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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."

Ditch the RFP. Try Our Recommended Providers Instead!

Ditch the RFP. Try Our Recommended Providers Instead!

Published Apr 01, 2020 01:22 PM

Many organizations (sometimes spurred by board members) think they need to use an RFP to select a consultant. In cases of large government funded projects this may be the case.

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Emergency COVID-19 Funding for Nonprofits

Emergency COVID-19 Funding for Nonprofits

Published Mar 27, 2020 04:50 PM

As our community deals with the coronavirus outbreak and the economic downturn several organizations and government entities are offering nonprofits (as well as small businesses and individuals) grants to help them get back on their feet.

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Resources for Preparing for COVID-19 and Other Emergencies

Resources for Preparing for COVID-19 and Other Emergencies

Published Mar 12, 2020 02:55 PM

The recent outbreak of COVID-19 is causing nonprofits to reevaluate how prepared they are for emergencies. We’ve been monitoring the situation closely and have assembled resources to help your organization adjust to this new reality.

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Nonprofits Must Take Necessary Precautions When Dealing with Sickness in the Workplace

Nonprofits Must Take Necessary Precautions When Dealing with Sickness in the Workplace

Published Mar 05, 2020 11:30 AM

This article provides advice for nonprofits still operating programs and links to coronavirus resources for King County/Washington.

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Helpful Resources: Creating Great DIY Digital Content

Helpful Resources: Creating Great DIY Digital Content

Published Feb 24, 2020 08:51 AM

The key to successful online fundraising during GiveBIG, Giving Tuesday, or other online campaigns is creating content that makes people stop scrolling and say to themselves, “Wow! What’s this?”

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Gratitude and Connection

Gratitude and Connection

Published Feb 21, 2020 12:25 PM

The 501 Commons staff and board members are inspired every day by the creativity and commitment we see in the people and organizations we serve.

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GiveBIG Washington Registration is Open! See What's New

GiveBIG Washington Registration is Open! See What's New

Published Feb 04, 2020 09:11 AM

Register now for GiveBIG Washington, our state's largest online philanthropic giving day on May 6, 2020.

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What You Need to Know About the New Overtime Rules in 2020

What You Need to Know About the New Overtime Rules in 2020

Published Jan 29, 2020 10:05 AM

2020 is ushering in new rules on the federal and state levels that define which employees are exempt from minimum wage and overtime pay.

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GiveBIG Washington: Workshops, Fundraising Accelerator, Toolkits, & Resources

GiveBIG Washington: Workshops, Fundraising Accelerator, Toolkits, & Resources

Published Jan 23, 2020 01:27 PM

Successful giving days are about more than emails. Whether you have been with GiveBIG for a decade or are just getting involved, you will benefit from the free fundraising resources available to organizations that are registered for GiveBIG and have paid their fee.

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Why Promoting Community Philanthropy is Urgent Work for Us All

Why Promoting Community Philanthropy is Urgent Work for Us All

Published Jan 22, 2020 08:59 AM

A culture that engages everyone in supporting philanthropy is critical to fundraising success. As long as any staff or board member thinks fundraising is "not their job," the organization will miss opportunities to engage donors, tell its most powerful stories, and express its mission in a clear and powerful way.

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