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Nonprofit News for January/February

Welcome to Nonprofit Connection's bi-monthly newsletter of timely information 
All of this information plus the Resources you need are available on our Website and updated regularly on our Facebook Page and LinkedIn Page.
"You pray for rain, you gotta deal with the mud too. That's a part of it."
~ Denzel Washington
Our first program of the year:
Meet and Greet with new Assembly Women
Gail Pellerin (AD28) and Dawn Addis (AD 30)
Friday, February 24th, noon - 1:30 pm, with a light lunch

Free to Members by Invitation
New Santa Cruz Community Health
Live Oak Health Center Conference Room
In this issue:
  • Summary of Events, Workshops, and Trainings from our Nonprofit Calendar for January and beyond
  • Timely Blogs/Articles about Nonprofit Mergers & Collaboration and A Beginner’s Guide to Lobbying for Nonprofits
  • Participate in CalNonprofits' 2023 Compensation & Benefits Survey!
  • Celebrate new leadership for the San Lorenzo Valley Museum and Birchbark
10 Second Quiz  Answer one question:
Does your nonprofit maintain and grow meaningful
collaborations with other nonprofits,
or operate mostly in a vacuum?
Your opinion matters.* Our insights can turn into influence. Anonymous, fast, and important! Results will appear in an upcoming newsletter. 

*Answering the monthly question enters you into a random drawing every quarter for a local $25 Verve Gift Card!  Congratulations, Lyndsey MarksDirector of Resource Development for Habitat for Humanity Monterey Bay, this quarter's winner!
As Events and Programs start to launch in the new year (virtual, in-person, and hybrid!), Members can post on the NPC Nonprofit Calendar. Using the calendar will help avoid double booking and conflicting community happenings.
California Celebrates Lunar New Year
Sunday, January 22
It’s now an official state holiday.

This Sunday was Lunar New Year, when the moon will enter a new phase and usher in the Year of the Rabbit.

And for the first time in California’s history, it’s an official state holiday. Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a bill last year declaring Lunar New Year, which typically falls on the second new moon after the winter solstice, to be a state holiday — a way to “acknowledge the diversity and cultural significance Asian Americans bring to California,” he said in his signing message. Read more.

Queer and Trans Youth Council of
Santa Cruz County | Call for LGBTQ+
Youth Artists and Poets!
January 23, 8:00 am - February 3, 12:00 am 
Submit content by February 3

More information
Community Health Trust of Pajaro Valley
Carey Davis Community Garden Registration
Saturday, January 28, 10:00 am - 2:00 pm 

37 Davis Ave, Freedom CA 95019

Join Save Our Shores for the
World Wetlands Day Celebration
Hosted by Watsonville Wetlands Watch
and the City of Watsonville!
Saturday, February 4, 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Struve Slough Trail in Watsonville,

Friends of CASA
For the Love of Children Luncheon

Wednesday, February 8, 11:30am-1:00pm
Seascape Golf Club | $100 

Join us for a celebration of BirchBark's first
- and next! - ten years at
Fall in Love with Birchbark Gala
Thursday, February 9, 5 - 9 PM

Carmel Valley Ranch | $150
Enjoy a buffet, beer and wine, and an opportunity to bid on silent auction items while mingling with other passionate animal-lovers. We look forward to celebrating your generosity and sharing inspirational stories that demonstrate the remarkable bond between people and their pets.
Jacob’s Heart 25th Anniversary Gala
Saturday, February 11, 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Cocoanut Grove | $125 
Together we’ll toast, dance, and celebrate!

Dinner and Live Auction
MLK Day of Service
at the Homeless Garden Project farm
Monday, February 20, 9:30 am - 2:00 pm 

Homeless Garden Project Farm | Free
Teen Kitchen Project - Soquel Kitchen in action!
Join us for a special Valentine’s Day FREE event
Short 30 minute tours with tastes of some of the
dishes we will be packaging for our clients.

