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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."

Online Time Tracking Tools for Nonprofits

Online Time Tracking Tools for Nonprofits

Published Jul 02, 2020 12:45 PM

Reporting work hours have recently taken on new importance now that many nonprofit employees are working from home. The new overtime rules in Washington State also require all employees, including those who are salaried, to track their hours.

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Volunteers Can Play a Role in Healing Our Communities

Volunteers Can Play a Role in Healing Our Communities

Published Jun 16, 2020 04:50 PM

As our country deals with COVID-19, shutdowns, the economic downturn, and racial injustice, people are feeling energized to give back to their communities in any way they can. Sometimes this means working on tasks remotely. In other cases, volunteers can be engaged in-person with adequate provisions for social distancing, screening, and cleaning.

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Take Advantage of Free PPP Loan Assistance

Take Advantage of Free PPP Loan Assistance

Published Jun 12, 2020 01:04 PM

Lawmakers are making it easier to convert Payment Protect Program (PPP) loans into grants. Learn how this can be done and how 501 Commons can assist you in applying for loan forgiveness.

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11 Things to Consider as You Craft Your COVID-19 Return-to-Work Policies

11 Things to Consider as You Craft Your COVID-19 Return-to-Work Policies

Published Jun 11, 2020 01:01 PM

In the coming weeks, nonprofits in Washington and Oregon are going to be allowed to resume normal operations and return to the office. While federal, state, and local guidelines should be adhered to whenever possible, you need to establish protocols of your own and communicate these policies clearly to your staff, donors, clients, and volunteers.

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Mobile Fundraising Solutions for Nonprofits

Mobile Fundraising Solutions for Nonprofits

Published Jun 04, 2020 08:12 PM

As social distancing guidelines continue to affect our ability to gather in large groups, nonprofits are now considering the benefits of mobile fundraising campaigns instead.

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Keep Your Technology Secure and Operations Humming

Keep Your Technology Secure and Operations Humming

Published May 19, 2020 02:18 PM

Rest easier at night knowing your IT systems are stable and secure by signing up for services from 501 Commons’ Managed IT Services.

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Be Aware of Fraudulent Unemployment Claims

Be Aware of Fraudulent Unemployment Claims

Published May 15, 2020 03:30 PM

As we are in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic and economic shutdowns, please be alert to fraudulent unemployment claims being filed using your name or the names of your staff members.

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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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