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Founded in 1984 as a subsidiary of the California Association of Nonprofits (CalNonprofits), CalNonprofits Insurance Services was established during a time of diminishing insurance options for nonprofits. One of the driving reasons for establishing the association was to use the collective influence of the sector to secure more stable and quality insurance. We have developed, and are known for, a wide spectrum of services reflecting expertise in both the insurance and nonprofit sectors, our superior customer service, and our development of exclusive insurance products, including a highly successful dental and vision trust. At CalNonprofits Insurance Services we insure more than 1,800 nonprofit organizations throughout California and we are the only California brokerage specializing in insurance for nonprofits. Our clients range from newly established nonprofits all the way to venerable organizations with multiple locations statewide.

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The California Association of Nonprofits (CalNonprofits) is a statewide alliance of more than 10,000 nonprofits that serves as the voice of the nonprofit community to the government, funders, and the public at large. Programs you may be interested in:

Nonprofit Student Debt Project
Nonprofit Overhead Project
Compliance Checklist for California Nonprofits
Legislation tracker: shows bills CalNonprofits is following with support/oppose letters if available
GrantAdvisor: a “yelp” for foundations

Dozens of discounts are available to CalNonprofits members, such as Office Depot, rental cars, hotels, background checks, HR resources, and more. Join the CalNonprofits mailing list here to learn about events and campaigns.

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Healing Hearts Restoring Hope

"I have found it extremely helpful working with CNIS! I have been very impressed with the time the agents have spent with me and the services I've received! We are a new non-profit, and CNIS has made my job much easier!"

Los Angeles
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Special Kids Connect

“The level of customer service is incredible and I am so appreciative. Compared to other groups, we are tiny, I know. But they have really made us feel like we are an important client.”

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Island Conservation

“We’re able to offer our staff a complete suite of employment benefits and the CalNonprofits agents find creative solutions to the most daunting insurance requests. As a growing international nonprofit our insurance needs are endlessly changing. The agents at CalNonprofits helps us to keep pace with these changes and avoid the risk of being underinsured and the expense of being over insured.”

Santa Cruz
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Parents Anonymous

“The professionalism and responsiveness are superb at CalNonprofits Insurance. For a busy President and CEO, I need to feel I can get quick, concise and important answers to today’s challenges in obtaining and affordable health, dental and vision benefits for the employees of the organization which I can attest to with CalNonprofits Insurance.”

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The Center to Promote HealthCare Access (Alluma)

“It’s a successful partnership because they are very responsive, very patient and they truly partner with me to help me understand the whole benefits industry a little better, but at the same time are immensely supportive. With CalNonprofits Insurance as an extended part of my benefits team, I am able to focus on other areas to better support our employees.”

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Center for Powerful Public Schools

“CalNonprofits Insurance Services has been an integral part of our growth as a non-profit organization as they have helped us build a competitive benefits package for our employees, which had never been done before given the size of our organization, our limited bandwidth and budget.”

Los Angeles
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Why should I choose CalNonprofits Insurance Services?

We are unique in the insurance marketplace because we are nonprofit owned. We are here to serve the needs of nonprofits. It's all we do.

Will I save money on my insurance?

Our staff has deep experience and knowledge about nonprofits and they are here to help you navigate the insurance process by providing you with a free insurance analysis. We could save you money by finding comparable (and often better) coverages at lower rates using our thorough knowledge of the insurance market. Our job is to help you make the best purchasing decision tailored to your unique situation. We do not charge broker fees (unless you request a fee in lieu of commission) and many profit-driven brokers add 10% or more to your bill.

Will I get access to exclusive benefits or programs?

Big time. CalNonprofits Insurance carries out an array of exclusive insurance programs designed to meet the needs of California nonprofits; we even provide you with a complimentary membership to the Mineral HR Compliance platform! By leveraging the buying power of hundreds of nonprofits in California, we often can offer plans that offer greater benefits and special provisions at lower rates. Our exclusive programs include offerings for Employee Benefits, Property & Casualty, and Workers’ Compensation coverages. These CalNonprofits Insurance-only exclusives are in addition to the many other options available through us.

Will I get the same quality service and attention I get from a local broker?

Absolutely, and more! In fact, you’ll receive more valuable service and personal attention than you get from most local brokers. Excellent service is our mission and we take pride in delivering the most up-to-date information, accurate assessments, and prompt responses. We treat every client the way most brokers treat only their largest customers. Combine our service with the range of superior products we offer and you’ll understand why more than 95% of our clients renew their policies with us year after year! Our customer service team members are located all over the state so we are likely local to you!

So, what makes CalNonprofits Insurance different from other brokers and insurance providers?

Unlike other insurance agencies/brokerages, we are nonprofit owned. CalNonprofits Insurance Services is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the California Association of Nonprofits (CalNonprofits). This relationship demands that we put your needs first, above generating profits. In fact, the revenue generated through CNIS supports the work of CalNonprofits, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit association whose mission is to work to bring the full power of California’s nonprofits to strengthening communities.
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