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
2/16/2017 - Employment Law and Legal Actions That Impact Nonprofits
3/08/2017 - Pathways to Service: Visual Mapping of Barriers and Access to LA Nonprofits
3/15/2017 - How to Create a Culture of Philanthropy at Your Nonprofit
3/29/2017 - Chinese Philanthropy and Nonprofits in the US
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

Employment Law and Legal Actions That Impact Nonprofits Legal disputes and legal actions regarding employees are just about inevitable and can be costly - but their impact and cost can be minimized by an Employment Practices Liability Insurance Policy, good record-keeping, regular and honest communication with employees, management and boards. Learn how to comply with state and federal law, what forms and policies must be updated, and other strategies to avoid litigation.  Leader of this free workshop will be Landegger Baron Law Group founder Al Landegger, who counts many Valley nonprofits among his firm’s clients, and is a leading voice in the employment law field.  This VNR workshop will be held on Thursday, February 16, 2017 from 4-6 pm.  The workshop is free of charge, and refreshments will be provided.  It will be held at Strength United in Van Nuys.  For more information and to register, please contact VNR Project Coordinator Ashley Wright at 818/677-2774 or ashley.wright.2@csun.edu

Pathways to Service: Visual Mapping of Barriers and Access to LA Nonprofits This lecture by CSUN Sociology Professor Moshoula Capous-Desyllas describes a study she coordinated, which began with CSUN students interviewing clients of 27 local social service agencies.  They then visually mapped how clients accessed the services received.  The 27 visual maps were analyzed by CSUN graduate students to create one multi-layered map, which was turned into installation art - to represent client pathways and barriers to services in Los Angeles.  The study was supported by a HIRI Nonprofit Research Fellowship, and has implications for local nonprofits and for how to improve social service delivery. The free lecture will be presented by CSUN’s Valley Nonprofit Resources on Wednesday, March 8, 2017, from 1-2 pm, in the Whitsett Room, 4th Floor of Sierra Hall on the CSUN campus.  Students, faculty, and Valley nonprofit leaders all are encouraged to attend. For more information, contact VNR Project Coordinator Ashley Wright, 818/677-2774, or ashley.wright.2@csun.edu

How to Create a Culture of Philanthropy at Your Nonprofit Attaining long-term success in fundraising is much more about sustainability than short term wins. Nonprofits need to build a strong organizational culture of philanthropy. This interactive two-hour workshop will explore what a healthy culture of philanthropy looks like, and will debunk a number of myths about fundraising (some of which you may find exist in your organization!). The workshop will be led by Janet McIntyre, Vice-President for Programs and Training at Executive Service Corps of Southern California. She will focus on the importance of building an individual giving program by using a team-based approach to development with board and staff working together. The workshop also will look at the major steps in the fund development cycle, including roles for board and staff. The free workshop will be held on March 15, 2017 from 4-6 pm at the San Fernando Community Health Center. Leaders of any Valley nonprofits can attend, but the workshop is particularly oriented to nonprofits in the City of San Fernando, and supported in part by a grant from Southern California Edison. For more information and to register, please contact VNR Project Coordinator Ashley Wright at 818/677-2774 or ashley.wright.2@csun.edu.

Chinese Philanthropy and Nonprofits in the US Chinese immigrants and immigrant communities in the United States are increasingly involved in philanthropy, and nonprofits are having a growing impact on this population.  In this lecture, CSUN Sociology Professor Victor Shaw reviews these activities, and explores the major social forces behind Chinese philanthropy.  Trends in individual versus organizational, corporate versus non-corporate, and specific versus general giving also are explored.  And the impact of philanthropy and nonprofits serving Chinese immigrants is examined in regards to their assimilation to the mainstream society, self-sufficiency in civil affairs, and overall integration in the American economy.  The free lecture, co-sponsored by the CSUN China Institute and Southern California Grantmakers, will be presented by CSUN’s Valley Nonprofit Resources on Wednesday, March 29, 2017, 1:30-2:30 pm, in the Whitsett Room, 4th Floor of Sierra Hall.  Students, faculty, and Valley nonprofit leaders all are encouraged to attend. For more information, contact VNR Project Coordinator Ashley Wright, 818/677-2774, or ashley.wright.2@csun.edu

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, will 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).  Other conference speakers will be announced shortly, and conference registrations will begin in March. 

The Philanthropy Outlook 2017 & 2018 is a report from consulting firm Marts & Lundy and the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at Indiana University. The report provides critical information to nonprofit practitioners—specifically, projected philanthropic contributions by donor source and recipient subsectors. This information can be used to guide decision-making in the areas of budgeting, staffing, fundraising, programming, and nonprofit development. It can also be used to inform the public about the importance and impact of the philanthropic sector. To access this report, go to: http://philanthropyoutlook.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/Philanthropy_Outlook_2017_2018.pdf.