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News, Tips, & Insights from Staff & Guests

News, Tips, & Insights from Staff & Guests

Welcome to The Commons, 501 Commons' blog, where we'll be sharing:

  • How-tos, 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."

The Case for Writing Your Own Documentation

Published Dec 28, 2015 02:50 PM

Documentation is important when planning, implementing and improving upon a technology project. Unfortunately, both process and technical documentation tend to get pushed to the side by organizations. We provide a compelling case for why you should write your own documentation, how you can use it for maximum benefit, and helpful tools to get you started.

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DemandTools: The Swiss Army Knife for Salesforce

Published Dec 18, 2015 12:20 PM

DemandTools is a data quality and data cleansing tool that is free for any 501c3 nonprofit organization that uses Salesforce for their database needs. Able to handle just about any database management task you might have, DemandTools is free to download if you provide them your 501c3 letter. We recommend, however, you consult a Salesforce expert to ensure you are able to use the tool properly. Learn more!

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The IRS Needs to Hear From Nonprofit Board Leaders

Published Dec 11, 2015 03:40 PM

We are passing along a message from BoardSource, an online resource for nonprofit board leaders. We are asking that you provide the IRS valuable feedback about a drastic new rule change that would require some nonprofits to collect their donors' social security numbers. Our position is that this change will make donors more hesitant to give and would cost nonprofits heavily in the need for additional cyber-security measures.

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Mark Your Calendars: The Next King County Executive Director Forum is on Dec. 18

Published Dec 04, 2015 10:46 AM

The Executive Director Forum is a unique opportunity for nonprofit EDs/CEOs to connect with their peers, share ideas, and learn from each other in a supportive environment. In each session you will visit three discussion groups facilitated by an outstanding leader. This round includes Sallie Neillie from Project Access Northwest, Jake Weber from FamilyWorks, and Sharonne Navas from Equity in Education Coalition.

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The Relationship between the Executive Director and Board Chair  Affects Organizational Success

The Relationship between the Executive Director and Board Chair Affects Organizational Success

Published Dec 02, 2015 04:20 PM

In any nonprofit organization, no relationship is more crucial than the one between the executive director/CEO and the board chairperson. However, it takes time and commitment to create a relationship that works. An investment in an expert facilitator who can help set the groundwork for an effective working relationship will pay dividends for everyone at the organization. Read what Sherry Jennings (Sound Governance) has to say about this topic.

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