Read the December 2017 Connector here.
Good News: The proposed repeal of the Johnson Amendment is excluded from the final tax bill. The Senate Parliamentarian excluded the provision because it violated the Senate rules for the bill. Throughout the last year, voices on behalf of the nonprofit and faith communities were heard, and our focused effort really made a difference in raising public awareness about the potential harm caused by repeal. We are proud of the active role Washington Nonprofits and all of you played. Bad News: There are number of other provisions in the tax bill that are devastating for our work. According to an analysis from the U.S. Congress Joint Economic Committee Democrats, the […]
We are happy to hear from individuals who may be interested in serving on the Washington Nonprofits’ Board of Directors or one of our board committees. We are seeking leaders with strong knowledge of the nonprofit sector in Washington State and commitment to our mission. Please review our board profile and be in touch if you want to explore whether there is a good fit between your interests and our needs as an organization.
News reports indicate that a deal on tax reform has been reached in principal, however the details are still being negotiated. Conference Committee members are trying to avoid unnecessary provisions that would make the tax plan more unpopular. Therefore, the nonprofit community needs to emphasize quickly that Section 5201 of the House tax plan is strongly opposed by the general public, nonprofits, and houses of worship. Can you advocate? Yes, you can!! We know that many nonprofits are uncertain about whether they can engage in activities like this. In this case, nonprofit boards, staff, and other supporters can make these calls because […]
The final few weeks of 2017 have seen a lot of action on issues impacting nonprofit organizations. Below is a brief roundup of the key issues that your organization should be aware of: Stay Up to Date on Federal Tax Reform Over the last several weeks, Washington Nonprofits has been advocating for the nonprofit sector’s interests in the federal tax reform debate. The current House and Senate tax reform proposals have the potential to significantly damage the nonprofit sector due to the projected negative impact on charitable giving. Worse, the House proposal threatens to expose nonprofits to partisan politics by […]
Ever wonder what goes into developing Washington Nonprofits’ nationally (and internationally!) acclaimed toolkits? We are excited to be participating in Learning • Technology • Design, a virtual conference for people in the business of continuing education and professional development. The conference sets out to find new and better ways to engage learners and create lasting impact through the effective use of technology. Washington Nonprofits sees excellence in adult learning as a key element of nonprofit capacity building. Join us!
We didn’t know how we would do it, we didn’t know how we would fund it, but we knew it was our responsibility. This is a story about a Big Hairy Audacious Goal (BHAG) and a dramatic improvement of high school graduation rates for youth in foster care. Treehouse, a King County nonprofit serving youth in foster care since 1988, recently revolutionized how they serve their community by enacting some bold innovations, resulting in this substantial impact. Jessica Ross, Chief Development Officer at Treehouse, explains how it all began. “Like most big projects, it started with a crisis.” In 2011 […]
You care about your mission. You want to survive and thrive and make a difference here and in the world beyond. Yet there are barriers getting in the way of your success. You have to raise funds, rally your board, and recruit volunteers. And often you feel like you are doing this all alone. The Central Washington Conference for the Greater Good creates the space in which nonprofit leaders and volunteers learn, connect, and get inspired. KEYNOTE ADDRESS The New Network Leader: How You Can Grow Your Impact Featuring Jane Wei-Skillern, PhD & Marty Kooistra As you carry out your […]
The time for advocacy is now. The nonprofit sector will be adversely affected by many of the provisions in the tax reform bill currently working its way through Congress, but there is one provision in particular that is extremely concerning and where you have a chance to influence the outcome. Can you advocate? Yes, you can!! We know that many nonprofits are uncertain about whether they can engage in activities like this. In this case, nonprofit boards, staff, and other supporters can make these calls because there is a provision for nonprofit organizations to lobby in cases of self-defense for the organization. Read […]
The House and Senate both passed separate versions of tax reform. The difference between the bills must be negotiated through a conference committee made up of a dozen or more Representatives and Senators who will be named soon. We write asking for your help in convincing all in Congress, and particularly the “tax conferees,” to preserve nonprofit nonpartisanship and to reject any changes to the Johnson Amendment. Each bill contains multiple provisions that would harm the ability of charitable nonprofits to advance our missions. The most damaging is Section 5201 of the House-passed bill; it would radically change the longstanding, […]