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

November 14, 2017 Guest Blogger

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 […]

Member Spotlight

Member Spotlight: Homes First Talks about Board Development

November 14, 2017 Julia Hunter

“Community members, through nonprofits, do what needs to be done to make their community a better place.” Trudy Soucoup joined Homes First as the Executive Director six years ago, and she quickly turned her attention to board development. Homes First owns their property and have paid professional staff, so they do not rely on their board as day-to-day volunteers. She went to work to move their board be more visionary and less hands-on. Board Success Story As a first step in board transformation, Trudy started onboarding new board members who would be a good fit with the direction the organization […]

Guest Blog

4 Best Practices for An Amazing Giving Tuesday

November 13, 2017 Guest Blogger

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 […]

Policy Updates

November Public Policy Update

November 13, 2017 David Streeter

The push to the end of the 2017 calendar year has seen lots of action on public policies impactingnonprofit 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: House Bill Could Dramatically Alter Nonprofit Operations, Missions The House Ways and Means Committee advanced its tax reform bill through the committee process. The bill contains two key provisions that could […]

Action Alerts

ACTION ALERT: Urge a NO Vote on the House Tax Bill And Shape the Senate Bill

November 13, 2017 Laura Pierce

This week is a crucial week for tax reform. The House version of the bill cleared the Ways and Means Committee last week and the Senate version is currently being debated in the Senate Finance Committee. Before it’s too late, please take the following actions. 1. Please review the comparison of the two tax reform bills and contact Senator Maria Cantwell at (202) 224-3441 to let her know how tax reform impacts your organization and the people you serve. You can also use the script and tweet below: “I am calling to urge Senator Cantwell to protect charitable giving in the Senate tax […]

Action Alerts

ACTION ALERT: House Tax Reform Bill Could Dramatically Alter Nonprofit Operations, Missions

November 6, 2017 Laura Pierce

Some of the proposed tax changes in the just-introduced House tax reform bill are bad for nonprofits. Very bad. And there’s very little time to do something about it. Call your Representative now and tell them not to undermine the work of charitable nonprofits through tax reform. The House tax reform bill is moving fast. The Tax Cuts & Jobs Act (H.R. 1) was introduced last Thursday, the tax committee starts working on it today, and the full House is expected to vote on it next week without amendments. Today and tomorrow may be the last best chance for nonprofits […]

Action Alerts

Take 3 Minutes TODAY to Tell Congress Not to Make Nonprofits Political Tools

October 30, 2017 Laura Pierce

Congress is finally serious about federal tax reform, and the ability of charitable nonprofits, houses of worship, and foundations to stay out of partisan politics is under attack. Please take three minutes today to call your U.S. Representative and deliver this simple message: “Don’t use tax reform to weaken or repeal the Johnson Amendment, which keeps partisan politics out of Washington State’s nonprofits, houses of worship, and foundations. I am concerned that efforts to repeal or weaken the Johnson Amendment would harm my community and damage the public’s trust in my organization and many other Washington State nonprofits and churches. Thank […]

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 […]