When you become a member, you will…

  • Feel more connected to the nonprofit community in California
  • Add your voice to our advocacy work in Sacramento, with philanthropy and the public
  • Get expert advice and great rates at our one-stop shop for health insurance for staff and liability (and other) insurance for your organization
  • Simplify your life with helpful information you can trust and an expanding list of partners offering discounts on your everyday expenses

Here’s how to join:

1. Find out which membership dues level is right for you and how much it costs.
2. Click here to join online - you can pay with a credit card or choose to get an invoice and mail a check.
OR Download our registration form, complete it, and mail it with your check.
Questions? Contact our Director of Projects & Membership Linh Ngo at membership[at]calnonprofits[dot]org

Want more details on all of the perks that come with membership? Read on!

Insurance and Risk Management
Insurance - health, liability, worker's comp, D&O, and more! Members have exclusive access to CalNonprofits Insurance Services an insurance brokerage designed by and for nonprofit organizations. Experts in the Covered California insurance marketplace our agents are helping nonprofits select the best plans and enrolling their part-time and occasional workers, plus dependents of current employees. CalNonprofits Insurance has been serving the nonprofit sector with a commitment to quality and cost savings for over 30 years.

Save on things you buy every day

  • PurchasingPoint is an exclusive discount program for nonprofits that leverages group buying power to get access to significant savings from more than 200 vendors including Enterprise and National rental cars, Pitney Bowes mailing systems, Konica Minolta copiers, office supplies through Staples, shipping through FedEx and much more!
  • Staff and volunteers can also use discounts on rental cars and prescription drugs with their families and at home.

Board Support

  • BoardSource offers a range of tools and services designed to enhance your board's effectiveness. CalNonprofits' members enjoy a 15% discount on the Board Support Program, featuring monthly educational webinars, the BoardSourceExchange collaborative platform, an Ask-an-Expert email service, downloadable resources, and more. Plus, save $426 on the Board Self-Assessment Tool. 

Human Resources Support

  • Members get a FREE subscription to Mineral: you get access to their online library of compliance information and training, including an interactive employee handbook builder, required sexual harassment training for supervisors, and a hotline to call when you have a question.
  • Members pay half price (only $50) for posting an open position on our Job Board

Support for Student Loan Borrowers

Savi, our newest partner, helps borrowers determine eligibility for federal forgiveness programs through personalized plans, provides one-on-one customized support, and creates a clear path to apply for student loan forgiveness. Savi's free and premium plans are now accessible to all our members – both individuals with student loans and nonprofit employers who would like to offer this helpful resource as a benefit to their staff who need it. Get more details here.

Members-Only Library of Articles, Samples and Templates
Members can access templates, policy samples, and articles on financial management, board governance, and human resources to help your organization stay compliant.

Training

Marketing

  • Ready to promote your cause in a big way? Great Kolor offers printing and placement of giant ads on buses, in train stations and on outdoor kiosks across California. Nonprofits get great rates: while locations, times and venues are very different, Great Kolor historically comes in at - or below - 20 cents on the dollar for outdoor advertising campaigns. The consulting fee is waived for Members and you get access to quarterly email updates on low cost/no cost availability of public service ad space so you can take advantage of "right now" deals!
  • Upgrade your old website or build a new one! Elevation is a leading digital design agency with experience and expertise in developing websites for nonprofits. Our mission at Elevation is to equip nonprofits with the tools they need in order to continue generating measurable change in their communities. Services include website design, branding, and digital marketing tools. Elevation offers a 1-for-1 match grant, plus CalNonprofit members receive an additional 10% off their project costs through this special partnership.

Unemployment Insurance Management
Unemployment Services Trust helps nonprofit organizations save money on their unemployment costs. Check out the "What Every Nonprofit Should Know About Unemployment Insurance" presentation!

Tax Filing Relief
Use the Form990online platform to file your taxes, and organizations with gross revenues over $100,000 receive a 25% discount (the service is free to those with lesser revenues).

Background checks

  • COEUS Global offers great rates and responsive customer service to CalNonprofits members – including setting up your own online portal for volunteers and staff to enter their information and, if you choose, to ask them if they want to cover the cost of the background check (about 20% of volunteers say yes to this option!) They can also process LiveScan fingerprint background checks – and help you figure out what kind of information you really need to collect. Plus – all the information is stored on their secure servers so you don’t have to worry about keeping sensitive personal information in your files.
  • Intellicorp Records - Great prices on records search background checks available for your nonprofit employees/volunteers - includes criminal search, sex offender registry, SSN verification with address history and Terrorist search (OFAC).

Accounting and Finance

  • Switch to the slightly-more-complicated but significantly less expensive interchange-plus pricing with Dharma Merchant Services. You can accept payments in person with a terminal, on your smartphone or tablet, or online. If you process $2,000 or more in payments each month, this program can save you hundreds of dollars in fees.
  • Provident Credit Union - Your employees or your organization can open accounts, including health savings accounts and use the services of this great alternative to the big banks through their network of sister branches around the state.
  • Community Bank of the Bay is a mission-driven bank recognized by the US Treasury for its commitment to communities. With a focus on relationship banking, they provide customized financial solutions for nonprofits and businesses, including Community Impact Checking and Savings Accounts, Lines of Credit, Term Loans, and more. As California's first certified Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI), Community Bank of the Bay prioritizes community improvement while maintaining a strong safety and soundness ranking.  

Stay up to date on nonprofit trends, research, and breaking news with Nonprofit Quarterly!
The Nonprofit Quarterly (NPQ) is an independent nonprofit news organization that has been serving nonprofit leaders, charitable foundations, educators, independent activists, and others involved in the civil sector for more than fifteen years. Members get a $10 discount on one-year subscriptions to print and digital access (four issues, $49 instead of $59.) The discount can be used by current subscribers as well as for renewals.

Why do nonprofits join CalNonprofits?

  • Strengthen the voice of nonprofits in California
  • Participate in advocacy
  • Get health insurance, employee benefits, and property/casualty coverages
  • Save money on office supplies, background checks, and more
  • Access online library of finance, HR, and governance resources
  • Learn how to stay compliant

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