Yakima Convention Center

KRIS HOLLAND/Yakima Herald-Republic Yakima Convention Center Thursday, December 6, 2007.

Nonprofit leaders, staff and volunteers will gather at the Yakima Convention Center on Wednesday for workshops on fundraising, leadership, planning and storytelling.

The sixth annual Central Washington Conference for the Greater Good will feature local and nationally known experts, with some sessions in Spanish, according to a news release. About 275 people are expected to attend.

It’s held by Washington Nonprofits, the state association for nonprofits. The organization works to ensure that nonprofits have what they need to succeed through learning, advocacy and collaboration, notes its website, https://washingtonnonprofits.org.

That happens in Central Washington through partnerships with foundations, nonprofit leaders, public agencies and others.

There are approximately 30,000 federally recognized tax exempt nonprofit organizations in Washington, with the majority of them small, volunteer-led organizations, according to Washington Nonprofits. Those with paid staff employed 236,918 workers and paid 
$13.07 billion in wages in 2015, the most recent data available. Nonprofit wages were 7.6 percent of total wages paid in Washington that year.

Nonprofits help care for children, feed senior citizens, protect animals and defend the environment. They drive community action around service to others, civil rights and appreciation for the arts.

Akaya Windwood, an internationally 
recognized speaker on inclusive leadership, is the keynote speaker at Wednesday’s conference. She is a partner at WiseBridge, is formerly the president of Rockwood Leadership Institute and is a partner in the Opportunity Collaboration, which convenes an international conference that brings together leaders working to end poverty.

Launched in 2014 through a partnership between Washington Nonprofits and the Yakima Valley Community Foundation, the Central Washington Conference 
for the Greater Good is supported by co-
convenors Northwest Harvest and the Non Profit Insurance Program.

Lead sponsors on Wednesday include the Yakima Valley Community Foundation, Premera Blue Cross, City University, the Office of the Secretary of State, Washington Women’s Foundation, the United Way of Central Washington and Alegria CPAs.

Thirty scholarships provided by the Washington State Office of the Secretary of State and the Statewide Capacity Collaborative ensure participation from even the smallest nonprofits.

Wednesday’s conference represents one event within a larger effort to help nonprofits be strong and effective. It ties together a monthly nonprofit network meeting that happens in Yakima, a regular program of trainings, and online learning offered through Washington Nonprofits.

Learn more about Wednesday’s event at https://centralwanonprofitconference.org.