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Action Alert: Fundraising Tax Exemption Close to Expiring – Write Your House Members Today

November 14, 2019 David Streeter

Picture this scenario: Your nonprofit is hosting a gala with a silent auction. You and your fellow staff members are overwhelmed with all the craziness of working the event while your guests are having a good time. Then, at the end of the night, it’s time to announce the silent auction winners. The winners are ecstatic and riding high about the fun items they’ve won. Then, reality sets in: you have the unfortunate task of breaking it to the winners that they owe an additional sales tax on their prizes. Thankfully, this is a hypothetical situation. But it could become […]

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New law prohibits asking about a job applicant’s salary history

September 3, 2019 David Streeter

As of July 28, 2019, there is a Washington State law that affects all nonprofits with employees. Governor Jay Inslee signed a new law that prohibits employers from asking job applicants about their salary history until after a job offer with a salary or wage has been made. Additionally, employers with 15 or more employees must provide external and internal applicants for jobs with a specific wage or salary upon request. Make sure your nonprofit does not ask applicants about salary history, as it is now illegal. Why this Law Matters: This law is an important step to closing the gender pay gap. […]

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New Advocacy Toolkit Launch: Build a Movement (BAM!)

April 15, 2019 Nancy Bacon

Knowledge is power, and nonprofits certainly have a lot of knowledge. The trick is to get that knowledge to the people who need it to make good policy decisions. How can a nonprofit communicate what they know to policymakers? How can they use advocacy to grow their mission? Washington Nonprofits has launched a new resource to help nonprofits use policy to achieve their goals. Build a Movement: Tools to Use Public Policy to Achieve Your Nonprofit’s Mission uses the metaphor of a house to explain the ways to engage advocacy in the life of your organization. There is Everyday Advocacy, […]

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Take Action for the 2020 Census Today

April 1, 2019 David Streeter

It is now April 2019, which means that we are one year away from the 2020 Census!   The 2020 census is a once-in-a-decade opportunity to get increased federal funding and representation for our state—but over 1.6 million Washingtonians are at risk of being left out of the count. An incomplete count would mean less money for nonprofit services, schools, roads, and community projects that make our state a special place to live. Watch the video below to learn more. We need your voice to make sure the 2020 census counts everyone in our state—no exceptions! If we don’t count everyone — […]

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New Tax Will Divert Funds from Mission-Related Work

March 29, 2019 David Streeter

National tax-reform has changed the landscape for nonprofits, including the new 21% tax burden on transportation benefits and employee parking. A national sign-on letter is now circulating to call on Congress to repeal this tax as soon as possible. You can add your organization to this national sign-on letter until Wednesday, April 3, 2019.

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Get Answers to Your 2020 Census Questions

March 13, 2019 David Streeter

The 2020 Census is right around the corner, and we’re sure you have questions. Below is our informational video about the Census, which we encourage you to watch if you have not seen it yet. You can also download and circulate our latest one pagers on the Census: Click here to download the English version of the one pager Click here to download the Spanish version of the one pager Once you take a look at our materials, please let us know what questions you may have so that we can get you the information you need as part of […]

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Take 5 Minutes to Support Charitable Giving in Our State

March 5, 2019 David Streeter

What if our supporters had to pay taxeson auction items and raffle prizes? There is a very important bill under consideration by the Washington State legislature that Washington Nonprofits supports. HB 1808 removes the current expiration date for the use tax exemption on nonprofit and library fundraising. Without the passage of this bill, tax exemption on items purchased or won at a nonprofit fundraiser or event would no longer be available past July 1, 2020. HB 1808 ensures a future tax exemption for items valued under $12,000 that are won or purchased during a nonprofit fundraiser or event. Contact your […]

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February WA Legislative Session Update

February 20, 2019 David Streeter

Washington Nonprofits has been hard at work staying on top of the 2019 legislative session. As of writing this, we are coming up on the first major cutoff deadline in the session calendar, in which all bills must clear their original committee or be frozen until next year. Below is a summary of some key items Washington Nonprofits has been working on. Be sure to register for our upcoming Public Policy Advisory Call in March 7th to discuss these items and get the latest policy information. HB 1808- Making the Nonprofit and Library Fundraising Exemption Permanent Washington Nonprofits is supporting HB 1808, […]

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Help Prevent the Next Federal Government Shutdown

February 5, 2019 David Streeter

The 35-day federal government shutdown caused widespread disruptions in the lives of millions of people. Fortunately, our nonprofits were there to address problems, maintain well-being, and help communities. However, we also understand that the effects of the shutdown will be with us for some time, and many people and organizations will not recover soon.  The threat of another shutdown is very real. Unless federal elected officials can negotiate an agreement by February 15, then the disruptions and harm caused before will be compounded by yet another shutdown.  Washington Nonprofits, in collaboration with organizations across the country, has a very clear […]

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How to Help End the Government Shutdown

January 25, 2019 David Streeter

With the federal government shutdown stretching beyond 30 days, the impact on our communities is significant. Some nonprofits are experiencing increased demand for services, delayed funds for programs or projects, or clients losing benefits. Supports like food stamps and Section 8 vouchers are at risk as the pipeline of funding runs dry. I probably don’t have to tell you that most nonprofits do not have substantial reserves that would allow them to continue to operate for an extended period without the payments they receive from federal sources. There are two ways you can help end the shutdown: tell your story and […]