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Upcoming Events

You can also view the VNR Calendar for information about upcoming events and workshops being held by VNR and by other community organizations in the San Fernando Valley.

VNR Workshops and Conferences

Success with End-of-Year Giving

Date: Tuesday, October 3, 2017 – 4:00pm to 6:00pm
Location: Providence Tarzana Medical Center
Cost: FREE

For more information and to register for this event, please contact Ashley Wright at ashley.wright.2@csun.edu or (818) 677-2774.

Join fundraising consultant Janet Levine to discuss innovative strategies for year-end giving and how to implement them. This workshop will include strategies for ensuring that every donor gets the right message in the right way, that the “ask” is for enough but not too much, and that end-of-year giving also helps build long-term donor relationships. Discover new and sometimes surprising ways to make 2017 the best end-of-year giving campaign ever. Co-sponsored by Community Foundation of the Valleys. Community Partners for Reseda, Fernando Awards Foundation, and Neighborhood Partners in Action.

Partnerships in the San Fernando Valley Nonprofit Sector

Date: Thursday, October 12, 2017 – 12:00pm to 1:30pm
Location: Cri-Help, North Hollywood
Cost: FREE

For more information and to register for this event, please contact Ashley Wright at ashley.wright.2@csun.edu or (818) 677-2774.

How do Valley nonprofits partner with each other? CSUN Professor David Boyns has conducted a study of both on-campus and community-based organizations in the health and well-being arenas, and how they work together both formally and informally. Professor Boyns will report on the examples of success and challenges in these partnerships which have emerged from this study, along with possible future directions that might be facilitated by CSUN’s Institute for Community Health and Well-Being. This presentation is co-sponsored by Valley Nonprofit Resources and Valley Care Community Consortium.

Digital Workshop 1: Quick Digital Tactics for Nonprofit Marketing

Date: Tuesday, October 24, 2017 – 4:00pm to 6:00pm
Location: San Fernando Community Health Center
Cost: FREE

For more information and to register for this event, please contact Ashley Wright at ashley.wright.2@csun.edu or (818) 677-2774.

This interactive workshop centers on how to approach nonprofit marketing with a business mindset. This free workshop, led by marketing consultant and nonprofit CEO Brian Frankel, will help each participant create the basics of a campaign for getting new clients, funding sources, donors and volunteers. Topics covered also will include specific methods for conversion funnels, search engine optimization, content creation, and creative use of email.

How Advocacy Can Help Your Nonprofit Fundraise

Date: Thursday, November 2, 2017 – 4:00pm to 6:00pm
Location: Strength United, Van Nuys
Cost: FREE

For more information and to register for this event, please contact Ashley Wright at ashley.wright.2@csun.edu or (818) 677-2774.

This free workshop will discuss how such advocacy can be part of an overall fundraising strategy. Nonprofits also may be able to attract new foundation or individual donors who view the organization’s mission through a policy lens. And advocacy can help establish a nonprofit as a thought leader - inspiring donors and boosting credibility with various public officials. Including current events and policy issues in a nonprofit’s communications to its constituents and funders can help, too - some nonprofits are having success with “rage fundraising,” strategies focused on connecting with donors’ outrage about the current political situation. All these approaches will be discussed in a lively format led by Larry Kaplan, principal of Larry Kaplan Consulting, who provides both fundraising and advocacy services for nonprofits and associations.

Fight, Flight, or Freeze? Nonprofit Survival Strategies During Times of Uncertainty

Date: Thursday, November 9, 2017 – 12:00pm to 1:30pm
Location: Cri-Help, North Hollywood
Cost: FREE

For more information and to register for this event, please contact Ashley Wright at ashley.wright.2@csun.edu or (818) 677-2774.

How are nonprofit leaders responding to all the uncertainty in the current funding and political environment? CSUN Associate Professor Jodi Brown has conducted in-depth interviews with Executive Directors of San Fernando Valley nonprofits, and will report her study’s findings at this meeting of the Valley Providers Collaborative. Some ED’s have made a conscious decision to “stay the course” and see what happens next; others felt distress about the current environment but were uncertain about the next strategy to use in going forward to serve their vulnerable clients. This presentation is co-sponsored by Valley Nonprofit Resources and Valley Care Community Consortium.

Digital Workshop 2: Public Relations in the New Media World

Date: Tuesday, November 14, 2017 – 4:00pm to 6:00pm
Location: San Fernando Community Health Center
Cost: FREE

For more information and to register for this event, please contact Ashley Wright at ashley.wright.2@csun.edu or (818) 677-2774.

