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Forum on Student Debt and the Nonprofit Workforce
The California Endowment
1000 N. Alameda Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012
United States

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Friday, October 07, 2016, 8:30 AM - 1:00 PM PST
Category: Events

Forum on Student Debt and the Nonprofit Workforce: October 7, 8:30am - 1:00pm
hosted in partnership with 

The Forum will be a blend of practical trainings and tools that can be used by nonprofit employers and employees to manage student debt. In addition, the Forum will be a call to action on student debt offering an opportunity to discuss what is happening nationally and locally on this issue and how California’s nonprofit sector can engage in the debate. We hope that you will join us for a day of learning, discussion and action on a crucial issue. Register now!


8:30 AM: Registration & Continental Breakfast

9:00 AM: The View From D.C. and the California Perspective
Student debt is a personal issue and a national crisis. So what are our representatives in Washington, D.C. doing about it? Representative Eric Swalwell (CA-15) will share with us what it feels like to be a Congressman with student debt, how it informs his position, and what he thinks Congress will do to alleviate the student debt crisis in the future. He will also discuss his recently introduced legislation ("Know Your Repayment Options Act" and "Strengthening Forgiveness for Public Servants Act"), and ways we can work to get better debt relief programs implemented quickly.

Following Representative Swalwell's national overview, Diana Dunker, CalNonprofits Program Director, will discuss the California perspective. This year CalNonprofits conducted a detailed survey of nonprofit employees and employers – and got nearly 1000 responses! What did we learn about student debt from employees? What solutions did we find in the data? Diana will briefly discuss the results of our survey, including a look at how California’s nonprofit sector both converges and diverges from national trends in student debt.

10:30 AM: WORKSHOPS (choose 1)

Debt Relief Options Workshop for Nonprofit Employees 
Public Service Loan Forgiveness is the best loan forgiveness program available to anyone working for a nonprofit. Natalia Abrams, Executive Director of Student Debt Crisis, will present this workshop full of useful tools for individuals with student loans. Learn about the different types of student loans, the available debt repayment plans, ways to avoid default, and how to take advantage of the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program. 

Nonprofit Employer Toolkit for Combating Student Debt
In this workshop, Diana Dunker will unveil the newly developed employer toolkit full of useful, free and low-cost opportunities for nonprofits as employers to support employees with student debt. Learn how to attract and retain talented employees using the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program, simple steps for improving employee loyalty, and why the economics of student debt are driving staff turnover. This workshop is designed for Executive Directors, Human Resources staff, and supervisors.

12:00 PM: Nonprofit Student Debt Taskforce Meeting (invitation only)

1:00 PM - 4:00 PM: One-on-one consultations with Student Debt Crisis staff (limit 22)

FREE for Members / $30 for not-yet-members
Note: Continental breakfast included, lunch is not provided is a non-profit organization (501c4) dedicated to fundamentally reforming the way in which higher education is paid for in America.


Contact: Diana Dunker: [email protected] or 415-481-1331