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CalNonprofits is...
...a statewide alliance of over 10,000 organizations that brings nonprofits together to advocate for the communities we serve.
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Be a member...
…to increase our collective voice in Sacramento and benefit from exclusive and discounted goods and services, including insurance just for nonprofits.

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Image by Annie GalvinTop 5 Reasons we love our members:

1. Adaptability! We are inspired by your ability to respond quickly to changing needs in your community, whether it’s responding to natural disasters or helping families understand new policies coming out of Washington DC. You step up, and step outside your lane to meet the immediate needs in your communities. 

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2. Political clout! Nonprofits don't "just" serve communities, we advocate for them too. Our alliance is 10,000 strong and last year we supported the creation of the new Assembly Select Committee on Nonprofits to further elevate our issues and voices.

3. Celebrating nonprofit impact! We love hearing about your work and the impact you have in your communities. By raising the profile of our sector together, we can do things like crush the overhead myth, or make sure we Vote with Our Missions.

4. Powering California's economy! Nonprofits employ nearly 1 million people (6% of our state's workforce). You are an economic force to be reckoned with.

5. Freedom to be who you need us to be! Membership accounts for almost one third of our budget - giving us the freedom to pivot quickly, and take stances and develop initiatives focused on supporting your staff, your impact, and the larger nonprofit community in California.

Top 5 Reasons Members Love CalNonprofits

1. Getting involved with advocacy! Members add their voices to our advocacy work in Sacramento, with philanthropy, and the public.

2. Insurance! CalNonprofits Insurance — our social enterprise — provides health insurance to 26,000 nonprofit staff, workers comp, a great exclusive dental plan, and keeps insurance dollars in the nonprofit sector.

3. Free webinars! All CalNonprofits webinars are free for members - check out our upcoming webinars: Starting a Nonprofit in California (2/22) and How Nonprofit Staff Can Get Student Debt Forgiveness (3/7). 

4. Discounts on everyday expenses! Using our Office Depot and Purchasing Point discounts, members save 30-50% on office supplies, shipping, credit card processing fees, and more. Login to get the complete guide.

5. Compliance info at your fingertips! Members get a free subscription to, an online library of HR compliance information, as well as access to templates and sample policies on governance and more.

Are you new to CalNonprofits or just want to make sure you’re taking full advantage of all your benefits?  Schedule a quick phone call with Christina Dragonetti, our Membership and Marketing Manager, who is well-versed in all of our benefits and can help you make sure you’re getting the the most value for your membership dues. She can be reached at: christinad AT Not yet a full, dues-paying, Member? Click here to find out more and join today!

Example of Grant AdvisorYour perspectives are valuable and needed

Did you know? The median time to complete a California Endowment grant application is 20 hours, according to 19 reviews on GrantAdvisor.

This is just the type of information that we thought would be helpful for nonprofit grantseekers when we launched GrantAdvisor last June with our partners, GreatNonprofits and the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits.

The goal is simple: increase funder transparency and improve communication between funders and the nonprofits who rely on them for support. Since last June, more than 1,200 people have joined this effort by submitting reviews of foundations. If you’re one of them, thank you! Reviewers from 50 states and five countries have shared their experiences, and 150 funders are now responding to reviews, creating more clarity around their priorities and processes. Reviewers provide anecdotal reviews based on their experiences and also answer questions that populate a profile for each foundation.

Here are a few examples:

“They are very thorough and expect you to be as well. Really take the time to thoughtfully craft your goals and anticipated outcomes and be realistic in stating them, because they are carefully compared from year to year (typically multi-year grants).” -Review of William & Flora Hewlett Foundation

“Funder staff are really engaged and interested in your work. They tend to "suggest" changes or additions to the work that might change your strategy or add costs, but they truly mean them as suggestions so push back if you disagree or don't think you're able to do what they suggest.” -Review of California Endowment

“Read the Durfee guidelines carefully. If you or your project are a fit consider calling the staff to check in. They were helpful before I wrote my proposal and asked specific questions to determine if the organization was a fit. The Staff is very clear about their mission and funding. They are also generous with their time to support the nonprofit community in LA in additional ways.” -Review of Durfee Foundation

Help “unlock” another 7 California foundation profiles

A funder’s profile is “locked” on GrantAdvisor until it receives at least 5 reviews. Right now, there are 21 California foundations on the site, and another 7 California foundations who have at least 3 reviews, meaning they are only 1-2 reviews away from being public.