In the 21st century new media world, nonprofits have many PR options beyond the classic press release. Simple digital conversations among peers can capture a higher Google ranking than a mainstream media publication. It's less about managing information flow and pushing content - and more about creating content, networking and engagement. The digital age makes it faster, free, highly accessible and more effective for a nonprofit. This free workshop, led by corporate and nonprofit PR and fundraising consultant David Berkus, will identify new ways to effectively get the message out - with credibility to many targets and with ease and consistency.

Digital Workshop 3: The ABC’s of Digital Fundraising

Date: Tuesday, December 5, 2017 – 4:00pm to 6:00pm
Location: San Fernando Community Health Center
Cost: FREE

For more information and to register for this event, please contact Ashley Wright at ashley.wright.2@csun.edu or (818) 677-2774.

Online fundraising is often more cost-effective than direct mail and events, and donors increasingly say they prefer to donate online. This free workshop led by digital fundraising consultant Arlene Zeichner will help nonprofits learn how to use e-mail, websites, social media (especially Facebook) and Google’s free AdWords to reach current and potential donors. Participants are encouraged to bring their laptops for this hands-on workshop.


Community Workshops and Conferences

 

Tweet Like a Boss: How Nonprofit CEOs Use Twitter to Lead and Inspire

Date: Thursday, September 14, 2017 – 10:00am PST
Location: Online Webinar
Cost: $50.00

For more information and to register for this event, please visit: http://www.nonprofitmarketingguide.com/resources/live-webinars/tweet-like-a-boss-how-nonprofit-ceos-use-twitter/

During this webinar, nonprofit leaders will see real examples from nonprofits of all sizes (not just the big ones) and learn how to use Twitter to extend influence, connect with supporters, and inspire action. NOTE: This webinar is designed for nonprofits that are already familiar with and use Twitter. This is not an "Introduction to Twitter" course.

Tools and Strategies for Online Program Delivery

Date: Thursdays between September 14 – 28, 10:00am to 11:30am PST
Location: Online Webinar
Cost: $120.00

For more information and to register for this event, please visit: https://org.salsalabs.com/o/957/p/salsa/event/common/public/?event_KEY=99903

Technology can help deliver more information and services to more people for less money, but only if a nonprofit has the right tools and understands how to use them. This three-week course will provide an overall framework for thinking about when technology can help—and when it can’t. Social media, websites, video conferencing, texting, document assembly—speakers explore a wide range of examples of nonprofits using online and mobile technology to reach more people with programs and services.

Building A Grants Strategy

Date: Thursday, September 21, 2017 – 11:00am to 12:30pm
Location: Online Webinar
Cost: FREE

For more information and to register for this event, please visit: https://cc.readytalk.com/registration/#/?meeting=jvqyit6rkuig&campaign=jkfipujxcoos

This webinar will take participants through the process of establishing a grants calendar for the next 12 to 18 months. Fast-paced, and filled with action steps, Cynthia Adams, CEO of GrantStation, will discuss how to design and adopt a Grant Decision Matrix before beginning the process of building a specific grants strategy for each project. All participants will also receive a set of worksheets that they can use to create their own approach to building an overall grantseeking strategy for their organization. This presentation is geared towards beginning and intermediate grantwriters. Advanced grantwriters may also find it useful as a refresher course.

Break It Down! Capital Campaigns Simplified

Date: Wednesday, September 27, 2017 & Thursday, September 28, 2017 – 9:30am to 4:00pm
Location: Center for Nonprofit Management, Los Angeles
Cost: $395.00
For more information, please contact Rachel Fox, (213) 346-3254 or rfox@cnmsocal.org.

To register, please visit: http://www.cvent.com/events/break-it-down-capital-campaigns-simplified/event-summary-99ab4c0b9fc8480d878b399c4e09d92c.aspx

Join Richard Tollefson, Founder and President of The Phoenix Philanthropy Group, to learn how to take a disciplined approach to campaign preparation, planning, and management.  During this 2-day seminar, participants will receive detailed and advanced training on how to break down each phase and each step in the process. This seminar will most benefit experienced development professionals, as well as executives and board leadership.

Volunteer Engagement

Date: Tuesday, October 3, 2017 – 9:30am to 12:30pm
Location: Center for Nonprofit Management, Los Angeles
Cost: $125.00
For more information, please contact Rachel Fox, (213) 346-3254 or rfox@cnmsocal.org.

