Nonprofit Assistance Center

Mission

NAC’s mission is to build the capacity of individuals and organizations to serve and transform communities.

Programs & Services

Capacity Building Cohorts
NAC’s signature program is our capacity building cohort model which leverages peer-learning, culturally-responsive trainings, and individualized technical assistance to strengthen community organizations.
Through partnering with funders, NAC brings 6-8 organizations together for a six-month to year-long process where each organization receives a comprehensive needs assessment, an individualized work plan, a peer learning community, and regular coaching from culturally competent staff and consultants.

Capacity Building Cohorts

NAC’s signature program is our capacity building cohort model which leverages peer-learning, culturally-responsive trainings, and individualized technical assistance to strengthen community organizations.
Through partnering with funders, NAC brings 6-8 organizations together for a six-month to year-long process where each organization receives a comprehensive needs assessment, an individualized work plan, a peer learning community, and regular coaching from culturally competent staff and consultants.

Legal Clinic
Nonprofit Assistance Center (NAC), the King County Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Division, and Wayfind have partnered to offer pro bono legal services. Through our legal clinics, attorneys assist nonprofit organizations with non-litigation matters, such as Articles of Incorporation, Contracts, Bylaws and Conflict of Interest policies.
Consultations are by appointment only. Priority is given to small nonprofits located in Seattle/King County with budgets under $350,000

Legal Clinic

Nonprofit Assistance Center (NAC), the King County Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Division, and Wayfind have partnered to offer pro bono legal services. Through our legal clinics, attorneys assist nonprofit organizations with non-litigation matters, such as Articles of Incorporation, Contracts, Bylaws and Conflict of Interest policies.
Consultations are by appointment only. Priority is given to small nonprofits located in Seattle/King County with budgets under $350,000

Grant Writing Support
A joint venture between the Nonprofit Assistance Center (NAC) and the Puget Sound Grant Writers Association (PGSA) brings you a service to increase your chances of receiving funding.
Up to 2 members from an organization may bring a request for proposal (RFP), application guidelines, draft proposal, or a proposal not funded and an experienced grant writer will give you one-on-one guidance. 
Preference is given to organizations serving or based in communities of color and refugee, immigrant, low income and other communities that are impacted by institutional racism, marginalized and burdened by significant economic, educational, health, and social disparities.
Grant writing clinics will be offered the first Monday
of each month. Participants are seen by appointment only.
Call (206) 324-5850, ext. 301 for an appointment.

Grant Writing Support

A joint venture between the Nonprofit Assistance Center (NAC) and the Puget Sound Grant Writers Association (PGSA) brings you a service to increase your chances of receiving funding.
Up to 2 members from an organization may bring a request for proposal (RFP), application guidelines, draft proposal, or a proposal not funded and an experienced grant writer will give you one-on-one guidance.
Preference is given to organizations serving or based in communities of color and refugee, immigrant, low income and other communities that are impacted by institutional racism, marginalized and burdened by significant economic, educational, health, and social disparities.
Grant writing clinics will be offered the first Monday of each month. Participants are seen by appointment only. Call (206) 324-5850, ext. 301 for an appointment.

Leadership Circle
NAC launched our first pilot leadership circle for women of color Executive Directors in Fall 2015.
The Leadership Circle builds a strong network of leaders of color united around a common analysis of how race and gender impact our work for social justice and equity. Together, we are building a supportive network for peer learning, cross-cultural/cross-racial collaboration and partnership, and innovative thinking around the critical issues impacting communities of color.

Leadership Circle

NAC launched our first pilot leadership circle for women of color Executive Directors in Fall 2015.
The Leadership Circle builds a strong network of leaders of color united around a common analysis of how race and gender impact our work for social justice and equity. Together, we are building a supportive network for peer learning, cross-cultural/cross-racial collaboration and partnership, and innovative thinking around the critical issues impacting communities of color.

Our services help meet basic needs of nonprofits as well as provide tools to gain long-term stability and self-sufficiency.

About NAC

Who We Serve
The Nonprofit Assistance Center (NAC) targets our services to communities that historically have had least access to resources, services and opportunities. This includes communities of color and refugee, immigrant, low income and other communities that are impacted by institutional racism, marginalized and burdened by significant economic, educational, health, and social disparities.

NAC supports and fosters the development of small and midsize nonprofits and fosters the professional growth of organizational and community leaders. NAC also works with the broader nonprofit sector as well as public and private institutions to deepen their knowledge, improve their cultural competency, change their approaches and strengthen their relationships with communities.

