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Action Alert: Tell Congress to Include Nonprofits in CARES Act 2.0

Nonprofits are everywhere. The people we serve are everywhere. YOU are everywhere. Right now, the U.S. Congress is considering further supports for small businesses and nonprofits in response to Covid-19. Washington Nonprofits is here to ensure your voice is heard in this process. We ask you to take 5 minutes to contact your senators and representatives today.  Nonprofits are woven into the fabric of our country from feeding the hungry, to housing the unsheltered, to serving the vulnerable, to lifting our spirits, to striving for a fair shake, to protecting our environment, to just about every aspect of our lives. Tell […]

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Join Us in Sending a Message that Nonprofits Must Be Included in COVID-19 Relief and Recovery

Sign our joint letter:
Dear Elected Officials of Washington State,
To support the wellbeing of our state’s nonprofit infrastructure, we recommend that you include nonprofits in all relief and recovery funding that is available in our state. We request a virtual meeting with you this week to share more information about the critical role nonprofits are playing in the COVID-19 response across the state and discuss opportunities to provide needed support for this vital work and include nonprofits in creating the solutions. […]

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Action Alert: Don’t Let The Fundraising Tax Exemption Expire!

Unless you want to collect taxes at your next fundraising gala, please take 3 minutes now to support House Bill 1808.  The nonprofit and library fundraising exemption is set to expire this summer. It provides a tax exemption for nonprofit donors who either purchase or win items from nonprofit fundraising events. This exemption is vital for two reasons: It encourages donors to bid generously at fundraising auctions and participate in raffles without the dampening effect of knowing that a sales or use tax will be placed on their contribution. It avoids the administrative burden to nonprofits having to collect and […]

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Action Alert: Fundraising Tax Exemption Close to Expiring – Write Your House Members Today

Picture this scenario: Your nonprofit is hosting a gala with a silent auction. You and your fellow staff members are overwhelmed with all the craziness of working the event while your guests are having a good time. Then, at the end of the night, it’s time to announce the silent auction winners. The winners are ecstatic and riding high about the fun items they’ve won. Then, reality sets in: you have the unfortunate task of breaking it to the winners that they owe an additional sales tax on their prizes. Thankfully, this is a hypothetical situation. But it could become […]

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Are You Ready to Weigh in on Overtime Pay?

Washington State’s Department of Labor and Industries (L&I) issued its new overtime pay proposal. Official public hearings on the proposal begin next week, so read on to learn how you can comment on the policy.

Proposal Information
L&I is proposing to raise the overtime pay threshold (the minimum below which employees must be paid overtime for over 40 hours of work in a week) to 2.5x the minimum wage by 2026. This equates to a threshold annual salary of nearly $80,000. If you missed our recent webinar on the proposal, you can view the recording and access the slides below. You can access the salary tables, and other information here. […]

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Take Action for the 2020 Census Today

It is now April 2019, which means that we are one year away from the 2020 Census!   The 2020 census is a once-in-a-decade opportunity to get increased federal funding and representation for our state—but over 1.6 million Washingtonians are at risk of being left out of the count. An incomplete count would mean less money for nonprofit services, schools, roads, and community projects that make our state a special place to live. Watch the video below to learn more. We need your voice to make sure the 2020 census counts everyone in our state—no exceptions! If we don’t count everyone — […]

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New Tax Will Divert Funds from Mission-Related Work

National tax-reform has changed the landscape for nonprofits, including the new 21% tax burden on transportation benefits and employee parking. A national sign-on letter is now circulating to call on Congress to repeal this tax as soon as possible. You can add your organization to this national sign-on letter until Wednesday, April 3, 2019.

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Get Answers to Your 2020 Census Questions

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

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 […]