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How Will Federal Minimum Wage Laws Impact Employers?

September 28, 2021 Policy & Legal
The federal minimum wage was implemented under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) of 1938. The initial purpose of a federal minimum wage was to stabilize America’s post-Depression economy and protect workers in the labor force. In order to protect desperate workers from being exploited, the minimum wage was established to ensure an equal living wage – a fair amount that could provide enough food, clothing, and shelter for a worker and their family.

5 Tips for Leveraging Fundraising Software for Efficiency

From choosing the right fundraising platforms to discerning which marketing channels will best reach your audience, nonprofits that leverage the tools they have can make the most of limited funds and accomplish more. Steven Shattuck, Chief Engagement Officer at Bloomerang, lends his experience to share several opportunities to optimize your strategy to boost productivity.

11 Things to Consider as You Craft Your COVID-19 Return-to-Work Policies

June 11, 2020 Human Resources
In the coming weeks, nonprofits in Washington and Oregon are going to be allowed to resume normal operations and return to the office. While federal, state, and local guidelines should be adhered to whenever possible, you need to establish protocols of your own and communicate these policies clearly to your staff, donors, clients, and volunteers.

Emergency COVID-19 Funding for Nonprofits

March 27, 2020
As our community deals with the coronavirus outbreak and the economic downturn several organizations and government entities are offering nonprofits (as well as small businesses and individuals) grants to help them get back on their feet.

Gratitude and Connection

February 21, 2020 501 Commons News
The 501 Commons staff and board members are inspired every day by the creativity and commitment we see in the people and organizations we serve.