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...a statewide alliance of over 10,000 organizations that brings nonprofits together to advocate for the communities we serve.
 
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Latest News for Nonprofits

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The most common reason for nonprofits to lose their good standing with the State of California is a failure to submit required forms. The Attorney General's office has recently updated several of them. Attorney Gene Takagi of Neo Law Group has written a smart guide to the new forms and allowed us to share information from it with you below. We've also updated our online Nonprofit Compliance Checklist – a detailed guide to the forms nonprofits are required to complete for the state of California and the federal government – to reflect the recent changes.

Effective February 1, 2020, the California Attorney General’s Registry of Charitable Trusts requires charities and professional fundraisers to use new and amended forms. These new forms are now available on the Attorney General Registry Forms webpage.

Significant changes to the forms include:

Changes were also made to the professional fundraisers forms and the charitable raffles forms, but the specifics of those are beyond the scope of this article. 

How important is government funding to nonprofits?

We learned from the recently released Causes Count: the Economic Power of California’s Nonprofit Sector – New Findings that government funding represents 30% of nonprofit revenue in California, more than foundation funding and individual giving combined! We also learned that nonprofits struggle to find and secure government grants – particularly their first one.

In total, government provides more than ten times the funding to nonprofits as foundations, especially in human services, health and education, but also in the arts, environment, animal welfare, consumer protection, and elsewhere. But there are lots of workshops and resources on getting foundation grants compared to very few on getting government grants. We hope our new A Nonprofit’s Guide to Getting Your First Government Grant helps community nonprofits access government funding.

The spending bill passed and signed on December 20, 2019 included some great news for nonprofits: the tax on nonprofit employee transportation benefits, written into federal law in 2017, was repealed. This is a major victory for the nonprofit sector and a testament to what we can accomplish when the nonprofit community works together and reaches out to allies.

This illogical and harmful tax forced nonprofits to pay a 21% tax on employee benefits: yes, a tax on expenses. If a nonprofit paid for transit passes or employee parking – even on property they owned – they had to pay 21% of that amount in taxes. CalNonprofits members told us that some were forced to discontinue transportation benefits, and others paid tens of thousands of dollars in unnecessary taxes, and in additional accounting and audit costs.

Causes Count - New Findings is now available! Learn about the economic impact of California nonprofits, disparities within our sector, and our deep interdependency with government.
 
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Causes Count: the Economic Impact of California's Nonprofits - New Findings (Santa Rosa)
In partnership with the Center for Volunteer and Nonprofit Leadership, Outreach and Communications Director Christina Dragonetti will discuss the new research on government funding, highlights of changes since the first-ever report in 2014, and the economic power of the nonprofit sector.
February 11, 1pm-2:30pm
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What is Schools & Communities First and why should nonprofits care? (Webinar)
Michele Prichard and Veronica Carrizales, leaders of the Schools and Communities First Campaign, will discuss the details of the ballot measure, how the campaign is moving forward, and what nonprofits can do to help.
February 11, at 11am
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Donor-Advised Funds: Treasure or Threat? (San Francisco)
In this Development Executives Roundtable Luncheon, CEO Jan Masaoka will discuss donor-advised fund growth and impact on the nonprofit sector.
February 14, at 12pm
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Causes Count: the Economic Impact of California's Nonprofit Sector (Pleasant Hill)
In partnership with the Sanford Institute of Philanthropy at JFK University, CEO Jan Masaoka will discuss the new research on government funding, highlights of changes since the first-ever report in 2014, and the economic power of the nonprofit sector.
March 17, 11:30am
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Causes Count: the Economic Impact of California's Nonprofits - New Findings (Van Nuys)
In partnership with California Lutheran University, CEO Jan Masaoka will discuss the new research on government funding, highlights of changes since the first-ever report in 2014, and the economic power of the nonprofit sector.
April 2nd, at 11:30am
Registration coming soon!