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The Commons

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."

GiveBIG Has a New Home in 501 Commons

Published Dec 06, 2018 01:35 PM

We are excited to announce that 501 Commons will be the new home for GiveBIG, our region’s largest annual giving day that has raised more than $113 million for nonprofits since 2011. This past year alone generated $16 million from 31,000 donors for 1,600 organizations.

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Pinpoint Your Organization's Priorities with Our Free Assessment

Published Nov 26, 2018 12:42 PM

Unsure what to focus on in 2019? Take our free Five Elements of a Healthy Nonprofit Self-Assessment survey to find out!

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A Technology Plan Can Help Your Organization Achieve Great Things

Published Nov 20, 2018 12:25 PM

Apply today to join Plan IT, a high-value learning program that helps nonprofits make smart technology decisions.

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Grant Opportunities – October 2018

Published Oct 23, 2018 03:10 PM

Don’t let all things pumpkin spice distract you from securing funding for 2019. Check out these grant opportunities that are offered either on a rolling basis or have deadlines happening in the next few weeks or months.

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Financial Education Can Help You Cultivate More Loyal and Productive Employees

Published Oct 16, 2018 01:05 PM

While nonprofits try their best to promote a community-centric approach to achieving their missions, this approach can often neglect another important audience – their employees. Organizations that want to cultivate more loyal and productive employees can do so by offering a service that many of us don’t often think about: Financial education.

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WA State Nonprofits Must Prepare for New Paid Family & Medical Leave Laws Starting in 2019

Published Oct 11, 2018 10:20 AM

Starting in 2020, Washington will be the fifth state to require employers to provide paid family and medical leave (PFML) benefits.

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A Sense of Belonging Forces Stronger Teams

Published Oct 09, 2018 02:45 PM

The need to belong is considered an innate feeling among all human beings across all cultures. That also applies to the workplace! Employees who feel like they belong to a larger cause will be more engaged, better connected to the mission, and feel valued.

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Update on Federal and Local Overtime Rule Changes

Published Oct 08, 2018 08:35 AM

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) is currently gathering feedback about changes to overtime compensation rules and the WA State Department of Labor and Industries is looking to change the overtime rules that apply to Executive, Administrative, and Professional (EAP) employee categories.

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Fall Board Meeting Discussion Item: "What is Our Advocacy Agenda?"

Published Sep 30, 2018 04:40 PM

The fall weather shift is a reminder to determine your public policy agenda and talk to your board about their role in advocacy. Get your staff and board members in contact with legislators before they head back to Olympia in January.

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Transform Yourself Into a Data Superhero

Published Sep 27, 2018 01:15 PM

If knowledge is power, then our Data Solutions team can help transform you into a superhero!

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