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The groups and organizations below have been screened by us and found to offer worthwhile opportunities for professional, civic and social networking, community service, volunteering, learning and corporate sponsorship in the Greater Seattle region.  

CityClub of Seattle

 

Networking events primarily in Seattle

Overview: CityClub, a non-partisan group, organizes regular events on a variety of issues that affect the people of the region. Members include a mix of seasoned and upcoming community leaders and influencers.

 

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Metropolitan Democratic Club of Seattle (MDC)

 

Networking events primarily in Seattle

Overview: This 50 year-old, independent, loosely organized group of present, past and prospective officeholders, government groupies and curious citizens meets twice monthly to learn and network.

 

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Washington Conservation Voters

 

Networking events in Seattle and throughout Washington

Overview: WEC may be the most effective way for people who love Washington's outdoors and natural environment to affect government policies determining their future. Join, donate, volunteer or attend event.

 

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Waterfront Seattle

 

Networking events in Seattle

Overview: Waterfront Seattle is a city government initiative to get citizen input in defining the future of Seattle's waterfront after demolition of the Alaskan Way Viaduct.

 

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34th District Democrats

 

Networking events primarily in Seattle

Overview: The 34th District Democrats is the official organization of the Democratic Party in West Seattle, White Center (North Highline), Burien, Vashon and Maury Island.

 

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All Aboard Washington

 

Networking events in Seattle and throughout Puget Sound region

Overview: AAW is a coalition of individuals, organizations and companies dedicated to promoting the improvement of passenger and freight rail transportation in the state of Washington.

 

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Allied Arts of Seattle

 

Networking events primarily in Seattle

Overview: Allied Arts works to enhance the cultural livability of Seattle and to create a social network of people who care about the Arts, Urban Design and Historic Preservation.

 

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Alpine Lakes Protection Society (ALPS)

 

Networking events in Seattle and Eastside

Overview: This group does not organize many events, but will interest anyone who wants to dedicate time, effort or resources to protecting the amazing Alpine Lakes area of Washington's Cascade mountains.

 

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American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (WA)

 

Networking events in Seattle and throughout Puget Sound region

Overview: ACSCAN is a national advocacy group with campaigns and operations in Washington state.

 

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American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Washington

 

Networking events in Seattle and throughout Washington State

Overview: ACLU of Washington takes on major law reform through litigation and legislative action. Participation is open to individual and organizational supporters.

 

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American Heart Association of Puget Sound

 

Networking events throughout Puget Sound Region

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Amnesty International USA - Group 4 of Seattle

 

Networking events primarily in Seattle

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Association of Washington Cities

 

Networking events primarily in Olympia

Overview: AWC is a lobbying organization representing the interests of member cities in the state's legislative process. Regular events provide excellent networking opportunities.

 

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Bellevue Downtown Association

 

Networking events primarily in Bellevue

Overview: BDA is a nonprofit membership organization comprised of local businesses. The group advocates on behalf of members and organizes regular events where members can network.

 

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Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) of Seattle & King County

 

Networking events primarily in Seattle

Overview: Established in 1912, BOMA is the voice of the office building and commercial real estate industry. Membership is open to any company with an interest in this sector.

 

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CAIR Washington State

 

Networking events in Seattle and cities throughout Washington

Overview: CAIR works to promote social justice and acceptance of Muslims in Washington State.

 

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Center for Environmental Policy & Law (CELP)

 

Networking events in Seattle and throughout Washington State

Overview: CELP bills itself as the only "water watchdog" advocacy organization dedicated exclusively to protecting Washington rivers and streams.

 

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Center for Women & Democracy

 

Networking events primarily in Seattle

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City of Seattle Board & Commissions

 

Networking events primarily in Seattle

Overview: Over 50 boards & commissions advise the city and mayor on issues ranging from bicycles to sister cities. Serving on a board is a great way to network and build influence. Young professionals sought.

 

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City Year Seattle / King County

 

Networking events in Seattle and throughout Puget Sound region

Overview: City Year is a tutoring and mentoring program for school aged children made possible by the support of major local employers and philanthropic organizations.

 

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CityClub of Tacoma

 

Networking events primarily in Tacoma

Overview: The City Club of Tacoma provides a forum that brings people together to explore issues and ideas affecting the community.

