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New Federal Overtime Pay Rules Beginning January 1, 2020

The U.S. Department of Labor released its new overtime pay threshold that takes effect January 1, 2020. The new salary threshold is raised to $684 per week/ $35,568 per year. What This Means: Employees earning less than the threshold must be paid time and a half overtime pay for each hour worked beyond 40 hours in a week. This change applies to all employers beginning January 1, 2020, regardless of size or field of service. How to Comply: Review the Department of Labor’s webpage about the new threshold. The website contains fact sheets, FAQ, and a compliance guide for small […]

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KING5 News Features Washington Nonprofits

On September 16, 2019, Washington Nonprofits’ Associate Director Nancy Bacon spoke on New Day Northwest about strategies for starting, running, and supporting nonprofits. Over four minutes, the interview covers what to think about in starting a nonprofit, what to consider when donating to a nonprofit, and how to consider nonprofits through the upcoming election season. Click on the image to watch the interview.    

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Member Spotlight: Community Enrichment for Klickitat County – Strength in Fiscal Sponsorship

Fiscal sponsorship is a process where a number of worthy community projects can exist under a single nonprofit umbrella, removing the pressure to found and maintain an independent nonprofit in order to do good work in the community. This strategy can be especially effective in rural areas. Community Enrichment for Klickitat County (CEKC, pronounced “Seek”) was formed by a group of local leaders who came together during the Horizons leadership program of WSU Extension from 2006-2008. Horizons was a two-year deep dive into community leadership that trained new leaders and surfaced community assets and goals in nine high-poverty communities in […]

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What does Action Learning have to do with DEI?

by Aparna Rae and Jessica Walker Beaumont, Partners – Moving Beyond Diversity, inclusion, belonging, and at times equity, have been hot topics across both the private and social sectors. Alongside the rise of DEI as a field, we’ve seen a growing number of public scandals at big names in the private sector such as Uber, Microsoft, and in philanthropy. Despite the surge in conversation and budgets being allocated to training, unrepresented groups continue to feel marginalized, and bias at work undermines the ability of people of color to rise into leadership roles. In the private sector, a continued lack of […]

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Equity and Your Nonprofit

Spokane series offered in conjunction with Ijeoma Oluo presentation By Gabriel Cruden, Program Manager – Eastern Region In her bestselling book So You Want to Talk About Race, Ijeoma Oluo describes racism as, “a prejudice against someone based on race, when those prejudices are reinforced by systems of power.” In the nonprofit sector we are constantly navigating systems of power in order to gain and direct resources to meet acute needs in our communities. The better we can understand these systems, the better we can address issues of inequity and injustice and change the systems that maintain them. With the […]

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Five Tips to Help You Prepare for Your Nonprofit’s Accounting Year End

Guest post by Julleen Snyder, Partner, Jacobson Jarvis For the past five years, we have partnered with Jacobson Jarvis to help board members learn what they need to know about nonprofit finance. As you can see in this guest post, Jacobson Jarvis connects you with practical information and tools so you can focus on your mission. Join Washington Nonprofits and Jacobson Jarvis for Finance Unlocked for Nonprofits online on October 30 or in person on October 1 in Everett or October 31 in Bellevue. Our Quickbooks class will run in Seattle on December 5 and online on December 10-12. When […]

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New law prohibits asking about a job applicant’s salary history

As of July 28, 2019, there is a Washington State law that affects all nonprofits with employees. Governor Jay Inslee signed a new law that prohibits employers from asking job applicants about their salary history until after a job offer with a salary or wage has been made. Additionally, employers with 15 or more employees must provide external and internal applicants for jobs with a specific wage or salary upon request. Make sure your nonprofit does not ask applicants about salary history, as it is now illegal. Why this Law Matters: This law is an important step to closing the gender pay gap. […]