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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."

How Philanthropy Will Carry Us Forward Post-Election

Published Nov 11, 2016 03:55 PM

There is great uncertainty in the sector about the implications of the election. 501 Commons will be evaluating emerging issues and needs in collaboration with our partners, including Washington Nonprofits and Philanthropy Northwest.

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Are You a Tech Diversity Champion?

Published Nov 10, 2016 10:12 AM

Washington Technology Industry Association (WTIA) is committed to strengthening the thriving tech sector in Washington State. A core tenet of their mission is to encourage and develop diversity in the industry. 501 Commons has partnered with them in this effort by joining their Diversity Action Committee.

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Helpful Resources: Coworking Spaces

Published Nov 07, 2016 01:23 PM

For startups and organizations with a small staff, it can be difficult to get quality work done in living rooms, kitchens or coffee shops. However, it can also be tremendously expensive to rent office spaces, especially in large metropolitan areas.

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Art Matters! Springboard is Now Accepting Applications for the Spring

Published Nov 02, 2016 12:20 PM

Springboard is now accepting applications for the spring program that runs from February through June 2017.

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#GivingTuesday is Set for November 29

Published Nov 01, 2016 02:32 PM

Once again, #GivingTuesday is happening on November 29, 2016, which is the first Tuesday after Thanksgiving. Now is the time for nonprofits large and small to start crafting their marketing plans for making #GivingTuesday a success.

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Need Reliable and Affordable IT Support?

Published Oct 31, 2016 02:45 PM

Technology is just like turning on the lights. You want to flip the switch and not have to worry about it. But occasionally, things do go wrong and you need help. This is where we come in!

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FIRST Washington: A Strong Bond Between Technology and Mission

Published Sep 07, 2016 12:55 PM

The mission of FIRST Washington is to inspire kids of all ages to pursue careers in science and technology. However, their internal use of technology didn't always align with this mission.

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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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