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."
On behalf of the 501 Commons board of directors and staff, thank you if you chose to use our services in 2017. During the year we provided 1,200 services to 700+ organizations, including more than 400 information and referral queries.
When you bring people from diverse perspectives, backgrounds, values, and work styles onto your team, it’s inevitable that conflict will rear its head. The March Staff Development Coalition workshop will teach you conflict management/de-escalation skills that can guide you through these murky waters.
Nonprofits in the greater Vancouver area cannot miss this opportunity to develop stronger internal systems at Nonprofit Network Southwest Washington’s Operations Conference on Thursday, March 1 in Vancouver.
Inspiring stories and examples of exemplary service highlighted the 2018 Executive Service Corps Appreciation & Awards Luncheon on Monday, Jan. 29 at Pacific Tower’s Panoramic Center.
Ibram X. Kendi – author of "Stamped from the Beginning" – has an important message for everyone: We need to move away from “not being a racist” toward being “antiracist."
Just days before the New Year, the federal government passed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, which will have a significant impact on the nonprofit sector. Here's a brief summary of what nonprofits need to know about this new legislation and how it'll affect the social sector.
Not everyone with a disability uses a wheelchair, assistance dog, or portable oxygen device. Millions of Americans everywhere have disabilities that are not obvious – and therefore not always considered when crafting employee handbooks, arranging for workplace equipment, or setting time off policies.
The word "disability" is often used to describe an ongoing physical challenge. While some disabilities may seem obvious, many are unseen – or “invisible.” The February Nonprofit Staff Development Coalition workshop will provide you with knowledge and guidance on the impact of invisible disabilities in the workplace and challenge the way you think about disabilities.
Struggling to keep some balance in your life after a bit of downtime over the holidays? Discuss tactics for self-care and ways the nonprofit sector can build stronger and more diverse networks at the next King County Executive Director Forum gathering on Friday, Feb. 2 from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. at Pacific Tower (Suite #180 on the 1st floor).
Having a diverse staff and board and an inclusive culture that encourages people to be at their best are critical to the success of any organization. You might want to create a more inclusive work environment, but how well equipped are you to design processes that navigate an organization through this complicated – and sensitive – topic?