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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."

When Faced With a Crisis, Make Sure You Have a Crisis Plan

Published May 27, 2016 10:24 AM

Nonprofits do incredible work to make our communities better places to live. Rarely are these organizations ever in the news. Unfortunately, when a nonprofit is in the news, it's usually because of something negative. Do you have a plan to handle media and public inquiries when a crisis strikes? Cynthia Flash at Flash Media Services writes a guest blog post talking about the importance of having a crisis communication plan when your organization faces an unforeseen disaster.

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The Next King County Executive Director Forum is June 3

Published May 23, 2016 08:56 AM

The next King County Executive Director Forum, a unique opportunity for EDs/CEOs to connect with their peers, share ideas, and learn from each other in a supportive environment, will be on Friday, June 3 from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. at Pacific Tower. Each session offers three discussion groups facilitated by three outstanding leaders.

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Nonprofits are Saying THANK YOU to Boeing This Sunday at Safeco Field

Published May 18, 2016 10:22 AM

This July, the company will celebrate its centennial. The nonprofit community will come together on Sunday, May 22 at 2:00 p.m. at Safeco Field to celebrate this milestone and thank The Boeing Company for their service to our community. We invite you to join us for this celebration and enjoy the United Way of King County's 4th Annual All-Star Softball game afterward.

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Department of Labor Finalizes Changes to Overtime Rules

Published May 18, 2016 10:05 AM

On Wednesday, May 18, 2016 the U.S. Department of Labor announced final changes to overtime rules, acting under the authority of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The final rule focuses primarily on redefining who is considered "exempt" from federal overtime compensation laws. These changes will affect the for-profit and nonprofit sectors alike.

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Helpful Resources: Writing a Case Statement

Published May 12, 2016 01:01 PM

A case statement clearly and simply describes what problem your organization seeks to solve, how you are uniquely able to succeed in solving this problem, and what more you could achieve with additional resources. We’ve compiled a list of resources that teach you how to create a compelling case statement that will get your donors, funders, and supporters fired up about what you do.

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What You Need to Know About Proposed Overtime Rule Changes

Published May 12, 2016 12:40 PM

Changes to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) proposed by the U.S. Department of Labor will redefine which employees are eligible to receive overtime compensation. These changes will affect nonprofits of all sizes. We encourage you to learn what you need to know about these new regulations by inviting you to attend a FREE webinar on June 16 from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m.

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Free Session on May 9 to Discuss Changes to Overtime Rules

Published May 09, 2016 09:16 AM

Later this year the U.S. Department of Labor is expected to make changes to overtime rules in the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). We will offer a FREE interactive and informative session on May 9, 2016 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at Pacific Tower that will provide an overview of the proposed rule changes and leave you with a better understanding of its implications for your nonprofit. We will also offer a webinar on June 16 that will cover the same material.

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Commit to Making a Positive Impact on GiveBIG

Published May 05, 2016 02:05 PM

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.

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Share Your Story of Boeing's Impact

Published Apr 19, 2016 09:55 AM

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.

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Know Someone Looking for a High Impact Role at a Nonprofit?

Published Apr 06, 2016 02:30 PM

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!

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