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7 Perfect Reasons to Budget for Professional Development

December 13, 2019 Erika Robertson

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?

December 11, 2019 Laura Pierce

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

November 19, 2019 Laura Pierce

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 […]

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What Makes People Care?

November 19, 2019 Erika Robertson

Think about the last, great novel you read. For me, it’s Red Mars by Kim Stanley Robinson. I would describe it as a space opera, political thriller, and environmental treatise all in one. Two out of three of those are not my jam, but I was riveted through all 572 pages. When I run into interpersonal conflict, I now understand it through the lens of Red Mars. It helps me imagine the different factions complexly—I empathize with their internal and external motivations. Reading Red Mars changed how I act and move in the world. What if your nonprofit could change […]

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Member Spotlight: Port Townsend Marine Science Center – How sea stars and abalone create community engagement

November 14, 2019 Julia Hunter

The Port Townsend Marine Science Center (PTMSC) protects endangered species, advocates for marine life, provides education through school programs and events, connects the community to the local environment—and they continually inspire conservation of the Salish Sea with an attitude of hope. What fuels them? Two key strengths: volunteers and partnerships. Janine Boire, Executive Director, talks about how these two strengths work in tandem to fulfill their mission. She named two successful partnerships that have been powered by volunteers in their Citizen Science Program. The first is the Pinto Abalone Recovery project, led by the Puget Sound Restoration Fund. The pinto […]

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Action Alert: Fundraising Tax Exemption Close to Expiring – Write Your House Members Today

November 14, 2019 David Streeter

Picture this scenario: Your nonprofit is hosting a gala with a silent auction. You and your fellow staff members are overwhelmed with all the craziness of working the event while your guests are having a good time. Then, at the end of the night, it’s time to announce the silent auction winners. The winners are ecstatic and riding high about the fun items they’ve won. Then, reality sets in: you have the unfortunate task of breaking it to the winners that they owe an additional sales tax on their prizes. Thankfully, this is a hypothetical situation. But it could become […]

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New Federal Overtime Pay Rules Beginning January 1, 2020

September 26, 2019 David Streeter

The U.S. Department of Labor released its new overtime pay threshold that takes effect January 1, 2020. The new salary threshold is raised to $684 per week/ $35,568 per year. What This Means: Employees earning less than the threshold must be paid time and a half overtime pay for each hour worked beyond 40 hours in a week. This change applies to all employers beginning January 1, 2020, regardless of size or field of service. How to Comply: Review the Department of Labor’s webpage about the new threshold. The website contains fact sheets, FAQ, and a compliance guide for small […]

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Member Spotlight: Community Enrichment for Klickitat County – Strength in Fiscal Sponsorship

September 11, 2019 Laura Pierce

Fiscal sponsorship is a process where a number of worthy community projects can exist under a single nonprofit umbrella, removing the pressure to found and maintain an independent nonprofit in order to do good work in the community. This strategy can be especially effective in rural areas. Community Enrichment for Klickitat County (CEKC, pronounced “Seek”) was formed by a group of local leaders who came together during the Horizons leadership program of WSU Extension from 2006-2008. Horizons was a two-year deep dive into community leadership that trained new leaders and surfaced community assets and goals in nine high-poverty communities in […]

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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 […]