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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 Absent from the 2,200+ page spending bill is a provision that would have repealed or weakend the Johnson Amendment, the part of the Internal Revenue Code that requires tax-exempt 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations to be nonpartisan.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 […]

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November Public Policy Update

November 13, 2017 David Streeter

The push to the end of the 2017 calendar year has seen lots of action on public policies impactingnonprofit organizations. Below is a round up of issues for your organization to be aware of. If there are other issues impacting your organization, or you would like to discuss these items further, please feel free to email Washington Nonprofits’ Director of Public Policy and Advocacy David Streeter. Federal Tax Reform: House Bill Could Dramatically Alter Nonprofit Operations, Missions The House Ways and Means Committee advanced its tax reform bill through the committee process. The bill contains two key provisions that could […]

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ACTION ALERT: Urge a NO Vote on the House Tax Bill And Shape the Senate Bill

November 13, 2017 Laura Pierce

This week is a crucial week for tax reform. The House version of the bill cleared the Ways and Means Committee last week and the Senate version is currently being debated in the Senate Finance Committee. Before it’s too late, please take the following actions. 1. Please review the comparison of the two tax reform bills and contact Senator Maria Cantwell at (202) 224-3441 to let her know how tax reform impacts your organization and the people you serve. You can also use the script and tweet below: “I am calling to urge Senator Cantwell to protect charitable giving in the Senate tax […]

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ACTION ALERT: House Tax Reform Bill Could Dramatically Alter Nonprofit Operations, Missions

November 6, 2017 Laura Pierce

Some of the proposed tax changes in the just-introduced House tax reform bill are bad for nonprofits. Very bad. And there’s very little time to do something about it. Call your Representative now and tell them not to undermine the work of charitable nonprofits through tax reform. The House tax reform bill is moving fast. The Tax Cuts & Jobs Act (H.R. 1) was introduced last Thursday, the tax committee starts working on it today, and the full House is expected to vote on it next week without amendments. Today and tomorrow may be the last best chance for nonprofits […]

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Take 3 Minutes TODAY to Tell Congress Not to Make Nonprofits Political Tools

October 30, 2017 Laura Pierce

Congress is finally serious about federal tax reform, and the ability of charitable nonprofits, houses of worship, and foundations to stay out of partisan politics is under attack. Please take three minutes today to call your U.S. Representative and deliver this simple message: “Don’t use tax reform to weaken or repeal the Johnson Amendment, which keeps partisan politics out of Washington State’s nonprofits, houses of worship, and foundations. I am concerned that efforts to repeal or weaken the Johnson Amendment would harm my community and damage the public’s trust in my organization and many other Washington State nonprofits and churches. Thank […]