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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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, […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


New Insurance Option for Nonprofits

June 12, 2018 Laura Pierce

A New Benefits & HR Management Option for Nonprofits  We hear from our members all the time that healthcare benefits for employees is a huge challenge. The costs are high and rising fast. Small nonprofits have few options and little buying power. With this in mind, Washington Nonprofits has been working to identify options for our members, and we have one new option that you might want to consider: outsourcing your human resources (HR) to a Professional Employer Organization (PEO). We learned of the PEO option when looking to set up benefits for our own staff. A PEO is a company […]


Thanks for contributing to the latest research on nonprofits!

June 5, 2018 Laura Pierce

We got a good response to our call to participate in the Nonprofit Finance Fund’s 2018 State of the Nonprofit Sector Survey—thanks to all those who took the time to fill out the online survey.  This is a national survey with nearly 3,400 respondents from all 50 states, including 236 Washington state nonprofits (about 7% of the total sample). The survey results are now available.  What can we learn from them?  Since we are your state association, here are a few highlights from the Washington data: Overall, the financial picture for nonprofits improved considerably from 2016 to 2017, and respondents […]


5 Reasons to Attend the Washington State Nonprofit Conference

May 2, 2018 Laura Pierce

Time is running out to register for the Washington State Nonprofit Conference on May 16! Over 500 nonprofit leaders are expected to attend, and we hope you can join us! Here are five reasons to register now. New connections. With over 500 attendees, 40 exhibitors, and dozens of speakers, there are ample opportunities for you to expand your network and forge new partnerships to move forward your career and organization. Nonprofit staff, funders, civic leaders, and government representatives from all across the country will all be in attendance; take this opportunity to meet new people, connect with old friends, and […]