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First, the bad news: In the 2016 election, less than 60% of Californians who were eligible to vote actually did. In fact, 35 other states had higher rates of voting by eligible voters than California did in the 2016 election.

Now, the good news: Earlier this week, the California Motor Voter program went into effect. As a result, when Californians apply for or renew their driver’s license or state ID card, they will be automatically registered to vote unless they opt out. CalNonprofits supported the legislation that created this program because it will lead to more Californians engaging in our democratic process and voting.

The Motor Voter program is one of several recent election reforms in California, including the ability for 16 and 17 year-olds to pre-register, something that over 100,000 California youth have already done! For a quick overview of recent reforms, we recommend the newly released “2018 Election Primer,” produced by the Future of California Elections. Also, if you serve communities in one of the five counties (Sacramento, Madera, Napa, Nevada, and San Mateo) piloting the Voter's Choice Act, the Secretary of State's office has printed flyers that clearly explain the voting changes under this pilot. If you'd like to help get the word out to your community, please send an email to: voterschoice@sos.ca.gov with your name, organization, mailing address, and the quantity desired.

So what does this mean for nonprofits?

Nonprofits have typically focused our electoral engagement activities on voter registration. Now, nonprofits can re-direct some of our efforts to the crucial work of educating communities on the issues at play in elections, and getting people out to vote. Through our “Vote With Your Mission Campaign,” CalNonprofits is working to engage and mobilize the staff, volunteers, donors, and clients connected to the more than 70,000 nonprofits in California. Given the high level of trust that communities have in their nonprofits, we are effective messengers about getting registered to vote and showing up on election day.

And, we know that nonprofit voter outreach works. A new report by Nonprofit VOTE found that people contacted by nonprofits about voting and elections were not only younger and more diverse, but they also had higher turnout on election day.

This is our first Vote With Your Mission update for 2018. We’ll be sharing additional resources in the coming months about how nonprofits are engaging with these new laws, for example by supporting Voter Choice Act pilots in their communities, and what resources are available to nonprofits who want to do more. We’re also supporting several bills related to voting during this legislative session (you can see them on our Legislation Tracker) and we’ll be sharing updates as those bills moves forward.

Does your nonprofit have plans to engage in voter registration or turn-out in 2018? We’d love to hear from you. What’s working? What’s not? What questions do you have or suggestions for your peers? Let us know!
California is being hurt by new federal policies: the new tax law, the federal budget, threats to withhold federal funding to California, the proposed cuts to MediCal, and the undoing of coastline protections (just to name a few).

As part of our campaign Nonprofits Standing Up for California Communities, CalNonprofits is on the steering committee of a collaboration working to close a long-standing corporate tax loophole, and as a result, bring more than $11 billion per year to California -- for education, for social services, and for basic local services such as water systems and trauma centers. These funds will stay local -- within the counties where they are collected.

What is this loophole, anyway?
When we Californians enacted Proposition 13 to stabilize property taxes for homeowners, we unintentionally created a boondoggle for corporations. Older companies (like those having held property for 40 years) -- are paying as a little as one tenth the property taxes of newer companies. The Schools and Communities First (SCF) ballot measure initiative will level the playing field among companies, so that old and new companies will pay comparable rates. Doing so will also eliminate the incentive for companies to create complicated shell corporations to benefit from the loophole.

Wait a minute . . .will the property taxes of homeowners be affected?
No. Repeat: No. Not one bit.

So what will Schools and Communities First actually do?
First, this initiative needs to gather enough signatures to be placed on the ballot for the 2020 election. After we get SCF on the ballot, we will need to get out the vote for it to win. If passed, the Schools and Communities Funding Act will normalize property taxes for large corporations. Corporate real estate will be taxed at its fair market rate -- regardless of whether it was bought this year or 40 years ago. By eliminating the huge and illogical disparities among what corporations pay, we will stop penalizing new companies and at the same time, increase funding to California counties. (And, small business owners are also protected because their properties aren't reassessed until after they sell them).

Read CalNonprofits Annual Report to learn what we're doing for the nonprofit ecosystem in California and our communities

We won’t sugarcoat it: 2017 was a turbulent year for many California nonprofits and the communities we work in. We’re proud to share how the California nonprofit community responded in our 2017 annual report: “Strengthening the Ecosystem for Nonprofits in California.” It's a fast, easy read: take a look here.

Read more about the issues our community mobilized and advocated on. Where did we succeed? Where did we fail? What might come back that we need to look out for? What are our opportunities in 2018?

Hundreds of you reading this participated in our work this last year -- whether signing onto a support or oppose letter, going with us to a hearing, attending a Nonprofit Town Hall, by being part of the Nonprofit Overhead Project or the Nonprofit Student Debt Project, and more. We know our collective advocacy, education, and mobilization work is improving the economic and regulatory climate for nonprofits, but we also know there’s more work to be done. As you read the Annual Report for 2017, think about what we can do better in 2018.

If your organization is a CalNonprofits member, your hard copy of the annual report is on its way to your office. Thank you for your support, and we look forward to working together with you in 2018. If you’re not yet a member and want to learn more about the benefits of joining, please email Christina Dragonetti and she can share a quick overview of our member benefits.

And as always, let me know your comments and questions about the Annual Report-- or anything else!

Sincerely,

Jan Masaoka,
CEO, California Association of Nonprofits (CalNonprofits)
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Ventura: Nonprofit Seminar
Nancy Berlin will present: "Where do Grassroots Nonprofits Get Money?" There will also be presentations by representatives from the CA Franchise Tax Board and Attorney General's office. This event is sponsored by Assemblymember Monique Limón, Chair of the Assembly Select Committee on the Nonprofit Sector
Thursday April 26th
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Philadelphia: The Hive at Spring Point
Jan Masaoka will provide a board development training
Thursday April 26th
Santa Barbara: Nonprofit Seminar
Nancy Berlin will present: "Where do Grassroots Nonprofits Get Money?" There will also be presentations by representatives from the CA Franchise Tax Board and Attorney General's office. This event is sponsored by Assemblymember Monique Limón, Chair of the Assembly Select Committee on the Nonprofit Sector
Friday, April 27th
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Santa Clara: Silicon Valley Council of Nonprofits: Funding Your Impact Summit
Jan Masaoka is a panelist for the plenary session: Engage, Retain or Lose - New Realities in Donor Engagement in a Post-Tax Cut World
Thursday May 10th
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Redding Town Hall
Join Jan Masaoka and Nancy Berlin for an intimate opportunity to discuss legislation impacting nonprofits and to hear from local leaders. This event is co-sponsored by Northern Valley Catholic Social Services.
Monday, May 21st
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Sacramento: California Nonprofits Day
Wednesday June 6th
Each year, about 100 nonprofits from around the state are honored in Sacramento by their elected officials during CA Nonprofits Day.
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Fullerton: Gianneschi 2017 Summer School for Nonprofits Conference
Jan Masaoka will be speaking
Tuesday August 14th
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Fresno Town Hall
Join Jan Masaoka and Nancy Berlin for an intimate opportunity to discuss legislation impacting nonprofits and to hear from local leaders. This event is co-sponsored by Central Valley Community Foundation, the Association of Fundraising Professionals, California Valley Chapter, and Fresno State Humanics Department
Thursday, August 30th
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Los Angeles: CalNonprofits Annual Convention
Thursday, October 18th, Los Angeles
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