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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."

Board Succession: How to Seamlessly Transition to a New Team

Board Succession: How to Seamlessly Transition to a New Team

Published Dec 16, 2021 04:50 PM

As you prepare for another year of pursuing your mission, now is the time to assess whether your board is equipped to welcome new members — whether foreseen or not. Without succession plans in place, the transition to a new team can be chaotic even under normal circumstances.

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Grant Opportunities – December 2021

Grant Opportunities – December 2021

Published Dec 06, 2021 04:50 PM

Get a jump start on your 2022 fundraising by checking out these upcoming grant opportunities. Not all of them might be relevant to your organization, but please forward these grants to those in your professional network who might be eligible to apply.

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Policy Governance: Re-energize Your Board

Policy Governance: Re-energize Your Board

Published Nov 26, 2021 03:04 PM

Boards serve the vital role of guiding your organization’s mission, direction, and path to success. What can help the board do that work efficiently and effectively is if they have clearly defined roles and duties and have a very functional relationship with the executive.

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Have You Had Your Checkup?

Have You Had Your Checkup?

Published Nov 01, 2021 12:19 PM

Learn how your organization could benefit from using the 501 Commons organizational assessment.

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Ride the Fundraising Tide on GivingTuesday

Ride the Fundraising Tide on GivingTuesday

Published Oct 26, 2021 04:10 PM

Nearly 1/3 of annual giving is donated during December. In 2020, 34.8 million people participated in GivingTuesday and donated $2.47 billion in just 24 hours. How can you capitalize on this wave of awareness and generosity?

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3 New P2P Fundraising Strategies to Elevate Your Efforts

3 New P2P Fundraising Strategies to Elevate Your Efforts

Published Oct 25, 2021 01:06 PM

Now that we’re over a year and a half into the COVID-19 pandemic, the impact of the crisis on nonprofit operations is becoming more clearly defined and backed by data.

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How Will Federal Minimum Wage Laws Impact Employers?

How Will Federal Minimum Wage Laws Impact Employers?

Published Sep 28, 2021 03:55 PM

The federal minimum wage was implemented under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) of 1938. The initial purpose of a federal minimum wage was to stabilize America’s post-Depression economy and protect workers in the labor force. In order to protect desperate workers from being exploited, the minimum wage was established to ensure an equal living wage – a fair amount that could provide enough food, clothing, and shelter for a worker and their family.

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St. Vincent de Paul Bremerton: Gaining Clarity in Uncertain Times

St. Vincent de Paul Bremerton: Gaining Clarity in Uncertain Times

Published Sep 17, 2021 12:51 PM

When St. Vincent de Paul Bremerton needed guidance on solving some organizational challenges, our Management Consulting team answered the call.

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WA Cares Fund Covers Long-Term Care for State Residents

WA Cares Fund Covers Long-Term Care for State Residents

Published Sep 09, 2021 12:55 PM

The WA Cares Fund is the nation's first public state-operated long-term care insurance program.

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What You Need to Know About the Equal Pay and Opportunities Act (EPOA)

What You Need to Know About the Equal Pay and Opportunities Act (EPOA)

Published Aug 03, 2021 03:47 PM

Thank you to everyone in King County who filled out the Wage & Benefits Survey! The public database will be available on the 501 Commons website later this fall, allowing you to compare wages for various job titles across the sector.

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