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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."

How Boards Can Evaluate ED/CEO Performance

How Boards Can Evaluate ED/CEO Performance

Published Feb 23, 2016 02:55 PM

It's important for the board to conduct an annual evaluation of the ED/CEO, but what's also important is how that review is done. The board should focus on evaluating the organization's performance and using surveys that don't judge the executive's personal characteristics. Read more about what resources are available to boards who wish to find a comprehensive and effective way to evaluate the executive.

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Salesforce Sandboxes: What They Are and How to Use Them

Published Feb 18, 2016 08:50 AM

Want to experiment with new ideas in Salesforce but don't want to ruin your existing database? "Sandboxes" are test spaces where you can try out new things like objects, fields, workflow processes, and page layouts without making a single change to your current configuration. Not all sandboxes are the same, to it's important to learn the differences before setting up a new one.

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Helpful Resources: Thanking Donors

Published Feb 05, 2016 11:05 AM

For many nonprofits, donors are the backbone of their fundraising efforts. Without the generosity of individual gifts, lots of organizations would not be able to fully advance their missions. Just in case your organization needs a refresher on how to best thank its donors, we provide you a few helpful resources that will guide you toward becoming even better stewards of your supporters.

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A Look Back at 2015

Published Feb 02, 2016 08:55 AM

2015 ushered in a tremendous amount of growth for 501 Commons. We raised more money than ever to support free and affordable services to nonprofits across our state. Through our contracted services, action-based cohort programs, consulting projects, and free resources on our Nonprofit Resource Directory, more people than ever are being touched by our organization. We'd like to thank the volunteers in the Executive Service Corps for making 2015 an impact year!

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