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5 Key Reasons and Strategies for Hiring a Fundraising Consultant

September 23, 2022 Fundraising & Development
Nonprofits are resourceful, but sometimes having an extra hand with more in-depth expertise can help you work out kinks in your organization’s strategy. Just as you invest in your organization by training your board and acquiring great employees, hiring a fundraising consultant is an incredible way to invest in your nonprofit’s success.

Calling All Advocates! Learn the Rules of the Road

September 21, 2022 Policy & Legal
Nonprofits have led the charge on many of the major movements that have changed our country. Whether it’s child labor laws, food regulations, women’s right to vote, racial and LGBTQ equality laws, or employee rights – the nonprofit sector played a substantial role in giving these movements life at the grassroots level.

How to Use Your Online Giving Page to Boost Donor Retention

A donation page is a powerful tool for nonprofits. From expanding your reach to attracting new donors, your nonprofit needs a strong online presence—and this includes a well-designed donation page. However, simply bringing new donors to your page isn’t enough. You also want supporters to stick around for the long term and become recurring donors.

Online Accessibility for Beginners

August 18, 2022 Diversity & Equity Technology
With the development of so many incredible technologies available to us today, the best choices for nonprofits should keep accessibility in mind. Simply said: "When websites and web tools are properly designed and coded, people with disabilities can use them."

The Tech Corps Presents at the WA Food Coalition Conference

October 14, 2012
The Tech Corps attended the Washington Food Coalition Conference in Chelan WA to present on Google Apps for Nonprofits. The attendees consisted of 20-30 nonprofit members who serve to alleviate food and hunger related issues to low income individuals within Washington State.

Three Simple Ways to Get People to Come to Your Fundraising Event

October 5, 2012
Originally posted on the NPower blog, this post covers notes from a Brown Paper Tickets workshop on event promotion. These tips are designed to help you set strategy, brainstorm tactics and brush up on your social networking to get the word out about your nonprofit event.

FAQs: Tech Services at 501 Commons

October 1, 2012
Beginning October 1, 501 Commons is offering the technology services previously provided by NPower Northwest. We are excited to welcome NPower clients to 501 Commons. You can learn more about this change and what it will mean for nonprofits in Washington State through these FAQs.

Where To Go When It's Time To Grow Professionally

August 20, 2012
Whether we work in the nonprofit sector or serve it (as a consultant, bookkeeper, etc.), we’re a “driven” lot. Simply put, there’s a “passion” for the cause. Click through to learn more about a one stop shop for learning and networking opportunities for nonprofit professionals...

Our Favorite Sites for Nonprofit Resources Would Like to Meet Yours

June 18, 2012
If you’ve been a reader of this blog, in the last six months, there’s a good chance you’ve heard about the Nonprofit Resource Directory. This collection of top-notch, online resources and recommended service providers is becoming the “first stop” for nonprofit pros stumped in their job. The convenience of the Resource Directory – coupled with free phone and email help – is tough to top.

501 Commons Survey of WA State Nonprofit Capacity Building Needs

May 14, 2012
We recently polled nonprofits in Washington State to learn what resources and services they need to increase their impact. We'll be using the survey results to ensure our services meet nonprofits' needs. Click through to read our summary of the results.