Action Alerts

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

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

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 […]

Executive Director Letters

October Executive Director Letter

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 […]

Public Policy Update
Policy Updates

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

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

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

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 […]

Action Alerts

Make Your Voice Heard on Overtime Pay

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

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 […]

Public Policy Update
Policy Updates

September Public Policy Update

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 […]

Public Policy Update
Policy Updates

Advocacy Update – DOL Overtime Rules (Again)

Remember the proposed change in Department of Labor (DOL) overtime rules that we were all preparing to implement last year?  And how it was blocked at the last minute by the courts?  Well, DOL is now revisiting the issue and soliciting public comments regarding the rules.  We encourage nonprofits to submit comments so the rules will be made with nonprofits in mind, not just private companies.  Let them know how changes will impact your ability to deliver on your mission by sharing how an increase in the minimum salary levels would affect operations, resources, and staffing, as well as what […]