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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."

Salesforce to Enable Lightning Experience Starting in October 2019

Salesforce to Enable Lightning Experience Starting in October 2019

Published Aug 05, 2019 01:45 PM

Starting on October 12, 2019, Salesforce will enable Lightning Experience in all client databases on a rolling basis. You might not know the exact time and day it will be enabled, but that doesn’t mean it needs to come as a surprise.

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Can Nonprofits Advocate for Social Change? Yes!

Can Nonprofits Advocate for Social Change? Yes!

Published Jul 30, 2019 04:39 PM

501(c)3 nonprofit organizations are legally allowed to advocate for social policy changes that would benefit the communities they serve…but it has to be done correctly.

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5 Tips to Mobilize Donors and Reach Your Fundraising Goals

5 Tips to Mobilize Donors and Reach Your Fundraising Goals

Published Jul 17, 2019 03:17 PM

Your nonprofit knows how important your donors are in helping you reach your goals and advancing your mission. Your success depends on your supporters’ continued engagement, meaning your next fundraising campaign presents an excellent opportunity to strengthen these relationships.

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Still Use Windows 7? Upgrade to Windows 10 by January 14, 2020

Still Use Windows 7? Upgrade to Windows 10 by January 14, 2020

Published Jul 10, 2019 09:30 AM

If your nonprofit is still using Windows 7, we recommend an upgrade of your whole office to Windows 10 as soon as possible. After January 14, 2020, Microsoft will no longer provide security updates or support for PCs running Windows 7.

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L&I Announces Official Overtime Pay Proposal and Public Hearings

L&I Announces Official Overtime Pay Proposal and Public Hearings

Published Jul 09, 2019 12:16 PM

Washington State’s Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) has proposed rules requiring employers to pay overtime to exempt employees at the following levels beginning July 1, 2020.

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Mac's List Connects You With Passionate Job Candidates

Mac's List Connects You With Passionate Job Candidates

Published Jul 08, 2019 11:05 AM

Finding the right talent to join your team can be challenging. Allow Mac’s List to come to the rescue!

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Meet Amanda Baker, Our Interim Executive Director for the Summer

Meet Amanda Baker, Our Interim Executive Director for the Summer

Published Jul 03, 2019 09:30 AM

Summer is already bringing warmth and sunshine to the Pacific Northwest. For us, it also brings a rare opportunity for our executive director to take a well-deserved sabbatical.

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Get Your Advocacy On!

Get Your Advocacy On!

Published Jul 02, 2019 11:57 AM

Our annual nonprofit advocacy workshop returns on Tuesday, Aug. 13 at Pacific Tower’s Panoramic Center. This full-day workshop is sponsored by Win/Win Network, Asian Counseling and Referral Service. and 501 Commons.

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3 Reasons to Contract with 501 Commons for HR Services

3 Reasons to Contract with 501 Commons for HR Services

Published Jun 24, 2019 10:27 AM

When you contract with us, you get just the amount of HR support you need (generally for $600-900 a month) from your HR Partner.

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How to Avoid Phishing Email Scams

How to Avoid Phishing Email Scams

Published Jun 20, 2019 09:14 AM

“Phishing” is a fraudulent email sent by a malicious party with the intent of stealing valuable information like passwords or credit card numbers. Phishing emails often look like official messages sent by reputable companies such as Microsoft or a colleague you know, but are anything but trustworthy.

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