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
7/15/2019 - Sharing Leadership - Strategies for Nonprofit EDs and Boards

Featured Publications
(visit Library for a complete list)
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.

In the News

Sharing Leadership - Strategies for Nonprofit EDs and Boards How do the Board and the Executive Director work together at your nonprofit?  Is leadership really shared or is there a bit of “us and them” (on both sides)?  This free workshop will explore how EDs (and other senior staff) and Boards can share leadership responsibilities.  The speakers will be Paul Hahn and David Riherd (for 25 years co-EDs of Wildlife Learning Center); Abraham Tetenbaum and Donna Wood-Babcock (Founder/Board Chair and ED respectively of Enrichment Works); and Eileen Barnett (long-time member of the five-person leadership group running the Musical Theatre Guild).  VNR’s Dr. Thomas Backer will begin with science-based principles of effective collaboration from his book, Evaluating Community Collaborations.  After hearing about three models for sharing leadership, there’ll be an open discussion with participants about their own experiences.  The workshop will be held on Monday, July 15, 2019, 4-6 pm at San Fernando Community Health Center, and is partly sponsored by Southern California Edison and Wells Fargo.  Refreshments and handouts will be provided.  contact VNR Project Coordinator Ashley Wright via email or call 818/677-2774.

The IDEAL Conference Small business owners and nonprofit professionals face similar challenges of increasing visibility and maximizing productivity with limited resources and personnel. During this two-day event, participants will learn how to address these challenges and take action. On September 18, participants will have an exclusive opportunity to network and hear from industry experts, in small groups of no more than 10 people, at the VIP Roundtable event (limited to 60 participants). September 19th’s Small Business & Nonprofit Summit (limited to 300 participants) is packed with an opening policy panel and 24 powerful sessions to help participants build a personal brand and grow a successful business. VNR Executive Director Dr. Thomas Backer will speak to this conference on September 19, about “The Science and Art of Organizational Collaboration.” The event will take place at The Garland Hotel in North Hollywood. For more information and to register for this event, go to the Ideal Conference website.

Giving USA 2019 – Infographic Giving USA is the most comprehensive annual report on philanthropy in America. This year’s study presents prevailing trends and key benchmarks for philanthropy in the U.S. for the year 2018. Access the FREE infographic: How much did Americans give in 2018? (.pdf). If you are using a screen reader, please open our accessible, text only version (.pdf) of the How much did Americans Give in 2018 infographic. To purchase the full report in a paperback ($119.95) or digital ($99.95) format, please visit the Giving USA website.