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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.)

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 (Redwood City)
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 at the Thrive Leadership Circle Luncheon.
January 29, at 11:30
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How to Start a California Nonprofit (Webinar)
Are you thinking about starting a nonprofit organization? Learn the basic steps, compliance requirements, and how it works in the real world from CEO Jan Masaoka.
January 30, at 11am
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Causes Count: the Economic Impact of California's Nonprofits - New Findings (Sacramento)
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 at the WhatIF Conference produced by the Impact Foundry.
February 4, 2020
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Causes Count: the Economic Impact of California's Nonprofits - New Findings (San Rafael)
In partnership with the Center for Volunteer and Nonprofit Leadership, 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.
February 5, 11am-12:30pm
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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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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 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!