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Member Spotlight: Happy Pastures and The Council On Aging & Human Services

February 20, 2019 Julia Hunter

This is a story of Skeeter, Hammie, and a place called Happy Pastures. It is also a story about community and how nonprofits weave together services for people in need. Paige Collins serves as the Executive Director of The Council on Aging & Human Services and as the founder of Happy Pastures, a nonprofit livestock rescue based in LaCrosse, WA. As in other places, it’s not unusual for people in Whitman County to serve their community in many ways. Nonprofit volunteers and employees offer a variety of skills that contribute to a thriving community that, though may be spread out […]

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February WA Legislative Session Update

February 20, 2019 David Streeter

Washington Nonprofits has been hard at work staying on top of the 2019 legislative session. As of writing this, we are coming up on the first major cutoff deadline in the session calendar, in which all bills must clear their original committee or be frozen until next year. Below is a summary of some key items Washington Nonprofits has been working on. Be sure to register for our upcoming Public Policy Advisory Call in March 7th to discuss these items and get the latest policy information. HB 1808- Making the Nonprofit and Library Fundraising Exemption Permanent Washington Nonprofits is supporting HB 1808, […]

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What Would It Take? Train the Trainer Continues

February 13, 2019 Nancy Bacon

I keep a creased and faded flip chart page on my wall. At the top it says, “What Could We Do? What Would It Take?” It comes from a November 2017 event at which we invited consultants and those who train to tell us how Washington can become a leader in nonprofit learning. This is what these participants shared: Require conference speakers to demonstrate best practice Provide a pipeline of learning experiences that teach best practice Empower and equip staff to deliver training  Homegrow (support local people to deliver local trainings) Offer peer circles or affinity groups to get at […]

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New e-book on how to design conferences

February 13, 2019 Nancy Bacon

Hot off the press: “Conferences That Make a Difference,” co-authored by Washington Nonprofits Associate Director, Nancy Bacon! Do you organize an annual conference? Are you looking to deepen the learning that happens at your conference? Want ideas on how to organize activities that help people take action on what they learn?  You are warmly invited to download this free e-book for ideas on how to design a conference that makes a difference. It was written for membership organizations or association staff interested in expanding the learning aspects of your annual conference. The e-book covers four elements of conference design: Strategy […]

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Help Prevent the Next Federal Government Shutdown

February 5, 2019 David Streeter

The 35-day federal government shutdown caused widespread disruptions in the lives of millions of people. Fortunately, our nonprofits were there to address problems, maintain well-being, and help communities. However, we also understand that the effects of the shutdown will be with us for some time, and many people and organizations will not recover soon.  The threat of another shutdown is very real. Unless federal elected officials can negotiate an agreement by February 15, then the disruptions and harm caused before will be compounded by yet another shutdown.  Washington Nonprofits, in collaboration with organizations across the country, has a very clear […]

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How to Help End the Government Shutdown

January 25, 2019 David Streeter

With the federal government shutdown stretching beyond 30 days, the impact on our communities is significant. Some nonprofits are experiencing increased demand for services, delayed funds for programs or projects, or clients losing benefits. Supports like food stamps and Section 8 vouchers are at risk as the pipeline of funding runs dry. I probably don’t have to tell you that most nonprofits do not have substantial reserves that would allow them to continue to operate for an extended period without the payments they receive from federal sources. There are two ways you can help end the shutdown: tell your story and […]

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2018 In Review

January 16, 2019 Laura Pierce

January is a time to look back and look ahead.  I’m committed to reflecting with you all, staying informed, and staying nimble to navigate what is ahead.  Here are a few trends to watch: The 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act is likely to affect charitable giving.  Among other changes, about 25% of middle-income taxpayers will lose the ability to itemize and deduct their charitable giving on their income taxes.  Since nonprofits receive up to 40% of their donations in December, we don’t yet know how big the impact will be.  In addition to watching how overall giving is affected, […]

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Go Deeper On Your Learning

January 15, 2019 Nancy Bacon

I think a lot about a metaphor my education professor used to talk about learning: A learning program is like a fence. A strong fence has posts that go deep enough to reach solid, stabilizing ground. Its rails are wide enough to efficiently cover a lot of ground. (Too shallow or too wide and the fence falls down. Too deep or too short, and you run out of resources!) Likewise, a strong learning program goes deep on “mission critical” topics and broad across other topics so people get just what they need to take action. Washington Nonprofits’ learning program is […]

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Calling All Great Ideas! Washington State Nonprofit Conference wants to hear from you.

January 15, 2019 Nancy Bacon

Do you have an idea that you want to share with other nonprofit leaders? Do you have experiences that you think other nonprofit people could learn from? The Washington State Nonprofit Conference is an idea laboratory where people come to share, test, hear, and get inspired by new and renewed ideas. One way to share ideas is through the workshop proposal process. That is happening now with a deadline of January 31, 2019. If you have an idea that you want to share in a workshop format, now’s your chance to let us know! The Washington State Nonprofit Conference is the only […]

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Member Spotlight: IRIS, Initiative for Rural Innovation & Stewardship – How to fall in love with a community

January 14, 2019 Julia Hunter

In a world that is steadily becoming more mobile, the communities of North Central Washington have discovered a great asset in how rooted their culture of community is. Many residents have a practice of cherishing their stories and passing down wisdom. These stories create a very connected community, despite people being spread out over an area that includes Okanogan, Douglas, Grant, and Chelan counties. The Initiative for Rural Innovation & Stewardship (IRIS) is building on this strong sense of place by gathering and sharing stories that enhance a sense of belonging, inspire action, and build community. They intentionally gather stories that […]