 

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Community Center for Education Results (CCER)

 

Networking events in Seattle

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Consular Association of Washington State

 

Networking events primarily in Olympia and Seattle

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Crosscut

 

Networking events primarily in Seattle

Overview: Crosscut is a local, nonprofit news website. Members receive invitations to in-depth, exclusive events with local civic leaders. Crosscut also offers a Young Professionals Board. Check it out.

 

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Design in Public

 

Networking events primarily in Seattle

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Discovery Institute

 

Networking events primarily in Seattle

Overview: Discovery Institute supporters and members can enjoy high level networking at this Seattle-based think tank, which bills itself as a community of scholars and policy advocates with a common goal.

 

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Downtown Seattle Association

 

Networking events primarily in Seattle

Overview: DSA's mission is to champion a healthy, vibrant urban core. Members are companies operating downtown who benefit from DSA networking and marketing.

 

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Drinking Liberally

 

Networking events in Seattle and throughout Puget Sound region

Overview: Drink to rejoice or drink to forget, but most importantly, drink with liberals.

 

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Eastside Republican Club

 

Networking events primarily in Bellevue

Overview: ERC is a Political Action Committee of Republicans from the Eastside of Seattle.

 

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Equal Rights Washington

 

Networking events in Seattle and throughout Washington

Overview: This is an advocacy organization whose cause is to promote the rights of LGBT community in Washington state.

 

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Foundation for Health Care Quality

 

Networking events in Seattle and throughout Puget Sound region

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Fuse Washington

 

Networking events in Seattle and throughout Washington State

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Get Engaged

 

Networking events in Seattle

Overview: Get Engaged is a civic leadership program of YMCA and City of Seattle to place young, future leaders on various boards and commissions.

 

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Green Party of Washington

 

Networking events in Seattle and throughout Washington

Overview: This is a political party for people committed to issues of sustainability.

 

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Historic Seattle

 

Networking events primarily in Seattle

Overview: Historic Seattle provides members interested in preserving Seattle and King County's architectural legacy with regular networking,learning and volunteering opportunities.

 

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HistoryLink.org

 

Networking events primarily in Seattle

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Initiative for Global Development

 

Networking events primarily in Seattle

Overview: IGD is a Seattle-based national alliance of private sector leaders working to make global poverty elimination a high priority among national policymakers. Membership is by invitation only.

 

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Innocence Project NW

 

Networking events primarily in Seattle

Overview: IPNW is affiliated with the UW Law School. Its mission is to defend people who have been wrongfully incarcerated with the help of law students, on-staff attorneys and volunteers.

 

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Institute for a Democratic Future

 

Networking events primarily in Seattle

Overview: IDF is a six-month program to educate, motivate and inspire emerging Democratic leaders in Washington Sate. Participation is limited to men and women ages 21-36.

 

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Institute for Justice - WA State Chapter

 

Networking events in Seattle and throughout Washington State

Overview: Institute for Justice is a libertarian public-interest law firm that fights select cases that represent causes of freedom. There are plenty of ways to get involved with IJ, including law internships.

 

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Japanese American Citizens League - Seattle Chapter

 

Networking events primarily in Seattle

Overview: JACL is a membership driven civic group committed to protecting the rights of all segments of the Asian Pacific American community.

 

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Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle

 

Networking events primarily in Seattle

Overview: The Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle works to ensure a vibrant Jewish community that is connected locally, in Israel and worldwide.

 

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King County Democratic Central Committee

 

Networking events primarily in Seattle

Overview: KCDCC is one of the largest Democratic Party organizations in the state. Supporters can tap into this network by volunteering and/or participating in fundraising events listed on KCDCC's Website.

 

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King County Republican Party

 

Networking events primarily in Seattle

Overview: The KCRP offers several levels of membership depending on the amount contributed. The group provides members the opportunity to network with each other in a variety of ways and events.

 

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King County Young Democrats

 

Networking events primarily in Seattle

Overview: KCYD is the King County chapter of the Young Democrats of Washington. Membership is open to any registered Democrat under 36 years of age residing in King County.

