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Planning for Reopening

During the pandemic, many nonprofits have temporarily shut their doors, while others have ramped up to provide essential services. How do we plan for the coming year, knowing that there is no going back to “normal”? […]

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Forgiveness Rules for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP)

On May 21, 2020 Washington Nonprofits presented a webinar on “COVID-19 & Nonprofits: Understanding Forgiveness Rules for the Paycheck Protection Program.” You can access the webinar recording and resources in this post. Keep scrolling for more resources and Payroll Protection Program (PPP) Updates. Webinar Resources: Presentation Slideshow Case Study Application Case Study Worksheet (navigate by choosing the tabs at the bottom of the spreadsheet) Corrections & Notes from the webinar: 1. Future Changes. There will likely be future changes to the application and additional rules issued by the SBA. Hopefully, the new rules will make it easier for borrowers with smaller […]

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COVID-19 and Your Nonprofit Finances

COVID-19 and Your Nonprofit Finances “We need help to understand our financial picture, determine what federal programs to apply for, and generally work on our financial sustainability.” This is what we are hearing from all kinds of nonprofits right now. In the short run, here are links to a few resources that we have a lot of faith in. We will add to this page as we hear of new resources. The Nonprofit Finance Fund is a national organization focused on financial sustainability for nonprofits. They are offering a series of free webinars about navigating through the current crisis conditions. […]

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Census Resources for Historically Undercounted Communities

During the month of April, Washington Nonprofits and the US Census Bureau are partnering to bring you a series of webinars focusing on specific historically undercounted communities. Each will include a presentation from an expert in the field followed by a conversation about how to continue Census outreach during the COVID-19 pandemic. How will an undercount impact communities? How has COVID-19 impacted outreach to historically undercounted communities? How can we shift to new strategies to reach historically undercounted persons? Wed, April 8:  Statistics in Schools with Judy Dunne Thur, April 9:  Social Media and Video Contest with Licett Figueroa  Tues, April 14:  How Census Data Impacts Health Care […]

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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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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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Resources for Nonprofits

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.