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Deeper dives into topics most on your mind

We took the topics Central Washington nonprofit leaders told us are most on their minds… and recruited experts who can provide practical information and solutions.

Fundraising in 2024: Where do I start?

Donor giving is down locally and nationally. We are still recovering from COVID-19. Our volunteers haven’t come back. Where do we go from here? It’s time to get back to fundraising basics. Let’s look at the big picture, spend some time learning from each other, and making a fundraising plan for the future. There is room for creativity and innovation in the basics as well! Come with questions and leave with action and inspiration. 

Heidi Pelletier, Yakima Valley Community Foundation
Heidi Pelletier

Chief Development Officer, Yakima Valley Community Foundation

For more than 17 years, Heidi has had the privilege of working with individuals, families, foundations, and corporations to make change through meaningful philanthropy. Heidi spearheads development efforts for the Yakima Valley Community Foundation, including advising fundholders, local nonprofits and boards on effective fundraising. She has partnered with benefactors to move forward the amazing mission and visions at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center, Susan G. Komen for the Cure, Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital, and Heritage University. Heidi is a 21/64 Certified Advisor, with extensive training in multigenerational family philanthropy and recently obtained her Chartered Advisor in Philanthropy® designation from the American College of Financial Services. Originally from Seattle, Heidi moved to Yakima in 2021 and loves spending her free time discovering all that is great about her new hometown with her husband and much doted upon dog.

Rebecca Zanatta, RJZ Connections, Inc.
Rebecca Zanatta

Founder & President, RJZ Connections, Inc.

Rebecca is creative nonprofit business professional with 25+ years’ experience raising funds, recruiting and training volunteers, developing new programs to fit constituents’ needs, and fostering environments to promote awareness and loyalty among target audiences with over 150+ clients in her nearly 12-year consulting career. Rebecca graduated from Washington State University with a BA in organizational communication, holds a MEd from the University of Idaho, and a Certificate in Fund Raising Management (CFRM) from the Lilly School of Philanthropy. She serves on the Board of Leadership Tomorrow, Washington State University Foundation Board of Advocates, and is Chair of the Alpha Phi Foundation Board of Trustees. She lives in Walla Walla where she is getting to know the local and vibrant nonprofit community and drinking some good wine too!

Transformative Delegation: Unleashing Potential in Your Team

It takes a team to move forward our missions. How do you share the work with others? How do you delegate tasks to build trust, increase accountability, and get more done? Join us as leadership expert Melanie Montgomery unpacks the nuts and bolts of leadership. Learn how to adopt a delegation mindset and what it takes to empower your team. By the end of the session, you will be ready to strengthen how you use delegation to unleash the full potential of your team.  

Melanie Montgomery, Shandel Group
Melanie Montgomery

Chief Operating Officer (COO), Shandel Group

Melanie Montgomery (Quinault) is COO of Shandel Group, a leadership development consulting firm. Melanie guides individuals and organizations on their journey of leadership development, executive coaching, and organizational development. Prior to Shandel Group, Melanie serve as the Executive Director of Hospitality at the Quinault Beach Resort and Casino in Ocean Shores, Washington. Melanie has a MA in Organizational Leadership from Gonzaga University and is an active board member with Native Action Network, a nonprofit organized to promote Native women’s full representation, participation and leadership in local, state, tribal, and national affairs.

Navegando por las reglas relacionadas con los trabajadores en el estado de Washington (Navigating Worker-related Rules in Washington State)

Lo que toda organización sin fines de lucro debe saber para cumplir con las normas del Departamento de Labor e Industrias del estado de Washington
What every nonprofit needs to know to be compliant with Washington State Department of Labor & Industries rules

Las organizaciones sin fines de lucro deben seguir las leyes relacionadas con los trabajadores en Washington. Eso significa que toda organización necesita saber cuáles son esas leyes y cómo se relacionan con su trabajo al servicio de su comunidad.

En este taller, le daremos una descripción general de lo que necesita saber y por qué. Durante esta sesión, analizaremos los tres tipos de reglas relacionadas con los trabajadores supervisadas por el Departamento de Labor e Industrias del estado de Washington: estándares de salarios y horas, seguridad y salud, y del seguro de compensación para trabajadores. Escuchará sobre desafíos comunes, problemas relacionados con voluntarios y pasantes no renumerados, así como oportunidades que quizás no conocía. Comparta sus experiencias con colegas y finalice la sesión con algunos pasos a seguir para avanzar dentro de su organización.

Nonprofits are required to follow worker-related laws in Washington. That means that every nonprofit needs to know what those laws are and how they relate to their work serving their community. 

