The Commons – Our Blog
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."
If you are looking for spaces for board meetings, program gatherings, fundraisers and other important events, consider Pacific Tower. 501 Commons and FareStart are offering four spaces for nonprofits to rent for daytime, evening and weekend events.
Nonprofits are now able to register their website addresses with the domain .ngo. Your organization can protect its brand, become added to the OnGood directory and join the cause of changing how nonprofits engage with constituents on the web.
There are two ways to save big on consulting services for your nonprofit. If your annual budget is less than $1 million and your service area is within the Puget Sound region, you may be qualified for 8-10 hours of free consulting! You might be qualified for more if you are an education-focused nonprofit.
Thank you to everyone who made a contribution to 501 Commons through The Seattle Foundation's annual GiveBIG fundraising day! We appreciate your generosity and willingness to make an important investment in our region's nonprofits. Your gift will go a long way in increasing our social sector's capacity to fulfill their missions.
On Tuesday, May 5, 501 Commons will once again participate in The Seattle Foundation's GiveBIG, a 24-hour, online debit or credit card-only charitable giving event that will benefit as many as 1,600 other nonprofits across our state. We are asking our family - board members, Executive Service Corps volunteers, Resource Directory partners, donors and so on - to help us capitalize on the power of community-minded philanthropy.
Thank you to one and all who attended our 5th annual Techtacular celebration of the power of technology to transform nonprofits. It was a fun and inspiring evening of networking for nonprofits, technology executives ... and a few robots.
Join more than 600 nonprofit and community leaders on Wednesday, May 13 at the 2015 Washington State Nonprofit Conference at the Meydenbauer Center in Bellevue. Hear from keynote speaker Heather McLeod Grant, participate in 18 workshops across four tracks, try out new ideas at a nonprofit "sandbox" with 501 Commons staff and other nonprofit experts, and network with professionals across the social sector.
GiveBIG, The Seattle Foundation's annual one-day online charitable giving event, is on May 5, 2015 from midnight to midnight. To maximize GiveBIG's potential for your nonprofit, it is important to develop a marketing strategy to inform your donors about how to donate, develop metrics for success ahead of time, and incorporate messaging that gets people excited about supporting your mission.
The Denise Louie Education Center, which provides high-quality multicultural early learning and family support services to Seattle kids, wanted their leadership team to be operating on the same page. As a result, 501 Commons' Human Resources provided a series of supervisor trainings to ensure everyone is working together as a unified team.
When WA FIRST Robotics needed a technology makeover, they enlisted the help of Microsoft and 501 Commons' Technology Services to become more efficient in collaborating, data tracking and reporting. Their dedication to inspiring kids to pursue STEM careers is why we're featuring them at this year's Techtacular.