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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."

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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Service Corps Earns National Recognition

Service Corps Earns National Recognition

Published Sep 29, 2014 02:55 PM

501 Commons' Executive Service Corps program was selected as a Featured Finalist for the America's Service Commissions (ASC) Innovation and Leadership Awards. Nearly 500 people in Washington State volunteer their time and talents to nonprofit through the Executive Service Corps, which was founded in 1989. Because of their generosity, 501 Commons can provide affordable management consulting services and programs to nonprofits.

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How to Tell a Compelling Story in the Digital Age

Published Sep 22, 2014 12:35 PM

Take a few minutes to learn from Nancy Xu's Slideshare about how you can tell a compelling story using visuals, a strong narrative structure, and good old-fashioned content. And sign up for our newsletter and twitter feeds to learn about upcoming 501 Talks Tech sessions!

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Salesforce Update Available

Salesforce Update Available

Published Aug 20, 2014 10:50 AM

The Salesforce Foundation recently announced the release of a major update to the Nonprofit Starter Pack. Here's what you need to know about the new release and why you should consider upgrading.

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Pierce County: Tell Us What You Want, What You Really, Really Want

Pierce County: Tell Us What You Want, What You Really, Really Want

Published Aug 20, 2014 10:25 AM

The Greater Tacoma Community Foundation has asked 501 Commons to develop opportunities for nonprofit leaders in Pierce County. We are conducting a survey to gather information about what leaders want. What kind of trainings or peer gatherings would you like to see?

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