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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.

Top-Notch Volunteer Engagement Begins Now

January 7, 2019 Volunteers
VIP Manager Corps (VMC) provides you with a manager corps member who will work in your organization for 10 hours a week for four months. The VMC Member will help you assess your volunteer program and develop top-notch volunteer engagement practices.

GiveBIG Has a New Home in 501 Commons

December 6, 2018 501 Commons News
We are excited to announce that 501 Commons will be the new home for GiveBIG, our region’s largest annual giving day that has raised more than $113 million for nonprofits since 2011. This past year alone generated $16 million from 31,000 donors for 1,600 organizations.

Financial Education Can Help You Cultivate More Loyal and Productive Employees

October 16, 2018 Finance
While nonprofits try their best to promote a community-centric approach to achieving their missions, this approach can often neglect another important audience – their employees. Organizations that want to cultivate more loyal and productive employees can do so by offering a service that many of us don’t often think about: Financial education.