Consulting Guides and Best Practices
501 Commons Guide for Coaches and Consultants
All policies and tips for coaches and consultants in one place. Required reading for every service corps member, and an excellent reference. Updated October, 2020.
501 Commons COVID-19 Health Policies
We anticipate that policies will sometimes shift to align with regulations and recommendations from the CDC, Washington State, the federal government, and health experts.
501 Commons will try to notify team members of changes to these policies and accompanying procedures with at least two weeks’ notice. Some changes may be made with less notice. Specific procedures will be developed and published to implement these policies.
IDEA Training for Staff and ESC - Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Access in Practice
This training is designed to present essential concepts of IDEA in written information, short video, and illustrations. At the end of each section, there will be various activities for you to test your IDEA knowledge.
Anti-Racism Reading List
Take a look at this recommended reading list of anti-racism essays, books, podcasts, and videos that will educate you on the role you can play in cultivating a more equitable society.
Forms and Policies
Confidentiality and Conflict of Interest Form
View or download our Confidentiality and Conflict of Interest Form.
Everything you ever wanted to know - and more - about tracking your volunteer time.
Information on claiming travel and incidental expenses.
Use of Personal Vehicles
We love public transportation, and try to match volunteers to projects close to their work or home, but
sooner or later almost everyone will need to drive to a meeting or event.
Helpful Nonprofit and Client Engagement Resources
Tools and Best Practices for Nonprofits - A very comprehensive set of tools and recommendations on a variety of nonprofit topics. For more information and resources, contact your program manager.
If you are new to nonprofits or to consulting, this deck - which includes audio clips from 501 Commons consultants - is a "must see." It describes some tools and strategies for successfully engaging clients in the project and building trust. It also explains some of the reasons why individuals may be reluctant to engage on a new project and suggests ways you can ask them to show up of the work and be accountable.
Resources for Service Corps Members New to Nonprofits
Taking the initiative to learn about nonprofits will help you get challenging projects with the service corps.
An introduction to the world of nonprofits and useful facts and figures for service corps members.
Learn to Serve Materials
Resources from past Learn to Serve professional development workshops.