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Applying an Equity Lens to Washington Nonprofits

April 15, 2019 Laura Pierce

The leadership of Washington Nonprofits cares deeply about racial equity and is working to embody our values better within our own organization and support efforts to create a more equitable nonprofit sector.   We recently engaged a consultant to conduct an equity audit of Washington Nonprofits, and our board and staff gathered last Friday to discuss the results.  I’d like to especially thank our partners who took the time to participate in the assessment by providing input via our consultant.  We are grateful for your generosity in helping us learn and grow. At our retreat, we discussed some of the ways […]

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New Advocacy Toolkit Launch: Build a Movement (BAM!)

April 15, 2019 Nancy Bacon

Knowledge is power, and nonprofits certainly have a lot of knowledge. The trick is to get that knowledge to the people who need it to make good policy decisions. How can a nonprofit communicate what they know to policymakers? How can they use advocacy to grow their mission? Washington Nonprofits has launched a new resource to help nonprofits use policy to achieve their goals. Build a Movement: Tools to Use Public Policy to Achieve Your Nonprofit’s Mission uses the metaphor of a house to explain the ways to engage advocacy in the life of your organization. There is Everyday Advocacy, […]

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Announcing More Amazing Workshops at Washington State Nonprofit Conference

April 15, 2019 Laura Pierce

We are pleased to announce our two curated tracks at the Washington State Nonprofit Conference.  This year, we’ll have a track on Strengthening Democracy and a series of Powerful Conversations in addition to all the other amazing offerings you have already heard about. A strong democracy depends on civic engagement and public service.  With participation in civic activities on the decline, nonprofits have a special role to play in developing leaders and encouraging all community members to lift their voices.  This year, we have a series of workshops highlighting our role in organizing our communities, giving them a voice in […]

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Member Spotlight: Helping Link – Supporting an Immigrant Community with ESL and iPads

April 10, 2019 Julia Hunter

When you move to a new country with a different language, you take an ESL (English as a Second Language) class. But where do you sign up for a class that teaches the new language of culture? This is when a nonprofit organization that knows the languages and community involved can make a huge impact. Generations of comprehensive support Helping Link, or Một Dấu Nối, was originally created to serve the waves of Vietnamese refugees resettling in Washington State under the Humanitarian Program for Former Political Detainees. Twenty-five years later, they have a thriving inter-generational, cross-cultural community. The key to […]

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Take Action for the 2020 Census Today

April 1, 2019 David Streeter

It is now April 2019, which means that we are one year away from the 2020 Census!   The 2020 census is a once-in-a-decade opportunity to get increased federal funding and representation for our state—but over 1.6 million Washingtonians are at risk of being left out of the count. An incomplete count would mean less money for nonprofit services, schools, roads, and community projects that make our state a special place to live. Watch the video below to learn more. We need your voice to make sure the 2020 census counts everyone in our state—no exceptions! If we don’t count everyone — […]

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New Tax Will Divert Funds from Mission-Related Work

March 29, 2019 David Streeter

National tax-reform has changed the landscape for nonprofits, including the new 21% tax burden on transportation benefits and employee parking. A national sign-on letter is now circulating to call on Congress to repeal this tax as soon as possible. You can add your organization to this national sign-on letter until Wednesday, April 3, 2019.

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Member Spotlight: Washington Main Street Communities – Strategy Transforming Communities Across Washington

March 15, 2019 Julia Hunter

The Main Street Story Have you ever had a lovely vacation in a delightful town with a charming Main Street? Maybe you have fond memories of a Main Street in the community where you grew up. Or you might even be lucky enough to live in a place with a Main Street Community! Since 1984, the Washington State Main Street Program has been helping communities revitalize the economy, appearance, and image of their downtown commercial districts. They do this by building a strategy centered around a community’s unique heritage and attributes, lifting up what is special about it to make […]

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GiveBig 2019 Updates & Deadline

March 14, 2019 Laura Pierce

GiveBIG is now statewide and offers peer-to-peer campaigns (Register by March 29) GiveBig, a giving day campaign started by the Seattle Foundation has raised $113 million for 2000 King County nonprofits since 2011. This year the campaign is being run by our partner 501 Commons, and they have broadened the eligibility for participation.  Any tax-exempt organization (approved by the IRS) with a headquarters or a service location in Washington State can raise money through GiveBIG2019.  This includes global organizations headquartered in Washington State but providing services outside of the US. Also, tax-exempt organizations that are not 501c3 charitable organizations can […]