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...a statewide alliance of nearly 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.

Latest News for Nonprofits

A survey of nonprofits conducted last month by the California Association of Nonprofits showed that 77% of those with an opinion support increases in the minimum wage.

The CalNonprofits study obtained responses from 329 nonprofits with a total of 11,600 employees. Of these, 83 reported having one or more employees paid at minimum wage, with these indicating they have an average of 11% of staff at that level. The study uncovered three additional key findings:

• Nonprofits need a phase-in period to allow for funding in government contracts to reflect the increased costs of government-paid positions.

• Many nonprofits have unique positions such as subsidized job training programs.

• Nonprofits are concerned about low-income clients losing needed benefits without appropriate planning: 36% reported concern over clients losing Medi-Cal and 29% over losing SSI. Read more...
A little-noticed change in the California Nonprofit Corporations Code has an important change for nonprofits: there can no longer be non-voting members of the board of directors. Attorney and CalNonprofits volunteer Gene Takagi explains:

A revision of the Nonprofit Corporations Code takes effect on January 1, 2015 and clarifies the term ex officio and the principles of voting nonprofit board members. A little background:

Non-voting board members: It’s not uncommon for nonprofits to provide in their bylaws for non-voting board members, but under California law, such positions do not exist. Board members, or directors, as they are termed in the law, each have one vote on any matter presented to the board for action. So, any person entitled to attend board meetings without a vote is not a board member at all, even if your bylaws specify so. Read more...
Jennifer Fearing, who has successfully led state policy efforts for The Humane Society of the United States, the nation's largest animal protection organization, will become the new Sacramento Advocate at California Association of Nonprofits (CalNonprofits). 

She ran the successful Proposition 2 ballot campaign in 2008 and has been in Sacramento since that time lobbying the California legislature, Governor's Office, and state regulatory agencies. She has helped pursue more than 50 positive state legislative and regulatory outcomes in Sacramento since 2008 and led efforts to develop a new caucus, voters scorecard, myriad lobby days and other successful events and policy initiatives.
How powerful is California’s nonprofit sector today? CalNonprofits commissioned this first-ever report to find out!
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January 8 - Thursday, WEBINAR
How to Start a Nonprofit, FREE for Members, $10 for Not-Yet-Members
January 12 - Monday, in Sacramento
Causes Count: Briefing and Discussion Association of California Symphony Orchestras
January 28 - Thursday, in Sacramento
January 30 - Friday, in Kern County
Causes Count: Briefing and Discussion   Kern County Grant Summit
February 4 - Wednesday, in Salinas
Causes Count: Briefing and Discussion Nonprofit Alliance of Monterey County
February 11 - Wednesday, in Pasadena
Causes Count: Briefing and Discussion Pasadena Executive Roundtable
February 26 - Thursday, in Camarillo
Causes Count: Briefing and Discussion Ventura County Community Foundation
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