501(c)ommunity Guidelines

These guidelines are designed to ensure the 501(c)ommunity is an enjoyable, beneficial and collaborative learning community for all our members. They boil down to common sense, basic courtesy, respect, and not using the site as a blatant advertising or spamming platform.

We encourage open, authentic discussion and hope that you will share your questions, opinions and experiences in the nonprofit sector. In particular, the discussions area is intended for thoughtful conversation on nonprofit management topics. It is not a bulletin board for posting events, jobs, services or other solicitations (see "do not solicit" section below). If your post does not ask a question or ignite conversation, it probably doesn't belong in Discussions. 

By participating in the 501(c)ommunity, you are agreeing to comply with our guidelines, outlined below.

We do not allow content that contains any of the following:

  • profanity
  • misinformation
  • spam
  • advertisements
  • off-topic/irrelevant information
  • personal attacks
  • promotion of violence, illegal or questionable activities
  • rudeness
Job openings should not be posted in member discussions, instead members can post jobs and internships in the jobs section of the website. Open board positions should be listed on OnBoard.

We reserve the right to delete posts that do not comply with this policy and block users who repeatedly violate it. We want this to be a safe and informative place for everyone involved, please help us to keep it that way!

Community dos and don'ts


  • Advance learning by sharing your expertise and experiences in a thoughtful and informative manner.
  • Be sincere in your contributions. Post with purpose - to inspire, enable or share with fellow nonprofit professionals.
  • Respect that other people have different points of view, styles and experiences. Don’t take things personally and get to the ‘must look at pictures of kittens to calm down’ stage.
  • Welcome newcomers. We love it when another person joins the 501(c)ommunity and participates.
  • Give feedback to your fellow members, and us, in a helpful and constructive manner.
  • Lead by example. Add positive content that shares your opinion and experience, especially content that you think will be helpful to other members. 
  • Report problems by using the report abuse or flag function to alert us to problem content or members.
  • Keep it legal. Don’t get yourself into trouble by defaming others, plotting illegal activities, or posting other people’s private information.
  • Use common sense and balance when seeking advice. Make your own inquiries, especially around subjects like health, safety and legal matters.

Do not solicit!

The community is designed for thoughtful discussions and conversations -- not self-promotion. Don't advertise products, jobs, services, events or fundraising efforts. We don’t mind if you include links to your personal blogs or websites in your profiles.  However, commercial solicitation, or contributions solely designed to plug your services or initiative, aren’t acceptable. Rather, position yourself as an expert on certain subjects by sharing your expertise and helping answer questions. 

Mission Capital monitors all community activity, but if you think someone is breaking the rules, use the "flag" button to let us know.

Starting a discussion: what to consider

Tips for getting your questions answered

  • Does my post spark conversation? The Discussions area is really for questions, sharing best practices and starting thoughtful conversation on nonprofit issues. 
  • Do they know who I am? Introduce yourself! Community members want to help fellow members. Having a profile picture and starting your question with "Hi, this is [name] from [organization]" can go a long way.
  • Am I giving enough information to react to? It's often most helpful when you can give a bit of background about the situation you're in. What have you tried so far? What’s working or not working?  

Reporting abuse

All over our website you’ll see ‘Flag’ buttons that let you notify us of stuff that breaches the rules. This helps you look after the community too. If you have any questions or concerns, please email info@501community.org