California Nonprofits Day

Each year, California legislators are invited to choose a Nonprofit of the Year in their district and come together to celebrate at the California Nonprofits Day Luncheon. This event fosters relationships between elected officials and nonprofits doing important work in their communities. Since the first California Nonprofits Day in 2016 more than 250 nonprofits have been honored by their Assemblymembers and Senators.

Please note: Legislators select the Nonprofit of the Year in their district, and CalNonprofits produces the celebration Luncheon event. If your organization would like to be honored by your legislator, we encourage you to get in touch with their district or Sacramento office. 

California Nonprofits Day 2019

This year Assemblymember Monique Limon, Chair of the Assembly Select Committee on Nonprofits, introduced a resolution in the Assembly declaring June 5, 2019 California Nonprofits Day (click here for the text of the Resolution.) We expect the Resolution to pass in May.

2019 California Nonprofits Day Luncheon
Wednesday, June 5, 2019, from 11:30am to 1pm
South Lawn of the Capitol (Sacramento)
Registration deadline: Tuesday, May 28

Speakers include Senator Holly Mitchell and Assemblymember Monique Limón.

For more information about this year's event please contact Christine Metropoulos.

Looking back at California Nonprofits Day 2018

On Wednesday, June 6th, 2018, an inspiring group of leaders from around California traveled to Sacramento to be recognized as Nonprofits of the Year at California Nonprofits Day (scroll down to see pictures from the day).

Nearly 100 (97 to be exact) state senators and assemblymembers selected nonprofits in their districts for the honor and more than 400 legislators and nonprofit people attended a sold-out awards luncheon in the state capitol.

Assemblywoman Monique Limón (Santa Barbara), chair of the Assembly Select Committee on the Nonprofit Sector, opened the luncheon by noting how nonprofits in her district immediately jumped in to help after wild fires struck. During his keynote address, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson highlighted how nonprofits are a powerful force for good, with a “fierce commitment to changing California for the better.”

Nonprofits from across the state travelled to Sacramento for the awards ceremony, for example, Luis Outumuro with the Triumph Foundation left Rancho Cucamonga that morning at 2am to be at the event. Tim Robbins, the writer, actor, and director was also in attendance on behalf of the Actors’ Gang, a nonprofit in Los Angeles that was chosen by Assemblymember Sydney Kamlager.

“High energy, warmth, joyfulness, and people from every corner of the state -- a wonderful day," commented Jan Masaoka, CEO of CalNonprofits. “From North Coast Opportunities in Ukiah to Casa Familiar in San Ysidro, we congratulate the honorees who were recognized for making their California communities stronger.”  

A list of the awardees and the program from the day can be downloaded here.  A video montage of the event is below. The nonprofit honorees were featured in over 25 media articles throughout the state and a compilation is featured underneath the photo gallery below. 



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If you click on the first picture below the video, it will launch a picture browser. If you see a picture you want to save, simply right click on it, and click "Save As."  While we did not post all of the pictures from the day below, we do have two folders with all of the images from the day that you are welcome to use.  If you want pictures that are a smaller file size (suitable for websites and social media, go here. If you want larger file sizes, click here


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Media about the honorees
CalNonprofits has included the media we've seen about California Nonprofits Day 2018. 

Boys & Girls Club of Greater Ventura in NoozHawk

Carousel Ranch in

Carousel Ranch in the SCV Beacon

CASA of Merced County in Merced Sun-Star

Community Services Agency of Mountain View and Los Altos in Los Altos Town Crier

Covenant Coffee in the Bakersfield Californian

Covenant Coffee in 23ABC News

ElderHelp in the San Diego Downtown News

Filipino Advocates for Justice in the Inquirer 

Filipino Advocates for Justice in Asian Journal

Flintridge Center in Pasadena Now

Food Literacy Center in Sacramento Bee

Houchin Community Blood Bank, Covenant Coffee, and Self-Help Enterprises in

Interfaith Food Ministry in the Union

Mentis in the Napa Valley Register

North Coast Opportunities and Ford Street Project in the Mendocino Voice

Robby Poblete Foundation in East County Today

Santa Barbara Bucket Brigade in the Santa Barbara Independent

Santa Barbara Bucket Brigade in 

Santa Barbara Bucket Brigade in KCOY 12

Self-Help Enterprises in the Business Journal

Senior Concerns in Thousand Oaks Acorn

Senior Concerns in the Ventura County Star

Stanislaus Family Justice Center, Howard Training Center, El Concilio, Mariposa County Fire Safe Council, CASA of Merced County, and CASA of Monterey County in the Modesto Bee

Sure Helpline Crisis Center in the Imperial Valley News

The Actors' Gang in Look to the Stars

Tri-City Hospital Foundation in the Vista Press

Triumph Foundation in KHTS 98.1 FM

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