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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."

Helpful Resources: Managing Cultural Conflict

Published Mar 01, 2018 01:50 PM

Conflict in the workplace isn’t something that can be avoided, but its negative effects can be mitigated – and valuable lessons can be learned from it.

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Thank You to the 700+ Organizations We Served in 2017

Published Feb 28, 2018 02:40 PM

On behalf of the 501 Commons board of directors and staff, thank you if you chose to use our services in 2017. During the year we provided 1,200 services to 700+ organizations, including more than 400 information and referral queries.

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Staff Development Workshop on 3/22: Addressing and Managing Cultural Conflict

Published Feb 21, 2018 09:30 AM

When you bring people from diverse perspectives, backgrounds, values, and work styles onto your team, it’s inevitable that conflict will rear its head. The March Staff Development Coalition workshop will teach you conflict management/de-escalation skills that can guide you through these murky waters.

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Operations Conference on March 1 Equips Nonprofits with What They Need to Grow Strong

Published Feb 20, 2018 10:55 AM

Nonprofits in the greater Vancouver area cannot miss this opportunity to develop stronger internal systems at Nonprofit Network Southwest Washington’s Operations Conference on Thursday, March 1 in Vancouver.

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Exemplary Service Celebrated at the 2018 Executive Service Corps Appreciation & Awards Luncheon

Published Feb 14, 2018 11:20 AM

Inspiring stories and examples of exemplary service highlighted the 2018 Executive Service Corps Appreciation & Awards Luncheon on Monday, Jan. 29 at Pacific Tower’s Panoramic Center.

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To Disrupt Discrimination, Focus on Changing Policies

Published Feb 13, 2018 02:20 PM

Ibram X. Kendi – author of "Stamped from the Beginning" – has an important message for everyone: We need to move away from “not being a racist” toward being “antiracist."

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What You Need to Know About the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act

Published Feb 02, 2018 12:55 PM

Just days before the New Year, the federal government passed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, which will have a significant impact on the nonprofit sector. Here's a brief summary of what nonprofits need to know about this new legislation and how it'll affect the social sector.

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Helpful Resources: Invisible Disabilities in the Workplace

Published Jan 30, 2018 08:05 AM

Not everyone with a disability uses a wheelchair, assistance dog, or portable oxygen device. Millions of Americans everywhere have disabilities that are not obvious – and therefore not always considered when crafting employee handbooks, arranging for workplace equipment, or setting time off policies.

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Staff Development Workshop on 2/26: Invisible Disabilities

Published Jan 23, 2018 11:45 AM

The word "disability" is often used to describe an ongoing physical challenge. While some disabilities may seem obvious, many are unseen – or “invisible.” The February Nonprofit Staff Development Coalition workshop will provide you with knowledge and guidance on the impact of invisible disabilities in the workplace and challenge the way you think about disabilities.

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Listen Up! The First Executive Director Forum of the Year is Friday, Feb. 2

Published Jan 22, 2018 05:46 PM

Struggling to keep some balance in your life after a bit of downtime over the holidays? Discuss tactics for self-care and ways the nonprofit sector can build stronger and more diverse networks at the next King County Executive Director Forum gathering on Friday, Feb. 2 from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. at Pacific Tower (Suite #180 on the 1st floor).

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