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Additional PPP Funds

The Economic Aid to Hard-Hit Small Businesses, Nonprofits, and Venues Act (Economic Aid Act), passed in late December, includes more than $284 billion for another round of the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans. Recent action by President Biden has made the program more accessible to organizations.

UPDATE: Special application window for organizations with fewer than 20 employees (February 24th through March 10th)

During this time period, lenders are required to only process loan applications from small businesses and nonprofits. The purpose is to provide more equitable relief by “targeting the PPP to the smallest businesses (and nonprofits!) and those that have been left behind in previous relief efforts,” and to ensure that lenders give smaller employers the attention they need to work their way through the application process.

If you think your nonprofit may be eligible for an initial PPP loan or a second draw loan – and your organization has fewer than 20 employees – NOW is the best time to contact a lender (find eligible lenders) and find out how much relief may be available to you. 

Paycheck Protection Program 2.0: Eligibility and Application (Webinar)

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Julie Clowes, District Director, Small Business Administration, San Francisco District Office (SFDO)
Lucy Salcido Carter, Public Policy Director, CalNonprofits
Jan Masaoka, CEO, CalNonprofits

PPP 2.0 Overview

The PPP 2.0 loan application process runs from January 11 through March 31, 2021. Similar to the PPP in 2020, PPP 2.0 will require borrowers to work through a lending partner approved by the Small Business Administration, and loans are forgivable if borrowers meet the loan forgiveness requirements. For now, only CDFI's are able to accept applications, but small lenders can process applications starting on 1/15/21 and all SBA-approved lenders on 1/19/21. But, there are also a number of new provisions and requirements in PPP 2.0.

The PPP 2.0 includes two avenues for accessing funds: First Draw Loans and Second Draw Loans.

2021 Winter Buzz coverIn the Winter 2021 issue of our newsletter, produced three times per year, we cover nonprofit jobs, a member network update, mitigating COVID-19 risks, and more!

Letter from our CEO Jan Masaoka: What we've learned in the last year and how to move forward

CalNonprofits' 2021 State Policy Priorities

 Getting Small Business Grants to Nonprofits (and why it's so tough!)

New Updates on Student Debt and the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program

Nonprofit Risk Management and COVID-19: New reporting requirements and the insurance you need for employees working from home

2020 Membership Reflections: Not even a global pandemic could stop the force of our coalition

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On February 1, 2021, CalNonprofits sent a letter to Governor Gavin Newsom describing the priorities he should look for when selecting a new CA Attorney General. Below is the text, and you can download the full version.

We write to you today to ask you to consider, in selecting the state’s new attorney general, the vital role the Attorney General’s Office plays in overseeing nonprofits and in supporting policies that help the sector thrive. The quality of leadership of the Attorney General matters deeply to the nonprofit community.

We greatly appreciate the opportunities we have had to work with Attorney General Xavier Becerra during his tenure, as well as with his staff in the Charitable Trusts Division. His commitment to the nonprofit sector is clear.

Based on that close and productive work with him and his staff, we offer you some recommendations for priorities we hope the new Attorney General will have.

The new Attorney General must:

  1. Continue to be proactive and assertive in pursuit of scammers pretending to be nonprofits. Nonprofits work hard to serve their communities. We rely on grants and individual donations for 27 percent of the funds we use to provide our services and programs. Scammers that set up false nonprofits to get funds from donors harm those donors, give nonprofits a bad name, and, if trust in nonprofits erodes, can damage that important source of funding for nonprofits.
  2. Support the development of new regulations to respond to the now-prevalent online donation industry. Current regulations, which were developed pre-Internet to protect donors and nonprofits, no longer provide the needed protections. Donors must know how much of their donations go to the recipient organization and when they receive them. Nonprofits must be sure their organization name is not being used to solicit funds without their knowledge. And nonprofits must receive those funds in a timely way. The Charitable Trusts Division has been a national leader in developing such standards, and we hope a new Attorney General will continue to prioritize this work.
COVID-19 resources for California Nonprofits
In our efforts to support nonprofits and their staff, we have compiled this list of resources. More to come as we find them!

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CA State Budget: Proposals, Process, and Opportunities for Advocacy (webinar)
In this California Policy Forum webinar, Chris Hoene, Executive Director of the California Budget and Policy Center, and Lucy Salcido Carter, Public Policy Director for CalNonprofits will talk about the Newsom administration’s budget priorities, the budget timeline and process, and advocacy opportunities for nonprofits and foundations.
Friday, February 26, from 10am to 11:15am

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Tips for Downscaling Your Organization (webinar)
Learn about reallocating resources, laying off staff, providing severance, merging with another organization, and other tips for downscaling a nonprofit organization. This webinar is part of a series presented in partnership with Public Counsel.
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