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Latest News for Nonprofits

There's no better way to stay up to date with California law and policy and connect with fellow nonprofit leaders in our state than to read the CalNonprofits Buzz newsletter

Our Winter issue features information on our new Nonprofit Student Loan Project, a Spotlight on Workers' Comp, the latest rules nonprofits need to know for 2016, and lots of other news you can use.

This issue is now available here. Download and read it today!
On Monday, the California Assembly elected Assemblymember Anthony Rendon — a longtime nonprofit executive — as Speaker of the Assembly, a position he is expected to hold for several years. Rendon, who will be sworn in on March 7th, represents the 63rd District — home to several cities in southeastern Los Angeles County.

Prior to his election to the Assembly in 2012, Rendon led Plaza de la Raza Child Development Services, Inc., a nonprofit provider of comprehensive child development and social and medical services to over 2,300 children and families offered through thirty-five child development centers located throughout Los Angeles County. Before working at Plaza, Rendon served as the Interim Executive Director of the California League of Conservation Voters from 2008 to 2009.

CalNonprofits’ policy director and Sacramento advocate met with Speaker-elect Rendon in his district office last fall, confirming his strong understanding of the significant role that nonprofit organizations play in California communities statewide. In his speech before the legislature on Monday he said: “We have the work of creating a better California. A California where half the children in the world’s 8th largest economy are not in poverty but instead have infinite opportunities before them including the kind of life-changing public education experience that I had, a California that engages residents in its democracy again, and a California with a safe environment with clean air and clean water that lets families, communities and businesses thrive.”

“On behalf of CalNonprofits and our more than 10,000 member organizations statewide, I am delighted to congratulate Assemblymember Anthony Rendon on his election as Speaker of the California Assembly,” said CEO Jan Masaoka. “He understands the importance of California’s nonprofits to our state’s economy and well-being, as well as the obstacles that limit nonprofits' impact."
When it’s Jerry Brown talking about the state budget.

At the annual press conference to release California’s proposed state budget, Governor Brown started out his remarks with “Relative to years past, the state budget is in good shape.” He went on to brag that California has one of the highest minimum wages in the country; education funding is up and we have a healthy revenue surplus. And he pointed out that his new budget proposal includes the first increase in payments for the blind, elderly and disabled since 2006.

But lest we get too excited, in response to other proposals to increase human services funding, he quipped, “Too many goods, too quickly, become bad.” Um, what? And so starts our yearly budget wrestling match.

Some legislators have hit the ground running. On Day One of the new legislative session on Monday, Senator Kevin de León, along with other Senate Democrats, boldly proposed a $2 billion bond to build homes for homeless people with mental illnesses, and is pushing for $200 million in general fund revenue over four years to pay for rent subsidies for homeless people.

And Assemblymember Anthony Rendon – former director of the nonprofit Plaza de la Raza Child Development Services -- has made it clear that he intends to use his new role as Speaker of the Assembly to get more resources for early childhood education. “It’s something I think there’s already support for and something...I’m going to make sure is on the top of the agenda,” Rendon said.

Meanwhile, Republican Assemblyman Tom Lackey of Palmdale, California, wants an additional $250 million to $300 million for services for the developmentally disabled. He notes that money for the state's developmental disability programs has decreased nearly $1 billion since the start of the recession.

There’s a lot of competition for not just funds but also visibility, and nonprofit advocacy groups will have to be steadfast and smart to secure funds for the programs and constituencies they care about. Let the wrestling matches begin!

-- Nancy Berlin, CalNonprofits Policy Director

Nancy Berlin is the former director of the California Partnership and project coordinator of the Los Angeles Coalition to End Hunger & Homelessness. She has been the Policy Director at CalNonprofits since 2014.

How to Start a Nonprofit Webinar

Thinking of starting a nonprofit?
Find out what you need to know in a new webinar presented by CalNonprofits CEO Jan Masaoka - February 11, 2016

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February 10 - Wednesday, Los Angeles
Los Angeles School Food Convening at the California Community Foundation, featuring CalNonprofits Policy Director Nancy Berlin on "How To Be an Effective Advocate" 
February 10 - Wednesday, Oakland
OMB Uniform Guidance: Evaluating Options to Recover Your Full Costs: Join CalNonprofits and CompassPoint for the second of three sessions on overhead costs. (Register here)
February 11 - Thursday, WEBINAR
How to Start a Nonprofit in California, presented by CalNonprofits CEO Jan Masaoka (Register here)
February 24 - Wednesday, Oakland
Negotiating a Federal Indirect Cost Rate: Step by Step Guide to Preparing Your Indirect Cost Rate Proposal: Join CalNonprofits and CompassPoint for the third of three sessions on overhead costs. (Register here)
March 2 - Wednesday, Riverside
California Association of Museums 2016 Conference: CalNonprofits CEO Jan Masaoka will speak on Cultivating Board Diversification at the Director's Dinner (More information here)
March 7, March 22 & April 11 - WEBINAR
Getting Overhead Funded: A 3 webinar series designed to assist nonprofit accountants and CFOs with strategies for navigating new OMB regulations and understanding overhead. (Register here)
March 29 - Tuesday, WEBINAR
California Policy Forum Webinar: What's at Stake with the Proposed State Budget? A free interactive webinar with Chris Hoene, executive director of the California Budget & Policy Center (Register here)
How powerful is California’s nonprofit sector today? CalNonprofits commissioned this first-ever report to find out!
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