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

Publication date: 
August, 2017

On August 15, the California Policy Forum together with CalNonprofits, Philanthropy California (a collaboration between Northern California Grantmakers, San Diego Grantmakers and Southern California Grantmakers), and the League of California Community Foundations presented an interactive webinar on the political landscape in California in the coming year. 

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.

We discussed questions including: 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 brought 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 was Nancy Berlin, Policy Director for the California Association of Nonprofits (CalNonprofits). 

You can view the slides and listen to the recording of the webinar in the links below. 

PDF icon CalPolicy Forum 8.15.2017 FINAL.pdf3.55 MB