Educational Institutions

Spokes

  • San Luis Obispo, CA
  • www.spokesfornonprofits.org

Mission Statement

The mission of Spokes is to empower nonprofits to fulfill their missions. Spokes consistently creates more innovative and collaborative ways to strengthen our community by connecting nonprofits with the tools, resources, and education they need to build successful and sustainable nonprofits.

Spokes is the only resource available on the Central Coast that is solely committed to training, assisting, and supporting the people who lead our local nonprofit organizations. We know that the more vibrant and resilient a nonprofit is, the more effective it will be in serving our community. Nonprofits rely on Spokes to help ensure accountability in governance, understand and evaluate the needs of the community, define and measure success, build capacity, harness individual talents and passions, and effectively utilize financial support.

Main Programs

  1. Training
  2. Consulting
  3. Resources
Service Areas

Self-reported

California

Spokes primarily serves nonprofit organizations in San Luis Obispo and Northern Santa Barbara counties, but welcomes nonprofits from other regions that wish to utilize our online resources or participate in our training workshops.

ruling year

1997

Principal Officer since 2011

Self-reported

Ms. Lesley Santos Dierks

Keywords

Self-reported

management, fundraising, board development, governance, grants, information services, leadership, management, membership, nonprofit, organizations, resource, library, technical assistance, training, consulting

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EIN

77-0457478

 Number

7589470865

Physical Address

3765 S. Higuera Street, Suite 140

San Luis Obispo, 93401

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Management & Technical Assistance (B02)

Adult, Continuing Education (B60)

Libraries, Library Science (B70)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Programs

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Program 1

Training

Spokes offers various workshops, roundtables, and certificate series to the nonprofit. Each is designed to help participants develop their professional and leadership skills. Workshop topics address key management functions including fund development, budgeting, board management and governance, program implementation, marketing and public relations, and risk management.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Adults

Budget

Program 2

Consulting

Sometimes nonprofits need a little help to tighten their spokes...a little extra staffing, expertise, or objectivity. Spokes offers its members specialized consulting services to help them solve problems, develop plans for the future, and navigate through unexpected challenges – both internally and externally. Consulting services include fundraising, operational effectiveness, strategic planning, bylaw reviews and rewrites, program design, and implementing the Standards for Excellence tool.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Adults

Budget

Program 3

Resources

Spokes provides our members access to online copies of essential operating documents, such as Conflict of Interest Policies, Contractor Agreements, IRS regulations for raffles, and hundreds more. Members can also checkout resources from our office library, including books on fund development, board development, financial management, collaboration, marketing and public relations, personnel management, volunteer management and more. Members also have access to recent issues of various periodicals, including Harvard Business Review and the Grassroots Fundraising Journal.  Access to online training tools and directories, as well as optional booking of the conference space are additional resources available to members.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Adults

Budget

Charting Impact

Self-reported by organization

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Service Areas

Self-reported

California

Spokes primarily serves nonprofit organizations in San Luis Obispo and Northern Santa Barbara counties, but welcomes nonprofits from other regions that wish to utilize our online resources or participate in our training workshops.

Social Media

Blog

Affiliations + Memberships

Chamber of Commerce

External Reviews

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Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

Spokes

Leadership

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Principal Officer

Ms. Lesley Santos Dierks

BIO

Lesley comes to Spokes with a hands-on understanding of the unique perspectives and challenges facing both nonprofit and funding organizations. Lesley began her career as a development officer and grant writer for the California ScienCenter, California's only free-admission, state-sponsored science and technology museum located in Los Angeles, and Menlo College, a private business college located in Menlo Park. She continued her work with the nonprofit sector as the Community Relations Manager for Adobe Systems, Inc., a software company located in San Jose, where she was responsible for the company's corporate  philanthropy and community relations programs including their cash, in-kind, and employee volunteer grants programs. After moving to San Luis Obispo and taking a career hiatus to focus on her young daughters, Lesley joined Spokes' predecessor organization, the Nonprofit Support Center (NSC), as Regional Manager and was responsible for NSC's training programs in Santa Maria and San Luis Obispo. Lesley earned her undergraduate degrees from the University of Southern California.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Jami Fawcett

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BOARD LEADERSHIP PRACTICES

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Yes

BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?

Yes

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

Yes

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

Yes

BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

Yes

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?