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Resources for Leaders

Our partner the Community Consulting Partnership (CCP) is offering two types of support to nonprofits: Consulting support for nonprofit organizations in the Puget Sound region Free executive coaching for executive directors, focused on Washington Nonprofits members outside King County Read more about the results of our first coaching pilot below or go here to learn more about either coaching or consulting from CCP available now. Our first round of coaching was a big success Being an executive director (ED) is a hard job and can be lonely at times. There are unique challenges in leading a nonprofit organization and reporting […]

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Applying an Equity Lens to Washington Nonprofits

The leadership of Washington Nonprofits cares deeply about racial equity and is working to embody our values better within our own organization and support efforts to create a more equitable nonprofit sector.   We recently engaged a consultant to conduct an equity audit of Washington Nonprofits, and our board and staff gathered last Friday to discuss the results.  I’d like to especially thank our partners who took the time to participate in the assessment by providing input via our consultant.  We are grateful for your generosity in helping us learn and grow. At our retreat, we discussed some of the ways […]

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Member Spotlight: Washington Main Street Communities – Strategy Transforming Communities Across Washington

The Main Street Story Have you ever had a lovely vacation in a delightful town with a charming Main Street? Maybe you have fond memories of a Main Street in the community where you grew up. Or you might even be lucky enough to live in a place with a Main Street Community! Since 1984, the Washington State Main Street Program has been helping communities revitalize the economy, appearance, and image of their downtown commercial districts. They do this by building a strategy centered around a community’s unique heritage and attributes, lifting up what is special about it to make […]

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Member Spotlight: Happy Pastures and The Council On Aging & Human Services

This is a story of Skeeter, Hammie, and a place called Happy Pastures. It is also a story about community and how nonprofits weave together services for people in need. Paige Collins serves as the Executive Director of The Council on Aging & Human Services and as the founder of Happy Pastures, a nonprofit livestock rescue based in LaCrosse, WA. As in other places, it’s not unusual for people in Whitman County to serve their community in many ways. Nonprofit volunteers and employees offer a variety of skills that contribute to a thriving community that, though may be spread out […]

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Member Spotlight: Communities In Schools of Benton-Franklin – Cultivating leadership by investing in nonprofit staff

Students and their families are top priority of for Communities In Schools of Benton-Franklin. This is why they invest in their staff with competitive pay and benefits and investments in professional development. Communities In Schools brings resources and volunteers into schools to help struggling students get back on track. Their evidenced-based, Integrated Student Supports model goes beyond offering resources to students. Their people are in the schools forming sustained relationships with students and their families. Site coordinators in the schools empower students and families to navigate the system, and they walk alongside them through their journey. Lupe Mares served as […]

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Central Washington Conference for the Greater Good – April 24

All roads lead to Yakima, Washington on April 24, 2019! The Central Washington Conference for the Greater Good is where nonprofit leaders, philanthropy, and others working in the public space come together to learn, connect, and imagine new solutions to opportunities and challenges within our communities. Now in its sixth year, this Conference represents a partnership between Washington Nonprofits, the Central Washington Nonprofit Network, the Yakima Valley Community Foundation and many others. Akaya Windwood will keynote the Conference, speaking on the topic, “People Matter.” Based in Oakland, California, she is a partner at WiseBridge, a global transformative advising, training and […]

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Courage to Solve Big Programs

It takes courage for a community to address the big issues in front of it. It takes courage to reach out to someone you don’t know and ask if they would work with you. It takes courage to become vulnerable about the challenges holding you back. It takes courage to imagine a solution and step forward towards it without really knowing it will work. Courage was on full display at “Next Steps for Network Leadership” in Yakima on November 2, 2018. Fifty-nine leaders from across Central Washington came together to dive deeper in the idea of network leadership, first introduced […]

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Next Steps in Network Leadership

Veni, Vidi, Vici. Eat, Pray, Love. Learn, Connect, Act. Three is a magic number in more than just Schoolhouse Rock. Three is the number of times Washington Nonprofits has created the space to talk about collaboration in Central Washington. At a time when nonprofit leaders are stressed out yet eager to make a difference, we want to make sure they have every resource possible to succeed, including the chance to map a pathway forward in partnership with colleagues across their community. On November 2, teams of nonprofit leaders will come together in Yakima to take action on the key lessons […]