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Latest News for Nonprofits

Earlier this month we published “Towards a Strategic Stance Under the Trump Administration,” focusing on reactions and responses to the Presidential election. Now that we are fully immersed in this time of extraordinary transition, California nonprofits are paying attention to national politics with heightened interest, especially as to how Californians may be affected. 

Whether you’re a symphony orchestra worried about your musicians' ability to get visas to travel, an inner-city youth program concerned that federal parklands may close, or a health clinic wondering if your clients will continue to have insurance, you may find that you need to connect with organizations and campaigns in new areas of interest and concern to your organization, or go deeper and learn more about the policies that directly impact your work.

To best support the organizations and communities we represent going forward, CalNonprofits will be providing tools and information you'll need.

Be active and informed advocates

• We’ve set up a list of useful resources here to help you follow what's happening on policies that are important to your organization and your constituents. These national organizations are tracking issues and providing updates on federal matters. We’ll be updating this list periodically, so let us know about your go-to sources for reliable information.

• Let your government representatives know how their policies affect your organization. Share stories of the impact on your clients and staff.  Here’s how to find out who your elected officials are.

• To follow state legislation of particular interest to California nonprofits, use our Bill Tracker here.

Let us know what you think -- and what you need

This year CalNonprofits will be tracking “Government in Transition; Nonprofits in Transition,” starting with an online survey. Our survey will ask what nonprofits are concerned about in this changing policy environment, what impacts they anticipate and how they plan to respond. Be on the lookout for this – your input will inform our role as the voice of California’s nonprofit community and is key to our collective success in this upcoming period of change.
We are closely watching an emerging issue of serious concern to the nonprofit community that has the potential to destabilize nonprofits — including churches and religious institutions — by removing important laws that protect both nonprofits and the public. President Trump has vowed to “destroy” the Johnson Amendment, which draws a clear line between nonprofits and electioneering.    

The Johnson Amendment (after Lyndon Johnson who introduced it) prohibits 501(c)(3) nonprofits from endorsing or opposing candidates for office and from any other partisan activity. It was passed in 1954 by a Republican Congress and signed into law by President Dwight D. Eisenhower, a Republican.
Last November, we received 47 nominations from nonprofit members doing incredible voter engagement work in their communities. Our panel of distinguished judges had a difficult time choosing between so many great stories, but in the end there can only be one winner. Congratulations to the Coalition on Homelessness for winning the $10,000 Community Engagement Champion Award!  

The Coalition on Homelessness serves and advocates for people who are living without permanent housing in San Francisco. They are "deeply committed to uplifting the political power of the homeless community" and make sure that "decisions that effect homeless people are made with input from homeless people themselves."

With that philosophy in mind, the staff of COH launched into a campaign of "voter activation" that included increasing political participation of poor and homeless people, as well as educating and inspiring San Franciscans to vote for the measures that secured funding for ending homelessness.
How powerful is California’s nonprofit sector today? CalNonprofits commissioned this first-ever report to find out!
 
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February 23 - Thursday, WEBINAR or February 28 - Tuesday, WEBINAR
Build a Great Workplace Safety Program, presented by CalNonprofits Insurance Services in partnership with ThinkHR and Unemployment Services Trust
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March 1 - Wednesday, LIVE STREAM BROADCAST
California Policy Forum -- A Case of Uncertainty: The 2017 California State Budget
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March 3 - Friday, Burlingame
Special Convenings Part II: San Mateo County and The National Trajectory, featuring CalNonprofits CEO Jan Masaoka
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March 9 - Thursday, WEBINAR
Insurance 101: Join CalNonprofits Insurance Services CEO Colleen Lazanich to learn the basics of insurance in this action-packed 1 hour webinar. 
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March 21 - Tuesday,  Marin County
California State Board of Equalization Marin Small Business Seminar
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March 22 - Wednesday, Los Angeles
How to Create a Social Media Crisis Communications Playbook, presented in partnership with the African American Board Leadership Institute/AABLI
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