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Member Spotlight: Washington Main Street Communities – Strategy Transforming Communities Across Washington

March 15, 2019 Julia Hunter

The Main Street Story Have you ever had a lovely vacation in a delightful town with a charming Main Street? Maybe you have fond memories of a Main Street in the community where you grew up. Or you might even be lucky enough to live in a place with a Main Street Community! Since 1984, the Washington State Main Street Program has been helping communities revitalize the economy, appearance, and image of their downtown commercial districts. They do this by building a strategy centered around a community’s unique heritage and attributes, lifting up what is special about it to make […]

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GiveBig 2019 Updates & Deadline

March 14, 2019 Laura Pierce

GiveBIG is now statewide and offers peer-to-peer campaigns (Register by March 29) GiveBig, a giving day campaign started by the Seattle Foundation has raised $113 million for 2000 King County nonprofits since 2011. This year the campaign is being run by our partner 501 Commons, and they have broadened the eligibility for participation.  Any tax-exempt organization (approved by the IRS) with a headquarters or a service location in Washington State can raise money through GiveBIG2019.  This includes global organizations headquartered in Washington State but providing services outside of the US. Also, tax-exempt organizations that are not 501c3 charitable organizations can […]

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Get Answers to Your 2020 Census Questions

March 13, 2019 David Streeter

The 2020 Census is right around the corner, and we’re sure you have questions. Below is our informational video about the Census, which we encourage you to watch if you have not seen it yet. You can also download and circulate our latest one pagers on the Census: Click here to download the English version of the one pager Click here to download the Spanish version of the one pager Once you take a look at our materials, please let us know what questions you may have so that we can get you the information you need as part of […]

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Take 5 Minutes to Support Charitable Giving in Our State

March 5, 2019 David Streeter

What if our supporters had to pay taxeson auction items and raffle prizes? There is a very important bill under consideration by the Washington State legislature that Washington Nonprofits supports. HB 1808 removes the current expiration date for the use tax exemption on nonprofit and library fundraising. Without the passage of this bill, tax exemption on items purchased or won at a nonprofit fundraiser or event would no longer be available past July 1, 2020. HB 1808 ensures a future tax exemption for items valued under $12,000 that are won or purchased during a nonprofit fundraiser or event. Contact your […]

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Member Spotlight: Happy Pastures and The Council On Aging & Human Services

February 20, 2019 Julia Hunter

This is a story of Skeeter, Hammie, and a place called Happy Pastures. It is also a story about community and how nonprofits weave together services for people in need. Paige Collins serves as the Executive Director of The Council on Aging & Human Services and as the founder of Happy Pastures, a nonprofit livestock rescue based in LaCrosse, WA. As in other places, it’s not unusual for people in Whitman County to serve their community in many ways. Nonprofit volunteers and employees offer a variety of skills that contribute to a thriving community that, though may be spread out […]

Policy Updates

February WA Legislative Session Update

February 20, 2019 David Streeter

Washington Nonprofits has been hard at work staying on top of the 2019 legislative session. As of writing this, we are coming up on the first major cutoff deadline in the session calendar, in which all bills must clear their original committee or be frozen until next year. Below is a summary of some key items Washington Nonprofits has been working on. Be sure to register for our upcoming Public Policy Advisory Call in March 7th to discuss these items and get the latest policy information. HB 1808- Making the Nonprofit and Library Fundraising Exemption Permanent Washington Nonprofits is supporting HB 1808, […]

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What Would It Take? Train the Trainer Continues

February 13, 2019 Nancy Bacon

I keep a creased and faded flip chart page on my wall. At the top it says, “What Could We Do? What Would It Take?” It comes from a November 2017 event at which we invited consultants and those who train to tell us how Washington can become a leader in nonprofit learning. This is what these participants shared: Require conference speakers to demonstrate best practice Provide a pipeline of learning experiences that teach best practice Empower and equip staff to deliver training  Homegrow (support local people to deliver local trainings) Offer peer circles or affinity groups to get at […]

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New e-book on how to design conferences

February 13, 2019 Nancy Bacon

Hot off the press: “Conferences That Make a Difference,” co-authored by Washington Nonprofits Associate Director, Nancy Bacon! Do you organize an annual conference? Are you looking to deepen the learning that happens at your conference? Want ideas on how to organize activities that help people take action on what they learn?  You are warmly invited to download this free e-book for ideas on how to design a conference that makes a difference. It was written for membership organizations or association staff interested in expanding the learning aspects of your annual conference. The e-book covers four elements of conference design: Strategy […]