While many California nonprofits work to mitigate disparities, it's also notable that the nonprofit community reflects many of these disparities as well. As the economic impact study Causes Count showed, nonprofits have many fewer resources if they are located in southern California, rural areas, poor neighborhoods, and/or communities of color.
We're pleased to call out for praise the California foundations that formed the African American Civic Engagement Project, because it addresses a crucial aspect of these disparities: strengthening African American-led nonprofits in African American communities.
"In various meetings about civic engagement we had been struck by the relative absence of African American partners at the table," says Cathy Cha, one of the co-founders of the initiative and Vice President at the Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Fund. "For us, civic engagement is the way to community power. We need to build a black electorate, and build power, voice and leadership in African American communities."
More than 160,000 nonprofit staff have student debt. A survey conducted by CalNonprofits in 2016 confirmed that student debt is hurting recruitment, retention and diversity in the nonprofit workforce. But most nonprofits are unaware of how debt affects their employees, or of the free and low-cost ways to help them with debt.
Help has arrived! Find out how to use the federal Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program and get other useful resources by downloading our new Student Debt Toolkit for Nonprofits.
Hard copies are also available at a small cost. To order, contact our Nonprofit Student Debt Project Manager Christina Dragonetti here. And visit our Nonprofit Student Debt Project web page today for lots more information and resources.