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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.

Overtime Rules Come to a Halt

December 19, 2016
One week before the anticipated Dec. 1, 2016 implementation date of the Department of Labor’s (DOL) updated overtime rules, a federal judge issued a preliminary injunction halting the new regulations.

An Inclusive Holiday Policy is a Must for All Organizations

December 15, 2016
Make sure your human resources policies recognize your employee’s diverse religious and cultural practices. It is important to have an inclusive holiday policy that’s equitable, flexible, and clearly articulated.

Helpful Resources: Annual Reports

December 8, 2016
As the calendar year turns toward 2017, it’s now time for nonprofits to start thinking about creating their annual reports.

Helpful Resources: Cybersecurity

November 21, 2016
Just because you’re a nonprofit doesn’t mean you aren’t vulnerable to a cyber-attack, scam, or breach of security. Nonprofits cannot ignore the importance of protecting their data from hackers and malicious parties.

November 2016 Grant Opportunities

November 17, 2016
Take a look at this roundup of grant opportunities to see if any of them would be appropriate for your organization. If none of them are right for you, bookmark their websites so you can check out what they have to offer in the future.

How Philanthropy Will Carry Us Forward Post-Election

November 11, 2016
There is great uncertainty in the sector about the implications of the election. 501 Commons will be evaluating emerging issues and needs in collaboration with our partners, including Washington Nonprofits and Philanthropy Northwest.

Are You a Tech Diversity Champion?

November 10, 2016
Washington Technology Industry Association (WTIA) is committed to strengthening the thriving tech sector in Washington State. A core tenet of their mission is to encourage and develop diversity in the industry. 501 Commons has partnered with them in this effort by joining their Diversity Action Committee.

Helpful Resources: Coworking Spaces

November 7, 2016
For startups and organizations with a small staff, it can be difficult to get quality work done in living rooms, kitchens or coffee shops. However, it can also be tremendously expensive to rent office spaces, especially in large metropolitan areas.