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Ep. 20 - Public Policy & Nonprofits

“Many of us enter into this work first for the mission or passion for a particular issue. I think the most creative work comes out of the nonprofit sector far more than the for-profit, private, or government sectors, not that they're not critical partners. But if you want innovative problem solving, if that’s what you get excited about and want to lend your talents, time and skills to, I think the nonprofit sector is the best place.” -Geoff Green

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May Harris, Esq. is honored to have Geoff Green, CEO of the California Association of Nonprofits, join us for the 20th episode of The Nonprofit Counsel Podcast! Geoff shares his insightful predictions for the future of nonprofits in California, shedding light on the opportunities and challenges ahead. He delves into the intricacies of Assembly Bill 590 and the crucial task of removing barriers that hinder the sector's growth and impact. Geoff points out that the collective voice of their extensive email list, comprising 60,000 passionate individuals, can drive legislative change. He provides valuable insights into the Johnson Amendment, elucidating its significance for nonprofits and the broader landscape of advocacy and activism. 


[1:19 May introduces Geoff Green, the newly appointed CEO of the California Association of Nonprofits
[3:23] Geoff’s background offers a 360-degree view of the nonprofit sector from various perspectives
[7:03] May points out that the entire sector’s name is counterintuitive
[10:03] Geoff predicts what he sees in the future for nonprofits in California. A discussion of assembly Bill 590 and removing other barriers
[16:04] Geoff talks about minimum wages in California, and he discusses how their email list of 60,000 people can move legislation
[21:30] Geoff explains the Johnson Amendment
[25:27] Geoff leaves the listening audience with a final message and invites anyone to become a member of the California Association of Nonprofits


  • The California Association of Nonprofits was created 40 years ago because nonprofits faced challenges obtaining insurance coverage. It currently advocates for the sector, primarily at the state and occasionally at the federal level.
  • Geoff is uniquely qualified to serve as CEO of the California Association of Nonprofits because of his diversified background in the sector.
  • For the last 18 months, the focus has been improving the relationship between public agencies and governments to make the state a better partner to the nonprofit sector.