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Call Outs in the Nonprofit Sector

At this point, I am just beginning to discern a pattern and seek to understand it. Are these small uprisings a positive development that will lead to needed change in our sector, or divisive and counter-productive campaigns that sap organizations’ energy and detract from our ability to meet our missions? How do we reduce nonprofits’ vulnerability and increase our capability to address and resolve conflicts before they get to a boiling point? How do we find a restorative justice approach to these challenges so that we are calling people in and making meaningful change, not splintering our communities of common […]

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Vaccine Distribution will Include Homeless, Shelter Workers & Volunteers Supporting Homeless

Governor Inslee recently expanded who can get vaccinated starting March 31st. In addition to the groups listed on the graphic, direct service providers in homeless and domestic violence shelters will also be eligible.  This is something that Washington Nonprofits, along with many other community partners, advocated for through the Washington State Vaccine Implementation Collaborative.  According to the Washington State Department of Health, staff and volunteers who work at homeless and domestic violence shelters are eligible in Phase 1b, Tier 2 as first responders if: Their work responsibilities are similar to those of an eligible social worker, are essential to the public […]

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Washington Nonprofits Statement Regarding Anti-Asian Violence

Washington Nonprofits stands in solidarity with our Asian American colleagues, friends, family, and neighbors. While Asian Americans have faced racism throughout our nation’s history, the rise in anti-Asian violence in Washington and nation-wide is clear, and the racist and misogynist murders in Atlanta on March 16th are a stark and horrifying example. We know that when a hate crime like this happens, it impacts others in the targeted group in many ways, undermining their sense of safety and triggering memories of past harassment and discrimination. Washington Nonprofits denounces white supremacy and acts of terrorism that continue to fuel discrimination and violence […]

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Another Appeal to Consider a PPP Loan for Your Nonprofit

PPP Loans for Nonprofits Nonprofits are not taking advantage of PPP loans in large numbers. Why? We know the following factors might be causing some nonprofits not to apply, and here are our reasons to reconsider: You or your board think it is too risky to take out a loan. Nonprofits are notoriously risk averse, and yes, loans can be dangerous within a solid repayment plan. However, in this case, 99% of PPP borrowers are receiving total forgiveness, and the process for PPP loan forgiveness for loan amounts under $150,000 has been streamlined and simplified. So, the risk is minimal. […]

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COVID Relief Update

The American Rescue Plan Act March 15, 2021 Additional COVID Relief has been critical to nonprofits across the U.S. and here in Washington State. On March 11, 2021, President Biden signed in law the American Rescue Plan Act, enacting $1.9 trillion to assist in combating and recovering from the COVID-19 pandemic. Nonprofits are on the frontlines of combatting this pandemic and they will be vital to our recovery. Below are some of the key provisions as they apply to nonprofits in Washington State. American Rescue Plan Act Overview Independent Sector Analysis What the American Rescue Plan Act Means for Nonprofits […]

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You can now include alcohol at online silent auctions

Transitioning your fundraiser to a virtual platform last year was hard. We heard many nonprofits express frustration that their traditional activities like Wine Grabs and silent auctions of liquor are not allowed online. To assist nonprofits during the pandemic, the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board recently announced temporary allowances to assist nonprofits. You can now engage in online silent auctions of alcohol if the following parameters are followed: • The non-profit organization obtains a special occasion license from the WSLCB;• Each online silent auction must not exceed one 7-day week in length;• The alcohol to be auctioned must be located at […]