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
5/22/2018 - Resources for Reseda Nonprofits – the Reseda CDI Campus
5/31/2018 - Health and Human Service Nonprofit Executive Directors Roundtable
6/6/2018 - Nonprofit Social Enterprises: Pathways to Success and Sustainability

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

Nonprofit Social Enterprises: Pathways to Success and Sustainability is the 11th Annual MENDing Poverty Conference, which will be held on Wednesday, June 6, 2018, 8 am-12:30 pm at the MEND Center in Pacoima. Co-hosted by MEND and VNR, the conference brings together nonprofit, government, foundation and community leaders on an issue of critical importance to nonprofits serving people living in poverty. This year the topic is nonprofit social enterprises - for-profit programs of nonprofits that can provide additional revenue as well as mission-related services. The opening keynote speaker will be Jan Perry, Director, Economic & Workforce Development Department, City of Los Angeles. Workshop speakers will each share their organization’s experiences with social enterprises and address a special topic:

  • David Sall, Director of Operations, Chrysalis, “Equity and Opportunities for Entry-Level and Hard-to-Employ Workers”
  • Faye Washington, President & CEO, YWCA Los Angeles, “Aligning a Social Enterprise with Overall Nonprofit Mission”
  • Ray Tellez, Vice-President, Retail & Gari Anne Douglass, Chief Financial Officer, Goodwill Southern California, “Making the Business Case for a Nonprofit Social Enterprise”

At the lunch plenary closing the conference, Robert Eggers of LA Kitchen will speak by video.

Early-bird registration is $99, which includes continental breakfast and lunch. To register please visit the 11th Annual MENDing Poverty Conference webpage.

Resources for Reseda Nonprofits - the CDI Reseda Campus On May 22, 2018 from 1-2:30 pm, this free workshop will introduce Reseda nonprofits to the new CDI Reseda Campus and to a variety of resources for nonprofits in this community.  The workshop will be moderated by Ruben Soria, Providence Tarzana Medical Center, with presenters Thomas E. Backer, PhD, CSUN Valley Nonprofit Resources, David Boyns, PhD, CSUN Institute for Community Health and Well-Being, and Joan Maltese, PhD, Child Development Institute.  Each will discuss community resources that can help local nonprofits with mission achievement.  After the workshop participants will be offered a brief tour of the CRC, which is currently being renovated to house a number of services and community activities.  Refreshments and handouts will be provided.  While the workshop focuses on Reseda, participants from all over the Valley are welcome to attend. For more information and to register, please contact Ashley Wright, VNR Project Coordinator, 818/677-2774 or ashley.wright.2@csun.edu

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, May 31, 4-6 pm. In addition to networking and informal problem-solving discussion, a section of this meeting will be focused on recent changes in employment law and regulations as they affect nonprofits - led by Maria Alexander, CEO of Center for Living and Learning. The Roundtable is coordinated by Valley Care Community Consortium, VNR 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 Ashley Wright at (818) 677-2774 or ashley.wright.2@csun.edu.

Resource Directory for Nonprofit Capacity Building in Los Angeles The fifteenth edition of this Directory (May 2018) offers a starting place to identify individuals and organizations providing capacity-building services and resources to nonprofit organizations in Los Angeles County. It provides information on Consultants, Foundations, Grantseeker Information Centers, Human Resource Provider Organizations, Information Centers, Management Support Organizations, Nonprofit Management Higher Education Programs, Nonprofit Resource Centers in Surrounding Counties, Technology Resources and Volunteer Centers. Contact and brief descriptive information is provided. Download a free copy of the  2018 Resource Directory for Nonprofit Capacity Building in Los Angeles County (.pdf).

VNR Platform Just by clicking on the button in the upper left hand corner of this page, anyone can have access to a wealth of information about the 5,600 San Fernando Valley nonprofits, free of charge. The VNR Platform has a search engine that lets you get 990s and a lot of other information about any one nonprofit you identify, or identify nonprofits in a particular area of the Valley, or a particular type of nonprofit (mental health, arts, etc.) - with results laid out graphically in a geo-map. VNR acknowledges the support of The California Wellness Foundation for this searchable service.

Collaborative Grants for Funders and Nonprofits – Fund for Shared Insight: Listen for Good Fund for Shared Insight is a funder collaborative working to improve philanthropy by elevating the voices of those least heard. Through their signature grantmaking initiative, Listen for Good (L4G) they invite nonprofits and funders to join them in building high-quality feedback loops, a systematic and rigorous way to listen to, and respond to, the people nonprofits serve. To participate in L4G, a nonprofit must be customer-facing, have a minimum annual budget of $500,000, and be nominated by an existing or new funder. In the Spring 2018 funding round, grantees will receive $30,000 over 18 months, half covered by Shared Insight, half by the nominating funder. Applications will be accepted through June 29, 2018. For more information or to join the mailing list, go to the Fund for Shared Insight website.

Online MBA in Nonprofit Management As the world of nonprofits continues to grow and evolve, advanced degrees and education are becoming increasingly important to a successful and rewarding career. OnlineMBA seeks to provide valuable information to students and professionals that want to take the next step in their education. Their website identifies the different types of Nonprofit Management programs as well as their curriculum, available scholarships, and possible salaries among other things. To see what OnlineMBA has to offer, visit Online MBA dot com or contact Lindsey Clark at lindseyc@onlinemba.com.

VNR Website Update Since the summer VNR has been working on an update of our website - correcting broken links, adding new publications to the Library, etc. With support from our CSUN webmaster Larae Brown, this comprehensive update is almost done. As always, we welcome feedback about other enhancements that might be made.