Non Profit Annual Report is Back Online

Jan. 10, 2023: All Nonprofit Annual Report, Formation and Reinstatement filings are back online. We are continuing to process documents in the order they were received, and there will be delays. If your documents were recently submitted, please disregard any automated late notices while we update all records on the website. Please do not resubmit. On Dec. 19, 2022, all Annual Report forms were replaced with instruction sheets, and Annual Reports should be filed online via the Corporations and Charities Filings System. If you have any questions concerning this matter or need to request a form, please let us know by using one of the methods available on the Contact Us pageTo log into CCFS, please be sure to refresh and/or remove browser cache before you log in. System requires you to reset your password every 120 days, please follow the prompted steps to reset your password.  

Non Profit Annual Report

Well the new Non Profit law changed the annual report we do to the secretary of state and doubled the fee also. Question #8 asks if you are a Public Benefit Corporation??? So what is a Public Benefit Corporation??

So if you are a 501 (c)(3) or have applied to be a 501(c)(3) you are a Public Benefit Corporation!!

Question #9 asks is the Nonprofit Corporation a Charitable Nonprofit, (see definition #5 below).

This is page 1 of FIVE pages of definitions!!

Question #10 Asks Does the Nonprofit Corporation meet exemptions of reporting as outlined below??

So be sure to have your annual meeting!!

Washington State New Non Profit Act

Last year the Washington Legislature passed an updated Non Profit Law (the last one passed in 1970) and it takes effect on January 1, 2022. While much is just changes allowing online meetings and similar language changes, there are other parts that pertain to non profits with members and to having youth on boards. There was one training session already and more to come in 2022. They are free since the Secretary of State paid the fees for all of us. Here is a list of some upcoming meetings:



Be sure to subscribe to the email list, I have been on that list for a few years and if we ever get back to in person meetings it is regionalized so you only get meetings in your region and important statewide meetings.

1968 The Year that Rocked Washington


Join us for an exhibit opening Thursday, September 13th, Capitol Building, Olympia
Program at 3:00 p.m., State Reception Room
Reception to follow, Office of the Secretary of State

Legacy Washington explores the lives of Washingtonians caught up in one of the most tumultuous years in world history. 1968 changed us in ways still rippling through our society a half-century later.

1968: The Year That Rocked Washington is a series of online stories and an exhibit at the Washington State Capitol that documents remarkable Washingtonians during a historic year. The experiences of these Washingtonians invite visitors to think critically about the monumental year and the changes they made.

Join the conversation as we unveil our newest exhibit. Doors open at 2:30 p.m. with program starting at 3 p.m. and a reception immediately following in the Office of the Secretary of State.

Good News From Kim Wyman

Washington Secretary of State Kim Wyman has good news to share about her recent cancer fight. According to “Wyman’s Wire”…

I’m happy to report that I’ve finally completed my cancer treatments. Now there’s a period of recovery before I learn the results of the treatments. That will be a challenge, but I’m confident my doctors will help me through it. And of course, I couldn’t do this without the love and support of my family and friends like you. Thank you so much! And don’t forget you can check out all the crazy sock pictures on our Facebook page.

Kim is a good friend to our genealogical community. As Secretary of State, she oversees elections, corporation and charity filings, the Washington State Library, Washington Talking Book & Braille Library, State Archives and Digital Archives. We’ve also supported her by sending our best wishes through paper socks.

To get more updates about Kim and the Secretary of State’s office, subscribe to Wyman’s Wire by clicking here.

Like Dirty Socks, Cancer Stinks!

Kim Wyman

“Like dirty socks, cancer stinks!” Those are the words written on one of the nearly 100 paper socks sent to Kim Wyman, Washington’s Secretary of State who is undergoing treatment for colon cancer. Her latest update is available here.

To show support and encouragement, Kim suggested that people take a photo of their silly socks and post it on her Facebook page with the hashtag #wymanrocksthesocks. Because Kim is such a good friend to our genealogy community, WSGS decided to take it one step further, asking its members to sign a paper sock and send it to her to show how much we care.

We’re encouraging you to take a photo of you in your silliest socks and post it on social media (don’t forget the hashtag #wymanrocksthesocks). OR you can e-mail a photo of your socks to for posting in their online gallery.