In this workshop, we will provide an overview of what you need to know and why. During this session, we will walk through the three types of worker-related rules overseen by the Washington State Department of Labor & Industries: wage & hour standards, safety and health, and workers’ compensation. You will hear about common challenges, issues around volunteers and unpaid interns, as well as opportunities that you may have not known about. Share your experiences with colleagues and leave the session with a few action steps to move forward within your organization.

Andrea Muñoz, WA State Labor & Industries
Andrea Muñoz

Small Business Program Specialist | Especialista de la oficina para pequeños negocios, WA State Labor & Industries

Andrea Munoz is a member of the Small Business Office at the Department of Labor & Industries, which is dedicated to assisting small business owners navigate state government regulations and requirements. She has been with the agency for six years, providing direct customer assistance, training, and customized presentations.

Andrea Muñoz es miembro de la Oficina para pequeños negocios del Departamento de Labor e Industrias, que se dedica a ayudar a los propietarios de pequeños negocios a conocer las regulaciones y requisitos del gobierno estatal. Ella ha estado en la agencia durante seis años brindando asistencia directa al cliente, capacitación y presentaciones personalizadas.

Is it possible to Thrive as a Nonprofit Leader? The Answer is YES!

How can we cultivate our creativity and energy so that our role as leader is driven by our creative force and benefits our community, our organization, and ourselves? How can we thrive and ensure that the emerging leaders in our community and organizations will also be able to tap into their creative energy, generative capacity, and passion without burning out? These are the questions we will address in this workshop.

Two concepts can help leaders at all levels of the organization: valuing the wellbeing of our leaders and sharing our leadership power and responsibilities. We will explore these two concepts for you and your organization and give you space to think about concrete next steps you and your organization might take to make leadership roles more doable. When we succeed at making nonprofit leadership roles sustainable, we change the culture of our sector from being extractive and disempowering to being nourishing and empowering.

Jodi Nishioka, BIPOC ED Coalition of Washington State
Jodi Nishioka

Co-Founder and Co-Executive Director, BIPOC ED Coalition Washington State

Jodi is the Co-Founder and Co-Executive Director of the BIPOC ED Coalition of Washington, which is a coalition of BIPOC nonprofit leaders in Washington State focusing on advocating for greater resources for BIPOC led organizations and for wellness for BIPOC leaders.   Jodi has worked for over 20 years on behalf of low-income communities, particularly women, children, and immigrant and refugee communities. She started her career as an attorney advocating for immigrant domestic violence survivors and single mothers fighting for child support in legal aid organizations in Boston and Honolulu. Jodi continued her work on behalf of women and children within state and city governments in Hawaii and Seattle. She has dedicated the last 20 years of her career to supporting and empowering nonprofit organizations and BIPOC leaders in her work as a nonprofit consultant, Executive Director at Communities Rise and now at the BIPOC ED Coalition. Jodi enjoys her work because it combines her legal skills with her dedication to building power in communities of color and communities. Jodi is also on the board of directors of JustLead Washington.

How to Attract Top Talent When You Don’t Have Top Dollar

Join us as we talk about how to build a killer team made up of top notch talent. Yes, even when you don’t have top dollar. We are going to share the guiding principles to raising leadership and growing a team with deep roots in your mission, while also integrating fresh creativity to feed the evolution of your organization. The secret sauce? Emotional intelligence and growth mindset. You can’t throw money at a problem that only emotional intelligence will fix. Let everyone else complain about how difficult it is to hire the right people, while you learn how to engage a new generation of employees that are looking for a leader worth following.

Layci Nelson, Transcend Leadership Collective
Layci Nelson

President, Transcend Leadership Collective 

For over eight years, Layci Nelson has equipped leaders with the clarity to gain self-awareness and the skills it takes to become a leader worthy of being followed. She excels at bringing theory to life in practical, no-cost or low-cost ways that can be implemented immediately. Layci has trained thousands of leaders, managers, and executives in traditional corporate settings, the United States Army, as well as in the agriculture and manufacturing industries. She is also the Communications for Leaders curriculum developer and instructor for the Heritage at Work initiative through Heritage University. As a first-generation college graduate, Layci has leveraged her BA in social work and minors in psychology and sociology to coach leaders and run designated workshops for The United States Army Corp of Engineers, Washington Fruit,Building Industry Association of Washington and more. When she’s not coaching leaders in making sustainable, impactful behavioral changes to powerfully support their teams, Layci is busy at home as a wife, mom of five (two boys, two dogs, and one cat), sampling the best coffee in the area as a self-professed coffee snob, or singing in the shower or car as an unapologetic Swiftie.

