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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."

Vietnamese Friendship Association: Looking Ahead to a Changing Community

Published Jul 06, 2018 02:04 PM

For 40 years, Vietnamese Friendship Association has proudly served the Vietnamese and refugee populations in South Seattle. The organization originally sought to help resettle refugees affected by the Vietnam War. As time has gone on, VFA shifted toward supporting education, economic self-sufficiency, and leadership development programs.

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Helpful Resources: Understanding Microaggressions and Unintended Slights

Published Jun 21, 2018 11:14 AM

A “microaggression” is a verbal or nonverbal cue (whether intentional or unintentional) that communicates hostility or bias toward a targeted group of people. These unintended slights may seem harmless on the surface, but they perpetuate the feeling of being devalued and viewed as “the other.”

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Racial Microaggressions: Not All Offenses are Obvious

Published Jun 20, 2018 03:30 PM

When we communicate with people from a racial or cultural background different from our own, there’s always the chance we might commit a “microaggression” – a verbal or nonverbal cue that conveys disrespect or bias.

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Standing for Justice Together

Published Jun 19, 2018 09:45 AM

Your mission may be best tackled by advocating for public policy and budget changes that impact your constituents. Learn the rules so that you can keep your board and organization aligned with the law while advocating for change.

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What Nonprofits Need to Know About Data Privacy

Published Jun 18, 2018 09:31 AM

Recent coverage about political campaigns using data curated by Facebook has awakened your clients, donors, and volunteers to privacy issues. Take those headlines as a heads up to make sure you can secure the personal data you have.

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How Long Should Nonprofits Retain Certain Documents?

Published Jun 05, 2018 12:50 PM

Federal and state laws require the retention of certain documents and electronic records for a minimum amount of time, making it essential for nonprofit organizations to have a written retention policy that is faithfully followed.

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Women in Leadership Roles Make the Nonprofit Sector and Our Communities Better

Published May 25, 2018 11:49 AM

While we are far from achieving gender equity in leadership of business, government or nonprofit spheres, more attention is being given to women having access to leadership roles. While research has repeatedly shown that women leaders are good for business, many questions remained unanswered: How can we better recognize women as leaders in an authentic way and how do we better lift up women leaders in the nonprofit sector?

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Grant Opportunities - May 2018

Published May 24, 2018 08:34 AM

Summer may be fast approaching, but don’t let your fundraising go on vacation! Check out these grant opportunities with deadlines happening in the next few weeks or months.

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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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