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Latest News for Nonprofits

In these stormy times, a remarkable 42% of California nonprofits report that they are increasing their public policy advocacy. While nonprofits with 501(c)(3) status can and do engage in advocacy, some nonprofits have expanded their efforts by starting a 501(c)(4).

We at CalNonprofits want to support that advocacy, and are working with our social enterprise -- CalNonprofits Insurance Services -- to make sure that nonprofits have access to the insurance they need.

In particular, we've heard from many members that their 501(c)(4) advocacy arms are finding it difficult to get insurance. Insurers are often unfamiliar with (c)(4)s, and are reluctant to insure them. Unexpectedly, even some of the underwriters that nonprofits most rely on for insurance don't insure 501(c)4s.

We know that nonprofits need insurance for all the vehicles they use to fulfill their missions, including (c)(4)s.

We're proud to share how PIVOT -- the Progressive Vietnamese American Organization, recently got covered:

“When we founded PIVOT, we knew we needed insurance. I’d worked with CalNonprofits Insurance before, so I reached out to them again. They were efficient and speedy — and helped us to select the right coverage so that we can stay focused on our advocacy work.” --Diep Vuong, PIVOT Treasurer

CalNonprofits Insurance has expertise and experience in insuring (c)(4)s and other less-known types of nonprofits such as (c)(6), (c)(17) and (c)(19)s. They can help you get D&O, General Liability, Workers’ Comp, Cyber-Liability insurance, and a full array of employee benefits plans including health, dental, and vision. And as our social enterprise, their priorities are placed squarely on helping nonprofits.

Interested in learning more? Please call (888) 427-5222 or simply start the consultation process on the CalNonprofits Insurance website. If you’d like to speak to someone directly, Diana Andrews and Marvin Colburt are especially knowledgeable about working with c4s.

Advocacy is one of the most important things we can be doing on behalf of our communities. Be sure you’ve got the right insurance to do it.

(CalNonprofits Insurance corporate license number is 0827761)
Nearly half of American women report being sexually harassed in the workplace

Frequent headlines about sexual harassment give all of us a chance to reflect on the issue in our own lives and the nonprofits where we work and volunteer. Staff, clients, volunteers, and board members can all be impacted by this issue.

It's also worth noting a number of nonprofits focus on harassment directly, whether it's through providing services to people who have been impacted, education, or through advocacy for stronger laws to prevent it. This article provides an overview of how nonprofits should respond to the problem of harassment and highlights some of the ways the California legislature is addressing this issue.
When there's an emergency, we know that nonprofits will be there: the food bank, the shelters, the churches, the Red Cross. Less visible are the community nonprofits that went outside, above and beyond their ordinary missions in the Southern California wildfires.

We're inspired:

CAUSE distributing masks in the fields (photo from CAUSE)Protecting farm workers from unsafe air

Despite air quality warnings, farmworkers were still working in the fields in Ventura and Santa Barbara counties, harvesting crops. When their employers weren't providing protective equipment, Central Coast Alliance United for a Sustainable Economy (CAUSE) went out into the fields to distribute thousands of N-95 masks to farmworkers. CAUSE also gave out masks in low-income and Latino communities and called for local governments to make disaster information more accessible by translating their websites, alerts, and social media into Spanish.

“We aren’t normally a direct service provider,” explained Lucas Zucker, policy and communications director at CAUSE. “However, we acted because we saw there were communities being left behind in the emergency response, and we wanted to fill in those gaps.”  Thank you, CAUSE 
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. 
Can't make that date? You can also watch an earlier recording:  Go here.

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Ventura County Nonprofit Town Hall, sponsored by Ventura County Nonprofit Leadership council
Jan Masaoka lead speaker
Wednesday, January 17th, in Camarillo
Register here
Nonprofit Governance Symposium, University of San Diego
Jan Masaoka keynote
Colleen Lazanich, CEO of CalNonprofits Insurance Services, is also speaking and CalNonprofits Insurance Services is a sponsor of the symposium
Saturday, January 27th, in San Diego
Register here
"Advocacy and Public Policy Education: What 501(c)3’s Can Do," sponsored by Inland Empire Prevention Table
Nancy Berlin speaking
Wednesday, January 31st, 10AM to 12PM in San Bernardino
To RSVP or for more information, contact Maribel Nunez
Starting a Nonprofit in California
Jan Masaoka, presenter
Join our fast-paced webinar, jam-packed with information you need
Thursday, Feb 22nd
Register here
Tri-Valley Nonprofit Alliance Conference
Jan Masaoka speaking
Thursday March 8th 


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