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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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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 […]

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A new tool to find relevant data for your organization

October 10, 2017 Laura Pierce

Do you wish you had better data about the community you serve? Not sure where to start? Headwaters Economics, a research consulting firm based in Montana, has developed some tools that aggregate federal data and make it available via free tools on their website. The Economic Profile System allows you to create a custom profile for your area with a wealth of information about demographics, local economics and land use. This information is continuously updated from federal sources including the Bureau of Economic Analysis, the Bureau of Labor Statistics and the Bureau of the Census. A second tool, Populations at […]

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Make Your Voice Heard on Overtime Pay

September 14, 2017 Laura Pierce

Dear Washington Nonprofits Members, I wanted to be sure you knew that the U.S. Department of Labor has an open request for information (RFI) on updating the rules for overtime pay. A quick review of the comments submitted so far reveals that less than 100 of the 138,000 comments reference nonprofits. Please participate so that nonprofit voices are heard. Despite a federal judge formally rejecting the Obama Administration’s proposed changes to overtime rules, the Trump Administration is still soliciting feedback from employers on how best to update the overtime rules. We request that your organization respond to the RFI by following these steps: Conduct a […]

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September Public Policy Update

September 14, 2017 David Streeter

Weigh in on Washington Capital Budget Delay and Federal Overtime Rules The fall season is shaping up to be full of public policy developments impacting nonprofits. Below is a round up of key items 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 reach out to Washington Nonprofits’ Director of Public Policy and Advocacy David Streeter. Washington State’s capital budget is currently delayed. If your organization is impacted by the delay, please email david@washingtonnonprofits.org to share your story. We want to […]

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Advocacy Update – DOL Overtime Rules (Again)

August 14, 2017 Nancy Bacon

Remember the proposed change in Department of Labor (DOL) overtime rules that we were all preparing to implement last year?  And how it was blocked at the last minute by the courts?  Well, DOL is now revisiting the issue and soliciting public comments regarding the rules.  We encourage nonprofits to submit comments so the rules will be made with nonprofits in mind, not just private companies.  Let them know how changes will impact your ability to deliver on your mission by sharing how an increase in the minimum salary levels would affect operations, resources, and staffing, as well as what […]