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The Commons – Our Blog

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."

Where To Go When It's Time To Grow Professionally

Where To Go When It's Time To Grow Professionally

Published Aug 20, 2012 10:45 AM

Whether we work in the nonprofit sector or serve it (as a consultant, bookkeeper, etc.), we’re a “driven” lot. Simply put, there’s a “passion” for the cause. Click through to learn more about a one stop shop for learning and networking opportunities for nonprofit professionals...

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A Well-Informed Leader – What Nonprofit Leaders Are Reading

Published Jun 21, 2012 08:55 AM

Our days are long and filled with one challenge after another. It is tough to carve out time to read. So, many of us limit our reading to our field or mission. However reading outside of your field can help you develop this intellectual bandwidth. Click through to read some of our favorite recommendations.

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Our Favorite Sites for Nonprofit Resources Would Like to Meet Yours

Published Jun 18, 2012 10:05 AM

If you’ve been a reader of this blog, in the last six months, there’s a good chance you’ve heard about the Statewide Nonprofit Resource Directory. This collection of top-notch, online resources and recommended service providers is becoming the “first stop” for nonprofit pros stumped in their job. The convenience of the Resource Directory – coupled with free phone and email help – is tough to top.

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501 Commons Survey of WA State Nonprofit Capacity Building Needs

Published May 14, 2012 05:20 PM

We recently polled nonprofits in Washington State to learn what resources and services they need to increase their impact. We'll be using the survey results to ensure our services meet nonprofits' needs. Click through to read our summary of the results.

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It's Not What You Know, But Where You Look That Matters

Published Apr 10, 2012 01:15 PM

If there’s one thing that ties nonprofit-sector “newcomers” with those more experienced, it’s the learning curve. Board members, staff people, even those that arrive with years of private-sector experience, all share the need to get up-to-speed on the uniqueness of the sector. It simply takes time to learn and understand.

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A Search Engine Designed for Nonprofit Needs?

Published Feb 13, 2012 09:05 AM

In the age of Internet search engines, what could be simpler than typing in the services your nonprofit needs and combing the results? The problem is, with traditional search engines, the results can be overwhelming or biased toward those that appear on the first page. Click through to learn more about 501 Commons' Statewide Nonprofit Resource Directory...

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Creating Happy Endings For an All-Too-Common Nonprofit Story

Published Jan 11, 2012 09:10 AM

Once upon a time, a nonprofit staff member got stumped in their job, but didn’t know where outside of their organization to turn. Ever happened to you? If so, you’re in good company. Click through to learn more about the origins of the Information & Referral program here at 501 Commons...

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