501 Commons

A nonprofit organization

$27,828 raised by 83 donors

100% complete

$27,000 Goal


We all rise when nonprofits thrive. At 501 Commons, we serve nonprofits as experts, innovators, and partners. Our passion is to amplify the strengths of nonprofits - so ALL people and communities flourish. We serve organizations that range from no staff to those with hundreds of employees. We are grateful for the opportunity to serve many organizations based in or predominantly serving BIPOC communities and  organizations in most Washington counties each year.


501 Commons makes it possible for nonprofits of all sizes and types to access the support, resources, and expertise they need. We work on more than 1100 engagements with 700+ organizations, providing accounting, data services, human resources, technology, coaching, management consulting, free advisory services, and more. Last year 1,600 organizations participated in GiveBIG, which we produce. Overall, 2,000+ organizations benefit from our services annually.

Your contributions provide essential resources that make it possible for us to provide services such as:

  • Free nonprofit advisory services 
  • Management consulting and coaching on a sliding fee scale 
  • Low-cost quick consults in technology, finance, and HR
  • 6-Hours of free executive advising  
  • Affordable learning opportunities for staff, board members, and volunteers
  • Free GiveBig Campaign Assistance for 6 organizations based in Black and Indigenous communities 

Program Highlight: Exec2Exec

During the last two years, nonprofit leaders have faced constant change impacting their staffing, funding, role in the community, internal focus, and much more.  With the support of 501 Commons Executive Service Corps members and community members, we started Exec2Exec. Nonprofit executives pair up with a trusted advisor in a confidential and safe setting for up to 6 hours ro talk through a challenge or try to see an issue from a different perspective. 

Here’s what Jon Hoekstra, executive director of Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust, has to say about Exec2Exec:  The six hours of coaching have been amazing as what I thought was a simple question opened a rich dialogue that is helping me center this new program in our strategic plan, and that has given me some fresh perspectives on how to better align and focus on other programs, too."

Stories of Service

When St. Vincent de Paul Bremerton needed to solve some organizational challenges, the board turned to our Management Consulting Services team to walk them through a needs assessment. The results were clear. To achieve stability, they needed to invest in infrastructure. Their consultants, who are members of the 501 Commons Executive Service Corps, recommended hiring a director. The organization went on to work with 501 Commons on board development, strategic and emergency planning, and volunteer management. 

Executive Director Joe Crain says of 501 Commons, I have never experienced an organization that so proactively pursues the best interests of nonprofit organizations the way the 501 Commons does. Each program has not only been timely for our organizational growth, but has provided foundational building blocks that are now equipping us to grow, expand services, and be more relevant in the 21st century.

Like most nonprofits, Native Arts and Cultures Foundation, does not have a staff member with human resource expertise. Given the worker shortages and turnover, rapidly changing laws, and systemic issues with nonprofit compensation, most nonprofits would benefit from contracting with the 501 Commons HR Program.

Gabriella Tagliacozzo, Director of Operations talks about the impact of being a 501 Commons HR Partner:  "I feel reassured working with my rep, Chris Carpenter, that I'm getting thorough and reliable information that helps me make the right decisions for my organization."

Your donations will make it possible for us to continue to provide free executive advising, to deploy skilled volunteers, and to increase our Human Resources consulting team to meet the needs of nonprofits.


We owe immense gratitude to our board of directors, staff of 50+ dedicated professionals, and the 570 members of our Executive Service Corps who graciously share their time and talents with nonprofits.

Annual Report

Please enjoy reading our 2021 Annual Report for more about services, accomplishments, and financial position. 

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Organization Data


Organization name

501 Commons

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1200 12th Ave S Suite 1101
Seattle, WA 98144

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King County, WA, US

Spokane County, WA, US

Snohomish County, WA, US

Pierce County, WA, US




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