New Nonprofit Network in northeast Washington!

August 14, 2019 Nancy Bacon

Nonprofit staff, board members, and volunteers in the northeast corner of the state were eager to learn more and to collaborate locally after attending a training in the spring, led by Nancy Bacon, Washington Nonprofits Associate Director. In response, Washington Nonprofits is convening the first in a series of network meetings for the region, starting Sept. 10 in Newport, Washington. “For this kick-off network meeting, we will do an exercise to identify some of the more acute needs that nonprofits in the region currently have,” said Gabriel Cruden, eastern region program manager for Washington Nonprofits. “This will help inform future […]


Member Spotlight: Girl Scouts of Eastern Washington and Northern Idaho – Membership in a Time of Civic Decline

August 13, 2019 Guest Blogger

Let’s talk about membership. Membership organizations, like churches, fraternities, and other civic clubs, have seen decreases in member numbers over the last three decades. Research points to technology, mass media, changing family structure, and urban sprawl to explain this decline. Whatever the reason, only a quarter of Americans volunteered in 2015 and membership organizations are suffering as a result.  Brian Newberry, CEO of the Girl Scouts of Eastern Washington and Northern Idaho (GSEWNI), talks about how they are dealing with membership in the time of civic decline. Traditionally the Girl Scouts require participation from the whole family. This level of […]

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Upcoming Learning Calendar

August 12, 2019 Tom Lang

We have so many workshops and webinars planned for the 2019-2020 learning year, where do we begin?! Starting in September, join us for a Fall of Fundraising – five online courses conveniently curated and bundled together for you. Digital fundraising, in-person fundraising events, grantwriting, strategy, year-end appeal letters – we’ll touch on nearly every aspect of the fundraising process. Want more? Check out the two-day virtual fundraising conference for small development shops. 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 […]

Action Alerts

ACTION ALERT: Comment on WA Overtime Proposal by 9/6

August 12, 2019 David Streeter

Washington State’s Department of Labor and Industries (L&I) is proposing to raise the overtime salary threshold (the minimum below which employees must be paid overtime for over 40 hours of work in a week) to 2.5x the minimum wage by 2026. This equates to a threshold annual salary of nearly $80,000 once the proposal is fully implemented. We know that this will impact many nonprofits, so L&I needs to hear from you. […]


2019 Conferences Impact Report

July 16, 2019 Uyen Vu

Washington Nonprofits is proud of the success of both of our 2019 conferences.  You can read more about them by clicking on the impact reports below. Washington State Nonprofit Conference 2019 May 21, 2019 Central Washington Nonprofit Conference 2019 April 24, 2019


2018-2019 Learning Year in Review

July 16, 2019 Tom Lang

In the 2018-2019 academic year, Washington Nonprofits produced over 140 trainings, reaching nearly 9,000 nonprofit professionals across the state and online. We have even more planned for the 2019-2020 academic year. But first, here are some of the highlights of this past year: We launched Next Level Nonprofit. Too often, busy nonprofit professionals attend a webinar or training and then go right back to work. It’s hard to follow-up on what you learned a week ago. That’s why we bundled our three core trainings (boards, finance, and nonprofit law) and created a wraparound booster program. Over 250 people have joined a […]


Member Spotlight: Edith Bishel Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired – Dinner in the Dark

July 16, 2019 Julia Hunter

A Different Kind of Dinner Imagine you are attending a nonprofit fundraiser. You have your best gala clothes on and are eyeing the items available for auction. A local chef has meticulously constructed a delicious meal for you to enjoy with the other guests. Soon after you arrive, you blindfold yourself and spend the rest of the evening in the dark, eating your meal without the use of sight. If you live in the Tri-Cities area, you have the chance to join this unique event and support a nonprofit that provides essential services for the blind and low vision communities […]


2019 Summer Reading Picks

July 12, 2019 Julia Hunter

Get to know the Washington Nonprofits Board and Staff members by hearing what we’re reading this summer. Maybe your next favorite book is on this list! From the Washington Nonprofits Board: Trauma Stewardship: An Everyday Guide to Caring for Self While Caring for Others by Connie Burk and Laura van Dernoot Lipsky This book is written for anyone who is doing work with an intention to make the world more sustainable and hopeful—all in all, a better place—and who, through this work, is exposed to the hardship, pain, crisis, trauma, or suffering of other living beings or the planet itself. […]