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A Look Back at 2015

Posted Feb 02, 2016 08:55 AM
2015 ushered in a tremendous amount of growth for 501 Commons. We raised more money than ever to support free and affordable services to nonprofits across our state. Through our contracted services, action-based cohort programs, consulting projects, and free resources on our Statewide Nonprofit Resource Directory, more people than ever are being touched by our organization. We'd like to thank the volunteers in the Executive Service Corps for making 2015 an impact year!

We raised more money than ever before in 2015 to support free and low cost services to nonprofits across our state, including providing 57 organizations with a $500 grant for services – thanks to the Satterberg Foundation. Organizations used those grants to improve their technology, pay for participation in one of our action-learning programs, address critical HR issues, and more.

With 97 consultants and other nonprofit specialists in the Statewide Nonprofit Resource Directory, we’re at an all-time high for participants. Visits to our website also set new records with more than 95,000 sessions, with Resource Directory pages being the most popular destination. That’s a 15 percent increase in website traffic, continuing a growth trend of many years.

Many of our services are available at all times to people throughout the state and we had contracted projects in 17 counties in 2015. However, our Information and Referral Services are particularly helpful to people in smaller cities and rural areas. Lasts year Matt Fikejs and twelve other staff members provided Information and Referral services, handling 444 combined cases. This excludes “on the spot” assistance Matt and others provide at several conferences and through our day-to-day contact with nonprofits.

We are working to close the gap between the kind of technology available to businesses and what is available to nonprofits to help them be more productive and have better access to data. Here’s what our growing Technology Services staff and subcontractors were up to in 2015:

  • Many organizations receive ongoing support for their technology needs with 76 clients using IT Infrastructure, 25 utilizing database support, and 13 employing website support.
  • We completed a total of 115 technology consulting projects.
  • 501 Common’s Senior Strategist and Technology Services Manager, Graham Ford, serves as Childhaven’s IT Director.
  • In 2016 we added Salesforce Administration to our mix of services and hope to add more outsourced IT Director relationships.
  • Plan IT (formerly Deep Dive) enjoyed 28 participating organizations. The program provided them with a technology assessment, consultants to assess in technology planning, and $750 for technology improvements from Microsoft.
More 2015 facts and figures:
  • Training and Peer Learning: More than 600 people participated in training and peer learning sessions, with an additional 325 participating in various cohort learning sessions.
  • Financial Services: We have 94 ongoing bookkeeping clients and 35 accounting or tax projects.
  • Human Resources: We completed 60 Human Resources projects, including the HR Toolkit cohort program offered in Walla Walla.
  • Management consulting grew by 30 percent with 54 projects being worked on.
  • Cohort Action Learning Programs: In addition to the 28 Plan IT and 11 HR Toolkit participants mentioned above, we had 17 organizations host a VIP Manager Corps member and 8 Springboard and 9 Catalyst “graduating” organizations.