Karelys Davis, Transcend Leadership Collective
Karelys Davis

Director of Education and Training Division, Transcend Leadership Collective 

For decades, Karelys has taught one-on-one and led group workshops to help people find their way back to themselves or each other. Her zone of genius lies in supporting people along the journey of finding the tiny puzzle pieces that complete the whole picture and connecting the bigger parts, so they flow harmoniously.  Karelys works with individuals who are determined to create something new and break negative generational patterns. She is a connector of people and obsessed with finding the difference that makes the difference. In the same way that some people constantly make art, Karelys creates social structures where people feel safe, seen, and truly heard to experience the transformational power of human connection.

Welcoming Volunteers: Are you ready?

Is your program prepared to welcome (new) volunteers? Join us as we evaluate how you need to prepare to welcome volunteers, steps you need to take when bringing volunteer staff on board, and how to keep people engaged once you have them. You will leave this session with tools to evaluate your readiness to welcome volunteers, what you need to do to see if a particular volunteer is right for your program, ideas on how to keep volunteers engaged in service, and ways to document that engagement. 

Becki Rollman & Tina Sherry, Catholic Charities Central WA
Becki Rollman & Tina Sherry

Catholic Charities Central Washington

Tina Sherry and Becki Rollmann have worked closely together for four years at Catholic Charities Serving Central Washington. Tina is the Manager of Operations at St. Vincent Centers in Union Gap where she manages both a Thrift Store and a Food Bank.  The Thrift Store operates with a staff of 5 regular employees, 17 dedicated volunteers, and many short-term volunteers.  The Food Bank runs 100% on volunteer power and has a core volunteer group of 16. In her free time, Tina and her husband are in the bleachers either cheering on the Mariners or one of their two kids as they play travel ball. 

Becki Rollmann is the Volunteer Manager at Catholic Charities.  She works with various programs to ensure Catholic Charities continues to offer volunteer opportunities in many of its programs. Becki is the Vice President of the board at Yakima Valley Partners Habitat for Humanity and a member of the board at Ingalls Creek Enrichment Center. Becki and her husband keep busy entertaining their cat, Opal.  They also like to explore different walking trails in various parks around Yakima.

How to Be a Better Nonprofit Advocate

Zahra Roach, former Pasco City Councilmember, and current nonprofit Executive Director, will share the many ways you could be advocating for your nonprofit. The workshop will include advocacy as education, lobbying, coalition building, and fundraising. You will learn different methods of advocating within your local and state community based on the purpose you set for your nonprofit’s advocacy. Be prepared for group discussion and active participation in this workshop.

Zahra Roach, Children’s Development Center
Zahra Roach

Executive Director, Children’s Developmental Center

Zahra Roach is executive director of the Children’s Development Center in Richland, Washington, which provides services to families and children birth to 3 and older with developmental disabilities and delays throughout the greater Mid-Columbia region. Roach is a graduate of Washington State University Tri-Cities and received her master’s degree in teaching from Simmons University. A longtime Tri-City resident, she serves on several local boards, has volunteered on the Pasco Planning Commission, and served on the Pasco City Council from 2020-2024. Zahra has worked with special education and life skills classrooms and at New Horizon School and Pasco High School.

Boards: Governing Your Organization as a Community Movement

Join us as we explore what could happen when a board of directors view their work as stewards of a community movement.  What are the attributes of successful movements?  What should be the results of governance when the focus is on advancing a set of ideals and delivering a sustainable service that results in changed communities and attitudes?  In this session, nonprofit organizations will be challenged to reexamine the current expectations of their board against cause-driven governance outcomes and create action steps to further evolve their boards into drivers of social change.  Jeffrey Wilcox, CFRE, will challenge your assumptions, rev up your enthusiasm to change the world, and answer your questions so you leave ready to hit the ground running.

Jeffrey Wilcox, Third Sector Company
Jeffrey Wilcox

President, Third Sector Company

Jeffrey Wilcox is President of Seattle-based Third Sector Company, one the largest training and service organizations dedicated to executive leadership solutions for nonprofit organizations. Since its founding in Southern California in 2002, Third Sector Company has served over 900 nonprofit organizations and has graduated nearly 600 professionals from its Interim Executives Academy. Jeffrey is former Senior Vice President of United Way of Greater Los Angeles and Valley of the Sun United Way (Phoenix). He is the former nonprofit columnist for Long Beach Business Journal, past chair of Executive Transitions Affinity Group for The Alliance For Nonprofit Management, and Past President of the Orange County (CA) Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals. Jeffrey was named Alumnus of the Year in 2015 by Seattle Pacific University School of Business.  He is currently co-chair of the Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belongingness Team for United Way NEXT in Alexandria, Virgina.