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The Commons

Our Blog of News, Tips, & Insights
Our Blog of News, Tips & Insights

Our Blog of News, Tips & Insights

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."

Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon recap

Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon recap

Published Oct 31, 2013 07:00 AM

On October 24, we celebrated the accomplishments of our volunteers at our Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon at the Lake Washington Rowing Club on north Lake Union.

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It's here! Nonprofits welcome free version of Office 365

It's here! Nonprofits welcome free version of Office 365

Published Oct 31, 2013 07:00 AM

If your organization is looking for a way to make better use of time and help eliminate tech emergencies, we encourage you to take a look at Office 365 for Nonprofits.

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HR ‘Horror Stories’? You Need Performance Management!

Published Oct 17, 2013 08:15 PM

If you’re interested in learning essential performance management best practices, please join us on November 6 for an informative 90 minute workshop!

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Leadership Speaker Series recap

Published Oct 17, 2013 08:15 PM

Over 40 nonprofit professionals came together at our latest breakfast event, and learned how a program quality initiative can improve their programs and help build capacity.

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Join 501 Commons and friends from the Seattle nonprofit community for breakfast on October 9th

Join 501 Commons and friends from the Seattle nonprofit community for breakfast on October 9th

Published Oct 04, 2013 12:00 AM

Join 501 Commons for breakfast on Wednesday, October 9th! You’ll learn from Reel Grrls, the YMCA, and the Raikes Foundation why focusing on quality leads to better use of resources, clarified goals, and success stories that drive funding. Sign up today!

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Are nonprofits ready for the Affordable Care Act?

Are nonprofits ready for the Affordable Care Act?

Published Sep 17, 2013 07:00 AM

Regardless of whether they offer healthcare coverage, nonprofits are obligated to provide information to employees about the Affordable Care Act.

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Event to celebrate volunteer contributions to the community

Event to celebrate volunteer contributions to the community

Published Sep 12, 2013 08:30 PM

501 Commons Service Corps volunteers are generous with their time and expertise! Already this year, they've doubled the number of volunteer hours provided to local nonprofits. We'll celebrate them all at our Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon on Oct. 24th.

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Share your National Service Story!

Published Aug 12, 2013 04:10 PM

Cuts to the national service budget are hitting home across our state, leaving many organizations and communities scrambling or at a complete loss. Your stories can help convince congress to restore and expand this high impact program.

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Your Guide to QuickBooks

Your Guide to QuickBooks

Published Jul 24, 2013 02:00 PM

Make financial management easier at your nonprofit. Whether you're a new user or looking to learn more about QuickBooks, find out what the popular accounting software can do for you at this workshop designed for nonprofits.

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Goodbye to Google Checkout

Published Jun 26, 2013 04:10 PM

Late last month, Google announced that they will be ending their Google Checkout online payment service. But here are some alternative solutions to consider in the ever-changing technology landscape.

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Here in The Commons, we encourage your comments and hope you will join the discussion. Please keep your comments on topic in order to make this a valuable place for all Washington nonprofits. For more info, read our full blog commenting policy.