Action Alerts

Are You Ready to Weigh in on Overtime Pay?

July 8, 2019 David Streeter

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

April 1, 2019 David Streeter

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

March 29, 2019 David Streeter

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

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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Help Prevent the Next Federal Government Shutdown

February 5, 2019 David Streeter

The 35-day federal government shutdown caused widespread disruptions in the lives of millions of people. Fortunately, our nonprofits were there to address problems, maintain well-being, and help communities. However, we also understand that the effects of the shutdown will be with us for some time, and many people and organizations will not recover soon.  The threat of another shutdown is very real. Unless federal elected officials can negotiate an agreement by February 15, then the disruptions and harm caused before will be compounded by yet another shutdown.  Washington Nonprofits, in collaboration with organizations across the country, has a very clear […]

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How to Help End the Government Shutdown

January 25, 2019 David Streeter

With the federal government shutdown stretching beyond 30 days, the impact on our communities is significant. Some nonprofits are experiencing increased demand for services, delayed funds for programs or projects, or clients losing benefits. Supports like food stamps and Section 8 vouchers are at risk as the pipeline of funding runs dry. I probably don’t have to tell you that most nonprofits do not have substantial reserves that would allow them to continue to operate for an extended period without the payments they receive from federal sources. There are two ways you can help end the shutdown: tell your story and […]

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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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Action Alert: Tell Congress to Repeal New Nonprofit Transit Tax

December 10, 2018 David Streeter

Repeal of New Nonprofit Transportation Tax Is Possible — But Members of Congress Need to Hear from Nonprofits Now! Leaders in Washington, DC representing charitable, religious, and philanthropic organizations have convinced most lawmakers that the new 21-percent unrelated business income tax (UBIT) on nonprofits for transportation benefits expenses, like transit passes and parking, should be repealed. Indeed, even the House tax-writing committee chair who put this new unfair and burdensome tax into the 2017 law is now saying it ought to be eliminated. BUT, that’s not enough. Your Representatives and Senators need to hear from you and other nonprofits – immediately – if […]

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ACTION ALERT: Significant change to labor law under review

November 26, 2018 David Streeter

Do you have salaried staff making under $70,000 per year?  The state is proposing a change that affects how you do business.  Washington State’s Department of Labor and Industries released a new draft proposal that could make any employee earning under $70,200 per year entitled to overtime pay. Read on to learn more. Additionally, please make sure to share this with your nonprofit’s finance and budgeting staff. According to the Department’s latest pre-draft overtime pay rules, Washington State’s overtime pay exemption threshold could be set at 2X or 2.5X the state minimum wage beginning January 1, 2020. This effectively means the […]