Learning Center for NonProfits 3-18-15 Employee Engagement: Trends & Practices free Workshop

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What's in your HR Toolkit? HR Toolkit Program of 501 Commons

What’s in Your HR Toolkit?

Key HR Practices

The HR Toolkit program, sponsored by Sherwood Trust, will provide you with free training and support in 5 key HR practices that will strengthen your organization:  

1. Writing clear and objective job descriptions

2. Developing an effective interview and selection process

3. Creating a simple onboarding process for new employees

4. Managing performance informally and formally

5. Establishing a process for employee separations

While these might seem like foundational practices, our experience shows that many nonprofits have not committed the time or resources to developing them. As a result, you may not be attracting and retaining your key resource — qualified staff of all levels who are dedicated to supporting your mission.

How it Works

As a participant, you will be matched with an experienced HR professional from the local community who has volunteered to serve as a consultant.

The consultant will work with two people from your organization who are responsible for carrying out the HR function. In collaboration with you, the consultant will plan and facilitate meetings, offer resources and guidance, and develop the HR practice you would like to implement.

501 Commons staff will review your plan and tools, and offer support to the consultant.

Each team will complete:

An assessment of the organization’s current HR function

A Key Issues Report that describes the HR-related challenges and identifies the key HR practice issue that they would like to focus on

A tool from one of the 5 practice areas along with a plan for implementation

In cohort meetings, you will have an opportunity to learn more about HR, share your experience, develop peer relationships, and gain additional support.

The program will launch in early April. Applications are due by March 23, 2015. Participation is limited to 15 organizations.

PDF Click Here for a 3 page general description about the HR Toolkit Program 


About 501 Commons

Your mission is to build a better world. Our mission is to help you succeed.

We’re a nonprofit that has been providing customized, affordable services to strengthen and support nonprofits and schools in Washington for 25 years. To learn more, please visit: 501 commons.org

Ready to add to your HR toolkit?

To apply for the HR Toolkit program, complete a Request for Assistance Form on our website: www.501commons.org or contact Yvonne Freitas McGookin at yvonne@501commons.org by March 23, 2015.

Join us for a free training workshop on Employee Engagement: Trends & Practices and an overview of the HR Toolkit program on March 18th from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm at the Nonprofit Learning Center at Walla Walla Community College.

The 501 Commons HR Toolkit program is offered free to Walla Walla Valley nonprofits through the support of Sherwood Trust.


NonProfit Learning Center

The Learning Center for NonProfits, sponsored by Walla Walla Community College and the Sherwood Trust, exists to provide on-going training, resources, and education to current and prospective board members and staff of nonprofits on current and challenging issues as well as to encourage peer networks that foster sharing and collaboration among local members of our nonprofit community.

Additional Information

For Additional Information please contact:

Jock Edwards, The Sherwood Trust


Sandi Madsen, Walla Walla Community College


Juli Boyington, Walla Walla Community College