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On Wednesday, June 6th, 2018, an inspiring group of leaders from around California traveled to Sacramento to be recognized as Nonprofits of the Year at California Nonprofits Day (scroll down to see pictures from the day).

Nearly 100 (97 to be exact) state senators and assemblymembers selected nonprofits in their districts for the honor and more than 400 legislators and nonprofit people attended a sold-out awards luncheon in the state capitol.

Assemblywoman Monique Limón (Santa Barbara), chair of the Assembly Select Committee on the Nonprofit Sector, opened the luncheon by noting how nonprofits in her district immediately jumped in to help after wild fires struck. During his keynote address, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson highlighted how nonprofits are a powerful force for good, with a “fierce commitment to changing California for the better.”

Nonprofits from across the state travelled to Sacramento for the awards ceremony, for example, Luis Outumuro with the Triumph Foundation left Rancho Cucamonga that morning at 2am to be at the event. Tim Robbins, the writer, actor, and director was also in attendance on behalf of the Actors’ Gang, a nonprofit in Los Angeles that was chosen by Assemblymember Sydney Kamlager.

“High energy, warmth, joyfulness, and people from every corner of the state -- a wonderful day," commented Jan Masaoka, CEO of CalNonprofits. “From North Coast Opportunities in Ukiah to Casa Familiar in San Ysidro, we congratulate the honorees who were recognized for making their California communities stronger.”

A list of the awardees and the program from the day can be downloaded here.  A video montage of the event is below. The nonprofit honorees were featured in over 25 media articles throughout the state abnd a compilation is featured underneath the photo gallery below.



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Media about the honorees
CalNonprofits has included the media we've seen about California Nonprofits Day 2018. Did we miss an article? Please send it to our communictions director, Sean Coffey so we can include it!

Boys & Girls Club of Greater Ventura in NoozHawk

Boys & Girls Club of Greater Ventura and Senior Concerns in the Ventura County Reporter

Carousel Ranch in

Carousel Ranch in the SCV Beacon

CASA of Merced County in Merced Sun-Star

Community Services Agency of Mountain View and Los Altos in Los Altos Town Crier

Covenant Coffee in the Bakersfield Californian

Covenant Coffee in 23ABC News

ElderHelp in the San Diego Downtown News

Filipino Advocates for Justice in the Inquirer 

Filipino Advocates for Justice in Asian Journal

Flintridge Center in Pasadena Now

Flintridge Center in the Pasadena/San Gabriel Valley Journal

Flintridge Center in the Pasadena Independent

Food Literacy Center in Sacramento Bee

Ford Street Project and North Coast Opportunities in the Daily Journal

Houchin Community Blood Bank, Covenant Coffee, and Self-Help Enterprises in

Howard Training Center in Riverbank News

Interfaith Food Ministry in the Union

Illumination Foundation and Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County in the Orange County Register

LGBTQ Center of Long Beach in the Signal Tribune

Mercy House in the Orange County Breeze

Mentis in the Napa Valley Register

North Coast Opportunities and Ford Street Project in the Mendocino Voice

North Coast Opportunities in 94.5 K-Wine

North Coast Opportunities in Willits News

Northern California Fertility Center in KRCR Channel 7

Pacific Wildlife Care in the Tribune

PV Jobs in Our Weekly

Robby Poblete Foundation in East County Today

Robby Poblete Foundation in Times-Herald

Nine San Diego area honorees in the San Diego Union-Tribune

Santa Barbara Bucket Brigade in the Santa Barbara Independent

Santa Barbara Bucket Brigade in 

Santa Barbara Bucket Brigade in KCOY 12

Self-Help Enterprises in the Business Journal

Self-Help Enterprises, Covenant Coffee, and Houchin Community Blood Bank in KBAK

Senior Concerns in Thousand Oaks Acorn

Senior Concerns in the Ventura County Star

Stanislaus Family Justice Center, Howard Training Center, El Concilio, Mariposa County Fire Safe Council, CASA of Merced County, and CASA of Monterey County in the Modesto Bee

Sure Helpline Crisis Center in the Imperial Valley News

The Actors' Gang in Look to the Stars

Tri-City Hospital Foundation in the Vista Press

Tri-City Hospital Foundation in Oside News

Triumph Foundation in KHTS 98.1 FM

Wounded Warrior Homes in the San Diego Entertainer
Want to save the pictures? If you see a picture you want to save, simply right click on it, and click "Save As."  While we did not post all of the pictures from the day below, we do have two folders with all of the images from the day that you are welcome to use.  If you want pictures that are a smaller file size (suitable for websites and social media, go here. If you want larger file sizes, click here

Worried about annual filings and compliance requirements? Check out the updated Nonprofit Compliance Checklist. . . and register for our Compliance Webinar!

What is the Nonprofit Compliance Checklist? It outlines the who, when, and what of compliance rules for nonprofits in California, all in one-place, with links to the forms, instructions, and frequently asked questions.

We created this resource because we’ve received a lot of questions from nonprofits wondering if there was a list with all of the state and federal compliance requirements they need to meet. We’re proud to say more than one nonprofit staff person has said “thank you for saving me all the work of tracking these down myself!”

We also invite you to join us for a webinar on June 28th where we'll go more in-depth on understanding and these requirements- more information is below.

Our recent updates to the checklist make it easier to determine which requirements apply to your nonprofit, if, for example, you sponsor raffles, have employees, sell merchandise, or claim a property tax exemption. Wondering if you’ve missed any state filings? It tells you how to check.

Please take a look at the updated version and share it with your networks: CalNonprofits Nonprofit Compliance Checklist.

We’re grateful to our members whose dues help support the creation of resources like the checklist (one of the most visited pages on our website). If your organization is not yet a member, find out more about the benefits we offer, including free webinars like the one below.

