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2018 In Review

January 16, 2019 Laura Pierce

January is a time to look back and look ahead.  I’m committed to reflecting with you all, staying informed, and staying nimble to navigate what is ahead.  Here are a few trends to watch: The 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act is likely to affect charitable giving.  Among other changes, about 25% of middle-income taxpayers will lose the ability to itemize and deduct their charitable giving on their income taxes.  Since nonprofits receive up to 40% of their donations in December, we don’t yet know how big the impact will be.  In addition to watching how overall giving is affected, […]

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Go Deeper On Your Learning

January 15, 2019 Nancy Bacon

I think a lot about a metaphor my education professor used to talk about learning: A learning program is like a fence. A strong fence has posts that go deep enough to reach solid, stabilizing ground. Its rails are wide enough to efficiently cover a lot of ground. (Too shallow or too wide and the fence falls down. Too deep or too short, and you run out of resources!) Likewise, a strong learning program goes deep on “mission critical” topics and broad across other topics so people get just what they need to take action. Washington Nonprofits’ learning program is […]

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Calling All Great Ideas! Washington State Nonprofit Conference wants to hear from you.

January 15, 2019 Nancy Bacon

Do you have an idea that you want to share with other nonprofit leaders? Do you have experiences that you think other nonprofit people could learn from? The Washington State Nonprofit Conference is an idea laboratory where people come to share, test, hear, and get inspired by new and renewed ideas. One way to share ideas is through the workshop proposal process. That is happening now with a deadline of January 31, 2019. If you have an idea that you want to share in a workshop format, now’s your chance to let us know! The Washington State Nonprofit Conference is the only […]

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Member Spotlight: IRIS, Initiative for Rural Innovation & Stewardship – How to fall in love with a community

January 14, 2019 Julia Hunter

In a world that is steadily becoming more mobile, the communities of North Central Washington have discovered a great asset in how rooted their culture of community is. Many residents have a practice of cherishing their stories and passing down wisdom. These stories create a very connected community, despite people being spread out over an area that includes Okanogan, Douglas, Grant, and Chelan counties. The Initiative for Rural Innovation & Stewardship (IRIS) is building on this strong sense of place by gathering and sharing stories that enhance a sense of belonging, inspire action, and build community. They intentionally gather stories that […]

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New Year, New Policy Environment

January 14, 2019 David Streeter

Welcome to 2019! We’re only half way through January and there are already key developments and challenges impacting nonprofits at the federal and state government levels.  At the federal level, Democrats re-took control of the House of Representatives, leaving the federal government divided between the Democratic-led House and Republican-led Senate and White House. Currently, the federal government is shut down due to lawmakers’ inability to compromise on a funding package at the end of 2018. As of writing this, it is uncertain when the shut down will end. We know that federal workers and nonprofits across our country are impacted […]

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What’s New in 2019?

December 18, 2018 Nancy Bacon

Paid Family and Medical Leave In 2019, employers and employees in Washington will begin paying premiums for paid family and medical leave. Employer payments are mandatory for nonprofits with 50+ staff, and optional for smaller nonprofits. Starting Jan. 1, 2020, employees will be able to apply for Paid Family and Medical Leave benefits for qualifying events. Benefits will be available for most employees who work at least 820 hours in the qualifying period. Paid Family and Medical Leave will be a state-run insurance program that is funded by both employers and employees. Eligible employees are assured up to 12 weeks […]

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Member Spotlight: Communities In Schools of Benton-Franklin – Cultivating leadership by investing in nonprofit staff

December 17, 2018 Julia Hunter

Students and their families are top priority of for Communities In Schools of Benton-Franklin. This is why they invest in their staff with competitive pay and benefits and investments in professional development. Communities In Schools brings resources and volunteers into schools to help struggling students get back on track. Their evidenced-based, Integrated Student Supports model goes beyond offering resources to students. Their people are in the schools forming sustained relationships with students and their families. Site coordinators in the schools empower students and families to navigate the system, and they walk alongside them through their journey. Lupe Mares served as […]

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Washington Nonprofits Public Policy Agenda for 2019

December 17, 2018 David Streeter

We are excited to share our 2019-2020 Public Policy Principles and Platformwith you. Our document was developed with input from our Public Policy Committee and our Board and is intended to complement the platform developed by the National Council of Nonprofits. The document we developed will guide our work during the upcoming legislative session. As the state’s nonprofit association, we make sure that nonprofits have what they need to succeed. In terms of our 2019-20 legislative agenda that means building an environment that supports the nonprofits that support our communities. We plan to operationalize this agenda through a framework with […]

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New Report Shows Nonprofit View on Overtime Pay Rule Making

December 17, 2018 David Streeter

Thank you very much to the 400+ nonprofits from across Washington State that participated in our survey designed to assess the impact of the Washington State Department of Labor & Industries’ overtime pay proposal.  We are pleased to share the full report summary with you as well as our new position paper on the topic. The Department of Labor & Industries extended its deadline for commenting to December 31, 2018. If you are able to, please submit a comment to their engagement site before the deadline. There is no set format for commenting; just share your organization’s view on the proposal […]