2023 Nonprofits of the Year

A total of 114 California state legislators have selected a “Nonprofit of the Year” in their districts. The honorees serve communities in the state’s major metropolitan regions, in suburban neighborhoods and rural communities. And they address a wide range of issues, from homelessness and health, to workers rights, education support to underserved students, the arts and the environment.

The selected nonprofits will be honored at a luncheon at the state Capitol on June 7th on California Nonprofits Day. Take a look at the full list of 113 nonprofit organizations honored by California state legislators here. Or explore by region via the map. Scroll down for more on the annual awards program.

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What is California Nonprofit of the Year?

Nonprofit of the Year 2023

Each year, California Assemblymembers and State Senators are invited to honor a Nonprofit of the Year for their district. Co-sponsored by the Assembly Select Committee on the Nonprofit Sector, the newly formed Senate Select Committee on the Nonprofit Sector, and the California Association of Nonprofits (CalNonprofits), these awards:

  • Bring attention and recognition to outstanding nonprofits — especially in the local press where it often means the most.
  • Collectively illustrate the remarkable diversity and vibrancy of California's nonprofit community: big and small we touch Californians every day through health clinics, churches, American Legion posts, choral groups, Meals on Wheels, prison reform organizations, wildfire relief organizations, museums, environmental advocacy organizations, and more.
  • Give legislators a way to highlight some types of nonprofits that are often overlooked: all-volunteer organizations and nonprofits based in Black and other communities of color.

Nonprofit honorees strengthen their relationships with legislators and vice versa. As policy advocates, we know that when legislators know nonprofits in their district, they listen more carefully to what nonprofits and the communities they represent need.

Check out last year's Nonprofits of the Year (2022) >


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