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What does Action Learning have to do with DEI?

September 10, 2019 Nancy Bacon

by Aparna Rae and Jessica Walker Beaumont, Partners – Moving Beyond Diversity, inclusion, belonging, and at times equity, have been hot topics across both the private and social sectors. Alongside the rise of DEI as a field, we’ve seen a growing number of public scandals at big names in the private sector such as Uber, Microsoft, and in philanthropy. Despite the surge in conversation and budgets being allocated to training, unrepresented groups continue to feel marginalized, and bias at work undermines the ability of people of color to rise into leadership roles. In the private sector, a continued lack of […]

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Equity and Your Nonprofit

September 10, 2019 Nancy Bacon

Spokane series offered in conjunction with Ijeoma Oluo presentation By Gabriel Cruden, Program Manager – Eastern Region In her bestselling book So You Want to Talk About Race, Ijeoma Oluo describes racism as, “a prejudice against someone based on race, when those prejudices are reinforced by systems of power.” In the nonprofit sector we are constantly navigating systems of power in order to gain and direct resources to meet acute needs in our communities. The better we can understand these systems, the better we can address issues of inequity and injustice and change the systems that maintain them. With the […]

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Five Tips to Help You Prepare for Your Nonprofit’s Accounting Year End

September 6, 2019 Nancy Bacon

Guest post by Julleen Snyder, Partner, Jacobson Jarvis For the past five years, we have partnered with Jacobson Jarvis to help board members learn what they need to know about nonprofit finance. As you can see in this guest post, Jacobson Jarvis connects you with practical information and tools so you can focus on your mission. Join Washington Nonprofits and Jacobson Jarvis for Finance Unlocked for Nonprofits online on October 30 or in person on October 1 in Everett or October 31 in Bellevue. Our Quickbooks class will run in Seattle on December 5 and online on December 10-12. When […]

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New Nonprofit Network in northeast Washington!

August 14, 2019 Nancy Bacon

Nonprofit staff, board members, and volunteers in the northeast corner of the state were eager to learn more and to collaborate locally after attending a training in the spring, led by Nancy Bacon, Washington Nonprofits Associate Director. In response, Washington Nonprofits is convening the first in a series of network meetings for the region, starting Sept. 10 in Newport, Washington. “For this kick-off network meeting, we will do an exercise to identify some of the more acute needs that nonprofits in the region currently have,” said Gabriel Cruden, eastern region program manager for Washington Nonprofits. “This will help inform future […]

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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? […]

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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 […]