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...a statewide alliance of over 10,000 organizations, representing and promoting California’s growing nonprofit sector. We work to bring the full power of nonprofits to strengthening communities.
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Latest News for Nonprofits

The Board of Directors of CalNonprofits Insurance Services (CIS) is pleased to announce a new CEO, Colleen Lazanich, who starts on August 1. Colleen’s background includes senior positions at Swett & Crawford -- VP overseeing national branch operations, and Riverport Insurance Company, where she managed their nonprofit and social services portfolio for the western region. She holds a California broker-agent license. Colleen also holds Certified Insurance Counselor and Certified Risk Manager designations from The National Alliance for Insurance Education. Colleen attended Colorado State University and has a BS in Business Management.

CIS, a social enterprise wholly owned by the California Association of Nonprofits, is a full-service insurance broker providing health insurance to more than 19,000 nonprofit employees along with dental insurance, vision insurance, D&O, general liability, workers compensation, cyber liability, and other insurances.

“Colleen is perfect for this position,” said Yolanda Gorman, M.B.A, Ph.D., and President of Phillips Graduate University based in Los Angeles. “As Chair of the CIS board, we worked hard to find the right replacement for Meredeth Clark, who was the founder and CEO for the past 31 years. We could not be more delighted with Colleen’s business expertise, and with her commitment to the nonprofit community.” Colleen has more than 25 years of experience in the insurance industry, and speaks frequently to nonprofit audiences about insurance and risk management. She is known for her breadth of insurance knowledge as well as her sensitivity to nonprofit concerns. “I’m excited to be working with nonprofits throughout California,” said Colleen. “And with the great CIS staff that has been providing wonderful service exclusively to California nonprofits!"
It's not easy to keep up with all of the different compliance requirements your nonprofit has to take care of every year. That’s why CalNonprofits has compiled this free comprehensive annual compliance checklist to help nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations keep up-to-date with annual filing requirements. All in one place, with links to the resources you need if you have questions.

As you know, California nonprofits have many forms to file each year, some with various departments of the State of California, others with the federal IRS.  Our new Compliance Checklist was developed by CalNonprofits in consultation with the California Attorney General's Office. It provides the information and links you need to all California and U.S. Federal forms, as well as many other useful resources.

Please take a look at this new comprehensive resource and share it with your nonprofit partners and colleagues!
On Wednesday, June 22, 2016, the California Association of Nonprofits (CalNonprofits) hosted the inaugural California Nonprofits Day celebration at the State Capitol in Sacramento, honoring nonprofits across the state as Nonprofits of the Year. The full list of honorees is here. Read Assemblymember Rich Gordon's press release announcing passage of the resolution declaring California Nonprofits Day here.

Each nonprofit was selected by their local legislator as an exceptional nonprofit organization in the district community. The award recipients joined other nonprofit leaders from across the state who were honored at the inaugural California Nonprofits Day event. Participants visited the Senate and Assembly Floors and then were honored at a luncheon at Sacramento’s Sheraton Grand Hotel, with presentations from Sacramento Mayor-Elect Darrell Steinberg, Assemblymember Gordon, and Jan Masaoka, CEO of the California Association of Nonprofits (CalNonprofits). 
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Just announced: This year's keynote speaker will be Alicia Garza, Co-Founder of Black Lives Matter
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July 27 - Wednesday, Webinar
Student Debt Forgiveness Options for Nonprofit Employees,  Featuring CalNonprofits Program Director Diana Dunker speaking on the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program (Register here)
August 8 - Monday, Oakland
California State Board of Equalization Event, Featuring CalNonprofits CEO Jan Masaoka speaking on Funding Sources Available to Nonprofits (Register here)
August 10 - Wednesday, Webinar
August 18 - Thursday, Fullerton
North Orange County Tax Seminar for Nonprofit & Exempt Organizations, Featuring CalNonprofits Policy Director Nancy Berlin (Register here)
August 24 - Wednesday, Chula Vista
South Bay Tax Seminar for Nonprofit & Exempt Organizations, Featuring CalNonprofits Policy Director Nancy Berlin (Register here)
September 1 - Thursday, Apple Valley
Academy for Grassroots Organizations Access Government Day 2016, Featuring CalNonprofits CEO Jan Masaoka speaking on Advocacy for Nonprofits (Register here)
October 6 - Thursday, Los Angeles
CalNonprofits 2016 Convention: The Power of California Nonprofits (Register here)
October 7 - Friday, Los Angeles
How powerful is California’s nonprofit sector today? CalNonprofits commissioned this first-ever report to find out!
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