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There's so much going on in philanthropy and the nonprofit sector, we just have to say our piece. Comments welcome!

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The Changing Faces of Philanthropy in the Northwest: Our 2016 Blog Series

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Here in the Northwest, we live at the intersection of rapid change and extreme contrast. We have tent cities in the shadows of sparkling new office towers; opulent suburban homes […]

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Early Returns: Giving increased again in 2015

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We often get asked, “What changes are you seeing in giving in the Northwest?” Behind the question is inevitably a concern regarding how global economic uncertainty, national issues spotlighted in […]

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Will Your Nonprofit Accept Money from a Marijuana Business?

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What would you do if a marijuana business approached your nonprofit and offered to donate a percentage of its proceeds to your organization? What if that business wants to put your […]

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Campaigns, Campaigns, Everywhere

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Does it seem like everywhere you look, there’s a fundraising campaign in one stage of planning, execution, or completion? It’s not your imagination. A recent study by the Nonprofit Research […]

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Kill Your Tactics

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Anyone who’s been to journalism school knows the phrase “kill your darlings.” It means editing out the words and phrases that you’ve fallen in love with that drag down the […]

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A Season of Groundbreaking

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With a lot of hard work and unprecedented levels of generosity, many Northwest nonprofits are planning, breaking ground for, and building facilities that will make our communities vibrant, safe, compassionate, […]

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Why Human Services Organizations Should Ask Volunteers to Become Donors

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Do you know what tomorrow is? If you are in King or Pierce County and work at a human services organization, you probably are well aware that it is United […]

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Tip of the Spear: The Executive’s Role in Board Leadership

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BoardSource (www.boardsource.org) has been collecting and analyzing trends in nonprofit board practices since 1994, with a unique approach that surveys both chief executives and board chairs. The “Board report card” […]

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Anatomy of a $30 million donation

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When a museum announces a combined $30 million donation, that’s big news. The Museum of Flight in Seattle did just that on July 23, and we couldn’t be happier for […]

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Giving Growing Faster than the GDP

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The numbers are out and the news is all good. Giving USA 2015* reported giving last year was the highest ever: an estimated $358 billion, surpassing pre-Great Recession levels. With […]

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