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News, Tips, and Insights from 501 Commons

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?

How the Washington Family Leave Act Affects Nonprofits

July 19, 2017
In early July, the legislature passed the Washington Family Leave Act (FLA), which provides eligible workers up to 12 weeks of paid protected leave for the birth or adoption of a child or for leave when the employee or a family member (including registered domestic partners) faces a serious health condition.

Helpful Resources: Financial Management

July 3, 2017
Sound financial management is a must for nonprofits. It's necessary for maintaining compliance with local and federal laws, reporting back to funders, and keeping the organization running smoothly. We share with you important resources on financial management that you should keep bookmarked for future reference.