Established in 2007, Valley Nonprofit Resources offers both information and services to strengthen the more than 5,600 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.
Valley Nonprofit Resources
Welcome to Valley Nonprofit Resources
October 2015 VNR Workshop at Strength United. ;Photo (above) of the San Fernando Valley courtesy of Randy Witt Productions.
- 2/14/2019 - Understanding the Role of Managerialism in Social Justice Nonprofit Organizations: Threats, Challenges, and Opportunities AND The Role of Nonprofit Organizations in Offering Physical Activity Related Programs Addressing Health Disparities in the San Fernando Valley
- 2/18/2019 - NEW DATE! Testing a Film on Nonprofit Transitional Housing for Older, LGBTQ, and Homeless Individuals
- 2/19/2019 - Recent Changes in Employment Law
- 2/25/2019 - Improving the Organizational Network for Older Foster Youth in Los Angeles County
- 3/6/2019 - How Stronger Communications Strategies Enhance the Five Stages of Development
- 3/13/2019 - Handling the Challenges of Homelessness
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2018 Resource Directory for Nonprofit Capacity Building in Los Angeles County (.pdf) Note: New Edition Available
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Understanding the Role of Managerialism in Social Justice Nonprofit Organizations: Threats, Challenges, and Opportunities
The Role of Nonprofit Organizations in Offering Physical Activity Related Programs Addressing Health Disparities in the San Fernando Valley CSUN Assistant Professor Lauren Willner, PhD will present her findings on her research project “Managerialism in Social Justice Nonprofit Organizations.” She will be joined at the event by CSUN Professor Zeynep Toker, PhD and CSUN Lecturer Lisa Chaudhari, PhD, who together will be speaking on their research project “Physical Activity Related Programs in the Valley’s Nonprofit Sector.” Both lectures will take place at a meeting of the Valley Providers Collaborative on Thursday, February 14, 2019 12-1:30 pm 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, contact VNR Project Coordinator Ashley Wright at 818/677-2774 or email Ashley Wright.
“Heart of Giving” Luncheon is a learning event for nonprofit organizations, featuring presentations on resources to help increase revenue, increase impact and reduce expenses. Presentations are 8-10 minutes long with a Q&A session at the end of the program. The luncheon will take place on February 14th, 2019 from 11:00am-1:00pm at Tierra Del Sol. Due to limited space, participation is limited to one representative per organization (preferably a CEO, COO, President or Executive Director). For more information and to register for this event, please contact Angela Amirkhanian via email.
Safe and Healthy Relationships for All: Domestic Violence Prevention Symposium This free event, co-hosted by Lions Club International and Valley Care Community Consortium, will present speakers focused on the issue of domestic violence. It will take place on Saturday, February 16th, 2019 from 8AM to 11AM at San Fernando Recreation Park. The purpose is to increase awareness and knowledge about domestic violence prevention and strategies to assist people affected by it. Please note that the event will present some sensitive information that may not be appropriate for children. For questions, please contact VCCC via email or call 818.904.5566. Register for this event via Eventbrite.
NEW DATE! Testing a Film on Nonprofit Transitional Housing for Older, LGBTQ, and Homeless Individuals CSUN Professor Luciana Lagana will present preliminary findings of her research using a film to reduce ageism and improve attitudes towards older, LGBTQ and homeless individuals. Supported partly by a HIRI Nonprofit Research Fellowship grant, the film will be shown along with lecture-discussion on Monday, February 18, 2019 from 12-2:00 pm in the Whitsett Room. The film features interviews with older LGBTQ individuals residing in transitional housing and with operators of this housing (highlighting challenges encountered by nonprofits in this arena, such as nearby homeowners worried about possible declines in local real estate values). For more information and to register, please contact VNR Project Coordinator Ashley Wright at 818/677-2774 or email Ashley Wright.
Recent Changes in Employment Law There are many recent changes in California employment law, and every nonprofit is at risk for non-compliance. This workshop will focus on these changes and will be presented by Al Landegger, Managing Partner of Landegger Baron Law Group, which specializes in defense of employers - with an emphasis on representing nonprofits. The workshop, funded by grants from Dwight Stuart Youth Fund, Kaiser Permanente, UniHealth Foundation and Wells Fargo, will be held on Tuesday, February 19, 2019 from 4-6 pm at Strength United in Van Nuys. Co-sponsors are Valley Care Community Consortium, Valley Providers Collaborative, CSUN Institute for Community Health and Well-Being, Reseda Community Network, Burbank Nonprofit ED Coalition, LA Family Housing and Valley Economic Alliance. For more information and to register, please contact VNR Project Coordinator Ashley Wright at 818/677-2774 or email Ashley Wright.
Improving the Organizational Network for Older Foster Youth in Los Angeles County CSUN Assistant Professor Kimberly Kirner, PhD will discuss her research study about Older Foster Youth in Los Angeles County. The free lecture will be presented by CSUN's Valley Nonprofit Resources on Monday, February 25, 2019, from 1-2 pm, in the Whitsett Room, 4th Floor of Sierra Hall. Students, faculty, and Valley nonprofit leaders all are encouraged to attend. For more information, contact VNR Project Coordinator Ashley Wright at 818/677-2774 or email Ashley Wright.