 

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King County Young Republicans

 

Networking events primarily in Seattle

Overview: KCYR supports the Republican Party by helping to elect Republican candidates, discovering young future Republican leaders and encouraging its members to participate in the political process. Membership is open registered King County voters between 18 and

 

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KUOW 94.9 FM - The Broadcasters Circle

 

Networking events primarily in Seattle

Overview: KUOW's Broadcasters Circle members receive advance notice of special events sponsored or hosted by KUOW, which provides excellent networking opportunities with other community leaders.

 

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Leadership Tomorrow

 

Networking events primarily in Seattle

Overview: Leadership Tomorrow is a community leader development program supported by sponsorship of the region's leading employers and foundations.

 

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League of Education Voters

 

Networking events in Seattle and throughout Washington State

Overview: LEV represents are parents, students, leaders and community members who believe in a quality education from cradle to career.

 

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League of Women Voters of Seattle

 

Networking events in Seattle and throughout North King County

Overview: This highly respected, non-partisan group helps engaged Seattle residents (women and men) understand, define and influence the policy issues and decisions facing their elected leaders.

 

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Legal Aid for Washington Fund (LAW Fund) and Campaign for Equal Justice

 

Networking events primarily in Seattle

Overview: This is an organization funding legal aid and supported by the region's largest law firms.

 

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Libertarian Party of Washington State

 

Networking events in Seattle and throughout Washington

Overview: The Libertarian Party of Washington is one of the state's 3 major political parties. Membership is open to anyone who supports or wants to learn more about the group.

 

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Meetup Groups and Events

 

Networking events in Seattle and across Washington State

Overview: There are over 1,000 Meetup groups around Seattle, each based on a specific common interest. Meetup events (called Meetups) may attract anywhere from a few to several hundred people.

 

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Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust

 

Networking events primarily on Eastside

Overview: This influential group represents the interests of businesses, land owners and special interest groups committed to preserving the I-90 Cascade corridor for sustainable development and recreation.

 

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Municipal League of King County

 

Networking events primarily in Seattle

Overview: Municipal League of King County is voluntary civic organization dedicated to effective and responsive government with support from leading local employers.

 

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Municipal Research & Services Center (MRSC) of Washington

 

Networking events in Seattle and throughout Washington

Overview: MRSC promotes excellence in Washington local government through professional consultation, research and information services. Its Board is comprised of representatives from local governments.

 

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National Women's Political Caucus of Washington

 

Networking events in Seattle and throughout Washington

Overview: NWPC-WA is a grassroots membership organization dedicated to increasing the number of women in elected and appointed office.

 

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Nature Conservancy of Washington

 

Networking events in Seattle and throughout Washington

Overview: The Nature Conservancy in Washington provides plentiful volunteer opportunities and networking potential through special events for members and donors.

 

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NFIB (National Federation of Independent Business) - WA State

 

Networking events primarily in Olympia

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Northwest Economic Council - Whatcom County

 

Networking events primarily in Bellingham

Overview: NWEC is a regional economic development organization supported financially by key businesses operating in Whatcom County. Organized events provide high level networking opportunities.

 

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Northwest Immigrant Rights Project

 

Networking events primarily in Seattle

Overview: Northwest Immigrant Rights Project promotes justice for low-income immigrants by pursuing and defending their legal status.

 

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NW Animals Rights Network

 

Networking events in Seattle and throughout Washington State

Overview: NARN advocates for the protection of animals and maintains an excellent calendar of upcoming events for members and other supporters of their cause.

 

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OneAmerica

 

Networking events in Seattle and Eastside

Overview: Seattle-based OneAmercia advocates at the local, state and national levels by building power within immigrant communities in collaboration with key allies.

 

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PAWS - The Progressive Animal Welfare Society

 

Networking events primarily in Seattle

Overview: PAWS is a champion for animals in WA state. Interested people and companies can get involved by donating, volunteering, sponsoring or attending an upcoming event.

 

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Phinney Neighborhood Association

 

Networking events in Seattle

Overview: PNA is one of Seattle's best known community organizations working to encourage connections between neighbors and foster civic involvement in a diverse community.

 

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Progress Alliance of Washington State

 

Networking events in Seattle and throughout Washington State

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Radical Women

 

Networking events in Seattle and throughout Puget Sound region

Overview: Radical Women (RW) bills itself as a socialist feminist, grassroots activist organization.

 

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Reclaim the Media

 

Networking events throughought Puget Sound region

Overview: Reclaim the Media is a coalition of independent journalists, media activists and community organizers in the Pacific Northwest. The group helps media activists communicate with each other.