Tuesday, February 14th, with 30 minute slots
from 3:30-6:30PM

2880 Research Park Drive, Suite 200, Soquel

Regeneración - Pajaro Valley Climate Action
Invites you to the fifth annual bilingual
Climate of Hope Online Forum!
Artivism - Creative Action for Justice
Thursday, February 23, 4-6 pm on Zoom


UCSC Institute for Social Transformation
Solidarity and Spirituality:
Soul, Scale, Strategy in a Time of Crisis
Monday, February 27, 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm 

Zoom | Free
Join us as nationally renowned Valarie Kaur (Revolutionary Love Project) leads us through a conversation that weaves her own work as well as new works by our other speakers: The Activist Spirit: Toward a Radical Solidarity (Victor Narro, UCLA Labor Center) and Solidarity Economics: Why Mutuality and Movements Matter (Chris Benner, UCSC; Manuel Pastor, USC).
County Park Friends: Get Moving Mondays
January 9 - February 27
3:30 pm - 5:00 pm  

Simpkins Family Swim Center
See our Nonprofit Calendar for more Future Events.
Articles, Blogs, and Opinion Pieces
Be sure to see the latest by Board Member Emily Rangel, NPC's former and current CSUMB Student Interns, Teresa Holman and Lizet Lomeli, and others on our website!
This month: a blog by our former Intern, Teresa Holman, Support the UCSC Seymour Marine Discovery Center! and three timely Online exclusivesDisaster Giving Goes Mostly to Immediate Relief, Not Prevention or Long-Term RecoveryNonprofit Mergers & Collaboration – Best Thing Ever? Or the Swan Song of a Dream?; and A Beginner’s Guide to Lobbying for Nonprofits


We welcome Kaiser Permanente as an Ally Partner!
We care. We advocate. We give. We thrive.

They support our nonprofit alliance's work
toward building an equitable and thriving community.

Participate in the 2023 Compensation 
& Benefits Survey!

Knowledge is power, so the more data available in our sector about nonprofit pay, the stronger, more equitable – and more attractive we'll be as employers.

That’s why we think it’s so important to participate in this survey! Each year it results in a highly valuable tool for nonprofits throughout the state, and the more nonprofits that participate, the more useful the final report can be – for all of us! One thing we learned from this past year's survey is that of nonprofits that are getting smaller, 67% attribute it to difficulty filling positions rather than downsizing.

Making sure nonprofit workers are compensated fairly and competitively is crucial to the strength of our sector, the 4th largest employer in the state. Sharing your information via this survey can help.

Fair Pay for Northern California Nonprofits: ends Monday, February 13
The 2023 Compensation & Benefits Survey

2023 Storm Damage Survey: San Benito,
Santa Cruz, Monterey Communities

As we identify and compile needs, resources, and opportunities available within our region:
We're interested in learning about the impact the recent weather events have had on individuals and businesses within our community. Please take a few minutes to share your experience to help us best determine how MBEP can be a resource and curate and connect other available resources. 
Development Roundtable Santa Cruz County
Third Wednesday at noon - on Zoom
Next meeting: Wednesday, February 15
This Month's Topic:  Annual Reports
Moderated by Tatiana Stone

"Too Print or Not to Print" and other trends
Please share a copy of yours!
All development professionals are welcome to an open forum for sharing tips of the trade, learning more about peers’ activities, and supporting one another.  General consensus from the Survey is that it continue monthly with a topic, a moderator, and a Zoom host. There will be opportunities for scheduled speakers on a particular topic and in-person gatherings. Please share with your Development staff. NEW One-time Registration for the roundtable is required. 
Workshops and Trainings
NAMC: New Year, New Laws Seminar
by the law firm of Fenton & Keller 
Tuesday, January 31, 
8:00 - 11:45 a.m.
Bayonet & Black Horse, Seaside
Annual in-person New Year, New Laws seminar designed to provide practical information for business owners, HR managers, payroll managers, and anyone who handles personnel issues, about new employment laws and workplace compliance issues in 2023. $75 per attendee | Registration required 
CORE Coffee Chats with hosts,
Nicole Young and Nicole Lezin

A standing schedule of Tuesdays, 10 – 11 a.m.,
with occasional changes to dates and times
We are continuing to develop the calendar of CORE Institute/Investment SCC events.
As a follow-up to the November 1 CORE Coffee Chat on The Impact of Environment on Health & Well-being - the recordings and resources are now available on our NPC website (until the information can be added to County Resources).

