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
10/17/19 - Navigating Managerialism: Experiences of Middle Managers in Social Justice Nonprofits AND Mentorships for African American Male Social Workers in Valley Nonprofits

11/12/19 - Health and Human Service Nonprofit Executive Directors 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

Honoring VNR’s Advisory Board Chair We are most pleased to join in honoring our VNR Advisory Board chair, former Los Angeles City Councilwoman Joy Picus, one of two women featured in the Museum of the San Fernando Valley’s “Powerhouse Women of the San Fernando Valley” exhibition.  This exhibition is in recognition of the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, establishing women’s right to vote.  Joy reminds us that the many women who fought to win that right were “suffragists” not “suffragettes’!  The exhibition is on through October 31, and information about it is at The Museum of the San Fernando Valley.

Navigating Managerialism: Experiences of Middle Managers in Social Justice Nonprofits
Mentorships for African American Male Social Workers in Valley Nonprofits

Two lectures with discussion following will be given at an upcoming meeting of the Valley Providers Collaborative. CSUN Professor Lauren Willner will discuss the concept of “managerialism” and her study of how middle managers in nonprofit social justice agencies deal with their managerial responsibilities. And CSUN Professor Allen Lipscomb will discuss his study of how mentoring can benefit African American Male Social Workers in Valley nonprofits. This free event will take place at a meeting of the Valley Providers Collaborative on Thursday, October 17, 2019 from 1-3pm at The Zev Yaroslavsky Family Support Center in Van Nuys. These presentations are supported in part by HIRI Nonprofit Research Fellowship grants. For more information, email VNR Project Coordinator Ashley Wright or call 818/677-2774.

Health and Human Service Nonprofit Executive Directors 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 Tuesday, November 12th from 4-6 pm.  In addition to networking and informal problem-solving discussion, a section of this meeting will include a discussion about the future of the Roundtable - do we want to continue these meetings? Quarterly or on some other schedule? What format works best? 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 email VNR Project Coordinator Ashley Wright or call 818/677-2774.

Building Future Leadership of Family Foundations As wealth continues to transfer from one generation to another, younger generations need to become more actively involved in their family’s foundation Shirley Welk Fredricks and her family’s Lawrence Welk Family Foundation have been pioneers in structuring and growing multigenerational leadership - including grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Jan Kern and her Family Foundation Information Exchange groups, based at Southern California Grantmakers, has been a pioneer in bringing together family foundations leaders to share with and help each other with the challenges of leadership and operations. This free workshop, offered to San Fernando Valley family foundations, will feature these two leaders in conversation with Dr. Thomas Backer, who has studied philanthropy (including a year-long study of FFIX commission by the Annie E. Casey Foundation) for more than 30 years. The workshop will be held on Tuesday, November 19th from 4-6pm at Strength United in Van Nuys. For more information and to register, email VNR Project Coordinator Ashley Wright or call 818/677-2774.

Sharing Leadership - Strategies for Nonprofit EDs and Boards On July 15, VNR facilitated a workshop exploring how EDs (and other senior staff) and Boards can share leadership responsibilities. Speakers 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) discussed three models for sharing leadership and had an open discussion with participants about their own experiences. For those who were unable to attend view a detailed summary of the event (.pdf).

Executive Service Corps’ 2020 Executive Directors Leadership Institute The 2020 Wells Fargo Executive Directors Leadership Institute (EDLI) is a 12-month leadership coaching program designed to help both new and experienced Executive Directors transform their leadership, strengthen their network and guide their organizations toward long-term sustainability. This program provides dedicated one-on-one coaching, peer learning and comprehensive training, which helps nonprofit leaders turn their visions into reality. It is the only program designed exclusively for nonprofit Executive Directors in our region that combines long-term coaching and training. For more information, please contact Janet McIntyre, Vice President of Programs and Training at or (213) 613-9103 x20.

Crowdfunding for Nonprofits is valuable tool for fundraising for charitable nonprofits, but there is much to consider before beginning a crowdfunding effort. For nonprofits considering the idea, The Council of Nonprofits has provided a detailed summary which includes a number of additional resources. To access this summary, visit The Council of Nonprofits.

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.