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Resources for Your Program

Keeping your program healthy means doing more than providing nutritious food to those in need. Below are a wide variety of resources to help your program become more successful. 


Advocacy

Anti-Hunger and Nutrition Coalition - Brings the voices of hungry Washington families to the ears of our policy makers to insure that public policy leads our response to hunger in our state. 

Statewide Poverty Action Network - Poverty Action builds grassroots power to end causes of poverty and create opportunities for everyone to prosper. 

Washington Community Action Network - Works to achieve racial, social, and economic justice in our state and nation. 

Washington Food Coalition - Brings together food banks, emergency meal providers, distribution centers, agencies and growers to tackle hunger, share best practices and advocate for programs in our communities – from Puget Sound to Yakima Valley to Spokane and everywhere in between. 

Children’s Alliance – Advocates for kids. 


Board of Directors

United Way of King County - Information about forming and maintaining a board of directors. (Specifically for King County, but much of the information is applicable across WA state)

BlueAvocado - A blog all about non-profit boards!

Management Help - A collection of tons of articles about forming and managing a board.


Cultural Competency

ReWA - ReWA is a non-profit, multi-ethnic organization that promotes inclusion, independence, personal leadership, and strong communities by providing refugee and immigrant women and their families with culturally and linguistically appropriate services. 

Cultures Connecting - Provides consulting, professional development, diversity leadership coaching, and keynotes to help organizations enter into conversations about race, culture, and social justice and learn new skills they can apply in the workplace and beyond. 

Cross Cultural Health Care Program - Our mission is to serve as a bridge between communities and health care institutions to advance access to quality health care that is culturally and linguistically appropriate. 


Food Access Resources

Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) – DSHS administers the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) formerly known as food stamps. Find out how to do basic food outreach at your program here.

Within Reach – ParentHelp 123, Summer Meals, Bridge to Basics, and more. 

WSDA Food Assistance Program - WA State Dept. of Agriculture.

Washington Connection - Offers a way to find and apply for a variety of services and assistance online. 

Rotary First Harvest – RFH works with farmers, truckers, volunteers and others to bring valuable skills and resources into hunger relief efforts in communities across Washington.


Food Purchasing

Northwest Harvest SmartBuys

Pioneer Buying Services 

The Weigelt Company 

JP Work & Associates


Fundraising and Grant Writing

Fundraising123.org - Articles on a diverse number of fundraising topics. 

Northwest Development Officer’s Association - resources for professionals in development in the Pacific Northwest.

All About Nonprofit Fundraising - A collection of articles about long-term and special event fundraising.

Council of Nonprofits - Great links to websites and articles pertinent to fundraising.


Language Translation Services

Red Cross Language Bank - Offers a service to translate documents into many different languages. 

Tacoma Community House Language Bank - Serves across state.


Legal Requirements and Assistance

Digital Media Law Project - The step-by-step process of filing for 501(c)(3).

WA Secretary of State Nonprofit Handbook – Everything a nonprofit could possibly want to know.

WAACO (Washington Attorneys Assisting Community Organizations) - Free legal resources and services available to Washington state non-profits. Check out their non-profit handbook and their legal self-assessment check list.


Organizational Capacity

Edgework provides training and consultation for institutions as well as individuals who experience or must intervene during crisis situations.

Janet Ott is an executive and organizational coach, facilitator and workshop leader with her own business in Whatcom County.

Red Cross Disaster Preparedness


Technology

Tech Soup - A nonprofit that connects other nonprofits with technology products and resources.

501 Commons has been serving clients for over twenty years and we are excited to now offer the technology consulting and IT Infrastructure support services formerly provided by NPower Northwest.


Volunteers

Service Leader - Resources for those managing volunteers.

Volunteer Match - Website allows your non-profit to post volunteer opportunities for local volunteers.

Volunteer Solutions – Run by United Way, this website also provides space for nonprofit job postings.