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Washington State Department of Commerce (Commerce): Unfamiliar Territory Leads to a Model for Successful Government/Nonprofit Partnership

In the beginning, working with nonprofits was unfamiliar territory for Cheryl Smith, Director of Community Engagement and Outreach with the Washington State Department of Commerce (Commerce). She says previous work with nonprofits would typically center around a specific policy goal, but with CARES Act funding, she was made aware of the importance and urgency around the many needs and gaps in nonprofit communities around the state. Many of the gaps Cheryl became aware of centered around nonprofits that provide essential services and during the pandemic. Many of them were experiencing financial hardship due to their inability to fundraise. After becoming […]

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Voices of Pacific Island Nations (VOPIN) – CARES Act Funding Helps Nonprofit Address Achievement Gap among Kitsap County Pacific Islander Students

When Patrick Woo-Ching founded Voices of Pacific Island Nations in 2015, he did so by asking himself the question, “If not me, who else?” What Patrick felt he had an obligation to address was the lack of academic achievement among Pacific Islander students in public schools here in Washington state. Patrick says he became aware of a significant achievement gap back in the 90’s when he was doing research as an undergrad at the University of Washington. Years later, when he decided to go back to school to get his master’s in public administration, he revisited the issue and found […]

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United Indians of All Tribes Foundation (UIATF): CARES Act Grant Administration Uses a Humanistic Approach, Paving the Way for Trust-based Philanthropy

United Indians of All Tribes Foundation (UIATF), an organization with its origins in activism, has a 51-year history of providing a variety of culturally responsive services and programming to Seattle and King County’s urban Native community. As a “hub for the Native community”, they provide thirteen social services that Leslie Haynes, the organization’s grants manager, describes as cradle to the grave services including doulas, developmental screening for young children to get them kindergarten ready, an indigenous focused preschool, a youth shelter for homeless youth, veterans services, services for those at risk for eviction, and an elders program. They also host […]

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Washington State Arts Commission (ArtsWA): State Agency with Deep Community Ties Made Sure Arts and Culture Organizations Were Supported

COVID-19 had a devastating impact on the creative economy across the country, and the creative economy in Washington state was not spared. The Washington State Arts Commission (ArtsWA) says the state’s creative economy supports more than 17,600 arts and culture-related businesses and more than 305,000 jobs. In 2020, the sector saw 72% of creative businesses in the state severely impacted by COVID-19, with $5.2 billion in lost revenue, $1.8 billion total loss revenue for creative workers, and nearly 80,000 creative employees losing their jobs. To help alleviate COVID’s devastating impact, ArtsWA partnered with the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), […]

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School’s Out Washington (SOWA): Nonprofit Umbrella Distributed State Funds in a way that Worked for Nonprofits

School’s Out Washington (SOWA), an organization dedicated to strengthening community systems that support quality expanded learning programs for Washington’s children and youth, is another nonprofit organization that successfully partnered with state government to distribute CARES Act funding through the Washington Youth Development Nonprofit Relief Fund (WYDNRF). Through their partnership with the Washington State Department of Commerce, SOWA awarded a total of $9.4 million in fall 2020 and an additional $4.8 million in spring 2021 to grassroots organizations around the state that directly support Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) youth, youth in poverty, and other priority youth populations. Katya Miltimore, […]

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Yakima Valley Community Foundation: Partnership with Yakima County Ensured that Vital Funding Stayed in the Local Community

Washington Nonprofits recently had the opportunity to connect with Sharon Miracle, President and CEO of the Yakima Valley Community Foundation. Sharon shared their success story of assisting Yakima County in allocating CARES Act funding to nonprofits in the Yakima Valley. Sharon told us that, Yakima County was just one week away from their spending deadline and had $3 million dollars left to spend. She said they had no idea how to work with the local nonprofit sector. In just seven days spanning the Thanksgiving weekend, the Yakima Valley Community Foundation was able to establish an agreement with the county, connect […]

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Action Alert: Arts & Culture Funding

Relief grants now available for arts and cultural nonprofits Dear Colleague, Yesterday, the Washington State Arts Commission (ArtsWA) in coordination with the Washington State Department of Commerce opened applications for CARES Relief funding grants for arts and culture nonprofits.  Nonprofit arts and cultural organizations, including tribal organizations, and fiscally sponsored groups impacted by COVID-19 are eligible to apply for grants of up to $10,000 for general operating support. No funding match is required. The deadline to apply is October 23.  The application takes an estimated 30 minutes to complete. “The creative sector is an important part of Washington’s economy that’s […]

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Action Alert: SOWA And Paid Family Leave

Youth development funding opportunity and paid family leave update Dear Colleague, September 23 marks six months since Gov. Inslee issued a stay-home order to slow the spread of COVID-19 in Washington.  In six months, we’ve adjusted to wearing masks and social distancing. We’ve hosted work meetings and birthday parties online. We’ve completed home improvement projects, come together for outdoor picnics, and cheered for healthcare workers from our front porches. We’ve grieved the loss of loved ones, jobs, homes, and canceled plans. We’ve found new ways to support each other and our communities through this crisis — and you’ve led the […]

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Action Alert: Update On CARES Act Funding

Update regarding CARES Act funding for nonprofits Dear Colleague, Washington Nonprofits, working alongside our partners, has consistently urged elected leaders at the federal, state, and county levels to include nonprofits in COVID-19 relief and recovery planning and funding. Most recently, we sent a letter to all county commissioners and county executives in Washington encouraging them to include nonprofits in the distribution of $126 million recently allocated from the state. Nonprofits across Washington are suffering financially due to reduced revenues, closures, increased operating costs, and increased demand for services. Our state is investing federal CARES Act funding for COVID-19 relief in […]