You're Invited: June 28th Webinar: How to Keep Your Nonprofit out of Hot Water

In conjunction with releasing the updated checklist, we’re excited to share that Erin Bradrick, Senior Counsel with NEO Law Group, will present a webinar titled: “How to Keep Your Nonprofit Out of Hot Water" on Thursday, June 28th. Erin was a member of the committee working with the California Attorney General's Office on the recently revised Guide for Charities. She'll be joined by CalNonprofits CEO Jan Masaoka, and they will go over some of the new aspects of the Guide for Charities and other relevant California laws, as well as the various federal and state entities that oversee nonprofits, and ongoing corporate and tax-exemption related forms that California nonprofits must complete. The webinar will cover which federal and California regulatory agencies oversee nonprofits (it’s not just the IRS!), how to know if a filing or registration requirement applies to your organization, and what to do if your organization is out of compliance with a filing or registration requirement.

How to Keep Your Nonprofit out of Hot Water
Thursday, June 28th, 11:00AM to 12:00PM (Pacific)
Free for CalNonprofits Members, $10 for not-yet members
Register here

Webinar Speakers

Erin Bradrick was awarded the American Bar Association’s “On the Rise- Top 40 Young Lawyers” by the ABA Young Lawyers Division last year.
Jan Masaoka, CalNonprofits CEO, works with nonprofits and legislators from across the state on policy issues impacting nonprofits.

How California nonprofits are voting with their missions

The primary election on June 5th is fast approaching, and registering voters, educating voters, and getting out the vote are powerful ways for nonprofits to stand up for their communities and ensure their voices are heard.

As a reminder, if you missed the voter registration deadline, you can still conditionally register at your county elections office, and if you’re in one of the five VCA pilot counties, you can still register up to, and on election day. This upcoming primary election is a great reason to talk to your colleagues, volunteers, and community about the importance of voting.

We've got resources to get you started, including:
• Cost-effective strategies to engage your community online and in person
• Frequently Asked Legal Questions for nonprofits engaging in voter work
• Helpful resources like Voter’s Edge that provides information on ballot measures, candidate positions, and your polling location. Need some inspiration? Check out our interview below to learn how Napa nonprofits are successfully engaging their community as part of the Voter Choice Act pilot in Napa County.

Nonprofits take up the flag

We recently interviewed three nonprofit leaders about the voter engagement work their organizations are doing to get the word out about the new Voter Choice Act (VCA) pilot in Napa County. While their campaign is focused on the VCA pilot, their strategies and insights are helpful for any nonprofits engaging in voter work. The four groups are UpValley Family Centers, Cope Family Center, On the Move, and Community Health Initiative, they are part of a larger group known as the Napa’s Community Leaders Coalition (CLC). We spoke with Jenny Ocón, Executive Director at UpValley Family Centers, Michele Grupe, Executive Director at Cope Family Center, and Alissa Abdo, Executive Director at On the Move.

CalNonprofits: Nonprofits have a lot on their plates-- why did you take this on, and why did you choose to do this as a collaborative?

CLC: There has been a lot of concern locally about cuts and policy changes that are being proposed at the national level. A group of about 20 community leaders came together to talk about issues of concern we could address jointly that would have the greatest impact. We call it Napa’s Community Leaders Coalition, and we meet once a month in Napa and once in Up Valley (northern area of Napa County). When we heard about the Voter’s Choice Act (VCA) pilot in Napa County, we made the decision for our nonprofits to work together as a collaborative on this. Three of the four members of our coalition are family resource centers, and one of our core services and best practices is civic engagement, so working on the VCA pilot fit perfectly.

Through this campaign, we’ve worked with the Napa County Registrar to provide community input as he developed the Elections Administration Plan (EAP), we’re coordinating voter registration trainings, and we are working with the League of Women Voters, school districts, and local colleges to host voter education sessions before the June and November elections.

Estela Ortega, Alma Arroyo, and Marycruz Garcia, are pomotoras who presented at a Voter’s Choice workshop held for older Spanish-speaking adults earlier this month at Rianda House Senior Activity Center in Helena
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Webinar: How to Keep Your Nonprofit Out of Hot Water
Erin Bradick, attorney with NEO Law Group, will present this engaging webinar on the different kinds of compliance responsibilities (state and federal) for nonprofits
Thursday, June 28th
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Los Angeles: Nonprofit Empowerment and Exemption Symposium
Friday, June 29th, 9:00AM to 2:30PM
Nancy Berlin is the keynote speaker
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Los Angeles: Tax Seminar for Nonprofit and Exempt Organizations
Wednesday, August 8th, 8:30AM to 12:30PM
CalNonprofits is helping to coordinate this seminar with the California Dept. of Tax and Fee Administration
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Sacramento: Association of California Symphony Orchestras Annual Conference
Jan Masaoka is a panelist on the Arts and Policy Panel and also speaking at a breakout session
Friday, August 10th
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Fullerton: Gianneschi 2017 Summer School for Nonprofits Conference
Jan Masaoka will be speaking
Tuesday August 14th
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Fresno Town Hall
Join Jan Masaoka and Nancy Berlin for an intimate opportunity to discuss legislation impacting nonprofits and to hear from local leaders. This event is co-sponsored by Central Valley Community Foundation, the Association of Fundraising Professionals, California Valley Chapter, and Fresno State Humanics Department
Thursday, August 30th
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San Bernardino: Inland Empire Community Collaborative Conference
Jan Masaoka is keynoting this conference
Friday, October 5th
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Los Angeles: CalNonprofits Annual Convention
Thursday, October 18th, Los Angeles
Join with 300 nonprofit leaders, funders, and supporters.
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