Employment Law 101 provides a practical guide to California’s rules, rights, and regulations affecting employee relations. The program offers a comprehensive overview of California’s complex employment laws, and guidance on how to promote a positive work environment and prevent costly penalties and lawsuits. From hiring to firing, and everything in between, the program will provide legally-compliant solutions for all phases of the employment relationship. Since California law is constantly changing, both new and experienced HR professionals will benefit from this program. Recent changes to laws regarding content on applications, background checks and rest periods will also be highlighted. This event will take place on Thursday, February 28th at New Horizons in North Hills, CA. For more information and to register for this event, visit the San Fernando Valley Employer Council website. Early bird registration ends February 8th.
An Executive Director’s Guide to Financial Leadership There is a world of difference between financial management and financial leadership, and refocusing a nonprofit’s approach fiscal sustainability and agility is essential. Outlined in this expert guide are such activities as transforming annual budget analysis, deciding whether or not income diversification is appropriate, achieving a robust reserve, and equipping the board for effective financial governance. View this resource.
How Stronger Communications Strategies Enhance the Five Stages of Development This free workshop will explore how a nonprofit’s communications strategies can strengthen a development program – as part of an integrated, five step approach. For example, sharing a nonprofit’s “success story” in a compelling way can help inspire donors to deepen their commitments. Session topics to be explored include how to identify and engage with donor prospects and cultivate them toward an ask. Whether you have staff or use consultants – or are doing it all yourself – this session will help a nonprofit create a great development program and effectively communicate to build a community of supporters over the long term. The workshop will be led by Susan Dunn, Principal, Dunn Communications and Jan McElwee, Principal, The McElwee Group. The workshop will be held on Wednesday, March 6 from 4-6 pm at San Fernando Community Health Center. For more information and to register, please contact VNR Project Coordinator Ashley Wright at 818/677-2774 or email Ashley Wright.
Handling the Challenges of Homelessness LA Family Housing CEO Stephanie Klasky-Gamer will lead this workshop, which will include a tour of LAFH’s campus with its comprehensive services for people experiencing homelessness. It will address another source of uncertainty for many nonprofits - how to refer or otherwise assist their clients, employees, volunteers or neighbors who may be experiencing homelessness. The workshop, funded by grants from Dwight Stuart Youth Fund, Kaiser Permanente, UniHealth Foundation and Wells Fargo, will be held on Wednesday, March 13, 2019 from 4-6 pm at Los Angeles Family Housing. Co-sponsors are Valley Care Community Consortium, Valley Providers Collaborative, CSUN Institute for Community Health and Well-Being, Reseda Community Network, Burbank Nonprofit ED Coalition, LA Family Housing and Valley Economic Alliance. For more information and to register, please contact VNR Project Coordinator Ashley Wright at 818/677-2774 or email Ashley Wright.
Los Angeles Nonprofit COO Study Group Nonprofit leaders can find it challenging to discover professional resources that address the great variety of unique and complex problems that arise in their work. The Los Angeles Nonprofit COO Study Group will bring together a small cohort of experienced nonprofit executives to study Adaptive Leadership, one of the most widely respected and enduring professional leadership frameworks. Through the Adaptive Leadership framework, participants will learn how to recognize adaptive problems, and how to lead the experimental and collaborative processes necessary for producing new solutions. Participants also will learn from one another by putting theory into practice through the analysis of their own leadership experiences. For more information about this group, please contact Ned Lederer via email or call (818) 766-8448.
Progressive Multiplier Fund After decades of collective experience raising funds, recruiting and retaining members, and experimenting with member benefits and new non-profit business models, the Progressive Multiplier Fund has launched a Center of Excellence to share best practices in revenue generation and two new funds: The Test and Innovation Fund and The Growth Fund. The Progressive Multiplier Fund (PMF) is a funding intermediary and best practice resource center that possesses a superior understanding of small donor fundraising, membership recruitment and retention, and member benefit programs; specializes in risk management for investing in such programs; and executes a unique, compliant approach to generate both 501(c)(3) and 501(c)(4) revenue. For more information, visit the Progressive Multiplier Fund website.
The Youth Organizing Capacity Building Initiative aims to strengthen nonprofit organizations engaged in youth organizing as they work to increase the number of young people leading social justice grassroots campaigns. This three-year initiative will include Unrestricted Operating Support grants, a peer grantee learning community, and a learning collaborative for funding partners. Grants will range between $75,000 and $175,000 over a three-year period. Eligible applicants are nonprofit organizations that, as part of their core mission, have a track record of training young people of color to lead social justice grassroots campaigns that create meaningful institutional change in communities most impacted by racial, social and economic injustice. The Initiative concentrates on Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, Santa Barbara and Ventura counties. The Initiative is supported by the Annenberg Foundation, California Community Foundation, Liberty Hill Foundation, The California Endowment and the Weingart Foundation. New applicants, as well as grantees of individual funding partners, are eligible to apply. The deadline for applications is Tuesday, December 18, 2018 at 5:00 PM PST. For more information and how to apply, visit the Weingart Foundation Website.
Executive Service Corps’ 2019 Executive Directors Leadership Institute The 2019 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, via email or call (213) 613-9103 x20.