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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."

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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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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