 

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Seattle Food Committee

 

Networking events in Seattle

Overview: The Seattle Food Committee is a coalition of food banks around the city. SFC website has list of local food banks, information for people in need and volunteer opportunities.

 

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Seattle Hempfest

 

Networking events in Seattle

Overview: Hempfest is a free, annual festival celebrating marijuana and attracting over 250,000 to the Seattle waterfront. Becoming a member, volunteering or attending a Hempfest party.

 

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Seattle Jaycees

 

Networking events primarily in Seattle

Overview: Seattle Jaycees is a members-only civic group that provides valuable relationship-building, professional development and personal growth opportunities men and women ages 21 to 40.

 

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Seattle Public Library

 

Networking events in locations across Seattle

Overview: Seattle Public Library calendar is full of free and affordable learning, networking and community events for residents, families and local business owners.

 

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Seattle Republican Association

 

Networking events primarily in Seattle

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Seattle Sports Commission

 

Networking events primarily in Seattle

Overview: SSC works at the high-end of the Seattle Sports scene with a goal of attracting more people to our city for sporting events. Membership offers great business and political networking opportunities.

 

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Seattle Women's Commission

 

Networking events primarily in Seattle

Overview: Members appointed to this commission meet monthly and influence mayoral and city council decisions affecting women in Seattle.

 

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SeattleActivism.org

 

Networking events primarily in Seattle

Overview: This is an excellent resource of local activist organizations and events.

 

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Social Justice Fund Northwest

 

Networking events in Seattle and throughout Washington

Overview: Social Justice Fund is a foundation that supports progressive causes and organizations. Membership is achieved by making an annual contribution.

 

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Sustainable Northwest

 

Networking events primarily in Portland

Overview: Sustainable Northwest brings people, ideas, and innovation together so that nature, local economies, and rural communities can thrive.

 

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Sustainable Seattle

 

Networking events primarily in Seattle

Overview: Focused on the long-term health & sustainability of Seattle, this group builds communities of people committed to a healthy ecology, strong local economies and livable neighborhoods for all.

 

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TechNet Northwest

 

Networking events primarily in Seattle

Overview: This is a high level membership group for technology executives with an interest in driving public policy.

 

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The Seattle Foundation

 

Networking events primarily in Seattle

Overview: Seattle's largest community foundation distributes over $50 million to local nonprofits each year. Donors with an established fund can meet and exchange ideas with other SF community supporters.

 

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The Washington Bus

 

Networking events primarily in greater Seattle region

Overview: The Bus is the political organization of young people, by young people, and for all people.

 

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Transportation Choices Coalition

 

Networking events primarily in Seattle

Overview: TCC is a coalition of citizen groups, businesses, public agencies and individuals working to influence decisions concerning Washington's transportation systems.

 

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Urban League of Metropolitan Seattle

 

Networking events primarily in Seattle

Overview: The Urban League of Seattle helps African Americans, other people of color and disadvantaged individuals to become self-sufficient. Volunteer or attend an event to get involved.

 

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UW Center for Communication & Civic Engagement

 

Networking events primarily in Seattle

Overview: With support from the UW departments of Communications and Political Science, CCCE works to understand and facilitate mechanisms for increasing civic engagement.

 

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Washington Business Alliance

 

Networking events primarily in Seattle

Overview: The WBA is a membership based organization bringing together forward-thinking business leaders. The group provides vision for decision-makers to solve the state's most critical issues.

 

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Washington Ceasefire

 

Networking events primarily in Seattle

Overview: Since 1983 Washington Ceasefire has worked reduce gun violence in Washington State. Ceasefire serves as both an informational resource and an advocate of common sense gun legislation.

 

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Washington Federation of Republican Women

 

Networking events in Seattle and local clubs throughout Puget Sound region

Overview: This is an umbrella organization for Republican Women's groups throughout Washington State.

 

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Washington Food Coalition

 

Networking events in Seattle and cities throughout Washington

Overview: This member supported group is committed to addressing hunger in Washington State and acts as a voice for local emergency food programs.

 

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Washington Health Foundation

 

Networking events primarily in Seattle

Overview: WHF is a coalition of leading healthcare providers in support of making Washington a healthier state. High level networking opportunities exist for coalition members.

