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School’s Out Washington (SOWA): Nonprofit Umbrella Distributed State Funds in a way that Worked for Nonprofits

School’s Out Washington (SOWA), an organization dedicated to strengthening community systems that support quality expanded learning programs for Washington’s children and youth, is another nonprofit organization that successfully partnered with state government to distribute CARES Act funding through the Washington Youth Development Nonprofit Relief Fund (WYDNRF). Through their partnership with the Washington State Department of Commerce, SOWA awarded a total of $9.4 million in fall 2020 and an additional $4.8 million in spring 2021 to grassroots organizations around the state that directly support Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) youth, youth in poverty, and other priority youth populations. Katya Miltimore, […]

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Yakima Valley Community Foundation: Partnership with Yakima County Ensured that Vital Funding Stayed in the Local Community

Washington Nonprofits recently had the opportunity to connect with Sharon Miracle, President and CEO of the Yakima Valley Community Foundation. Sharon shared their success story of assisting Yakima County in allocating CARES Act funding to nonprofits in the Yakima Valley. Sharon told us that, Yakima County was just one week away from their spending deadline and had $3 million dollars left to spend. She said they had no idea how to work with the local nonprofit sector. In just seven days spanning the Thanksgiving weekend, the Yakima Valley Community Foundation was able to establish an agreement with the county, connect […]

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July 2021 Connector

Welcome to the July 2021 Connector – the Washington Nonprofits monthly newsletter. In this edition: The New Washington Nonprofits Slack Community is Here You’re Invited: Collective Community Engagement Event We’re Hiring Health Insurance Options for Small Nonprofits Taking on Nonprofit HR Challenges  Sum-sum-summertime Reading Read the full July 2021 Connector here!

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Health Insurance Options for Small Nonprofits

Q: We have fewer than 5 employees. How can we provide health insurance benefits for them? A: Many of us have health on our minds. The health insurance market is confusing, so I asked three experts for their advice: Ron SchmidAccount Executive – Employee BenefitsConover Insurance Chris FountasVice President of Client ServicesNonstop Administration and Insurance Services, Inc. Robert RicciardelliRegional HR ConsultantTriNet With pressure on nonprofit staff higher than ever, conscientious organizations are looking for better ways to care for their people. Chris Fountas of Nonstop points out that employer-sponsored health insurance benefits boost recruitment, healthy organizational culture, and employee retention. […]

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2021 Summer Reading Picks

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: The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics by Daniel James Brown This book shows the true grit and determination of the human spirit. Through the power and beauty of sport, these nine men from all different walks of life overcame their challenges and differences to create a bond that goes past their team and is woven into their lives […]

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Channel Your Interests in Slack

It’s here! The Washington Nonprofits Slack Community is a space for people who work, volunteer, and consult with nonprofits in Washington state to connect, collaborate, and strengthen the sector. This communication platform allows for conversations, sharing of relevant information, and brainstorming solutions. Let’s take a closer look at channels you can join. Channels are a way to organize topics and conversations into dedicated spaces.  We can join or leave channels based on our interest and it’s easier to find information on a particular topic later. In fact, Slack stands for “Searchable Log of All Communication and Knowledge.” Currently, we have […]

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Washington State Reopens

On June 30, Governor Inslee announced the economic reopening of Washington state.  As most businesses return to pre-pandemic capacity and operations, each nonprofit organization will need to make decisions about how to reopen and what if any restrictions to keep in place to ensure safety for employees, clients, and customers. Reopening does not mean that employers no longer have responsibility for following state safety guidelines related to COVID-19. The Washington State Department of Labor & Industries has issued excellent updated summary guidance in its L&I Requirements and Guidance for Preventing COVID-19.  Here are a few highlights that pertain to many […]

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June 2021 Connector

              Welcome to your June 2021 Connector – the Washington Nonprofits monthly e-newsletter. In this edition: Adventures in Compensation Learning Log – The Ethical Rainmaker Podcast Nonprofit Slack Community Nonprofit FAQ: E-Filing IRS Form 990 Communicating with Pronouns and more! Click HERE to read the full June 2021 Connector.  

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GiveBIG Demonstrates the Benefits of Shifting to Online Giving and Virtual Events

Online giving advances equity and diversity In Washington, GiveBIG now reaches donors across the state, with nearly a third of the donors and 25% of the participating nonprofits outside King County.  This year GiveBIG raised $17.6 million in online donations, DAF/IRA donations, nonprofits’ matching funds, sponsorships, in-kind media contributions, and employer matching gifts. Nearly 72,000 donations were made to 1,644 nonprofits in Washington.  The jump to virtual events and online giving during COVID will yield long-term fundraising benefits. Online giving promotes equitable access to funding and reaches more diverse donors.  Online giving and peer-to-peer fundraising are a boon to rural […]

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E-Filing IRS Form 990

Q: Help! It’s tax season and our nonprofit is e-filing with the IRS for the first time. What do we do? A: Thanks to the pandemic, many nonprofits have filed for an extension to complete their 990s for 2020.* Most nonprofits are now required to file their 990 annual tax form electronically (for fiscal years ending after July 2020). If you mailed in a paper form last year, you likely received a letter from the IRS informing you of this change. Small organizations may file the 990-EZ or the Form 990-N, Electronic Notice (also known as the Postcard). 990-EZ filers […]