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Our Blog of News, Tips, & Insights

Our Blog of News, Tips & Insights

Welcome to The Commons, 501 Commons' blog, where we share:

  • How-to's, 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."

Inspire Your Board to "Stand for Your Mission"

Published Jun 27, 2016 10:50 AM

"Stand for Your Mission" is a national campaign led by BoardSource and a wide host of partners that is designed to build awareness around the importance of board advocacy in advancing an organization's mission. We provide you with some simple actions you can take to warm up your board toward becoming greater champions of your mission.

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Enjoy Fun in the Sun at "501 Connects"

Published Jun 07, 2016 04:10 PM

Executive Service Corps members are invited to join us for "501 Connects" on Thursday, July 21 on Pacific Tower's South Lawn from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. This is a great chance for our volunteers to meet one another and enjoy the beautiful summer weather in Seattle.

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When Faced With a Crisis, Make Sure You Have a Crisis Plan

Published May 27, 2016 10:25 AM

Nonprofits do incredible work to make our communities better places to live. Rarely are these organizations ever in the news. Unfortunately, when a nonprofit is in the news, it's usually because of something negative. Do you have a plan to handle media and public inquiries when a crisis strikes? Cynthia Flash at Flash Media Services writes a guest blog post talking about the importance of having a crisis communication plan when your organization faces an unforeseen disaster.

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The Next King County Executive Director Forum is June 3

Published May 23, 2016 08:56 AM

The next King County Executive Director Forum, a unique opportunity for EDs/CEOs to connect with their peers, share ideas, and learn from each other in a supportive environment, will be on Friday, June 3 from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. at Pacific Tower. Each session offers three discussion groups facilitated by three outstanding leaders.

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Nonprofits are Saying THANK YOU to Boeing This Sunday at Safeco Field

Published May 18, 2016 10:22 AM

This July, the company will celebrate its centennial. The nonprofit community will come together on Sunday, May 22 at 2:00 p.m. at Safeco Field to celebrate this milestone and thank The Boeing Company for their service to our community. We invite you to join us for this celebration and enjoy the United Way of King County's 4th Annual All-Star Softball game afterward.

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Department of Labor Finalizes Changes to Overtime Rules

Published May 18, 2016 10:05 AM

On Wednesday, May 18, 2016 the U.S. Department of Labor announced final changes to overtime rules, acting under the authority of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The final rule focuses primarily on redefining who is considered "exempt" from federal overtime compensation laws. These changes will affect the for-profit and nonprofit sectors alike.

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Helpful Resources: Writing a Case Statement

Published May 12, 2016 01:01 PM

A case statement clearly and simply describes what problem your organization seeks to solve, how you are uniquely able to succeed in solving this problem, and what more you could achieve with additional resources. We’ve compiled a list of resources that teach you how to create a compelling case statement that will get your donors, funders, and supporters fired up about what you do.

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What You Need to Know About Proposed Overtime Rule Changes

Published May 12, 2016 12:40 PM

Changes to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) proposed by the U.S. Department of Labor will redefine which employees are eligible to receive overtime compensation. These changes will affect nonprofits of all sizes. We encourage you to learn what you need to know about these new regulations by inviting you to attend a FREE webinar on June 16 from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m.

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Free Session on May 9 to Discuss Changes to Overtime Rules

Published May 09, 2016 09:16 AM

Later this year the U.S. Department of Labor is expected to make changes to overtime rules in the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). We will offer a FREE interactive and informative session on May 9, 2016 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at Pacific Tower that will provide an overview of the proposed rule changes and leave you with a better understanding of its implications for your nonprofit. We will also offer a webinar on June 16 that will cover the same material.

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Commit to Making a Positive Impact on GiveBIG

Published May 05, 2016 02:05 PM

GiveBIG 2016 will be on May 3, 2016 from 12:01 a.m. to 11:59 p.m. This is an opportunity for supporters of 501 Commons to commit to making a positive impact on the quality of life for our friends, family, and neighbors by making a contribution on the biggest giving day in King County. This year, you can schedule your donation in advance by visiting GiveBig.SeattleFoundation.org.

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