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The Commons – Our Blog

News, Tips, & Insights from Staff & Guests
News, Tips, & Insights from Staff & Guests

News, Tips, & Insights from Staff & Guests

Welcome to The Commons, 501 Commons' new blog, where we'll be sharing:

  • How-tos, tips, and tricks from nonprofit tech, finance, HR, and other areas
  • News and updates about upcoming events, programs, and services
  • Thought-provoking pieces around topics, such as skills-based volunteerism, nonprofit management, and more
  • Stories from clients about the impact of 501 Commons' programs and services

Plus, we invite your comments! Add your thoughts to these posts, so our blog truly becomes "The Commons."

Babies, Awards, and Mario Andretti

Babies, Awards, and Mario Andretti

Published Jan 23, 2015 01:00 PM

2014 was another year of change and growth at 501 Commons. We have been getting to know lots of new staff members, with our ranks growing to 37. With two board members and six team members welcoming new additions to their households, we have also been celebrating the expanding ranks of our extended staff family.

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2014 NGen Conference Kindles a Fire Within Today’s Young Philanthropic Leaders

Published Dec 31, 2014 02:06 PM

The Independent Sector's 2014 NGen Conference challenged emerging nonprofit and philanthropic leaders under 40 to become fearless in the way they tackle social change.

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Puget Sound Christian Clinic: A Much Needed Technology Checkup

Published Dec 29, 2014 02:25 PM

Puget Sound Christian Clinic knew their IT system needed a checkup. This inspired them to enroll in Deep Dive, a technology-focused cohort program that seeks to help nonprofits maximize their use of technology. They now have a broader understanding of how to use technology and maintain their system for the long haul.

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We're Finally Home in Pacific Tower

We're Finally Home in Pacific Tower

Published Dec 26, 2014 10:50 AM

We're here! After months upon months of careful planning, 501 Commons has finally moved into the 11th floor of Pacific Tower on north Beacon Hill. We are grateful and thrilled for the opportunities this move will provide us and our nonprofit community.

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Good News for Education Nonprofits Around the State

Published Dec 15, 2014 03:32 PM

For nonprofits with a mission based in education, there are several capacity building services available to you, including United Way's VIP 360 program, funding for additional training/consultation, and more.

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Eastside Baby Corner: It Takes a Village to Raise a Healthy Child

Published Dec 03, 2014 04:05 PM

Many newborn children in our area are introduced to this world without adequate food, clothing, beds, or safety equipment. Since 1990, Eastside Baby Corner has been ensuring that children can get a healthy start in their lives.

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Is Your Nonprofit Ready for #GivingTuesday?

Published Dec 01, 2014 03:15 PM

Dec. 2 is a day you can support nonprofits who are working hard to make our community better and our neighbors in need safer, housed, less hungry and so much more. Your nonprofit can get tips for making the most of this national effort, and 501 Commons will be most appreciative of your donation!

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We're Moving to Pacific Tower

We're Moving to Pacific Tower

Published Nov 24, 2014 02:20 PM

In mid-December, 501 Commons will move to Pacific Tower and become part of a vibrant, thriving collaboration between the State of Washington, Seattle Central College, and dozens of nonprofits. A conference center with rates for nonprofits will provide a new option for rental meeting space.

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501 Commons Recognized as 2014 Nonprofit of the Year

501 Commons Recognized as 2014 Nonprofit of the Year

Published Oct 24, 2014 04:10 PM

In front of a sold-out crowd of business and nonprofit leaders, 501 Commons was honored as Nonprofit of the Year by Seattle Business magazine at the inaugural Community Impact Awards held on October 22 at MOHAI. The Community Impact Awards recognize local companies and organizations "whose dedication and commitment to strengthening our community have had the greatest impact on the region."

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Springboard Helps Arts Organizations Become Champions of their Artists

Published Oct 24, 2014 01:55 PM

Being an artist isn't easy. Leading an arts organization also isn't easy. But for the ambitious nonprofit arts organizations who graduated from our 2014 Springboard cohort program, they now have a successful plan in place to better serve their missions.

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