The California Association of Nonprofits (CalNonprofits) is a statewide membership organization that brings nonprofits together to advocate for the communities we serve. 

At CalNonprofits we: 

  • Speak with the voice of California nonprofits to the legislature, government agencies, philanthropy, and the public.
  • Work with legislators and nonprofit coalitions to develop legislation that will allow nonprofits to bring our full power to serving our communities, and remove the obstacles to efficient contracting and high-impact work.
  • Bring nonprofits together to discuss and debate issues, to think through the implications of government and philanthropic actions, and to build networks that support our organizations and the communities we serve.
  • Publish research, analysis, news and opinion through our website, our print newsletter, and our e-newsletter. Sign up for our free e-newsletter to keep you up to date on what you need to know about Sacramento doings and special opportunities for your nonprofit.
  • Members: Nearly 10,000 California nonprofits are members of CalNonprofits. Membership benefits include discounts to goods and services, exclusive access to special membership opportunities, and the energy that comes from participating in an active advocacy network. For more about membership, click here.
  • Board of Directors: CalNonprofits is led by a volunteer Board of Directors representing a diversity of geography, organizational types and fields, and personal backgrounds. For more about the Board of Directors, click here.
  • Offices: Our main office is in San Francisco. We also have offices in Sacramento and Los Angeles. In addition, the California Association of Nonprofits Insurance Services brokerage is located in Capitola. See each office's contact page for a location map.
  • Staff: Our staff is led by CEO Jan Masaoka; other key staff includes Christina Dragonetti, Outreach and Communications Director (San Francisco); Christine Metropoulos, Project Coordinator/Executive Assistant to the CEO (San Francisco); and Jennifer Fearing, Sacramento Advocate (Sacramento). For more about our staff and their backgrounds, click here.

For one hundred years, California nonprofits have been in the forefront of important social movements including; the women's suffrage campaign of the 1900s, the free speech and black liberation movements of the 1960s, and the birth of the environmental movement in the 1980s. As a result of the dedication and vision of California’s nonprofits in years gone by, today:

  • California's nonprofit hospitals and universities are world-class institutions
  • California's nonprofit arts and cultural organizations are admired around the world for their artistic daring and excellence
  • California's all-volunteer organizations manage huge programs for children and for our parks and beaches

California's 80,000 nonprofits are key reasons why California is an economic driver, a leader in innovation, a champion for hope and opportunity, and always looking towards a better future.

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our upcoming events
 
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
Register here
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
Register here.
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
Register here.
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
Register here.
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
Register here.
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!

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