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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."

Get Ahead of the "Turnover Tsunami"

Get Ahead of the "Turnover Tsunami"

Published Jun 25, 2021 12:50 PM

We are just recovering from the pandemic, and another challenge is overtaking nonprofits – the "Turnover Tsunami."

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Grant opportunities – Summer 2021

Grant opportunities – Summer 2021

Published Jun 24, 2021 02:48 PM

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.

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How to Leverage Corporate Giving in Your Fundraisers

How to Leverage Corporate Giving in Your Fundraisers

Published Jun 14, 2021 01:50 PM

It’s no secret that nonprofits rely on individual donors and businesses to help push their missions forward. Meanwhile, companies look for opportunities to contribute to causes that resonate with them and communicate their values to the community.

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Take Your Campaign Online: 5 Tips for Virtual Advocacy

Take Your Campaign Online: 5 Tips for Virtual Advocacy

Published Jun 09, 2021 05:36 PM

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.

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3 Tips to Assessing Your Nonprofit's Digital Infrastructure

3 Tips to Assessing Your Nonprofit's Digital Infrastructure

Published May 27, 2021 04:29 PM

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.

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$10 Million in funding available to Washington nonprofit organizations

$10 Million in funding available to Washington nonprofit organizations

Published May 06, 2021 11:55 AM

The State of Washington is releasing a $10 million Nonprofit Community Recovery (NCR) grant program for nonprofits with missions focused in the following areas:

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4 Tips for Optimizing Your Donor Outreach Content

4 Tips for Optimizing Your Donor Outreach Content

Published Apr 05, 2021 01:42 PM

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.

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Taking Action Against Anti-Asian Hate

Taking Action Against Anti-Asian Hate

Published Mar 29, 2021 12:30 PM

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.

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How to Maximize Major Gifts With Machine Learning

How to Maximize Major Gifts With Machine Learning

Published Mar 04, 2021 03:25 PM

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.”

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Salish School of Spokane Rises to the Challenge

Salish School of Spokane Rises to the Challenge

Published Feb 19, 2021 03:28 PM

Salish School of Spokane is a childcare center and elementary school that preserves and revitalizes the Salish people’s language and culture. The school was started by five women to provide immersion education to children ranging from infants to high school students, so that the Salish community may live on for future generations.

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