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Opportunity Zones: Tying Economic Development with Equitable Outcomes

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06/20/2018

In 2017, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act created Opportunity Zones, a new community investment program for rural and low-income urban communities. Opportunity Zones enable private investors with capital gains tax liabilities to receive competitive tax breaks for investing in these designated areas. Recently, the U.S. Department of the Treasury has approved designation areas for over 8,000 Opportunity Zones across the country.

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DONORS: 5 Things Nonprofits Want You to Know

Publication date: 
06/05/2018

Nonprofit leaders have specific ideas for how donors can best support them to do their most effective work, but the power imbalance means important things are often left unsaid. What do nonprofits want their donors to know that they may not be telling them directly?

Drawing on 15 years of collecting candid feedback from more than 100,000 nonprofit leaders, the Center for Effective Philanthropy (CEP) is releasing a new resource today that outlines the five things that nonprofits want their donors to know:

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Funders Census Initiative: Key 2020 Census Milestones

Publication date: 
05/30/2018

Planning for the 2020 Census continues to move along at a fast clip, with critical final decisions and testing, refinements to the operational plan, and early preparations occurring this year and next. As we expand our efforts to educate and mobilize a wider universe of funders in support of a fair and accurate census, we want to be sure you have current information to guide your grantmaking strategies and the work of your grantees.

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May Public Policy Roundup

Publication date: 
05/24/2018

This month’s Public Policy Roundup comes days after our trip to the State Capitol for Philanthropy in Sacramento Day. Philanthropy California, our alliance with Northern California and San Diego Grantmakers, convened over 20 funders from across the state to educate policymakers about the 2020 Census, advance philanthropic goals by building relationships with legislators, and identify areas of strategic collaboration across sectors. Our visits were timed as the Legislature worked to iron out differences between Senate and Assembly versions of the budget.

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April Public Policy Roundup

Publication date: 
04/19/2018

Last month, Philanthropy California, an alliance of Southern California, Northern California and San Diego Grantmakers, ventured to Washington, D.C. for two days of insightful meetings with policymakers as a part of the United Philanthropy Forum’s Foundations on the Hill (FOTH). Our visits were well-timed with Congressional deliberation over a spending measure that would fund the federal government for the remainder of the fiscal year. Southern California Grantmakers brought a delegation to discuss our perspectives on the 2020 Census, the Johnson Amendment and other issues of concern to our members, including the unresolved future of Dreamers. Highlights of our visit include:

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Coordinating Resources and Services for Youth in Foster Care

Publication date: 
04/18/2018

The California State Assembly Appropriations committee is currently considering Assembly Bill 2083 (Cooley). The proposed legislation seeks to create greater coordination between county-level and state-level agencies who serve children and youth in foster care who have experienced trauma. Some of the actions under AB 2083 are:

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Voter Engagement Toolkit

Publication date: 
04/17/2018

Nonprofit Vote has put together a set of practical tools for foundations looking to support nonpartisan voter engagement activities in their programs or grantmaking. Together, the Voter Engagement Toolkit for Community Foundations and the Voter Engagement Toolkit for Private Foundations, are comprehensive resources to help any foundation engage their grantees, donors and communities in new ways to help elevate our democracy and the voices of the people they serve.

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A Roadmap for 2020 Census: Securing a Fair and Accurate Count of Latinos in California

Publication date: 
04/16/2018

Latino Community Foundation and the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO) Educational Fund joined forces to produce this roadmap to secure a fair and accurate count in the midst of unprecedented challenges. Specifically, the brief sets forth the importance of the 2020 Census for California, examines the Census Bureau’s preparation for this count and the role of Congress, and outlines key lessons from the 2000 and 2010 Censuses.

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