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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."

Grant Opportunities - June 2017

Published Jun 27, 2017 08:21 AM

Summer is finally here, 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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QuickBooks Made Easy on July 20: Better Accounting Means Better Fundraising

Published Jun 21, 2017 12:25 PM

Like peanut butter and jelly, vibrant fundraising and sound financial practices just naturally go together. Join us for "QuickBooks Made Easy" on Thursday, July 20 at the 2100 Building (Seattle) so that you can take your accounting practices - and fundraising - to the next level.

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We Can Help You Strengthen Your Volunteer Management Practices

Published Jun 19, 2017 08:37 AM

Your volunteers can reap benefits for your organization far beyond the time and talent they already provide. Committed volunteers may also become major donors, expert consultants, project leads, board members, and public advocates if proper time is spent cultivating these relationships.

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Resiliency: How Can Nonprofit Leaders Build Resilient Organizations?

Published May 24, 2017 09:26 AM

Resiliency…resiliency… just saying the word can make you feel more settled in these unsettling times. What are the strategies that nonprofit leaders can do to build resiliency in our organizations? Being resilient means the organization can not only survive a crisis but thrive.

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GUEST BLOG: Everybody Has a Story. Make Yours Count

Published May 22, 2017 10:55 AM

We are excited to share this blog post written by Dan Lamont (Tatoosh Media), a visual media specialist who is listed in our Resource Directory. He writes about the importance of storytelling and how every nonprofit organization has a compelling story that needs to be told.

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WEBINAR: How to Solve Your Nonprofit's IT Compliance Issues

Published May 18, 2017 09:14 AM

To protect the public’s safety and privacy, all companies – including nonprofits – must comply with state and federal rules regulating how to secure data and electronic transactions. Mistakes can lead to lawsuits and broken trust. Watch our webinar “How to Solve Your Nonprofit’s IT Compliance Issues” that goes into great depth about how to prevent these mistakes from happening.

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Use Salesforce? Nonprofit Success Pack Day is Coming to Seattle on Thursday, May 11

Published May 03, 2017 10:37 AM

If your organization uses Salesforce, you cannot miss "NPSP Day" on Thursday, May 11 in Seattle (Impact Hub).

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Helpful Resources: Federal Digital Safety Laws

Published Apr 28, 2017 01:10 PM

How familiar are you with federal digital safety laws? Complying with these regulations is important to retaining the confidence of your donors, funders, and clients.

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2017 Washington State Nonprofit Conference: Taking Care of Our Communities and Ourselves

Published Apr 04, 2017 08:50 AM

Self-care, equity, and navigating through tumultuous times are themes that will be explored at the 2017 Washington State Nonprofit Conference.

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Put Your Volunteer Management Experience to Good Use By Sharing Your Expertise with Other Nonprofits

Published Mar 30, 2017 02:27 PM

Sometimes, the best way to learn is to teach. We're reaching out to volunteer managers with a remarkable professional development opportunity that provides personal as well as community-building benefits.

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