Unprecedented Legislative Successes to End Homelessness

Washington’s legislative session ended on March 8th, and there’s no other way to say this: 2018 has been an incredible year for affordable housing and homelessness advocacy.

Last year, a critical special election resulted in the Washington State Senate having its first progressive majority in half a decade – as long as Jay Inslee has been Governor.

When session started in January, the legislature – led by Senate Majority Leader Sharon Nelson and Speaker of the House Frank Chopp – hit the ground running to pass legislative priorities that had been blocked for years, many of which had never even received a committee hearing.

After the dust settled 60 days later, it was clear that this legislative session was the most impactful session for homelessness policy in more than 20 years. 

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Join us to discuss supporting Nonprofit Community Leaders

Join us to discuss supporting Nonprofit Community Leaders

Campion Advocacy Fund is proud to be part of the Statewide Capacity Collaborative (SCC), a coalition that works to strengthen the nonprofit sector in our state.

Later this month, the SCC is hosting an open discussion in the Puget Sound area for anyone passionate about nonprofit and community leadership. This event will bring together people at all levels of leadership (community, emerging, executive, informal, etc.) to explore the unique challenges they face. Emerging leaders in the nonprofit field are especially welcome!

WHAT: Open Space Conversation: How Can We Support Leaders in Our Communities?
WHEN:
Monday, March 26, 2018 at 8:30 AM
WHERE: Centro Latino
1208 S 10th St
Tacoma, WA 98405

RSVP here to attend the conversation!

Thank you, we hope to see you later this month in Tacoma.

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Tom Campion in the Methow Valley News: Arctic Refuge Faces Most Serious Threat Since 1960

Tom Campion in the Methow Valley News: Arctic Refuge Faces Most Serious Threat Since 1960

Our trustee Tom Campion authored a guest column in the Methow Valley News this week:

For the past 60 years, the Arctic Refuge has been protected by a bipartisan coalition of leaders who understood that it is meant to be cherished and preserved, not turned over to destructive oil and gas production.

Now, the Arctic Refuge faces its most serious threat since Republican President Dwight Eisenhower first set it aside for protection in 1960.

Our Washington senators Maria Cantwell and Patty Murray have led the fight to keep the Arctic Refuge protected, but in December a powerful consortium of special interests succeeded in placing drilling into the tax bill that the president signed into law.

Read the entire column at MethowValleyNews.com.

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Tom Campion’s Leadership Style Profiled

Tom Campion’s Leadership Style Profiled

Our trustee Tom Campion’s leadership style was recently profiled in Shop-Eat-Surf, a business news site for the action sports industry:

This trip allowed me to look deeper into this crazy and results-oriented culture that was started by Founder Tom Campion, who started in retail by working at JC Penney.

I am going to tell you two stories here. One, about the young woman who was the No. 1 sales person for the whole company in 2017, Kelly Sanders. Her story really illustrates how the Zumiez culture comes alive and helps to propel the company’s success.

The second is about how that culture was created by Founder Tom Campion, who gave a powerful speech at the 100k event about how he developed the Zumiez philosophy in part because he saw what other retailers were doing wrong.

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Passage of Capital Budget Keeps Hope Alive for Federal Low-Income Housing Tax Credits

Passage of Capital Budget Keeps Hope Alive for Federal Low-Income Housing Tax Credits

Last week, the Washington State Legislature passed the state’s Capital Budget, ending several months of gridlock that began during last year’s legislative session.

Included in the Capital Budget is $106.7 million for the Housing Trust Fund, the state program that awards funding for affordable housing projects. This money means that thousands of people across Washington will get the homes they need. We are thankful for the strong leadership from Speaker Frank Chopp, Senate Majority Leader Sharon Nelson, and Governor Inslee in navigating several controversial issues to get the budget finally passed.

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