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Helpful Resources: Mindfulness and Relieving Workplace Stress

November 25, 2019 Human Resources
“Mindfulness” is the practice of focusing on your inner feelings and gaining a better understanding of how these feelings influence your thoughts, actions, sense of purpose, and interactions. It also serves a vital role in fueling our creative processes, taming anxiety, and effectively maneuvering through stressful situations in the workplace.

Helpful Resources: Methods for Advocating Effectively

July 24, 2018 Policy & Legal
While it may seem like well-funded special interest groups are drowning out citizens in the public policy advocacy space, nonprofits shouldn’t feel like they’re voiceless. With proper strategy and allies, creating lasting change at the local, state, and national levels is possible.

Vietnamese Friendship Association: Looking Ahead to a Changing Community

July 6, 2018 Human Resources
For 40 years, Vietnamese Friendship Association has proudly served the Vietnamese and refugee populations in South Seattle. The organization originally sought to help resettle refugees affected by the Vietnam War. As time has gone on, VFA shifted toward supporting education, economic self-sufficiency, and leadership development programs.

What Nonprofits Need to Know About Data Privacy

June 18, 2018 Technology
Recent coverage about political campaigns using data curated by Facebook has awakened your clients, donors, and volunteers to privacy issues. Take those headlines as a heads up to make sure you can secure the personal data you have.