CalNonprofits convention attendees photo
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

Many California nonprofits have employees -- in childcare, health, job training, recreation and other fields -- whose wages are set in the government contracts with the nonprofit. As a result, many nonprofits have recently found themselves between a rock -- the state-mandated increase in the minimum wage -- and another rock: government contracts that only reimburse at minimum wage.

Cindy Duenas photoCindy Duenas, Executive Director of the 200+ staff person Center for Human Services in Modesto, took action when the first step in the increase took place several months ago. She went to a meeting of the county Child Abuse Prevention Council to make a presentation about a crisis shelter program for teens. But she didn't stop there:

She also explained that mandated increases to the minimum wage had dramatically increased the program's costs. And because the crisis shelter has to provide 24 hour coverage for a highly vulnerable population, staff cutbacks were not an option.

The response? The council members voted right then and there to give the program the extra funding to cover the costs of paying the higher minimum wage. As Cindy Duenas says, "If we don't let our funders know about issues like mandated wage increases and the effect on our budgets, they may not realize the impact. If we educate and inform our funding partners that maintaining the same level of service for our programs requires a larger budget because of new minimum wage laws, they will support us.”

With another increase in the minimum wage scheduled for January 1 of 2016, now is the time for nonprofits to raise the issue to their funders.

From CalNonprofits Insurance Services, a subsidiary of California Association of Nonprofits

With the New Year comes new regulations and implementation of recently passed laws related to staff management and human resources. In this article, our partners at CalNonprofits Insurance Services highlight a few of the regulations and laws that nonprofits need to care about. Tip: CalNonprofits full Members get free access to where you can review new laws, access sample documents, or pick up tips for best practices.
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.  
How powerful is California’s nonprofit sector today? CalNonprofits commissioned this first-ever report to find out!
image of cover of Causes Count
April 2 - Thursday, WEBINAR
How to Start a Nonprofit in California with CalNonprofits CEO Jan Masaoka
FREE for Members/$10 for Not-yet-Members
April 16 - Thursday, Santa Barbara
Partnership for Excellence Conference, Causes Count: Briefing and Discussion with CalNonprofits CEO Jan Masaoka
April 30 - Thursday, Daly City
Daly City Youth Health Center 25th Anniversary Gala, keynote by CalNonprofits CEO Jan Masaoka
June 2 - Tuesday, San Diego
Uniform Grant Guidance Seminar with OMB Senior Analyst Gilbert Tran, presented in partnership with Moss Adams LLP (Register here & select San Diego location)
June 3 - Wednesday, Los Angeles
Uniform Grant Guidance Seminar with OMB Senior Analyst Gilbert Tran, presented in partnership with Moss Adams LLP (Register here & select Los Angeles location)
Keep connected
Sign up for our free email newsletter.
Or find us on social media: go to Facebook page for CalNonprofits     go to Twitter page for CalNonprofits     go to LinkedIn page for CalNonprofits