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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."

Ride the Fundraising Tide on GivingTuesday

Ride the Fundraising Tide on GivingTuesday

Published Oct 26, 2021 04:10 PM

Nearly 1/3 of annual giving is donated during December. In 2020, 34.8 million people participated in GivingTuesday and donated $2.47 billion in just 24 hours. How can you capitalize on this wave of awareness and generosity?

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3 New P2P Fundraising Strategies to Elevate Your Efforts

3 New P2P Fundraising Strategies to Elevate Your Efforts

Published Oct 25, 2021 01:06 PM

Now that we’re over a year and a half into the COVID-19 pandemic, the impact of the crisis on nonprofit operations is becoming more clearly defined and backed by data.

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How Will Federal Minimum Wage Laws Impact Employers?

How Will Federal Minimum Wage Laws Impact Employers?

Published Sep 28, 2021 03:55 PM

The federal minimum wage was implemented under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) of 1938. The initial purpose of a federal minimum wage was to stabilize America’s post-Depression economy and protect workers in the labor force. In order to protect desperate workers from being exploited, the minimum wage was established to ensure an equal living wage – a fair amount that could provide enough food, clothing, and shelter for a worker and their family.

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St. Vincent de Paul Bremerton: Gaining Clarity in Uncertain Times

St. Vincent de Paul Bremerton: Gaining Clarity in Uncertain Times

Published Sep 17, 2021 12:51 PM

When St. Vincent de Paul Bremerton needed guidance on solving some organizational challenges, our Management Consulting team answered the call.

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WA Cares Fund Covers Long-Term Care for State Residents

WA Cares Fund Covers Long-Term Care for State Residents

Published Sep 09, 2021 12:55 PM

The WA Cares Fund is the nation's first public state-operated long-term care insurance program.

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What You Need to Know About the Equal Pay and Opportunities Act (EPOA)

What You Need to Know About the Equal Pay and Opportunities Act (EPOA)

Published Aug 03, 2021 03:47 PM

Thank you to everyone in King County who filled out the Wage & Benefits Survey! The public database will be available on the 501 Commons website later this fall, allowing you to compare wages for various job titles across the sector.

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Exec2Exec: Gain Clarity and Wisdom From a Trusted Advisor

Exec2Exec: Gain Clarity and Wisdom From a Trusted Advisor

Published Jul 30, 2021 09:51 AM

Whether you're mapping out a post-pandemic fundraising strategy or planning to assemble a staff team amidst a “Turnover Tsunami,” don’t feel like you need to solve this all by yourself.

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Transform Your Communities Through Advocacy

Transform Your Communities Through Advocacy

Published Jul 27, 2021 04:26 PM

Nonprofits play a vital role in educating the public about policy issues and actions that directly affect our communities. Knowing your advocacy rights – and strategies for effectively conducting advocacy – is crucial to doing it right.

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5 Tips for Leveraging Fundraising Software for Efficiency

5 Tips for Leveraging Fundraising Software for Efficiency

Published Jul 26, 2021 01:43 PM

From choosing the right fundraising platforms to discerning which marketing channels will best reach your audience, nonprofits that leverage the tools they have can make the most of limited funds and accomplish more. Steven Shattuck, Chief Engagement Officer at Bloomerang, lends his experience to share several opportunities to optimize your strategy to boost productivity.

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Access Stable and Affordable Contracted Expertise

Access Stable and Affordable Contracted Expertise

Published Jul 16, 2021 12:55 PM

For a nonprofit to operate at its fullest potential, it takes a team of people with a variety of skills – from finances to technology to HR to fundraising – to make it work. This can be especially challenging for smaller organizations with limited staff. This is why you should partner with 501 Commons to receive the affordable help you need to ensure things run smoothly!

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