Nonprofit Association of Washington (NAWA) values collaboration. We believe that communities are better served when nonprofits work with each other and with government, philanthropy, and business partners.

NAWA’s community engagement efforts build meaningful relationships across the wide range of people and organizations comprising our state’s nonprofit community. We intentionally develop partnerships with people and communities who are often underserved, and seek to ensure that our programs, resources, and gatherings are welcoming and culturally relevant. Our goal is to nurture and sustain nonprofit leaders to achieve shared visions, collaborate strategically, and deepen community impact.

Nonprofit Networks

Nonprofit Association of Washington partners with regional networks across the state to build strategic partnerships, which open the door to new opportunities for growth. Together we host trainings and gatherings, help provide local support to organizations, and disseminate information about NAWA’s resources to the broader nonprofit community. NAWA provides ongoing assistance to and shares funding with these regional networks, many of which meet monthly or bi-monthly to forge connections, share resources, and discuss relevant topics.

* Find information about upcoming meetings for these networks on our Events page.

Affinity Groups

Nonprofit staff and volunteers improve their practice by coming together with others in a similar role or around shared interest in a topic. NAWA convenes affinity groups to foster learning and mutual support. Current affinity groups include:

  • Executive Director Coffee Hour
  • Shared Leadership Gathering
  • LGBTQ+ Executive Directors Gathering
  • Volunteer Managers Cohort
  • Rural Nonprofits Gathering
  • Capacity Builders Coordination Workgroup
  • Nonprofit Advocacy Workgroup

Contact our Community Engagement Manager,
Brissa Perez, to join one or more of these affinity groups.

Equity Ambassadors

Equity Ambassadors keep us connected to communities across the state. They increase our visibility, identify unmet needs, enhance program relevance, and extend the reach of programming within underserved communities. Equity Ambassadors work together in 12 week cohorts. We prioritize recruitment of individuals who have lived experience and connection to Black, Indigenous, Persons of Color, immigrant, rural, LGBTQ+, and disability communities.

Community Engagers

NAWA regularly seeks out and listens to input from a core group of Community Engagers who host nonprofit capacity building events in their communities, maintain communication with nonprofit leaders, cultivate new relationships, and ensure that NAWA has a strong understanding of community needs. We believe that nonprofits are stronger when they have options for finding support and resources and are glad to share funds to support the work of our Community Engagers around the state.

Community Slack

Nonprofit Association of Washington’s Community Slack brings together board, staff, and volunteers in nonprofits around Washington State to connect and collaborate. Slack is an online chatroom where you can share information and resources, which allows peer-to-peer crowd-sourcing and learning. Join NAWA’s Community Slack and join the conversation!

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