What do you hope to achieve this year? Start there when thinking about what to learn.

January 17, 2018 Nancy Bacon

January is a time when we think about goals, aspirations, new initiatives, and strategy. We hope for success knowing that the busyness of the day-to-day will soon distract us from long term projects. January is also the time when we are asked to speak with groups around the state about the learning programs we have ready for nonprofit leaders. And we have many, from in-person workshops to webinars to on-demand options ranging from insurance to ethics. But what we have to teach is not the first question we ask at the start of a new year. We are focused on […]


Member Spotlight: NAMI Yakima – Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion on a Nonprofit Board

January 16, 2018 Guest Blogger

Why work for greater diversity, equity, and inclusion on a nonprofit board? What are the benefits? NAMI Yakima can answer that. With their transformed board, community relationship improved, leadership stabilized, and programming became more strategic. Mary Stephenson, President of NAMI Yakima’s board, tells the story. After a losing their paid staff and experiencing a time of relative instability, NAMI Yakima decided to firmly define themselves as mission focused. Mary, new to the board herself, attended Washington Nonprofits’ legal, finance, and board leadership webinars to get the organization to a healthy place. With help from regular volunteers, NAMI Yakima stabilized their […]

Policy Updates

January 2018 Public Policy Update: New Tax Law, Legislature Back in Session

January 16, 2018 David Streeter

The new year is upon us, which means legislators are back to work and it is time for nonprofits to start considering what this year’s public policy landscape has in store. Below are key issues for your organization to be aware of: Next Steps on Federal Tax Reform At the end of 2017, Congress passed a tax reform bill that makes sweeping changes to the tax code beginning this year. Below is a brief summary of the new law, and for deeper analysis of the impact for nonprofits, please review the summary published by the National of Council of Nonprofits […]

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Webinar: How the New Federal Tax Law Impacts Charitable Nonprofits

January 2, 2018 David Streeter

Now What: How the New Federal Tax Law Impacts Charitable Nonprofits National Webinar: Thursday, January 11, 2018 at 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM Pacific. The federal Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, enacted just days before the New Year, contains sweeping changes. Those changes create immediate uncertainty about compliance challenges and certain threats as states scramble to change their own tax laws and spending plans in ways that could impact your nonprofit’s mission. Join a special nationwide webinar, Now What: How the New Federal Tax Law Impacts Charitable Nonprofits, on Thursday, January 11, 2018 at 12:00 PM Pacific, to learn what […]

Action Alerts

ACTION ALERT: Kill the Bill and Start Over

December 18, 2017 David Streeter

Good News: The proposed repeal of the Johnson Amendment is excluded from the final tax bill. The Senate Parliamentarian excluded the provision because it violated the Senate rules for the bill. Throughout the last year, voices on behalf of the nonprofit and faith communities were heard, and our focused effort really made a difference in raising public awareness about the potential harm caused by repeal. We are proud of the active role Washington Nonprofits and all of you played. Bad News: There are number of other provisions in the tax bill that are devastating for our work. According to an analysis from the U.S. Congress Joint Economic Committee Democrats, the […]

Action Alerts

ACTION ALERT: It’s Not Over Yet – Call Congress ASAP on Tax Reform

December 15, 2017 David Streeter

News reports indicate that a deal on tax reform has been reached in principal, however the details are still being negotiated. Conference Committee members are trying to avoid unnecessary provisions that would make the tax plan more unpopular. Therefore, the nonprofit community needs to emphasize quickly that Section 5201 of the House tax plan is strongly opposed by the general public, nonprofits, and houses of worship. Can you advocate? Yes, you can!! We know that many nonprofits are uncertain about whether they can engage in activities like this. In this case, nonprofit boards, staff, and other supporters can make these calls because […]


December Public Policy Update: Stay Current on Tax Reform; Legislative Session Preview

December 14, 2017 David Streeter

The final few weeks of 2017 have seen a lot of action on issues impacting nonprofit organizations. Below is a brief roundup of the key issues that your organization should be aware of: Stay Up to Date on Federal Tax Reform Over the last several weeks, Washington Nonprofits has been advocating for the nonprofit sector’s interests in the federal tax reform debate. The current House and Senate tax reform proposals have the potential to significantly damage the nonprofit sector due to the projected negative impact on charitable giving. Worse, the House proposal threatens to expose nonprofits to partisan politics by […]

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The secret behind the toolkits

December 13, 2017 Nancy Bacon

Ever wonder what goes into developing Washington Nonprofits’ nationally (and internationally!) acclaimed toolkits? We are excited to be participating in Learning • Technology • Design, a virtual conference for people in the business of continuing education and professional development. The conference sets out to find new and better ways to engage learners and create lasting impact through the effective use of technology. Washington Nonprofits sees excellence in adult learning as a key element of nonprofit capacity building. Join us!


Member Spotlight: Treehouse, Setting a BHAG and Achieving It

December 13, 2017 Julia Hunter

We didn’t know how we would do it, we didn’t know how we would fund it, but we knew it was our responsibility. This is a story about a Big Hairy Audacious Goal (BHAG) and a dramatic improvement of high school graduation rates for youth in foster care. Treehouse, a King County nonprofit serving youth in foster care since 1988, recently revolutionized how they serve their community by enacting some bold innovations, resulting in this substantial impact. Jessica Ross, Chief Development Officer at Treehouse, explains how it all began. “Like most big projects, it started with a crisis.” In 2011 […]

Action Alerts

ACTION ALERT: Call Our Senators ASAP

December 8, 2017 David Streeter

The time for advocacy is now. The nonprofit sector will be adversely affected by many of the provisions in the tax reform bill currently working its way through Congress, but there is one provision in particular that is extremely concerning and where you have a chance to influence the outcome. Can you advocate? Yes, you can!! We know that many nonprofits are uncertain about whether they can engage in activities like this. In this case, nonprofit boards, staff, and other supporters can make these calls because there is a provision for nonprofit organizations to lobby in cases of self-defense for the organization. Read […]