Nonprofits

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 […]

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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 […]

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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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Washington River Protection Solutions volunteer Bree Smith, left, watches McLoughlin Middle School students use straw rockets to test their trajectories during a STEM Like Me! session. The program addresses the disparity of students pursuing STEM subjects as they prepare to enter high school.

From programs to playhouses, STEM remains focus

By Robin Wojtanik The Tri-City community benefits from both grass-roots and professional efforts to spread awareness of STEM concepts, projects and ideas in the region. From small ideas with the potential to make a big impact, to large projects affecting thousands, there is a strong push by nonprofits to make today’s youth aware of science, […]

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10 tips to detect, prevent fraud in nonprofits

By Timothy Warren The culture of most nonprofits is based on trust, honesty and a commitment to public interest. But a noble mission and sparkling public image are not bullet-proof protection against fraud.   According to the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners’ 2016 Report to the Nations, while only 2.4 percent of fraud found in 2016 […]

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