Nonprofit News

Fair Pay for Northern California Nonprofits Survey: Participant Deadline Extended through Friday, March 1

You Now Have More Time to Participate in the Survey That Serves All Kinds of Nonprofits in All 48 Northern California Counties

Because many of you have requested more time, Oakland-based Nonprofit Compensation Associates (NCA) has extended the deadline to participate in the Northern California Nonprofit Compensation and Benefits Survey to Friday, March 1.

Extended Participation deadline: March 1, 2019

Report publication: April 12, 2019

The survey covers a vast geographic area, 48 Northern California counties, from Del Norte County in the far northwest to Inyo County in the far southeast.

And NCA makes special efforts to serve both larger and smaller nonprofit organizations, as well as those from both urban/suburban and rural counties.

To see how they do it, visit

If you don’t already have a copy of the 2018 survey report, you can take advantage of NCA’s annual 2-for-1 offer.  You can purchase the 2018 report at 50% off, if at the same time you prepay for the 2019 survey at the discounted participant rate.

To participate in the 2019 survey (and acquire the 2018 survey report, if you don’t already have it), visit or email the NCA folks at [email protected].

Sutter Sponsorships Process NOW OPEN! Applications Due March 8th, 2019

Sutter Health Valley Area is making it easier to apply for a Sutter Sponsorship Award! All 501c3 organizations are required to complete the new online application process. When you click on the link to begin the application process, you will be prompted to watch a mandatory webinar in advance of completing the online sponsorship application form. Please be sure to complete the online sponsorship application form within the sponsorship timeline listed below.

We hold two sponsorship application periods a year. Our first application period for the next cycle begins August 1st for yearlong sponsorship packages or events from January – May 2019. The deadline is September 28th. The second period opens January 14th for events from June – December 2019. The deadline is March 8th.

Each organization may only receive one award per year. If you have multiple events you would like us to consider for sponsorship, you are encouraged to complete one application with all events included and apply during the first period. If you have already applied for your event or events you do need to apply again. This is only if you have not applied during the first period and your event falls during the June 2019 and December 2019 time period.

click here for the form

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask. Tommy Trejo [email protected]


Spring: For events happening June 2019 – December 2019

March 8, 2019: Proposals due

March 11, 2019 – May 31, 2019: Awardees announced

June 2019 – February 2020: Awardees report measurable outcomes

2019 Leadership Sacramento Class Project

Leadership Sacramento is accepting applications for it’s 2019 Class Project Beneficiary. In its 34th year, Leadership Sacramento is a program of the Metro Chamber Foundation that develops community-minded business and civic leaders of tomorrow. This year-long interactive program provides a behind-the-scenes view of the issues that impact the region’s economy. Leadership Sacramento is available to a limited number of participants each year, with monthly day-long sessions and culminates in the completion of a community service project to benefit a regional nonprofit organization, project, or cause.

Past projects have included:

  • Habitat for Humanity: Implemented “Rock the Block” to make community repairs and improvements in local low-income neighborhoods.
  • La Familia Counseling Center: Created a STEM lab for children and adults at La Familia’s Maple Neighborhood Center.
  • Wellspring Women’s Center: Renovated outdated kitchen serving women and children in Oak Park with a nutritious breakfast, free counseling, enrichment classes, and safety net services.
  • Courage Worldwide: Assisted organization focused on combating human trafficking with additional housing and services to support victims.
  • Mustard Seed/Loaves & Fishes: Re-purposed a storage area to a multi-use room for children facing homelessness to learn life skills and explore future career paths.
  • Boys & Girls Club: Renovated seven rooms at downtown teen center to include a dance studio, recording studio, technology lab and fashion design arts studio.
  • Soil Born Farms: Developed and built an outdoor classroom and amphitheater to promote local agriculture for regional residents.

Apply Here

UC Davis Researchers Partnering with Nonprofits

The Memory and Development Lab at the UC Davis Center for Mind and Brain has been
teaming up with members of the Nonprofit Community in Sacramento. Recently the
Sacramento Zoo has contributed to an ongoing memory development study by providing
complimentary passes to participating families.

The Brain Jams study is a National Institute of Health-funded investigation of the neural basis of
episodic memory development and uses a unique design to capture MRI images of the
developing brain while children are in natural sleep.

By providing an opportunity for families to have a fun, educational, outdoor activity before MRI
sessions, the Sacramento Zoo is helping to ensure that the toddler participants are sufficiently
tired (and thus more likely to sleep through MRI). Participating organizations gain an
opportunity for exposure by partnering with a world-class research institution, as well as a
valuable opportunity to give back to their community. It is a winning partnership for the
nonprofits, the families, and the researchers.

More information about the study and how local nonprofits are helping with child development
research may be found at or on Facebook. The Brain Jams
study is currently looking for 2-year-olds in the greater Sacramento area to participate and may
be reached at (530) 747-380 or [email protected].

Charitable Giving Seen As Subjective Decision Even In The Face Of Objective Information

Philanthropy News Digest | | Shalina Omar

When it comes to charitable giving, the heart rules the head. That’s what four researchers have found in a joint study on altruism and giving coming out of the London Business School, NYU Stern School of Business, the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, and the University of Pennsylvania. The studies show that people will still choose more personally gratifying charities to donate to over more effective ones. The researchers found that this pattern was only disrupted in two situations: if the donor occupied some role of responsibility, such as being responsible for allocating official funds, or if the donor was choosing between charities that supported the same cause.

Read more.

2018 Giving is Dropping. Now What?

Independent Sector Blog | Allison Grayson | September 26, 2018

The Fundraising Effectiveness Project released their second quarter analysis of fundraising returns for over 13,000 organizations, and the numbers paint a bleak picture. The research shows a 2 percent decline in the amount given and close to a 7 percent drop in the number of donors. This trend is a continuation of declines seen in the first quarter of 2018. Unfortunately, the nonprofit sector saw this coming.

Read more.

The Growth in Total Household Giving Is Camouflaging a Decline in Giving by Small and Medium Donors: What Can We Do about It?

Nonprofit Quarterly | Patrick M. Rooney | September 13, 2018

Consultant of the Week: OSMOSvote

They say a picture is worth 1000 words. We say it’s worth $1000

OSMOSvote is a Vote-by-Donation fundraising platform designed for smart phones and tablets that gamifies your ask. It was started through The Glue Factory, an incubator located in West Sacramento for entrepreneurs and small businesses.

Pulling off a traditional fundraiser requires massive amounts of time, money, and resources.  OSMOSvote eliminates hard costs and radically reduces the logistics needed to pull off a major event.

“Holding a virtual event lets people participate in their own way and in their own time and place. Just pick a theme, have your participants upload a photo or video, and start asking for votes.”, says founder Doug Kor, “Many nonprofits choose to set up a competition between board members for a fundraising award. It can also be open to the public allowing you to spread your organization’s story and attract funds from beyond your geographical boundaries”

Signup is free. There are no hard costs. OSMOSvote collects a percentage of the gross. Votes cost $1 each with no limit on the number that can be purchased at once. Ballot box stuffing is encouraged.

OSMOSvote provides your organization with the names and emails of the participants and donors to help you grow your lists. The platform is all-digital and includes a live leaderboard to encourage competition.

If you can upload it and vote on it, we can turn it into a fundraiser.

Contact Doug directly:
Doug Kor, Founder

3950 Industrial Blvd. Ste 600
West Sacramento CA 95691, US
[email protected]