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The advocacy work of CalNonprofits and our members has paid off. The California minimum wage hike was approved by the state legislature March 31st, and is set to be signed into law by Governor Brown on April 4th. It will raise pay for millions of workers and be phased in over six years, starting at $10.50 an hour in 2017 and building to $15 in 2022.

In early 2015, CalNonprofits announced its support for increases to the minimum wage and released results of a survey showing strong support among nonprofits statewide.

Today, CalNonprofits CEO Jan Masaoka said, "When big business opposes minimum wage increases, they typically do so while expressing concerns for nonprofits being unable to afford the increases. We are unwilling to let ourselves be the 'straw men' for the for-profit mega-industries such as fast food, big box stores and agribusiness. I am so proud that our members are accepting the difficulties of higher expenses in order to support the low income people and familes whose hardships we see every day."

Please see the 4/1/16 article in The Chronicle of Philanthropy here, where our Policy Director Nancy Berlin describes key steps in how CalNonprofits advocated for nonprofits during the $15 minimum-wage negotiations.

PHOTO: ROBYN BECK, AFP, GETTY IMAGES

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