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Standing for Justice Together

Published Jun 19, 2018 09:44 AM

Your mission may be best tackled by advocating for public policy and budget changes that impact your constituents. Learn the rules so that you can keep your board and organization aligned with the law while advocating for change.

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What Nonprofits Need to Know About Data Privacy

Published Jun 18, 2018 09:31 AM

Recent coverage about political campaigns using data curated by Facebook has awakened your clients, donors, and volunteers to privacy issues. Take those headlines as a heads up to make sure you can secure the personal data you have.

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How Long Should Nonprofits Retain Certain Documents?

Published Jun 05, 2018 12:50 PM

Federal and state laws require the retention of certain documents and electronic records for a minimum amount of time, making it essential for nonprofit organizations to have a written retention policy that is faithfully followed.

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Women in Leadership Roles Make the Nonprofit Sector and Our Communities Better

Published May 25, 2018 11:49 AM

While we are far from achieving gender equity in leadership of business, government or nonprofit spheres, more attention is being given to women having access to leadership roles. While research has repeatedly shown that women leaders are good for business, many questions remained unanswered: How can we better recognize women as leaders in an authentic way and how do we better lift up women leaders in the nonprofit sector?

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Grant Opportunities - May 2018

Published May 24, 2018 08:34 AM

Summer may be fast approaching, but don’t let your fundraising go on vacation! Check out these grant opportunities with deadlines happening in the next few weeks or months.

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Helpful Resources: Improving Your Bookkeeping

Published May 23, 2018 11:56 AM

Strong bookkeeping practices can help guide your fundraising, hiring, operational, and investment decisions.

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QuickBooks Made Easy: Grow Your Bookkeeping Knowledge at an Affordable Rate on July 19

Published May 22, 2018 09:27 AM

Go in-depth about the functions of QuickBooks® at this two-part all day training workshop designed for both experienced nonprofit bookkeepers and staff/volunteers who act as the bookkeeper by default.

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Preventing a Chasm Between the Board and Executive

Published May 21, 2018 01:35 PM

Organizations are more resilient when everyone has shared expectations. But this is often not the case with the board of directors and executive.

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Policy Governance® Sets Up Boards and Staff for Success

Published May 08, 2018 01:55 PM

Board members who need lots of support but do little to advance the organization are a drain on resources. Moreover, boards that have poorly defined governance processes can be a risk to an organization. There is, however, a way to set up your board for success.

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Meet Three Leaders and Discuss Three Topics at the May 4 Executive Director Forum

Published May 02, 2018 09:09 AM

Executive Director Forums are interesting and energizing and fun! You will have the opportunity to discuss all three topics with these outstanding leaders and your fellow executives.

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Navigating Through Difficult Conversations is Challenging but Achievable

Published Apr 30, 2018 09:22 AM

The workplace can be rife with difficult conversations: salary negotiations, performance concerns, complaints about a colleague or client, mending hurt feelings, terminating an employee, etc.

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Helpful Resources: Having Successful Difficult Conversations

Published Apr 25, 2018 11:30 AM

Resolving differences of opinion about awkward or painful topics isn’t something we look forward to, but straight-forward and skillful conversations can help address conflict and build a positive organizational culture.

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Helpful Resources: De-Escalating Violent Interactions

Published Apr 11, 2018 11:01 AM

The topic of workplace violence and dealing with potentially violent individuals is a subject we’re seeing more in the news. Nobody wants to see these tragic incidents – both large and small – continue to plague our offices, schools, houses of worship, or public spaces. But what can we do?

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Central WA Nonprofits: Network Your Way to Success

Published Apr 10, 2018 11:54 AM

Attend the annual Central Washington Conference for the Greater Good on Wednesday, April 18 at the Yakima Convention Center to forge new connections and find the inspiration you need to thrive.

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Preventing Violent Conflicts Will Make Our Communities Safer

Published Apr 09, 2018 10:25 AM

In the wake of unspeakable tragedies in Parkland, FL and other communities across the country, we’re engaging in conversations about how schools, neighborhoods, companies, and nonprofits can better address the terrible violence we’re witnessing.

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Get More Out of the Conference by Attending the Deep-Dive Workshops

Published Mar 27, 2018 02:48 PM

Discount pricing ends Friday April 13 for the 2018 Washington State Nonprofit Conference on May 16. To get more “bang for your buck,” register for a pre-conference workshops on May 15.

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Seattle Opera: A Connected Board

Published Mar 26, 2018 09:20 AM

An online board portal helps your board better collaborate, communicate, and manage committees, events, and other board work. 501 Commons can work with you to develop a board portal and train your board and staff on how to use it.

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Helpful Resources: Managing Cultural Conflict

Published Mar 01, 2018 01:46 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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