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CalNonprofits Policy Convention: Nonprofits Standing up for California is coming to Los Angeles in October!

On Thursday, October 18th, nonprofit leaders from around California will come together in Los Angeles to learn, debate, speak, and network at the CalNonprofits Policy Convention. This year the convention will center around the theme “Nonprofits Standing up for California” reflecting how the nonprofit community is working in new and innovative ways during a time of natural disasters and political turmoil. We hope you can join in these important conversations!

We are thrilled to announce that we have two dynamic keynote speakers:

Tamika Butler is the CEO of the Los Angeles Neighborhood Land Trust and is an outspoken activist and engaging speaker on racial justice, economic equity, and transportation planning.

Vu Le is the executive director of the Rainier Valley Corps and the creator of, a popular website that takes on both the serious and the funny issues nonprofit employees encounter every day.

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to register

Interested in being a sponsor? We have sponsorships available at every level, including one Presenting Sponsor. Sponsoring the convention supports California’s nonprofit community while also putting your company’s name and products and services in front of nonprofit leaders from around the state, before, during, and after the convention. Click here to see our sponsorship packages and please contact Dishauna Castro with any questions.

Census Bureau Announces Comment Period on 2020 Census and Citizenship Question

As we’ve written earlier, community-based organizations play a key role in the Census. As a very recent example, in response to advocacy by over 100 organizations, Governor Brown and the state legislature allocated an additional $50 million in the state’s budget for outreach and planning for a successful 2020 Census.

There is another opportunity for nonprofits to support the communities they serve and to ensure they are properly counted by speaking out against the inclusion of a citizenship question.

Earlier this year, Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross directed the Census Bureau to add a citizenship question to the 2020 Census. This was deeply alarming since a citizenship question has not been included for over 60 years. In fact, experts at the Census Bureau had warned Ross that a citizenship question would reduce participation, increase costs, and generate "substantially less accurate" citizenship status data.

The goal of the Census is to provide an accurate count of every person living in the United States. A question about citizenship may discourage people from participating in the Census, fearful that their answer to the citizenship question could be used against them.

This would be particularly bad for Californians. Our state is home to the highest percentage (27%) of foreign-born persons in the country, and an undercount would have long-term consequences not just for our political representation, but also for federal funding that’s tied to Census data.

There is bipartisan opposition to adding the citizenship question, including 61 members of Congress, more than 160 Democratic and Republican mayors, six former Census directors who served in Republican and Democratic administrations, and 19 attorneys general.

You can also weigh in about the misguided decision.

On June 8th, the Census Bureau published a notice in the Federal Register seeking public comments on 2020 Census data collection operations. The notice states the categories of questions that will be asked on the 2020 Census, including the proposed citizenship question. Comments are due by August 7th.

Click here to submit your Census comments. 

We want to make sure that the Census Bureau reads your comments, so be sure to begin your remarks by writing something personal about your nonprofit and the impact on your community.

Not sure what to say? Here are some points you can make:
  • Talk about your nonprofit, where it's located, and how it provides services to your community.
  • We rely on the Census to provide accurate, comprehensive data that determines how much federal funding our community receives for necessary services such as hospitals, emergency preparedness and response, roads and more.
  • Adding a question about citizenship will make it much harder to get an accurate count.
  • This unnecessary citizenship question is invasive and will raise concerns about the confidentiality of personal information.
  • There will be significant costs to taxpayers by adding an untested question this late in the process.
It’s not too late to fix this! Please take a moment to submit your comments now.

CalNonprofits is a member of the Census Policy Advocacy Network (CPAN), and we are working with other statewide organizations in California to advocate and shape policy concerning the 2020 Census. If you have any questions about our census work, please contact Nancy Berlin, Policy Director. . (Photo credit: City & State Magazine)
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

Charity for Charity in Inland Empire Sports & News

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

Murietta Rotary Club in the Valley Business Journal

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
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Webinar: We All Count: Tackling the 2020 Census Together
Tuesday, July 31st, 11:00AM to 12:00PM
Join us for an in-depth discussion about what’s at stake for our state, what the challenges will be, and why our government, nonprofits, and philanthropy will have to work together to prevent an undercount in California.
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Webinar: How Nonprofit Staff Can Get Student Loan Forgiveness
Wednesday, August 1st, 11:00AM to 12:00PM (Pacific)
Christina Dragonetti, Nonprofit Student Debt Project Manager, will explain about repayment plans to lower monthly payments, and how to qualify for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program (PSLF)
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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 Policy Convention
Thursday, October 18th, Los Angeles
Join with 300 nonprofit leaders, funders, and supporters.
For more information, visit our conference page 

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