Policy Alerts

CalNonprofits sends out action alerts about important issues that impact nonprofits in California and the communities we work in. You can sign up here to receive these alerts via email, and we have also compiled these alerts below.

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Policy Forum Webinar Shows What’s at Stake in 2020 Census for California (July 31, 2018)
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.

What? Our nonprofit has to pay taxes on benefits we give to employees? (July 25, 2018)
The new federal tax law signed last December included a big surprise for nonprofits and churches related to employee benefits. If your nonprofit provides employees a transportation benefit (such as a monthly amount for commuting), a parking reimbursement at work, or gym benefit, that amount is now taxed as if it were unrelated income (despite the fact that it’s actually an expense). Learn more about the "nonprofit parking tax" and how you can help fight it.

Hold Major League Sports Raffles Accountable  (July 18, 2018)
Nonprofits should be concerned about extending this special carve-out because there has been no audit or review to see if this program is working or where the money is going, and what little information CalNonprofits has been able to gather about these raffles raises more questions than it answers. Join us in opposing an extension of this special carve-out.

Take Action: Oppose the Citizenship Question on the 2020 Census  (July 2, 2018)
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. Comments are due by August 7, 2018.

Help Make it Easier for Nonprofits to Get State Funding (June 15, 2018)
CalNonprofits is sponsoring Assembly Bill 2252, which would create a searchable database of state grants -- from all state agencies -- on a single portal accessible to the public. The bill also would enable nonprofits to submit state funding applications electronically. Learn more and add your support for this bill.

What Works When Nonprofits Engage Voters (May 22, 2018)
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. Learn how nonprofits in Napa are doing just that!

Why Nonprofits Care About the 2020 Census and What We Can Do Now (May 1, 2018)
An accurate census count matters: Federal funding is allocated based on census data, and our communities need to be counted. Learn what nonprofits can do to support an accurate count.

Use crowdfunding at your California nonprofit? We want to hear from you! (April 25, 2018)
While many nonprofits have successfully raised funds through these platforms, there are also reports that donations are not getting to nonprofits, that scam artists are raising money for nonprofits but actually taking the money themselves, that platforms are taking large undisclosed cuts of donations, and so forth. As proposals for regulations emerge, we need to hear more about the lived experiences of nonprofits and donors. Give us feedback about your experience.

With federal budget cuts looming, California needs to close a tax loophole for big business (March 18, 2018)
As part of our campaign Nonprofits Standing Up for California Communities, CalNonprofits is on the steering committee of a collaboration working to close a long-standing corporate tax loophole, and as a result, bring more than $11 billion per year to California -- for education, for social services, and for basic local services such as water systems and trauma centers. These funds will stay local -- within the counties where they are collected. Learn more about why we're supporting The California Schools and Local Communities Funding Act.

Tell Congress to Leave the Johnson Amendment Alone (March 8, 2018)
The Washington Post reports that a rider to weaken the Johnson Amendment has been included in this omnibus bill. However, that rider could be left out of the final bill if Congress hears from enough of us that we don't the Johnson Amendment tampered with.

Protecting Nonprofits and Taxpayers in California: CalNonprofits' Sacramento Update (January 26, 2018) The state legislature has re-convened, and we have our first update on what promises to be a busy legislative session. Learn more about what issues we'll be monitoring and advocating on.

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