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Valuing and Supporting Executive Directors

Executive Directors (EDs) face many pressures, including fundraising, leading the staff team, setting strategy, and maintaining relationships with many donors, funders, partners, and community members. They may struggle to meet the differing expectations of staff, board, and key community stakeholders. Since most nonprofits are chronically under-resourced, they are holding a great deal of day-to-day management of their organizations as well. ED jobs are now more challenging than ever. Last year, we did a lot of listening to EDs across Washington and summarized what we learned in our Executive Learning Needs Assessment. Among other things, we affirmed that EDs have different […]

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Planning for Reopening

During the pandemic, many nonprofits have temporarily shut their doors, while others have ramped up to provide essential services. How do we plan for the coming year, knowing that there is no going back to “normal”? Join Washington Nonprofits Considerations for Reopening: 4-part online series – July 2020 The next year or more will look different from any other we have experienced. We will be living with uncertainty and public health considerations and advisories are expected to change regularly. How are nonprofits adapting to this new environment? How can we balance concern for safety with resuming critical community services? What […]

Black, Indigenous, & People of Color Executive Directors
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Black, Indigenous, People of Color Executive Directors Emergency Meeting

Washington Nonprofits is pleased to provide administrative support for gatherings by and for Executive Directors who are Black, Indigenous, and/or People of Color. This first gathering is being called on an emergency basis by Andrea Caupain, Victoria Santos, Ananda Valenzuela, and Jodi Nishioka. Dear fellow executive directors of color, We are calling for an emergency meeting of BIPOC EDs in Washington State, taking place virtually on 6/18 from 3-5 pm. As society grapples with a racist police system and pervasive white supremacy that continue to harm and kill Black people even while Covid-19 disproportionately affects BIPOC communities, we EDs of […]

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We stand in solidarity with the Black community

Dear Nonprofit Community, We are all deeply saddened and affected by the murder of George Floyd and recent events. We stand with our friends, families, and the Black community in this time of tremendous pain and sorrow. This is not a new problem, and the nonprofit community is not exempt from racist behavior. Anti-Black violence and institutional racism are woven into the history of our nation for the past 400 years and pervade all our civic systems and institutions. But each new day is a new opportunity to learn and to act courageously to dismantle racism. We invite you to […]

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Forgiveness Rules for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP)

On May 21, 2020 Washington Nonprofits presented a webinar on “COVID-19 & Nonprofits: Understanding Forgiveness Rules for the Paycheck Protection Program.” You can access the webinar recording and resources in this post. Keep scrolling for more resources and Payroll Protection Program (PPP) Updates. Webinar Resources: Presentation Slideshow Case Study Application Case Study Worksheet (navigate by choosing the tabs at the bottom of the spreadsheet) Corrections & Notes from the webinar: 1. Future Changes. There will likely be future changes to the application and additional rules issued by the SBA. Hopefully, the new rules will make it easier for borrowers with smaller […]

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Staying Sane During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Covid-19 continues to profoundly alter our world as we seek to cope with it…. we are all in the midst of it and cannot see its boundaries. No one is outside this trauma. So how can we hold ourselves, our organizations, and our communities together? We can learn from some principles that come from understanding organizational trauma and recovery.
1. Contain the experience and create safety and stability.
2. Understand that what you and others are feeling is normal.
3. Accept that with no road map we will make mistakes.
4. Share experiences and feelings with each other.
5. Collectively make meaning from those experiences.
6. Identify pockets of resilience in your organization.
7. Celebrate unity, caring for each other, and coming together. […]

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Member Spotlight: YAMA (Yakima Music en Acción) – Walking the Talk with Leadership and Equity

Yakima Music en Acción, called YAMA by their community, looks like an after-school music program on the surface. With three youth orchestras, they provide a space for third through 12th graders, from 22 different schools in the Yakima School District, to learn how to play classical music. Dig a little deeper and you can see it’s more than an orchestra. It’s a leadership program centered in diversity, equity, and inclusion work, that has a significant impact on the young people who participate. The authenticity of this impact is possible because YAMA walks the talk, striving to incorporate what they teach […]

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Resources for Your Online Fundraising Campaign

Nonprofit life has transformed in the past few months, and so have fundraising strategies. Nonprofits are canceling in-person fundraisers and updating the ways they connect with their communities. The world is connecting virtually, and we’ve collected some resources to help you plan for your next online giving campaign. GiveBIG 2020 GiveBIG is a statewide program to facilitate online donations to nonprofits organized by 501 Commons, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization. This event is open to IRS tax-exempt organizations serving and headquartered in Washington State. Through GiveBIG, nonprofits raise funds online and connect with new donors. In 2019, 20% of donors reported […]

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Join to Show Your Support for Nonprofits

Nonprofits are vital to Washington State communities. The undersigned organizations call on our elected officials to include nonprofit organizations as a central part of COVID-19 relief and recovery efforts. Ensure that emergency grant and loan programs are accessible to nonprofits. Funding must be directed to nonprofits and accessible to smaller community organizations. Support “frontline” nonprofit service providers. Increasing emergency funding and access to personal protective equipment (PPE), hazard pay, and mental health services. Include nonprofit leaders at decision-making tables.  We know our communities and can contribute to lasting solutions. Expand charitable giving incentives.  Stimulate private philanthropy in support of recovery. Protect […]

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Washington Nonprofits COVID-19 Advocacy Update

Nonprofits are vital to society’s wellbeing. From food and shelter to arts and environmental conservation, we believe that all nonprofits offer essential services—services that must be continued safely during the crisis such as food banks and homeless shelters as well as services that must be assisted to resume as soon as it is safe to do so such as schools, museums, community development, and recreation. We have organized a united campaign for all nonprofits. Join us! Federal Advocacy As Congress crafts new rounds of relief packages, we need to raise our voices and tell our Congressional representatives that nonprofits are vital and […]