Webinar Recordings

CalNonprofits hosts webinars throughout the year with presentations from nonprofit experts, including our own staff, on issues that matter to nonprofits. Recordings of the webinars are available below, are free for CalNonprofits members. Learn more about membership here.

CalNonprofits Webinar Recordings

Repayment Restart & PSLF: What You Need to Know Now (September 2023)
Are you concerned, confused, or even confounded by the student loan repayment restart? Want to get up to speed on what the return to repayment and other recent developments mean to you? Then you'll want to watch this webinar recording on the student loan repayment restart. We'll hear from the always informative Celina Damian, the Student Loan Servicing Ombudsperson from the California Dept. of Financial Protection and Innovation.

Philanthropic Reform Update: Two Game-Changing Proposals from the Feds (August 2023)

Two new recommendations coming out of Washington have the potential to bring about game-changing philanthropic reforms. Watch this recording to catch up on where philanthropic reform stands today and where it’s headed with these interesting new efforts to create a more transparent and accountable charitable landscape.

Ask a Nonprofit Lawyer: You Have Questions, We Have Answers (August 2023)

Join us for something new! We’re bringing together two of the state’s most experienced nonprofit legal minds to address some critical nonprofit legal basics and answer some of your most pressing nonprofit-related legal questions. Get the recording here. $45 for not-yet-members.

CA Policy Forum Quarterly Webinar: State of the Economy and Safety Net Tax Policies (August 2023)
With economic uncertainty looming and massive state revenue shortfalls, the California Policy Forum will turn its attention to the importance of tax-based safety net programs that affect poverty profoundly. Join speakers Amy Everitt, President of Golden State Opportunity Fund, and Christopher Sanchez, a policy advocate with the Western Center on Law & Poverty, to explore the role the philanthropic and nonprofit sectors can play in advocating for a more permanent set of tax and other financial policies that will allow for an equitable and economically stable future for Californians. Watch the recording here.

California Nonprofit Equity Initiative (May 2023)

Join us as we dig into the latest on the Nonprofit Equity Initiative. Learn about coming hurdles, new strategies, and the current status of all seven bills. Watch the recording here.

Insurance 101: What Nonprofits Need to Know (April 2023)

Did you know that CalNonprofits has an insurance subsidiary called CalNonprofits Insurance Services (CNIS) that has been serving nonprofits since 1984? In this informative webinar, Cole Kinney, Senior Vice President of Development at CNIS, will discuss the basics of each type of insurance coverage and provide tips to help you make informed decisions so you can save money. You will learn about general liability, directors & officers, property, employee health, dental, and vision benefits, and workers’ compensation. Watch the recording here

How to Get Your First Government Grant (April 2023) 
Many nonprofits got their first government funding through the various COVID relief funds, but now it's time to learn how to secure a regular grant or contract. Our CEO, Jan Masaoka, shared ways and give you the confidence to go after government funding. Get the recording and slide here. $49 for not-yet-members.

That Nonprofit Filing Deadline is More Important than You Thought (March 2023)

Are you in good standing with the Attorney General’s office? We're hearing from quite a few nonprofits lately who learned too late that they’d missed a deadline for their annual nonprofit filing – and faced dramatic consequences for it. Government funding was withheld from one childcare nonprofit, the CEO said, because his nonprofit was showing as "delinquent" on the state database of nonprofits. Another organization leader in San Diego tells us their nonprofit was barred from participating in Giving because they, too, had received a "delinquent" status. All this is to say: be sure you know your filing deadline, check your snail mail for notifications from the AG’s office (you won’t receive an email), and check out this webinar recording.

Starting a Nonprofit in California (February 2023)
Thinking about starting a nonprofit in California? This fast-paced, engaging webinar is jam-packed with the information you’ll need. Presenter: Jan Masaoka, CEO of CalNonprofits. Get the recording and slides here.

A Changing Landscape- The 2023/2024 California Legislative Year (January 2023)

With more than 30 new state legislators taking office in Sacramento, a $25 billion budget shortfall projected by the Governor, and the looming threat of recession, 2023 presents significant changes and challenges for those of us in the charitable sector working to support vulnerable Californians throughout the state. Get your bearings for the year to come! Watch our Policy Forum recording for an overview of the changing political and economic landscape in our state.

An Introduction to Mineral (January 2023)

Mineral is a powerful HR platform and the most popular benefit available to CalNonprofits members. This free webinar, open to members and not-yet-members alike, offered a virtual walkthrough of the platform, and explored access to a live team of HR experts, creating an Employee Handbook that's never out-of-date, employee training courses, navigating a robust database of resources, and much more. Watch it here.

Sales and Use Tax for Nonprofits (January 2023)
Does your nonprofit sell tee shirts or books? Food at outdoor events? Do you sell artwork created by clients? What about merchandise at theater performances? Maybe you hold silent auctions? You might be surprised to learn that in each case, you’d likely be required to charge sales tax. In this recording, you will learn about sales tax rules for nonprofits straight from the California Department of Tax and Fee Administration. Watch it here.

Winning Tickets: A Guide to Nonprofit Raffles (May 2022)
Did you know that in California only 501(c)(3) nonprofits can legally hold raffles? That is, as long as they follow some simple but important rules. Get first-hand tips and guidance from the state expert in the Attorney General's office. Get the recording and slides here. $15 for non-members.

What Nonprofits Need to Know About CalSavers (April 2022)
Nonprofits with 5 or more employees will be required to have a retirement plan by June 30, 2022. Explore whether CalSavers is right for your organization and learn how to enroll in the CalSavers program via this webinar. Features Jonathan Herrera, Director of Outreach and Education, CalSavers Retirement Savings Board and Jan Masaoka, CEO, CalNonprofits. Get the recording and slides here.


Accessing Public Service Loan Forgiveness (2022)

Recent changes to the PSLF program are explored in this webinar we held in February 2022 in partnership with the Student Borrower Protection Center (SBPC) and the U.S. Department of Education. You'll also hear from the first-ever Student Loan Ombudsperson at the CA Department of Financial Protection and Innovation (DFPI). Watch it here

Employee Retention Tax Credit (ERTC): What is it and how do we qualify? (June 2021)
The Employee Retention Tax Credit (ERTC) is a relief program for employers from the federal government. If your nonprofit experienced a reduction in quarterly gross receipts or had to modify operations due to various COVID-related regulations, you may be eligible for up to $33,000 per employee. And as a result of nonprofit advocacy, this is a payroll tax credit, which nonprofits and for-profits both pay – so it's a victory for nonprofits to have the benefit structured this way. Learn how to figure out whether your organization qualifies, how much money you may be able to claim, and the next steps you should take in applying. It is not a comprehensive step-by-step guide, but you'll know the basics of whether and how you should move forward.
The recording is available on our YouTube channel, and you can download the slides, the calculations spreadsheet, and a resources-packed Q&A.


California Government Grants: Where to find them and how to get them (April 2021)
This webinar presented in partnership with the California Grants Portal had 2 parts: first, how to fully leverage the new California Grants Portal (www.grants.ca.gov) – a project by the California State Library to showcase on one website the grants being offered on a competitive or first-come basis by over 50 California state agencies; and second how to get your first government grant. You can find the recording and a link to the slides on our YouTube channel.


Paycheck Protection Program 2.0 Eligibility and Application (January 2021)
Find an overview of the program as well as links to the recording and slides. Note: application deadline is March 31, 2021.


Implementing AB 5: Employees or Contractors? (December 2020)
Learn when the law requires a nonprofit to convert independent contractors to employees, when it doesn’t, and how to do it when it does. We presented this webinar in partnership with Public Counsel.
FREE for Members / $39 for not-yet-members
Get the recording, resources, and slides here.


New Workers' Comp Landscape for Nonprofits (October 15, 2020)
Workers' Comp insurance is a significant cost for nonprofits in both money and administration time. It's also an area that COVID is changing rapidly. Three different perspectives were offered in this 75-minute webinar: public policy, employment law, and insurance.
FREE for members / $39 for not-yet-members
Click here to get the recording and additional resources


PPP Loan Forgiveness Tips and Tools from the SBA (July 23, 2020)
If you received a Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan, congratulations! And now you're probably working hard to ensure that as much of the loan as possible is forgiven, right?
The SBA’s San Francisco District Office Director Julie Clowes walked us through the details about getting your loans forgiven.
Get the recording here. More COVID-19 resources for nonprofits are here.


