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Resources

General

  • 501 Commons: 501 Commons is the Management Support Organization (MSO) for the Puget Sound region and beyond. MSOs are nonprofit organizations that exist for the primary purpose of providing capacity building services to other nonprofit organizations. Their Statewide Nonprofit Resource Directory is particularly useful.
  • Nancy Bell Evans Center on Nonprofits & Philanthropy (NBEC): NBEC is a part of the Evans School of Public Affairs at the University of Washington. The aim of the Center is to enhance the understanding and vitality of the nonprofit and philanthropic sector through research, education, and community engagement.
  • National Center for Charitable Statistics (NCCS): NCCS develops and disseminates data on nonprofit organizations and their activities for use in research on the relationships between the nonprofit sector, government, the commercial sector, and society. NCCS also hosts the The Nonprofit FAQ, a terrific resource for answers to commonly asked questions in the nonprofit sector.
  • NPQ: NPQ is an online and print publisher. Their website is a source for information and dialogue about democratic activism and the organizations and movements that are involved this work. Their print publication, Nonprofit Quarterly, provides research-based insights for nonprofit practitioners.
  • Stanford Social Innovation Review (SSIR): SSIR’s magazine and website cover cross-sector solutions to global problems. It is written by and for social change leaders in the nonprofit, business, and government sectors who view collaboration as key to solving environmental, social, and economic justice issues.

State Associations

Our region’s Nonprofit State Associations provide support, connectivity, and public policy representation for the tens of thousands of nonprofits in the Pacific Northwest.

Leadership & Executive Transition

Governance

  • United Way of King County (UWKC) Workshops: UWKC offers a number of affordable training opportunities for board and staff members.
  • BoardSource:BoardSource is the go-to website for ideas and innovations in board governance. Many of their resources are inexpensive; some are free.
  • Blue Avocado:Blue Avocado is a free, bi-weekly online magazine that provides practical, provocative, and often humorous perspectives on the nonprofit sector.

WHAT OUR CLIENTS ARE SAYING

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Theresa VerWey, Board President
Literary Source
Cory brought his firsthand knowledge of executive leadership to advise Literacy Source about the challenges and opportunities inherent in replacing our founding executive director. His insights and guidance helped us make a successful transition. Despite the size of our organization and limited budget, his consultation was thorough, thoughtful, and all-encompassing. He grasped our key concerns quickly and respectfully. What stays ...” Read more
Ann Krumboltz, Executive Director
Brainerd Foundation
I served on a board that hired Cory and his Turnpoint team to help us through a tough and complex challenge. The expertise that Turnpoint deployed was exemplary. In my 35 years of working in the nonprofit community, I have rarely seen such a high level of skill so aptly applied. Cory possesses an organizational mastery, as well as strong ...” Read more
Participant, Nonprofit Executive Leadership Institute
University of Washington
Cory was amazing as the lead instructor for the Institute. He understands the key issues and opportunities facing the nonprofit sector, and makes the difficult challenges seem easier to navigate. ...” Read more
Gregg Small, Executive Director
Climate Solutions
I have worked with Turnpoint on several projects over the past several years at Climate Solutions, including strategic planning and personal coaching. Cory is outstanding. He is smart, professional, and a joy to work with. I am a better leader because of my work with Cory, and our organization is much stronger because of his strategic input. ...” Read more
Claudia Stelle, Executive Director
Coyote Central
Cory has an uncanny ability to see each new organization's issues with fresh eyes. He offers insights and recommendations with exceptional clarity, and his efficient use of time made our organizational capacity assessment both effective and economical. He brings fundamental good sense to every issue. ...” Read more
Aaliyah Gupta, Former Board Chair
Chaya
Cory's intelligence, experience, acuity, and sense of humor made him the perfect Interim Executive Director for Chaya. He led us through our Executive Director transition with great skill and, in the process, helped strengthen our organizational capacity. We value his leadership, his commitment to social change, and the contributions he continues to make to our work. ...” Read more
Jennifer Brandon, Former Executive Director
Springwire
We hired Cory to design and facilitate our organization’s annual staff-board retreat. We’d grown considerably in the previous year and had arrived at yet another ‘turning point’ in the organization’s life cycle. We needed to design a focused retreat that left everyone feeling that their time was well-spent and gave me, as executive director, clear directives for the coming year. ...” Read more
Dr. Karen A. Johnson, Program Director
TOGETHER!
Cory has offered considerable insight on governance, board development, and nonprofit leadership principles to many organizations in Thurston County. We are thankful for his contributions in supporting our efforts to increase organizational stability and effectiveness among organizations serving Thurston County youth. ...” Read more
Linda LaMar, Board Chair
Pasado's Safe Haven
Turnpoint has an uncanny knack for providing exactly the level of information for the matter at hand. For us, this has ranged from customized training and fielding strategic questions to offering practical and timely advice on the complicated aspects of running a nonprofit. Cory is highly adept at grasping the nuance behind a situation and providing the keen, relevant insight ...” Read more
Rae Levine, Nonprofit Interim Executive Director and Consultant
Rae Levine Consulting
When I moved my consulting practice to Seattle, Cory was generous with his time and extensive knowledge of the local nonprofit community. I continue to appreciate having the benefit of his vast experience and wisdom. As a colleague, I know I can count on him for clarity, quick-minded focus on what’s important, and thoughtful perspective, with a touch of humor ...” Read more