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Comment on WA Overtime Pay Policy Options

July 30, 2018 David Streeter

Washington State’s Department of Labor and Industries is currently engaged in rulemaking to update our state’s overtime pay exemption threshold. The likely effect of this process is that more workers will be eligible for overtime pay, which will undoubtedly impact your nonprofit organization. Because of this, we strongly encourage your organization to join Washington Nonprofits in responding to the latest Draft Rule Concepts released by the Department before September 5th. Comments from Washington Nonprofits are available here. The full set of draft concepts is available here. It contains a menu of policy options for your organization to consider and comment […]

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New Liquor, Cannabis, Gambling and Events Toolkit!

July 30, 2018 Nancy Bacon

You are running an event in a community center and want to serve wine. Maybe you are planning a donor reception in a board member’s home and have champagne ready to pop open. Perhaps your local Scout Troop is holding a “Cow Pie Bingo,” and you need to know the rules. Announcing “Liquor, Cannabis, Gambling… and Your Fundraising Event,” a new toolkit available on the Washington Nonprofit Institute website. It was produced by Washington Nonprofits in partnership with Wayfind and the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board. With support from the Office of the Secretary of State, this resource was […]

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Member Spotlight: Washington State CAP – The Beginning of Our Boldness

July 17, 2018 Julia Hunter

Have you recently asked a policy maker for something that would make a positive difference in your community? The Washington State Community Action Partnership (WSCAP) did just that when they decided to be bold in advocating for a rural home rehabilitation fund. In return they were granted millions of dollars and Senate Bill 5647 received incredible bi-partisan support. Merritt Mount, Executive Director of WSCAP, explains how historically their organization had flown under the radar in the advocacy arena. Community Action Agencies, which make up the partnership’s network, work to reduce poverty and provide emergency services. Like many nonprofits, they were […]

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Opportunities for Action: July Public Policy Update

July 13, 2018 David Streeter

This summer is a busy one on the public policy front. Below is a brief summary of public policy developments and action opportunities for your nonprofit. Also, read on to view this month’s Advocacy Success Story from our friends at Spokane Neighborhood Partners. Take Action Now: Johnson Amendment Still Under Threat Anti-Johnson Amendment forces are at it again. This time, they’ve attached an anti-Johnson Amendment policy rider to the Financial Services and General Government Operations Bill slated for a vote in the House in the near future. Section 112 of the bill would effectively block enforcement of the Johnson Amendment […]

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Summer Reading Picks

July 10, 2018 Tom Lang

Get to know the Washington Nonprofits Board and Staff members by hearing what we’re reading this Summer. Maybe your next favorite book is on this list!   From the Washington Nonprofits Board: So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo is an exploration of the complexities of race, offering insights and knowledge that help us understand and talk about what’s going on. – Erick Seelbach, Board Member, Tacoma   I joined the board of Washington Nonprofits because I believe the nonprofit sector is under appreciated.  We need to do a better job of promoting and advocating for the work we […]

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WA Plans Changes to Overtime Pay Rules: Share Your Nonprofit’s Perspective

July 5, 2018 David Streeter

Washington State’s Department of Labor and Industries is currently engaged in rulemaking to update our state’s overtime pay exemption threshold. The likely effect of this process is that more workers will be eligible for overtime pay, which will undoubtedly impact your nonprofit organization. Because of this, we strongly encourage your organization to join Washington Nonprofits in responding to the Department’s scoping questions before the July 10th deadline. Click here to view Washington Nonprofits’ comments. The full set of questions is available here and posted below. Importantly, questions #3 and #8 warrant special attention because they ask what the new overtime pay exemption threshold should […]