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Read CalNonprofits Annual Report to learn what we're doing for the nonprofit ecosystem in California and our communities

We won’t sugarcoat it: 2017 was a turbulent year for many California nonprofits and the communities we work in. We’re proud to share how the California nonprofit community responded in our 2017 annual report: “Strengthening the Ecosystem for Nonprofits in California.” It's a fast, easy read: take a look here.

Read more about the issues our community mobilized and advocated on. Where did we succeed? Where did we fail? What might come back that we need to look out for? What are our opportunities in 2018?

Hundreds of you reading this participated in our work this last year -- whether signing onto a support or oppose letter, going with us to a hearing, attending a Nonprofit Town Hall, by being part of the Nonprofit Overhead Project or the Nonprofit Student Debt Project, and more. We know our collective advocacy, education, and mobilization work is improving the economic and regulatory climate for nonprofits, but we also know there’s more work to be done. As you read the Annual Report for 2017, think about what we can do better in 2018.

If your organization is a CalNonprofits member, your hard copy of the annual report is on its way to your office. Thank you for your support, and we look forward to working together with you in 2018. If you’re not yet a member and want to learn more about the benefits of joining, please email Christina Dragonetti and she can share a quick overview of our member benefits.

And as always, let me know your comments and questions about the Annual Report-- or anything else!


Jan Masaoka,
CEO, California Association of Nonprofits (CalNonprofits)
California is being hurt by new federal policies: the new tax law, the federal budget, threats to withhold federal funding to California, the proposed cuts to MediCal, and the undoing of coastline protections (just to name a few).

As part of our campaign Nonprofits Standing Up for California Communities, CalNonprofits is on the steering committee of a collaboration working to close a long-standing corporate tax loophole, and as a result, bring more than $11 billion per year to California -- for education, for social services, and for basic local services such as water systems and trauma centers. These funds will stay local -- within the counties where they are collected.

What is this loophole, anyway?
When we Californians enacted Proposition 13 to stabilize property taxes for homeowners, we unintentionally created a boondoggle for corporations. Older companies (like those having held property for 40 years) -- are paying as a little as one tenth the property taxes of newer companies. The Schools and Communities First (SCF) ballot measure initiative will level the playing field among companies, so that old and new companies will pay comparable rates. Doing so will also eliminate the incentive for companies to create complicated shell corporations to benefit from the loophole.

Wait a minute . . .will the property taxes of homeowners be affected?
No. Repeat: No. Not one bit.

So what will Schools and Communities First actually do?
First, this initiative needs to gather enough signatures to be placed on the ballot for the November election. After we get SCF on the ballot, we will need to get out the vote for it to win in the fall election. If passed, the Schools and Communities Funding Act will normalize property taxes for large corporations. Corporate real estate will be taxed at its fair market rate -- regardless of whether it was bought this year or 40 years ago. By eliminating the huge and illogical disparities among what corporations pay, we will stop penalizing new companies and at the same time, increase funding to California counties. (And, small business owners are also protected because their properties aren't reassessed until after they sell them).

What's the nonprofit angle?
The California nonprofit community is an important partner with counties. Most of our contracts to provide healthcare, mental health, environmental restoration, K-14 educational supports, and family services are with county governments. And as nonprofits, every day we see how local governments are forced to pay low teacher salaries, cut trauma clinics, and allow blight and toxics to go unaddressed. Every day we see the impacts of under-funding services. Standing up for communities includes standing up for the services and institutions that communities of all types rely on. Now, more than ever, we nonprofits must look beyond the next foundation grant proposal to large-scale, permanent changes in our tax structure to support the work we do.

So how do we get this on the ballot?

There are three important ways to help bring $11 billion per year to California schools and communities:

1) Get, sign, and share free petitions: Make sure you sign one, and ask your friends and family to sign too. Sign up with the campaign here, and use this website to find out where to pick up petitions.

2) Endorse the campaign: You can add your name either as an individual or as a nonprofit organization.

