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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."

3 Income Streams to Diversify Your Nonprofit's Revenue

3 Income Streams to Diversify Your Nonprofit's Revenue

Published Jun 07, 2024 03:46 PM

Major events, such as galas and auctions, bring in vital revenue for your nonprofit. However, in between these major fundraisers, you should look to diversify your organization’s revenue streams. By doing so, you can earn more revenue, remain afloat in the event a fundraiser falls through, and give supporters more ways to engage.

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4 Tips for Successfully Hiring a Major Gifts Officer

4 Tips for Successfully Hiring a Major Gifts Officer

Published Jun 05, 2024 04:30 PM

Every major gift your nonprofit receives represents hours of careful research, thoughtful stewardship, and meaningful solicitation work. As the largest contributions your nonprofit receives, these gifts have the power to truly drive your mission forward.

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Charitable Giving has Been Hijacked and We are Losing Millions of Donors

Charitable Giving has Been Hijacked and We are Losing Millions of Donors

Published May 15, 2024 02:28 PM

501 Commons encourages nonprofits to engage in GiveBIG, GivingTuesday, and the year-round Washington Gives program to reconnect with donors amid declining year-end giving trends. We're seeing the largest drop in donors, including those who donate less than $500 (which comprises 80% of donors).

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Plan IT: Make Technology Your Ally

Plan IT: Make Technology Your Ally

Published Mar 04, 2024 03:38 PM

Technology is foundational to helping nonprofits raise money, improve their productivity, measure program effectiveness, and communicate. Our newly revamped Plan IT program can empower you to make technology a more reliable partner in achieving your mission.

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10 Do's and Don'ts of HR Assessments for Nonprofits

10 Do's and Don'ts of HR Assessments for Nonprofits

Published Mar 01, 2024 12:15 PM

A human resource (HR) assessment is a tool used to analyze and identify critical areas in HR for improvement. It ensures that the delivery of HR services is aligned with the organization’s mission and values. An HR assessment is conducted by reviewing written policies, interviewing stakeholders, and observing behavior to analyze how HR is functioning throughout the organization.

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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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