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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."

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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We Have Lift-Off!

We Have Lift-Off!

Published Dec 10, 2012 04:10 PM

We often talk with nonprofits about how to better use their website to tell their story. Websites are a key tool in strengthening engagement of donors, volunteers, and partners. With our own website redesign, it was time to take our own advice. Visit a bit and let us know what you think.

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Policy Governance Workshop Jan. 22

Policy Governance Workshop Jan. 22

Published Dec 10, 2012 02:05 PM

501 Commons presents an informative introduction to Policy Governance on January 22, 5-8pm. Get a solid understanding of the principles and practices of this fast growing approach to nonprofit governance.

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Security Policies for Mobile Devices

Published Dec 04, 2012 09:40 PM

Originally published on the NPower blog, this post was written by NPower consultants seeking to provide some helpful information regarding security policies and mobile devices. Click through for details about smartphone usage, security, and more.

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Google Apps for Nonprofits: Your Questions Answered

Google Apps for Nonprofits: Your Questions Answered

Published Nov 18, 2012 01:00 PM

During the Google Apps for Nonprofits training on Nov 7, audience members wrote related questions into a shared document for the Tech Corps to later answer. This blog are the responses to those questions.

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