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CalNonprofits is...
...a statewide alliance of over 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

This Fall we face a crucial presidential election with consequences that will directly affect the people and communities we serve as nonprofits. It has never been more important to make sure that nonprofit staff, volunteers, and constituents register to vote and get to the polls on election day. As a nonprofit leader, here are 5 things you can do to make that happen:

1) Remind your staff, volunteers and constituents to register to vote. In order to vote November 8th, voters must be registered by October 24th. It’s fast and simple to do online here. If someone is not sure about their registration status, they can go here to find out.

2) Spread the word about the importance of nonprofit voting power with free “I work at a nonprofit and I vote" and "I volunteer at a nonprofit and I vote” buttons, stickers and posters, available along with lots of other useful information on our Vote with Your Mission resource page.

3) Download and distribute outreach materials from this new toolkit provided by the California Secretary of State’s Democracy at Work Project, with resources like flyers, posters, paycheck inserts web banners, digital images for your website, and much more — all free and easy to use.

4) Apply to be a polling place. Contact your county elections office to find out how here. While you’re at it, let your volunteers and constituents know about the opportunities to be a poll worker -- information is here.

5) Urge your staff, volunteers, and constituents to read their ballots, get familiar with the issues they’re voting on, and find their polling locations -- this information is all customized right here for each voter in one convenient place, thanks to our partner Voter’s Edge.

AND THEN GET OUT AND VOTE -- because nonprofit votes count. There are nearly one million nonprofit employees in California and over five million volunteers. When nonprofits use our voting power, we advance our missions, make our voices heard and change the world for the better.

That's why CalNonprofits started our Vote with Your Mission campaign: to encourage nonprofits to mobilize their staff, volunteers and constituents as voters and for policymakers to appreciate the nonprofit community as a powerful voting force. Stay tuned for more helpful reminders, suggestions and resources in the weeks to come.

The Board of Directors of CalNonprofits Insurance Services (CIS) is pleased to announce a new CEO, Colleen Lazanich, who starts on August 1. Colleen’s background includes senior positions at Swett & Crawford -- VP overseeing national branch operations, and Riverport Insurance Company, where she managed their nonprofit and social services portfolio for the western region. She holds a California broker-agent license. Colleen also holds Certified Insurance Counselor and Certified Risk Manager designations from The National Alliance for Insurance Education. Colleen attended Colorado State University and has a BS in Business Management.

CIS, a social enterprise wholly owned by the California Association of Nonprofits, is a full-service insurance broker providing health insurance to more than 19,000 nonprofit employees along with dental insurance, vision insurance, D&O, general liability, workers compensation, cyber liability, and other insurances.

“Colleen is perfect for this position,” said Yolanda Gorman, M.B.A, Ph.D., and President of Phillips Graduate University based in Los Angeles. “As Chair of the CIS board, we worked hard to find the right replacement for Meredeth Clark, who was the founder and CEO for the past 31 years. We could not be more delighted with Colleen’s business expertise, and with her commitment to the nonprofit community.” Colleen has more than 25 years of experience in the insurance industry, and speaks frequently to nonprofit audiences about insurance and risk management. She is known for her breadth of insurance knowledge as well as her sensitivity to nonprofit concerns. “I’m excited to be working with nonprofits throughout California,” said Colleen. “And with the great CIS staff that has been providing wonderful service exclusively to California 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 Summer issue features a wrap-up of the first-ever California Nonprofits Day celebration in Sacramento and lots of other news you can use. This issue is now available here. Download and read it today!
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This year's keynote speaker: Alicia Garza, Co-Founder of Black Lives Matter

It's time to register for the CalNonprofits 2016 Annual Convention October 6th. Stay in L.A. October 7th for our Forum on Student Debt & the Nonprofit Workforce!

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September 1 - Thursday, Apple Valley
Academy for Grassroots Organizations Access Government Day 2016, Featuring CalNonprofits CEO Jan Masaoka speaking on Advocacy for Nonprofits (Register here)
October 6 - Thursday, Los Angeles
CalNonprofits 2016 Convention: The Power of California Nonprofits (Register here)
October 7 - Friday, Los Angeles
October 26 - Wednesday, Rancho Mirage
RAP Foundation Nonprofit Conference, Featuring CalNonprofits CEO Jan Masaoka (Register here)
How powerful is California’s nonprofit sector today? CalNonprofits commissioned this first-ever report to find out!
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