NAC’s mission is to build the capacity of individuals and organizations to serve and transform communities.
Programs & Services
Our services help meet basic needs of nonprofits as well as provide tools to gain long-term stability and self-sufficiency.
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:
- Working from the community by listening and learning
- Working with the community by co-designing the work strategies
- Working in the community to facilitate action and broader learning
- 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 Board of Directors
Program & Grants Manager at Washington Women’s Foundation
Program Manager at Somali Youth and Family Club
Program Director at Potlatch Fund
Director at Office of Youth Programs Development & Support at University of Washington
Assistant Director, Undergraduate Research Program at University of Washington
Sara Franklin Phillips
Commissioner at Washington State Commission on African American Affairs
Trusts and Estates Attorney at Karr Tuttle Campbell
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.
Corner Stone Values
- Social justice and equality for all
- Cultural competency in our work
- Excellence and fulfillment of our promise to the community
- Relationships based on mutual trust and respect
- Community assets and indigenous wisdom
- Collaboration and networking with community partners
- 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.
- Community Trust
- NAC has a trusting relationship with the communities it serves.
- Community and Civic Engagement
- NAC creates spaces for people to come together to develop a common agenda and work together for community change.
- 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.