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Member Spotlight: Washington State CAP – The Beginning of Our Boldness

July 17, 2018 Julia Hunter

Have you recently asked a policy maker for something that would make a positive difference in your community? The Washington State Community Action Partnership (WSCAP) did just that when they decided to be bold in advocating for a rural home rehabilitation fund. In return they were granted millions of dollars and Senate Bill 5647 received incredible bi-partisan support. Merritt Mount, Executive Director of WSCAP, explains how historically their organization had flown under the radar in the advocacy arena. Community Action Agencies, which make up the partnership’s network, work to reduce poverty and provide emergency services. Like many nonprofits, they were […]

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Member Spotlight: The Wishing Star Foundation – Mission Meets World (and baby goats)

June 12, 2018 Julia Hunter

How did baby goats get involved with the oldest wish granting organization in Washington State? Dan Curley, Executive Director of the Wishing Star Foundation, tells the story of how baby goats raised almost $40,000 for the foundation with the help of 110 volunteers. His advice to nonprofits: bring in the community as much as humanly possible. The Wishing Star Foundation grants wishes for children with life threatening illnesses through the help of volunteers, donors, businesses, and the joyfully given support of the local community. Curley explains how inviting the public in as participants of your work, with real investment in […]

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Watch for Fraudulent Letter: Announcement from WA Secretary of State

May 24, 2018 Julia Hunter

Nonprofits Beware: misleading letter calls for annual registration renewals Secretary of State Kim Wyman is cautioning Washington business owners to be aware of a misleading and potentially fraudulent mailing that purports to be an official bill related to business registration requirements. Unfortunately, nonprofits are also targets of this phishing scheme and we caution all nonprofits to be on the look out for this letter.  “We’re working with the Attorney General’s Office – the agency that investigates and prosecutes consumer fraud – to see if further action should be taken to protect businesses in Washington,” said Wyman, whose office includes the […]

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Member Spotlight: KXRW – Conquering Adversity with Community Support

April 18, 2018 Julia Hunter

What happens when a nonprofit is challenged by a much larger corporation? How can an independent, community-funded organization compete with an established for-profit business with more resources? You rally your community, establish strong partnerships, and keep your mission at the center. This happened to KXRW, an independent, volunteer-based, values-driven, community-supported radio station in Vancouver, WA. Susan Galaviz (founder, president, and program manager of KXRW) shares their success story. KXRW was already on-air, excited to celebrate their first birthday, when they got word Bustos Media was awarded an FCC Construction Permit to build a translator in the Portland area on the […]

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Member Spotlight: NPIP – Taking care of nonprofits by creating stability

March 15, 2018 Julia Hunter

Nonprofits need insurance to protect their people and assets. The Non Profit Insurance Program (NPIP) has been expanding access to insurance in Washington State for over a decade. Sarah McDonnell, Director of NPIP, is excited to share a new service offered through NPIP’s administrator, Clear Risk Solutions: low cost Director’s and Officer’s (D&O) Insurance for small nonprofits. NPIP, through its administrator Clear Risk Solutions, has partnered with a carrier that can provide low cost D&O coverage. Contact your local agent or Vanessa Brown at Clear Risk Solutions’ Underwriting Department at 800-407-2027 or submissions@chooseclear.com to get your quote today. NPIP’s Origins and […]

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Member Spotlight: Blue Mountain Humane Society – How collaboration can strengthen a community

February 14, 2018 Julia Hunter

For the Blue Mountain Humane Society, an animal shelter is the “happiest place on earth.” It’s where pets and owners are reunited and meet for the first time. Executive Director Sara Archer explains, “It is such a place of hope and possibility.” How did this one nonprofit turn what for many is a sad “pound” holding lost animals, into a place of love and connection? Sara Archer recounts how revamping their mission statement and then focusing on an articulated vision helped her to clearly and boldly engage with the community. Her organization loves to collaborate with nonprofits in their Walla […]

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Take a survey so we know more about your needs

January 22, 2018 Julia Hunter

  Join us in taking and promoting the State of the Nonprofit Sector survey, conducted by the Nonprofit Finance Fund. The survey is the largest national sampling of nonprofit organizations and the data collected outline the overall health and challenges for the nonprofit community. The survey is a powerful platform for nonprofits large and small, urban and rural, across sub-sectors and geographies, and its findings are widely used and cited by nonprofit leaders and boards, funders, advocates, policy advisors, media, researchers, and many others. The survey closes on February 21. Make sure your voice is counted by taking a few […]

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Member Spotlight: NAMI Yakima – Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion on a Nonprofit Board

January 16, 2018 Julia Hunter

Why work for greater diversity, equity, and inclusion on a nonprofit board? What are the benefits? NAMI Yakima can answer that. With their transformed board, community relationship improved, leadership stabilized, and programming became more strategic. Mary Stephenson, President of NAMI Yakima’s board, tells the story. After a losing their paid staff and experiencing a time of relative instability, NAMI Yakima decided to firmly define themselves as mission focused. Mary, new to the board herself, attended Washington Nonprofits’ legal, finance, and board leadership webinars to get the organization to a healthy place. With help from regular volunteers, NAMI Yakima stabilized their […]

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Member Spotlight: Treehouse, Setting a BHAG and Achieving It

December 13, 2017 Julia Hunter

We didn’t know how we would do it, we didn’t know how we would fund it, but we knew it was our responsibility. This is a story about a Big Hairy Audacious Goal (BHAG) and a dramatic improvement of high school graduation rates for youth in foster care. Treehouse, a King County nonprofit serving youth in foster care since 1988, recently revolutionized how they serve their community by enacting some bold innovations, resulting in this substantial impact. Jessica Ross, Chief Development Officer at Treehouse, explains how it all began. “Like most big projects, it started with a crisis.” In 2011 […]

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Member Spotlight: Homes First Talks about Board Development

November 14, 2017 Julia Hunter

“Community members, through nonprofits, do what needs to be done to make their community a better place.” Trudy Soucoup joined Homes First as the Executive Director six years ago, and she quickly turned her attention to board development. Homes First owns their property and have paid professional staff, so they do not rely on their board as day-to-day volunteers. She went to work to move their board be more visionary and less hands-on. Board Success Story As a first step in board transformation, Trudy started onboarding new board members who would be a good fit with the direction the organization […]