Valley Nonprofit Resources

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Valley Nonprofit Resources

Welcome to Valley Nonprofit Resources

Established in 2007, Valley Nonprofit Resources offers both information and services to strengthen the more than 4,800 nonprofit organizations in the San Fernando Valley region of Los Angeles. Welcome to VNR's website! Click on the buttons to your left and at the top to access many resources that can help you increase the effectiveness of your nonprofit. VNR is a program within the Center for Southern California Studies, at California State University Northridge.

October 2015 VNR Workshop at Strength United

Featured Events
5/03/2017 - The Role of Nonprofits in Improving Access to Parks in Los Angeles
6/07/2017 - Understanding Philanthropy: Paths to Success for Poverty Service Nonprofits

Featured Publications
(visit Library for a complete list)
2016 Resource Directory for Nonprofit Capacity Building in Los Angeles County   Note: New Edition Available

October 2015 VNR Workshop at Strength United. ;Photo (above) of the San Fernando Valley courtesy of Randy Witt Productions.

In the News

Understanding Philanthropy: Paths to Success for Poverty Service Nonprofits, the 10th Annual MENDing Poverty Conference, will be held June 7, 2017 at the MEND Center in Pacoima. MEND and CSUN Valley Nonprofit Resources will again co-host.  Southern California Grantmakers, the main networking group for funders in this region, is co-sponsor.  David Factor of Max Factor Family Foundation and Tara Roth of Goldhirsh Foundation are Conference Planning Committee co-chairs.  The conference will feature as opening keynote speakers three generations of the family of philanthropist and legendary entertainer Lawrence Welk - his daughter Shirley Welk Fredricks, her daughter Lisa Parker (president, Lawrence Welk Family Foundation), and Lisa’s daughter Gillian Parker (Welk junior board member and advisory board member of Lady Gaga Foundation).  Luncheon keynote speakers will be Joe Sanberg, Aspiration & Golden State Opportunity Foundation (whose philanthropy helped implement the California Earned Income Tax Credit), and Natalie Foster discussing the national, philanthropy-driven Economic Security Project.  The conference also will feature three breakout workshops -  one on the “change capital” approach to funding major change in nonprofits, supported by philanthropy (Claire Knowlton, Nonprofit Finance Fund); one on generational differences in philanthropy (Mitchell Singer, Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors); and one on how nonprofits can partner with donor advisors (wealth managers, trust and estate attorneys, private bankers, etc.) to approach individual wealthy donors (Jeff Schaffer, Janis Minton Consulting).   The conference costs $99 including breakfast and lunch; register at

The Role of Nonprofits in Improving Access to Parks in Los Angeles This lecture by CSUN Professor Alessandro Rigolon will present his recent research on inequities in access to Los Angeles parks experienced by people living in low-income ethnic minority neighborhoods. With shrinking public budgets for parks and recreation, park-oriented nonprofits have assumed a larger role in supporting public park agencies. This support has included acquiring land for new public parks, improving dilapidated parks by adding or renovating amenities, and providing park maintenance and programming. Although the work of park-oriented nonprofits is valuable for public agencies and local residents, inequities in access to parks demand evidence about which demographic groups are benefiting the most from nonprofit-supported parks. Are park-oriented nonprofits helping address inequities in access to green spaces? Or are they increasing the inequity gap? Also, why do park nonprofits choose to work in different areas of a city? The free lecture will be presented by CSUN’s Valley Nonprofit Resources on Wednesday, May 3, 2017, 1-2 pm, in the Whitsett Room, 4th Floor of Sierra Hall at CSUN.  Students, faculty, and Valley nonprofit leaders all are encouraged to attend. For more information, contact VNR Project Coordinator Ashley Wright, 818/677-2774, or

Los Angeles Nonprofit CEO Study Group This Study Group, supported by nonprofit consulting firm NPO Solutions, provides an intentional, sustained environment for shared learning and networking of nonprofit leaders. It brings together a small group of experienced nonprofit executives for regular conversation, with topics responsive to the needs and interests of the participants. The group will meet monthly from April through November 2017 (for a total of eight two-hour sessions) on a schedule that fits for member CEOs. A survey will be distributed in advance to gather input on discussion topics or themes.  Participation costs $1500. For more information, contact Betsy Uhrman at or (818) 766-8448.

Social Work Perspectives of Nonprofit Agency Research Capacity and Culture This presentation, by Professor Jodi Constantine Brown, Department of Social Work, was part of a series of HIRI Nonprofit Research Fellowship Lectures and can be found on the HIRI Fellowships page. To access this presentation, go to:

BDO’s Nonprofit & Education Resource Center The BDO Center is a resource for topics relevant to nonprofit organizations. Topics covered include: Thought leadership, tools and newsletters aligned by issues nonprofit face, technical updates and insights on emerging business issues, upcoming and archived webinars covering technical and business topics of interest to nonprofits and opportunities to engage with BDO thought leaders. To learn more, visit:

Friendraiser™ FriendRaiser™ is Crowdster’s industry third-party fundraising platform that enables nonprofits to turn supporters into fundraisers. By providing experiences through user event templates such as Fun Run, Celebration and Night Out, supporters can create, launch and share their events in minutes. The FriendRaiser platform enables nonprofits to increase fundraising their events. For more information, visit:

You CAN Tech Plan! New Online Training Shows You How Tech planning is one of those things everyone knows they should do. But often nonprofits are so busy doing their good work that they don't take the time to sit down and develop a solid long-term technology plan. That's why TechSoup has partnered with Idealware to offer a new online training series built just for nonprofits: Tactical Technology Planning.

This four-course online training series walks participants through the entire tactical tech planning process, from assessing current technology to developing a data strategy to organizing online communications. At the end of the course, participants will have completed an actual written technology plan, including a plan for getting their technology projects funded.  The four courses are:

Tech Planning 101: Getting Started and Assessing Your IT Infrastructure (Free!)

Tech Planning 201: Developing a Data Strategy ($40)

Tech Planning 202: Organizing Online Communications ($40)

Tech Planning 203: Putting Your Tech Plan into Action ($40)

Individuals can sign up for a four-course "meal plan," which includes all four courses for just $99. Individuals can also take the a la carte approach, picking and choosing specific courses. For more information and to register for this training series, go to:

CSUN Master of Public Administration – Nonprofit Sector Management Program This program is designed for individuals who wish to develop professionally by acquiring expertise in nonprofit budgeting, financial management, advocacy, leadership, stakeholder relations, and strategic planning. For more information, please contact Joe Rodriguez, Recruitment Manager, at (818) 677-3909 or