Who We Serve

The Nonprofit Assistance Center (NAC) targets our services to communities that historically have had least access to resources, services and opportunities. This includes communities of color and refugee, immigrant, low income and other communities that are impacted by institutional racism, marginalized and burdened by significant economic, educational, health, and social disparities. NAC supports and fosters the development of small and midsize nonprofits and fosters the professional growth of organizational and community leaders. NAC also works with the broader nonprofit sector as well as public and private institutions to deepen their knowledge, improve their cultural competency, change their approaches and strengthen their relationships with communities.
Where We Serve
NAC's services are provided to targeted communities located in the Puget Sound Region and institutional partners (i.e., services providers, public agencies and funders) with a stake in transforming these communities. Our clientele are primarily located in Seattle/King County, but NAC also works with client organizations and communities across the state.

Where We Serve

NAC’s services are provided to targeted communities located in the Puget Sound Region and institutional partners (i.e., services providers, public agencies and funders) with a stake in transforming these communities. Our clientele are primarily located in Seattle/King County, but NAC also works with client organizations and communities across the state.

How We Serve

When working with communities, NAC provides culturally and linguistically diverse services in customized, one-on-one and group formats. When working with institutional partners, NAC co-designs services with them so that our training and capacity-building activities are customized to meet their needs and achieve the desired outcomes. Our services are grounded in NAC’s values and working principles that are client-focused, culturally responsive and designed to meet constituents where they are. The Principles that guide our work are:

  1. Working from the community by listening and learning
  2. Working with the community by co-designing the work strategies
  3. Working in the community to facilitate action and broader learning
  4. Working for the community to bring about transformation

What We Do

NAC’s purpose is to provide culturally-diverse, capacity-building services that improve the lives and conditions of individuals and families in the communities we serve and also builds the capacity of our institutional partners to be more knowledgeable and responsive to communities. We offer training, technical assistance and community-building services to expand knowledge, build cultural competency, improve operations and broaden community impact.

NAC Staff

 

Sarah Tran
Executive Director

LaTraya Ellis
Assistant Director

Y.M. Chan
Director of Financial Services

Nac Board of Directors

Timothy R. Brown

CO-PRESIDENT

Retired- Washington State Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS)

David Okimoto

CO-PRESIDENT

Retired- United Way of King County

Edwin Hidano, M.S.W.

VICE PRESIDENT

Retired- Washington State Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS)

Van Dinh-Kuno

TREASURER

Executive Director of Refugee & Immigrant Services Northwest

Bruce Clausen

Retired- Deputy Assistant Attorney General, WA State Attorney General’s Office

Lyle Quasim

Retired- Secretary WA State Department of Social and Health Services and President of Bates Technical College

Caroline Shelton

Program Director at Child Care Aware of WA

 

Cherry Grace Cayabyab

Consultant

Sara Franklin

Commission on African American Affairs

Laura Ciotti

Program & Grants Manager at Washington Women’s Foundation

Tachini Pete

Program Director at Potlatch Fund

History

The Nonprofit Assistance Center is a capacity-building and technical assistance organization working for community empowerment for social justice and equity. NAC was established in 1999 based on the findings of a community needs assessment that was conducted in 1998.

The assessment identified the need for culturally-competent, technical assistance for communities of color (COC) and low-income, refugee, immigrant and other communities that have historically faced oppression, discrimination and lack of access. In 2000, NAC implemented services to address the unmet needs for culturally competent technical assistance in these communities.

Since that time, through our menu of comprehensive services, we have provided capacity-building technical assistance to more than 10,000 individuals and organizations in the Puget Sound region.

Our Identity

Corner Stone Values

We value:

  1. Social justice and equality for all
  2. Cultural competency in our work
  3. Excellence and fulfillment of our promise to the community
  4. Relationships based on mutual trust and respect
  5. Community assets and indigenous wisdom
  6. Collaboration and networking with community partners

Capacity-Building Approach

  1. Culturally-Diverse Services
    • NAC provides culturally diverse services by recognizing, respecting and embracing the languages, practices, norms and traditions of the diverse communities that we serve.
  2. Community Trust
    • NAC has a trusting relationship with the communities it serves.
  3. Community and Civic Engagement
    • NAC creates spaces for people to come together to develop a common agenda and work together for community change.
  4. Approach
    • NAC utilizes a capacity building strategy for organizational development and community transformation, which is one of the most cutting edge and effective practices in the field.