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.
Valley Nonprofit Resources
Welcome to Valley Nonprofit Resources
2/4/20 - The Care and Feeding of Board Members: An Online Course for Nonprofit Leaders
3/5/20 - Tuning Up Your Nonprofit’s Budget
3/12/20 - Nonprofit Survival Strategies in Times of Political Uncertainty: 2016 to 2019
3/25/20 - Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Best Practices for Nonprofits
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2019 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.
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The Care and Feeding of Board Members: An Online Course for Nonprofit Leaders Led by VNR Senior Consultant Janet Levine, of Janet Levine Consulting, this six-week Zoom course will begin February 4, 2020, and is aimed at nonprofit executive directors and senior staff interested in building engagement of Board members - particularly in fundraising. The course will cover clarifying expectations for Board members and getting buy-in to fundraising and other organizational activities; how staff can support Board members; and creating processes for Board recruitment and onboarding that support increased engagement. Janet Levine has conducted two successful online courses previously for VNR. This course will have three 90-minute Zoom group trainings (February 4, 18 and March 3) and in-between there will be three half-hour individual coaching sessions, either by Zoom or telephone. Thus, participants need never leave their desks to fully participate in this training! The course is part of the VNR Leadership Initiative and is free of charge to participants thanks to the generous support of VLI’s funders. The course requires a total six-hour time commitment and is limited to ten participants - to allow individual attention. Early application is advised - please contact VNR Project Coordinator Ashley Wright at firstname.lastname@example.org or 818/677-2774.
Tuning Up Your Nonprofit’s Budget Join CPA Lewis Sharpstone, whose practice includes many nonprofits, to explore how to prepare a truly meaningful budget, and how both senior staff and Board members can use a well-prepared budget in running a successful organization. Sharpstone says that a nonprofit budget is the route plotting where you think you want to go in your nonprofit automobile and needs periodic tuning up to be sure you’re not veering off-course. In addition to providing templates for such useful nonprofit budgets and ways to do a tune-up, this free workshop will offer an opportunity to ask budgeting-related questions from an expert in the nonprofit accounting field. The workshop will be offered in Woodland Hills on Thursday, March 5, 2020 from 4-6 pm. For more information and to register, contact VNR Project Coordinator Ashley Wright at email@example.com or 818/677-2774.
Nonprofit Survival Strategies in Times of Political Uncertainty: 2016 to 2019 In this lecture, CSUN Professor Jodi Brown and Yadira Tejeda report on a research study conducted in 2019, following up on a January 2017 study that interviewed eight Executive Directors of nonprofits in the San Fernando Valley about their strategies responding to what they saw as the possible impact on their nonprofits of the then-new Trump Administration. The follow-up study interviewed the same eight EDs and was conducted after the midterm elections. A main conclusion of the second study is that nonprofits are continuing to meet their mission with confidence that they will survive regardless of the outcome of the upcoming 2020 election. This free event will take place at a meeting of the Valley Providers Collaborative on Thursday, March 12, 2020 from 1-3pm at The Zev Yaroslavsky Family Support Center in Van Nuys. Both studies were supported in part by HIRI Nonprofit Research Fellowship grants. For more information, contact VNR Project Coordinator Ashley Wright at 818/677-2774 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Best Practices for Nonprofits A nonprofit is only as good as its culture and climate - modeled by its leaders. Nonprofit leaders committed to integrating diversity, equity, and inclusion into their organizational structures need to adopt best practices and learn about frameworks for cultivating this type of environment. This workshop will assist nonprofit Board members and senior staff in examining the challenges of an effective "DEI environment" as well as their own behaviors and beliefs - and in learning about the practical tools and resources necessary to build a more supportive and engaging workplace. Emphasis will be placed on understanding the implicit bias, institutional, and psychological processes that challenge all organizations in this area. The free workshop is co-sponsored by the Office of LA County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl and will be led by CSUN Professor Allen Lipscomb, whose work focuses on these issues as well as on mentorships for African American male social workers. It will be held at the Zev Yaroslavsky Center in Van Nuys on March 25, 2020 from 3-5 pm. Handouts and refreshments will be provided. For more information and to register, contact VNR Project Coordinator Ashley Wright, email@example.com or 818/677-2774.
Southern California Nonprofit Executive Recruiters This list, compiled by Valley Nonprofit Resources, offers a number of suggestions for nonprofit executive recruiters. This listing is for informational purposes only; no endorsement is implied of any of the firms listed, and other resources for executive recruiting have doubtless been omitted. VNR will update this list periodically. For a copy of this list, contact VNR Project Coordinator Ashley Wright at firstname.lastname@example.org.