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2018 Political Forecast | What Can We Expect and How Can We Prepare?

Tuesday, August 15, 2017 -
11:00am to 12:00pm PDT
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Next year - 2018 - brings us a Governor’s race, some hotly contested California congressional seats, and half a dozen ballot measures already in circulation, with many more to come. In addition, many of us Californians are paying more attention right now to matters in Washington, D.C. than we have in the past. Issues being debated in Washington range from healthcare and immigration to national monuments and LGBT rights, not to mention what (if any) federal monies will come California’s way in infrastructure funds, block grants, and housing.

Where should nonprofits and philanthropy focus our attention, with so much going on? What are some of the trends to pay attention to, and where can we make a difference? How will this impact our work in our communities? And what can we learn from past big election years to prepare us for this one?   

And perhaps most importantly what are the most critical scenarios for philanthropy and nonprofits to plan for? And what would it mean to plan for them?

This California Policy Forum brings together three outspoken and knowledgeable speakers: California State Assemblymember Monique Limón, Chair of the new Assembly Select Committee on the Nonprofit Sector; Laurel Rosenhall, reporter at; and Dr. Raphael Sonenshein, Executive Director of the Pat Brown Institute for Public Affairs at CSU Los Angeles. 

Moderating the panel is Nancy Berlin, Policy Director for the California Association of Nonprofits (CalNonprofits). 

Target Audience

This program is free and open to current NCG, SCG, SDG, League of California Community Foundations (LCCF) and CalNonprofits members.

The California Policy Forum is a series of webinars presented in partnership with CalNonprofits, Philanthropy California (a collaboration between Northern California Grantmakers, San Diego Grantmakers and Southern California Grantmakers), and the League of California Community Foundations.

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During this interactive webinar you'll learn about:

  • What policy issues and trends merit the attention of funders and nonprofits
  • Lessons from past elections that might apply to 2018
  • Impact of the policy discourse on communities across the state and particularly marginalized and poor communities.
  • How nonprofits and philanthropy might plan for an uncertain future


California State Assemblymember Monique Limón, Chair of the new Assembly Select Committee, the Nonprofit Sector

California State Assemblymember Monique Limón represents the Santa Barbara area and has shown a strong appreciation for California’s nonprofit community, championing the creation of this new Assembly Select Committee, and working closely with nonprofits in her district. She also sits on the Budget Committee, the Housing and Community Development Committee, and the Natural Resources Committee.

Laurel Rosenhall, Reporter,

Laurel covers California politics. With her focus on power, personalities and political dynamics, she writes weekly news analyses of the biggest issues facing California and how they are playing out in Sacramento. Laurel is a former reporter for theSacramento Bee, and CALmatters — in case you don’t know it — is a nonprofit, nonpartisan media organization and wire service that produces original stories picked by media across the county and the world.

Dr. Raphael Sonenshein, Executive Director , Pat Brown Institute for Public Affairs at CSU Los Angeles

Dr. Raphael Sonenshein is known for his sharp commentary and for his frequently on-target political predictions (he’s not always right, though!). His background includes serving as executive director of the LA Charter Reform Commission and the LA Council Neighborhood Council Review Commission, as well as writing three books on politics and government.

Nancy Berlin, Policy Director , CalNonprofits ( Moderator)

Nancy Berlin is an influential leader herself in California political affairs that affect nonprofits and philanthropy; she brings a background of serving as director of the California Partnership and the Los Angeles Coalition to End Hunger and Homelessness. Nancy is responsible for developing CalNonprofits’ public policy strategy as well as working with allies and opponents on dozens of bills each year.

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