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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.
McCumber at annual convention, November 2013
Our advocacy...
…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

Voter registration FergusonAs an alliance of 9,400 California nonprofits, like so many others we are saddened and angered by recent violence against African Americans in Ferguson and elsewhere. We've been wondering what we could say or do that would be helpful. We are heartened to see so many nonprofits already deeply involved in the legal issues of Ferguson, supporting and training demonstrators, and much other important work. But too many of our mainstream leading institutions have been silent on these matters.

We know that nonprofits are by nature deeply rooted in our communities and for decades have been front-line witnesses to the growing epidemic of violence against African American youth. In the tradition of nonprofits acting on their values, we should see the events in Ferguson as a call to action for nonprofits everywhere. We nonprofits have powerful economic, social and moral resources to bring to the fight, and we can support other nonprofits in this work, right now especially those in the African American community.

We at CalNonprofits are inspired to see how nonprofits are acting in their own ways for the common good, and we are proud to be part of the sector that supports them.


I commend CalNonprofits for undertaking a project of this magnitude: the first-ever statewide study of the California nonprofit sector and its economic impact."
Causes Count is the first report of its kind to examine the nonprofit sector’s scope, activities and economic impact in the state of California. While some regional research about nonprofits has been conducted, the present state of knowledge about the California nonprofit sector as a whole is extremely limited at best. Our study addressed this deficiency, and gives the nonprofit community the information in needs to advance its cause.


You can…

…ask Judy Belk, the new Prlogo-convention-2014-squareesident of the California Wellness Foundation, what she wants "wellness" to mean

…tell Rick Cohen of Nonprofit Quarterly what YOU think he should bedoing his investigative reporting on

…tell Jan Masaoka, CEO of CalNonprofits (and the CalNonprofits board) what CalNonprofits should be doing

…ask Ken Berger, CEO of Charity Navigator, why he won't change your nonprofit's rating

…ask Tim Delaney, President of the National Council of Nonprofits what he is most worried about in D.C.

…ask Ignacio Hernandez, nonprofit lobbyist, if your organization can hire him given his track record

and a whole lot more! 

If you haven’t registered yet, click here!

Nancy Berlin, former director of the California Partnership and project coordinator of the Los Angeles Coalition to End Hunger & Homelessness, has joined the staff of the California Association of Nonprofits as Project Director. Nancy will be based in CalNonprofits' Los Angeles office located in the California Endowment building.

Nancy is a well known to the California nonprofit and advocacy community through her leadership in advocacy in Sacramento and throughout California. Recognitions include Outstanding Public Citizen of  the Year Award from the California  Chapter of the National Association of  Social Workers and the Community  Building and Justice Award from Alexandria House. She is co-editor of How to Get Food and Money: The People's Guide to Welfare and Other Services.
There are lots of reasons to participate in CalNonprofits 2014 Policy Convention, including building your network, spending a day thinking about "big picture" concepts and implementation, learning about and discussing policy priorities and more. But all of that is true every year. So here are the 7 reasons this year's Convention is unique (and why you should register early):

7. Learn about the California budget process and how you can influence it (it’s easier than you think!)

6. Hands-on pre-Convention workshops on business models, finance, insurance, and legal issues for nonprofits (all day for 1 low price!)

5. Debate! Benefit Corporations, L3Cs, and Social Enterprise: Good or Bad for the Nonprofit Sector?

4. Talk about changing the narrative on “overhead” with Charity Navigator CEO Ken Burger and other thought leaders Read more...
How powerful is California’s nonprofit sector today? CalNonprofits commissioned this first-ever report to find out!
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September 10 - Wednesday, 11am - 12pm
September 11 - Thursday, 4pm - 6pm in Glendale
Not Your Mother's Board Workshop with Jan Masaoka, event sponsored by Valley Nonprofit Resource Center of Cal State Northridge, City of Burbank, City of Glendale; afterwards open discussion about nonprofit policy topics
September 18 - Thursday, 10:30am - 11am
Webinar! Getting the Most Out of CalNonprofits Membership for current and not-yet members; offered 3rd Thursday of each month
September 26 - Friday - 9:30 am - 11 am in Oakland
Causes Count: Briefing & Discussion with Jan Masaoka at CompassPoint Nonprofit Services, Oakland
October 2 - Thursday, 10:30am - 11:30am
Webinar! Workers Compensation 101 Webinar presented by CalNonprofits Insurance Services. FREE for Members/$5 Not-yet-members
October 24 - Friday, 8am - 6pm in San Francisco
Stronger Together Conference in San Francisco co-hosted by Nonprofits' Insurance Alliance of California (NIAC), CompassPoint and CalNonprofits
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