To register, please visit: http://www.cvent.com/events/volunteer-engagement/event-summary-198ae915a5b64a59aa53789254fd99e9.aspx

Volunteers can help a nonprofit serve more clients, deliver more programs, strengthen staff, spread an organization’s message and increase financial capacity. But managing volunteers requires good recruitment, vetting, placement, relationship-building and supervision. This workshop will explore the basics of good volunteer management: How to identify the ways volunteers can help, how to recruit the right volunteers, how to vet, orient and train volunteers and how to keep good volunteers engaged.

Alchemy Leadership Seminar

The Annenberg Foundation's three-day capacity building training is designed for EDs and board chairs. It is available at no cost to nonprofits in the Los Angeles region. The training addresses fundraising, board effectiveness, public involvement and accountability. To learn more and apply please visit  Annenberg Alchemy.

American Grant Writers' Association

The AGWA offers an online course that includes modules in Researching Grant Opportunities, Program Development and Proposal Writing, Professional Ethics, and Planning Budgets for Foundation and Federal Grants. In addition, the Association offers in-person workshops in various locations, has an online bookstore and a referral service that connects searchers with its Certified Grant Writers. For more information, please visit the American Grant Writers' Association.

Antioch University Los Angeles

Antioch University offers a master of arts degree in nonprofit management through an 18-month program for working professionals. Preparation for work in human service, religious, educational, community development, health care, arts and culture, environmental, foundation and other nonprofit organizations. For more information, please visit Antioch University Los Angeles.

Certificate in Nonprofit Leadership and Management

The Society for Nonprofit Organizations awards a certificate for students completing eight online courses from SNPO's Learning Institute. The Learning Institute courses are self-paced, and focus on core competencies of nonprofit leadership and management. To find out more and to enroll please visit SNPO's Learning Institute.

15 Days to More Engaging, More Inspiring E-Newsletters

This is a free e-course. Register for the course and get a free email every day for 15 days with tips and how-to's of effective newsletter writing. To learn more and register, please visit 15 Days to More Engaging, Inspiring E-Newsletters.

Center for Nonprofit Management Online Grantwriting Courses

CNM has partnered with Grant Central USA to offer grant writing courses online. These courses are an easy way to get grant writing training; they teach how to effectively find, write and submit proposals for government grants, education grants and nonprofit organization grants. For more information please visit,  Online University - Grant Writing

Tseng College of Extended Learning, California State University Northridge

MPA and Certificate Programs at California State University Northridge offers many courses on nonprofit management subjects, such as basic nonprofit management, strategic planning, fundraising and human resources. These graduate-level courses may be completed as a graduate certificate only or as part of an MPA degree. For more information, please contact the MPA office at 818/677-5635 or visit Nonprofit Sector Management - The Tseng College

USC Sol Price School of Public Policy - Nonprofits & Philanthropy Academic Program Options

Master of Nonprofit Leadership and Management is designed both for those with several years of work experience in the nonprofit sector as well as those looking to begin careers in this area. For more information, please visit: http://priceschool.usc.edu/programs/masters/mnlm/.

Bachelor of Science in Policy, Planning, and Development: Nonprofit and Social Innovation Track prepares students to become leaders in the nonprofit community, engaging them with the necessary skills, introducing them to work alternatives in the nonprofit arena, and encouraging them to prepare themselves to work within an organization or start their own. For more information, please visit: http://priceschool.usc.edu/programs/undergraduate/nonprofit-social-innovations/.

Undergraduate Minor in Nonprofits, Philanthropy, and Volunteerism is a four-course program for learning about the nonprofit sector – its organizations, philanthropy, and voluntary action. It is designed for students who plan to work in a nonprofit organization, volunteer with nonprofits, or pursue graduate work in a service-related profession. For more information, please visit: http://priceschool.usc.edu/programs/undergraduate/minors/nonprofit/.

MPA Specialization in Nonprofit Management and Leadership has several specialization areas - Local Government, Nonprofit Management, Health, Public Finance, International, and Arts Leadership. For more information, please visit: http://priceschool.usc.edu/programs/masters/mpa/curriculum/specializations-and-recommended-courses/.

MPP Specialization in Philanthropy and Nonprofit Policy is for those interested in how philanthropy and the nonprofit sectors can contribute to innovative public problem solving. For more information, please visit: http://priceschool.usc.edu/programs/masters/mpp/curriculum/electives/nonprofit/.

Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management and Policy is a 16-unit program that provides students with a foundation in nonprofit management and policy. The program develops nonprofit management skills and provides students with the knowledge needed to understand the increasing importance of nonprofits in society and their role in public policy. For more information, please visit: http://priceschool.usc.edu/programs/certificate/nonprofit-policy/.