The Commons – Our Blog
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."
GiveBIG 2016 will be on May 3, 2016 from 12:01 a.m. to 11:59 p.m. This is an opportunity for supporters of 501 Commons to commit to making a positive impact on the quality of life for our friends, family, and neighbors by making a contribution on the biggest giving day in King County. This year, you can schedule your donation in advance by visiting GiveBig.SeattleFoundation.org.
This July, the Boeing Company will celebrate its centennial. Boeing's contributions to the economic health of our region includes making a profound impact on the Pacific Northwest's nonprofit community. As our way of expressing gratitude, 501 Commons is encouraging nonprofits to tell their "Boeing story" of how the company has positively impacted them over the years.
VIP Manager Corps (VMC) is a tremendous opportunity for recent college grads looking to start their career, seasoned professionals wanting to jump headfirst into the nonprofit sector, and individuals seeking work with a limited time commitment. VMC members will work about 10 hours per week from mid-June through September to help a local nonprofit plan and implement better volunteer management practices. Join today!
The 2016 Washington State Nonprofit Conference on May 17 at the Meydenbauer Center in Bellevue promises to dramatically change the way nonprofits think about their mission. The theme this year is "Designing Our Future: Connecting People, Advancing Causes" which will focus on why human-centered design should be the framework the sector uses to approach its work.
We have for you three upcoming grant opportunities for nonprofits, offered by The Sustainable Communities Funders group, Social Justice Fund Northwest, and 4Culture. The deadlines for these grants are no more than a month or two out. If none of these specific funding opportunities are right for your organization, bookmark their websites so you can check out future grants that could be.
In mid-March 2016, the Department of Labor sent to the Office of Management and Budget its final changes to the federal Fair Labor Standards Act laws, which determines which workers are eligible to receive overtime pay. The proposed changes would especially impact nonprofits where managers are also engaged in delivering direct services or where employees work longer hours during part of the year like summer camps.
Nancy Long Discusses Capacity Building and Other Issues for Philanthropy Northwest's March 2016 Virtual Roundtable
Every month Philanthropy Northwest publishes a series of “virtual roundtable” interviews with a group of nonprofit leaders to discuss in detail a common issue affecting the sector. For their March 2016 roundtable, Nancy Long discusses capacity building funding, the importance of modern technology, what funders need to understand about making the greatest impact, driving the brightest talent to the sector, and other current issues 501 Commons tackles every day.
Plymouth Housing Group’s mission of securing permanent and supportive homes for homeless adults, combined with their wide array of wrap-around services, means they rely heavily on their managers' wisdom and compassion. PHG approached us to seek ways they can better support their managers, so we designed for them a series of 12 HR manager trainings to help bring their staff leaders and employees closer together.
It's important for the board to conduct an annual evaluation of the ED/CEO, but what's also important is how that review is done. The board should focus on evaluating the organization's performance and using surveys that don't judge the executive's personal characteristics. Read more about what resources are available to boards who wish to find a comprehensive and effective way to evaluate the executive.
Want to experiment with new ideas in Salesforce but don't want to ruin your existing database? "Sandboxes" are test spaces where you can try out new things like objects, fields, workflow processes, and page layouts without making a single change to your current configuration. Not all sandboxes are the same, to it's important to learn the differences before setting up a new one.