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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."

Staff Development Workshop on 1/25: Inclusivity in the Workplace

Published Jan 02, 2018 08:28 AM

Having a diverse staff and board and an inclusive culture that encourages people to be at their best are critical to the success of any organization. You might want to create a more inclusive work environment, but how well equipped are you to design processes that navigate an organization through this complicated – and sensitive – topic?

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Helpful Resources: Building a More Inclusive Work Environment

Published Dec 21, 2017 08:00 AM

Nonprofit staff tend to come from diverse racial and cultural backgrounds, and have a broad range of gender identities, sexual orientations, and religious beliefs. More than ever, it is essential that we cultivate a more inclusive work environment that makes everyone feel safe and supported so they can be as productive as possible.

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December 2017 Grant Opportunities

Published Dec 20, 2017 08:56 AM

Want more funding in 2018? Of course you do! Take a look at these grant opportunities with deadlines happening in the next few months.

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Take Your Fundraising and Volunteer Management to the Next Level

Published Dec 19, 2017 09:11 AM

As we turn the page toward a new year, we can help you improve right away in two key areas: Fundraising and volunteer management.

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Subscribe to Washington Nonprofits' Policy Action Alerts and Updates

Published Dec 14, 2017 01:01 PM

Are you subscribing to "Policy Action Alerts and Updates" from Washington Nonprofits yet? Receive regular email updates about what's happening at the state and federal levels in regards to public policy that directly affects nonprofits.

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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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