Register for these upcoming CORE Institute events:
Tuesday, February 7, 2023, 10:00 – 11:15 a.m.
Harnessing Local Data to Create the CORE Conditions for: Healthy Environments
Tuesday, April 18, 2023, 10:00 – 11:15 a.m.
Harnessing Local Data to Create the CORE Conditions for: A Safe, Just Community
Tuesday, June 20, 2023, 10:00 – 11:15 a.m.
Harnessing Local Data to Create the CORE Conditions for: Stable, Affordable Housing & Shelter
Impact Launch: Communicating for Influence & Impact by Salvatore Manzi
A special IL hosted virtual training for
non-profit leaders
This training will take place over six 90-minute sessions on Zoom
Fridays, February 17 and 24, March 10, 17, 24, and 31, 9-10:30am
Tuition: $500, Limited partial scholarships are available.
*Space is limited to 25 participants* Registration deadline of 2/10
Community Foundation of
Monterey County's Center for
Nonprofit Excellence (CNE)
Works with nonprofits of all types and sizes to be stronger, more resilient and equitable. We help staff, boards and volunteers make meaningful connections to resources and one another.   
In CNE's latest blog, "Resilient Nonprofits Face Challenges and Opportunities, Director Susie Polnaszek"  analyzes local nonprofits' survey responses, sharing a glimpse into how they are doing now.  Read four takeaways from the 2022 Nonprofit Survey (and more resources related to workplace well-being) here.
1. Challenges related to the pandemic are far from behind us.
2. Leadership transitions continued in 2022. 
3. There is an accumulating effect on mental health and well-being.
4. Nonprofits shared excitement and possibility for the future.

See a full calendar for CNE Events and events with other partners. 
Triple P Workshops (English/Spanish)
Through February

Various Times - see our Nonprofit Calendar
for more information.
Hospice of Santa Cruz County:
See our Nonprofit Calendar
January and February 
Community Events
February Volunteer Training
NAMI Events, Classes, and Groups
in English and Spanish
Virtual Via Zoom | Free
NAMI Family-to-Family and Peer to Peer

NAMI's Peer-to-Peer is a free, 8-week class series (Zoom)
Tuesdays, January 24th - March 14, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. via Zoom
for adults with mental health challenges who are interested
in learning about their conditions and recovery.  
Local Alzheimer’s Association
January - March Support and 
(English and Spanish)

Online, Live Virtual, and/or most by phone | Free
Alzheimer's National Online Education Center
Our free online courses cover dozens of topics, including Alzheimer's basics and caregiving advice. Access these online programs 24 hours a day.
Positive Discipline is offering free
workshops for parents/guardians followed by
co-parenting workshops via Zoom!
Available in English or Spanish, attend in your preferred language. Topics will include Parenting styles, self-esteem, joys & challenges, buy-in from children, and connection before correction. Learn more and register.
People - and organizations - that make a difference!
Welcome Laura DeAngelis, Executive Director

The San Lorenzo Valley Historical Society
is delighted to welcome Laura DeAngelis
to the San Lorenzo Valley Museum as the
new and first Executive Director. 
Being a part of the Boulder Creek community, Laura is excited to widen the scope and the audience for their on-line presence as well as their gallaries.
Like many of us, Laura took the lessons of COVID and looked for opportunities to work in her own community, sharing her extensive background in the arts. She is excited for the opportunity to serve as the first Executive Director of the Museum. 

Laura is originally from the Mojave Desert, but moved to Boulder Creek in 2013. She holds a Master of Fine Arts from Mills College, was a 2022 Nancy Cook Photography Travel Fellowship Recipient, and a 2021 Jay Defeo MFA Prize Recipient, among other accolades. Her professional experience includes art instruction, photography teaching assistant positions, and most recently as a studio artist educator at the San Jose Museum of Art.

Her background in studio art, programming, and education, together with her deep interest in working for an organization that supports the local community, makes her a perfect fit for the Museum. You can read more of Laura's biography here.

BirchBark welcomes new
Interim Executive Director, Sarah Stender

(That's a picture of Smokey, Sarah's cat
who was also a PetAid Gift recipient!)

BirchBark protects and honors the human-animal bond through financial assistance to vulnerable families faced with unaffordable medical expenses to save the life of a pet, and support for all families with our education and pet loss counseling programs.

As a lifelong animal lover and guardian to dogs, cats, ferrets, rabbits, fish and reptiles, Sarah understands the unparalleled love that pets of all kinds bring to their families. As a former grantee during the CZU Lightning Complex Wildfire of 2020, Sarah also knows firsthand how important a life-line can be in uncertain times. 

Sarah is incredibly passionate about serving her community, and helping families and their animals get the support they need to heal. Beginning in 2020, acting as Community Support Coordinator for BirchBark, Sarah guided many pet families through our Pet Aid process and our Pet Loss Support program. In her following role as Program Director, she worked closely with our veterinary partners and other organizations throughout the community to ensure that anyone who called upon BirchBark for help was provided with the support needed to get through the challenge they were facing. In 2022, in the role of Interim Executive Director, Sarah is committed to helping BirchBark continue to safeguard and improve the lives of pets and their families in our community.

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