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Techtacular 2014: Tweets, Beats, and Haiku in pictures!

May 19, 2014
What a great night for the nonprofit and technology communities! Thanks to everyone who attended, donated, volunteered, and otherwise supported Tweets, Beats, and Haiku. Your generosity ensures that we can continue our mission to support Washington nonprofits with the essential services and resources they need to thrive!

Program attracts national recognition

April 28, 2014
A 501 Commons program that pairs skilled volunteers with low-income housing communities to improve emergency preparedness has received national recognition from America’s Service Commissions (ASC) and Innovations in Civic Participation. Our Prepare/Respond/Serve program was recently heralded for "being an innovative program with lasting impact that can be replicated in other communities." Many of the volunteers who have participated in the program over the last 3 years have been veterans who bring strong skills in working with the highly diverse communities. The program is funded by the Volunteer Generation Fund, a project of the Washington State Commission for National and Community Service.

A Practice of Gratitude

April 10, 2014
Prompted by National Volunteer week, we want to thank our Service Corps and Volunteer Manager Corps members and consider the benefits of the practice of gratitude. Ashley Miller, ED of the Service Board suggests that reflecting on what you are grateful for and sharing gratitude among staff, board, and program participants can build a culture that is joyful and resilient.

Techtacular: an event like no other

March 27, 2014
Where else can you…support an awesome cause...leave your checkbook at home...groove to the beatnik beat of days gone by...network with the best and brightest from the tech and nonprofit sectors...enjoy great food, complimentary drinks and amazing art? At Techtacular, of course! Thanks to all who joined us for the fun on April 22.

Catalyst helps nonprofits dream big

February 18, 2014
Thirteen organizations are better prepared to achieve their fundraising goals, thanks to participation in 501 Commons’ Catalyst program. “Not only were we inspired to dream bigger by our consultants, but we were given the tools to accomplish those dreams,” said Sue Skillen, executive director of the Monroe Public Schools Foundation. “Getting to participate was invaluable for our foundation, and we know the students and staff in our district will benefit greatly.”

Congratulations to 2014 program participants

February 18, 2014
Welcome to the 6 arts organizations participating in the 2014 Springboard program and the 16 King County nonprofits that have been selected to participate in the VIP360 program. VIP 360, which helps organizations improve their engagement of volunteers, is funded by United Way of King County and delivered in partnership with 501 Commons.

Happy New Year!

January 16, 2014
From the 501 Commons team to you: best wishes for a fulfilling and successful new year. We invite you to download our 2014 calendar!

2013 Recap: Thanks to Our Funders and Clients!

December 31, 2013
It's been a really BIG year. 501 Commons has added 24 new staff in 2013, several new programs, and expanded services into new communities. Our service corps members provided $1.8 million in donated services. We are particularly proud of the growth in organizations using our technology and financial services, where 100% of clients were satisfied with the support we gave them. We are thankful for all of the new and continuing support we received. We hold high hopes for 2014 and wish you all the best in this new year.

VIP Manager Corps: Breaking the cycle of ‘never enough time’

December 13, 2013
Wallingford Community Senior Center has struggled with the financial and capacity issues familiar to many local nonprofits in the wake of the 2008 recession. With community will and support, the Center has been working hard to redefine, rebuild, and reinvigorate its services.