Reopening Guidelines, IBank Loans, and Other Resources from the Governor’s Office (June 2, 2020)
Leaders from Governor Newsom’s Administration joined CalNonprofits to share information about the Resilience Roadmap and its four stages of reopening.
Watch the recording on YouTube.


Nonprofits as Commercial Property Tenants – Know Your Rights! (July 29, 2020)
Learn tips about how to manage rent payments and lease, respond to landlord communications, and make use of local protections for tenants. Note: this webinar was presented on July 29th, 2020 may contain information that is outdated. Get the recording here.


Schools and Communities First: A New Legacy for California's Future (now Proposition 15 on the 2020 ballot)
Webinar on the Schools & Communities First initiative on February 11, 2020 featuring Michele Prichard and Veronica Carrizales of California Calls. Learn more about Prop 15 here.
Watch the recording on YouTube.


Getting Your Full Costs Funded 2-part webinar series from our Nonprofit Overhead Project
Free for Members / $65 for Not-Yet-Members (Click here to get both recordings.)
Webinar #1: Use Cost Allocation to Recover Your Full Costs
This webinar examines various cost allocation methods and helps you choose the right method(s) for your government and foundation grants. 
Webinar #2: Whether and How to Use a Federal or Other Indirect Cost Rate to Recover Your Full Costs
This webinar focuses on whether and how to apply for a federal Negotiated Indirect Cost Rate (NICR) and how to make it work for you. 


How California Nonprofits can Vote with their Missions
With nearly 1 million nonprofit employees in California, we can be a powerful voting bloc- if we show up and vote! Watch this fast-paced webinar to understand how nonprofits can engage their colleagues, volunteers, board, and community to "Vote with Their Mission." Jan Masaoka and former Policy Director Nancy Berlin explain how nonprofits can implement voting strategies into their existing programs to help get people registered, educated, and to the polls on election day (November 6, 2018). Watch it here.


Hot Topics to Keep Your Nonprofit Out of Hot Water and Compliance Checklist
California nonprofits have multiple filing requirements each year, some to be filed with various departments of the State of California, others with the federal IRS. Join us for an engaging webinar on the different kinds of ongoing corporate and tax-exemption filing responsibilities for nonprofits - and make sure your organization doesn't end up in hot water!
This webinar covered:

  • federal and California regulatory agencies that oversee nonprofits (it's not just the IRS!)
  • how to determine which filing and registration requirements apply to your organization
  • where to find one-time and annual required forms and instructions
  • what to do if you are out of compliance with a filing or registration requirement (it's ok to admit it!)

Presenter Erin Bradrick was joined by CalNonprofits CEO Jan Masaoka. 


Insurance 101 Webinar Recording 
Have you felt like you need to learn a new language just to get a fair price on your insurance? Wondering if you really need the insurance you have, or if there's something missing that might jeopardize your organization's future? You will learn about general liability, directors & officers, property, and event insurance. Plus Employee Health, dental, and vision benefits, and workers’ compensation. This webinar explains the basics of each type of insurance coverage and provides tips to help you make informed decisions so you can save money! Presenter: Colleen Lazanich, CEO at CalNonprofits Insurance. Watch it here.


Insurance 201 Webinar Recording 
During this one-hour webinar, Colleen Lazanich, CEO of CalNonprofits Insurance Services will walk you through the key things you need to know about nonprofit insurance, like risk management, coverage terms, practical insights on what to look for and how to read a policy, and guidance on why certain types of insurance (nonstandard forms) can be difficult to compare. Watch it here.


California Policy Forum Webinars

Be sure to check out our PolicyForum recorded webinars. The California PolicyForum is a partnership between CalNonprofits and Philanthropy California, providing a platform to bring together the voice of nonprofits and philanthropy in our state, while also amplifying the sector's significance and priorities to policymakers and experts. All webinars and recordings are free.

Our three most recent PolicyForum webinars included:

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