Member Spotlight: The Wishing Star Foundation – Mission Meets World (and baby goats)

June 12, 2018 Julia Hunter

How did baby goats get involved with the oldest wish granting organization in Washington State? Dan Curley, Executive Director of the Wishing Star Foundation, tells the story of how baby goats raised almost $40,000 for the foundation with the help of 110 volunteers. His advice to nonprofits: bring in the community as much as humanly possible. The Wishing Star Foundation grants wishes for children with life threatening illnesses through the help of volunteers, donors, businesses, and the joyfully given support of the local community. Curley explains how inviting the public in as participants of your work, with real investment in […]


Member Spotlight: Blue Mountain Humane Society – How collaboration can strengthen a community

February 14, 2018 Julia Hunter

For the Blue Mountain Humane Society, an animal shelter is the “happiest place on earth.” It’s where pets and owners are reunited and meet for the first time. Executive Director Sara Archer explains, “It is such a place of hope and possibility.” How did this one nonprofit turn what for many is a sad “pound” holding lost animals, into a place of love and connection? Sara Archer recounts how revamping their mission statement and then focusing on an articulated vision helped her to clearly and boldly engage with the community. Her organization loves to collaborate with nonprofits in their Walla […]

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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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Central WA

February 2, 2017 Nancy Bacon

YAKIMA COUNTY Washington Nonprofits works in partnership with the Central Washington Nonprofit Network, the United Way of Central Washington and the Yakima Valley Community Foundation to bring nonprofit learning to Yakima County. KITTITAS COUNTY CHELAN/OKANOGAN COUNTIES BENTON/FRANKLIN COUNTIES GRANT COUNTY   FOR A COMPLETE CALENDAR OF EVENTS, CLICK HERE.

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Eastern WA

February 1, 2017 Nancy Bacon

SPOKANE COUNTY Washington Nonprofits works in partnership with the Inland Northwest Community Foundation, the United Way, the City of Spokane and others to bring nonprofit learning to Spokane County. STEVENS COUNTY 10/17 (Colville): Storytelling for Fundraising Success FERRY COUNTY 10/3 (Republic): Storytelling for Fundraising Success PEND OREILLE COUNTY 10/10 (Newport): Storytelling for Fundraising Success WHITMAN COUNTY Washington Nonprofits works in partnership with the United Way, Chamber of Commerce and the Community Action Center. 8/14 (Pullman): Palouse Nonprofit Showcase WALLA WALLA COUNTY Washington Nonprofits works in partnership with the Walla Walla Nonprofit Learning Center, a partnership with Sherwood Trust and Walla Walla […]