On Wednesday, June 22, 2016, the California Association of Nonprofits (CalNonprofits) hosted the inaugural California Nonprofits Day celebration at the State Capitol in Sacramento, honoring nonprofits across the state as Nonprofits of the Year. The full list of honorees is here. Read Assemblymember Rich Gordon's press release announcing passage of the resolution declaring California Nonprofits Day here.
Each nonprofit was selected by their local legislator as an exceptional nonprofit organization in the district community. The award recipients joined other nonprofit leaders from across the state who were honored at the inaugural California Nonprofits Day event. Participants visited the Senate and Assembly Floors and then were honored at a luncheon at Sacramento’s Sheraton Grand Hotel, with presentations from Sacramento Mayor-Elect Darrell Steinberg, Assemblymember Gordon, and Jan Masaoka, CEO of the California Association of Nonprofits (CalNonprofits).
“Nonprofit organizations are vitally important to the economy and well-being of California. But too often nonprofits are ‘hidden in plain sight.’ We are thrilled that the State Assembly has passed a resolution putting the spotlight on nonprofits as an economic power that uses that power for the common good. We congratulate all of the award recipients on being honored for the great work they do every day to make California a better place,” said Jan Masaoka, CEO of CalNonprofits. CalNonprofits initiated California Nonprofits Day as a way not only to honor and spotlight individual nonprofits, but to raise the profile of the whole nonprofit community to legislators.
California Nonprofits Day generated lots of positive press for the Nonprofit of the Year honorees. Some examples are below:
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