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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."

Washington State Nonprofit Conference: Play a Part in Designing Our Future on May 17

Washington State Nonprofit Conference: Play a Part in Designing Our Future on May 17

Published Mar 28, 2016 10:15 AM

The 2016 Washington State Nonprofit Conference on May 17 at the Meydenbauer Center in Bellevue promises to dramatically change the way nonprofits think about their mission. The theme this year is "Designing Our Future: Connecting People, Advancing Causes" which will focus on why human-centered design should be the framework the sector uses to approach its work. We hope to see you there!

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Upcoming Grant Opportunities for Nonprofits

Published Mar 18, 2016 11:45 AM

We have for you three upcoming grant opportunities for nonprofits, offered by The Sustainable Communities Funders group, Social Justice Fund Northwest, and 4Culture. The deadlines for these grants are no more than a month or two out. If none of these specific funding opportunities are right for your organization, bookmark their websites so you can check out future grants that could be.

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Proposed Changes to FLSA Laws Close to Implementation

Published Mar 17, 2016 02:25 PM

In mid-March 2016, the Department of Labor sent to the Office of Management and Budget its final changes to the federal Fair Labor Standards Act laws, which determines which workers are eligible to receive overtime pay. The proposed changes would especially impact nonprofits where managers are also engaged in delivering direct services or where employees work longer hours during part of the year like summer camps.

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Nancy Long Discusses Capacity Building and Other Issues for Philanthropy Northwest's March 2016 Virtual Roundtable

Nancy Long Discusses Capacity Building and Other Issues for Philanthropy Northwest's March 2016 Virtual Roundtable

Published Mar 07, 2016 09:50 AM

Every month Philanthropy Northwest publishes a series of “virtual roundtable” interviews with a group of nonprofit leaders to discuss in detail a common issue affecting the sector. For their March 2016 roundtable, Nancy Long discusses capacity building funding, the importance of modern technology, what funders need to understand about making the greatest impact, driving the brightest talent to the sector, and other current issues 501 Commons tackles every day.

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Plymouth Housing Group: HR Trainings for Managers

Published Mar 02, 2016 11:10 AM

Plymouth Housing Group’s mission of securing permanent and supportive homes for homeless adults, combined with their wide array of wrap-around services, means they rely heavily on their managers' wisdom and compassion. PHG approached us to seek ways they can better support their managers, so we designed for them a series of 12 HR manager trainings to help bring their staff leaders and employees closer together.

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