Legal Advisory: Nonprofit Organizations and Immigration Enforcement

The Northwest Immigrant Rights Project (NWIRP) has put together an advisory document for nonprofit organizations on immigration enforcement issues. The advisory covers frequently asked questions from nonprofits about how to protect their clients if immigration enforcement agents come to their buildings or if agents try to detain clients. The advisory is available on NWIRP’s website here.

Wayfind Stands With Our Immigrant and Refugee Clients

Wayfind stands in solidarity with our immigrant and refugee clients and our legal and community partners who support Washington’s immigrant and refugee populations.   Wayfind serves many immigrant and refugee communities, including communities from home countries included in the Administration’s current travel ban.  Wayfind is committed to continuing to support immigrant and refugee communities, to provide legal services to nonprofits and microenterprises in those communities and working in solidarity with community partners to ensure the safety and security of those targeted communities.

New Federal Overtime Rules

The Department of Labor announced new overtime regulations that will go into effect on December 1, 2016.   These new regulations affect many nonprofits and small businesses.  Most employees earning less then $47,500 per year will be entitled to overtime compensation.  Wayfind has gathered resources with information on these new regulations for you here.   Wayfind will also be putting on trainings in the fall of 2016.

Upcoming Webinars and Trainings on the new Federal Overtime Rules:

Is Your Employee Exempt or Non-Exempt From the New Overtime Requirements?

September 14, 2016, 9 – 10 am  – Free Webinar, Click here to register.

The Department of Labor has issued new overtime regulations effective December 1, 2016. Under the new regulations, the minimum weekly earnings an exempt employee must earn will increase from $455 to $913 per week. In addition, the new regulations left in place the requirement that in order to be exempt from the overtime requirements, an employee’s primary duties must be considered exempt. But what are considered exempt duties? Under the law, an employee must be a working in a bona fide executive, administrative, or professional capacity.

Tune in to our webinar when Sadina Montani of the law firm of Vedder Price will discuss “what is a bona fide executive, administrative or professional employee”. Also, find out what steps an employer should take to make sure its employee are being properly classified. Now is the time to review your employee classifications, before the new wage limits go into effect.

The New Federal Overtime Rules: What Your Nonprofit Needs to Know

October 2016 (Date to be announced), Seattle, WA and Statewide Webinar

Links to resources

U.S. Department of Labor Q&A on new overtime rules, U.S. Department of Labor

U.S. Labor Department Publishes Overtime Regulations. How the Final Rule Applies to Nonprofits by the National Council of Nonprofits and The Nonprofit Association of Oregon

The 2016 Revisions to the Fair Labor Standards Act Regulations: What Nonprofits Need to Know, by The Nonprofit Center at La Salle University and the Ezold Law Firm

GiveBIG to Wayfind on May 5, 2015

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GIveBIG is on May 5, 2015 and it’s your one chance to have your donation STRETCHED this year. GiveBIG is a one day event in which all donations made to Wayfind through The Seattle Foundation’s Wayfind profile page will be stretched by a Seattle Foundation pooled fund. Last year, we received an additional $8 for each $100 in donations we received. It’s an incredible opportunity for Wayfind to raise money and for you to have your donation to Wayfind stretched.

All you have to do is go to the Wayfind profile page on The Seattle Foundation’s website and make a donation to Wayfind on May 5th, and we get your donation plus an additional “stretch match” from The Seattle Foundation.

Thank you for your support!

Wayfind is hiring a Program Coordinator

We are excited to announce that we are hiring a part-time Program Coordinator.  This is big step forward for Wayfind. Wayfind has run its operations with one part-time staff person since we opened our doors in 2004.  Its our tenth year and we are bursting at the seams to meet the growing demand for our services to the nonprofits and microenterprises throughout Washington. We need more staffing capacity to keep up with the growth.  We are growing organization serving nonprofits and microenterprises, with a focus in low-income communities.  If you are interested in our work and creating vibrant communities in Washington, check out the job description at


Wayfind brings Free Nonprofit Financial Oversight Training to Seattle

Wayfind is proud to be part of a National Network of pro bono providers that supports nonprofits.  The National Network, in partnership with DLA Piper LLP (US) and Pfizer, creates free video-conference nonprofit legal trainings and video-casts them across the nation to DLA Piper offices.  We are able to bring this incredible resource to  the DLA Piper Seattle office located in the Columbia Tower in downtown Seattle.  DLA Piper also provides delicious breakfasts and lunches for the attendees. All for FREE!

On May 16th, Wayfind and DLA Piper will be hosting The Role of The Board and Senior Management In Financial Insight.  This seminar will help educate Board members and nonprofit leaders about some of the key elements of financial management.  Please go to our Trainings page for details on this training.

GiveBIG to Wayfind on May 6, 2014!

It’s time to GiveBIG to Wayfind.  GiveBIG day is on May 6, 2014.  With every donation to Wayfind made on May 6, 2014 through Wayfind’s profile page on The Seattle Foundation website, The Seattle Foundation will stretch-match it with a GiveBIG pooled fund.

In the past all donations made on GiveBIG were stretched about 10%.  So your donation of $100 will get Wayfind $110.  So please give to Wayfind on GiveBIG day – May 6, 2014.  All you have to do is go to the Wayfind profile page on The Seattle Foundation website, and make your donation.

A Note on our name change: As you know Wayfind recently changed it’s name from WAACO or Washington Attorneys Assisting Community Organizations. Changing our name on websites and banking documents is a cumbersome process.  You may see WAACO or Wayfind on some of the GiveBIG pages or receipts.  We apologize for the confusion.  It’s safe to make a donation to Wayfind or WAACO through the Seattle Foundation website.  All donations made to either Wayfind or WAACO will come to us.