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New Advocacy Toolkit Launch: Build a Movement (BAM!)

Knowledge is power, and nonprofits certainly have a lot of knowledge. The trick is to get that knowledge to the people who need it to make good policy decisions. How can a nonprofit communicate what they know to policymakers? How can they use advocacy to grow their mission? Washington Nonprofits has launched a new resource to help nonprofits use policy to achieve their goals. Build a Movement: Tools to Use Public Policy to Achieve Your Nonprofit’s Mission uses the metaphor of a house to explain the ways to engage advocacy in the life of your organization. There is Everyday Advocacy, […]

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New Research Helps Us Improve Our Practice

As we strive to do our best work, there is so much to learn.  I encourage you to take time for learning and reflection this month, and I’d like to share some new research that is available to aid our learning and advance our work. A National Imperative: Joining Forces to Strengthen Human Services in America outlines the importance and social impact of human services community-based organizations.  This report affirms the value of human services, cautions that many providers are financially tenuous and at risk due to a number of systemic issues, and speaks to the potential to shift the […]

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D & O Insurance for Small Nonprofits

Are you a new or small nonprofit that has never carried insurance? Do you wish you could get Directors & Officer’s (D&O) insurance to cover your board and executive, but you haven’t been able to find an affordable policy? Washington Nonprofits and the Nonprofit Insurance Program (NPIP) have talked about the dilemma of smaller nonprofits who can’t afford this step for some time. We are now pleased to share information about an affordable option that could be a fit for you. The Non Profit Insurance Program (NPIP), through its administrator, Clear Risk Solutions, has partnered with a carrier that can […]

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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 […]

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2016 Northwest Capacity Report

Washington Nonprofits is proud to partner with the four other northwest state nonprofit associations to release a comprehensive study on the capacity, strengths, and challenges of the region’s nonprofit sector. The 2016 Northwest Nonprofit Capacity Report: Our Strengths – Our Challenges – Our Resilience was developed using survey data from over 1,000 nonprofits in Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington. The report highlights the progress nonprofits are making in creating a resilient sector. Download the summary and the full research report. Download information specific to Washington State.