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Announcing the Central Washington Conference for the Greater Good

November 15, 2018 Nancy Bacon

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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Member Spotlight: Bellingham Bay Community Boating Center – Capsizing Assumptions and Removing Barriers

October 17, 2018 Julia Hunter

   This summer the Bellingham Bay Community Boating Center challenged the status quo of how they offer services and risked disrupting their revenue stream. And it was a huge success. Their Free Tuesday Night Paddle Series offered a no-cost, one-hour paddle on Bellingham Bay. They decided to remove financial barriers to outdoor recreation and wanted to see who would come if they offered access to paddling for free. They were amazed to see more than 1,500 people who came for family-friendly, safe experience on the water, expanding the Boating Center’s understanding of the community they serve. What made the Free […]

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Member Spotlight: Mid-Columbia Arts Fundraiser – Collaboration Lifts All

September 19, 2018 Julia Hunter

If you live in the Mid-Columbia area, you might be looking forward to buying your tickets for the 4th Annual Mid-Columbia Arts Fundraiser. What a great way to support four organizations with one ticket: the Mid-Columbia Mastersingers, Mid-Columbia Musical Theatre, Mid-Columbia Symphony, and Mid-Columbia Ballet. At a time when organizations suffer from event fatigue and express concern about donor competition, these four organizations have come together to create one fundraiser: a multi-talented, arts-packed evening of entertainment around a theme. The 3rd Annual Mid-Columbia Arts Fundraiser brought the “fab four” together for a Beatles themed night, to great acclaim. They raised […]

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Member Spotlight: Volunteer Methow – Volunteer Innovation & the Elusive Generation Gap

August 16, 2018 Julia Hunter

There’s got to be a way that we can do this on a smart phone, someone thought. “This” was the connection of community members with nonprofits needing help: specifically, the millennial generation. The Methow Conservancy took a strong interest in engaging this age group in work across their community through the GenNxt project. They convened a volunteer fair to bridge the passion for community that this generation brings with concrete ways to “plug in.” Yet connecting people the old-fashioned way, face to face, brings inefficiencies that come with events requiring the attendance of geographically-dispersed people. Smart phone to the rescue. […]

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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 […]

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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

There are two main regions of nonprofit activity in Central Washington. North Central Washington is served by the Community Foundation of North Central Washington and its Nonprofit Practices Institute. South Central Washington is served by a partnership of organizations working with Washington Nonprofits. 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. See the calendar for the regular nonprofit network meeting schedule. 11/13/18 (Yakima): Central Washington Nonprofit Network Lunch & Learn   KITTITAS COUNTY Washington Nonprofits works […]

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Eastern WA

February 1, 2017 Nancy Bacon

Spokane is a hub of activity related to nonprofit learning. Washington Nonprofits convenes a series of learning events with the support of a number of funders, including the Innovia Community Foundation. SPOKANE COUNTY 11/12/18 (Spokane): Spokane Nonprofit Network Meeting Please visit our calendar for a complete listing of local, regional, and online events: