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CalNonprofits 501(c)(3) members can be a direct participant in our governance by serving on the board of directors or by nominating someone for the board. The next election will take place in May 2020 and nominations for the board are now open through April 15, 2020.

CalNonprofits seeks a wide range of candidates who reflect the diverse landscapes in which nonprofits operate in California. All nominees must be employed by, or volunteer at, a CalNonprofits nonprofit-member organization. Self-nominations are welcome. As part of our commitment to democracy in our society and in our membership, two-thirds of our board are elected by CalNonprofits members.

Please click here to complete the nomination form online, or download the nomination form to submit it by mail or fax here. Completed nominations are due by Wednesday, April 15th.

In addition to normal board governance activities, CalNonprofits board members provide strategic guidance to the organization’s leadership while serving as advocates for its mission, and as policy partners. Responsibilities include governance and leadership of the organization’s programs and activities. Every board member must participate as an active officer of the board or as a member of a committee or task force. They are expected to participate in all scheduled board meetings including three in-person meetings and three conference call meetings. Board terms are three years; board members may serve no more than two consecutive terms. 

If you have suggestions for nominees, or questions about the process or board responsibilities, please reach out to Christine Metropoulos, Project Director for the CEO. 

Board Election Process

Two-thirds of CalNonprofits’ Board of Directors are elected by the CalNonprofits members and the board appoints the remaining one-third of the seats. The Board Nominating Committee will carefully consider all nominations.

In addition to being selected as a nominee by the Nominating Committee, a person may also be nominated by a petition signed by two percent (2%) of the voting membership. A person wanting to add their name to the ballot through petition should contact CalNonprofits no later than April 15th to receive specific written instructions. On May 1, 2020 ballots will be electronically delivered to those members with email addresses in their member profiles and sent via U.S. Postal Service to those without email addresses. Voting will close on May 31, 2020, and a notice will be sent to all members by June 11, 2020, with the election results.

Important Dates
April 15, 2020 - Nominations close
May 1, 2020 - Ballots mailed to CalNonrpofits Members (one vote per organization)
May 31, 2020 - Voting ends
June 11, 2020 - Results announced

How to Submit a Nomination

Persons interested in submitting their name for consideration must complete the nomination form and submit it with the following information:

  • Name, employer, title, and contact information
  • If affiliated with a nonprofit CalNonprofits member other than through employment, please provide details
  • Briefly answer the following questions:
    • Why do you want to serve on the CalNonprofits Board of Directors?
    • What relevant experience would you bring to the board?
  • Attach a current resume or CV
  • Attach a short bio and a photo

Nominations must be received no later than April 15th to be accepted and can be submitted via the online form, or you can download the Word version of the nomination form and email it to Christine Metropoulos, mail it to: CalNonprofits 870 Market Street, Ste 985, San Francisco, CA 94102 (mail must be received no later than April 15, 2020) or fax it to: 866-731-1672.

An acknowledgment receipt will be provided to each nominee upon submission of their nomination.

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