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News, Tips, & Insights from Staff & Guests

News, Tips, & Insights from Staff & Guests

Welcome to The Commons, 501 Commons' blog, where we'll be sharing:

  • How-tos, 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."

Passwords and Security

Published Nov 14, 2012 09:35 AM

Originally published on the NPower blog, this post was written by NPower consultants seeking to provide some helpful information regarding security policies. Click through for details about creating a password policy for your nonprofit...

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Fulfilling the Promise of the Commons

Fulfilling the Promise of the Commons

Published Oct 19, 2012 04:15 PM

“Convergence - How Five Trends Will Reshape the Social Sector” advises us that "traditional approaches by nonprofits, funders, and capacity builders will fall short, and the old rules will no longer apply." That's why we believe that providing NPower tech services is helping us fulfill the promise of the Commons.

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The Tech Corps Presents at the WA Food Coalition Conference

The Tech Corps Presents at the WA Food Coalition Conference

Published Oct 14, 2012 12:30 PM

The Tech Corps attended the Washington Food Coalition Conference in Chelan WA to present on Google Apps for Nonprofits. The attendees consisted of 20-30 nonprofit members who serve to alleviate food and hunger related issues to low income individuals within Washington State.

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Three Simple Ways to Get People to Come to Your Fundraising Event

Published Oct 05, 2012 03:05 PM

Originally posted on the NPower blog, this post covers notes from a Brown Paper Tickets workshop on event promotion. These tips are designed to help you set strategy, brainstorm tactics and brush up on your social networking to get the word out about your nonprofit event.

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FAQs: Tech Services at 501 Commons

Published Oct 01, 2012 09:05 AM

Beginning October 1, 501 Commons is offering the technology services previously provided by NPower Northwest. We are excited to welcome NPower clients to 501 Commons. You can learn more about this change and what it will mean for nonprofits in Washington State through these FAQs.

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Where To Go When It's Time To Grow Professionally

Where To Go When It's Time To Grow Professionally

Published Aug 20, 2012 10:45 AM

Whether we work in the nonprofit sector or serve it (as a consultant, bookkeeper, etc.), we’re a “driven” lot. Simply put, there’s a “passion” for the cause. Click through to learn more about a one stop shop for learning and networking opportunities for nonprofit professionals...

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Our Favorite Sites for Nonprofit Resources Would Like to Meet Yours

Published Jun 18, 2012 10:05 AM

If you’ve been a reader of this blog, in the last six months, there’s a good chance you’ve heard about the Nonprofit Resource Directory. This collection of top-notch, online resources and recommended service providers is becoming the “first stop” for nonprofit pros stumped in their job. The convenience of the Resource Directory – coupled with free phone and email help – is tough to top.

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501 Commons Survey of WA State Nonprofit Capacity Building Needs

Published May 14, 2012 05:20 PM

We recently polled nonprofits in Washington State to learn what resources and services they need to increase their impact. We'll be using the survey results to ensure our services meet nonprofits' needs. Click through to read our summary of the results.

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It's Not What You Know, But Where You Look That Matters

Published Apr 10, 2012 01:15 PM

If there’s one thing that ties nonprofit-sector “newcomers” with those more experienced, it’s the learning curve. Board members, staff people, even those that arrive with years of private-sector experience, all share the need to get up-to-speed on the uniqueness of the sector. It simply takes time to learn and understand.

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A Search Engine Designed for Nonprofit Needs?

Published Feb 13, 2012 09:05 AM

In the age of Internet search engines, what could be simpler than typing in the services your nonprofit needs and combing the results? The problem is, with traditional search engines, the results can be overwhelming or biased toward those that appear on the first page. Click through to learn more about 501 Commons' Statewide Nonprofit Resource Directory...

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Creating Happy Endings For an All-Too-Common Nonprofit Story

Published Jan 11, 2012 09:10 AM

Once upon a time, a nonprofit staff member got stumped in their job, but didn’t know where outside of their organization to turn. Ever happened to you? If so, you’re in good company. Click through to learn more about the origins of the Information & Referral program here at 501 Commons...

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