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."
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.
Prominent voices within philanthropy are arguing that funders need to stop directing the specific uses of their funds and provide general operating grants. Despite studies that show this to be the most effective type of funding, the percentage of general operating grants has been stagnant for the last 10 years. The result is that nonprofits are underfunding core administrative functions and infrastructure.
Join us Wednesday April 29th in the panoramic conference center at Pacific Tower. Techtacular is a fun no-ask networking event attending by leaders from the technology and nonprofit sectors. The theme of this year’s Techtacular is STEMpunk, a splendid mixture of the Steampunk genre with STEM - Science, Technology, Engineering and Math as we profile First Robotics, which received a technology makeover thanks to Microsoft and 501 Commons.
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.
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.