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 5,300 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
10/6/20 - Anti-Racism Learning and Action for Nonprofit Leaders
10/20/20 - Health and Human Services Nonprofit Leaders Roundtable Special Session on Anti-Racism

Featured Publications
(visit Library for a complete list)
2020 Resource Directory for Nonprofit Capacity Building in Los Angeles County (.pdf) New.





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

In the News


VNR as part of the CSUN community joins CSUN President Dianne Harrison in recognizing the role we all have to play in advancing justice and combating racism in the face of the senseless killing of George Floyd. President Harrison’s thoughts are on the main CSUN website.  We are exploring how we can support the Valley’s nonprofit sector in making the changes that must come next.


VNR continues with Online operations - Zoom educational workshops, TA by phone and email, and eBlasts with information specific to COVID-19.  VNR staff are working remotely and we’d be glad to hear from you.  Stay safe!


Anti-Racism Learning and Action for Nonprofit Leaders Anti-racism work focuses on directly opposing racism, discrimination, and prejudice. It includes taking an unapologetic stance and utilizing interventions that directly call out racist and discriminatory practices, policies, and behaviors through advocacy, activism and allyship. This free workshop will help nonprofit leaders, both staff and board, learn about these concepts, and apply them through staff training, written policies, and collaborative work in the communities they serve. It will be led by CSUN Professor Allen Lipscomb, an expert on the topic who has recently worked through VNR on diversity, equity, and inclusion challenges of Valley nonprofits, and who also is conducting a research study on anti-racism skills and understanding of local nonprofit leaders. Professor Lipscomb also will offer VNR-supported technical assistance to a select group of Valley nonprofits, providing staff training and assistance in developing a written policy on anti-racism. The workshop will be held by Zoom on Tuesday, October 6, 2020, from 4-5:30 pm. This event is supported in part by a grant from The California Wellness Foundation. For more information and to register, contact VNR Project Coordinator Ashley Wright at 818/688-2774 or ashley.wright.2@csun.edu

Health and Human Services Nonprofit Leaders Roundtable Special Session on Anti-Racism Anti-racism work focuses on directly opposing racism, discrimination and prejudice. It includes taking an unapologetic stance and utilizing interventions that directly call out racist and discriminatory practices, policies and behaviors through advocacy, activism and allyship. This special session of the Health and Human Services Nonprofit Leaders Roundtable will aim to help nonprofit leaders in turn help their patients or clients to better handle these complex challenges. The Roundtable is in its third year of bringing together nonprofit leaders in health and human services to learn, share and build networks here in the San Fernando Valley. The free event will be held by Zoom on Tuesday, October 20, 2020 from 4-5:30 pm. It will be led by CSUN Professor Allen Lipscomb, an expert on the topic who has recently worked through VNR on diversity, equity and inclusion challenges of Valley nonprofits, and who also is conducting a research study on anti-racism skills and understanding of local nonprofit leaders. This event is supported in part by a grant from The California Wellness Foundation. For more information and to register, contact VNR Project Coordinator Ashley Wright at 818/688-2774 or ashley.wright.2@csun.edu

SFV Community Action Partnership Alliance Meeting The CAP Alliance brings together organizations that serve the reentry population. The recently-formed San Fernando Valley CAP Alliance is co-sponsored by Center for Living and Learning, Tarzana Treatment Centers Inc., and Valley Care Community Consortium. The next meeting will be Tuesday, October 20, 2020 from 10:00 - 11:30 am by Zoom. To register, please visit the CAP Alliance General Meeting Registration page or contact Antonio Morales at amorales@valleyccc.org.

Supporting Nonprofit/Philanthropic Pandemic Recommendations to LA County Board of Supervisors On September 17, VNR Executive Director Dr. Thomas Backer helped facilitate a San Fernando Valley Town Hall convened by the Center for Nonprofit Management and MEND. It brought together Valley nonprofit leaders to discuss the Economic Resiliency Task Force, established by the Board to support pandemic recovery efforts. Its Philanthropy/Nonprofit Sector Work Group made recommendations for how these efforts can in turn support nonprofits in the County, and the Town Hall reviewed them. They include (1) restructuring LA County’s contracting process and reimbursement practices, (2) developing partnerships between the public, nonprofit, corporate and philanthropic sectors to establish funding priorities, improve coordination and better align resources with need, and (3) supporting safe service delivery in communities during the pandemic. A letter presenting these recommendations can be viewed on the Center for Nonprofit Management website and has been sent to the Board of Supervisors, and already has been co-signed by more than 350 nonprofit and philanthropic organizations. To add your support, please visit the Center for Nonprofit Management website.

