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The Commons

Our Blog of News, Tips, & Insights

Our Blog of News, Tips & Insights

Welcome to The Commons, 501 Commons' blog, where we share:

  • How-to's, 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."

Make Data an Ally in Your Mission

Published Sep 13, 2017 03:11 PM

"Data" isn't just numbers or words on a screen. It can be a powerful tool to help your nonprofit make informed decisions about fundraising, program development, marketing, hiring, volunteer management, cultivating relationships with donors, bookkeeping, and so on.

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Wiki Sites, Intranets, Board Portals, Oh My!

Published Aug 28, 2017 09:04 AM

The secret to lower stress and higher productivity is in managing information so that staff and board members can collaborate, find and share critical information, and document the organization's policies and processes so that they can be universally understood and replicated.

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Helpful Resources: Budgeting and Funding Technology Upgrades

Published Aug 24, 2017 02:11 PM

Now is the time when many of you are thinking about next year's budget. Are you thinking about making room for technology upgrades? Make sure you have a plan to do so in 2018!

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Make Your Voice Heard About the Overtime Rules Before Sept. 25, 2017

Published Aug 21, 2017 11:50 AM

Remember the overtime rule changes we talked so much about last year? The Department of Labor (DOL) is once again soliciting input on the overtime rules. This is your chance to make your voice heard!

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Executive Advising and Leadership Coaching: Who's in Your Corner?

Published Aug 10, 2017 09:00 AM

Sometimes, we all need someone who will stand in our corner when times get tough. Inquire today about our Executive Advising and Leadership Coaching programs to get matched with someone who can deliver that much needed support.

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Soundview School: Stable Technology Empowers Students to Learn

Published Aug 08, 2017 08:05 AM

For more than 20 years, Soundview School has educated their students to become innovative thinkers, ethical citizens, and compassionate leaders.

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Helpful Resources: Leadership Development

Published Jul 26, 2017 10:09 AM

Quality leadership at the top is critical to the success of every nonprofit. So what can you do to further hone your leadership skills and your ability to navigate through challenges?

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We Keep Our IT Customers Satisfied. Do You Want to Be Next?

Published Jul 20, 2017 11:25 AM

Not sure if your organization needs IT help? Consider this:

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How the Washington Family Leave Act Affects Nonprofits

Published Jul 19, 2017 11:55 AM

In early July, the legislature passed the Washington Family Leave Act (FLA), which provides eligible workers up to 12 weeks of paid protected leave for the birth or adoption of a child or for leave when the employee or a family member (including registered domestic partners) faces a serious health condition.

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Helpful Resources: Financial Management

Published Jul 03, 2017 01:15 PM

Sound financial management is a must for nonprofits. It's necessary for maintaining compliance with local and federal laws, reporting back to funders, and keeping the organization running smoothly. We share with you important resources on financial management that you should keep bookmarked for future reference.

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