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The California Teleconnect Fund (CTF) is a program run by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) that provides a 50% discount on select telephone and broadband services to schools, libraries, hospitals and about 7,000 Community Based Organizations (CBOs). Money for the discount comes from a surcharge paid by telephone customers (“ratepayers”) on their monthly phone bills. (Download fact sheet here.) Is your organization receiving CTF support? Check your telecommunications bill! Our friends at Alternative Technologies collected a few sample bills so you know what to look for.

The CTF program, started in 1996, was designed to encourage adoption of advanced modern communications technologies and support the goal of universal access for all Californians. As computers and Internet connections proliferated throughout the state, it became obvious that poor communities and communities of color were not able to access these advanced technologies at home. At the same time, more and more jobs and schools required proficiency with computers and the Internet, raising additional barriers to success for children and adults without access at home.

The gap in access was labeled the Digital Divide and the Teleconnect Fund was one way the legislature decided to try to close the gap – by reimbursing telecommunications and internet providers for offering a 50% discount on their services to organizations who provided internet access directly or offered services that would help individuals without access to have the same opportunities and information.

Every year, the CTF Staff try to estimate how much the Fund will need to cover all of the discount requests for the next year, and the Commissioners approve the budget then set the fees accordingly. In the past few years, the Commissioners have had to raise the surcharge to cover increased, unexpected demand on the Fund. As of June 1, 2015 this rate is 1.08% (so if the phone bill is $100 the customer would pay an additional $1.08.)

How powerful is California’s nonprofit sector today? CalNonprofits commissioned this first-ever report to find out!
 
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How to Start a Nonprofit

Thinking of starting a nonprofit? Join our webinar on February 22nd.
Jan Masaoka, will walk you through what you need to know in this fast-paced webinar, jam-packed with important info. 
Can't make that date? You can also watch an earlier recording:  Go here.

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Ventura County Nonprofit Town Hall, sponsored by Ventura County Nonprofit Leadership council
Jan Masaoka lead speaker
Wednesday, January 17th, in Camarillo
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Nonprofit Governance Symposium, University of San Diego
Jan Masaoka keynote
Colleen Lazanich, CEO of CalNonprofits Insurance Services, is also speaking and CalNonprofits Insurance Services is a sponsor of the symposium
Saturday, January 27th, in San Diego
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"Advocacy and Public Policy Education: What 501(c)3’s Can Do," sponsored by Inland Empire Prevention Table
Nancy Berlin speaking
Wednesday, January 31st, 10AM to 12PM in San Bernardino
To RSVP or for more information, contact Maribel Nunez
Starting a Nonprofit in California
Jan Masaoka, presenter
Join our fast-paced webinar, jam-packed with information you need
Thursday, Feb 22nd
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Tri-Valley Nonprofit Alliance Conference
Jan Masaoka speaking
Thursday March 8th 

 

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