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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."

Giving Trends Call Out the Importance of Attracting New Donors

Giving Trends Call Out the Importance of Attracting New Donors

Published Jul 24, 2023 01:55 PM

Giving USA Foundation recently released their 2023 report on giving trends in the U.S., and there are plenty of takeaways that nonprofits should pay attention to.

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3 Accounting Tips for Nonprofits After a Fundraiser

3 Accounting Tips for Nonprofits After a Fundraiser

Published Jul 17, 2023 01:15 PM

Your nonprofit’s fundraising events serve a myriad of purposes, from building relationships with donors to spreading awareness for your cause. But, primarily, your events aim to raise money.

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Fundraising Advisory Services: Minimize the Guesswork and Maximize Results

Fundraising Advisory Services: Minimize the Guesswork and Maximize Results

Published Jul 11, 2023 11:49 AM

Everyone needs to raise money for their mission, but not everyone knows how to do it. We’ve got an incredible opportunity for you to work with an experienced fundraiser who can assess your organization’s capacity to raise funds, develop intentional strategies to help you get to the next level, and mobilize your board along the way.

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A Crash Course in Planned Giving

A Crash Course in Planned Giving

Published Jun 16, 2023 03:36 PM

When nonprofits think of raising large sums of money, they usually think of major donors, corporate partnerships, or grants. Another way to raise funds is through planned giving, an often overlooked type of gift. Learn what planned giving is, its benefits, and some tips for getting started.

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Washington Cares Fund: Paycheck Deductions Begin on July 1

Washington Cares Fund: Paycheck Deductions Begin on July 1

Published Jun 15, 2023 02:01 PM

Starting on July 1, nonprofits in Washington need to deduct premiums from their employee's paychecks to fund the Washington Cares Fund, a state-operated long-term care insurance program open to anyone 18+.

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4 Strategies to Build Stronger Major Donor Relationships

4 Strategies to Build Stronger Major Donor Relationships

Published Jun 05, 2023 03:43 PM

Major donors likely provide a significant portion of your organization’s funding, and they’re essential to keeping the nonprofit sector running smoothly.

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Understanding Legal Compliance for Nonprofit Text Messaging

Understanding Legal Compliance for Nonprofit Text Messaging

Published May 30, 2023 03:35 PM

Text messaging your supporters can have a lot of benefits for your nonprofit—from boosting donations to strengthening donor relationships—but only if you’re running a legally compliant campaign.

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What Nonprofits Can Do to Take Cybersecurity Seriously

What Nonprofits Can Do to Take Cybersecurity Seriously

Published Mar 13, 2023 03:20 PM

Having a stable and secure computer network is the first step in protecting your employee, volunteer, donor, and client data. Research has found that most nonprofits have few measures to protect against cyber-attacks – which is why our sector is being targeted.

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Making the Most of the Nonprofit-Foundation Relationship

Making the Most of the Nonprofit-Foundation Relationship

Published Feb 16, 2023 12:29 PM

In 2020, the country’s estimated 108,000 foundations held more than a trillion dollars in assets and awarded more than $92 billion in grants to nonprofits. Working with these foundations—whether local or national—can be a powerful way to deepen your organization’s philanthropic impact.

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3 Tips for Recruiting and Training Fundraising Ambassadors

3 Tips for Recruiting and Training Fundraising Ambassadors

Published Feb 07, 2023 05:43 PM

Peer-to-peer fundraising is a tried and true way to deepen your nonprofit’s impact. With a well-designed peer-to-peer fundraising campaign, your organization can expand its reach, increase engagement, and boost your proceeds. Did you know there’s an easy way to take your peer-to-peer fundraising strategy to the next level?

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