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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."

Update on Federal and Local Overtime Rule Changes

Published Oct 08, 2018 08:35 AM

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) is currently gathering feedback about changes to overtime compensation rules and the WA State Department of Labor and Industries is looking to change the overtime rules that apply to Executive, Administrative, and Professional (EAP) employee categories.

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Fall Board Meeting Discussion Item: "What is Our Advocacy Agenda?"

Published Sep 30, 2018 04:40 PM

The fall weather shift is a reminder to determine your public policy agenda and talk to your board about their role in advocacy. Get your staff and board members in contact with legislators before they head back to Olympia in January.

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Transform Yourself Into a Data Superhero

Published Sep 27, 2018 01:15 PM

If knowledge is power, then our Data Solutions team can help transform you into a superhero!

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Visit 501commons.org/Learn for Resources to Advance Your Nonprofit Career

Published Sep 20, 2018 02:35 PM

Exciting news for nonprofit professionals, executives, board members, interns, students, and volunteers in the Pacific Northwest!

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Kick Off Fall With Executive Roundtables

Published Aug 23, 2018 01:30 PM

Want the opportunity to talk through common challenges with sympathetic peers? Join us for the next Executive Director Forum on Friday, Oct. 5 from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. at Pacific Tower (Suite #810).

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Gain Peace of Mind by Outsourcing to 501 Commons

Published Aug 21, 2018 05:05 PM

Working on your 2019 budget? Consider the benefits of outsourcing important back office functions to 501 Commons!

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Advocacy is a Must for All Nonprofits and Board Members

Published Aug 08, 2018 08:55 AM

In early August, 75+ people attended a workshop with Toren Lewis from the Alliance for Justice on the rules governing nonprofits being engaged in advocacy. The big takeaway was simple: Nonprofits and board members can and should advocate for the causes that matter most to them.

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Helpful Resources: Methods for Advocating Effectively

Published Jul 24, 2018 01:25 PM

While it may seem like well-funded special interest groups are drowning out citizens in the public policy advocacy space, nonprofits shouldn’t feel like they’re voiceless. With proper strategy and allies, creating lasting change at the local, state, and national levels is possible.

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Increase Team Effectiveness by Building Trust

Published Jul 23, 2018 10:30 AM

All teams will experience breakdowns in their effectiveness. These can be more easily and quickly resolved if you do some important work in advance. Building trust and establishing clear norms and expectations can reduce conflicts and increase accountability to organizational goals.

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Know the Law...Before Incorporating Liquor, Cannabis, & Gambling Into Your Event

Published Jul 17, 2018 01:35 PM

Nonprofits in Washington raise millions each year from fundraisers, auctions, and raffles. But – whoa Nelly! – before you plan your next event, read this helpful toolkit.

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