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Member Spotlight: The Wishing Star Foundation – Mission Meets World (and baby goats)

June 12, 2018 Julia Hunter

How did baby goats get involved with the oldest wish granting organization in Washington State? Dan Curley, Executive Director of the Wishing Star Foundation, tells the story of how baby goats raised almost $40,000 for the foundation with the help of 110 volunteers. His advice to nonprofits: bring in the community as much as humanly possible. The Wishing Star Foundation grants wishes for children with life threatening illnesses through the help of volunteers, donors, businesses, and the joyfully given support of the local community. Curley explains how inviting the public in as participants of your work, with real investment in […]

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New Insurance Option for Nonprofits

June 12, 2018 Laura Pierce

A New Benefits & HR Management Option for Nonprofits  We hear from our members all the time that healthcare benefits for employees is a huge challenge. The costs are high and rising fast. Small nonprofits have few options and little buying power. With this in mind, Washington Nonprofits has been working to identify options for our members, and we have one new option that you might want to consider: outsourcing your human resources (HR) to a Professional Employer Organization (PEO). We learned of the PEO option when looking to set up benefits for our own staff. A PEO is a company […]

Policy Updates

June Public Policy Update: What’s Happening on Capitol Hill?

June 12, 2018 David Streeter

Below is a brief summary of state and federal public policy issues impacting nonprofit organizations. Please share with us any thoughts you may have and keep us apprised of the advocacy that your organization is conducting to advance its mission. We would love to hear from you this summer and help you in your advocacy work! WA Plans Changes to Overtime Pay Rules: Share Your Nonprofit’s Perspective The Washington State Department of Labor and Industries is working on an update to the state’s Minimum Wage Act’s overtime regulations. The intent of the proposed update is to raise the exemption threshold […]

Action Alerts

Action Alert: Defend Nonpartisanship Today

June 12, 2018 David Streeter

One June 13th, the House Appropriations Committeewill take up a bill with the harmful anti-Johnson Amendment rider. Section 112 of the Financial Services and General Government FY2019 spending bill would effectively block enforcement of the Johnson Amendment against “churches” and their auxiliaries – even when they engage in egregious, partisan activities. The rider offers no reductions or lessening of the restrictions on enforcement against secular organizations and leaders, thus creating a framework that explicitly encourages discriminatory enforcement of the law. All 501(c)(3) organizations should recognize that weakening the protections of the Johnson Amendment for any of us weakens it for all of […]

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Heard on the Hill: The Latest on Our Federal Issues

June 12, 2018 David Streeter

Washington Nonprofits’ Director of Public Policy and Advocacy David Streeter recently visited Capitol Hill to meet with our state’s congressional delegation about the key issues impacting nonprofit organizations. The issues David discussed, and what he learned are below. Click hereto view a one page summary of the issues as well as Washington Nonprofits’ asks to congressional offices. Charitable Giving The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act doubled the standard deduction and altered the estate tax, which research projects will decrease charitable giving. It is estimated by the U.S. Congress Joint Economic Committee Democrats that the new law places approximately $285 million […]

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Nonprofits to Newhouse, Herrera Beutler, Kilmer: Stand with Nonprofits, WA Legislature Against Dark Money in Politics

June 12, 2018 David Streeter

Click here to download this press release as a pdf. SEATTLE, WA- Washington Nonprofits, Washington State’s nonprofit association, called on U.S. Representatives Dan Newhouse, Jaime Herrera Beutler, and Derek Kilmer to protect charitable nonprofits, houses of worship, and foundations by removing language at section 112 of the Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Bill that would harm the integrity of nonprofits serving throughout Washington by permitting tens of millions of dollars in suddenly tax-deductible dark money to flood through houses of worship to influence elections and all levels of government. This provision would weaken enforcement of the longstanding Johnson Amendment, […]

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Starting a Nonprofit: New toolkit available!

June 6, 2018 Nancy Bacon

There are 1.5 million nonprofits in the United States. Washington typically sees 4,000 new nonprofits formed each year. How do we make sure people have what they need to think about the difference they want to make and the structure best suited to moving forward?  With support from the Office of the Secretary of State, Washington Nonprofits worked with 501 Commons and Wayfind to produce a new toolkit for people wanting to turn an idea into an organization. To download the free toolkit, visit Starting a Nonprofit on the Washington Nonprofit Institute. There’s also an interactive graphic to find what you need […]

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Effective trainers: a key element to building a strong nonprofit sector

June 6, 2018 Nancy Bacon

“Thank you! These workshops gave me so much useful information, tangible information to use!” You need to know a lot to run a nonprofit organization. You need a well-honed set of skills and tools designed to help you take action. You need to know that every training you go to will be excellent and action-focused. In three sessions between April and May, 68 consultants and in-house trainers from both nonprofits and government agencies participated in the inaugural “Train the Trainer” series offered by Washington Nonprofits in partnership with Guila Muir and Tracy Flynn. They learned how to construct an effective workshop, […]

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Network Leadership: Conversations across Central Washington

June 5, 2018 Nancy Bacon

“Thank you for your commitment to helping facilitate the conversations and building the momentum as we move forward!  The thought of what could come from this has renewed my energy.”      – Nonprofit leader in Ellensburg Ultimately the success of a conference is measured by whether anything is different a month or more later. One month after the Central Washington Conference for the Greater Good, small groups of nonprofit leaders met in Wenatchee, Ellensburg, Yakima and Kennewick (and by phone) to continue the conversation on network leadershipstarted at the conference by Jane Wei-Skillern and Marty Kooistra These groups wanted […]