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News, Tips, and Insights from 501 Commons

Get Creative With Employee Benefits

August 28, 2019 Human Resources
In today’s competitive job market, it is crucial for mission-based organizations to get creative when it comes to employee compensation – especially for nonprofits competing with large for-profit companies that have the ability to pay their employees more.

Take the Guesswork Out of Your Bookkeeping

August 27, 2019 Finance
Nonprofit accounting brings unique challenges, rules, and reporting requirements that for-profit companies don’t have to deal with. If anything is confusing you or causing you to lose sleep at night, partner with us and we can guide your way to better bookkeeping practices.

Goodbye to Google Checkout

June 26, 2013
Late last month, Google announced that they will be ending their Google Checkout online payment service. But here are some alternative solutions to consider in the ever-changing technology landscape.

How will healthcare reform affect you?

June 18, 2013
Get the latest news about the healthcare reform regulations from a comprehensive group of experts at our July 25 workshop. Plus learn about your responsibilities to educate employees and how the state exchange is going to work.

Connect and Recharge

May 30, 2013
Want an easy way to connect with your fellow leaders and share ideas and insights? Don't miss out on this ED Forum's fantastic lineup of facilitators and topics.

Virtual Workplaces and Going to the Cloud

May 16, 2013
Thanks to cloud based technology, offices and the constraints of office hours are now optional. In a time when online polling has replaced phone tag, here are a few reasons why nonprofits should embrace telework and virtual workplaces.

Interviewing to Hire the Best

May 16, 2013
Nonprofits spend most of their budget on staff, so how can you find the employee who has the skills needed, the passion for your mission, and the fit for your particular culture? Join us June 18 for an interactive workshop to improve your interviewing skills.

Ready to boost your fundraising capacity?

May 14, 2013
Catalyst helps you improve the internal systems and culture that lead to fundraising success and align the board and staff around fundraising goals. After sessions in Thurston and Snohomish Counties, the program is coming to King County this summer.

Sustainable Leadership Series

April 30, 2013
Statewide Nonprofit Resource Directory consultant Amy Erickson wraps up her series on sustainable leadership with some tips on how to structure your day to incorporate time for mindfulness and increase your productivity and self-awareness.

Q&A from Our Google Apps Brown Bag

April 24, 2013
Our HandsOn Tech team recently led a Brown Bag on Google for Nonprofits. Here are our answers from the questions raised by our audience.