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Nonprofit Town Hall

Assemblymember Steve Bennett, in partnership with Ventura County Community Foundation and Center for Nonprofit Leadership CLU, hosted nonprofit organizations to a town hall to discuss state budget updates and its impact on the nonprofit community.

Asm. Bennett honored his 2023 Nonprofit of the Year, Central Coast Alliance United for a Sustainable Economy (CAUSE), at the event.

Asm. Bennett honoring a CAUSE representative with an Assembly Resolution

CAUSE honored as AD-38's Nonprofit of the Year at Sacramento Luncheon

Invitees heard from a panel of experienced nonprofit leaders who will take questions, address challenges, and share ways to strengthen partnerships throughout the county.

Panelist Organizations:

  • Central Coast Climate Justice Network
  • Interface Children & Family Services
  • Westminster Free Clinic
  • Women's Economic Ventures (WEV)

The panel was moderated by Dena Jenson, Director of Center for Nonprofit Leadership CLU.

Nonprofit Town Hall Slideshow

California Nonprofit Equity Initiative Legislation

AB-885 Public contracts: nonprofit organizations; Introduced by Assembly Member Luz Rivas. (2023-2024)

AB-590 State-funded assistance grants and contracts: advance payments; Introduced by Assemblymember Gregg Hart. (2023-2024)

AB-696 State agency grants and contracts. Introduced by Assembly Member Josh Lowenthal (2023-2024)

AB-860 Grant programs: administration. Introduced by Assembly Member Avelino Valencia. (2023-2024)

AB-619 State government: emergency services: nonprofit service providers. Introduced by Assembly Member Vince Fong. (2023-2024)

SB-336 State grant programs: negotiated indirect cost rates. Introduced by Senator Umberg. (2023-2024)

SB-557 California Prompt Payment Act: nonprofit organizations. Introduced by Senator Monique Limón. (2023-2024)

Partner/Panelist Bios (View PDF)


  • Dena Jenson, Director, CLU Center for Nonprofit Leadership
  • Mike Silacci, Chief Philanthropy Officer, Ventura County Community Foundation



  • CalNonprofits:
    The California Association of Nonprofits (CalNonprofits) is a statewide membership organization that brings nonprofits together to advocate for the communities we serve.