Giving strategies offering tax benefits

By Scott Sarber I am constantly amazed at the generosity of our Tri-City community. There are many great nonprofit organizations that are committed to making our community a better and safer place to live.  Even though our community is very generous, organizations continue to look for new donors, and for existing donors to increase their…

(Courtesy Washington State University)

WSU records third best fundraising year with $145M

Total private fundraising activity across Washington State University topped more than $145 million during fiscal year 2018, the third best fundraising year in WSU history. “A vibrant culture of philanthropy at WSU is essential for success as WSU continues its drive to be recognized among the nation’s top 25 public research universities by 2030,” said…

Planned Parenthood of Greater Washington and North Idaho operates both a 501(c)(3) and a 501(c)(4) organization that will both be affected by changes to Washington state’s campaign finance laws. (Courtesy Amanda Katz)

How will state’s new campaign finance laws affect nonprofits?

By Arielle Dreher State Democratic Sen. Andy Billig of Spokane finally got his way against “dark money” in the 2018 legislative session. After several years of introducing legislation to strengthen Washington state’s campaign finance laws, lawmakers in Olympia passed the Disclose Act earlier this year with the help of a Democratic-controlled Senate. The legislation targets…

Mutant Printing & Promotions and Snarky Cancer is two doors down from the Kennewick Department of Licensing office off Clearwater Avenue. The shop does screen printing on T-shirts but also designs and sells customized mugs, banners and other products for the general public.

Family launches T-shirt, custom printing company in Kennewick

By Arielle Dreher A gold hand-drawn ladybug hangs in Trishia Shelly-Stephens’ freshly painted new office. It is an ode to her friend D’Ana, whose nickname was “Ladybug,” who died from metastatic breast cancer last June. Shelly-Stephens gets emotional as she explains how she and D’Ana used to talk about starting a T-shirt company. “She was…

CH2M Hill Plateau Remediation Co. supports the STEM Like ME! program with classroom volunteers mentoring middle school students. Hanford contractors offer their employees plenty of opportunities to volunteer and give back to the communities they live and work in. (Courtesy CHPRC)

Hanford employees know as they help charities, they help community

Hanford employees work in a variety of fields, from engineering to management, electrical and pipefitting. But despite their diverse career choices, thousands have one trait in common: philanthropy. “We do about one to two employee-volunteer events a month,” said Reneé Brooks, communications specialist for Mission Support Alliance, the prime contractor for the Hanford site. “There’s…

Business sale strategy: gifts of appreciated stock to charity followed by sale

By Beau Ruff If you are a business owner who is looking toward succession planning and the option of selling your interest in a business, has inclinations toward charitable giving and wants to save money on taxes — this strategy may be right for you. It starts with a desire on the part of the…


American giving to nonprofits surpasses $400 billion

By Don C. Brunell Believe it or not, there is good news to report these days. According to the Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University, last year Americans donated more than $410 billion in cash to nonprofit organizations, which is up from $389 billion in 2016.  Additionally, giving by individuals represented more than 70 percent…

Columbia Center Rotary’s outgoing president Peter Kalunian stands with incoming president Roger McDowell in front of the club’s wall of flags, which were exchanged by members who visited the Kennewick chapter or visited chapters elsewhere and brought back.

Civic-minded citizens making difference in Tri-City service groups

By Robin Wojtanik Attend a weekly meeting at Columbia Center Rotary’s event center in Kennewick, and you’ll find a diverse group of members, ranging in both age and profession. The recent fiscal year-end meeting for the local service organization included the announcement of 16 new dues-paying members joining in the last year, adding to the…

Singer and Songwriter Kate Larsen plays a painted piano, while Cynthia Vaughn, founder of the Richland’s Painted Pianos Project Tri-Cities and owner of Magnolia Music Studios, sings along inside the Landing Bistro & Lounge in Richland. Vaughn plans to install more of the painted pianos around the Tri-Cities and is looking for community support.

Painted Pianos to bring together community for art, music

Richland studio owner seeking 88 ‘key’ partners for project Painted pianos transformed into public works of art and gathering places have begun popping up in Richland with more planned around the Tri-Cities. The grass-roots arts project, spearheaded by Cynthia Vaughn, owner of Richland’s Magnolia Music Studios and director of Opera on the Vine, aims to…

Andrea Riggs, executive director of You Medical, shows off the Tri-Cities Pregnancy Network’s new name and logo in front of the Kennewick office on Clearwater Avenue. The Christian-based agency rebranded itself July 1.

29-year-old nonprofit adopts new name, image to reach more clients

Tri-Cities Pregnancy Network is now called You Medical The Tri-Cities Pregnancy Network decided to shed its name of 29 years and embrace a new one as it plans to expand its program offerings. The pro-life, Christian-based agency known around the region for offering women free pregnancy testing and support became You Medical on July 1.…

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