Executive Service Corps’ 2021 Executive Directors Leadership InstituteThe 2021 Executive Directors Leadership Institute (EDLI) is a 12-month leadership coaching program designed to help both new and experienced Executive Directors transform their leadership, strengthen their network and guide their organizations toward long-term sustainability. Directors will gain new opportunities to build relationships with other nonprofit leaders, as well as learn about the resources available to help them think more strategically and develop solutions to the extraordinary challenges they may face. With in-depth training and personalized coaching, the dynamic EDLI program responds to the emerging needs of nonprofit leaders of today. For more information, please contact Janet McIntyre, Vice President of Programs and Training, at jmcintyre@escsc.org or Meghan Maloney, Volunteer and Programs Manager, at mmaloney@escsc.org. To enroll, please visit the Executive Directors Leadership Institute website

American Nonprofit Academy The mission of the American Nonprofit Academy is to bring education, leadership, connectivity and collaboration to the nonprofit community. Their vision is to educate and connect stakeholders in the nonprofit community with low cost educational opportunities and their values orient communities towards building sustainable approaches to philanthropy. To learn more about the American Nonprofit Academy and how they can help your organization, please visit the American Nonprofit Academy website.


VNR Recovery Initiative – Special Resources

VNR Recovery Initiative Launched in July 2020, the CSUN Valley Nonprofit Resources Recovery Initiative (VRI) is aimed at helping San Fernando Valley nonprofits respond to the challenges of recovery and sustainability as Los Angeles more fully re-opens after the pandemic lockdown. Four Zoom educational workshops are being offered on (1) increasing access to capital (July 29), (2) revisiting nonprofit missions (September 10), (3) technology for donor communications (September 16), and (4) financial management operations through the recovery period (September 30). Technical assistance to selected Valley nonprofits also is being planned, as is an educational workshop on how nonprofits can better address racism amongst their own staff and in the community they serve. VRI is supported by small grants from Wells Fargo and California Community Foundation, and additional funding is being sought. For more information, contact VNR Project Coordinator Ashley Wright at 818/677-2774 or ashley.wright.2@csun.edu.

LAEDC's Community Connectory The Los Angeles County Economic Development Corp.'s Community Connectory provides resources for small businesses, nonprofits and vulnerable residents during this pandemic. To access the directory, please visit the LAEDC's Community Connectory (website).

COVID-19 Recovery: Preparing Your Organization and Volunteer Program Identifies four phases of disaster management as well as the five steps for nonprofit recovery planning. To access this article, please visit the COVID-19 Recovery: Preparing Your Organization and Volunteer Program (website).

Resource Articles These eight brief articles provide a range of ideas that can be used by nonprofit Boards and staff to brainstorm about how to deal with the challenges and opportunities the coronavirus pandemic presents.  From fundraising to information-gathering through a survey, to focusing on the most important nonprofit objectives and constituencies, to thinking outside the box about mission and operations, these thought pieces can help Valley nonprofits mobilize their own creativity and determination.  

  1. Charitable Giving in Crisis? What Non-Profits Can Learn From COVID-19 (Part 1)
  2. Charitable Giving in Crisis? What Non-Profits Can Learn From COVID-19 (Part 2)
  3. How Nonprofits Can Survive Today’s Health Crisis, Part 1
  4. Learning How Nonprofits Can Survive COVID-19, Part 2
  5. Learning How Nonprofits Can Survive COVID-19, Part 3
  6. Nonprofit Innovation for a Post-Crisis Future
  7. 8 Steps Nonprofits Should Take Now to Survive the Pandemic Fallout
  8. Reimagine Your Nonprofit to Survive the Crisis