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Get Creative With Employee Benefits

August 28, 2019 Human Resources
In today’s competitive job market, it is crucial for mission-based organizations to get creative when it comes to employee compensation – especially for nonprofits competing with large for-profit companies that have the ability to pay their employees more.

Take the Guesswork Out of Your Bookkeeping

August 27, 2019 Finance
Nonprofit accounting brings unique challenges, rules, and reporting requirements that for-profit companies don’t have to deal with. If anything is confusing you or causing you to lose sleep at night, partner with us and we can guide your way to better bookkeeping practices.

How the Washington Family Leave Act Affects Nonprofits

July 19, 2017
In early July, the legislature passed the Washington Family Leave Act (FLA), which provides eligible workers up to 12 weeks of paid protected leave for the birth or adoption of a child or for leave when the employee or a family member (including registered domestic partners) faces a serious health condition.

Helpful Resources: Financial Management

July 3, 2017
Sound financial management is a must for nonprofits. It's necessary for maintaining compliance with local and federal laws, reporting back to funders, and keeping the organization running smoothly. We share with you important resources on financial management that you should keep bookmarked for future reference.

Grant Opportunities - June 2017

June 27, 2017
Summer is finally here, but don't let your fundraising go on vacation! Check out these grant opportunities with deadlines happening in the next few weeks or months.

We Can Help You Strengthen Your Volunteer Management Practices

June 19, 2017
Your volunteers can reap benefits for your organization far beyond the time and talent they already provide. Committed volunteers may also become major donors, expert consultants, project leads, board members, and public advocates if proper time is spent cultivating these relationships.

Resiliency: How Can Nonprofit Leaders Build Resilient Organizations?

May 24, 2017
Resiliency…resiliency… just saying the word can make you feel more settled in these unsettling times. What are the strategies that nonprofit leaders can do to build resiliency in our organizations? Being resilient means the organization can not only survive a crisis but thrive.

GUEST BLOG: Everybody Has a Story. Make Yours Count

May 22, 2017
We are excited to share this blog post written by Dan Lamont (Tatoosh Media), a visual media specialist who is listed in our Resource Directory. He writes about the importance of storytelling and how every nonprofit organization has a compelling story that needs to be told.

WEBINAR: How to Solve Your Nonprofit's IT Compliance Issues

May 18, 2017
To protect the public’s safety and privacy, all companies – including nonprofits – must comply with state and federal rules regulating how to secure data and electronic transactions. Mistakes can lead to lawsuits and broken trust. Watch our webinar “How to Solve Your Nonprofit’s IT Compliance Issues” that goes into great depth about how to prevent these mistakes from happening.