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Our Blog of News, Tips, & Insights

Our Blog of News, Tips & Insights

Welcome to The Commons, 501 Commons' blog, where we share:

  • How-to's, tips, and tricks from nonprofit tech, finance, HR, and other areas
  • News and updates about upcoming events, programs, and services
  • Thought-provoking pieces around topics, such as skills-based volunteerism, nonprofit management, and more
  • Stories from clients about the impact of 501 Commons' programs and services

Plus, we invite your comments! Add your thoughts to these posts, so our blog truly becomes "The Commons."

What to Consider When Taking Your Nonprofit Events Online: A Crash Course

What to Consider When Taking Your Nonprofit Events Online: A Crash Course

Published Jan 14, 2021 04:03 PM

If your nonprofit's own event strategies have been slow to catch up with the challenges presented by the pandemic, it's definitely time to become proactive in adjusting your event planning both during COVID and beyond.

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Best Practices for Managing Remote Teams

Best Practices for Managing Remote Teams

Published Jan 04, 2021 10:55 AM

The COVID-19 pandemic has forced nonprofits of all kinds to shift to remote working arrangements. Many are still struggling with the transition. But since the pandemic is still confining workers to their homes for the foreseeable future, it’s worth looking at tips that can improve remote work management.

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3 Ways to Make Your Nonprofit’s Website More Accessible

3 Ways to Make Your Nonprofit’s Website More Accessible

Published Dec 08, 2020 05:06 PM

With 2020 quickly coming to a close, it’s time to take stock of what has and hasn’t worked to help your nonprofit navigate all the challenges we’ve faced this year. As you review both successful strategies and opportunities for improvement, there’s probably a recurring factor across both categories: your website.

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WA Organizations: Apply by Dec. 11, 2020 for COVID-19 State Funding

WA Organizations: Apply by Dec. 11, 2020 for COVID-19 State Funding

Published Dec 04, 2020 03:26 PM

Eligible nonprofits in Washington State that have a primary business that’s been shut down or reduced by the pandemic – such as a performance venue, art/cultural exhibit, fitness center, or restaurant – can apply for state funding by Dec. 11.

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Advance Your Fundraising Leadership Career

Advance Your Fundraising Leadership Career

Published Nov 18, 2020 03:13 PM

AFP Advancement Northwest is now accepting applications for their annual scholarship program for fundraising professionals.

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Washington Gives: A New Year-Round Fundraising Platform

Washington Gives: A New Year-Round Fundraising Platform

Published Nov 17, 2020 04:35 PM

We are proud to announce the launch of Washington Gives, a year-round fundraising platform. We are making the GiveBIG fundraising platform available year-round to benefit organizations that do not have a website payment portal and to give all organizations year-round access to peer-to-peer fundraising.

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Paths Forward for Financially Stressed Organizations

Paths Forward for Financially Stressed Organizations

Published Oct 27, 2020 02:55 PM

Most organizations are experiencing some level of financial stress. Even those receiving additional direct service funds may find that having a growing program is stretching administrative staff and operating systems.

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Helpful Resources: Race-Related Style Guidelines

Helpful Resources: Race-Related Style Guidelines

Published Oct 22, 2020 11:43 AM

As we write about racial issues on social media, websites, grant applications, newsletters, emails, press releases, and other media, it’s imperative we use precise language at all times to ensure fairness, accuracy, sensitivity, and cultural competency.

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Help Employees Provide Family Support Through Paid Leave Benefits

Help Employees Provide Family Support Through Paid Leave Benefits

Published Oct 13, 2020 04:59 PM

Washington State has a new paid family leave program and, as part of the federal Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA), employees who work at organizations with fewer than 500 employees may be entitled to a few new federal paid leave benefits.

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3 Technology and Data Mistakes for Nonprofits to Avoid

3 Technology and Data Mistakes for Nonprofits to Avoid

Published Sep 18, 2020 03:08 PM

As we round out a tumultuous year for the nonprofit sector, it’s a good idea to take some time to review your technology. You’ve probably relied on your technology more than ever over the past several months.

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