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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."

Help a Nonprofit Develop a Technology Plan through Plan IT!

Published Aug 09, 2016 03:30 PM

501 Commons is seeking volunteers with diverse technology skills and a broad understanding of business technology to serve as Technology Planning Consultants for the Fall 2016 cohort of Plan IT, our tech-focused action-learning program.

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Helpful Resources: Popular Resource Directory destinations

Published Aug 09, 2016 12:23 PM

This list of popular destinations in our Statewide Nonprofit Resource Directory summarizes where many of our nonprofit clients go to for assistance and guidance; including Tools & Best Practices, Best of the Web Links, WA State Venues Map, and our Nonprofit Networking Group.

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Plan IT: What's In Your Technological Future?

Published Jul 27, 2016 11:10 AM

Apply now for the September 2016 launch of Plan IT. The deadline to apply is Aug. 1. Not only is the program FREE (thanks to Microsoft) but you get a $500 grant upon completion to jumpstart your plan. Hear what Washington Access Fund and Jubilee Women's Center had to say about Plan IT's impact on their usage of technology.

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Why New Overtime Rules Are Good for Nonprofits (If Funders Help…)

Published Jul 19, 2016 06:33 PM

Increases in overtime pay are good for nonprofit workers but funders will need to help nonprofits adjust to the new higher costs of providing services.

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Our Data Dream Team

Published Jul 15, 2016 03:15 PM

501 Commons' Data Solutions consulting and services team has added new members recently. We are so excited about them that we want to introduce the full team to you. They are quite possibly the most credentialed data and database consulting team ever. Smart and nonprofit-savvy. They are here to help.

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Strengthen the Relationship Between Your Board and Executive Leader on July 14

Published Jul 07, 2016 11:00 AM

Nonprofits thrive when their board and executive leader are able to work together with clearly defined roles and responsibilities. Policy Governance is a set of policies that clarifies this relationship so that the board can focus on big-picture matters while the executive can manage the day-to-day business of the organization. Learn more about these principles on Thursday, July 14 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Pacific Tower.

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Inspire Your Board to "Stand for Your Mission"

Published Jun 27, 2016 10:50 AM

"Stand for Your Mission" is a national campaign led by BoardSource and a wide host of partners that is designed to build awareness around the importance of board advocacy in advancing an organization's mission. We provide you with some simple actions you can take to warm up your board toward becoming greater champions of your mission.

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Enjoy Fun in the Sun at "501 Connects"

Published Jun 07, 2016 04:10 PM

Executive Service Corps members are invited to join us for "501 Connects" on Thursday, July 21 on Pacific Tower's South Lawn from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. This is a great chance for our volunteers to meet one another and enjoy the beautiful summer weather in Seattle.

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When Faced With a Crisis, Make Sure You Have a Crisis Plan

Published May 27, 2016 10:25 AM

Nonprofits do incredible work to make our communities better places to live. Rarely are these organizations ever in the news. Unfortunately, when a nonprofit is in the news, it's usually because of something negative. Do you have a plan to handle media and public inquiries when a crisis strikes? Cynthia Flash at Flash Media Services writes a guest blog post talking about the importance of having a crisis communication plan when your organization faces an unforeseen disaster.

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