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Member Spotlight: Volunteer Methow – Volunteer Innovation & the Elusive Generation Gap

August 16, 2018 Julia Hunter

There’s got to be a way that we can do this on a smart phone, someone thought. “This” was the connection of community members with nonprofits needing help: specifically, the millennial generation. The Methow Conservancy took a strong interest in engaging this age group in work across their community through the GenNxt project. They convened a volunteer fair to bridge the passion for community that this generation brings with concrete ways to “plug in.” Yet connecting people the old-fashioned way, face to face, brings inefficiencies that come with events requiring the attendance of geographically-dispersed people. Smart phone to the rescue. […]

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New gambling rules… updated toolkit

August 10, 2018 Nancy Bacon

Washington State Gambling Commission changed its fee structure in July 2018. This will impact nonprofits who apply for gambling licenses for raffles or other activities. When you get a new license, or renew your license after July 2018, you will pay (1) an annual base license fee amount and then (2) additional license fees based on quarterly gross gambling receipts. Each quarter you may have additional license fees based on a percentage of your gross receipts. Your total yearly license fees will be based on your gambling gross receipts collected and reported each quarter. The expiration of your current gambling license will determine when you enter […]

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August Public Policy Update

August 2, 2018 David Streeter

The late summer shows no sign of slowing down on the public policy front. The Washington State Department of Labor and Industries released its menu of overtime pay options for comments by employers; The Columbian ran a pro-Johnson Amendment editorial specifically highlighting our work; and the Washington State Department of Commerce released a funding opportunity for census outreach. Additionally, this month’s policy update contains information about our September 5th Public Policy Advisory Call, tips on how to get started with your state budget advocacy, and an advocacy success story from our friends at The Mockingbird Society. Read on for the August Public […]

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Comment on WA Overtime Pay Policy Options

July 30, 2018 David Streeter

Washington State’s Department of Labor and Industries is currently engaged in rulemaking to update our state’s overtime pay exemption threshold. The likely effect of this process is that more workers will be eligible for overtime pay, which will undoubtedly impact your nonprofit organization. Because of this, we strongly encourage your organization to join Washington Nonprofits in responding to the latest Draft Rule Concepts released by the Department before September 5th. The full set of draft concepts is available here. It contains a menu of policy options for your organization to consider and comment on. Part A in particular is critical: […]

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New Liquor, Cannabis, Gambling and Events Toolkit!

July 30, 2018 Nancy Bacon

You are running an event in a community center and want to serve wine. Maybe you are planning a donor reception in a board member’s home and have champagne ready to pop open. Perhaps your local Scout Troop is holding a “Cow Pie Bingo,” and you need to know the rules. Announcing “Liquor, Cannabis, Gambling… and Your Fundraising Event,” a new toolkit available on the Washington Nonprofit Institute website. It was produced by Washington Nonprofits in partnership with Wayfind and the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board. With support from the Office of the Secretary of State, this resource was […]

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Member Spotlight: Washington State CAP – The Beginning of Our Boldness

July 17, 2018 Julia Hunter

Have you recently asked a policy maker for something that would make a positive difference in your community? The Washington State Community Action Partnership (WSCAP) did just that when they decided to be bold in advocating for a rural home rehabilitation fund. In return they were granted millions of dollars and Senate Bill 5647 received incredible bi-partisan support. Merritt Mount, Executive Director of WSCAP, explains how historically their organization had flown under the radar in the advocacy arena. Community Action Agencies, which make up the partnership’s network, work to reduce poverty and provide emergency services. Like many nonprofits, they were […]

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Opportunities for Action: July Public Policy Update

July 13, 2018 David Streeter

This summer is a busy one on the public policy front. Below is a brief summary of public policy developments and action opportunities for your nonprofit. Also, read on to view this month’s Advocacy Success Story from our friends at Spokane Neighborhood Partners. Take Action Now: Johnson Amendment Still Under Threat Anti-Johnson Amendment forces are at it again. This time, they’ve attached an anti-Johnson Amendment policy rider to the Financial Services and General Government Operations Bill slated for a vote in the House in the near future. Section 112 of the bill would effectively block enforcement of the Johnson Amendment […]

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Summer Reading Picks

July 10, 2018 Tom Lang

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: So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo is an exploration of the complexities of race, offering insights and knowledge that help us understand and talk about what’s going on. – Erick Seelbach, Board Member, Tacoma   I joined the board of Washington Nonprofits because I believe the nonprofit sector is under appreciated.  We need to do a better job of promoting and advocating for the work we […]

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WA Plans Changes to Overtime Pay Rules: Share Your Nonprofit’s Perspective

July 5, 2018 David Streeter

Washington State’s Department of Labor and Industries is currently engaged in rulemaking to update our state’s overtime pay exemption threshold. The likely effect of this process is that more workers will be eligible for overtime pay, which will undoubtedly impact your nonprofit organization. Because of this, we strongly encourage your organization to join Washington Nonprofits in responding to the Department’s scoping questions before the July 10th deadline. Click here to view Washington Nonprofits’ comments. The full set of questions is available here and posted below. Importantly, questions #3 and #8 warrant special attention because they ask what the new overtime pay exemption threshold should […]

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Member Spotlight: The Wishing Star Foundation – Mission Meets World (and baby goats)

June 12, 2018 Julia Hunter

How did baby goats get involved with the oldest wish granting organization in Washington State? Dan Curley, Executive Director of the Wishing Star Foundation, tells the story of how baby goats raised almost $40,000 for the foundation with the help of 110 volunteers. His advice to nonprofits: bring in the community as much as humanly possible. The Wishing Star Foundation grants wishes for children with life threatening illnesses through the help of volunteers, donors, businesses, and the joyfully given support of the local community. Curley explains how inviting the public in as participants of your work, with real investment in […]