Training Resources California Environmental Grassroots Fund, Grassroots Leadership Fund, & Puget Grassroots Fund

This working list of nonprofit resources may be useful in helping you find a training or other capacity-building resource. This list does not cover all of the training opportunities in 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.


Past Convening Resources

2018 – Grantwriting and Fundraising

2017 – Building a Broader Base For Your Organization

2016 – The Art And Science of Organizing


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 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

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

Kern Community Foundation – Jumpstart program
Location: Bakersfield, CA
3300 Truxtun Avenue, Suite 220
Bakersfield, CA 93301
“Jumpstart” is a competitive grant made possible as a public-private partnership with generous support from the Kern County Board of Supervisors. The program will allow up to five Kern County nonprofits the opportunity to receive 12 months of fundraising technical assistance and easy-to-use software. Click here for more information on this unique Kern County-based capacity building grant opportunity!

Nonprofit Resource Center
Location: Sacramento, Riverside
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 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.

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 98119

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
Location: 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.

United Way (Branches Across the Puget Sound)
Location(s): King, Island, Kitsap, Mason, Pierce, Skagit, Snohomish, and Thurston counties.

United Way improves lives by mobilizing the caring power of communities around the world to advance the common good. Membership to United Way grants access to networking opportunities, trainings, resources, advocacy, and project collaboration.

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.

University of Washington Certificate in Nonprofit Management
Location: Seattle, WA
4333 Brooklyn Ave. NE
Seattle, WA 98105

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

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.

Nonprofit Learning Lab
Location: Trainings are held in the Bay Area, Los Angeles, and nationally. Webinars are also available, some at no cost.
303 S Broadway
Denver, CO 80209
Nonprofit Learning Lab has a variety of web-based and in-person trainings, as well as a vast Nonprofit Resource Library which comes free with membership (which can be funded with the Mini-Grant!)

Topics Include:

  • How to increase donor retention
  • Volunteer relations and management
  • Using Google Analytics to improve your organization’s website
  • Strategic Plan Mapping


Bolder Advocacy
Location: Internet Based
(202) 822-6070

Bolder Advocacy equips nonprofits with the knowledge they need to be confident and powerful advocates. Their staff attorneys conduct workshops and trainings around the country and one-on-one technical assistance by phone and email. Bolder Advocacy’s coaching helps nonprofit leaders become stronger advocates for their missions and empowers them to speak up.

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.

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

Free Resources

Network for Good’s Free Fundraising Resources Library

Topics include:

  • Individual and Major Donor Fundraising
  • Donor Relations
  • Storytelling and Other Fundraising Marketing

Location: Nebraska, Iowa

Based In Nebraska, Firespring works collaboratively with other organizations to identify their purpose and bring that purpose to life. Sticking to their mission, they not only provide webinars to nonprofits at no cost, but also aggregate free capacity building handouts, e-books, videos, and even podcasts.

Webinar topics include:

  • Online Fundraising
  • Social Media Strategies
  • E-mail Marketing
  • Event Organizing & Execution

OneJustice – Capacity Building Academy
Location: San Francisco, Los Angeles

The academy delivers nonprofit training through a combination of webinars, peer coaching, and individualized consultations. An application is required, but if accepted, the 3-month training program comes at no cost. Special consideration will be given to organizations serving non-urban communities and organizations serving Marin, Merced, Monterey, Napa, San Benito, San Joaquin, Santa Cruz, Sonoma, Solano, and Stanislaus counties.

Topics include:

  • Nonprofit Management for Legal Services
  • Pro Bono Program Management for Legal Services

VolunteerMatch – Learning Center
409 13th Street, Suite 800
Oakland, CA 94612

Through the Learning Center, VolunteerMatch offers free webinars regarding organizing and outreach strategies to maximize your volunteer base.

Topics vary by availability, but include:

  • Volunteer Management & Engagement
  • Marketing & Social Media
  • Storytelling

Whole Whale
81 Prospect Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201
(367) 762-8730

This organization works to increase the digital impact of nonprofits and B-Corps. They do not only host free webinars, but archives of their webinars are readily available.

Topics include:

  • Website development
  • Interpreting data to track fundraising patterns
  • Data storytelling
  • Improving team workflow
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