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What does Action Learning have to do with DEI?

by Aparna Rae and Jessica Walker Beaumont, Partners – Moving Beyond Diversity, inclusion, belonging, and at times equity, have been hot topics across both the private and social sectors. Alongside the rise of DEI as a field, we’ve seen a growing number of public scandals at big names in the private sector such as Uber, Microsoft, and in philanthropy. Despite the surge in conversation and budgets being allocated to training, unrepresented groups continue to feel marginalized, and bias at work undermines the ability of people of color to rise into leadership roles. In the private sector, a continued lack of […]

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Five Tips to Help You Prepare for Your Nonprofit’s Accounting Year End

Guest post by Julleen Snyder, Partner, Jacobson Jarvis For the past five years, we have partnered with Jacobson Jarvis to help board members learn what they need to know about nonprofit finance. As you can see in this guest post, Jacobson Jarvis connects you with practical information and tools so you can focus on your mission. Join Washington Nonprofits and Jacobson Jarvis for Finance Unlocked for Nonprofits online on October 30 or in person on October 1 in Everett or October 31 in Bellevue. Our Quickbooks class will run in Seattle on December 5 and online on December 10-12. When […]

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A Match Made in Heaven: In-Person Event, Meet Virtual Online World

Marrying your offline world with your online presence can be a challenge, but when you do it effectively, it creates a powerful and compelling union that can boost your fundraising, widen your reach, grow awareness and even help you pull off events without a hitch. In fact, leveraging digital marketing (along with important website tools) is one of the best ways to generate interest in your event, drive attendance and create awareness and connection during the event. If you’re going to spend the time, money and effort to host an event, doesn’t it make sense to maximize those things? With digital […]

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The “M” word

On October 26th, I experienced my first Washington Nonprofits Conference. I picked up a tremendous amount of knowledge and met some great professionals who are currently working to make the Pacific Northwest a better place. I would highly recommend checking out one of these workshops or conferences if you have the chance. I had an amazing opportunity to lead an open space conversation on millennials. To be honest, I was a little nervous to see how it would go. Being a millennial can be disheartening when you’re bombarded with negative stereotypes and misconceptions on a daily basis. If you go […]

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It’s Budget Season. Are You Accounting for the Right Things?

The Overhead Myth: The idea that you can reasonably evaluate a nonprofit’s performance and trustworthiness by only looking at how much they spend (or don’t spend) on overhead, including operating costs, administrative expenses and technology costs. No doubt you’ve heard about this, and like many good nonprofit leaders, have done your best to refute it. It’s dubbed a myth for good reason. Yet most nonprofits feel pressured to do as much as possible with as little as possible when it comes to running their organization. The Overhead Myth still exists, and donors still scrutinize nonprofits, wondering what percentage of their […]

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4 Best Practices for An Amazing Giving Tuesday

The end (of the fiscal year) is nigh; Giving Tuesday is upon us. Well, not quite. You still have some time to make a great plan for the nationwide giving bonanza that will take place on Tuesday, November 28. Planning a successful giving day isn’t rocket science – but it is a microcosm of many classic principles of fundraising, from online giving to events to capital campaigns. You probably already know all the reasons why you should invest in digital ads on social media platforms, pre-schedule your tweets, and solicit and leverage a matching gift for Giving Tuesday. But there […]

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Unemployment Insurance Options for Nonprofits

Nonprofits, like for profit businesses, pay unemployment taxes to provide funds for any employees who may lose their jobs. Nonprofits interested in independently reimbursing the state for unemployment claims have several alternatives and no one unemployment cost option is right for every 501(c)(3) nonprofit. Weighing the pros and cons of your unemployment tax alternatives can help you make an educated decision on the choice that best fits your organization. Unlike your for-profit counterparts, 501(c)(3) nonprofits have the unique opportunity, as allowed by Federal law, to opt out of the state unemployment tax system and become a direct reimbursing employer. This […]