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...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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On Wednesday, June 22, 2016, the California Association of Nonprofits (CalNonprofits) hosted the inaugural California Nonprofits Day celebration at the State Capitol in Sacramento, honoring nonprofits across the state as Nonprofits of the Year. The full list of honorees is here. Read Assemblymember Rich Gordon's press release announcing passage of the resolution declaring California Nonprofits Day here.

Each nonprofit was selected by their local legislator as an exceptional nonprofit organization in the district community. The award recipients joined other nonprofit leaders from across the state who were honored at the inaugural California Nonprofits Day event. Participants visited the Senate and Assembly Floors and then were honored at a luncheon at Sacramento’s Sheraton Grand Hotel, with presentations from Sacramento Mayor-Elect Darrell Steinberg, Assemblymember Gordon, and Jan Masaoka, CEO of the California Association of Nonprofits (CalNonprofits). 

“Nonprofit organizations are vitally important to the economy and well-being of California. But too often nonprofits are ‘hidden in plain sight.’ We are thrilled that the State Assembly has passed a resolution putting the spotlight on nonprofits as an economic power that uses that power for the common good. We congratulate all of the award recipients on being honored for the great work they do every day to make California a better place,” said Jan Masaoka, CEO of CalNonprofits. CalNonprofits initiated California Nonprofits Day as a way not only to honor and spotlight individual nonprofits, but to raise the profile of the whole nonprofit community to legislators.
5/27/16 - The news we've all been waiting for is here: together, we stopped AB 2855. The bill was held in the Appropriations Committee today and will not advance. See our fact sheet here.

We extend our gratitude to Assemblymember Lorena Gonzalez, chair of the Assembly Appropriations Committee, and the other members of the Committee for taking into account the concerns of the nonprofit sector. 

And a big shout out to our nonprofit community! In the last two months, more than 700 nonprofit organizations spoke up to oppose this bill, an unprecedented show of solidarity. Nonprofits of all types and sizes called, wrote and visited their legislators and it paid off. This was truly a team effort that showed the power of the nonprofit community.

As a reminder, AB 2855 would have required nonprofits to place unnecessary and burdensome notices on every document that includes a fundraising message -- not just California nonprofits but any nonprofit that attempts to raise funds in California. While we share the goals of transparency for nonprofits and prosecuting bad actors, this bill would have done nothing toward achieving those goals.

While this fight over, there’s more work our sector has to do to ensure that policymakers know who we are, how we operate, how regulated our sector already is, and how crucial we are to California’s economy and communities.

Everybody’s talking about the new regulations from the Department of Labor that may change how nonprofits classify employees and whether or not they must be paid overtime. But as usual, California is different. One of the ways we’re different is that we have very distinct labor laws, which means that the new federal overtime rules will play out differently in our great state. In addition, nonprofits have certain types of situations that are specific to nonprofits. There are bound to be many court cases and the impact of the rules is still being debated, but here’s what we know so far:
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June 28 - Thursday, San Diego
State of Nonprofits and Philanthropy Summit, Featuring CalNonprofits CEO Jan Masaoka (Register here)
August 8 - Monday, Oakland
California State Board of Equalization Event, Featuring CalNonprofits CEO Jan Masaoka speaking on Funding Sources Available to Nonprofits (Register here)
October 6 - Thursday, Los Angeles
CalNonprofits 2016 Convention: The Power of California Nonprofits (Register here)
October 7 - Friday, Los Angeles
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