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How to Avoid Phishing Email Scams

June 20, 2019 Technology
“Phishing” is a fraudulent email sent by a malicious party with the intent of stealing valuable information like passwords or credit card numbers. Phishing emails often look like official messages sent by reputable companies such as Microsoft or a colleague you know, but are anything but trustworthy.

Top-Notch Volunteer Engagement Begins Now

January 7, 2019 Volunteers
VIP Manager Corps (VMC) provides you with a manager corps member who will work in your organization for 10 hours a week for four months. The VMC Member will help you assess your volunteer program and develop top-notch volunteer engagement practices.

GiveBIG Has a New Home in 501 Commons

December 6, 2018 501 Commons News
We are excited to announce that 501 Commons will be the new home for GiveBIG, our region’s largest annual giving day that has raised more than $113 million for nonprofits since 2011. This past year alone generated $16 million from 31,000 donors for 1,600 organizations.

Financial Education Can Help You Cultivate More Loyal and Productive Employees

October 16, 2018 Finance
While nonprofits try their best to promote a community-centric approach to achieving their missions, this approach can often neglect another important audience – their employees. Organizations that want to cultivate more loyal and productive employees can do so by offering a service that many of us don’t often think about: Financial education.