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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."

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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Passwords and Security

Published Nov 14, 2012 09:35 AM

Originally published on the NPower blog, this post was written by NPower consultants seeking to provide some helpful information regarding security policies. Click through for details about creating a password policy for your nonprofit...

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Fulfilling the Promise of the Commons

Fulfilling the Promise of the Commons

Published Oct 19, 2012 04:15 PM

“Convergence - How Five Trends Will Reshape the Social Sector” advises us that "traditional approaches by nonprofits, funders, and capacity builders will fall short, and the old rules will no longer apply." That's why we believe that providing NPower tech services is helping us fulfill the promise of the Commons.

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The Tech Corps Presents at the WA Food Coalition Conference

The Tech Corps Presents at the WA Food Coalition Conference

Published Oct 14, 2012 12:30 PM

The Tech Corps attended the Washington Food Coalition Conference in Chelan WA to present on Google Apps for Nonprofits. The attendees consisted of 20-30 nonprofit members who serve to alleviate food and hunger related issues to low income individuals within Washington State.

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Three Simple Ways to Get People to Come to Your Fundraising Event

Published Oct 05, 2012 03:05 PM

Originally posted on the NPower blog, this post covers notes from a Brown Paper Tickets workshop on event promotion. These tips are designed to help you set strategy, brainstorm tactics and brush up on your social networking to get the word out about your nonprofit event.

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FAQs: Tech Services at 501 Commons

Published Oct 01, 2012 09:05 AM

Beginning October 1, 501 Commons is offering the technology services previously provided by NPower Northwest. We are excited to welcome NPower clients to 501 Commons. You can learn more about this change and what it will mean for nonprofits in Washington State through these FAQs.

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