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Evans School of Public Policy & Governance, University of Washington;
The COVID-19 crisis has caused deep and widespread strain across sectors and individuals since taking hold in early 2020. Despite this adversity, nonprofits—especially those comprising the modern social safety net—have continued to serve their communities during this tumultuous time (Kulish, 2020). This report seeks to understand (a) the major challenges facing nonprofits in Washington state as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, (b) the strategies that nonprofits are using to mitigate the effects of the crisis, (c) how nonprofits are experiencing changes in funder relationships as a result of the crisis, (d) the degree to which nonprofits in the state have accessed assistance under the CARES Act, and (e) the most pressing needs nonprofits have as they face the ongoing uncertainty and hardship presented by COVID-19.
Byrd Barr Place;
Black residents in King County have faced immeasurable layers of harm, due to systemic racism, redlining, underemployment, the school-to-prison pipeline, and the implementation of systematic barriers, which have prevented Blacks from accessing traditional pathways to wealth and economic security in the region. In alignment with its commitment to advancing racial equity and in support of Black residents, Seattle Foundation invested in learning how to better support the work of Black-led organizations (BLOs) through a partnership with Byrd Barr Place and Cardea. The project team worked to explore the strengths, challenges, and opportunities for alignment across BLOs.The intent of this report is to enhance funders' understanding of local BLOs, so they can provide tailored philanthropic support that meets the needs of BLOs and so BLOs in the King County region can better understand each other's work.
National Center for Healthy Housing, Inc.;
In 2015, the Washington State Legislature passed House Bill 1720 (HB 1720), which expanded the purpose of theMatchmaker Low-Income Residential Weatherization Program to include healthy housing improvements. The Enhanced Wx+H pilot represented a new approach to leveraging state and local resources and support to expand measures and services available through Low Income Weatherization. One long-term objective was to develop integrated service models eligible for reimbursement from Medicaid or other sources that engaged medical and public health services.
Urban Indian Health Institute;
This report assesses the needs of the urban disabled and Elder AI/AN population in King County, WA by analyzing data from survey results and key-informant interviews with community members.
Taylor Policy Group;
Indian Country today bears the imprint of history—the legacy of conflict endured, of treaties made and broken, and of government promises unfulfilled. Indians living on reservations earn incomes that are fractions of what other Americans enjoy, and they carry financial, social, and cultural costs that few other American communities do. History matters—still. This is a story of just such a resurgence—the recent economic history of the Snoqualmie Indian Tribe. It is a story of persistence, achievement, and generosity. Most of all, it is a story of economic growth with impacts that extend to the nearby Cities of Snoqualmie and North Bend and to the Snoqualmie Valley generally.
National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy;
In light of the national uprising sparked by the murders of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor (and building on other recent tragic movement moments going back to the 2014 murder of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri), NCRP is analyzing grantmaking by community foundations across the country to find out exactly how much they are – or are not – investing in Black communities.We started by looking at the latest available grantmaking data (2016-2018) of 25 community foundations (CFs) – from Los Angeles to New Orleans to New York City to St. Paul. These foundations represent a cross section of some of the country's largest community foundations as well as foundations in communities where NCRP has Black-led nonprofit allies.
Safe Schools Coalition (Lifelong AIDS Alliance, a 501(c)3 is our fiscal sponsor);
The Safe Schools Project was a five-year, statewide qualitative study examining the phenomenon of anti-gay harassment and violence in schools, kindergarten through grade twelve. All the incidents and patterns of harassment we analyzed occurred at school or at least partly on school property, on the way to or from school, or at a school-sponsored event, such as a field trip or a basketball game. Respondents participated in 30-45 minute interviews to help us answer such questions as: - What kinds of things happen in these incidents?- What is the nature of anti-gay harassment and violence in schools?- When and where do these acts of harassment and violence seem to happen?- Who may be targeted? Who is vulnerable? Who may be offenders?- How do youth witnesses seem to respond?- How do targeted individuals say they are affected? How do students who witness these incidents say they are affected?- Why do targets, witnesses, friends and family members sometimes choose not to report incidents to school authorities?- How do families seem to respond, when they know about the harassment?- How do school employees handle the harassment (from the perspective of students and families, as well as educators)?- How do respondents wish their principals had handled the incidents, assuming they knew what had happened? We analyzed, in the end, two completed suicides, among a total of 111 incidents of Washington State, school-based anti-gay harassment and violence:
W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research;
The purpose of this study is to analyze the incidence of Total Permanent Disability (TPD)pensions in Washington State's workers' compensation program. Concerns exist at both thelegislature and in the Department of Labor and Industries as there appears to have been a sharp upturn in the number of pensions awarded since late in the 1990s. This report examines the factors that may be causally related to any upsurge in such awards. Our task is to evaluate pension incidence for both the state fund and the self-insured populations, with a view towards identifying causes of the trend in both sectors, although we concentrate more on the state fund Cclaims due to data limitations.
W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research;
This article summarizes an Upjohn Institute study of the incidence of total permanent disability (TPD) pension claims in the workers' compensation system of Washington State.
Extensive regulations govern campaign finance at the state and national levels. Congress has recently passed the McCain-Feingold law that restricts contributions and electoral advertising. Many states, including Washington, have similar regulations. Washington's regulations limit contributions from individuals, political action committees, and political parties. Overall, campaign finance regulation in Washington State has been able to reduce the sums spent on campaigns for the state legislature. Contrary to the claims of proponents, campaign finance regulation has hindered electoral competition in the state. Incumbents were less likely to face either primary or general election challengers after the regulations went into effect. In addition, candidates who challenged incumbents during the general election were less likely to win. Proponents of contribution limits hope to pass new regulations in additional states and expect McCain-Feingold to enhance electoral competition. The experience of Washington State suggests that both aspirations are unlikely to become reality.
Economic Opportunity Institute;
In the face of impending budget cuts to higher education, Washington policymakers are considering adopting a "high-tuition/high-aid" model that significantly increases tuition, partly offset with more financial aid. The assumption of this approach is that students who can afford it pay more; those students who cannot, benefit from larger financial aid packages. But the experience of universities that have adopted this model shows that high-tuition/high-aid preserves neither access nor quality.
Economic Opportunity Institute;
Washington State has been losing ground on education for 15 years, slipping towards the bottom of national rankings in class size and school funding. Our children, workers, and businesses deserve better. The recession highlights how difficult it is to raise additional revenues to maintain and improve public services, given Washington's outmoded and regressive tax structure. Could now be the time to implement a new tax structure including an income tax in Washington State?