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News, Tips, & Insights from Staff & Guests

News, Tips, & Insights from Staff & Guests

Welcome to The Commons, 501 Commons' 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."

Helpful Resources: Improving Your Bookkeeping

Published May 23, 2018 11:56 AM

Strong bookkeeping practices can help guide your fundraising, hiring, operational, and investment decisions.

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QuickBooks Made Easy: Grow Your Bookkeeping Knowledge at an Affordable Rate on July 19

Published May 22, 2018 09:27 AM

Go in-depth about the functions of QuickBooks® at this two-part all day training workshop designed for both experienced nonprofit bookkeepers and staff/volunteers who act as the bookkeeper by default.

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Preventing a Chasm Between the Board and Executive

Published May 21, 2018 01:33 PM

Organizations are more resilient when everyone has shared expectations. But this is often not the case with the board of directors and executive.

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Policy Governance® Sets Up Boards and Staff for Success

Published May 08, 2018 01:55 PM

Board members who need lots of support but do little to advance the organization are a drain on resources. Moreover, boards that have poorly defined governance processes can be a risk to an organization. There is, however, a way to set up your board for success.

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Meet Three Leaders and Discuss Three Topics at the May 4 Executive Director Forum

Published May 02, 2018 09:09 AM

Executive Director Forums are interesting and energizing and fun! You will have the opportunity to discuss all three topics with these outstanding leaders and your fellow executives.

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Navigating Through Difficult Conversations is Challenging but Achievable

Published Apr 30, 2018 09:22 AM

The workplace can be rife with difficult conversations: salary negotiations, performance concerns, complaints about a colleague or client, mending hurt feelings, terminating an employee, etc.

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Helpful Resources: Having Successful Difficult Conversations

Published Apr 25, 2018 11:30 AM

Resolving differences of opinion about awkward or painful topics isn’t something we look forward to, but straight-forward and skillful conversations can help address conflict and build a positive organizational culture.

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Helpful Resources: De-Escalating Violent Interactions

Published Apr 11, 2018 11:01 AM

The topic of workplace violence and dealing with potentially violent individuals is a subject we’re seeing more in the news. Nobody wants to see these tragic incidents – both large and small – continue to plague our offices, schools, houses of worship, or public spaces. But what can we do?

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Central WA Nonprofits: Network Your Way to Success

Published Apr 10, 2018 11:54 AM

Attend the annual Central Washington Conference for the Greater Good on Wednesday, April 18 at the Yakima Convention Center to forge new connections and find the inspiration you need to thrive.

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Preventing Violent Conflicts Will Make Our Communities Safer

Published Apr 09, 2018 10:25 AM

In the wake of unspeakable tragedies in Parkland, FL and other communities across the country, we’re engaging in conversations about how schools, neighborhoods, companies, and nonprofits can better address the terrible violence we’re witnessing.

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