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Latest News for Nonprofits

A new Assembly Select Committee focusing on the nonprofit sector held its first meeting Wednesday, June 21st from 2:00 to 3:30pm in the State Capitol, Room 444. See the Agenda here

The Committee started its historic work with a hearing to learn more about the nonprofit community, led by the Chair of the Committee, Assemblymember Monique Limón. In addition to Assemblymember Limón's opening remarks, the agenda included:

• Shamus Roller, Executive Director of the National Housing Law Project and CalNonprofits Board Member, providing an overview of the significant contributions the nonprofit sector makes to California.

• The oversight roles that state entities provide were discussed by Audrey Rowe, Exempt Organizations Unit, Franchise Tax Board; Sirat K. Attapit, Office of Legislative Affairs, Department of Justice; and Gene Takagi of NEO Law Group with a federal perspective. 

• Speaking on the critical partnership of nonprofits, philanthropy and government was CalNonprofits CEO Jan Masaoka; Efrain Escobedo, Vice President for Civic Engagement and Public Policy at the California Community Foundation, and Karen Baker, Chief Service Officer at California Volunteers.

In addition to Assemblymember Limón, other members of the committee are Catharine B. Baker (Rep-16), Marc Berman (Dem-24),Anna M. Caballero (Dem-30), Laura Friedman (Dem-43), Mike A. Gipson (Dem-64), Timothy S. Grayson (Dem-14), Ash Kalra (Dem-27), Brian Maienschein (Rep-77), and Philip Y. Ting (Dem-19). If your assemblymember is on this list, contact them to say you think it's great they're part of this historic new committee recognizing the importance of the nonprofit sector!
CalNonprofits, the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits and GreatNonprofits are pleased to announce the launch of GrantAdvisor, a TripAdvisor-like website that reviews foundations. This new online service is the first of its kind to crowdsource authentic, real-time reviews of funders written anonymously by nonprofits and philanthropic colleagues. Going beyond the transactional aspect of grantmaking, the site improves relationships between funders and nonprofits to create more successful philanthropy in communities. 

“GrantAdvisor is a brilliant combination of an advice source for grantseekers and a feedback loop to foundations, which has been a missing link in the modern history of philanthropy,” said Bruce Sievers, Visiting Scholar at the Stanford Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society.

Designed to encourage more successful philanthropy and facilitate open dialogue, GrantAdvisor allows grant applicants, grantees, and others to share their first-hand experiences working with funders through anonymous reviews and comments. Once a grantmaker has received at least 5 reviews, its profile will be made public.

Funders take part in the dialogue by appointing a Key Contact to respond to comments and questions, promoting clarity and understanding about their priorities and process. Grantmakers gain honest and truthful feedback about their grantmaking process and engage in productive conversations regarding their philanthropic objectives.

GrantAdvisor launches in Minnesota and California in June 2017, with new locations and partnerships to be announced in 2018.

June 15, 2017: GrantAdvisor is open for reviews.
July 19, 2017: Public webinar launching pilot website with live reviews -- Register here!

In California, only nonprofits can conduct raffles. And raffle laws are under discussion for changes. To help guide CalNonprofits as we develop and take positions on raffles, we need to know what nonprofits are doing and thinking about them. This survey will take only a few minutes to fill out, but it is crucial to the development of public policy and legislation on raffles. Please go here now to weigh in!

This survey is different from others you may have taken. Think about where you work and volunteer yourself, as well as friends and family who could answer this survey on behalf of their church, temple, or other religious congregation, PTA or parent club, high school band, youth soccer league, Rotary, Kiwanis, Soroptimists and other service clubs, or condo association (HOA).

You can take the survey more than once if, for instance, you complete it first for your PTA and second for the nonprofit where you work. The more different kinds of answers we get, the more the results will be useful to CalNonprofits and to lawmakers. So take the survey here and please pass this link along to others. Thank you!
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June 28 - Wednesday, Sacramento
2nd Annual California Nonprofits Day, honoring Nonprofits of the Year at State Capitol Event

July 12 - Wednesday, Redwood City
Thrive Alliance of Nonprofits for San Mateo County presents "Nonprofit-Grantmaker Relations: Tools for Trust and Transparency," featuring CalNonprofits CEO Jan Masaoka
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July 12 - Wednesday, WEBINAR
"Protecting Nonprofit Nonpartisanship: The Johnson Amendment," featuring CalNonprofits Policy Director Nancy Berlin, the California Council of Chuches, and the National Council of Nonprofits
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July 19 - Wednesday, WEBINAR
"It's Live! The Who, What and Why of GrantAdvisor"
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