The Secretary of State’s office oversees a number of areas within state government, including elections, the State Library and the State Archives.


Support Kim Wyman with Silly Socks!

Clark County Genealogical Society’s Brian Runyan shows his support by wearing his wacky socks.

Washington’s Secretary of State Kim Wyman has been diagnosed with colon cancer and could use our support.

Since her diagnosis, many have asked her how they could bring her cheer and show support. In her April 2017 newsletter “Wyman’s Wire,” Kim encouraged us to take pictures of our silly, wacky socks and post them to Facebook, Twitter or Instagram with the hashtag #wymanrocksthesocks. Or you can email your photo to  In addition, WSGS will have a membership table at some of the larger workshops and conferences around the state where you can sign a paper sock with your best wishes. We’ll make sure she gets the messages.

Kim is a good friend to our genealogical community. As Secretary of State, she oversees elections, corporation and charity filings, the Washington State Library, Washington Talking Book & Braille Library, State Archives and Digital Archives.

Show Kim that our genealogical family supports her!  #wymanrocksthesocks

State Library to Change Public Access

According to a recent press release, the Washington State Library in Tumwater will change its public access policies beginning 01 Feb.

The changes include:

  • The library’s front lobby will become an “information hub” featuring two computer stations that allow 10 minutes of use, easy hold pickups and a State Library staff person who can help with quick questions and referrals. The hub’s hours will be 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays.
  • The library’s Reading Room on the second floor will be open by appointment only to people engaged in active collection usage and research. Public computer terminals will no longer be available for unlimited use. Appointments to use the library for a quiet place to work or to use the public Wi-Fi will be available depending on staff availability.
  • The Reading Room will be configured to include designated space for collaboration and research appointments.
  • Library subject specialists will be available by appointment to consult on research topics including federal, state and local government, Pacific Northwest history, and genealogy.

The State Library will continue to offer reference assistance weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. through the “Ask a Librarian” live chat, e-mail at or by phone at 360-704-5200.

The State Library, part of the Office of Secretary of State, is located at 6880 Capitol Blvd. in Tumwater.

Ancestry Day — Quite a Day

Over 700 enthusiastic genealogists and family history buffs, new and experienced, packed into the Greater Tacoma Convention and Trade Center recently for Ancestry Day.

People lined up to talk to Crista Cowan -- we couldn't get enough of her!

People lined up to talk to Crista Cowan at Ancestry Day — we couldn’t get enough of her!

Many of us had attended the previous day’s lectures at the Washington State History Museum (see my 9/24/16 blog post), but Saturday, Sept. 25, was the “main event,” sponsored by genealogy records giant  After an opening welcome by Secretary of State Kim Wyman and presentation of the colors by the Washington State Color Guard, Sons of the American Revolution (SAR), we launched into “Ancestry 101, a Beginner’s Basics Class” with Crista Cowan, the Barefoot Genealogist. (I’m always amazed at how much new info I can learn in a “beginners” class!) Crista has been employed by Ancestry since 2004, and really knows her stuff. (Check out her YouTube Channel for a plethora of genealogy videos.) Her witty stories and valuable lessons entertained us all day.

After the beginner’s class, Crista guided us through the benefits (and cautions) about shaky leaf hints (that don’t shake anymore), family trees, suggested records and the card catalog (her personal favorite resource). My only wish during the info-packed hour was that there was a handout — nearly got writer’s cramp taking notes as fast as I could!

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More Details about Ancestry Day Sept 23-24


$15 – $35
Ancestry Day in Washington State
By: Ancestry, Office of the Secretary of State: Washington State Archives, Washington State Library, Legacy Washington, and the Washington State Historical Society.
Join Ancestry, Washington State Archives, Washington State Library, Legacy Washington and the Washington State Historical Society as they present Ancestry Day in Washington State, Sept. 23-24.

Both novice and experienced genealogists are welcome at this event.  Registration for the Ancestry Day on Saturday, Sept. 24 is $35 and includes admission to all Saturday classes presented by Ancestry.  Lunch tickets can be purchased for an additional $15, which includes a box lunch and the lunch speaker.

Special presentations will be offered by the Washington State Historical Society and the Washington State History Museum on Friday, Sept. 23, for $15.  These are limited to the first 225 participants who register for Saturday.