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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."

Sustainable Leadership Series

Sustainable Leadership Series

Published Mar 05, 2013 11:30 AM

During times of organizational change and stress, most leaders are comfortable with doing, but finding the time to reflect is important too. Guest blogger Amy Erickson continues her series on leading with the wise mind.

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VIP Welcomes 32 New Clients

VIP Welcomes 32 New Clients

Published Mar 04, 2013 02:35 PM

501 Commons and United Way of King County are pleased to announce the selection of 32 health and human services organizations to participate in the United Way Volunteer Impact Partnership’s (VIP) two feature programs, VIP 360 and VIP Manager Corps.

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Techtacular - It's going to be super!

Techtacular - It's going to be super!

Published Feb 27, 2013 01:55 PM

Bringing together the best and brightest from Northwest technology, nonprofits, and philanthropy. Join us April 4 at the HUB Ballroom (parking at Padelford) for good food, good people, and stories of nonprofits wielding their superpowers to change the world. Thanks to our sponsors: Microsoft, Deloitte, Presidio, Gates Foundation, Accenture, SAP, Point B, Avanade, PwC, CA Technologies, Verizon, IBM, AT&T, Cisco, Dell, Oracle, Plaster Group, Salesforce.com, Savvis, Slalom Consulting, and Sprint.

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Choosing a Cloud Storage Provider

Choosing a Cloud Storage Provider

Published Feb 07, 2013 09:25 AM

Tired of worrying about whether you e-mailed yourself the newest edits of your proposal? What happens if you forget your flash drive at home? Learn more about the HandsOn Tech Team's upcoming workshop and get some more information on popular cloud storage options.

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Leading with the Wise Mind

Leading with the Wise Mind

Published Jan 29, 2013 08:35 AM

The word sustainability is everywhere. If you think of yourself as a system to sustain, how can you maintain your viability as a nonprofit leader when you consider that a top challenge for many leaders is knowing which fire to put out first? Guest blogger Amy Erickson shares some insights on sustainable leadership.

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A Simple and Free Image Editor for Your Next Project

Published Jan 24, 2013 08:50 AM

Originally published on the NPower blog, this post review the free image editor tool - Paint.net. Need to create a quick drawing or diagram? Want to touch up a photograph? If you’re using a Windows-based computer, here’s a free, light-weight photo editor that is simple to use. Read more...

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How Social Media Savvy are You?

How Social Media Savvy are You?

Published Jan 15, 2013 02:40 PM

In honor of the HandsOn Tech Team's upcoming Social Media 101 presentation (it's free!), here are some resources for those dipping their toe in the social media pool.

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Three Great Mobile Sites by Seattle Nonprofits

Published Jan 10, 2013 08:55 AM

Originally published on the NPower blog in March 2012, this post highlights the forward-thinking work being done by three Seattle-area nonprofits in providing good mobile web experiences. Click through to learn more about these nonprofits and gain some tips and resources to help your nonprofit get mobile-ready.

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Volunteer Opportunities for the New Year

Volunteer Opportunities for the New Year

Published Jan 03, 2013 11:38 AM

If you resolved to help others and volunteer more in 2013, we have several great opportunities for you! From social service agencies to arts organizations, you can put your skills to work to support nonprofits.

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Salesforce Apps: What You Need to Know BEFORE You Install

Published Dec 18, 2012 09:10 AM

From time to time, our consultants put together posts about technology issues, how-tos or best practices. This post comes from Patrick, our Senior Database and Online Services Consultant, he spends much of his day working with clients to help customize, implement and learn Salesforce databases. In this post, Patrick discusses common issues that can arise for organizations seeking further customization.

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