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News, Tips, and Insights from 501 Commons

How to Develop an Online Presence for Your Nonprofit

September 8, 2020 Technology
Our growing reliance on the Internet means developing an online presence has quickly become a substantial part of an effective marketing strategy. Your nonprofit's website is the foundation of your organization’s entire online presence. While you may have social media accounts and external site referrals, all of this outreach stems from your website.

We Can Help You Get Through Tough Times

September 3, 2020 501 Commons News
If you’ve had to recently reduce staff, 501 Commons is here to help you push through these tough times and — hopefully — emerge on the other side stronger than before. Let’s start a conversation about how we can “fill the gaps” in key areas that may be getting pushed to the back burner or given to staff who are already too busy.

Helpful Resources: Anti-Racism Reading List

August 18, 2020 Diversity & Equity
Combatting racism requires knowledge about experiences, systems, policies, and social attitudes you may not be aware of. Take a look at this recommended reading list of anti-racism essays, books, podcasts, and videos that will educate you on the role you can play in cultivating a more equitable society.

Grant Opportunities – Summer 2020

In addition to having your PPP loan converted into grants, there are other ways your organization can receive funding to wade through COVID-19 and our renewed awareness of racial injustice. Take a look at these grant opportunities with deadlines that are either coming up soon or are being offered on a rolling basis.

Volunteers Can Play a Role in Healing Our Communities

June 16, 2020 Volunteers
As our country deals with COVID-19, shutdowns, the economic downturn, and racial injustice, people are feeling energized to give back to their communities in any way they can. Sometimes this means working on tasks remotely. In other cases, volunteers can be engaged in-person with adequate provisions for social distancing, screening, and cleaning.

Take Advantage of Free PPP Loan Assistance

June 12, 2020 Finance
Lawmakers are making it easier to convert Payment Protect Program (PPP) loans into grants. Learn how this can be done and how 501 Commons can assist you in applying for loan forgiveness.

11 Things to Consider as You Craft Your COVID-19 Return-to-Work Policies

June 11, 2020 Human Resources
In the coming weeks, nonprofits in Washington and Oregon are going to be allowed to resume normal operations and return to the office. While federal, state, and local guidelines should be adhered to whenever possible, you need to establish protocols of your own and communicate these policies clearly to your staff, donors, clients, and volunteers.