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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.

Is Your Nonprofit Ready for #GivingTuesday?

December 1, 2014
Dec. 2 is a day you can support nonprofits who are working hard to make our community better and our neighbors in need safer, housed, less hungry and so much more. Your nonprofit can get tips for making the most of this national effort, and 501 Commons will be most appreciative of your donation!

We're Moving to Pacific Tower

November 24, 2014
In mid-December, 501 Commons will move to Pacific Tower and become part of a vibrant, thriving collaboration between the State of Washington, Seattle Central College, and dozens of nonprofits. A conference center with rates for nonprofits will provide a new option for rental meeting space.

501 Commons Recognized as 2014 Nonprofit of the Year

October 24, 2014
In front of a sold-out crowd of business and nonprofit leaders, 501 Commons was honored as Nonprofit of the Year by Seattle Business magazine at the inaugural Community Impact Awards held on October 22 at MOHAI. The Community Impact Awards recognize local companies and organizations "whose dedication and commitment to strengthening our community have had the greatest impact on the region."

Service Corps Earns National Recognition

September 29, 2014
501 Commons' Executive Service Corps program was selected as a Featured Finalist for the America's Service Commissions (ASC) Innovation and Leadership Awards. Nearly 500 people in Washington State volunteer their time and talents to nonprofit through the Executive Service Corps, which was founded in 1989. Because of their generosity, 501 Commons can provide affordable management consulting services and programs to nonprofits.

How to Tell a Compelling Story in the Digital Age

September 22, 2014
Take a few minutes to learn from Nancy Xu's Slideshare about how you can tell a compelling story using visuals, a strong narrative structure, and good old-fashioned content. And sign up for our newsletter and twitter feeds to learn about upcoming 501 Talks Tech sessions!

Salesforce Update Available

August 20, 2014
The Salesforce Foundation recently announced the release of a major update to the Nonprofit Starter Pack. Here's what you need to know about the new release and why you should consider upgrading.

Pierce County: Tell Us What You Want, What You Really, Really Want

August 20, 2014
The Greater Tacoma Community Foundation has asked 501 Commons to develop opportunities for nonprofit leaders in Pierce County. We are conducting a survey to gather information about what leaders want. What kind of trainings or peer gatherings would you like to see?