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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."

Nonprofit Investing Guide: Planning for the Future

Nonprofit Investing Guide: Planning for the Future

Published Jul 27, 2022 03:49 PM

As a nonprofit leader, you’ve likely spent significant time and energy planning your organization’s long-term programmatic growth. In order to put those plans into action and maximize your impact on the community, you need to take financial literacy seriously and plan for your nonprofit’s financial future.

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WA State L&I Employment Webinars Happening This Summer

WA State L&I Employment Webinars Happening This Summer

Published Jul 08, 2022 04:44 PM

The Washington State Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) is hosting a series of free webinars that provide both workers and employers the chance to learn more about the state’s employment laws.

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Grant opportunities – Summer 2022

Grant opportunities – Summer 2022

Published Jun 23, 2022 01:54 PM

Need additional funding this summer? Take a look at these grant opportunities with deadlines that are either coming up soon or are being offered on a rolling basis.

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Nonprofit MBA Podcast: Workplace Strategies for Nonprofits

Published Jun 09, 2022 10:55 AM

Like employers in other sectors, nonprofits are facing workforce challenges. These challenges include turnover, job abandonment, shifting expectations about transparency and involvement in decisions, and dissatisfaction with pay and benefits.

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What to Include in Your Nonprofit's Branding Document

What to Include in Your Nonprofit's Branding Document

Published Jun 02, 2022 02:10 PM

Nonprofit branding is used to define your organization, portray your mission, and represent your cause to the world. Maintaining consistency in your brand will help you develop and maintain a presence that accurately reflects these important concepts for supporters.

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The 2021 King County Nonprofit Employee Engagement Report

The 2021 King County Nonprofit Employee Engagement Report

Published May 09, 2022 03:33 PM

Most nonprofit jobs require knowledge of the sector and professional expertise. This is reflected in the high education levels in the nonprofit workforce. However, community-based nonprofits tend to have lower pay levels compared to the government, philanthropy, education, and health care sectors. This makes it challenging to attract and retain well-qualified employees.

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Lift Up the Voices of Nonprofits

Lift Up the Voices of Nonprofits

Published Apr 07, 2022 02:45 PM

There’s no better time to lift up the voices of the nonprofit sector than now, especially with the various challenges our communities are facing.

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A Crash Course in Solicitation Registration for Nonprofits

A Crash Course in Solicitation Registration for Nonprofits

Published Apr 04, 2022 11:55 AM

Like all organizations, nonprofits are subject to a range of regulations that dictate how they can and cannot operate in particular jurisdictions. As a nonprofit professional, one of the most important and prominent regulations you’ve likely encountered is charitable solicitation registration.

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Beyond Birthday Fundraisers: Ways to Use Social Fundraising

Beyond Birthday Fundraisers: Ways to Use Social Fundraising

Published Mar 28, 2022 05:34 PM

If you search on Google for the term "Facebook fundraising" in 2022, you might still see developments from 2017 (such as Facebook (Meta) releasing “birthday fundraisers”) as some of the top trending topics.

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Access Free Volunteer Management Consulting Today!

Access Free Volunteer Management Consulting Today!

Published Mar 21, 2022 11:17 AM

Thanks to our partnership with Serve Washington, you can access high-quality volunteer management consulting services for free to help you enhance and sustain the ways you engage volunteers.

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