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Gratitude and Connection

February 21, 2020 501 Commons News
The 501 Commons staff and board members are inspired every day by the creativity and commitment we see in the people and organizations we serve.

Inspiring Stories Take Center Stage at the 2015 Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon

November 9, 2015
At our annual Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon on Nov. 5 at the Pacific Tower's Panoramic Center, nearly 120 attendees listened to inspiring testimonies from 501 Commons volunteers and heartfelt stories of positive change from nonprofit clients at an event meant to celebrate the impact of our Executive Service Corps volunteers.

Helpful Resources: Grant Writing

October 27, 2015
Of the 87,142 foundations operating in the United States, 1,329 are in Washington State, and they awarded more than $3.9 billion to nonprofits in 2013. While individual gifts are an important avenue of generating revenue, the importance of grants and applying for grants cannot be ignored. We provide helpful grant writing resources and referrals that can help you raise the funds you need to support your mission.

The Good Vibes of VIP Manager Corps Don't Stop

October 21, 2015
501 Commons recently piloted a "short and sweet" version of VIP Manager Corps where six King County nonprofits were matched with skilled volunteers who provided each organization a boost in their volunteer program capacity. The positive energy doesn’t stop there! Next summer, we will launch a cohort of 12 new King County nonprofits. Read more to find out how you can apply.

Springboard Emboldens Arts and Cultural Nonprofits to Flourish

October 19, 2015
La Sala was founded by a small team of dedicated people whose passion brought the mission to life. After completing the Springboard cohort program earlier this year, the organization - whose mission is to empower the local Latino/Latina arts community - now has both the internal structures in place to succeed and an exciting new funding opportunity.

Helpful Resources: Fundraising Event Planning

September 21, 2015
Producing a major fundraising event can be a costly and time-consuming endeavor. To ensure success, remember to think of events as the culmination of building relationships with donors instead of just being a place where you solicit gifts. We've compiled a list of helpful resources to help guide you through the process of planning the best fundraising events.

RFPs: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

September 18, 2015
RFPs are a common method for nonprofits to gather bidders for an important project. However, in our experience, we believe RFPs are not always the best way to select that crucial vendor your organization needs. We recommend nonprofits instead hire a consultant based on an in-depth discussion rather than dryly reviewing a document.

Inland Northwest Conference for the Greater Good: Uniting Eastern Washington Nonprofits

September 16, 2015
The Inland Northwest Conference for the Greater Good, on Thursday, Oct. 22 from 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. at the Spokane Convention Center, is a fantastic opportunity for Eastern Washington nonprofits to grow stronger together. Hosted by Washington Nonprofits, the conference promises to be a space where nonprofit leaders, staff, and volunteers can come together to inspire and be inspired. Hope to see you there!

Need an Event Space? Look No Further than Our Venues Map

September 14, 2015
Nonprofits that are searching for a space for their next fundraising event, program function, meeting or board retreat should check out the Northwest Nonprofit Venues Map, which lists more than 300 venues in WA State and beyond. Many of these venues are free or offer a nonprofit discount and include amenities such as A/V equipment, kitchen space, parking options, and more.

Changes to Overtime Rules Proposed for FLSA Laws

August 14, 2015
The Department of Labor (DOL) is considering changes to the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) that will require nonprofits to pay some currently exempt staff members time-and-a-half whenever they work more than 40 hours/week. It is anticipated that these changes will be implemented in 2016.

Kick Off Fall with the Sept. 11 King County Executive Director Forum

August 14, 2015
The Executive Director Forum on Sept. 11 at Pacific Tower is a unique opportunity for nonprofit EDs/CEOs to connect with their peers, share ideas, and learn from each other in a supportive environment. Each session offers three discussion groups facilitated by three outstanding leaders.