  • Communications and Marketing
  • Fees: $45-$80 for members, $65-$110 for non-members


501 Commons
Location: Seattle, WA
510 Second Avenue West
Seattle, WA
501 Commons provides a directory of nonprofit resources, consultants, and training opportunities throughout Washington State. Additionally, 501 Commons provides leadership and financial coaching and prides itself on maintaining affordable services.

Location: Seattle, WA
3415 Stone Way N
Seattle, WA 98103
206.633.1517 x118
InterConnection is a nonprofit organization that connects other nonprofits and underserved communities with access to discounted, quality, refurbished laptops, desktop computers, hardware, and other products.

Keybank Professional Development Center at the University of Washington, Tacoma
Location: Tacoma, WA
Carlton Center, 1551 Broadway Suite 200
Tacoma, WA 98402
The Center provides non-degree educational opportunities for public and private center professionals via a range of courses, workshops, seminars, and customized trainings.

Nonprofit Assistance Center
Seattle, WA
1618 S. Lane St, Ste 202
Seattle, WA 98144
The Nonprofit Assistance Center (NAC) is a capacity-building organization which specializes in small to mid-sized nonprofits in Washington. NAC offers training to nonprofits as a means of bringing about social justice, and provides assistance with grant writing and tax status issues.

Resource Media
Location: Seattle, WA
600 Stewart Street Ste. 1201
Seattle, WA 98101
Resource Media is an organization dedicated to providing communications and media strategy assistance to groups working around conservation and public health issues. The group also provides training regarding crafting an organizational identity, developing media skills, and conducting effective community outreach.

South Seattle Community College
Location: Seattle, WA
6000 16th Avenue SW
Seattle, WA 98106-1499
Non-Profit Leadership Certificate Program
South Seattle Community College offers State Board approved courses that can lead to a Non-Profit Leadership Certificate. Links to the available courses can be found within the Supervision and Management Program. The program focuses on developing nonprofit leadership with courses cover topics like financial management, fundraising and grant writing, and nonprofit contracts and liabilities.

Washington Nonprofits
Location: Olympia, WA
120 State Avenue #303
Olympia, WA 98501
Washington Nonprofits hosts and provides notice of trainings and events throughout the state. The topics range from Social Media to State Charitable Solicitation Statues, and several events are free. Washington Nonprofits also encourages dialogue and interaction between nonprofits by offering forums for nonprofit staff members.

Stay tuned to the postings and offerings of your local United Way branch. Many United Way chapters offer tips and free documents related to management and governance on their websites, and also host nonprofit training seminars and webinars that are archived for later use. Contact information for United Way branches throughout the Puget Sound region are posted below.

United Way of Island County
Location: Oak Harbor, WA
350 SE Pioneer Way, Suite 101
Oak Harbor, WA 98277

United Way of King County
Location: Seattle, WA
720 Second Avenue
Seattle, WA 98104

United Way of Kitsap County
Location: Bremerton, WA
645 4th Street Suite 100
Bremerton, WA 98337

United Way of Mason County
Location: Shelton, WA
221 W Railroad Avenue, Suite 12
Shelton, WA 98584

United Way of Pierce County
Location: Tacoma, WA
1501 Pacific Ave, Suite 400
Tacoma, WA 98402

United Way of Skagit County
Location: Burlington, WA
831 S. Burlington Blvd.
Burlington, WA 98233

United Way of Snohomish County
Location: Everett, WA
3120 McDougall Ave., Ste. 200
Everett, WA 98201

United Way of Thurston County
Location: Olympia, WA
211 4th Ave East, Suite 101
Olympia, WA 98506

University of Washington
Location: Seattle, WA
4333 Brooklyn Ave. NE
Seattle, 98105
Certificate in Nonprofit Management
The University of Washington’s Professional and Continuing Education Program offers courses and a certificate program in Nonprofit Management. The course topics range from Fundraising to Marketing, and a full certificate can generally be achieved over the course of three academic semesters. Furthermore, UW is a Tuition Assistance Program and partners with organizations to offer educational opportunities to current employees.


Location: Washington, DC
750 9th Street NW, Suite 650
Washington, DC 20001
202.349.2585 (Public Trainings and Webinars)

BoardSource is a resource dedicated to providing governance information to nonprofits. They host several trainings and webinars each month, and their website also hosts a Community Resource page which provides free Research Reports and access to their Board Basics series.

Institute for Conservation Leadership
Eastern Office: 6930 Carroll Ave Suite 1050
Takoma Park, MD 20912
Western Office: 13 South Wilson Ave Suite 9
Bozeman, MT 59715
Provides fee for service training and technical assistance for grassroots environmental groups, with an emphasis on volunteer run organizations. ICL also runs several long-term training and leadership programs for nonprofit leaders. See website for details; good list of resources.

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