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 5,600 nonprofit organizations in the San Fernando Valley region of Los Angeles. Welcome to VNR's website! Click on the buttons above 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
3/13/2019 - Handling the Challenges of Homelessness
4/11/2019 - Nonprofits and City Government Working Together
4/18/2019 - Health and Human Service Nonprofit Executive Directors Roundtable

Featured Publications
(visit Library for a complete list)
2018 Resource Directory for Nonprofit Capacity Building in Los Angeles County (.pdf)  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

Handling the Challenges of Homelessness LA Family Housing CEO Stephanie Klasky-Gamer will lead this workshop, which will include a tour of LAFH’s campus with its comprehensive services for people experiencing homelessness.  It will address another source of uncertainty for many nonprofits - how to refer or otherwise assist their clients, employees, volunteers or neighbors who may be experiencing homelessness. The workshop, funded by grants from Dwight Stuart Youth Fund, Kaiser Permanente, UniHealth Foundation and Wells Fargo, will be held on Wednesday, March 13, 2019 from 4-6 pm at Los Angeles Family Housing. Co-sponsors are Valley Care Community Consortium, Valley Providers Collaborative, CSUN Institute for Community Health and Well-Being, Reseda Community Network, Burbank Nonprofit ED Coalition, LA Family Housing and Valley Economic Alliance. For more information and to register, please contact VNR Project Coordinator Ashley Wright via email or call 818/677-2774.

Nonprofits and City Government Working Together This free workshop will offer practical strategies for nonprofits interacting with local elected officials and their staffs, and with local government agencies such as LA Department of Cultural Affairs, LA Library and LA Department of Parks and Recreation.  Whether identifying resources, problem solving or creating collaborations, these relationships are important to San Fernando Valley nonprofits.  The workshop will be held on Thursday April 11, 2019 from 9-11 am at Fire Station 89 in North Hollywood.  It is hosted by the Office of LA City Councilperson Paul Krekorian (CD2), and co-hosted by CSUN Valley Nonprofit Resources. Speakers will include the Councilperson and representatives from the three city agencies. For more information and to register, please contact Morgan Sutton, CD2, via email or call 818/755-7676.  Due to space limitations, each nonprofit should send only one representative.

Health and Human Service Nonprofit Executive Directors Roundtable brings together health and human service nonprofit CEOs in the San Fernando Valley for informal discussion of important topics and peer-to-peer networking, as well as guest speakers. The next meeting will be on Thursday, April 18, 2019, 4-6 pm. As before, we’ll have an agenda split between going around the table for updates and requests for information or problem-solving, followed by a lightly-facilitated discussion. The discussion topic for the April 18 meeting will be focused on how to enhance staff productivity and staff self-care. The Roundtable is coordinated by VNR, Valley Care Community Consortium and The Children's Burn Foundation, which will host the meeting in its conference room and provide refreshments. If you are interested in attending this free event,please contact VNR Project Coordinator Ashley Wright via email or call 818/677-2774.

The 2019 Nonprofit Employment Report is a new study from the Center for Civil Society at Johns Hopkins University, which documents the size, shape, and state of the nonprofit workforce, and reveals some surprises, including the fact that nonprofits often pay better than for-profit counterparts in the same industry. Access the 2019 Nonprofit Employment Report (.pdf) here.

GrantAdvisor is a web service that facilitates open dialogue between nonprofits and grantmakers by collecting authentic, real-time reviews and comments on grantseekers’ experiences working with funders to encourage more productive philanthropy. Feedback is shared anonymously and once a funder receives 5 reviews, the data on that funder will be posted publicly and funders will have the opportunity to respond to reviews. In addition to aggregating feedback on the grant application process, GrantAdvisor will provide a forum to share views on how funders influence their field. To learn more, visit the Grant Advisor website.