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...a statewide alliance of over 10,000 organizations that brings nonprofits together to advocate for the communities we serve.
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Latest News for Nonprofits

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.
What does the latest Executive Order by President Trump mean for California nonprofits? For several months CalNonprofits has been closely watching an emerging issue that has the potential to destabilize nonprofits — including churches and religious institutions — by removing important federal tax laws that protect both nonprofits and the public, known as the Johnson Amendment. (See our letter of opposition and detailed background below.) President Trump has vowed to “destroy” the Johnson Amendment, which draws a clear line between nonprofits and electioneering. Yesterday, May 4th, he took the first step in that direction by issuing this executive order. But the clearest thing about yesterday's action is its lack of clarity: the executive order does not repeal the Johnson Amendment, and the legal ramifications for charities and churches is unclear with regard to other applicable legal requirements.

Our position remains the same: we nonprofits are trusted in part because we are resolutely nonpartisan. Those who support our work rely on us to use their donations to help our communities, not engage in electioneering. These proposals would benefit politicians and paid political operatives, not the people and communities we exist as nonprofits to serve.

We will continue to monitor this issue and will join other nonprofit organizations across the country to encourage Congress to maintain these important distinctions between partisanship and faith and charitable organizations.

NOTE: On March 30, 2017, a joint letter from CalNonprofits and the California Council of Churches IMPACT was being sent to members of Congress representing Californians, voicing strong opposition to proposals that would politicize the charitable nonprofit and philanthropic community by repealing or weakening current federal tax law protections that draw clear lines between nonprofits and electioneering, sometimes called the Johnson Amendment. Read our letter here.

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."
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June 8 - Thursday, WEBINAR
Recruiting & Retaining Great Staff: Student Debt Toolkit for Managers
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June 9 - Friday, San Francisco
Northern California Grantmakers Presents "Brace for Impact: What Possible Federal Budget Cuts Mean for the Bay Area-SF," featuring CalNonprofits Policy Director Nancy Berlin
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June 15 - Thursday, Palo Alto
Northern California Grantmakers Presents "Brace for Impact: What Possible Federal Budget Cuts Mean for the Bay Area-Silicon Valley," featuring CalNonprofits Policy Director Nancy Berlin
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June 28 - Wednesday, Sacramento
California Nonprofits Day, honoring Nonprofits of the Year at State Capitol Event
Details to follow
May 11 - Thursday, Session 1
Real Costs – Realistic Strategies: Understanding, Communicating, and Funding the Full Cost of Your Services
June 1 - Thursday, Session 2
Recovering Overhead Costs in Government Contracts: New Opportunities
June 15 - Thursday, Session 3
Negotiating a Federal Indirect Cost Rate: Step by Step Guide to Preparing Your Indirect Cost Rate Proposal