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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."

Attend These Free Technology Classes

Attend These Free Technology Classes

Published May 28, 2019 02:28 PM

Technology is both indispensable in today’s fast-paced world and not always easy to understand without help. Make sure you carve out time on your calendar to attend these upcoming FREE technology classes taught by local techie experts.

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Share Your Opinions on Board Governance by May 24

Share Your Opinions on Board Governance by May 24

Published May 21, 2019 10:20 AM

We encourage you to participate in BoardSource's Leading for Impact survey of board practices in the U.S. There are separate links for executives and board chairs:

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Grant Opportunities - May 2019

Grant Opportunities - May 2019

Published May 16, 2019 03:51 PM

Take a look at these upcoming grant opportunities to see if any are relevant to you.

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Thank You to Our GiveBIG 2019 Sponsors!

Thank You to Our GiveBIG 2019 Sponsors!

Published May 06, 2019 11:42 AM

It takes a tremendous amount of support to ensure GiveBIG can be as successful as possible for nonprofit organizations across the state of Washington.

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Peer-to-Peer Fundraising Campaigns Cultivate New Donors

Peer-to-Peer Fundraising Campaigns Cultivate New Donors

Published May 02, 2019 12:12 PM

This year 1,500+ nonprofits are participating in GiveBIG 2019. So far during the Early Giving period, more than 1,000 donations have come in through the first 24 hours. Nonprofits have already raised $2.1 million in matching funds and nearly 300 peer-to-peer campaigns have been created.

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6 Strategies to Drive More Donations Through Your Website

6 Strategies to Drive More Donations Through Your Website

Published Mar 28, 2019 05:16 PM

Your software solutions are designed to help your nonprofit succeed. Success looks different for every organization, but generally speaking, your technology should help contribute to your organization’s overarching mission. Whether that means better communicating your goals to your supporters or garnering donations, technology is there to help.

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Free Report and Webinar: "Race to Lead: Women of Color in the Nonprofit Sector"

Free Report and Webinar: "Race to Lead: Women of Color in the Nonprofit Sector"

Published Mar 25, 2019 09:05 AM

Building Movement Project’s Race to Lead: Women of Color in the Nonprofit Sector report has just been released and reveals that women of color encounter systemic obstacles to advancing their careers in the nonprofit sector compared to white women and men of color.

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Helpful Resources: Running a Successful Peer-to-Peer Campaign

Helpful Resources: Running a Successful Peer-to-Peer Campaign

Published Mar 21, 2019 10:09 AM

A new feature of GiveBIG 2019 are Peer-to-Peer Campaigns (P2P), also known as “social fundraising.” P2P is when your donors, board members, volunteers, staff, and celebrity supporters solicit donations from their networks to raise money on your behalf.

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Central WA & Bellevue Conferences: Learn, Connect, and Leave Inspired

Central WA & Bellevue Conferences: Learn, Connect, and Leave Inspired

Published Mar 20, 2019 02:46 PM

Conference season is officially underway! Take a moment to skim through the offerings at the Central Washington Conference for the Greater Good (April 24 in Yakima) and the Washington State Nonprofit Conference (May 20-21 in Bellevue) and register before the early bird periods end.

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Get Financially Fit Without Breaking a Sweat

Get Financially Fit Without Breaking a Sweat

Published Mar 19, 2019 12:21 PM

Confused by finances? We got you! We’re offering tailored financial training for board members and staff that makes key areas of nonprofit accounting easier to understand.

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