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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.

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.

Helpful Resources: Leadership Development

July 26, 2017
Quality leadership at the top is critical to the success of every nonprofit. So what can you do to further hone your leadership skills and your ability to navigate through challenges?