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CalNonprofits is...
...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

CalNonprofits often chooses to take positions on state propositions that affect California’s nonprofit sector as a whole, or affect significant portions of the sector. Our Board has taken stands on two upcoming propositions on the ballot this November. Here's where we stand on Propositions 47 and 45 -- and why.

Proposition 47: The Safe Neighborhoods & Schools Act of 2014
The Safe Neighborhoods and Schools Act of 2014 would change sentencing for low-level nonviolent crimes such as simple drug possession and petty theft from felonies to misdemeanors. It would re-direct the hundreds of millions of dollars that the secretary of state's office estimates would have been spent annually to house prison inmates to education, mental health and drug treatment programs, and victims assistance.
Often, we mean to vote, but life gets in the way.  Working parents, people with disabilities, people working three jobs and overseas voters can’t always get to the polls. In June of 2014 alone, about 23,220 vote-by-mail ballots cast by Californians were delivered too late to be counted!

That's why we're thrilled to announce that Governor Brown has signed legislation allowing mail ballots to be counted in elections if they are postmarked by Election Day and received within three days afterward.

SB 29, authored by Senator Lou Correa (D-Santa Ana), would allow vote-by-mail ballots postmarked by Election Day and received within three days after the polls closed to be counted. Eleven other states have extended the deadline for returning vote-by-mail ballots. Now you can submit your ballot on Election Day, without worrying whether your vote will count. This is a victory for California voters. Thank you, Senator Correa and thank you, Governor Brown!
CalNonprofits has good news to report on two bills we helped navigate through the California legislature this year. Both have been signed by the Governor and now become law. [Note that these are only a few of many bills we've worked on; for more please see our Legislation Tracker.]

AB 1712, the "Unclaimed Property for Nonprofits" bill, was introduced by Assembly Member Jimmy Gomez (D-Los Angeles)
. It will allow parent nonprofit organizations to claim unclaimed property of dissolved affiliate organizations. It will allow for parent nonprofit organizations to claim funds that may have been left with the State Controller’s office from an old sister organization from the same nonprofit.  This bill will allow organizations such as the Girl Scouts to claim leftover funds from groups that they chartered or approved that no longer exist.
How powerful is California’s nonprofit sector today? CalNonprofits commissioned this first-ever report to find out!
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November 5 - Wednesday, 10:30am - 7:30pm in Los Angeles
Causes Count: Briefing & Discussion Southern California Grantmakers Annual Conference
November 6 - Thursday, 11am Webinar
California State Controller hosts Taxes & Compliance for Nonprofits (FREE webinar)
November 13 - Thursday, in Vancouver, WA
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