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April Public Policy Update: New Tax for Employee Transit Benefits; Census 2020

April 18, 2018 David Streeter

With the Washington State Legislature adjourned until 2019, all eyes are now on the U.S. Congress as it works to close out the next few months before its summer recess. Below are key issues for your organization to be aware of: Comment to the IRS on New UBIT Charge for Employee Transit Benefits One result of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act passes by Congress is that employee transportation benefits are now considered as Unrelated Business Income that is subject to taxes paid by the nonprofit organization or the employee. As the National Council of Nonprofits illustrates: So, your nonprofit […]

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New Research Helps Us Improve Our Practice

April 18, 2018 Laura Pierce

As we strive to do our best work, there is so much to learn.  I encourage you to take time for learning and reflection this month, and I’d like to share some new research that is available to aid our learning and advance our work. A National Imperative: Joining Forces to Strengthen Human Services in America outlines the importance and social impact of human services community-based organizations.  This report affirms the value of human services, cautions that many providers are financially tenuous and at risk due to a number of systemic issues, and speaks to the potential to shift the […]

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Member Spotlight: KXRW – Conquering Adversity with Community Support

April 18, 2018 Julia Hunter

What happens when a nonprofit is challenged by a much larger corporation? How can an independent, community-funded organization compete with an established for-profit business with more resources? You rally your community, establish strong partnerships, and keep your mission at the center. This happened to KXRW, an independent, volunteer-based, values-driven, community-supported radio station in Vancouver, WA. Susan Galaviz (founder, president, and program manager of KXRW) shares their success story. KXRW was already on-air, excited to celebrate their first birthday, when they got word Bustos Media was awarded an FCC Construction Permit to build a translator in the Portland area on the […]

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New toolkit: Liquor, Cannabis, Gambling… and Your Fundraising Event

April 16, 2018 Nancy Bacon

You are running an event in a community center and want to serve wine. Maybe you are planning a donor reception in a board member’s home and have champagne ready to pop open. Perhaps your local Scout Troop is holding a “Cow Pie Bingo,” and you need to know the rules. Announcing “Liquor, Cannabis, Gambling… and Your Fundraising Event,” a new toolkit produced by Washington Nonprofits in partnership with Wayfind and the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board! With support from the Office of the Secretary of State, this resource was designed to help you stay legal at your next […]

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Survey: Is Your Nonprofit Ready for a Disaster?

April 16, 2018 David Streeter

Below is a Message from the Survey Team The Pacific Northwest faces a number of natural hazards that can create disasters for our communities. These hazards include both common events such as, storms and flooding, as well as more rare events such as earthquakes and volcanic eruptions. The region’s nonprofit organizations are critical in supporting many communities today, and this need will continue after any disaster event. To learn more about the resilience of the nonprofit sector, researchers at Portland State University are surveying nonprofit organizations to understand the concerns, resources, and actions that they have taken to prepare for […]

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Oppose Census Citizenship Question

April 5, 2018 David Streeter

The 2020 Census is slated to include a potentially problematic question regarding respondents’ citizenship. We noted in our January letter to Congress that the citizenship question “creates unnecessary fear across the country among immigrant communities and will deeply limit participation by those communities,” which will lead to an undercount of already hard-to-count populations. If there is a depressed response to the 2020 Census, there will be serious ramifications for how federal resources are distributed to communities across Washington State for programs implemented by nonprofits or used by the people we serve. As our friends at Win/Win Network explain: “The importance of an accurate Census count cannot be […]

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Advocacy Update: Nonprofit Nonpartisanship Preserved in Federal Spending Bill

March 22, 2018 David Streeter

Last night, the House and Senate Appropriations Committees released their omnibus spending bill to keep the government funded for the remainder of the fiscal year, which ends September 30, 2018. Absent from the 2,200+ page spending bill is a provision that would have repealed or weakend the Johnson Amendment, the part of the Internal Revenue Code that requires tax-exempt 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations to be nonpartisan. This is a significant victory for nonprofit organizations. Your advocacy helped make the difference! Thank you to everyone who took action to preserve the Johnson Amendment. Your phone calls, emails, and tweets to Congress made […]

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Congress Threatening WA DISCLOSE Act with Johnson Amendment Repeal Effort

March 19, 2018 David Streeter

Click here to download the press release as a pdf. Want to take action? Click here to learn what you can do. SEATTLE, WA- Washington Nonprofits, Washington State’s nonprofit association, reacted today to Governor Inslee’s signing of the DISCLOSE Act. “The DISCLOSE ACT is designed to enhance transparency and accountability in our state’s elections and we look forward to partnering with state government to ensure that nonprofits know how to comply with the new law,” said Washington Nonprofits Executive Director Laura Pierce. “Ironically, certain congressional leaders are currently threatening these same principles through their ongoing effort to restrict or repeal […]

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March Public Policy Update: Johnson Amendment Under Threat; Legislative Session Recap

March 15, 2018 David Streeter

It’s only March, but there have been many state and federal public policy developments relevant to the nonprofit sector. Below are key issues for your nonprofit organization to be aware of: Johnson Amendment Under Threat as Congress Races Toward March 23rd Deadline The Capitol Hill newspaper POLITICO is reporting that an anti-Johnson Amendment rider is one of the last contentious policy issues still on the table in the congressional negotiations over an omnibus spending bill that must be enacted in the coming days to avoid a federal government shutdown. It is imperative that all people who cherish nonprofit nonpartisanship tell […]

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Member Spotlight: NPIP – Taking care of nonprofits by creating stability

March 15, 2018 Julia Hunter

Nonprofits need insurance to protect their people and assets. The Non Profit Insurance Program (NPIP) has been expanding access to insurance in Washington State for over a decade. Sarah McDonnell, Director of NPIP, is excited to share a new service offered through NPIP’s administrator, Clear Risk Solutions: low cost Director’s and Officer’s (D&O) Insurance for small nonprofits. NPIP, through its administrator Clear Risk Solutions, has partnered with a carrier that can provide low cost D&O coverage. Contact your local agent or Vanessa Brown at Clear Risk Solutions’ Underwriting Department at 800-407-2027 or submissions@chooseclear.com to get your quote today. NPIP’s Origins and […]