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What does it take to keep our people safe and healthy?

May 14, 2019 Nancy Bacon

Be a part of our next toolkit development! Washington Nonprofits received a Safety and Health Investment Project grant from Washington State Labor & Industries. We want to make sure you have the information, tools, and connections you need to keep your people safe and healthy. We also want to make sure you are following the law. Can you take 5 minutes to complete this survey? Your answers will inform how we design the resources we produce. What can you expect from this project?  Nonprofit Needs Assessment related to Safety and Health. Let’s deepen our understanding of your needs and how […]

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What a day we had in Yakima!

May 13, 2019 Nancy Bacon

More than 275 people gathered in Yakima for the Central Washington Conference for the Greater Good on April 24, 2019. People came from Okanagan to Walla Walla counties, from Aberdeen to Spokane. They made their way to Yakima to learn, connect, and be inspired. Washington Nonprofits proudly partnered with Northwest Harvest and NPIP to create one conference at which a wide array of people with different interests could come together. Keynote speaker Akaya Windwood kicked off the day with a high impact session on leadership. As one attendee put it, she focused on making us human again, helping us to […]

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New Advocacy Toolkit Launch: Build a Movement (BAM!)

April 15, 2019 Nancy Bacon

Knowledge is power, and nonprofits certainly have a lot of knowledge. The trick is to get that knowledge to the people who need it to make good policy decisions. How can a nonprofit communicate what they know to policymakers? How can they use advocacy to grow their mission? Washington Nonprofits has launched a new resource to help nonprofits use policy to achieve their goals. Build a Movement: Tools to Use Public Policy to Achieve Your Nonprofit’s Mission uses the metaphor of a house to explain the ways to engage advocacy in the life of your organization. There is Everyday Advocacy, […]

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What Would It Take? Train the Trainer Continues

February 13, 2019 Nancy Bacon

I keep a creased and faded flip chart page on my wall. At the top it says, “What Could We Do? What Would It Take?” It comes from a November 2017 event at which we invited consultants and those who train to tell us how Washington can become a leader in nonprofit learning. This is what these participants shared: Require conference speakers to demonstrate best practice Provide a pipeline of learning experiences that teach best practice Empower and equip staff to deliver training  Homegrow (support local people to deliver local trainings) Offer peer circles or affinity groups to get at […]

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New e-book on how to design conferences

February 13, 2019 Nancy Bacon

Hot off the press: “Conferences That Make a Difference,” co-authored by Washington Nonprofits Associate Director, Nancy Bacon! Do you organize an annual conference? Are you looking to deepen the learning that happens at your conference? Want ideas on how to organize activities that help people take action on what they learn?  You are warmly invited to download this free e-book for ideas on how to design a conference that makes a difference. It was written for membership organizations or association staff interested in expanding the learning aspects of your annual conference. The e-book covers four elements of conference design: Strategy […]

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Go Deeper On Your Learning

January 15, 2019 Nancy Bacon

I think a lot about a metaphor my education professor used to talk about learning: A learning program is like a fence. A strong fence has posts that go deep enough to reach solid, stabilizing ground. Its rails are wide enough to efficiently cover a lot of ground. (Too shallow or too wide and the fence falls down. Too deep or too short, and you run out of resources!) Likewise, a strong learning program goes deep on “mission critical” topics and broad across other topics so people get just what they need to take action. Washington Nonprofits’ learning program is […]

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Calling All Great Ideas! Washington State Nonprofit Conference wants to hear from you.

January 15, 2019 Nancy Bacon

Do you have an idea that you want to share with other nonprofit leaders? Do you have experiences that you think other nonprofit people could learn from? The Washington State Nonprofit Conference is an idea laboratory where people come to share, test, hear, and get inspired by new and renewed ideas. One way to share ideas is through the workshop proposal process. That is happening now with a deadline of January 31, 2019. If you have an idea that you want to share in a workshop format, now’s your chance to let us know! The Washington State Nonprofit Conference is the only […]

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What’s New in 2019?

December 18, 2018 Nancy Bacon

Paid Family and Medical Leave In 2019, employers and employees in Washington will begin paying premiums for paid family and medical leave. Employer payments are mandatory for nonprofits with 50+ staff, and optional for smaller nonprofits. Starting Jan. 1, 2020, employees will be able to apply for Paid Family and Medical Leave benefits for qualifying events. Benefits will be available for most employees who work at least 820 hours in the qualifying period. Paid Family and Medical Leave will be a state-run insurance program that is funded by both employers and employees. Eligible employees are assured up to 12 weeks […]