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Black, Indigenous, People of Color Executive Directors Emergency Meeting

Washington Nonprofits is pleased to provide administrative support for gatherings by and for Executive Directors who are Black, Indigenous, and/or People of Color. This first gathering is being called on an emergency basis by Andrea Caupain, Victoria Santos, Ananda Valenzuela, and Jodi Nishioka. Dear fellow executive directors of color, We are calling for an emergency meeting of BIPOC EDs in Washington State, taking place virtually on 6/18 from 3-5 pm. As society grapples with a racist police system and pervasive white supremacy that continue to harm and kill Black people even while Covid-19 disproportionately affects BIPOC communities, we EDs of […]

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Staying Sane During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Covid-19 continues to profoundly alter our world as we seek to cope with it…. we are all in the midst of it and cannot see its boundaries. No one is outside this trauma. So how can we hold ourselves, our organizations, and our communities together? We can learn from some principles that come from understanding organizational trauma and recovery.
1. Contain the experience and create safety and stability.
2. Understand that what you and others are feeling is normal.
3. Accept that with no road map we will make mistakes.
4. Share experiences and feelings with each other.
5. Collectively make meaning from those experiences.
6. Identify pockets of resilience in your organization.
7. Celebrate unity, caring for each other, and coming together. […]

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TrendWatch: Transfer of Wealth Study from Innovia Foundation

To counter the narrative of scarcity in rural communities, Innovia Foundation commissioned a transfer of wealth study in June 2019. Innovia serves the 10 counties of Eastern Washington and 10 counties of North Idaho. They collaborated with Locus Impact Investing to better understand the way that wealth is held in the foundation’s 20-county service area. The study produced conservative estimates about the amount of wealth that will transfer from one generation to the next in the coming decade. […]

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Member Spotlight: Girl Scouts of Eastern Washington and Northern Idaho – Membership in a Time of Civic Decline

Let’s talk about membership. Membership organizations, like churches, fraternities, and other civic clubs, have seen decreases in member numbers over the last three decades. Research points to technology, mass media, changing family structure, and urban sprawl to explain this decline. Whatever the reason, only a quarter of Americans volunteered in 2015 and membership organizations are suffering as a result.  Brian Newberry, CEO of the Girl Scouts of Eastern Washington and Northern Idaho (GSEWNI), talks about how they are dealing with membership in the time of civic decline. Traditionally the Girl Scouts require participation from the whole family. This level of […]

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A Match Made in Heaven: In-Person Event, Meet Virtual Online World

Marrying your offline world with your online presence can be a challenge, but when you do it effectively, it creates a powerful and compelling union that can boost your fundraising, widen your reach, grow awareness and even help you pull off events without a hitch. In fact, leveraging digital marketing (along with important website tools) is one of the best ways to generate interest in your event, drive attendance and create awareness and connection during the event. If you’re going to spend the time, money and effort to host an event, doesn’t it make sense to maximize those things? With digital […]

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The “M” word

On October 26th, I experienced my first Washington Nonprofits Conference. I picked up a tremendous amount of knowledge and met some great professionals who are currently working to make the Pacific Northwest a better place. I would highly recommend checking out one of these workshops or conferences if you have the chance. I had an amazing opportunity to lead an open space conversation on millennials. To be honest, I was a little nervous to see how it would go. Being a millennial can be disheartening when you’re bombarded with negative stereotypes and misconceptions on a daily basis. If you go […]

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It’s Budget Season. Are You Accounting for the Right Things?

The Overhead Myth: The idea that you can reasonably evaluate a nonprofit’s performance and trustworthiness by only looking at how much they spend (or don’t spend) on overhead, including operating costs, administrative expenses and technology costs. No doubt you’ve heard about this, and like many good nonprofit leaders, have done your best to refute it. It’s dubbed a myth for good reason. Yet most nonprofits feel pressured to do as much as possible with as little as possible when it comes to running their organization. The Overhead Myth still exists, and donors still scrutinize nonprofits, wondering what percentage of their […]

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4 Best Practices for An Amazing Giving Tuesday

The end (of the fiscal year) is nigh; Giving Tuesday is upon us. Well, not quite. You still have some time to make a great plan for the nationwide giving bonanza that will take place on Tuesday, November 28. Planning a successful giving day isn’t rocket science – but it is a microcosm of many classic principles of fundraising, from online giving to events to capital campaigns. You probably already know all the reasons why you should invest in digital ads on social media platforms, pre-schedule your tweets, and solicit and leverage a matching gift for Giving Tuesday. But there […]

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Unemployment Insurance Options for Nonprofits

Nonprofits, like for profit businesses, pay unemployment taxes to provide funds for any employees who may lose their jobs. Nonprofits interested in independently reimbursing the state for unemployment claims have several alternatives and no one unemployment cost option is right for every 501(c)(3) nonprofit. Weighing the pros and cons of your unemployment tax alternatives can help you make an educated decision on the choice that best fits your organization. Unlike your for-profit counterparts, 501(c)(3) nonprofits have the unique opportunity, as allowed by Federal law, to opt out of the state unemployment tax system and become a direct reimbursing employer. This […]