Washington’s nonprofit sector provides services in virtually every community in the state, generates more than 236,000 jobs, and leverages over $5 billion worth of volunteer services each year. In short, our sector is a major provider of the services, jobs, and civic engagement that makes our communities better. That’s why Washington Nonprofits is proud to protect, promote, and advance the state’s nonprofit sector within the Washington State Legislature.

As the state’s nonprofit association, we make sure that nonprofits have what they need to succeed. That means building upon a policy environment that supports the nonprofits that care for our communities. Our policy agenda uses the National Council of Nonprofits’ agenda as a starting point and tailors it to our state’s specific needs and opportunities. We operationalize our policy agenda through a framework with three elements:

Protect: We track introductions of bills to identify potential threats to the sector. Read about our achievements in 2016.

Promote: We work to increase legislators’ understanding of the importance of our sector. We see this understanding as a foundation to building strong policies and a funding framework that supports and advances our sector.

Advance: We work to improve the partnership between our sector and government in ways that strengthen nonprofit effectiveness and lead to better outcomes for our communities. Read about our work with local impart networks.