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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."

Policy Governance® Sets Up Boards and Staff for Success

Published May 08, 2018 01:55 PM

Board members who need lots of support but do little to advance the organization are a drain on resources. Moreover, boards that have poorly defined governance processes can be a risk to an organization. There is, however, a way to set up your board for success.

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Meet Three Leaders and Discuss Three Topics at the May 4 Executive Director Forum

Published May 02, 2018 09:10 AM

Executive Director Forums are interesting and energizing and fun! You will have the opportunity to discuss all three topics with these outstanding leaders and your fellow executives.

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Navigating Through Difficult Conversations is Challenging but Achievable

Published Apr 30, 2018 09:25 AM

The workplace can be rife with difficult conversations: salary negotiations, performance concerns, complaints about a colleague or client, mending hurt feelings, terminating an employee, etc.

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Helpful Resources: Having Successful Difficult Conversations

Published Apr 25, 2018 11:30 AM

Resolving differences of opinion about awkward or painful topics isn’t something we look forward to, but straight-forward and skillful conversations can help address conflict and build a positive organizational culture.

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Helpful Resources: De-Escalating Violent Interactions

Published Apr 11, 2018 11:05 AM

The topic of workplace violence and dealing with potentially violent individuals is a subject we’re seeing more in the news. Nobody wants to see these tragic incidents – both large and small – continue to plague our offices, schools, houses of worship, or public spaces. But what can we do?

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Central WA Nonprofits: Network Your Way to Success

Published Apr 10, 2018 11:55 AM

Attend the annual Central Washington Conference for the Greater Good on Wednesday, April 18 at the Yakima Convention Center to forge new connections and find the inspiration you need to thrive.

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Preventing Violent Conflicts Will Make Our Communities Safer

Published Apr 09, 2018 10:25 AM

In the wake of unspeakable tragedies in Parkland, FL and other communities across the country, we’re engaging in conversations about how schools, neighborhoods, companies, and nonprofits can better address the terrible violence we’re witnessing.

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Get More Out of the Conference by Attending the Deep-Dive Workshops

Published Mar 27, 2018 02:50 PM

Discount pricing ends Friday April 13 for the 2018 Washington State Nonprofit Conference on May 16. To get more “bang for your buck,” register for a pre-conference workshops on May 15.

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Seattle Opera: A Connected Board

Published Mar 26, 2018 09:20 AM

An online board portal helps your board better collaborate, communicate, and manage committees, events, and other board work. 501 Commons can work with you to develop a board portal and train your board and staff on how to use it.

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Helpful Resources: Managing Cultural Conflict

Published Mar 01, 2018 01:50 PM

Conflict in the workplace isn’t something that can be avoided, but its negative effects can be mitigated – and valuable lessons can be learned from it.

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