Nonprofits have led the charge on many of the major movements that have changed our country. Whether it’s child labor laws, food regulations, women’s right to vote, racial and LGBTQ equality laws, or employee rights – the nonprofit sector played a substantial role in giving these movements life at the grassroots level.
There’s no better time to lift up the voices of the nonprofit sector than now, especially with the various challenges our communities are facing.
The move to virtual hearings and meetings with legislators in most states has allowed many more nonprofits to be actively engaging in proposing changes to the law and funding to benefit the community.
The federal minimum wage was implemented under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) of 1938. The initial purpose of a federal minimum wage was to stabilize America’s post-Depression economy and protect workers in the labor force. In order to protect desperate workers from being exploited, the minimum wage was established to ensure an equal living wage – a fair amount that could provide enough food, clothing, and shelter for a worker and their family.
Thank you to everyone in King County who filled out the Wage & Benefits Survey! The public database will be available on the 501 Commons website later this fall, allowing you to compare wages for various job titles across the sector.
Nonprofits play a vital role in educating the public about policy issues and actions that directly affect our communities. Knowing your advocacy rights – and strategies for effectively conducting advocacy – is crucial to doing it right.
Russ Oster, the CEO and Co-founder of Grassroots Unwired, dives into best practices for increasing meaningful engagement for your cause online. He writes about why it's important to leverage your digital outlets with intention, using his experience organizing grassroots campaign.
The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has now reopened the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). New loans are available to certain 501(c)6 organizations and those that did not apply last summer.
Eligible nonprofits in Washington State that have a primary business that’s been shut down or reduced by the pandemic – such as a performance venue, art/cultural exhibit, fitness center, or restaurant – can apply for state funding by Dec. 11.
2020 is ushering in new rules on the federal and state levels that define which employees are exempt from minimum wage and overtime pay.