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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."

Helpful Resources: De-Escalating Violent Interactions

Published Apr 11, 2018 11:01 AM

The topic of workplace violence and dealing with potentially violent individuals is a subject we’re seeing more in the news. Nobody wants to see these tragic incidents – both large and small – continue to plague our offices, schools, houses of worship, or public spaces. But what can we do?

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Central WA Nonprofits: Network Your Way to Success

Published Apr 10, 2018 11:54 AM

Attend the annual Central Washington Conference for the Greater Good on Wednesday, April 18 at the Yakima Convention Center to forge new connections and find the inspiration you need to thrive.

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Preventing Violent Conflicts Will Make Our Communities Safer

Published Apr 09, 2018 10:25 AM

In the wake of unspeakable tragedies in Parkland, FL and other communities across the country, we’re engaging in conversations about how schools, neighborhoods, companies, and nonprofits can better address the terrible violence we’re witnessing.

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Get More Out of the Conference by Attending the Deep-Dive Workshops

Published Mar 27, 2018 02:48 PM

Discount pricing ends Friday April 13 for the 2018 Washington State Nonprofit Conference on May 16. To get more “bang for your buck,” register for a pre-conference workshops on May 15.

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Seattle Opera: A Connected Board

Published Mar 26, 2018 09:20 AM

An online board portal helps your board better collaborate, communicate, and manage committees, events, and other board work. 501 Commons can work with you to develop a board portal and train your board and staff on how to use it.

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Helpful Resources: Managing Cultural Conflict

Published Mar 01, 2018 01:46 PM

Conflict in the workplace isn’t something that can be avoided, but its negative effects can be mitigated – and valuable lessons can be learned from it.

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Thank You to the 700+ Organizations We Served in 2017

Published Feb 28, 2018 02:40 PM

On behalf of the 501 Commons board of directors and staff, thank you if you chose to use our services in 2017. During the year we provided 1,200 services to 700+ organizations, including more than 400 information and referral queries.

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Staff Development Workshop on 3/22: Addressing and Managing Cultural Conflict

Published Feb 21, 2018 09:30 AM

When you bring people from diverse perspectives, backgrounds, values, and work styles onto your team, it’s inevitable that conflict will rear its head. The March Staff Development Coalition workshop will teach you conflict management/de-escalation skills that can guide you through these murky waters.

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Operations Conference on March 1 Equips Nonprofits with What They Need to Grow Strong

Published Feb 20, 2018 10:54 AM

Nonprofits in the greater Vancouver area cannot miss this opportunity to develop stronger internal systems at Nonprofit Network Southwest Washington’s Operations Conference on Thursday, March 1 in Vancouver.

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Exemplary Service Celebrated at the 2018 Executive Service Corps Appreciation & Awards Luncheon

Published Feb 14, 2018 11:20 AM

Inspiring stories and examples of exemplary service highlighted the 2018 Executive Service Corps Appreciation & Awards Luncheon on Monday, Jan. 29 at Pacific Tower’s Panoramic Center.

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