Laura Pierce

Nonprofit Jobs & Wages Update

Nonprofit Jobs & Wages Update

How are nonprofits faring currently? Collectively, we are still struggling with a labor crisis and slow job recovery. Washington Nonprofits recently received nonprofit jobs and wages data for ...
Policy Update: Data on Labor Shortage, Government Contracting, ARPA Funding, Small Employer Emergency Safety Grant Program

Policy Update: Data on Labor Shortage, Government Contracting, ARPA Funding, Small Employer Emergency Safety Grant Program

Action Alert: take the Nonprofit Finance Fund Survey. A national report and Washington state-level results are available from the National Council of Nonprofits Nonprofit Labor Shortage Survey. We are analyzing the results of our survey regarding government contracting. We continue to work to monitor American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) spending in Washington State. Good news! The guidelines for Washington State’s new Small Employer Emergency Safety Grant Program are inclusive of nonprofits in their eligibility definition for "small employer."
Prioritizing Mental Health and Wellness for Nonprofit Staff and Volunteers

Prioritizing Mental Health and Wellness for Nonprofit Staff and Volunteers

We are now faced with dramatic evidence that by not directing attention to mental health, we are unlikely to retain engaged, productive staff teams and volunteers. Here are some things to think about to create a supportive team culture that works to acknowledge the difficult times we are in and honor each of us as human beings with unique experiences.
Return to Work?

Return to Work?

We know that reopening is on your mind, and we want to continue to provide useful resources to guide your decisions. In June we hosted a Return to Work webinar and wrote a Washington State ...
Washington State Reopens

Washington State Reopens

On June 30, Governor Inslee announced the economic reopening of Washington state.  As most businesses return to pre-pandemic capacity and operations, each nonprofit organization will need to make decisions about how to reopen and what if any restrictions to keep in place to ensure safety for employees, clients, and customers.
Adventures in Compensation

Adventures in Compensation

How do nonprofits decide how much to pay their employees? This question is frequently asked of us, and there is not one clear answer. In fact, Washington Nonprofits has struggled to determine what is fair compensation for our staff. Going into 2021, we decided to do some work to determine if our team was being paid livable and competitive wages. Here are a few of the things we learned.
Call Outs in the Nonprofit Sector

Call Outs in the Nonprofit Sector

At this point, I am just beginning to discern a pattern and seek to understand it. Are these small uprisings a positive development that will lead to needed change in our sector, or divisive and ...
Are you keeping up with changing wage rates and HR compliance requirements?

Are you keeping up with changing wage rates and HR compliance requirements?

Minimum wage and overtime threshold levels now rise with inflation every year in Washington state. Make sure you are complying by paying your staff above these levels starting on January 1, ...
What Does the Election Mean for Nonprofits in Washington?

What Does the Election Mean for Nonprofits in Washington?

The 2020 election has (finally) come to a close and a great deal happened in the state and the nation. Let’s start with outcomes relevant for nonprofits.
How Nonprofits Can Respond to the Election

How Nonprofits Can Respond to the Election

Resources for election week and what comes next.
Are you prepared for the new state overtime rules?

Are you prepared for the new state overtime rules?

It’s budgeting season in a year like no other. For those of us without psychic ability and a crystal ball, how do we plan for 2021? There are many things to consider, but I want to lead with a big policy change that needs to be a focus of your forecasting: Significant changes to the Washington state overtime threshold rules are being phased in over the next 7.5 years.
Update Regarding CARES Act Funding for Nonprofits

Update Regarding CARES Act Funding for Nonprofits

County and city governments just received additional CARES Act funds. Here's the latest info we have about funding available to nonprofits.

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