Non-Profit Staff Development Coalition Project

presentation The mission of the Non-Profit Staff Development Coalition Project is to help staff in non-profit human services organizations reach professional and personal excellence by protecting, nurturing, strengthening and enhancing the staff development function in their organizations.

This will be achieved by collaboratively working on three initiatives:

Initiative #1: Staff Training

This is the Coalition's primary focus. This would involve identifying unmet staff training needs and then designing, developing and delivering relevant training activities at minimal cost.

Intiative #2: Transfer and Application of Learning for Effective Job Performance

Linked to Initiative #1 - this would involve assessing the transfer/application of knowledge and skills gained from staff training to the employee's job with effective results.

Initiative #3: Promoting, strengthening and reinforcing a consistent "learning culture" within Coalition member organizations.

All of these initiatives ultimately support and strengthen excellence in service delivery.

We believe that learning is central and critical to what we do. Continuous and progressive learning creates opportunities, challenges how we normally see and do things, builds understanding of our mission and strengthens community connections.

- Learning Statement developed by the NPSD Coalition Committee (January 2005)


August 2, 2017 Seattle, WA


We hear the word “strategic” a lot.  It has become a buzz word, but what does it mean?  What are the behaviors or activities that are associated with strategic leadership?  Just because you have a strategic plan doesn’t mean you are being strategic.  Traditionally, leaders think if they accomplish the goals and objectives on the strategic plan; they are being strategic. 

Strategic leadership is more than just checking off tasks.  It’s the ability to anticipate, envision, maintain flexibility, and work with others to initiate and manage change that furthers an organization’s vision and mission.  It must involve all levels of the organization.

For those charged with leading the strategic plan, identifying and developing strategic leaders, and for the mission-driven non-profits, it is vitally important to connect your activities and strategies to improve and grow the organization as well as effectively communicate who you are.  Understanding the key factors that are involved in strategic leadership will allow a more thoughtful, planned, and timed implementation work plan for any new or change initiatives. 

Bring your real life challenges to this experiential workshop and engage in opportunities to put the tools to work with fresh eyes and shared wisdom in the room.

(This workshop is designed for team leaders, supervisor, managerial staff)

Anh Vo, M.A.
Presented By:
 Non-Profit Staff Development Coalition (NPSDC)


September 15, 2017 Seattle, WA


An interactive introduction to GRIT,  what it means, and why it has captured so much attention, will set the tone for a discussion about its role in individual and organizational success, during this workshop. 

Participants will learn about the Grit Scale, generate ideas for integrating grit into their organization’s culture and create scenarios where grit is increasing customer success rates.   

Workshop Objectives: 
• Help participants understand how grit is connected to self-efficacy, resiliency, motivation, Appreciative Inquiry and other elements of positive psychology.
• Learn about the elements of grit, and brainstorm ideas for bringing them into an organization’s culture.   
• Acquire strategies for using grit to improve customer success rates.   

Cal Crow
Presented By:
 Non Profit Staff Development Coalition (NPSDC)
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