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CalNonprofits is...
...a statewide alliance of nearly 10,000 organizations, representing and promoting California’s growing nonprofit sector. We work to bring the full power of nonprofits to strengthening communities.
 
 
McCumber at annual convention, November 2013
Our advocacy...
…focuses on raising your voice to policy makers, philanthropy and the public, and strengthening your ability to advocate on behalf of your community.
 
 
 

Latest News for Nonprofits

Lots of nonprofits hold raffles to raise funds, so why is CalNonprofits opposed to Senate Bill 549, a bill that would expand charitable raffles? Because SB 549 lets professional sports teams and their foundations play by different rules than the rest of us.

You’re probably thinking, “Wait, what!?”

Here’s some background:

Before 2001, nonprofits (or anyone) could not legally conduct raffles at all. CalNonprofits helped initiate a multi-stakeholder process that changed state law through a voter-approved initiative, which allowed nonprofits (and only nonprofits) to conduct raffles as long as 90% of the gross receipts from a raffle are directed to "beneficial and charitable purposes." This “90/10” raffle provision has allowed all charities to hold raffles and raise much-needed funds to support their mission-based activities.
After years of last-minute drama, huge fights and even government shut-downs, this year's state budget emerged so quietly you might even have missed it. Here are two strikingly different assessments:

A.  “This budget strikes a responsible balance between strengthening our long-term fiscal foundation and investing right now in the economy of today and the workforce of tomorrow.” Senate leader Kevin León (Democrat, East Los Angeles)

B.  "This budget doesn't do anything to stop punishing poor children." Mike Herald, legislative advocate with the Western Center on Law and Poverty

We recap the highlights for you below. Decide which of the above two viewpoints you agree with more!
In 1978, California voters passed Proposition 13 to protect homeowners from high property taxes. As a result, property taxes were lowered to a constitutional maximum of 1% and local property tax revenues fell by more than 60%, resulting in revenue losses at the county and city levels.

At the same time, loopholes in the law have allowed many commercial property owners to avoid reassessments of their properties, thereby paying less than similar and competing commercial property owners. Efforts are underway to close these loopholes, including a bill that has just been introduced in the state legislature: SCA5, which CalNonprofits supports.

This survey is designed to learn directly from California nonprofits about the impact of Proposition 13 on their organizations and communities. We believe that what California nonprofits think about the impact of Proposition 13 should be a vital part of this debate.

As your “Chamber of Commerce” representing the nonprofit sector, our job is to ensure that policy makers and the public at large know the perspective of nonprofits on issues that impact us and the communities we serve. That’s why we are surveying nonprofit leaders about Proposition 13.

We hope you’ll take just a few minutes to complete this survey. And stay tuned to hear what you told us when we report back the results!

Register for our Annual Policy Convention!

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July 30 - Thursday, Monterey Park (San Gabriel Valley, LA County)
Nonprofit Organization Workshop Hosted by Assemblymember Ed Chau, featuring CalNonprofits Policy Director Nancy Berlin
August 11 - Tuesday, WEBINAR
August 24 - Monday, Los Angeles
September 2 - Wednesday, WEBINAR
Overcoming the Overhead Myth, Stanford Social Innovation Review (SSIR) webinar with CalNonprofits CEO Jan Masaoka, Guidestar USA CEO Jacob Harold, and Habitat for Humanity Greater San Francisco COO Ann Goggins Gregory
September 28 - Monday, Eureka (Humboldt County)
Nonprofit Tax Seminar with Board of Equalization and CalNonprofits Program Director Diana Dunker (Register here)
September 30 - Wednesday, Los Angeles
Getting Overhead Funded Series: Real Costs – Realistic Strategies: Understanding, Communicating, and Funding the Full Cost of Your Services, presented by CalNonprofits and Center for Nonprofit Management (Register here)
October 14 - Wednesday, Los Angeles
Getting Overhead Funded Series: OMB Uniform Guidance: Evaluating Options to Recover Your Full Costs, presented by CalNonprofits and Center for Nonprofit Management (Register here)
October 28 - Wednesday, Los Angeles
Getting Overhead Funded Series: Negotiating a Federal Indirect Cost Rate: Step by Step Guide to Preparing Your Indirect Cost Rate Proposal presented by CalNonprofits and Center for Nonprofit Management (Register here)
November 4 - Wednesday, Oakland
CalNonprofits Annual Policy Convention 2015: Economic and Political Forecast for the Nonprofit Sector
November 6 - Friday, WEBINAR
November 16 - Monday, WEBINAR
Getting Overhead Funded Series: OMB Uniform Guidance: Evaluating Options to Recover Your Full Costs, presented by CalNonprofits (Register here)
December 11 - Friday, WEBINAR
How powerful is California’s nonprofit sector today? CalNonprofits commissioned this first-ever report to find out!
 
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