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."
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.
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.
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!
Nonprofits that are searching for a space for their next fundraising event, program function, meeting or board retreat should check out the Northwest Nonprofit Venues Map, which lists more than 300 venues in WA State and beyond. 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.