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
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
3/26/20 - Health and Human Services Nonprofit Leaders Roundtable
4/29/20 - Introducing the Practice of Adaptive Leadership

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

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 ashley.wright.2@csun.edu 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 ashley.wright.2@csun.edu.

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, ashley.wright.2@csun.edu or 818/677-2774.

Health and Human Services Nonprofit Leaders Roundtable brings together health and human service 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 on Thursday, March 26, 2020, 4-6 pm. In addition to networking and informal problem-solving discussion, this session’s guest speaker Marie Valdes, Executive Director of A Cure for Issa, will be providing tips for self-care as we go about our fulfilling but stressful lives. The Roundtable is coordinated by VNR, Valley Care Community Consortium and The Children's Burn Foundation, which will host the meeting in its conference room and provide refreshments. If you are interested in attending this free event, please contact Ashley Wright at (818) 677-2774 or ashley.wright.2@csun.edu.

Introducing the Practice of Adaptive Leadership Adaptive leadership is a practice that mobilizes leaders to tackle tough challenges, while enabling the capacity to thrive. In this free workshop, participants will be introduced to adaptive leadership tools, tactics and ways of thinking. This practice can help leaders more accurately diagnose the nature of complex problems, more effectively intervene to achieve desired change, and promote truly adaptive cultures in their organizations. The workshop will be led by Bob Lazzarini, MBA, an adaptive leadership expert and director of the Certified Nonprofit Professional credential program at Antioch University. The workshop will be held on Wednesday, April 29, 2020 from 4-6 pm at Strength United in Van Nuys. Handouts and refreshments will be provided. For more information and to register, please contact VNR Project Coordinator Ashley Wright at ashley.wright.2@csun.edu or 818/677-2774.

Stratiscope’s Community Brand Intensive Join Stratiscope CEO John Bwarie for an immersive, two-day intensive to build a nonprofit’s community brand. Limited to just 15 participants, the intimate workshop setting will provide proven tactics and a clear roadmap for nonprofits to follow, and peer sharing along the way. This event will take place on March 14 & 15 from 8am to 6pm at Stratiscope’s offices in Burbank. This will be the only brand intensive offered in 2020. Cost is $2,500; get more information and register for this event via Eventbrite.

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 ashley.wright.2@csun.edu.