Member Spotlight: Bellingham Bay Community Boating Center – Capsizing Assumptions and Removing Barriers

October 17, 2018 Julia Hunter

   This summer the Bellingham Bay Community Boating Center challenged the status quo of how they offer services and risked disrupting their revenue stream. And it was a huge success. Their Free Tuesday Night Paddle Series offered a no-cost, one-hour paddle on Bellingham Bay. They decided to remove financial barriers to outdoor recreation and wanted to see who would come if they offered access to paddling for free. They were amazed to see more than 1,500 people who came for family-friendly, safe experience on the water, expanding the Boating Center’s understanding of the community they serve. What made the Free […]

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October Public Policy Update: Opportunities to Comment on Overtime Pay and Public Charge Criteria

October 16, 2018 David Streeter

With the election just weeks away, there is plenty of action on the public policy front for your organization to consider. Read on to learn more. Index (Scroll Down for the Items) November 14 Public Policy Advisory Call Washington State Overtime Pay Rule Making Federal Public Charge Rule Making Election 2018 Resources Advocacy Tip: Why and How to Comment on Proposed Federal Regulations 2018 Re-Wire Public Policy Conference Registration Discount November 14 Public Policy Advisory Call Washington Nonprofits will be hosting its next Public Policy Advisory Call on November 14, 2018. During the call, we will be discussing key issues […]

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Trump Administration Posts Public Charge Proposal: Comment Before Dec. 10

October 15, 2018 David Streeter

The Trump Administration officially posted its proposed “public charge” rule for public comments. If your nonprofit serves immigrants and/or their families, then this policy issue matters to you. Read on to learn more and how to comment.  Under current laws, certain immigrants are deemed a “public charge” only if they meet a very narrow set of criteria. This allows many non-citizen individuals — and their citizen children and/or relatives — to use support services without jeopardizing their immigration status.  However, the Trump Administration is proposing to expand the “public charge” criteria to include key programs that touch many facets of nonprofit work. The […]


Webinars designed for learning

October 11, 2018 Nancy Bacon

If you recently joined Washington Nonprofits webinar, you may have noticed a difference in our emails. Every summer, the Washington Nonprofits learning team takes stock of the past year. We reflect on what we learned and imagine solutions to chronic challenges. Always working to deepen the transfer of learning to action within our programs, we think about what more we can do to support the implementation of the ideas we share in our webinars. This summer, we asked ourselves four questions: How can we increase the open rates of emails related to webinars? How can we increase the attendance at […]

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Overtime Pay Draft Rules Released: Comment By October 26th

October 8, 2018 David Streeter

Washington State’s Department of Labor and Industries is engaged in rulemaking intended to expand overtime pay to workers in our state. This afternoon, the department issued its pre-draft overtime pay rules, which are available for review and comment here. Two key items in the draft include: The current draft lists a salary range pegged at 1.5x-3x Washington State’s minimum wage ($37,440 per year-$74,880 per year) as the salary exemption threshold. The Department wants input from employers as to what the salary exemption threshold should be, so be sure to analyze what the different salary levels would mean for your organization. The Department […]

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Overtime Pay Comment Sessions Coming to a City Near You

October 1, 2018 David Streeter

As you may know, Washington State’s Department of Labor and Industries is engaged in rulemaking that will likely expand overtime pay to workers in our state. As part of the rulemaking process the Department will be holding public feedback sessions throughout the state. If a session is coming to your area, mark you calendar. It is important for the Department to hear nonprofit voices and concerns during this phase of the rulemaking so that the final rules are workable for nonprofits. Because of this, we recommend that a representative from your organization participate and share your organization’s views on the pre-draft […]