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The California Teleconnect Fund (CTF) is a program run by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) that provides a 50% discount on select telephone and broadband services to schools, libraries, hospitals and about 7,000 Community Based Organizations (CBOs). Money for the discount comes from a surcharge paid by telephone customers (“ratepayers”) on their monthly phone bills. (Download fact sheet here.) Is your organization receiving CTF support? Check your telecommunications bill! Our friends at Alternative Technologies collected a few sample bills so you know what to look for.

The CTF program, started in 1996, was designed to encourage adoption of advanced modern communications technologies and support the goal of universal access for all Californians. As computers and Internet connections proliferated throughout the state, it became obvious that poor communities and communities of color were not able to access these advanced technologies at home. At the same time, more and more jobs and schools required proficiency with computers and the Internet, raising additional barriers to success for children and adults without access at home.

The gap in access was labeled the Digital Divide and the Teleconnect Fund was one way the legislature decided to try to close the gap – by reimbursing telecommunications and internet providers for offering a 50% discount on their services to organizations who provided internet access directly or offered services that would help individuals without access to have the same opportunities and information.

Every year, the CTF Staff try to estimate how much the Fund will need to cover all of the discount requests for the next year, and the Commissioners approve the budget then set the fees accordingly. In the past few years, the Commissioners have had to raise the surcharge to cover increased, unexpected demand on the Fund. As of June 1, 2015 this rate is 1.08% (so if the phone bill is $100 the customer would pay an additional $1.08.)

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our upcoming events
 
CalSavers is Here! What Do Nonprofits Need to Know? (Webinar)
Join us for a webinar to learn about CalSavers, a new retirement program that will enable employers (including nonprofits!) to give their employees access to a payroll-deduction Individual Retirement Account (IRA) at no cost to the employer or taxpayer.
October 18, at 11 AM (webinar)
Learn more and register for this free webinar here.
California Policy Forum: What is Redistricting and Why Should the Nonprofit Community Care? (Webinar)
While the 2020 Census is on the immediate horizon, communities will also begin to prepare in early 2020 for redistricting. Join us to learn about the timeline, key activities, and roles we can all play to ensure Californians of all backgrounds have a strong voice in the public sphere for the decade to come.
October 29, from 12pm to 1pm (Webinar)
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Rose Foundation Grassroots Grantee Convening
Policy Director Nancy Berlin will be speaking at the day-long capacity-building convening for grantees of the Northern California Environmental Grassroots Fund and California Wildlands Grassroots Fund, and projects sponsored by the Rose Foundation for Communities and the Environment. 
October 29, at 9 AM in Davis
Learn more here.
Community Philanthropy Summit
CEO Jan Masaoka will be hosting a session on Nonprofit Advocacy and the Meaning of Life at this event for nonprofits and philanthropy in the region.
November 7,  in Lodi
Learn more and register here.
Nonprofit Advocacy Workshop
Join the Northern California Association of Nonprofits (NorCAN), NextGen Policy, and CalNonprofits for a free workshop on how your nonprofit can be a great advocate for your community.
November 13, at 9 AM in Eureka
Learn more and RSVP here.
Economic Impact of California's Nonprofits
CEO Jan Masaoka will discuss the new findings of the soon-to-be-published Causes Count: The Economic Impact of California's Nonprofit Sector report with the Pasadena Executives Roundtable.
November 20, at 8:30 AM in Pasadena
Learn more here.