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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.

Google Apps for Nonprofits: Your Questions Answered

November 18, 2012
During the Google Apps for Nonprofits training on Nov 7, audience members wrote related questions into a shared document for the Tech Corps to later answer. This blog are the responses to those questions.

Passwords and Security

November 14, 2012
Using an online password manager throughout your organization can not only save staff time, it can protect important records and information and avoid fraud.

Fulfilling the Promise of the Commons

October 19, 2012
“Convergence - How Five Trends Will Reshape the Social Sector” advises us that "traditional approaches by nonprofits, funders, and capacity builders will fall short, and the old rules will no longer apply." That's why we believe that providing NPower tech services is helping us fulfill the promise of the Commons.

The Tech Corps Presents at the WA Food Coalition Conference

October 14, 2012
The Tech Corps attended the Washington Food Coalition Conference in Chelan WA to present on Google Apps for Nonprofits. The attendees consisted of 20-30 nonprofit members who serve to alleviate food and hunger related issues to low income individuals within Washington State.

Three Simple Ways to Get People to Come to Your Fundraising Event

October 5, 2012
Originally posted on the NPower blog, this post covers notes from a Brown Paper Tickets workshop on event promotion. These tips are designed to help you set strategy, brainstorm tactics and brush up on your social networking to get the word out about your nonprofit event.

FAQs: Tech Services at 501 Commons

October 1, 2012
Beginning October 1, 501 Commons is offering the technology services previously provided by NPower Northwest. We are excited to welcome NPower clients to 501 Commons. You can learn more about this change and what it will mean for nonprofits in Washington State through these FAQs.

Where To Go When It's Time To Grow Professionally

August 20, 2012
Whether we work in the nonprofit sector or serve it (as a consultant, bookkeeper, etc.), we’re a “driven” lot. Simply put, there’s a “passion” for the cause. Click through to learn more about a one stop shop for learning and networking opportunities for nonprofit professionals...

Our Favorite Sites for Nonprofit Resources Would Like to Meet Yours

June 18, 2012
If you’ve been a reader of this blog, in the last six months, there’s a good chance you’ve heard about the Nonprofit Resource Directory. This collection of top-notch, online resources and recommended service providers is becoming the “first stop” for nonprofit pros stumped in their job. The convenience of the Resource Directory – coupled with free phone and email help – is tough to top.

501 Commons Survey of WA State Nonprofit Capacity Building Needs

May 14, 2012
We recently polled nonprofits in Washington State to learn what resources and services they need to increase their impact. We'll be using the survey results to ensure our services meet nonprofits' needs. Click through to read our summary of the results.