Nonprofit News Alert: Stop AB 2855 in the Appropriations Committee

Katelyn Willoughby

Katelyn is fired up about communication, marketing, business development, and working with diverse leaders in the North Bay to help them carry out their missions.

CalNonprofits published a new alert that emphasizes the importance of supporting the efforts to stop AB 2855. They have posted a document that summarizes the ways this bill overreaches and would be harmful to nonprofits. Read the fact sheet. View the previous two CalNonprofits notifications:

April 21, 2016: Breaking Nonprofit News: Detrimental bill AB 2855 goes to Assembly after all
April 5, 2016: Nonprofit News Alert: AB 2855, a Bill that may be harmful to nonprofits

(CalNonprofits notification)

AB 2855 is set to be heard in the Assembly Appropriations Committee soon, and members of that committee need to hear from nonprofits in their district about how harmful this bill is to all our work.

In addition to the joint sign-on letter that hundreds of charity leaders have signed, on Friday (April 29) we submitted another letter focused on the fiscal issues posed by AB 2855.

As you know, AB 2855 would require nonprofits to place unnecessary and burdensome notices on every document that includes a fundraising message — not just California nonprofits but any nonprofit that attempts to raise funds in California — which is pretty much every nonprofit in the world. While we share the goals of transparency for nonprofits and prosecuting bad actors, this bill will do nothing toward achieving those goals.

For more information on why CalNonprofits and over 600 other nonprofits oppose AB 2855, check out our new fact sheet.

Here are two actions you can take NOW to help stop AB 2855:

  1. Contact Assemblymember Lorena Gonzalez, who chairs the Assembly Appropriations Committee, and let her know that you oppose this bill and that it will harm nonprofits. It’s easy to call her Capitol office at (916) 319-2080. Or you can email her office at: remember to be polite. You can say something as simple as: “We at [your org name] in [your city] urge you to oppose AB 2855, a bill that is detrimental to California’s nonprofits.” 
  2. Contact your own Assemblymember with the same message! Check here to find out how to contact your Assemblymember. Again, please remember to be polite. You can say something as simple as: “We at [your org here] urge you to oppose AB 2855. Please contact us for more information on how detrimental this bill is to nonprofits in your district.”

Please make your calls today. Thank you!

Jan Masaoka & Nancy Berlin
– CEO & Policy Director