 

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Washington Municipal Clerks Association

 

Networking events in chapters throughout Washington State

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Washington Municipal Treasurers Association

 

Networking events in Olympia and throughout Washington State

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Washington Nonprofits

 

Networking events in Seattle and throughout the Puget Sound region

Overview: WN is an influential membership group supporting the interests of nonprofits in Washington. Frequent events provide excellent networking opportunities.

 

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Washington Physicians for Social Responsibility

 

Networking events in Seattle and throughout Puget Sound region

Overview: WPSR engages the community to create a healthy, peaceful and sustainable world with the support of its members and donors.

 

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Washington Policy Center

 

Networking events primarily in Seattle

Overview: WPC is a think tank committed to promoting free-market policies through research and education. Contributors receive the group's publications and invitations to events.

 

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Washington Public Campaigns

 

Networking events in Seattle and chapters throughout Washington State

Overview: WPC works to promote the passage of legislation establishing public financing of political campaigns and of other measures reforming campaign laws and enhancing democracy.

 

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Washington Research Council (WRC)

 

Networking events primarily in Seattle

Overview: WRC bills itself as the premier business-supported research organization in Washington. Membership can provide high level networking opportunities.

 

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Washington Roundtable

 

Networking events primarily in Seattle

Overview: Membership in the WR is reserved to nominated heads of companies with significant operations and interests in Washington state. Members meet to network and collaborate on key public policy issues.

 

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Washington State Farmers Market Association (WSMA)

 

Networking events in Seattle and throughout Washington State

Overview: WSMA is the state advocacy group to represent the interests of local farmers markets. Membership is for farmers, markets and the people and businesses who represent them.

 

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Washington State Association for Justice (WSAJ)

 

Networking events In Seattle, Olympia and throughout Washington

Overview: If you are a plaintiff's attorney or interested in the rights of plaintiffs in Washington state, then WSAJ provides excellent networking and learning opportunities.

 

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Washington State Association of Parliamentarians (WSAP)

 

Networking events in Seattle and throughout Puget Sound region

Overview: WSAP is a membership group that teaches, promotes and disseminates the philosophy and principles underlying the rules of deliberative assemblies.

 

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Washington State Coalition for Open Government

 

Networking events in Seattle and throughout Washington

Overview: This coalition represents individuals and organizations intent on preserving and protecting Washington's Open Government Laws.

 

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Washington State Democrats

 

Networking events in Seattle and throughout Washington

Overview: WSD is an umbrella organization for local democratic party groups throughout the state of Washington and maintains a complete directory of these affiliated local groups.

 

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Washington State Grange

 

Networking events in chapters throughout the Puget Sound Region and State

Overview: The Grange is America's oldest farm-based fraternal organization. This non-partisan, grassroots advocacy group for rural citizens organizes both legislative initiatives and community activities.

 

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Washington State Republican Party

 

Networking events in Seattle and throughout Washington

Overview: People who donate to the Washington State Republican Party are kept informed of upcoming political and fundraising events with networking potential.

 

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Washington State Society

 

Networking events in Seattle and Washington CD

Overview: This is a group of Washingtonians who live in "the other Washington" (DC), our nation's capital.

 

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Washington State Young Democrats

 

Networking events in Seattle and throughout Washington

Overview: The Young Democrats of Washington is a political group for democrats under the age of 36.

 

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Washington Trust for Historic Preservation

 

Networking events primarily in Seattle

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Washington Wild

 

Networking events primarily in Seattle

Overview: WW is a grassroots membership group advocating to solve key threats facing the environment in Washington state.

 

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Washington Wildlife and Recreation Coalition (WWRC)

 

Networking events in Seattle and throughout Washington

Overview: WWRC is a citizens group promoting public funds for parks, habitat and working farms across the state.

 

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Wild Steelhead Coalition

 

Networking events in Seattle and throughout Puget Sound region

Overview: WSC is a membership driven advocacy group dedicated to increasing the return of wild steelhead to the waters and rivers of the Pacific Northwest.

 

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Win Win Network

 

Networking events in Seattle and Olympia

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Young Professionals Network - Seattle

 

Networking events in Seattle

Overview: YPN is a program of the Seattle Chamber for young business professionals who organize social, professional and civic networking events around town.

 

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