Leadership Counsel for Justice and Accountability chosen as a 2021 Nonprofit of the Year

Nonprofit honored by CA Assemblyman Joaquin Arambula

JUNE 23, 2021 – Leadership Counsel for Justice and Accountability is proud to announce it has been selected as a 2021 California Nonprofit of the Year by California Assemblyman Joaquin Arambula (District 31). 

Leadership Counsel is one of more than one hundred nonprofits that will be honored by their state senators and assembly members for their tremendous contributions to the communities they serve. 

[Read press statement from Assemblymember Arambula here]

Based in the San Joaquin and East Coachella Valleys, Leadership Counsel for Justice and Accountability is a community-based advocacy organization that seeks to fundamentally shift the power dynamics of local, state and regional decisions with impacted residents at the forefront.Since 2013, Leadership Counsel has leveraged expertise to identify collaborative strategies for sustained advocacy with an understanding of equal power with communities.

“This recognition is a testament to the power, fearlessness and resilience of District 31 communities and neighborhoods. We are grateful for the privilege and opportunity to work alongside fierce leaders whose commitment to building one just California is unmatched,” Leadership Counsel co-directors Veronica Garibay and Phoebe Seaton jointly stated. 

Leadership Counsel’s goals include ensuring that policies do not disadvantage the communities it serves; that we hold decision-makers accountable to those communities; that there is inclusion of rural regions in programs and decisions related to issues of land use, water, energy, environment, climate change, transportation, housing, economic development and public investment. 

“The pandemic and shelter-in-place orders of the past year and a half have put nonprofits  – usually hidden in plain sight – in the spotlight,” explains Jan Masaoka, CEO of the California Association of Nonprofits (CalNonprofits). “California Nonprofit of the Year is an opportunity for our elected officials to celebrate the good work they see nonprofits doing in their districts, and for everyone to appreciate the collective impact of nonprofits in our communities.”

Additional Background

California Nonprofits Day, now in its sixth year, was formally recognized by 2021 Assembly Concurrent Resolution 80, authored by Assemblymember Luz Rivas, and co-authored by Senator Monique Limón. Each year legislators from across California have chosen a Nonprofit of the Year in their district. 

Traditionally, honorees and legislators are invited by CalNonprofits, Chair of the Senate Select Committee on the Nonprofit Sector Senator Monique Limón (Santa Barbara), and Chair of the Assembly Select Committee on the Nonprofit Sector Assemblymember Luz Rivas to a celebratory luncheon on California Nonprofits Day. This year, like 2020, the luncheon was canceled in response to pandemic restrictions, but legislators moved forward with honoring nonprofits doing great work in their districts. 

According to “Causes Count,” a 2019 report commissioned by CalNonprofits, the nonprofit sector is the 4th largest industry in the state, employing more than 1.2 million people. Each year, California nonprofits generate more than $273 billion in revenue and bring in $40 billion in revenue from outside of California. The unpaid labor contributed by volunteers at nonprofits is equivalent to 330,000 full-time jobs every year.

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