Program & Schedule

Wednesday, December 7

10-11 a.m.

Special Remarks: Governor Gavin Newsom

State of the Nonprofit Community - Jan Masaoka
Jan Masaoka, CEO of the California Association of Nonprofits (CalNonprofits), knows that this is a unique "Moment for Action" for nonprofits – and that by working collectively and individually we can make the most of it. A nationally recognized writer and influencer, Jan will attempt to make sense of the world for nonprofits in her trademark fresh style, and she will challenge us to re-think what impact really means.


Keynote Address: CA Assembly Majority Leader Eloise Gómez Reyes
We’re very excited to announce that our keynote speaker is Assemblymember Eloise Gómez Reyes, the Majority Leader of the California State Assembly and the first Latina and only the fourth woman to hold the position. Assemblymember Reyes, currently serving her third term representing the 47th district where she was raised, has championed bills and issues that increase equity and inclusion in vulnerable communities throughout the state. She’ll speak with Malcolm Yeung, a CalNonprofits Board member and Executive Director of the Chinatown Community Development Corporation (Chinatown CDC) in San Francisco, She’ll speak with Malcolm Yeung, a CalNonprofits Board member and Executive Director of the Chinatown Community Development Corporation (Chinatown CDC) in San Francisco, about the critical role nonprofits play in reaching shared goals with the state of California.


11:05 a.m. -
12:00 p.m.

Equity, Nonprofit Workforce, and Government-Nonprofit Contracts


The California Contracting Coalition, convened by CalNonprofits, has been engaged in a statewide advocacy effort to change government contracting practices to produce more timely, reliable, and equitable payments to nonprofits, support living wages, and increase access to contracts for smaller and BIPOC-led organizations performing critical work in communities across the state. This Coalition recently sent a letter with 550 nonprofit signatures to the Governor and state leaders.


We are at a new moment of opportunity to make these changes, with champions in the Governor's Office, in the Senate and Assembly Select Committees on the Nonprofit Sector, and with local nonprofit coalitions gaining traction with county funding.


In this session, you’ll hear directly from state legislators, and members of statewide and local coalitions on the urgency of these issues, the progress of the campaign, and how your nonprofit can be part of the movement for change. Moderator Jennifer Fearing – consistently named as one of the "100 Most Important People in Sacramento" and our advocate at the Capitol – will bring her own deep and varied experiences with the issue to moderating the session.


Assemblymember Luz Rivas (AD-39)
Le Ondra Clark Harvey,Chief Executive Officer of the California Council of Community Behavioral Health Agencies (CBHA)
Joel John Roberts, CEO, Path Ventures
Benjamin Torres, President & CEO, Community Development Technologies Center (CDTech)
Debbi Lerman, Director of the San Francisco Human Services Network

Moderator: Jennifer Fearing, Sacramento Advocate, CalNonprofits


12:05 p.m. -
1 p.m.

Donor-Advised Funds and Philanthropic Reform: The Drive for Change


More than 1 trillion dollars is currently warehoused in donor-advised funds (DAFs) with no payout requirement or transparency of any kind. CalNonprofits is a leader in raising thesethise issues and seeking regulatory reform for tax fairness and fraud prevention... California seeks to be the first state to bring common-sense transparency to Donor- Advised Funds.


In this session, you’ll get caught up on where philanthropic reform stands today and where it’s headed. Joining us are Ray Madoff, one of the authors of the ACE Act, Assemblymember Buffy Wicks, who has authored state level DAF legislation, Surina Khan, who heads a community foundation, and CalNonprofits CEO Jan Masaoka, one of the most effective voices for philanthropic reform. Moderator Geoff Green will keep the focus less on basics and more on strategies.


Ray Madoff, Boston College School of Law, a principal architect of the ACE bill in Congress
Assemblymember Buffy Wicks, AD-15
Tania Ibanez, Senior Assistant Attorney General, Charitable Trust Section, California Attorney General's Office
Surina Khan, CEO, Women's Foundation of California
Jan Masaoka, CEO, CalNonprofits

Moderator: Geoff Green, Chief Executive Officer, Santa Barbara City College Foundation


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