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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."

Helpful Resources: Fundraising Event Planning

Published Sep 21, 2015 11:20 AM

Producing a major fundraising event can be a costly and time-consuming endeavor. To ensure success, remember to think of events as the culmination of building relationships with donors instead of just being a place where you solicit gifts. We've compiled a list of helpful resources to help guide you through the process of planning the best fundraising events.

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RFPs: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Published Sep 18, 2015 10:00 AM

RFPs are a common method for nonprofits to gather bidders for an important project. However, in our experience, we believe RFPs are not always the best way to select that crucial vendor your organization needs. We recommend nonprofits instead hire a consultant based on an in-depth discussion rather than dryly reviewing a document.

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Inland Northwest Conference for the Greater Good: Uniting Eastern Washington Nonprofits

Inland Northwest Conference for the Greater Good: Uniting Eastern Washington Nonprofits

Published Sep 16, 2015 09:40 AM

The Inland Northwest Conference for the Greater Good, on Thursday, Oct. 22 from 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. at the Spokane Convention Center, is a fantastic opportunity for Eastern Washington nonprofits to grow stronger together. Hosted by Washington Nonprofits, the conference promises to be a space where nonprofit leaders, staff, and volunteers can come together to inspire and be inspired. Hope to see you there!

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Need an Event Space? Look No Further than Our Venues Map

Published Sep 14, 2015 09:55 AM

Nonprofits that are searching for a space for their next fundraising event, program function, meeting or board retreat should check out the Washington State Nonprofit Venues Map, which lists more than 300 venues located statewide. Many of these venues are free or offer a nonprofit discount and include amenities such as A/V equipment, kitchen space, parking options, and more.

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