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New Year, New Policy Environment

January 14, 2019 David Streeter

Welcome to 2019! We’re only half way through January and there are already key developments and challenges impacting nonprofits at the federal and state government levels.  At the federal level, Democrats re-took control of the House of Representatives, leaving the federal government divided between the Democratic-led House and Republican-led Senate and White House. Currently, the federal government is shut down due to lawmakers’ inability to compromise on a funding package at the end of 2018. As of writing this, it is uncertain when the shut down will end. We know that federal workers and nonprofits across our country are impacted […]

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Washington Nonprofits Public Policy Agenda for 2019

December 17, 2018 David Streeter

We are excited to share our 2019-2020 Public Policy Principles and Platformwith you. Our document was developed with input from our Public Policy Committee and our Board and is intended to complement the platform developed by the National Council of Nonprofits. The document we developed will guide our work during the upcoming legislative session. As the state’s nonprofit association, we make sure that nonprofits have what they need to succeed. In terms of our 2019-20 legislative agenda that means building an environment that supports the nonprofits that support our communities. We plan to operationalize this agenda through a framework with […]

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New Report Shows Nonprofit View on Overtime Pay Rule Making

December 17, 2018 David Streeter

Thank you very much to the 400+ nonprofits from across Washington State that participated in our survey designed to assess the impact of the Washington State Department of Labor & Industries’ overtime pay proposal.  We are pleased to share the full report summary with you as well as our new position paper on the topic. The Department of Labor & Industries extended its deadline for commenting to December 31, 2018. If you are able to, please submit a comment to their engagement site before the deadline. There is no set format for commenting; just share your organization’s view on the proposal […]

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Action Alert: Tell Congress to Repeal New Nonprofit Transit Tax

December 10, 2018 David Streeter

Repeal of New Nonprofit Transportation Tax Is Possible — But Members of Congress Need to Hear from Nonprofits Now! Leaders in Washington, DC representing charitable, religious, and philanthropic organizations have convinced most lawmakers that the new 21-percent unrelated business income tax (UBIT) on nonprofits for transportation benefits expenses, like transit passes and parking, should be repealed. Indeed, even the House tax-writing committee chair who put this new unfair and burdensome tax into the 2017 law is now saying it ought to be eliminated. BUT, that’s not enough. Your Representatives and Senators need to hear from you and other nonprofits – immediately – if […]

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Comment on WA Overtime Pay Policy Options

July 30, 2018 David Streeter

Washington State’s Department of Labor and Industries is currently engaged in rulemaking to update our state’s overtime pay exemption threshold. The likely effect of this process is that more workers will be eligible for overtime pay, which will undoubtedly impact your nonprofit organization. Because of this, we strongly encourage your organization to join Washington Nonprofits in responding to the latest Draft Rule Concepts released by the Department before September 5th. Comments from Washington Nonprofits are available here. The full set of draft concepts is available here. It contains a menu of policy options for your organization to consider and comment […]

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Member Spotlight: Washington State CAP – The Beginning of Our Boldness

July 17, 2018 Julia Hunter

Have you recently asked a policy maker for something that would make a positive difference in your community? The Washington State Community Action Partnership (WSCAP) did just that when they decided to be bold in advocating for a rural home rehabilitation fund. In return they were granted millions of dollars and Senate Bill 5647 received incredible bi-partisan support. Merritt Mount, Executive Director of WSCAP, explains how historically their organization had flown under the radar in the advocacy arena. Community Action Agencies, which make up the partnership’s network, work to reduce poverty and provide emergency services. Like many nonprofits, they were […]

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Advocacy Update: Nonprofit Nonpartisanship Preserved in Federal Spending Bill

March 22, 2018 David Streeter

Last night, the House and Senate Appropriations Committees released their omnibus spending bill to keep the government funded for the remainder of the fiscal year, which ends September 30, 2018. Absent from the 2,200+ page spending bill is a provision that would have repealed or weakend the Johnson Amendment, the part of the Internal Revenue Code that requires tax-exempt 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations to be nonpartisan. This is a significant victory for nonprofit organizations. Your advocacy helped make the difference! Thank you to everyone who took action to preserve the Johnson Amendment. Your phone calls, emails, and tweets to Congress made […]

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Congress Threatening WA DISCLOSE Act with Johnson Amendment Repeal Effort

March 19, 2018 David Streeter

Click here to download the press release as a pdf. Want to take action? Click here to learn what you can do. SEATTLE, WA- Washington Nonprofits, Washington State’s nonprofit association, reacted today to Governor Inslee’s signing of the DISCLOSE Act. “The DISCLOSE ACT is designed to enhance transparency and accountability in our state’s elections and we look forward to partnering with state government to ensure that nonprofits know how to comply with the new law,” said Washington Nonprofits Executive Director Laura Pierce. “Ironically, certain congressional leaders are currently threatening these same principles through their ongoing effort to restrict or repeal […]

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March Public Policy Update: Johnson Amendment Under Threat; Legislative Session Recap

March 15, 2018 David Streeter

It’s only March, but there have been many state and federal public policy developments relevant to the nonprofit sector. Below are key issues for your nonprofit organization to be aware of: Johnson Amendment Under Threat as Congress Races Toward March 23rd Deadline The Capitol Hill newspaper POLITICO is reporting that an anti-Johnson Amendment rider is one of the last contentious policy issues still on the table in the congressional negotiations over an omnibus spending bill that must be enacted in the coming days to avoid a federal government shutdown. It is imperative that all people who cherish nonprofit nonpartisanship tell […]

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December Public Policy Update: Stay Current on Tax Reform; Legislative Session Preview

December 14, 2017 David Streeter

The final few weeks of 2017 have seen a lot of action on issues impacting nonprofit organizations. Below is a brief roundup of the key issues that your organization should be aware of: Stay Up to Date on Federal Tax Reform Over the last several weeks, Washington Nonprofits has been advocating for the nonprofit sector’s interests in the federal tax reform debate. The current House and Senate tax reform proposals have the potential to significantly damage the nonprofit sector due to the projected negative impact on charitable giving. Worse, the House proposal threatens to expose nonprofits to partisan politics by […]