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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

CalNonprofits has good news to report on two bills we helped navigate through the California legislature this year. Both have been signed by the Governor and now become law. [Note that these are only a few of many bills we've worked on; for more please see our Legislation Tracker.]

AB 1712, the "Unclaimed Property for Nonprofits" bill, was introduced by Assembly Member Jimmy Gomez (D-Los Angeles)
. It will allow parent nonprofit organizations to claimed unclaimed property of dissolved affiliate organizations. It will allow for parent nonprofit organizations to claim funds that may have been left with the State Controller’s office from an old sister organization from the same nonprofit.  This bill will allow organizations such as the Girl Scouts to claim leftover funds from groups that they chartered or approved that no longer exist.

AB 2077, the "Charitable organizations enforcement" bill was introduced by Assembly Member Travis Allen (R-Huntington Beach). Senator Allen originally intended to cap how much nonprofits can spend on overhead.  CalNonprofits convinced him to abandon this idea, and instead turn the bill into a mechanism to help the Attorney General use existing funds more flexibly in order to enforce already existing laws to prevent “charity scams.”

Unfortunately, one bill we supported did not make it through the legislature. SB 1207, the "California Voluntary Contribution Program", was introduced by Senator Lois Wolk (D-Fairfield). It would have replaced the current voluntary tax contribution program by which taxpayers can make charitable contributions on their tax return from a "check-box" system to a "write-in" system to be administered by the California Office of Volunteers, allowing more nonprofits to access contributions from the state tax return. But the bill died in the Appropriations committee, because the Franchise Tax Board’s analysis is that it would be too expensive to legislate and administer.

Stay tuned for next year’s legislation. We'll continue to work hard to protect and advance the interests of California nonprofits and advocate for YOU in Sacramento!

Earthquake in Napa! We all read the headlines, but when the headlines go away, it's easy to forget that nonprofits in Napa not only sustained damage themselves, but most of them have extra work helping the people and neighborhoods who have lost so much. We're pleased to announce that in conjunction with the Napa Valley Coalition of Nonprofit Agencies, CalNonprofits is offering free one-year memberships for up to 100 nonprofits in the Napa Valley, as our way of saying, "Hey, we're with you.”

Membership in CalNonprofits provides access to our exclusive health insurance brokerage; discounts on office supplies, background checks, printing, shipping, and more; discounted prices for events, such as the upcoming Stronger Together conference on October 24,; and being part of our community of nearly 10,000 members. Napa county nonprofits: contact Christina Dragonetti at CalNonprofits by October 31 to sign up!
Photo Credit: Rick Loomis, Los Angeles Times

Causes Counts RegionsCalNonprofits’ recent Causes Count report analyzed data from all 58 counties in California.  We have just released 10 regional profiles incorporating our unique datasets to give you a comprehensive snapshot about the total number of nonprofits, foundations, employees, revenues and assets of nonprofits in 9 different sub sector groupings, along with detailed information about sources of revenue for nonprofits in each of the 10 regions. The 10 profiles can be found here.

How powerful is California’s nonprofit sector today? CalNonprofits commissioned this first-ever report to find out!
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September 26 - Friday - 9:30am - 11am in Oakland
Causes Count: Briefing & Discussion with Jan Masaoka at CompassPoint Nonprofit Services, Oakland
October 2 - Thursday, 10:30am - 11:30am
Webinar! Workers Compensation 101 presented by CalNonprofits Insurance Services. FREE for Members/$10 Not-yet-members
October 8 - Wednesday, 11am - 12pm
FREE Webinar! A Nonprofit Perspective on California State Ballot Propositions 2, 45 and 47, conversation with Jan Masaoka, Pete Manzo (United Ways of California) and Melissa Breach (League of Women Voters of California)
October 13 - Monday, 11am - 12pm
FREE webinar! What if We All Voted? A Nonprofits' Quick & Easy Guide to Voter Engagement, presented by Nancy Berlin, part of the Vote with Your Mission initiative
October 16 - Thursday, 10:30am - 11am
Webinar! Getting the Most Out of CalNonprofits Membership for current and not-yet members; offered 3rd Thursday of each month
October 24 - Friday, 8am - 6pm in San Francisco
Stronger Together Conference in San Francisco, co-hosted by CalNonprofits, Nonprofits' Insurance Alliance of California, and CompassPoint
October 29 - Wednesday, 10am - 12pm in San Rafael
Causes Count: Briefing & Discussion Center for Volunteer and Nonprofit Leadership of Marin (CVNL)
November 5 - Wednesday, 10:30am - 7:30pm in Los Angeles
Causes Count: Briefing & Discussion Southern California Grantmakers Annual Conference
November 13 - Thursday, in Vancouver, WA
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