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Put "Professional Development" on Your 2021 To-Do List

Put "Professional Development" on Your 2021 To-Do List

Published Jan 19, 2021 04:50 PM

As we head into a new year, executive directors and supervisors should put continuing education for their employees high on their 2021 “to-do” list.

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What to Consider When Taking Your Nonprofit Events Online: A Crash Course

What to Consider When Taking Your Nonprofit Events Online: A Crash Course

Published Jan 14, 2021 04:05 PM

When the pandemic hit, nonprofits were forced to adapt and grow their fundraising in a digital world. Now, hosting virtual fundraising events is a strategy many nonprofits are making a regular part of their fundraising calendar – for the long haul.

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Best Practices for Managing Remote Teams

Best Practices for Managing Remote Teams

Published Jan 04, 2021 10:55 AM

The COVID-19 pandemic has forced nonprofits of all kinds to shift to remote working arrangements. Many are still struggling with the transition. But since the pandemic is still confining workers to their homes for the foreseeable future, it’s worth looking at tips that can improve remote work management.

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3 Ways to Make Your Nonprofit’s Website More Accessible

3 Ways to Make Your Nonprofit’s Website More Accessible

Published Dec 08, 2020 05:10 PM

As a nonprofit, you want your website to be as user-friendly as possible to attract more visitors and convert them into donors. You should build in regular slots of time to give your website a checkup, noting successful strategies and opportunities for improvement.

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WA Organizations: Apply by Dec. 11, 2020 for COVID-19 State Funding

WA Organizations: Apply by Dec. 11, 2020 for COVID-19 State Funding

Published Dec 04, 2020 03:26 PM

Eligible nonprofits in Washington State that have a primary business that’s been shut down or reduced by the pandemic – such as a performance venue, art/cultural exhibit, fitness center, or restaurant – can apply for state funding by Dec. 11.

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Advance Your Fundraising Leadership Career

Advance Your Fundraising Leadership Career

Published Nov 18, 2020 03:13 PM

AFP Advancement Northwest is now accepting applications for their annual scholarship program for fundraising professionals.

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Washington Gives: A New Year-Round Fundraising Platform

Washington Gives: A New Year-Round Fundraising Platform

Published Nov 17, 2020 04:35 PM

We are proud to announce the launch of Washington Gives, a year-round fundraising platform. We are making the GiveBIG fundraising platform available year-round to benefit organizations that do not have a website payment portal and to give all organizations year-round access to peer-to-peer fundraising.

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Paths Forward for Financially Stressed Organizations

Paths Forward for Financially Stressed Organizations

Published Oct 27, 2020 02:55 PM

Most organizations are experiencing some level of financial stress. Even those receiving additional direct service funds may find that having a growing program is stretching administrative staff and operating systems.

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Helpful Resources: Race-Related Style Guidelines

Helpful Resources: Race-Related Style Guidelines

Published Oct 22, 2020 11:43 AM

As we write about racial issues on social media, websites, grant applications, newsletters, emails, press releases, and other media, it’s imperative we use precise language at all times to ensure fairness, accuracy, sensitivity, and cultural competency.

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Help Employees Provide Family Support Through Paid Leave Benefits

Help Employees Provide Family Support Through Paid Leave Benefits

Published Oct 13, 2020 04:59 PM

Washington State has a new paid family leave program and, as part of the federal Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA), employees who work at organizations with fewer than 500 employees may be entitled to a few new federal paid leave benefits.

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3 Technology and Data Mistakes for Nonprofits to Avoid

3 Technology and Data Mistakes for Nonprofits to Avoid

Published Sep 18, 2020 03:08 PM

As we round out a tumultuous year for the nonprofit sector, it’s a good idea to take some time to review your technology. You’ve probably relied on your technology more than ever over the past several months.

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How to Develop an Online Presence for Your Nonprofit

How to Develop an Online Presence for Your Nonprofit

Published Sep 08, 2020 01:20 PM

Our growing reliance on the Internet means developing an online presence has quickly become a substantial part of an effective marketing strategy. Your nonprofit's website is the foundation of your organization’s entire online presence. A strong nonprofit website can play a role in boosting donations, growing your supporter base, and building brand awareness.

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We Can Help You Get Through Tough Times

We Can Help You Get Through Tough Times

Published Sep 03, 2020 10:15 AM

If you’ve had to recently reduce staff, 501 Commons is here to help you push through these tough times and — hopefully — emerge on the other side stronger than before. Let’s start a conversation about how we can “fill the gaps” in key areas that may be getting pushed to the back burner or given to staff who are already too busy.

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Helpful Resources: Anti-Racism Reading List

Helpful Resources: Anti-Racism Reading List

Published Aug 18, 2020 02:55 PM

Combating racism and other forms of marginalization requires knowledge about experiences, systems, policies, and social attitudes you may not be aware of. Take a look at this recommended reading list of anti-oppression essays, books, podcasts, and videos that will educate you on the role you can play in cultivating a more equitable society.

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"Essential" Workers Deserve Extra Support

"Essential" Workers Deserve Extra Support

Published Aug 12, 2020 09:55 AM

For the past several months, many organizations have had to make difficult decisions regarding who should or shouldn’t return to their physical workspace.

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Affordable Technology Resources for Nonprofits

Affordable Technology Resources for Nonprofits

Published Jul 30, 2020 03:32 PM

Nonprofits deserve to have access to effective technology just like any other business. We’re recommending a few organizations that provide affordable and discounted deals on both software and hardware.

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Grant Opportunities – Summer 2020

Grant Opportunities – Summer 2020

Published Jul 20, 2020 12:43 PM

In addition to having your PPP loan converted into grants, there are other ways your organization can receive funding to wade through COVID-19 and our renewed awareness of racial injustice. Take a look at these grant opportunities with deadlines that are either coming up soon or are being offered on a rolling basis.

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Online Time Tracking Tools for Nonprofits

Online Time Tracking Tools for Nonprofits

Published Jul 02, 2020 12:45 PM

Reporting work hours have recently taken on new importance now that many nonprofit employees are working from home. The new overtime rules in Washington State also require all employees, including those who are salaried, to track their hours.

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Volunteers Can Play a Role in Healing Our Communities

Volunteers Can Play a Role in Healing Our Communities

Published Jun 16, 2020 04:50 PM

As our country deals with COVID-19, shutdowns, the economic downturn, and racial injustice, people are feeling energized to give back to their communities in any way they can. Sometimes this means working on tasks remotely. In other cases, volunteers can be engaged in-person with adequate provisions for social distancing, screening, and cleaning.

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Take Advantage of Free PPP Loan Assistance

Take Advantage of Free PPP Loan Assistance

Published Jun 12, 2020 01:04 PM

Lawmakers are making it easier to convert Payment Protect Program (PPP) loans into grants. Learn how this can be done and how 501 Commons can assist you in applying for loan forgiveness.

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