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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."

Learn How to Turn Your "Likes" Into Meaningful Action at Idealware's 6-part Social Media Toolkit Webinar Series

Published Nov 21, 2017 01:08 PM

Posting on your organization’s Facebook or Twitter can be fun and enlightening, but does it result in meaningful support or other benefits?

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Helpful Resources: Increase your Emotional Intelligence (EQ)

Published Nov 20, 2017 01:49 PM

Many people in our sector are feeling high levels of stress. Added to the usual challenges of our sector are concerns about federal actions and changes to laws that will impact the people we serve and our community. What can help you navigate through these murky waters? Building your Emotional Intelligence (EQ).

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Changes to Employment Laws - What Washington's Nonprofits Need to Know

Published Nov 13, 2017 09:55 AM

Starting on January 1, 2018, employees working for Washington State nonprofits will have improved benefits because of legislative changes requiring employers to offer paid sick leave, as well as increases to the minimum wage over several years. There are also changes coming in 2020 to expand access to Paid Family and Medical Leave (PFML).

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Worry Less By Outsourcing More to 501 Commons

Published Nov 02, 2017 09:25 AM

If you're trying to accomplish more (and who isn't?), consider the benefits of contracting back office functions to 501 Commons.

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Be Inspired at the 2017 Inland Northwest Conference

Published Oct 05, 2017 09:23 AM

If you are in central or eastern Washington take advantage of the Inland Northwest Conference for the Greater Good. Hosted by Washington Nonprofits, this conference allows you to step back from the fray and reflect upon your progress, connect with like-minded peers, and discover new ways to increase your impact.

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WORKSHOP: Advocate Bolder and Wiser Than Ever Before on Oct. 31

Published Oct 04, 2017 12:42 PM

Nonprofits have a responsibility to stand up for changes that benefit the community interests they serve. Imagine how different our state would look if every nonprofit engaged in advocacy to advance public understanding of their issue and to galvanize action by city, county, state, and federal legislators!

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Helpful Resources: Advocacy Guidelines for Nonprofits

Published Sep 26, 2017 09:01 AM

Nonprofits have a responsibility to stand up for changes that benefit the community interests they serve. Imagine how different our state would look if every nonprofit engaged in advocacy to advance public understanding of their issue and to galvanize action by city, county, state, and federal legislators!

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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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