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Reopening: What’s Top of Mind for Nonprofits

The first 3 conversations in our Considerations for Reopening series each saw over one hundred participants from nonprofits across Washington state. If you were able to join us, your questions and suggestions strengthened our nonprofit network. We heard you. Covid-19 has impacted every level of your life and work. You are concerned about: Mask requirements, Clean and safe facilities, Ongoing uncertainty, and Emotional wellbeing of clients, coworkers, and yourself. Mask Requirements Wearing face coverings in public is now required in the state of Washington. Senior Policy Advisor John Snyder reminded us that not complying with the order is a misdemeanor. […]

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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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Staying Sane During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Covid-19 continues to profoundly alter our world as we seek to cope with it…. we are all in the midst of it and cannot see its boundaries. No one is outside this trauma. So how can we hold ourselves, our organizations, and our communities together? We can learn from some principles that come from understanding organizational trauma and recovery.
1. Contain the experience and create safety and stability.
2. Understand that what you and others are feeling is normal.
3. Accept that with no road map we will make mistakes.
4. Share experiences and feelings with each other.
5. Collectively make meaning from those experiences.
6. Identify pockets of resilience in your organization.
7. Celebrate unity, caring for each other, and coming together. […]

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Resources for Your Online Fundraising Campaign

Nonprofit life has transformed in the past few months, and so have fundraising strategies. Nonprofits are canceling in-person fundraisers and updating the ways they connect with their communities. The world is connecting virtually, and we’ve collected some resources to help you plan for your next online giving campaign. GiveBIG 2020 GiveBIG is a statewide program to facilitate online donations to nonprofits organized by 501 Commons, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization. This event is open to IRS tax-exempt organizations serving and headquartered in Washington State. Through GiveBIG, nonprofits raise funds online and connect with new donors. In 2019, 20% of donors reported […]

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Join to Show Your Support for Nonprofits

Nonprofits are vital to Washington State communities. The undersigned organizations call on our elected officials to include nonprofit organizations as a central part of COVID-19 relief and recovery efforts. Ensure that emergency grant and loan programs are accessible to nonprofits. Funding must be directed to nonprofits and accessible to smaller community organizations. Support “frontline” nonprofit service providers. Increasing emergency funding and access to personal protective equipment (PPE), hazard pay, and mental health services. Include nonprofit leaders at decision-making tables.  We know our communities and can contribute to lasting solutions. Expand charitable giving incentives.  Stimulate private philanthropy in support of recovery. Protect […]

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Washington Nonprofits COVID-19 Advocacy Update

Nonprofits are vital to society’s wellbeing. From food and shelter to arts and environmental conservation, we believe that all nonprofits offer essential services—services that must be continued safely during the crisis such as food banks and homeless shelters as well as services that must be assisted to resume as soon as it is safe to do so such as schools, museums, community development, and recreation. We have organized a united campaign for all nonprofits. Join us! Federal Advocacy As Congress crafts new rounds of relief packages, we need to raise our voices and tell our Congressional representatives that nonprofits are vital and […]