Frequently Asked Questions

What is Washington Policy Center?


Washington Policy Center (WPC) is an independent, non-profit 501(c)(3) research and educational organization. We are statewide organization with offices in Seattle, Olympia, Spokane and the Tri-Cities. For more information, visit our website here!




What is the date/time of the Annual Dinner?


October 1st in Bellevue and October 15th in Spokane. The main programs will begin at 7:00pm. VIP opportunities will be available earlier in the evening starting at 4:00pm.




What are we raising money for?


Washington Policy Center is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. As a nonpartisan think tank we work to improve lives in Washington state through free-market ideas. Our work is only possible thanks to people across Washington state who donate over $4.5 million annually to WPC.

As the year 2021 opened…

  • Schools remained closed with students across the state isolated and falling behind academically,
  • Business remained severely restricted with no information available on a path forward,
  • And the latest attempt at an income tax was rapidly making its way through the legislature.

These issues and related challenges stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic could leave anyone feeling resigned and defeated. Add to that mix the divisions ignited by the election season, and you have a recipe for frustration. Is the continued fight worth it? Or like so many have concluded in the last year, is it time to simply give up on Washington state altogether?

At Washington Policy Center we aren’t giving up!

Our mission remains; to improve lives through free market solutions. We believe this mission is possible and worth fighting for.

The margins in favor of new, big-government ideas like adding new taxes on struggling businesses, government-run health care, a statewide income tax and other “wish list” items, are very narrow. The fate of our state is not set in stone.

We know there were a lot of bad ideas proposed in Olympia and many that made their way through the Legislative Session. But WPC analyzed and stopped many harmful policies and we will continue to provide the research fuel for legal fights and both local and statewide ballot efforts in the coming months.

And at WPC, we are not just defending against bad policy, but also advancing new approaches that will improve lives.

We are excited to show that markets and freedom are best for our economy, our environment, our schools, our families, and our health.

Our priorities this year include:

  • Capital Gains Income Tax fight
  • Education Choice
  • Small Business Freedom
  • Engaging the next generation in free-market ideas
  • Continuing our largest marketing campaign, Free Markets Destroy.

For more information on our work, or how you can get involved, contact Washington Policy Center’s Development Director, Sydney Jansen at sjansen@washingtonpolicy.org




Who's speaking at this event?


Click here to find out more about our Western Event Speakers and Eastern Event Speakers.




If I can't participate in the event, how can I still make a donation?


Thank you for your generous support of WPC! We wouldn't be able to do all that we do without your generosity! You can donate on our website here. Please contact sjansen@washingtonpolicy.org for more information or to discuss a donation.




Who can I contact with questions or for more information?


Please contact WPC’s Development Director at sjansen@washingtonpolicy.org or 206-937-9691.




Will this year’s events be in person or virtual?


Both! The Bellevue Annual Dinner on October 1st will be in-person and include an option to view the full event virtually. The Spokane Annual Dinner will be in person. We are tracking the Washington State COVID guidelines and will be monitoring capacity as the events near.




How do I view the Annual Dinner from my home?


Register here for a virtual ticket! The October 1st event will be live streamed on YouTube. Your registration gets you one access link to the event.