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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
This July, the Boeing Company will celebrate its centennial. Boeing's contributions to the economic health of our region includes making a profound impact on the Pacific Northwest's nonprofit community. As our way of expressing gratitude, 501 Commons is encouraging nonprofits to tell their "Boeing story" of how the company has positively impacted them over the years.
VIP Manager Corps (VMC) is a tremendous opportunity for recent college grads looking to start their career, seasoned professionals wanting to jump headfirst into the nonprofit sector, and individuals seeking work with a limited time commitment. VMC members will work about 10 hours per week from mid-June through September to help a local nonprofit plan and implement better volunteer management practices. Join today!
The 2016 Washington State Nonprofit Conference on May 17 at the Meydenbauer Center in Bellevue promises to dramatically change the way nonprofits think about their mission. The theme this year is "Designing Our Future: Connecting People, Advancing Causes" which will focus on why human-centered design should be the framework the sector uses to approach its work. We hope to see you there!
We have for you three upcoming grant opportunities for nonprofits, offered by The Sustainable Communities Funders group, Social Justice Fund Northwest, and 4Culture. The deadlines for these grants are no more than a month or two out. If none of these specific funding opportunities are right for your organization, bookmark their websites so you can check out future grants that could be.
In mid-March 2016, the Department of Labor sent to the Office of Management and Budget its final changes to the federal Fair Labor Standards Act laws, which determines which workers are eligible to receive overtime pay. The proposed changes would especially impact nonprofits where managers are also engaged in delivering direct services or where employees work longer hours during part of the year like summer camps.
Nancy Long Discusses Capacity Building and Other Issues for Philanthropy Northwest's March 2016 Virtual Roundtable
Every month Philanthropy Northwest publishes a series of “virtual roundtable” interviews with a group of nonprofit leaders to discuss in detail a common issue affecting the sector. For their March 2016 roundtable, Nancy Long discusses capacity building funding, the importance of modern technology, what funders need to understand about making the greatest impact, driving the brightest talent to the sector, and other current issues 501 Commons tackles every day.