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Member Spotlight: Homes First Talks about Board Development

November 14, 2017 Julia Hunter

“Community members, through nonprofits, do what needs to be done to make their community a better place.” Trudy Soucoup joined Homes First as the Executive Director six years ago, and she quickly turned her attention to board development. Homes First owns their property and have paid professional staff, so they do not rely on their board as day-to-day volunteers. She went to work to move their board be more visionary and less hands-on. Board Success Story As a first step in board transformation, Trudy started onboarding new board members who would be a good fit with the direction the organization […]

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Member Spotlight: Baked goods, changed lives, & social enterprise

October 13, 2017 Julia Hunter

“What’s more welcoming than hot, fresh baked goods?” Transitions, a Washington Nonprofits organizational member since 2011, works to end poverty and homelessness for women and children in Spokane, and is doing some exciting work through social enterprise. New Leaf Bakery, a smashing success story, is the result of this innovation, combining an entrepreneurial business model with the traditional nonprofit mission. Since 2006, the bakery has been offering a café and catering services to the Spokane community, as well as free job training for women in the Spokane area who have been struggling to find employment. The program operates through two […]

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Member Spotlight: Wenatchee River Institute

September 15, 2017 Nancy Bacon

Since joining Washington Nonprofits, Wenatchee River Institute Executive Director Patrick Walker said one of the most surprising aspects of attending workshops and conferences is “how easily you can make a change by following the examples of others.” Fundraising is one example where easy to follWow solutions yield quick and effective results. “The number one tool for us was Jim Shapiro’s fundraising strategies [learned when] we attended our first conference.” These new fundraising ideas helped WRI step up its fundraising program and adopt a visual management system has been extremely useful when working with staff. Partnership is another big idea that can be […]

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Member Spotlight: Tieton Arts & Humanities

August 15, 2017 Nancy Bacon

Finding Sustainable Ways to Serve its Community Tieton Arts and Humanities creates and implements artistic and cultural programs in Tieton, Washington. Like many nonprofits, it needed to find sustainable opportunities for local and regional engagement and celebration. It therefore re-invented its summer youth program, enhancing it by hiring a local artist who has introduced fun, engaging art projects. The program has also been able to partner with the Tieton Library and their summer reading program to expand its summer offerings. Tieton Arts and Humanities holds community at the heart of its focus. In 2013 the National Endowment for the Arts […]