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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."

4 Tips for Optimizing Your Donor Outreach Content

4 Tips for Optimizing Your Donor Outreach Content

Published Apr 05, 2021 01:42 PM

As a nonprofit fundraising professional, your team likely reevaluates your communications strategies at multiple touchpoints throughout the fundraising process. It’s necessary to know which areas you should optimize for improved donor outreach.

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Taking Action Against Anti-Asian Hate

Taking Action Against Anti-Asian Hate

Published Mar 29, 2021 12:30 PM

In the past two weeks, greater public attention has been called to anti-Asian hate. In Seattle, a man was charged with malicious harassment after two instances where he shouted profanities and threw things at Asian women and their children. In Atlanta, eight people were killed by a mass murderer, six of whom were Asian-American women.

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How to Maximize Major Gifts With Machine Learning

How to Maximize Major Gifts With Machine Learning

Published Mar 04, 2021 03:25 PM

Believe it or not, 88% of nonprofits’ revenue comes from the top 12% of their donors. This top tier of donors are those who contribute “major gifts.”

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Salish School of Spokane Rises to the Challenge

Salish School of Spokane Rises to the Challenge

Published Feb 19, 2021 03:28 PM

Salish School of Spokane is a childcare center and elementary school that preserves and revitalizes the Salish people’s language and culture. The school was started by five women to provide immersion education to children ranging from infants to high school students, so that the Salish community may live on for future generations.

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Paycheck Protection Plan (PPP) Loans Have Reopened

Paycheck Protection Plan (PPP) Loans Have Reopened

Published Feb 04, 2021 02:16 PM

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has now reopened the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). New loans are available to certain 501(c)6 organizations and those that did not apply last summer.

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Announcing the King County Nonprofit Employment Surveys

Announcing the King County Nonprofit Employment Surveys

Published Feb 02, 2021 02:40 PM

Exciting news from 501 Commons! This spring, you will have the opportunity to participate in a project that we hope will result in building up a stronger nonprofit sector that can thrive in a post-pandemic world.

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Put "Professional Development" on Your 2021 To-Do List

Put "Professional Development" on Your 2021 To-Do List

Published Jan 19, 2021 04:50 PM

As we head into a new year, executive directors and supervisors should put continuing education for their employees high on their 2021 “to-do” list.

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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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