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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.

#GivingTuesday is Set for November 29

November 1, 2016
Once again, #GivingTuesday is happening on November 29, 2016, which is the first Tuesday after Thanksgiving. Now is the time for nonprofits large and small to start crafting their marketing plans for making #GivingTuesday a success.

Need Reliable and Affordable IT Support?

October 31, 2016
Technology is just like turning on the lights. You want to flip the switch and not have to worry about it. But occasionally, things do go wrong and you need help. This is where we come in!

Help a Nonprofit Develop a Technology Plan through Plan IT!

August 9, 2016
501 Commons is seeking volunteers with diverse technology skills and a broad understanding of business technology to serve as Technology Planning Consultants for the Fall 2016 cohort of Plan IT, our tech-focused action-learning program.

Helpful Resources: Popular Resource Directory destinations

August 9, 2016
This list of popular destinations in our Nonprofit Resource Directory summarizes where many of our nonprofit clients go to for assistance and guidance; including Tools & Best Practices, Best of the Web Links, Northwest Nonprofit Venues Map, and our Nonprofit Networking Group.

Plan IT: What's In Your Technological Future?

July 27, 2016
Apply now for the September 2016 launch of Plan IT. The deadline to apply is Aug. 1. Not only is the program FREE (thanks to Microsoft) but you get a $500 grant upon completion to jumpstart your plan. Hear what Washington Access Fund and Jubilee Women's Center had to say about Plan IT's impact on their usage of technology.

Our Data Dream Team

July 15, 2016
501 Commons' Data Solutions consulting and services team has added new members recently. We are so excited about them that we want to introduce the full team to you. They are quite possibly the most credentialed data and database consulting team ever. Smart and nonprofit-savvy. They are here to help.

Strengthen the Relationship Between Your Board and Executive Leader on July 14

July 7, 2016
Nonprofits thrive when their board and executive leader are able to work together with clearly defined roles and responsibilities. Policy Governance is a set of policies that clarifies this relationship so that the board can focus on big-picture matters while the executive can manage the day-to-day business of the organization. Learn more about these principles on Thursday, July 14 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Pacific Tower.

Inspire Your Board to "Stand for Your Mission"

June 27, 2016
"Stand for Your Mission" is a national campaign led by BoardSource and a wide host of partners that is designed to build awareness around the importance of board advocacy in advancing an organization's mission. We provide you with some simple actions you can take to warm up your board toward becoming greater champions of your mission.