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Wayfind f/k/a Washington Attorneys Assisting Community Organizations 

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Wayfind (f/k/a WAACO) connects business attorneys with nonprofit and microenterprise organizations that need assistance on business-related matters (e.g. corporate governance, formation, tax, intellectual property, real estate, contracts, employment). The attorneys provide their services pro bono to the organizations that would otherwise be unable to afford to pay for such services. Wayfind's goal is to strengthen our communities by strengthening the infrastructure of the nonprofits that support them, and to also support the many community volunteers who give their time to serve on boards of nonprofits.

Mission Statement
Wayfind (f/k/a/ WAACO) improves the quality of life in Washington communities by providing access to free business legal services for nonprofits and microenterprises
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Wayfind f/k/a Washington Attorneys Assisting Community Organizations
PO Box 2134 
Seattle 
WA
98111-2134 
(866) 288-9695 

Ms. Jodi Nishioka 
Program Manager 

Programs

Wayfind f/k/a Washington Attorneys Assisting Community Organizations Programs

Wayfind matches pro bono attorneys with needy nonprofit organizations that need assistance with business-related legal issues.

Wayfind provides educational resources on legal issues affecting nonprofits through workshops, seminars, and publications. The publicatons include the useful manual "How to Form and Maintain a Nonprofit in Washington State," and the Legal Self-Assesment Checklist, both available on Wayfind's website, www.wayfindlegal.org.

Wayfind has a microenterprise program that connects attorneys with low-income microenterprise entrepreneurs at monthly or quarterly legal clinics in collaboration with Washington CASH (in Seattle), StartZone (in Federal Way) and StartZone NW (in Edmonds).  The clinics provide microentrepreneurs free consultation with business attorneys. 

Recent Successes and Current Challenges

Wayfind's volunteer attorneys have donated over 7,000 hours to help over 300 Washington nonprofit organizations. Wayfind's Legal Self-Assessment Checklist has been widely lauded, with comments such as this: "A 'must read and consider' for ALL smaller/newer not-for-profits and a good reminder for even well-developed organizations."

Greater funding is needed to support the development of a program to assist low-income microentrepreneurs and low-income serving nonprofit organizations.

Evaluation

Current evaluation not available.

Grant History with The Seattle Foundation:

Grants Awarded through The Seattle Foundation Grantmaking Program:

DateAmountPurpose
10/14/2013 $5,000.00to support four legal trainings for South King County Nonprofit.
10/18/2007 $10,000.00support general operating expenses.
3/16/2005 $10,000.00support general operating expenses and the purchase of equipment.

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