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
5/27/20 - Community Engagement and Collaboration Tactics for Nonprofits
5/28/20 - Health and Human Services Nonprofit Leaders Roundtable

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


Greetings to all! VNR has just launched VNR Online, part of our new creative direction to continue supporting and serving nonprofits in the San Fernando Valley.

We will be hosting Zoom webinars and general meetings as part of VNR Online - including some that reschedule in-person events we’ve had to postpone. And we are working with partner organizations to explore other options we may be able to share with Valley nonprofits, especially the small to medium sized ones that always have been a main focus of our work here in the Valley.

In addition, VNR has launched a weekly series of VNR Online eBlasts (two have gone out so far) that present information resources and activities specific to COVID-19.  If you would like to be added to the VNR master email roster to receive these eBlasts and our regular monthly eBlast please send an email to .

VNR staff are working remotely at least through May, as the CSUN campus is closed. We remain available via phone and email. VNR also is available for new or ongoing technical assistance work by phone, email and internet sharing of documents. We look forward to hearing from you.

We at CSUN Valley Nonprofit Resources send you our best wishes.  Stay safe!


Community Engagement and Collaboration Tactics for Nonprofits In the current state of the world, San Fernando Valley nonprofits have even more compelling reasons to work together with each other, and with the communities where they live and serve. This free workshop will present some basics about how nonprofits can engage with their communities, and how they can work with each other both formally and informally. Most of us know the time-honored principles, but they need to be re-thought in the time of the pandemic, and beyond when recovery begins. The speaker will be John Bwarie, Vice-President of the Lucy Jones Center (which holds regular webinars on how small businesses including nonprofits can deal with the pandemic), and CEO of Stratiscope, a consulting firm specializing in community engagement for cities, corporations and nonprofits. Handouts will be provided. The workshop facilitator (who also will speak briefly) will be VNR Executive Director Dr. Thomas Backer, a nationally-recognized expert on nonprofit collaborations. The workshop will be held by Zoom on Wednesday, May 27, 4-5:30 pm. To register, contact VNR Project Coordinator Ashley Wright at 818/677-2774 or ashley.wright.2@csun.edu.

Health and Human Services Nonprofit Leaders Roundtable The Roundtable, presently convening online, is a special VNR service for these special times. It brings together health and human services nonprofit CEOs and senior staff 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 by Zoom on Thursday, May 28, 2020, 4-5:30 pm. In addition to networking and informal problem-solving discussion, this session's special topic focus will be Managing from Afar. During this time, when many nonprofit staff are working from home, how do leaders keep communication and productivity up? What happens if there is some sort of “problem” with a staff member? The session will include a brief presentation on this topic, and a brainstorming and sharing time for all participants. Related issues will be touched on, such as how to handle layoffs or furloughs. The Roundtable is coordinated by VNR, Valley Care Community Consortium and The Children's Burn Foundation and facilitated by Janet Levine of VNR and Levine Consulting. For more information and to register, contact Ashley Wright at (818) 677-2774 or ashley.wright.2@csun.edu.


In addition, following are some special resources for nonprofits related to the coronavirus crisis:

CalNonprofits’ COVID-19 Resources for California’s Nonprofits CalNonprofits knows that in a crisis nonprofits step up to advocate for, and serve, our communities. In their efforts to support nonprofits and their staff, they have compiled this list of resources. It is by no means comprehensive, but it will be updated as new resources come to their attention. To access these resources, go to: COVID-19 Resources for California’s Nonprofits

Idealware - Free Resources You Can Use In These Challenging Times Whether you’re scrambling to find new ways to meet your own organization’s mission under unforeseen circumstances, grasping for a return to normal (or anything even resembling it), or looking for professional development opportunities to help you win that next job, Idealware has a training for you. To access these free training opportunities, go to: Free Resources You Can Use In These Challenging Times

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, go to: LAEDC's Community Connectory web page.

Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce - COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Resource Guide As the region adjusts to tackle coronavirus (COVID-19), the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce is committed to providing the resources and information necessary to address the needs of our business community, including nonprofits, during this unprecedented time. To access the LA Chamber of Commerce’s Resources for Nonprofits, go to: COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Resource Guide

Manager Tools’ Podcasts Manager Tools has released several podcasts during the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) crisis to address the problems that managers and professionals faced, including being asked or encouraged to telecommute for the first time. To access, go to: Managing Effectively During COVID-19 – A Podcast Series

Protecting Privacy in the Age of Coronavirus: Digital Tools for Nonprofits Privacy is critically important in a democratic society. It is also an assumed feature of the interaction between many nonprofit and social justice organizations and institutions and the people with whom we come into contact. Preserving it is essential. And the ever-present threat to privacy has been made more acute by this pandemic. This Nonprofit Quarterly article describes how we can continue to both survive and function given that separation. To access this article, go to: Protecting Privacy in the Age of Coronavirus: Digital Tools for Nonprofits.

Using Time Wisely During the Pandemic For those looking to make the most of their time and accomplish existing goals, Stratiscope has put together a number of courses and programs. Through the Community Brand Accelerator Online, a monthly, 90-minute interactive cohort meeting, participants will peer-share and refine their objectives, network, and visibility roadmap (with monthly one-on-one personal coaching sessions). The Community Brand Intensive Online is a full-day immersion for community influencers and aspiring influencers looking to raise their profile and gain the tools needed for influence. For those looking to master the essential know-how of remote relationship-building, community collaboration, media relations, and communication, there are several Community Crisis Response Forum sessions. Lastly, for those looking to become a certified Community Intelligence Officer and in need of the communication skills and engagement tactics that apply to work in government, business, and non-profit settings, there is the Community Intelligence Officer (ComIO) Basic Training course. For more information and to register for these events, go to: The Stratiscope website.