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 4,300 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

Next events in January 2021.

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!

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 (.pdf) 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 go to the Center for Nonprofit Management 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, go to 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

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