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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."

What You Need to Know about Salesforce’s Spring ’15 Release

Published Feb 23, 2015 09:18 AM

The Spring '15 Release is now available in all Salesforce accounts and this release comes with some great additions to the Salesforce experience. Some of the highlights includes being able to subscribe to reports, receive alerts of duplications, a new feature called "Lightning Process Builder," better mobile support for dashboards, Chatter posts being bundles, syncing Salesforce files to your desktop, and more.

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SURVEY: Funders want to know how you build your leadership skills

Published Feb 11, 2015 02:20 PM

A group of Washington state funders is interested in knowing what resources and programs are currently used and valued by nonprofit and community leaders and what gaps need to be addressed. They have hired CompassPoint Nonprofit Services to conduct a survey and to do interviews. Please give them your feedback by Feb. 26.

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Many Lights Foundation: Helping Many Lights Shine the Brightest

Published Feb 06, 2015 01:55 PM

Many Lights Foundation (MLF) is dedicated to providing children in foster care with elders, adoptive families, and kinship caregivers to help their lights shine the brightest. When they decided to enlist the help of 501 Commons' Management Consulting Services, they knew they were putting their board of directors on a strong path toward becoming champions of these vulnerable children.

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What's On Your Tech Wish List?

Published Feb 02, 2015 03:10 PM

According to a survey produced by 501 Commons and Deloitte Consulting, many nonprofits lack the funding, expertise, and access to basic technology infrastructure and technology tools that would increase staff productivity, reduce crises, and expand their reach.

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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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