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...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.
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…focuses on raising your voice to policy makers, philanthropy and the public, and strengthening your ability to advocate on behalf of your community.

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The $10,000 Community Engagement Champion Award is given every year by CalNonprofit Insurance Services to a nonprofit that exemplifies the values and spirit of community organizations. The award recognizes organizations that are champions for their clients, patrons, and constituents by engaging their wider community.

Our panel of independent judges makes the award to an organization that actively connects with their community and brings people together regularly; effectively uses community engagement to improve the lives of their clients, stakeholders, constituents, or society, or influences the way that the nonprofit does its work; and looks for ways to support other nonprofits as community engagement champions.

This year, the award was presented at the CalNonprofits Annual Convention to Bread & Roses Presents, an organization that brings hope, healing and joy through live music to organizations in eight counties throughout the Bay Area where people are isolated.
Reforms Will Help Maximize Impact of Nonprofit Programs Supported by Government Funding

Los Angeles, Nov. 3, 2015 [Press release here] – The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors today unanimously approved a motion by Supervisor Hilda L. Solis to strengthen nonprofit service in the County by supporting the implementation of new federal rules governing how government agencies reimburse nonprofits for the full cost of their work. The motion was co-authored by Supervisor Sheila Kuehl.

“Los Angeles County is home to more nonprofits than any county in our country, and they play a vital role in our communities,” Supervisor Solis said. “Nonprofits provide critical services, including health care, human services and housing assistance, that help many of our neediest residents. By ensuring we are covering the full and reasonable cost for their services, we can in turn help our nonprofit partners better serve their constituents and fulfill their important and irreplaceable missions.”

Under the motion, County Chief Executive Sachi Hamai will provide an implementation strategy to the Board within 120 days, consult with leaders from County nonprofits in developing the new guidelines, and send a letter signed by all five supervisors urging State leadership on the federal rules. The action by the Board of Supervisors is the first of its kind in the country.
Governor Brown has wrapped up this year’s 30-day marathon signing and vetoing season, taking action on more than 800 bills sent to his desk by the legislature. While our Legislation Tracker is always up to date with the latest status, we thought you’d appreciate a short narrative round up of the year.

Governor Brown signed Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez’s bill aimed at significantly improving voter access and turnout. AB 1461, backed also by Secretary of State Alex Padilla, creates the “California New Motor Voter Program” which will cause new drivers or identification card holders to be automatically registered to vote. This exciting development is completely aligned with CalNonprofits’ Vote with Your Mission initiative. No excuses, people – your next visit to the DMV = your commitment to exercising your right to vote!

CalNonprofits backed three important bills aimed at reducing income equality through a variety of mechanisms ranging from Assemblymember Mark Stone’s effort to create a meaningful earned income tax credit (AB 43) to Senator Mark Leno’s high-profile legislation to increase the minimum wage statewide (SB 3) and Senator Loni Hancock’s constitutional measure aimed at reforming Prop 13’s least fair provisions (SCA 5). CalNonprofits –joined by large coalitions including labor unions, local governments, anti-poverty advocacy organizations and others – submitted written support letters and appeared in policy committee hearings for each of these important bills, but we regret that all three will be efforts that stretch into 2016. We are pleased that the adopted budget took up the EITC idea, green-lighting $380 million in benefits to 2 million low-income Californians. These bills were among the heaviest lifts at the state legislature this year and will require as much engagement in the coming year. While the legislature is recessed, CalNonprofits will continue to advocate on behalf of the nonprofit community in local minimum wage efforts, like those currently underway in Sacramento.
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December 3 - Thursday, Carson
Nonprofit and Affordable Housing Symposium, Hosted by Jerome E. Horton, Chair, California State Board of Equalization, Featuring CalNonprofits CEO Jan Masaoka (Register here)
December 11 - Friday, WEBINAR
December 14 - Monday, WEBINAR
California Policy Forum-Prop 47: Look Back, Look Forward. Panelists will discuss the “Safe Neighborhoods & Schools Act,” which reclassified six common, low-level crimes from felony to misdemeanor punishments. Where does implementation stand and what is the real impact of Prop 47? (Register here)
December 15 - Tuesday, WEBINAR
Getting Ready for Public Service Student Loan Forgiveness: Join CalNonprofits, Student Debt Crisis and other experts for a webinar on the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program (Register here)
How powerful is California’s nonprofit sector today? CalNonprofits commissioned this first-ever report to find out!
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