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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."

Know this if you plan on hiring

Know this if you plan on hiring

Published Apr 01, 2013 11:20 AM

A new I-9 form is available from USCIS, and your organization needs to be ready to start using it before May 7th.

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A Celebration of Nonprofits

A Celebration of Nonprofits

Published Mar 22, 2013 04:15 PM

Anticipation is building for the 2013 Washington State Nonprofit Conference, which is this Fri., May 17 in Bellevue. Our staff and service corps members will be among this year's presenters, discussing solutions on a shoestring and innovative approaches to nonprofit challenges.

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Deloitte: Like-Minded Supporter of Nonprofit Tech

Published Mar 22, 2013 09:06 AM

Global professional services company Deloitte and 501 Commons may not appear very similar at first glance, but both organizations are dedicated to helping nonprofits strengthen their management and effectively use technology.

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Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation: Technology as Tool for Change

Published Mar 19, 2013 08:00 AM

We’re proud to partner with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation as a sponsor for the upcoming Techtacular (April 4 at the HUB Ballroom)! Learn more about the Gates Foundation’s commitment to the nonprofit community and why they’ve chosen to support 501 Commons.

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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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