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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 […]

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Central Washington Conference for the Greater Good

November 16, 2018 Nancy Bacon

The Central Washington Conference for the Greater Good creates the space in which nonprofit leaders and volunteers learn, connect, and get inspired. It brings together experts and colleagues from across the region, philanthropy, resource providers, and state agencies to ensure that nonprofits have what they need to succeed. Learn more on the conference website: centralwanonprofitconference.org              

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Effective Trainers Lead to Strong Nonprofits

November 16, 2018 Nancy Bacon

Strong nonprofits are vital to healthy communities. To stay strong, nonprofit leaders need opportunities to learn new skills and integrate new ideas into their daily practice. Those who teach nonprofit leaders need to be skilled instructors as much as content experts because nonprofits don’t have time or money to waste. This is why Washington Nonprofits launched last November its “Train the Trainer” initiative. Inspired by the idea that every nonprofit learning experience in Washington should be excellent and action-focused, Washington Nonprofits Associate Director Nancy Bacon works closely with two local adult learning experts, Guila Muir and Tracy Flynn, to provide […]

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Central Washington Conference for the Greater Good – April 24

November 15, 2018 Nancy Bacon

All roads lead to Yakima, Washington on April 24, 2019! The Central Washington Conference for the Greater Good is where nonprofit leaders, philanthropy, and others working in the public space come together to learn, connect, and imagine new solutions to opportunities and challenges within our communities. Now in its sixth year, this Conference represents a partnership between Washington Nonprofits, the Central Washington Nonprofit Network, the Yakima Valley Community Foundation and many others. Akaya Windwood will keynote the Conference, speaking on the topic, “People Matter.” Based in Oakland, California, she is a partner at WiseBridge, a global transformative advising, training and […]

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Washington State Nonprofit Conference

November 14, 2018 Nancy Bacon

The 2019 Washington State Nonprofit Conference will be celebrating its 25th anniversary, and, in looking back and learning forward, will give special attention to connecting the dots, across time, geography, and organizational focus.   Learn more on the conference website: wastatenonprofitconference.org          

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Courage to Solve Big Programs

November 9, 2018 Nancy Bacon

It takes courage for a community to address the big issues in front of it. It takes courage to reach out to someone you don’t know and ask if they would work with you. It takes courage to become vulnerable about the challenges holding you back. It takes courage to imagine a solution and step forward towards it without really knowing it will work. Courage was on full display at “Next Steps for Network Leadership” in Yakima on November 2, 2018. Fifty-nine leaders from across Central Washington came together to dive deeper in the idea of network leadership, first introduced […]