From time to time, CalNonprofits publishes Open Letters to spark public dialogue about issues of importance to nonprofits and our constituencies. (As examples, see our Open Letter to the Irvine Foundation
and Open Letter to Charity Navigator
Dear California foundations and foundations that fund in California:
The California Association of Nonprofits -- CalNonprofits -- is a statewide policy alliance of 9,400 nonprofits that both advocates for the nonprofit community to government, philanthropy and the public, and provides important support to nonprofits such as employee health insurance. With offices in San Francisco, Sacramento and Los Angeles, CalNonprofits welcomes comments and suggestions on this Open Letter as well as all aspects of our work.
On January 1 of 2016, California’s minimum wage will be raised to $10.00 per hour: an 11% increase. In some cities and counties it will rise even higher. We were glad to see that many California foundations supported these increases by funding activists and advocates seeking increases to help working people living in poverty. And many more cheered the increases informally.
CalNonprofits also supports increases to the minimum wage. At the same time, we insist that nonprofits need to be brought into implementation discussions and have certain accommodations to allow for renegotiation of government contracts. (You can see our position here
Now we are calling on California foundations to make Minimum Wage Transition Grants to their grantees as a component of supporting both minimum wage increases and nonprofit sustainability.