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Wednesday, February 22
11am (Pacific)
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$15 for Not-Yet-Members
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How to Start a California Nonprofit
Starting a nonprofit organization can be a daunting prospect. Learn the nuts and bolts of how to move your vision to reality with CalNonprofits CEO Jan Masaoka. She brings a unique blend of humor, personal anecdotes, and practical insights gleaned from helping dozens of nonprofits get their start (and stay thriving!) while also equipping you with a clear roadmap for starting your nonprofit venture in California.

The webinar will cover key things you need to know, including:

  • Step-by-step legal instructions
  • Common ways of securing your first funds
  • Getting started before your tax-exemption is approved
  • FAQ on bylaws and articles of incorporation
  • Types of nonprofit entities to consider
  • Answers to your questions!
Closed captioning will be provided. Recording and slides will be emailed to all registrants after the webinar.

Wednesday, March 8
11am-12pm (Pacific)
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That Nonprofit Filing Deadline is More Important than You Thought
Did you know a funder might withhold grant monies if you’ve been late filing your annual paperwork with the attorney general’s office? We’ve been hearing stories lately of more dramatic consequences resulting from a “delinquent” status on the state’s database of nonprofits. Tune in to this webinar to learn more about the issue, how to check your status, and more tips to helpp ensure you stay in compliance.

Wednesday, April 12
11am (Pacific)
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How to Get Your First Government Grant
Presenter: Jan Masaoka, CEO, CalNonprofits

To all who have taken part in advancing our efforts to improve nonprofit partnership with the state: our voices have been heard!  

Governor Newsom made a refreshing statement as part of his proposed budget, released yesterday, and it is one that can only be seen as a first critical step forward in our ongoing effort to strengthen the partnership between nonprofits and the state through more equitable contracting practices. 
“Today, with a few simple words in his budget, Governor Newsom affirmed an important request from hundreds of nonprofits across the state that want to continue to play the crucial roles that California needs them to play: as the backbone of services for the state’s most vulnerable communities,” said Jan Masaoka, CEO of CalNonprofits. “The Governor’s remarkable, explicit commitment to work toward improving how government and nonprofits work together demonstrates his administration’s awareness that the Governor's ambitious goals for California lean heavily on nonprofits to provide their services and their hearts.” 
Read our press release for Jan’s full statement, along with reactions from the chairs of the legislative select committees on the nonprofit sector, Assemblymember Luz Rivas (D-San Fernando Valley) and Senator Monique Limon (D-Santa Barbara). 
The language in the Governor’s budget summary is simple: “The Administration will consider changes to address issues within the nonprofit sector to support the sector’s ability to deliver on meeting goals in state programs.” But it signals an important acknowledgement from the Governor and his administration of the call for change from our sector and opens up new opportunities for collaboration and change.
CalNonprofits and our partners in the California Contracting Coalition are already working with several legislators to develop a legislative package that will propose statutory changes to address the opportunities raised in our October letter to state leaders. And we will continue the arduous, detailed work turning the language of goals into the language of legislation, regulation, and practice. We are enthusiastic about this opportunity and grateful to have thoughtful and empathetic leadership within the Administration taking the lead.
In the coming months we will also undoubtedly be calling on you to contact legislators and state administrators, to sign letters and send emails…in short, to use our strong, collective voice in service to our commitment to equity and fairness, to our communities, and the vulnerable people and places at the heart of our work.

As Jan announces her plans to leave her post as CEO of our organization, we want to express our deep appreciation for her extraordinary service to the thousands of nonprofits in California. When Jan assumed this role in 2012, CalNonprofits was essentially a dormant organization. Due to her leadership, today it is thriving and influential with more than 10,000 members, with recognized influence in Sacramento, in national nonprofit affairs, and in philanthropy.

We are proud that Jan has led the organization to deliver strong programming and in standing up for community nonprofits, taking bold, inevitably controversial positions. We are proud today to be an organization that is resolute in advocating for nonprofits in communities of color, in rural communities and in poor communities. We are proud to advocate to government, to institutional philanthropy, to Wall Street, and to the public.

CalNonprofits is seeking it's next bold, innovative and inspiring leader. Read & share the position announcement.

The Board of Directors has engaged the search firm Walker and Associates Consulting, and we are sharing our CEO position announcement with you here as we kick off a national search for a new CalNonprofits leader. We will keep you informed of next steps as the process moves forwarrd. In the meantime, please direct any questions about the search to Walker and Associates at

CalNonprofits remains in good hands through this process, as Jan will stay on until we hire and onboard her successor. Our board of directors is comprised of nonprofit CEOs who individually are remarkable leaders. We will look forward to welcoming a new CEO, as we wish Jan continued success in the next phase of her celebrated professional career.

With gratitude,

Maricela Morales, Chair

CalNonprofits Board of Directors

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