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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."

Security Policies for Mobile Devices

Published Dec 04, 2012 09:40 PM

Originally published on the NPower blog, this post was written by NPower consultants seeking to provide some helpful information regarding security policies and mobile devices. Click through for details about smartphone usage, security, and more.

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Google Apps for Nonprofits: Your Questions Answered

Google Apps for Nonprofits: Your Questions Answered

Published Nov 18, 2012 01:00 PM

During the Google Apps for Nonprofits training on Nov 7, audience members wrote related questions into a shared document for the Tech Corps to later answer. This blog are the responses to those questions.

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Passwords and Security

Published Nov 14, 2012 09:35 AM

Using an online password manager throughout your organization can not only save staff time, it can protect important records and information and avoid fraud.

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Fulfilling the Promise of the Commons

Fulfilling the Promise of the Commons

Published Oct 19, 2012 04:15 PM

“Convergence - How Five Trends Will Reshape the Social Sector” advises us that "traditional approaches by nonprofits, funders, and capacity builders will fall short, and the old rules will no longer apply." That's why we believe that providing NPower tech services is helping us fulfill the promise of the Commons.

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The Tech Corps Presents at the WA Food Coalition Conference

The Tech Corps Presents at the WA Food Coalition Conference

Published Oct 14, 2012 12:30 PM

The Tech Corps attended the Washington Food Coalition Conference in Chelan WA to present on Google Apps for Nonprofits. The attendees consisted of 20-30 nonprofit members who serve to alleviate food and hunger related issues to low income individuals within Washington State.

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Three Simple Ways to Get People to Come to Your Fundraising Event

Published Oct 05, 2012 03:05 PM

Originally posted on the NPower blog, this post covers notes from a Brown Paper Tickets workshop on event promotion. These tips are designed to help you set strategy, brainstorm tactics and brush up on your social networking to get the word out about your nonprofit event.

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FAQs: Tech Services at 501 Commons

Published Oct 01, 2012 09:05 AM

Beginning October 1, 501 Commons is offering the technology services previously provided by NPower Northwest. We are excited to welcome NPower clients to 501 Commons. You can learn more about this change and what it will mean for nonprofits in Washington State through these FAQs.

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Where To Go When It's Time To Grow Professionally

Where To Go When It's Time To Grow Professionally

Published Aug 20, 2012 10:45 AM

Whether we work in the nonprofit sector or serve it (as a consultant, bookkeeper, etc.), we’re a “driven” lot. Simply put, there’s a “passion” for the cause. Click through to learn more about a one stop shop for learning and networking opportunities for nonprofit professionals...

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A Well-Informed Leader – What Nonprofit Leaders Are Reading

Published Jun 21, 2012 08:55 AM

Our days are long and filled with one challenge after another. It is tough to carve out time to read. So, many of us limit our reading to our field or mission. However reading outside of your field can help you develop this intellectual bandwidth. Click through to read some of our favorite recommendations.

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Our Favorite Sites for Nonprofit Resources Would Like to Meet Yours

Published Jun 18, 2012 10:05 AM

If you’ve been a reader of this blog, in the last six months, there’s a good chance you’ve heard about the Nonprofit Resource Directory. This collection of top-notch, online resources and recommended service providers is becoming the “first stop” for nonprofit pros stumped in their job. The convenience of the Resource Directory – coupled with free phone and email help – is tough to top.

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