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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."

A Guide to Nurturing Member Relationships

A Guide to Nurturing Member Relationships

Published Jan 30, 2024 12:06 PM

A successful nonprofit membership program depends upon one thing: its members! As the lifeblood of your membership program, it’s vital to keep members satisfied, engaged, and invested. Ultimately, the most important metric when determining a membership program’s success is your relationships with your members.

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Personalizing at Scale: AI for Tailored Donor Communications

Personalizing at Scale: AI for Tailored Donor Communications

Published Dec 29, 2023 03:00 PM

There’s a lot of buzz about artificial intelligence in the nonprofit space, and for good reason. This technology has diverse on-the-ground use cases that can improve nonprofits’ workflows and reduce menial tasks.

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4 Tips to Train Your Volunteers for Your Upcoming Gala

4 Tips to Train Your Volunteers for Your Upcoming Gala

Published Dec 05, 2023 04:35 PM

Running a fundraising gala is no easy task. Between marketing your event, getting your technology in place, and setting up your event space, you’ve got your plate full. Luckily, you don’t have to plan and lead your gala alone!

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Starting January 1, 2024, WA is Raising the Minimum Wage and Overtime Salary Threshold

Starting January 1, 2024, WA is Raising the Minimum Wage and Overtime Salary Threshold

Published Nov 21, 2023 05:15 PM

Starting January 1, WA’s minimum wage will increase to $16.28 per hour for employees ages 16+. This represents a 3.4% increase from this year. This new rate applies to nonprofit employers of all kinds.

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Reporting Requirements for Washington State's Paid Family Leave and WA Cares Fund

Reporting Requirements for Washington State's Paid Family Leave and WA Cares Fund

Published Oct 31, 2023 12:31 PM

Every quarter, all WA-based employers – including nonprofits! – must complete and file a Paid Family and Medical Leave report and pay premiums. With the launch of WA Cares Fund on July 1, this means additional reporting is required.

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Best Practices for Nonprofit Project Management

Best Practices for Nonprofit Project Management

Published Sep 22, 2023 04:00 PM

Nonprofits need to run like clockwork to effectively cover their many projects, internal processes, and stakeholder management. Given this, they often have to anchor on project management to keep their wheels turning.

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8 Tips for Managing Your Nonprofit's Database Effectively

8 Tips for Managing Your Nonprofit's Database Effectively

Published Sep 21, 2023 05:44 PM

Whether your nonprofit is working to launch a fundraising campaign, adjust its marketing strategies, or recruit volunteers, having access to organized supporter data is essential to making informed and effective decisions.

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4 Creative Ways to Engage Donor-Advised Fund Holders

4 Creative Ways to Engage Donor-Advised Fund Holders

Published Sep 07, 2023 05:32 PM

With last year’s giving trends showing a 10% decline in donations to nonprofits across the board, it’s more important than ever to get creative with your fundraising strategies and explore new avenues for donations. If you haven’t previously targeted donor-advised funds, or DAFs, this is a worthwhile avenue to look into.

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Gain Time & Peace of Mind by Outsourcing Your Bookkeeping to Us!

Gain Time & Peace of Mind by Outsourcing Your Bookkeeping to Us!

Published Aug 28, 2023 05:33 PM

Nalanda Institute for Contemplative Science has experienced the benefits of outsourcing their accounting to 501 Commons’ Financial Services.

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4 Tips to Plan Effective Nonprofit Board Presentations

4 Tips to Plan Effective Nonprofit Board Presentations

Published Aug 02, 2023 04:21 PM

Board members are a nonprofit’s strategic innovators. They review information about the organization’s strategies and finances, hear from stakeholders about successes and challenges, and create plans to achieve greater future success.

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