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."
Why Nonprofits Should Focus on Financial Literacy
For decades, nonprofit organizations have played a vital role in building healthy communities. One challenge that constantly faces them, however, is how to sustain operations during an economic downturn.
Get Ahead of the "Turnover Tsunami"
We are just recovering from the pandemic, and another challenge is overtaking nonprofits – the "Turnover Tsunami."
Grant opportunities – Summer 2021
Need additional funding? Of course! Take a look at these grant opportunities with deadlines that are either coming up soon or are being offered on a rolling basis.
3 Tips to Leveraging Corporate Giving in Your Fundraisers
As a fundraising professional, you know that nonprofits rely on individual donors and businesses to help push their mission forward. Conversely, companies look for more opportunities to contribute to causes that resonate with them. With experience serving more than 7,000 nonprofits, John Killoran, Founder of Snowball Fundraising, shares his expertise for working with for-profit companies to further your mission.
Take Your Campaign Online: 5 Tips for Virtual Advocacy
Russ Oster, the CEO and Co-founder of Grassroots Unwired, dives into best practices for increasing meaningful engagement for your cause online. He writes about why it's important to leverage your digital outlets with intention, using his experience organizing grassroots campaign.
3 Tips to Assessing Your Nonprofit's Digital Infrastructure
Your nonprofit’s website is one of your most valuable tools for interacting with supporters and spreading the word about your organization. However, your website is more than a collection of text blocks and images! Proper website management requires more than updating old information; it necessitates taking a look at and improving your digital infrastructure as a whole.
$10 Million in funding available to Washington nonprofit organizations
The State of Washington is releasing a $10 million Nonprofit Community Recovery (NCR) grant program for nonprofits with missions focused in the following areas:
4 Tips for Optimizing Your Donor Outreach Content
As a nonprofit fundraising professional, your team likely reevaluates your communications strategies at multiple touchpoints throughout the fundraising process. It’s necessary to know which areas you should optimize for improved donor outreach.
Taking Action Against Anti-Asian Hate
In the past two weeks, greater public attention has been called to anti-Asian hate. In Seattle, a man was charged with malicious harassment after two instances where he shouted profanities and threw things at Asian women and their children. In Atlanta, eight people were killed by a mass murderer, six of whom were Asian-American women.
How to Maximize Major Gifts With Machine Learning
Believe it or not, 88% of nonprofits’ revenue comes from the top 12% of their donors. This top tier of donors are those who contribute “major gifts.”