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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."

Guest Blog: State Unemployment Insurance Needn’t Overtax Nonprofits

Guest Blog: State Unemployment Insurance Needn’t Overtax Nonprofits

Published Aug 19, 2014 04:05 PM

Jenn Smith of the Unemployment Services Trust (UST) explains why, regardless of your own nonprofit’s unemployment history, your organization could be overpaying in unemployment costs. She shares a federally approved way for many nonprofits to save money.

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Leaders Plan for an Encore

Leaders Plan for an Encore

Published Jul 22, 2014 12:05 PM

Lots of nonprofit leaders are retiring, but a majority plan to stay active as volunteers or consultants. Learn what resources are available to help plan for this "second stage" of life.

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Rising Young Nonprofit Leaders Point the Way

Rising Young Nonprofit Leaders Point the Way

Published Jun 17, 2014 04:55 PM

A leadership crisis is brewing. Two-thirds of all nonprofit senior leaders say they plan to leave their post in the next five years. How can the sector welcome, prepare and support the next generation in leading our essential mission-based organizations? A timely survey of young professionals tells us how we can begin today.

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Improve your Board's Effectiveness

Published Jun 16, 2014 10:25 AM

Policy Governance is a model of board governance that an increasing number of nonprofits are engaging. Join us at this training on July 17th and help your board focus on the "big picture".

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Seattle Hosting Independent Sector Conference

Published Jun 10, 2014 08:40 AM

Seattle will host the national Independent Sector conference this November. Don't miss one of the most valuable educational opportunities for the nonprofit sector, featuring leaders from nonprofits and philanthropy.

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Techtacular 2014: Tweets, Beats, and Haiku in pictures!

Published May 19, 2014 05:00 PM

What a great night for the nonprofit and technology communities! Thanks to everyone who attended, donated, volunteered, and otherwise supported Tweets, Beats, and Haiku. Your generosity ensures that we can continue our mission to support Washington nonprofits with the essential services and resources they need to thrive!

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Guest Blog: Fiscal Management for Strategic Decisions

Guest Blog: Fiscal Management for Strategic Decisions

Published May 15, 2014 04:55 PM

Nonprofit specialist Jonathan Poisner discusses how thriving nonprofits recognize that a well-designed fiscal management system creates information that improves strategic decision-making.

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Program attracts national recognition

Program attracts national recognition

Published Apr 28, 2014 05:45 PM

A 501 Commons program that pairs skilled volunteers with low-income housing communities to improve emergency preparedness has received national recognition from America’s Service Commissions (ASC) and Innovations in Civic Participation. Our Prepare/Respond/Serve program was recently heralded for "being an innovative program with lasting impact that can be replicated in other communities." Many of the volunteers who have participated in the program over the last 3 years have been veterans who bring strong skills in working with the highly diverse communities. The program is funded by the Volunteer Generation Fund, a project of the Washington State Commission for National and Community Service.

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A Practice of Gratitude

Published Apr 10, 2014 03:40 PM

Prompted by National Volunteer week, we want to thank our Service Corps and Volunteer Manager Corps members and consider the benefits of the practice of gratitude. Ashley Miller, ED of the Service Board suggests that reflecting on what you are grateful for and sharing gratitude among staff, board, and program participants can build a culture that is joyful and resilient.

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Techtacular: an event like no other

Techtacular: an event like no other

Published Mar 27, 2014 10:00 AM

Where else can you…support an awesome cause...leave your checkbook at home...groove to the beatnik beat of days gone by...network with the best and brightest from the tech and nonprofit sectors...enjoy great food, complimentary drinks and amazing art? At Techtacular, of course! Thanks to all who joined us for the fun on April 22.

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