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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."

VIP Manager Corps: Breaking the cycle of ‘never enough time’

Published Dec 13, 2013 11:59 AM

Wallingford Community Senior Center has struggled with the financial and capacity issues familiar to many local nonprofits in the wake of the 2008 recession. With community will and support, the Center has been working hard to redefine, rebuild, and reinvigorate its services.

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Office Space Considerations

Office Space Considerations

Published Nov 07, 2013 12:00 AM

Last month, we asked nonprofits to tell us what they are paying for office space, what amenities were important, and how they were managing occupancy costs. Having benchmark information about what other nonprofits are paying can be really helpful if you are shopping for space.

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Leadership Speaker Series recap

Published Oct 17, 2013 01:15 PM

Over 40 nonprofit professionals came together at our latest breakfast event, and learned how a program quality initiative can improve their programs and help build capacity.

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Join 501 Commons and friends from the Seattle nonprofit community for breakfast on October 9th

Join 501 Commons and friends from the Seattle nonprofit community for breakfast on October 9th

Published Oct 03, 2013 05:00 PM

Join 501 Commons for breakfast on Wednesday, October 9th! You’ll learn from Reel Grrls, the YMCA, and the Raikes Foundation why focusing on quality leads to better use of resources, clarified goals, and success stories that drive funding. Sign up today!

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Are nonprofits ready for the Affordable Care Act?

Are nonprofits ready for the Affordable Care Act?

Published Sep 17, 2013 12:00 AM

Regardless of whether they offer healthcare coverage, nonprofits are obligated to provide information to employees about the Affordable Care Act.

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Event to celebrate volunteer contributions to the community

Event to celebrate volunteer contributions to the community

Published Sep 12, 2013 01:30 PM

501 Commons Service Corps volunteers are generous with their time and expertise! Already this year, they've doubled the number of volunteer hours provided to local nonprofits. We'll celebrate them all at our Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon on Oct. 24th.

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Share your National Service Story!

Published Aug 12, 2013 09:10 AM

Cuts to the national service budget are hitting home across our state, leaving many organizations and communities scrambling or at a complete loss. Your stories can help convince congress to restore and expand this high impact program.

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Your Guide to QuickBooks

Your Guide to QuickBooks

Published Jul 24, 2013 07:00 AM

Make financial management easier at your nonprofit. Whether you're a new user or looking to learn more about QuickBooks, find out what the popular accounting software can do for you at this workshop designed for nonprofits.

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Goodbye to Google Checkout

Published Jun 26, 2013 09:10 AM

Late last month, Google announced that they will be ending their Google Checkout online payment service. But here are some alternative solutions to consider in the ever-changing technology landscape.

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How will healthcare reform affect you?

How will healthcare reform affect you?

Published Jun 18, 2013 09:05 AM

Get the latest news about the healthcare reform regulations from a comprehensive group of experts at our July 25 workshop. Plus learn about your responsibilities to educate employees and how the state exchange is going to work.

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