Valley Nonprofit Resources

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History and Operations

VNR is operated by California State University Northridge and is based in the College of Social & Behavioral Sciences. VNR was originally created and operated by the nonprofit Human Interaction Research Institute, which operated from 1961-2014. Please visit the Human Interaction Research Institute website for more information.

The feasibility study also established the desire Valley nonprofits have for peer-based learning, for information that’s easily-accessible on the internet or by phone, and for training and technical assistance that’s locally available. VNR was created to meet all of these needs simultaneously.

VNR is designed to serve executive directors, staff and board members of nonprofits, plus leaders of volunteer groups and of smaller foundations located in the Valley. Most of its services are provided on-line, over the phone, or in facilities of its partner organizations, making VNR a “virtual MSO,” a management support organization that takes advantage of modern technology and multiple collaborating organizations.

Support for VNR comes from foundations, corporations and private donors. Most services are free of charge, though modest fees for certain training and technical assistance activities also help support the program. A number of collaborating organizations donate facilities for educational events.


VNR makes every effort to assure accuracy and completeness of information on this website, but changes happen and all information should be verified with the source. Listing a person, organization, publication or website here does not imply any endorsement, or that VNR has evaluated the worth or accuracy of the source listed.

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Thomas Backer Brings Research and Resources to Valley Nonprofits Through CSUN

April 2, 2015

Dr. Thomas Backer

Psychologist Thomas E. Backer, Ph.D. remembers his first visit to California State University, Northridge. It was 1963, and CSUN was… Read more