3) Tell everyone you know about Schools and Communities First. On your personal Facebook page, on your organization's Facebook page, through NextDoor, on LinkedIn, on the church bulletin board. Consider gathering signatures at local community events, or in your waiting room. Visit the the Schools and Communities First campaign website to learn more, and then follow it on Facebook and Twitter so you can see and share updates from the campaign.

If you have questions, please contact Nancy Berlin, CalNonprofits Policy Director.

We only have 8 weeks to get enough signatures to qualify this for the ballot, so time is of the essence!

Speak Up Now to Keep Partisan Politics Away from California Nonprofits

"Sneaking major policy decisions into spending bills is always a bad policy."

From LA Times Editorial Board: "Don't weaken the ban on politics in the pulpit" (March 6, 2018)

For decades, nonprofits have been protected by the Johnson Amendment, a section of the federal tax law that separates nonprofits from electioneering and political campaigns. In exchange for their tax-exempt status and ability to accept tax deductible donations, nonprofits are prohibited from endorsing, opposing, or contributing to political candidates.

However, a provision to weaken the Johnson Amendment nearly made it into the final tax law last December. As the bill was being debated, more than 200 California nonprofits weighed in against the provision. CalNonprofits and the California Council of Churches also sent a joint letter against the provision. Fortunately, the Senate Parliamentarian put the brakes on that attempt.

But now, another attack on the Johnson Amendment is underway.

Congressional leaders are looking to roll all of their major agenda items into one massive bill that must be passed by March 23 (the expiration date of the current temporary funding bill), that is considered a "must pass" bill. The Washington Post reports that a rider to weaken the Johnson Amendment has been included in this omnibus bill. However, that rider could be left out of the final bill if Congress hears from enough of us that we don't the Johnson Amendment tampered with.

How you can help preserve nonprofit protections in the Johnson Amendment:

1) Call your Senators and Representative
Share with them that the California nonprofit community supports the Johnson Amendment because it protects nonprofits from getting dragged into electioneering and partisan politics. Urge them to oppose any attempts to attach a rider to the omnibus spending bill that would weaken or eliminate the Johnson Amendment. You can reach your senators and representative by calling the Capitol switchboard (202) 225-3121, and asking to be connected to your elected officials.

2) Contact your Representative and Senators on Twitter
You can find your Representative or Senator using this website. Be sure to start your tweet with a period before the politician's twitter handle so that it will be seen by more than just you and the politician.

Here's two sample tweets you can use (just substitute in your representative) and if you include us (@CalNonprofits) in your tweet, we'll magnify your advocacy by retweeting you.

.@DevinNunes, California #nonprofits are effective b/c they focus on #CommunityNotCandidates. We urge NO weakening of #JohnsonAmendment in omnibus spending bill:

.@SenFeinstein, California #nonprofits are counting on you to maintain the #JohnsonAmendment to keep a clear line between partisan politics and #nonprofits:

Thank you for your advocacy on this important issue, and we anticipate reaching out to you again with updates in the coming weeks.
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Bakersfield: Town Hall Inside a Conference
Jan Masaoka and Nancy Berlin will facilitate this mini-town hall to provide a Sacramento update and hear from Kern County nonprofit leaders about their experiences and needs. This takes place at the United Way of Kern County's Annual Nonprofit Conference
Wednesday, April 4th
Register here
Aptos: Nonprofits Standing Together: Nonprofits and Elections
At this educational session, Jan Masaoka will speak to the Human Care Alliance members about nonprofits and elections, including do's and don'ts, and how nonprofit staff can use their vote to advance their mission and support their communities.
Thursday, April 5th
Register here
Livermore: Tri-Valley Nonprofit Alliance Conference
Jan Masaoka speaking
Thursday April 12th
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California Nonprofits Day
June 6th
CalNonprofits Annual Convention
October 18th, Los Angeles
Join with more than 200 nonprofit leaders, funders, and supporters.
For more information, contact Dishauana Castro.