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TrendWatch: Transfer of Wealth Study from Innovia Foundation

To counter the narrative of scarcity in rural communities, Innovia Foundation commissioned a transfer of wealth study in June 2019. Innovia serves the 10 counties of Eastern Washington and 10 counties of North Idaho. They collaborated with Locus Impact Investing to better understand the way that wealth is held in the foundation’s 20-county service area. The study produced conservative estimates about the amount of wealth that will transfer from one generation to the next in the coming decade. […]

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Member Spotlight: Phoenix Conservancy – Working for flora, fauna, and humans

Washingtonians know how fortunate we are to live in a state with a beautiful and varied landscape. We also know that non-indigenous settlers have seriously altered that landscape. The Palouse Prairie, which encompasses much of Eastern Washington, has changed significantly in the past 200 years. Today, there’s less than 1% of the native prairie remaining. Can you imagine what it looked like before, not dominated by invasive species, but instead native grasses and wildflowers? The Phoenix Conservancy has been working in partnership with others to restore the flora and fauna of the area. The key to their success? They prioritize […]

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Hot off the Presses: Safety and Health in Nonprofits Toolkit

Your people matter.

So let’s make sure you have the information and tools to protect them and follow the law.

Nonprofit people are all about the work. We roll up our sleeves and do what needs to be done, from moving furniture for events to sitting in old chairs not quite at the right height. We know our people matter—where would we be without our tireless volunteers and dedicated staff! And yet paying close attention to safety and health falls by the wayside because we lack time, money, or technical knowledge to do the right thing. […]

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2020 Nonprofit Learning

We have so many workshops and webinars planned for 2020! Will we see you at one of them? Starting in February, join us for an HR-themed series on Strengthening Your Workforce – online courses ranging from the new state overtime laws to conflict resolution and succession planning. We’re bringing Boards in Gear, Finance Unlocked for Nonprofits, and Let’s Go Legal to cities across the state. Want to take all three courses? Join the Next Level Nonprofit program – the Walla Walla and online cohorts start at the end of January! Also on our list of online courses: a four-part dive […]

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Washington Nonprofits Membership Update

Coming in January of 2020, Washington Nonprofits membership categories and dues will be slightly adjusted. As the nonprofit sector in Washington grows, we are updating and simplifying our membership program so it can better serve you. Membership dues will still be on a sliding scale, with dues for small nonprofits starting at $50 a year. You can see a chart below outlining those changes. Our members are the foundation of our organization. It’s because of you that we offer affordable trainings, online and in person, designed to lead to meaningful action. Our public policy advocacy creates a positive climate for […]

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Member Spotlight: Morningside – The Transforming Power of Work

How many times have you been asked at a party, “So what do you do?” Work is a central connector to your community. For individuals with disabilities, having this connection can be especially meaningful to their lives. This month’s member spotlight is special. Beyond offering insights into nonprofit success, member organization Morningside also offers a challenge to nonprofits: “Be open to hiring a person with a disability.” Employers report that their employees with disabilities are dedicated, hardworking, and always enthusiastic to be at work. Plus, their presence creates a more positive work culture for everyone. What’s not to love? Since […]

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7 Perfect Reasons to Budget for Professional Development

Take a breath and think about your strategic priorities for 2020. What would you like to accomplish? Is there a skill you need to move your mission forward? You may need to justify professional development expenses to your boss or your board (or just yourself). Let us help you advocate for yourself. Here are 7 tried-and-true reasons attending a conference or a workshop is a smart use of your limited time and resources. […]

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What Do Washington State’s New Overtime Pay Rules Mean for Nonprofits?

Employees, including those working for nonprofits, who earn salaries under this threshold must earn overtime for any hours worked over 40 in one week. I know this change presents a challenge to most of us, particularly outside the Seattle metropolitan area. We face rising labor costs and funding levels that are not keeping pace. On the positive side, this could move us toward better compensation in the sector and less burnout. […]

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Resources for Leaders

Our partner the Community Consulting Partnership (CCP) is offering two types of support to nonprofits: Consulting support for nonprofit organizations in the Puget Sound region Free executive coaching for executive directors, focused on Washington Nonprofits members outside King County Read more about the results of our first coaching pilot below or go here to learn more about either coaching or consulting from CCP available now. Our first round of coaching was a big success Being an executive director (ED) is a hard job and can be lonely at times. There are unique challenges in leading a nonprofit organization and reporting […]