How you can help: If you’ve benefitted from a colleague’s advice or from reading a review as part of your grant or funder research, we’re asking you to pay it forward today by writing a review. Five minutes is a small investment of your time, but will pay big dividends in unlocking more profiles, and creating a more complete picture of the foundations that are already live. 

These 7 California foundations need only 1-2 more reviews to go live:

• Community Foundation of the Napa Valley
• Leo M Shortino Foundation
• Ralph M Parsons Foundation
• Richmond Community Foundation
• Silicon Valley Social Venture Fund
• Tipping Point Community
• Union Bank Foundation

These 21 foundations are already live, read their reviews here.

• Ahmanson Foundation
• Bothin Foundation
• California Community Foundation
• California Endowment
• California Wellness Foundation
• Community Foundation for Monterey County
• David and Lucile Packard Foundation
• Durfee Foundation
• Gilroy Foundation
• Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation
• James Irvine Foundation
• Peery Foundation
• Philanthropic Ventures Foundation
• Pollination Project Foundation
• San Francisco Foundation
• Sand Hill Foundation
• Silicon Valley Community Foundation
• Sobrato Family Foundation
• Solano Community Foundation
• Weingart Foundation
• William & Flora Hewlett Foundation

PS: Have questions or suggestions about GrantAdvisor? Drop us an email to let us know what you’re thinking.
Sacramento updateThe state legislature has re-convened, and we have our first update on what promises to be a busy legislative session.

California's Response to the Federal Tax Law

Concerned that California taxpayers now face a cap in how much of their state and local taxes they can deduct from their federal income taxes, State Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de León (Los Angeles) and Senators Benjamin Allen (Redondo Beach), and Jerry Hill (San Mateo) introduced SB 227, the Protect California Taxpayers Act. This bill would allow a taxpayer to make charitable, tax-deductible monetary contributions to a newly-created State fund, and would establish a procedure to allow the taxpayer to obtain a credit against their state taxes for the amount contributed to that fund. The taxpayer will then be able to deduct the contribution from their federal taxes just as they have historically done with their state tax payments.

As you know, CalNonprofits strongly opposed the federal tax bill, and were are therefore heartened to see California leaders step up with creative solutions to mitigate this harm. SB 227 will ease tax burdens for some California taxpayers while expanding the opportunity for those Californians to itemize their charitable deductions. That's why CalNonprofits supports SB 227, and we look forward to working with the California Legislature as we bring the nonprofit community's perspectives and concerns to the discussion.
How powerful is California’s nonprofit sector today? CalNonprofits commissioned this first-ever report to find out!
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How to Start a Nonprofit

Thinking of starting a nonprofit? Join our webinar on February 22nd.
Jan Masaoka, will walk you through what you need to know in this fast-paced webinar, jam-packed with important info. 

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Pasadena Executive Roundtable
Nancy Berlin, presenter
Nancy will present on: Advocacy and Systems Change
Wednesday, Feb 21st
Register here
Starting a Nonprofit in California
Jan Masaoka, presenter
Join our fast-paced webinar, jam-packed with information you need
Thursday, Feb 22nd
Register here
Inland Empire Resource Network Convening
Nancy Berlin, Keynote Presenter
Nancy will present on: Sweating, Shrugging or Primed: How are Nonprofits Approaching the New Federal Tax Law?
Thursday, March 1st
Register here
How Nonprofit Staff Can Get Student Loan Forgiveness
Christina Dragonetti, presenter
If you work for a nonprofit and have student debt, you'll want to attend this webinar
Wednesday, March 7th
Register here
Tri-Valley Nonprofit Alliance Conference
Jan Masaoka speaking
Thursday March 8th 
California Nonprofits Day
June 20th
CalNonprofits Annual Convention
October 20th, Los Angeles
Join with more than 200 nonprofit leaders, funders, and supporters.
For more information, contact Dishauana Castro.
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