Member Spotlight

Member Spotlight: Baked goods, changed lives, & social enterprise

October 13, 2017 Julia Hunter

“What’s more welcoming than hot, fresh baked goods?” Transitions, a Washington Nonprofits organizational member since 2011, works to end poverty and homelessness for women and children in Spokane, and is doing some exciting work through social enterprise. New Leaf Bakery, a smashing success story, is the result of this innovation, combining an entrepreneurial business model with the traditional nonprofit mission. Since 2006, the bakery has been offering a café and catering services to the Spokane community, as well as free job training for women in the Spokane area who have been struggling to find employment. The program operates through two […]

Executive Director Letters

October Executive Director Letter

October 13, 2017 Laura Pierce

Dear Members and Friends, As I write to you this month, I am feeling very lucky. This past month I’ve had numerous opportunities to travel around the state and meet many of our members and partners. It is inspiring to see the great work that is happening and the dedication of so many thoughtful and knowledgeable community leaders. The power of both grassroots and established organizations is illustrated well by two projects I learned about in Vancouver, WA. In one, a small group of dedicated volunteers has created a “Pocket Guide to Street Survival” with practical tips contributed by and […]

Policy Updates

October Public Policy Update Federal Tax Reform, Capital Budget, State Gambling License Fees, and Election 2017

October 13, 2017 David Streeter

The final push to the end of the 2017 calendar year is expected to contain a lot of action on public policies impacting nonprofit organizations. Below is a round up of issues for your organization to be aware of. If there are other issues impacting your organization, or you would like to discuss these items further, please feel free to email Washington Nonprofits’ Director of Public Policy and Advocacy David Streeter.   Federal Tax Reform: How You Can Act to Protect Charitable Giving Congressional Republicans and the Trump Administration unveiled their blueprint for tax reform. The plan’s preliminary outline is […]

Learning

Imagining a New Way to Lead

October 11, 2017 Nancy Bacon

The New Network Leader coming to Spokane on October 26 Small nonprofits work hard to grow and expand their impact. Large organizations struggle to stay close to the people they are trying to serve. Both operate are on a pathway to growth in situations where resources are limited. What if there is a different way to create scalable, sustainable impact? What if we could step away from typical growth models and lead our organizations towards solutions that connect us more deeply to our peers, partners, and people who we are trying to serve? This is the conversation that we will […]

Resources for Nonprofits

A new tool to find relevant data for your organization

October 10, 2017 Laura Pierce

Do you wish you had better data about the community you serve? Not sure where to start? Headwaters Economics, a research consulting firm based in Montana, has developed some tools that aggregate federal data and make it available via free tools on their website. The Economic Profile System allows you to create a custom profile for your area with a wealth of information about demographics, local economics and land use. This information is continuously updated from federal sources including the Bureau of Economic Analysis, the Bureau of Labor Statistics and the Bureau of the Census. A second tool, Populations at […]

Member Spotlight

Member Spotlight: Wenatchee River Institute

September 15, 2017 Nancy Bacon

Since joining Washington Nonprofits, Wenatchee River Institute Executive Director Patrick Walker said one of the most surprising aspects of attending workshops and conferences is “how easily you can make a change by following the examples of others.” Fundraising is one example where easy to follWow solutions yield quick and effective results. “The number one tool for us was Jim Shapiro’s fundraising strategies [learned when] we attended our first conference.” These new fundraising ideas helped WRI step up its fundraising program and adopt a visual management system has been extremely useful when working with staff. Partnership is another big idea that can be […]

Action Alerts

Make Your Voice Heard on Overtime Pay

September 14, 2017 Laura Pierce

Dear Washington Nonprofits Members, I wanted to be sure you knew that the U.S. Department of Labor has an open request for information (RFI) on updating the rules for overtime pay. A quick review of the comments submitted so far reveals that less than 100 of the 138,000 comments reference nonprofits. Please participate so that nonprofit voices are heard. Despite a federal judge formally rejecting the Obama Administration’s proposed changes to overtime rules, the Trump Administration is still soliciting feedback from employers on how best to update the overtime rules. We request that your organization respond to the RFI by following these steps: Conduct a […]

Guest Blog

Unemployment Insurance Options for Nonprofits

September 14, 2017 Guest Blogger

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 […]

Policy Updates

September Public Policy Update

September 14, 2017 David Streeter

Weigh in on Washington Capital Budget Delay and Federal Overtime Rules The fall season is shaping up to be full of public policy developments impacting nonprofits. Below is a round up of key items for your organization to be aware of. If there are other issues impacting your organization, or you would like to discuss these items further, please feel free to reach out to Washington Nonprofits’ Director of Public Policy and Advocacy David Streeter. Washington State’s capital budget is currently delayed. If your organization is impacted by the delay, please email david@washingtonnonprofits.org to share your story. We want to […]

Member Spotlight

Member Spotlight: Tieton Arts & Humanities

August 15, 2017 Nancy Bacon

Finding Sustainable Ways to Serve its Community Tieton Arts and Humanities creates and implements artistic and cultural programs in Tieton, Washington. Like many nonprofits, it needed to find sustainable opportunities for local and regional engagement and celebration. It therefore re-invented its summer youth program, enhancing it by hiring a local artist who has introduced fun, engaging art projects. The program has also been able to partner with the Tieton Library and their summer reading program to expand its summer offerings. Tieton Arts and Humanities holds community at the heart of its focus. In 2013 the National Endowment for the Arts […]