While nonprofits try their best to promote a community-centric approach to achieving their missions, this approach can often neglect another important audience – their employees. Organizations that want to cultivate more loyal and productive employees can do so by offering a service that many of us don’t often think about: Financial education.
Washington will be the fifth state to require employers to provide paid family and medical leave (PFML) benefits starting in 2020. These benefits are crucial for anyone who is recovering from a serious illness or injury, or has a close relative who is.
The need to belong is considered an innate feeling among all human beings across all cultures. That also applies to the workplace! Employees who feel like they belong to a larger cause will be more engaged, better connected to the mission, and feel valued.
The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) is currently gathering feedback about changes to overtime compensation rules and the WA State Department of Labor and Industries is looking to change the overtime rules that apply to Executive, Administrative, and Professional (EAP) employee categories.
The fall weather shift is a reminder to determine your public policy agenda and talk to your board about their role in advocacy. Get your staff and board members in contact with legislators before they head back to Olympia in January.
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Exciting news for nonprofit professionals, executives, board members, interns, students, and volunteers in the Pacific Northwest!
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In early August, 75+ people attended a workshop with Toren Lewis from the Alliance for Justice on the rules governing nonprofits being engaged in advocacy. The big takeaway was simple: Nonprofits and board members can and should advocate for the causes that matter most to them.
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.
All teams will experience breakdowns in their effectiveness. These can be more easily and quickly resolved if you do some important work in advance. Building trust and establishing clear norms and expectations can reduce conflicts and increase accountability to organizational goals.
Nonprofits in Washington raise millions each year from fundraisers, auctions, and raffles. But – whoa Nelly! – before you plan your next event, read this helpful toolkit.
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.
A “microaggression” is a verbal or nonverbal cue (whether intentional or unintentional) that communicates hostility or bias toward a targeted group of people. These unintended slights may seem harmless on the surface, but they perpetuate the feeling of being devalued and viewed as “the other.”
When we communicate with people from a racial or cultural background different from our own, there’s always the chance we might commit a “microaggression” – a verbal or nonverbal cue that conveys disrespect or bias.
Your mission may be best tackled by advocating for public policy and budget changes that impact your constituents. Learn the rules so that you can keep your board and organization aligned with the law while advocating for change.
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.
Federal and state laws require the retention of certain documents and electronic records for a minimum amount of time, making it essential for nonprofit organizations to have a written retention policy that is faithfully followed.
While we are far from achieving gender equity in leadership of business, government or nonprofit spheres, more attention is being given to women having access to leadership roles. While research has repeatedly shown that women leaders are good for business, many questions remained unanswered: How can we better recognize women as leaders in an authentic way and how do we better lift up women leaders in the nonprofit sector?