Author: Matthew Ari Jendian, Ph.D.

Clean Slate Fresno, Sat, 8/19/2017

clean-slate-fresnopdf.pdf A Record Expungement/Clean Slate Clinic is coming up in Fresno on Aug. 19th at the New Light for New Life Church of God in West Fresno (1160 Woodward Ave). Organizers are looking for volunteers for translation of flyers into Spanish, Hmong, etc. and interpreters and childcare helpers. The event flyer is attached and Debbie Reyes is the main organizer. Please consider volunteering or share the info w/ people who might benefit from attending the clinic. California Prison Moratorium Project 1584 N. Van Ness Fresno, CA 93728 We are the only ones in the Central Valley advocating to stop jail and prison construction. We believe that money spent on mass incarceration, building prisons or jails can and should be diverted into building healthy communities, alternatives to incarceration, job training, job creation and education. We rely on community volunteers to support this work. Your donation will help fund outreach fliers, workshops, expert speakers, related events, and more. Donation: We thank you in advance, please send us an email so that we can track your donation. if you mail your tax deductible donation to our fiscal sponsor, note “CPMP” in your donation message send to: Fresno Center for Non Violence 1584 N. Van Ness Fresno, CA...

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Daniel Gonzalez named a 2017 Equality California​-Comcast Fellow by The Equality California Institute

*EQUALITY CALIFORNIA-COMCAST FELLOW: Daniel Gonzalez * Daniel Gonzalez​, a senior at Fresno State majoring in sociology, has been named a 2017 Equality California​-Comcast Fellow by The Equality California Institute. He is one of only six fellows selected from throughout the State, and is interning in the Sacramento Office of Assemblymember Evan Low​ (D-28th Dist., San Francisco). He is a board member on the Fresno State’s LGBTQ Student Advisory Board, where he facilitates events for the campus community under the guidance of the Fresno State’s Cross Cultural and Gender Center​. Gonzalez is also the 2017-18 Bulldog Pride Fund: Harvey Milk...

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Performance of “US & THEM” by Fresno Soap Co., July 14 – August 6, 2017

Fresno Soap Co. Presents D.W. Cato’s original play examining the complicated world of race relations and understanding in an American community. Tickets available at *EXCERPTS of a Review by Cherylyn Smith* Prepare for the genesis of “reality theater.” Unlike reality TV, this genre is not “dumbed down,” as demonstrated in the original play *Us and Them* by Deshad Cato. (The play is being presented through Aug. 6 by the Fresno Soap Co.) Instead, it raises our consciousness and offers us the insight we often lack in real-life situations. Ultimately, the audience is challenged to think, open up to experience and change the status quo. The subject is the ongoing problem of police use of inordinate force against people of color. It mirrors the Black Lives Matter movement but has no qualms about taking all the characters’ perspectives into consideration. With all the news of repeated police killings, this play is revelatory and enlightening, as it examines the inner workings of institutionalized racism and how it robs us of our essential humanity. … The truth is that these protective barriers, based on irrational fears, strengthen the wall between “us and them.” The play acknowledges that these defense mechanisms emerge out of systemic racism in our society with its history of racial tensions that can quickly polarize and spiral out of control. In the end, the audience is left to...

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What’s Next–Leadership Transition Workshops – interest forms due July 31

*What’s Next: Leading a Thriving Transition* is a program for late career leaders who lead nonprofit organizations and are thinking about making a leadership transition sometime in the next one to five years. This program is being funded by a handful of California funders that recognize that leadership transitions – especially those of long time leaders – can raise specific challenges and opportunities for executives, boards, and the organizations they lead. *What’s Next* is a program that is proven to help late career leaders explore their legacy, support boards in preparing their organizations for the future, and strengthen organizations’ readiness for change. The program does this by providing participants with two intensive retreats, individual coaching, and a network of peers that encourage honest and thoughtful reflection about preparing for and embracing change. The Hewlett Foundation is supporting *What’s Next* based on work our Performing Arts Program has done on generational change in the arts sector. But the need it answers clearly extends beyond the arts and the program is open to nonprofit leaders working in any field. Thoughtful leadership transitions are far too rare across many nonprofit sectors, but we believe they ought to be the norm. Even so, we recognize that some leaders are not ready to broadcast their transition plans. *Inquiries about or participation in What’s Next is entirely confidential **and will not be shared with the...

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Budgeting for CBOs – Wed, JULY 12, 2017, 9-11 am

SAVE THE DATE! Free Fresno Workshop – Budgeting for Nonprofits Time: 9:00-11:00 am Location: United Way Conference Room, 4949 E. Kings Canyon Rd., Fresno, CA 93727 Sponsors: Northern California Community Loan Fund and Central Valley Community Foundation Do you dread putting together your budget? Feel like it’s just a wild guess each year? Come learn how to develop comprehensive budgets for your programs and your organization and how to use them for grant applications. – How to manage your budget cycle for your organizations – How to develop budgets for grant applications – How to develop and monitor your organization’s budget – Learn to budget for the full cost of your programs If you are an Executive Director, Financial Manager, Board member or Program staff, who wants to increase your budgeting skills, this workshop is for you. RSVP to Alice Rocha, Business Development Officer at or (559)-452-0327 <...

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