As the state association for all nonprofits, Washington Nonprofits makes sure nonprofits have what they need to succeed through learning, advocacy, and collaboration.
We envision a strong, united nonprofit sector that is a valued partner in creating thriving communities across Washington.
Why a State Association?
Our communities rely on nonprofits. From education, to eldercare, to economic development, to the environment; our communities thrive when we pay attention to the delivery of human services, rights and civic engagement, as well as culture and the arts. Nonprofits deliver on these values. When nonprofits work in collaboration with other nonprofits, government agencies, the private sector, and citizens, our communities are healthier and more resilient.
What We Do
Washington Nonprofits helps nonprofits learn what they need to know to achieve their mission. We increase their influence with policymakers and philanthropy so they have a place at the table when decisions are made. We connect nonprofits to people and resources so they can focus on getting the job done.
Washington Nonprofits delivers on our mission through three main, integrated initiatives: learning programs, public policy, and engagement. Many of our state’s most effective nonprofits are members of Washington Nonprofits. Together, we make sure nonprofits have what they need to succeed.
Washington Nonprofits is a proud member of the National Council of Nonprofits.
Washington Nonprofits was founded in 2010 by a dedicated board working in partnership with philanthropy. Together, these leaders recognized the importance of having an association watching the backs of nonprofits of all sizes across the state during a time of economic change. Washington Nonprofits continues to be inspired by our belief that nonprofits represent our democracy in action as people come together to make a difference. We are inspired by our values to be generous, connective, and transformative.
Commitment to Equity
As part of our commitment to revolutionize nonprofits’ place in our state and world, Washington Nonprofits is committed to be a champion and a leader in the quest for diversity, equity, and inclusion in the nonprofit sector. For us, this means using a diversity, equity, and inclusion lens in all the work we do, including looking at ourselves as a nonprofit. We know this means constant learning. If we err, we ask for grace and further discussion, so we can hold ourselves accountable to communities of color, rural communities and others who have been marginalized, and can continue learning and being challenged. We welcome the greater discussion, so we can make the strongest decisions for the issues that affect our membership and become a leader in learning and supporting diversity, equity, and inclusion for our state’s nonprofit organizations.