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Latest News for Nonprofits

As designated by the passage of Assembly Concurrent Resolution 54 by Assemblymember Monique Limón (D-Santa Barbara), June 28, 2017 is the second annual California Nonprofits Day. On Wednesday June 28th, nearly 100 California nonprofit organizations from around the state that have been selected by legislators as their Nonprofits of the Year will be recognized at a luncheon event at the Sacramento Convention Center.

The California Nonprofits Day luncheon is sponsored by CalNonprofits and will feature:

• California Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon (D-Lakewood) will introduce keynote speaker Attorney General Xavier Becerra
• Many of the ninety-six state legislators who have chosen nonprofits of the year from their district, accompanied by their honoree
• Assemblymember Monique Limón, chair, Assembly Select Committee on the Nonprofit Sector
• CalNonprofits leadership including board chair Geoff Green, CEO, Santa Barbara City College Foundation and Jan Masaoka, CalNonprofits CEO

“We are thrilled to celebrate the second annual California Nonprofits Day,” said CalNonprofits CEO Jan Masaoka. "CalNonprofits initiated California Nonprofits Day as a way not only to honor and spotlight the excellence of individual nonprofits, but to raise the profile of the entire nonprofit community to legislators.”

For more information contact Dishauna Castro at CalNonprofits. Read about last year's California Nonprofits Day event here!
A new Assembly Select Committee focusing on the nonprofit sector held its first meeting Wednesday, June 21st from 2:00 to 3:30pm in the State Capitol, Room 444. See the Agenda here

The Committee started its historic work with a hearing to learn more about the nonprofit community, led by the Chair of the Committee, Assemblymember Monique Limón. In addition to Assemblymember Limón's opening remarks, the agenda included:

• Shamus Roller, Executive Director of the National Housing Law Project and CalNonprofits Board Member, providing an overview of the significant contributions the nonprofit sector makes to California.

• The oversight roles that state entities provide were discussed by Audrey Rowe, Exempt Organizations Unit, Franchise Tax Board; Sirat K. Attapit, Office of Legislative Affairs, Department of Justice; and Gene Takagi of NEO Law Group with a federal perspective. 

• Speaking on the critical partnership of nonprofits, philanthropy and government was CalNonprofits CEO Jan Masaoka; Efrain Escobedo, Vice President for Civic Engagement and Public Policy at the California Community Foundation, and Karen Baker, Chief Service Officer at California Volunteers.

In addition to Assemblymember Limón, other members of the committee are Catharine B. Baker (Rep-16), Marc Berman (Dem-24),Anna M. Caballero (Dem-30), Laura Friedman (Dem-43), Mike A. Gipson (Dem-64), Timothy S. Grayson (Dem-14), Ash Kalra (Dem-27), Brian Maienschein (Rep-77), and Philip Y. Ting (Dem-19). If your assemblymember is on this list, contact them to say you think it's great they're part of this historic new committee recognizing the importance of the nonprofit sector!
CalNonprofits, the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits and GreatNonprofits are pleased to announce the launch of GrantAdvisor, a TripAdvisor-like website that reviews foundations. This new online service is the first of its kind to crowdsource authentic, real-time reviews of funders written anonymously by nonprofits and philanthropic colleagues. Going beyond the transactional aspect of grantmaking, the site improves relationships between funders and nonprofits to create more successful philanthropy in communities. 

“GrantAdvisor is a brilliant combination of an advice source for grantseekers and a feedback loop to foundations, which has been a missing link in the modern history of philanthropy,” said Bruce Sievers, Visiting Scholar at the Stanford Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society.

Designed to encourage more successful philanthropy and facilitate open dialogue, GrantAdvisor allows grant applicants, grantees, and others to share their first-hand experiences working with funders through anonymous reviews and comments. Once a grantmaker has received at least 5 reviews, its profile will be made public.

Funders take part in the dialogue by appointing a Key Contact to respond to comments and questions, promoting clarity and understanding about their priorities and process. Grantmakers gain honest and truthful feedback about their grantmaking process and engage in productive conversations regarding their philanthropic objectives.

GrantAdvisor launches in Minnesota and California in June 2017, with new locations and partnerships to be announced in 2018.

June 15, 2017: GrantAdvisor is open for reviews.
July 19, 2017: Public webinar launching pilot website with live reviews -- Register here!

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June 28 - Wednesday, Sacramento
2nd Annual California Nonprofits Day, honoring Nonprofits of the Year at State Capitol Event

July 12 - Wednesday, Redwood City
Thrive Alliance of Nonprofits for San Mateo County presents "Nonprofit-Grantmaker Relations: Tools for Trust and Transparency," featuring CalNonprofits CEO Jan Masaoka
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July 12 - Wednesday, WEBINAR
"Protecting Nonprofit Nonpartisanship: The Johnson Amendment," featuring CalNonprofits Policy Director Nancy Berlin, the California Council of Chuches, and the National Council of Nonprofits
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July 19 - Wednesday, WEBINAR
"It's Live! The Who, What and Why of GrantAdvisor"
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