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

September 11, 2019 Laura Pierce

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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Applying an Equity Lens to Washington Nonprofits

April 15, 2019 Laura Pierce

The leadership of Washington Nonprofits cares deeply about racial equity and is working to embody our values better within our own organization and support efforts to create a more equitable nonprofit sector.   We recently engaged a consultant to conduct an equity audit of Washington Nonprofits, and our board and staff gathered last Friday to discuss the results.  I’d like to especially thank our partners who took the time to participate in the assessment by providing input via our consultant.  We are grateful for your generosity in helping us learn and grow. At our retreat, we discussed some of the ways […]

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Announcing More Amazing Workshops at Washington State Nonprofit Conference

April 15, 2019 Laura Pierce

We are pleased to announce our two curated tracks at the Washington State Nonprofit Conference.  This year, we’ll have a track on Strengthening Democracy and a series of Powerful Conversations in addition to all the other amazing offerings you have already heard about. A strong democracy depends on civic engagement and public service.  With participation in civic activities on the decline, nonprofits have a special role to play in developing leaders and encouraging all community members to lift their voices.  This year, we have a series of workshops highlighting our role in organizing our communities, giving them a voice in […]

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GiveBig 2019 Updates & Deadline

March 14, 2019 Laura Pierce

GiveBIG is now statewide and offers peer-to-peer campaigns (Register by March 29) GiveBig, a giving day campaign started by the Seattle Foundation has raised $113 million for 2000 King County nonprofits since 2011. This year the campaign is being run by our partner 501 Commons, and they have broadened the eligibility for participation.  Any tax-exempt organization (approved by the IRS) with a headquarters or a service location in Washington State can raise money through GiveBIG2019.  This includes global organizations headquartered in Washington State but providing services outside of the US. Also, tax-exempt organizations that are not 501c3 charitable organizations can […]

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2018 In Review

January 16, 2019 Laura Pierce

January is a time to look back and look ahead.  I’m committed to reflecting with you all, staying informed, and staying nimble to navigate what is ahead.  Here are a few trends to watch: The 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act is likely to affect charitable giving.  Among other changes, about 25% of middle-income taxpayers will lose the ability to itemize and deduct their charitable giving on their income taxes.  Since nonprofits receive up to 40% of their donations in December, we don’t yet know how big the impact will be.  In addition to watching how overall giving is affected, […]

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Partial Self-Insurance for Large Nonprofits

September 26, 2018 Laura Pierce

  We know you are concerned about insurance. As your state association, we’ve been looking for good options. Washington Nonprofits is proud to announce our partnership with Nonstop Administration and Insurance Services, Inc. Nonstop is a mission-driven benefit adviser that is changing the way healthcare is delivered to nonprofits in Washington with its partially self-insured health insurance program, Nonstop Wellness. Designed for nonprofits with more than 50 employees on health benefits, Nonstop Wellness provides access to a long-term healthcare solution that reduces annual premium spend while eliminating or reducing out-of-pocket expenses for employees. With Nonstop Wellness, nonprofits in Washington can […]

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A Compass to Guide Us

September 14, 2018 Laura Pierce

Strategic Washington Nonprofits is excited to unveil our new strategic plan. In the plan, you will recognize our three core program areas—learning, advocacy, and collaboration, as well as our commitment to build a strong organization to better serve nonprofits in Washington. Our plan was created using the SPiN process. We conducted stakeholder outreach via Laura’s Listening Tour last fall, and our board and staff were engaged in updating our mission, creating new vision and equity statements, and developing goals and objectives. As we recommend to others, we balanced our programmatic goals with goals that strengthen our organizational health. Our board […]

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Expanding our view of leadership

August 21, 2018 Laura Pierce

Over the past year, Washington Nonprofits has been working with a collaborative of capacity building organizations to improve access to quality leadership development opportunities for nonprofit and community leaders.  This Leadership Development Partnership has designed a “Learning Connections” searchable online catalog that will be hosted by 501 Commons and will launch in mid-September.  Washington Nonprofits coordinated an effort to hear the voices of some community leaders from underrepresented communities, and we have now published a report summarizing what we heard from 40 participants from across Washington.  Here are the key findings: Current leadership development programs are not reflective of the […]