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California Policy Forum: Policy Implications of Regulating Nonprofit Overhead

Thursday, July 17, 2014
11:00am - 12:00pm PDT
This program is a webinar.
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Join Southern California Grantmakers, Northern California Grantmakers, San Diego Grantmakers, and the California Association of Nonprofits (CalNonprofits) for a statewide webinar to discuss the policy implications of regulating nonprofit overhead. 

Nonprofit overhead is an issue that plays out in a number of areas: accounting, public reporting, donor expectations, grantmaking guidelines, federal indirect cost regulations, and more. The stigma of "high overhead" has become a major issue for the nonprofit sector, and there have been attempts on all fronts to establish and justify "reasonable" measures for overhead expenses. For example, in 2013, Oregon passed a law that potentially pulls eligibility for state tax exemption for nonprofits that spend more than 70% on overhead. While this may catch some fraudulent fundraisers, does it also penalize volunteer-driven organizations, food banks, and other nonprofits? Would a similar law be welcomed in California? 

Moderated by Jan Masaoka, CEO of CalNonprofits, this webinar focuses on the public policy aspects of overhead. Fred Ali, President and CEO of the Weingart Foundation will help lead a dynamic conversation with David GrecoInterim President and CEO of Northern California Grantmakers, Tim DelaneyPresident and CEO of the National Council of Nonprofits, and Mark Langseth, Chair of Public Policy for the Board of the Nonprofit Association of Oregon

The California Policy Forum is a series of webinars presented this year in partnership with CalNonprofits and California Philanthropy (a Northern California Grantmakers, San Diego Grantmakers and Southern California Grantmakers collaboration).

Speaker Biographies:

Fred J. Ali
President and Chief Executive Officer, Weingart Foundation

Fred Ali has more than 35 years of senior management experience with nonprofits, educational institutions, and government. He began his career as a volunteer teacher and counselor in a small village in western Alaska in 1972.  Ali held a number of key positions in Alaska, including Deputy Director of the State Employment and Training Agency, President of Kuskokwim Community College, and Vice Chancellor of the University of Alaska Anchorage.

In 1991, Ali became the Executive Director of Covenant House in Los Angeles. Under his leadership, Covenant House California developed into a large, multi-service program working with homeless and at-risk youth in Los Angeles and Oakland. In 1999, he was elected President of the Weingart Foundation, among the nation’s leading philanthropic institutions, making grants exclusively in Southern California. In 2006, he was also designated the Chief Executive Officer of the Foundation. Ali also chairs the Board of the Center on Philanthropy and Public Policy, University of Southern California, and is a Senior Fellow of the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs.

Tim Delaney
President and Chief Executive Officer, National Council of Nonprofits

An attorney with extensive leadership experience in the business, government, and nonprofit sectors, Tim Delaney has served as President and CEO of the National Council of Nonprofits since 2008. Appointed in 1995 to be Arizona’s Solicitor General, Tim successfully guided Arizona to win several cases in the U.S. Supreme Court. He later chaired the Transition Team for the newly-elected Attorney General, who promoted him to the top staff position of Chief Deputy Attorney General. In 2001, Delaney left the Attorney General’s Office to create the Center for Leadership, Ethics & Public Service, an independent nonprofit through which he worked to champion positive ethics, advancing civic engagement, and promoting democracy.

During his career, Delaney has helped nonprofits from a variety of vantage points, including as an attorney, author, board chair, CEO, consultant, founder, incubator, lobbyist, teacher, trainer, and volunteer. He previously served as board chair of Valley Leadership, adjunct faculty member at a major university teaching courses on “Leadership & Ethics in the Nonprofit Sector,” author of a guidebook on nonprofit advocacy, and as a national Training Fellow for the nonpartisan Center for Lobbying in the Public Interest, which the National Council absorbed as part of its operations in 2012. He currently represents North America on the Steering Committee of the international Affinity Group of National Associations within CIVICUS.

David Greco
Interim President and Chief Executive Officer, Northern California Grantmakers

A senior nonprofit leader with more than 25 years of fundraising, strategy, finance, and operations experience. David Greco has specialized in driving the impact of social sector organizations working for a more just and equitable world through successfully scaling programs, developing new business and revenue programs, and expanding into new markets and business lines.

He is currently serving as Interim President and Chief Executive Officer while the Board conducts a nationwide search for a long-term candidate.

Jan Masaoka
Chief Executive Officer, California Association of Nonprofits

Jan Masaoka joined the California Association of Nonprofits as Chief Executive Officer in 2012. A leading writer and thinker on nonprofit organizations—with particular emphasis on boards of directors, business planning, and the role of nonprofits in society—her books include Best of the Board Café, Nonprofit Sustainability and The Nonprofit's Guide to HR. Masaoka founded and edits Blue Avocado magazine.

Previously, she served 14 years as Executive Director of CompassPoint Nonprofit Services, a national consulting and training firm for nonprofits. In that position she was named the 2003 “Nonprofit Executive of the Year” by The Nonprofit Times. Masaoka is an eight-time designee as one of the "Fifty Most Influential" people in the nonprofit sector. She is an active volunteer and board member in several community initiatives, including current work on the creation of a federal credit union for nonprofits.

No cost to participate

Who May Participate:
Current SCG, NCG, SDG and CalNonprofits members.

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