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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."

5 Key Reasons and Strategies for Hiring a Fundraising Consultant

5 Key Reasons and Strategies for Hiring a Fundraising Consultant

Published Sep 23, 2022 04:05 PM

Nonprofits are resourceful, but sometimes having an extra hand with more in-depth expertise can help you work out kinks in your organization’s strategy. Just as you invest in your organization by training your board and acquiring great employees, hiring a fundraising consultant is an incredible way to invest in your nonprofit’s success.

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Calling All Advocates! Learn the Rules of the Road

Calling All Advocates! Learn the Rules of the Road

Published Sep 21, 2022 12:03 PM

Nonprofits have led the charge on many of the major movements that have changed our country. Whether it’s child labor laws, food regulations, women’s right to vote, racial and LGBTQ equality laws, or employee rights – the nonprofit sector played a substantial role in giving these movements life at the grassroots level.

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How to Use Your Online Giving Page to Boost Donor Retention

How to Use Your Online Giving Page to Boost Donor Retention

Published Sep 20, 2022 02:15 PM

A donation page is a powerful tool for nonprofits. From expanding your reach to attracting new donors, your nonprofit needs a strong online presence—and this includes a well-designed donation page. However, simply bringing new donors to your page isn’t enough. You also want supporters to stick around for the long term and become recurring donors.

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Best Nonprofit Hiring Strategies: Compensation Packages 101

Best Nonprofit Hiring Strategies: Compensation Packages 101

Published Aug 22, 2022 03:55 PM

Offering a competitive compensation package is key to leading a successful nonprofit hiring process. Attractive compensation offerings appeal to prospective employees in the recruitment phase and can even lead to increased employee retention down the road.

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Online Accessibility for Beginners

Online Accessibility for Beginners

Published Aug 18, 2022 03:15 PM

With the development of so many incredible technologies available to us today, the best choices for nonprofits should keep accessibility in mind. Simply said: "When websites and web tools are properly designed and coded, people with disabilities can use them."

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Our Data Pros Can Help You Understand and Tell Your Story

Our Data Pros Can Help You Understand and Tell Your Story

Published Aug 11, 2022 02:45 PM

Famous statistician, professor, and author W. Edwards Deming wrote: "In God we trust. All others must bring data." We can help you bring the data!

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Nonprofit Investing Guide: Planning for the Future

Nonprofit Investing Guide: Planning for the Future

Published Jul 27, 2022 03:49 PM

As a nonprofit leader, you’ve likely spent significant time and energy planning your organization’s long-term programmatic growth. In order to put those plans into action and maximize your impact on the community, you need to take financial literacy seriously and plan for your nonprofit’s financial future.

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WA State L&I Employment Webinars Happening This Summer

WA State L&I Employment Webinars Happening This Summer

Published Jul 08, 2022 04:44 PM

The Washington State Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) is hosting a series of free webinars that provide both workers and employers the chance to learn more about the state’s employment laws.

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Grant opportunities – Summer 2022

Grant opportunities – Summer 2022

Published Jun 23, 2022 01:54 PM

Need additional funding this summer? Take a look at these grant opportunities with deadlines that are either coming up soon or are being offered on a rolling basis.

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Nonprofit MBA Podcast: Workplace Strategies for Nonprofits

Published Jun 09, 2022 10:55 AM

Like employers in other sectors, nonprofits are facing workforce challenges. These challenges include turnover, job abandonment, shifting expectations about transparency and involvement in decisions, and dissatisfaction with pay and benefits.

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