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News, Tips, and Insights from 501 Commons

Thank You to Our GiveBIG 2019 Sponsors!

May 6, 2019
It takes a tremendous amount of support to ensure GiveBIG can be as successful as possible for nonprofit organizations across the state of Washington.

6 Strategies to Drive More Donations Through Your Website

Your software solutions are designed to help your nonprofit succeed. Success looks different for every organization, but generally speaking, your technology should help contribute to your organization’s overarching mission. Whether that means better communicating your goals to your supporters or garnering donations, technology is there to help.

Helpful Resources: Increase your Emotional Intelligence (EQ)

November 20, 2017 Human Resources
Many people in our sector are feeling high levels of stress. Added to the usual challenges of our sector are concerns about federal actions and changes to laws that will impact the people we serve and our community. What can help you navigate through these murky waters? Building your Emotional Intelligence (EQ).

Be Inspired at the 2017 Inland Northwest Conference

October 5, 2017
If you are in central or eastern Washington take advantage of the Inland Northwest Conference for the Greater Good. Hosted by Washington Nonprofits, this conference allows you to step back from the fray and reflect upon your progress, connect with like-minded peers, and discover new ways to increase your impact.

WORKSHOP: Advocate Bolder and Wiser Than Ever Before on Oct. 31

October 4, 2017
Nonprofits have a responsibility to stand up for changes that benefit the community interests they serve. Imagine how different our state would look if every nonprofit engaged in advocacy to advance public understanding of their issue and to galvanize action by city, county, state, and federal legislators!

Helpful Resources: Advocacy Guidelines for Nonprofits

September 26, 2017
Nonprofits have a responsibility to stand up for changes that benefit the community interests they serve. Imagine how different our state would look if every nonprofit engaged in advocacy to advance public understanding of their issue and to galvanize action by city, county, state, and federal legislators!

Make Data an Ally in Your Mission

September 13, 2017
"Data" isn't just numbers or words on a screen. It can be a powerful tool to help your nonprofit make informed decisions about fundraising, program development, marketing, hiring, volunteer management, cultivating relationships with donors, bookkeeping, and so on.

Wiki Sites, Intranets, Board Portals, Oh My!

August 28, 2017
The secret to lower stress and higher productivity is in managing information so that staff and board members can collaborate, find and share critical information, and document the organization's policies and processes so that they can be universally understood and replicated.