By Peter Manzo, President & CEO, United Ways of California
and CalNonprofits Board Member
The nonprofit sector is where Californians come together to live their values, but we all do so in an environment heavily affected by government, and the choices government enacts through budgets have a significant impact on the results nonprofits can achieve.
Nonprofits involved in K-12 education will find plenty of good news in Governor Brown’s proposed 2015 budget, but community organizations fighting poverty will be disappointed to see the budget carry forward years of steep cuts to supports for low income families and individuals.
California was derided as ungovernable just a few years ago, even before the 2008 global financial implosion. Thankfully, California’s finances are greatly improved, due to a recovering economy and the additional tax revenues from the passage of Proposition 30 that the Governor championed. California is no longer compared to Greece, but austerity is still the Governor’s prevailing theme.