Save the date - Washington State Nonprofit Conference is May 17th!
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Dear Members and Friends,

Happy New Year!  2017 is shaping up to be a busy year for Washington Nonprofits, and we are grateful for your partnership in strengthening the nonprofit sector statewide.  Please consider joining us for dialogue at the Washington State Nonprofit Conference on May 17 or via our member conference calls.  Check out the latest research on the Washington State nonprofit sector.  Read about our latest advocacy victory.  Consider how you can build reflection into your work life to be more strategic and productive.  It’s all here in this newsletter—please read on!
In Solidarity,

Laura Pierce
Interim Executive Director

Save the Date! 

Washington State Nonprofit Conference

May 17, 2017 
Pre-Conference on May 16
Meydenbauer Center, Bellevue WA
The Washington State Nonprofit Conference gathers over 700 nonprofit leaders for a day of networking, learning and new ideas.  This year, we are planning for an inspiring day that embodies the following values:
  • Stories from the field:  Learning from the lived experiences of nonprofit leaders across Washington State.  We are committed to hearing from practitioners and providing more opportunities for attendees to learn from each other and problem-solve together.
  • Increasing equity: Building commitment to and action for equity within our organizations and our communities.
  • Staying current:  Opportunities to engage with current events and strategies for leading in uncertain times.  
  • Going green: This year the conference will focus on people, minimize paper and move toward earth-friendly practices.

In addition, there will be a Nonprofit Resource Center hosted by 501 Commons and over 50 exhibitors offering goods and services that benefit nonprofit organizations. We hope you will join us!

Registration will open at the end of January. If you are interested in submitting a workshop proposal, please find more information here

Learn More

Architecture of Action: Connecting Conferences with Change

by Nancy Bacon, Director of Learning

Conferences fill ballrooms with people eager for inspiration, who then spill out into workshop rooms where they learn and connect with colleagues. That energy can be like a sugar rush –  we reach a high state of excitement imagining how amazing things are going to be when we get home and reinvent. Or maybe that sugar rush-inducing excitement is really anxiety because we realize how far behind we seem to be.

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State Supreme Court Upholds Nonprofit Independence

by Rick Anderson, Director of Public Policy

Nonprofits earning money by performing government contracts are not automatically transformed into governmental entities subject to the state’s public records law, the Washington State Supreme Court unanimously ruled this month. The underlying case concerned a public records demand that an individual made on the nonprofit Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle. When the nonprofit refused to provide all requested documents, the individual sued, claiming, among other things, that because the zoo used to be run by the city and the nonprofit zoo earned money from a city contract, it should be subject to the public records law. The trial court disagreed, and when the individual appealed, she lost again. She then appealed to the State Supreme Court.

Washington Nonprofits and the National Council of Nonprofits jointly filed an amicus brief in the case last fall.  The brief made it clear that an expansion of the act to include nonprofits would significantly harm the ability of our sector to provide services and would end up harming the public, including the most vulnerable among us.  The Supreme Court decision officially adopted a test that clarifies the law and limits expansion of open records and meetings laws only to instances in which nonprofit entities are truly standing in the place of governmental agencies.

Washington Nonprofits works to protect, promote and advance the nonprofit sector through advocacy in all branches of government. We are pleased we could partner with our allies to ensure that nonprofits are protected from onerous public records reporting requirements.

Members Call

Members are invited to join in a conversation with peers and Washington Nonprofits leadership on the most pressing topics of 2017. This will be an open dialogue structured around guiding questions. These calls take place over the lunch hour from 12-1pm and are free for all Washington Nonprofits members. 
January Member Conference Call
2017 Preview with Laura Pierce, Washington Nonprofits Interim Executive Director

Thursday, January 26, 2017
12-1pm PST
February Member Conference Call            
Lifting Our Voices with Laura Pierce and Rick Anderson, WN Policy Director

Friday, February 17, 2017
12-1pm PST
Register Here

Thank you, Aimie!

The steady hand behind all of our workshops and webinars for the past two and a half years has been Aimie Kawai. Aimie joined the Washington Nonprofits staff in early 2015 to coordinate learning programs. She was instrumental in the delivery of our 124 learning events last year. Aimie left Washington Nonprofits to join the Nonprofit Assistance Center, a partner capacity building organization working with communities of color in South King County. Thank you, Aimie, for all you did to help nonprofits learn and connect!

Washington State Sector Report

We are pleased to announce the release of the 2016 Washington State Sector Report, based on a survey of 992 nonprofit organizations. 
Please click here to view the report, which profiles our sector with a particular focus on nonprofit capacity.

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Upcoming Workshops

JANUARY 18 & 25
It's Your Turn, The Role of the Board Chair
Online-second half of 4 part webinar series
12:00pm-1:00pm PST

What You Need to Know to Serve on a Nonprofit Board
12:00pm-1:00pm PST

Boards in Gear

Palouse Nonprofit Network

Walla Walla Nonprofit Network
Walla Walla
9:00am-1:00pm PST

Liquor, Gambling, Raffles & Cannabis... and your next event
9:00am-1:00pm PST

How to Get Your Technology Funded
Online Idealware Course

Quickbooks Made Easy
Online course

Finance Unlocked for Nonprofits
12:00-1:30pm PST

How to Train Well

Finance Unlocked for Nonprofits

Ready for Action: What is Involved in Serving on a Board
Walla Walla

Finance Unlocked for Nonprofits

The Accidental Grantwriter
Mount Vernon




Central Washington Conference

MAY 17
Washington State Nonprofit Conference

Why Join?

As Washington's nonprofit state association, Washington Nonprofits is making sure all nonprofits have what they need to succeed.  We help you learn, increase your influence and connect you to people and resources.
Become a Member

Members Only

Our Newest Member Benefit: Office Depot
JANUARY 27  Webinar
We are proud to introduce our newest cost-saving 
partnership with Office Depot. 

4th Annual Nonprofit Legislative Reception
Join us at the Nonprofit Legislative Reception to meet the First Lady, legislators, and members of the nonprofit community. Space is limited-Register Now!

Looking for more online resources? 

We invite you to explore our new online learning website for more on Boards in GearFinance Unlocked for Nonprofits, and Let’s Go Legal.
Washington Nonprofit Institute

Join our Team

If you know someone who might be interested in joining our learning team, we have posted the open position here.
Thank you to our Members, Networks, and Community Partners!

Thank you New and Renewing Members -
December 2016

9th and 10th Horse Cavalry Buffalo Soldiers Museum 
The Alford Group
Art Salvage
Arts Unlimited Of Renton
Benton-Franklin County Medical Society
Chrysalis DBA/Dream Catcher Balloon
Communities In Schools Of Federal Way
Cowiche Canyon Conservancy
Dispute Resolution Center of Yakima and Kittitas Counties
Domestic & Sexual Violence Crisis Center AKA SAGE
Education Foundation Of The Philippines
Holly Ridge Center
Housing Options for Students in Transition (HOST)
Kelly Accounting Solutions
The Olympia-Tumwater Foundation
Olympic Peninsula YMCA
Positive Altitude Editorial
Relief And Education For Afghan Children
Spokane Edible Tree Project
The Steelman Family Foundation
Thurston County Food Bank
United Ways of the Pacific Northwest

Washington Nonprofits makes sure nonprofits have what they need to succeed. We help nonprofits learn, increase their influence, and connect to people and resources. We are Washington’s state association for all nonprofits. For more information, please visit our website and our calendar of events. 
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