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...a statewide alliance of over 10,000 organizations, representing and promoting California’s growing nonprofit sector. We work to bring the full power of nonprofits to strengthening communities.
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…focuses on raising your voice to policy makers, philanthropy and the public, and strengthening your ability to advocate on behalf of your community.

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5/26/16 - In an op-ed piece in today's Sacramento Bee, Beth Hassett of WEAVE makes a persuasive argument against AB 2855, pointing out that the bill would unfairly cast suspicion on charities and is an unnecessary burden on nonprofits. Read the op-ed here!
Update 5/16/16 - AB 2855 was held in the Appropriations Committee suspense file, due to an estimate by the Attorney General’s Office that implementing and enforcing the bill could cost the state in excess of $150,000. Appropriations Committee chair Lorena Gonzalez (D-Chula Vista) has until May 27th to decide whether to allow AB 2855 to go to the floor for a full Assembly vote. If the bill is held, it is dead. If it gets out, then we will only have until June 3rd to stop it on the floor. For more information on why CalNonprofits and nearly 700 other nonprofits oppose AB 2855, please see our fact sheet

We continue to express our opposition within the State Capitol. But we need you to take two actions NOW to help stop AB 2855:

1. Contact Assemblymember Lorena Gonzalez, who chairs the Assembly Appropriations Committee, and let her know that you oppose this bill because it will harm nonprofits. It’s easy to call her Capitol office at (916) 319-2080. Or you can email her office at:

2. Contact your own Assemblymember with the same message.  Check here to find out how to contact your Assemblymember.

AB 2855 would require nonprofits to place unnecessary and burdensome notices on every document that includes a fundraising message -- not just California nonprofits but any nonprofit that attempts to raise funds in California -- which is pretty much every nonprofit in the world. While we share the goals of transparency for nonprofits and prosecuting bad actors, this bill will do nothing toward achieving those goals.

If you haven’t already, you can join hundreds of your colleagues by signing on in opposition to AB 2855 here. And see our most up-to-date opposition letter here. Thank you!

Provocative views. News you can use. Bear tattoos. It's time to register for the CalNonprofits 2016 Annual it now and get an early bird discount!

On Thursday, October 6th, CalNonprofits will bring together nonprofit leaders, funders and supporters of the nonprofit community to help set the agenda for California nonprofits in the coming year. You don't want to miss this. And if you register between now and July 15th, you're eligible for an early bird discount!

This year’s convention theme, the Power of California Nonprofits, focuses on how to use our collective power to strengthen our ability to thrive as organizations and make California’s communities stronger. You can expect...

• a presentation of fascinating new research on nonprofits and overhead 
• the inside story and lessons learned about legislation that affects the way we all do business
• important and valuable sessions on hot topics from the minimum wage to voter mobilization to compliance requirements
• a look ahead to how the November election will affect the nonprofit community

And there's more! On October 7th, the day following the convention, we're holding a special spotlight forum on student debt and its impact on the nonprofit workforce

Sign up for one day or both days here! Remember, if you register before July 15th, you get an early bird discount! 

Convention Early Bird Price (until July 15): $120 Members/$160 Not-yet-Members
Student Debt Forum: FREE for Members/$60 Not-yet-Members

Join us at #CalCon16 and flex your #NonprofitPower!

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June 14 - Tuesday, Webinar
A National and Local Policy Update on Student Debt, Featuring Congressman Eric Swalwell (CA-15) (Register here)
June 16 - Thursday, Long Beach
Negotiating a Federal Indirect Cost Rate: Step-by-Step Guide to Preparing Your Indirect Cost Rate Proposal, A workshop on Getting Overhead Funded with CalNonprofits and The Nonprofit Partnership (Register here)
June 28 - Thursday, San Diego
State of Nonprofits and Philanthropy Summit, Featuring CalNonprofits CEO Jan Masaoka (Register here)
October 6 - Thursday, Los Angeles
CalNonprofits 2016 Convention: The Power of California Nonprofits (Register here)
October 7 - Friday, Los Angeles
How powerful is California’s nonprofit sector today? CalNonprofits commissioned this first-ever report to find out!
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