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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."

Women in Leadership Roles Make the Nonprofit Sector and Our Communities Better

Published May 25, 2018 11:49 AM

While we are far from achieving gender equity in leadership of business, government or nonprofit spheres, more attention is being given to women having access to leadership roles. While research has repeatedly shown that women leaders are good for business, many questions remained unanswered: How can we better recognize women as leaders in an authentic way and how do we better lift up women leaders in the nonprofit sector?

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Grant Opportunities - May 2018

Published May 24, 2018 08:34 AM

Summer may be fast approaching, but don’t let your fundraising go on vacation! Check out these grant opportunities with deadlines happening in the next few weeks or months.

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Helpful Resources: Improving Your Bookkeeping

Published May 23, 2018 11:56 AM

Strong bookkeeping practices can help guide your fundraising, hiring, operational, and investment decisions.

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QuickBooks Made Easy: Grow Your Bookkeeping Knowledge at an Affordable Rate on July 19

Published May 22, 2018 09:27 AM

Go in-depth about the functions of QuickBooks® at this two-part all day training workshop designed for both experienced nonprofit bookkeepers and staff/volunteers who act as the bookkeeper by default.

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Preventing a Chasm Between the Board and Executive

Published May 21, 2018 01:35 PM

Organizations are more resilient when everyone has shared expectations. But this is often not the case with the board of directors and executive.

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Policy Governance® Sets Up Boards and Staff for Success

Published May 08, 2018 01:55 PM

Board members who need lots of support but do little to advance the organization are a drain on resources. Moreover, boards that have poorly defined governance processes can be a risk to an organization. There is, however, a way to set up your board for success.

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Meet Three Leaders and Discuss Three Topics at the May 4 Executive Director Forum

Published May 02, 2018 09:09 AM

Executive Director Forums are interesting and energizing and fun! You will have the opportunity to discuss all three topics with these outstanding leaders and your fellow executives.

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