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
4/14/20 - The New World: Reinventing Donor Relationships and Fundraising
4/16/20 - Health and Human Services Nonprofit Leaders Roundtable
4/23/20 - Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Best Practices for Nonprofits
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


Greetings to all! VNR has just launched VNR Online, part of our new creative direction to continue supporting and serving nonprofits in the San Fernando Valley.

We will be hosting Zoom webinars and general meetings as part of VNR Online - including some that reschedule in-person events we’ve had to postpone. And we are working with partner organizations to explore other options we may be able to share with Valley nonprofits, especially the small to medium sized ones that always have been a main focus of our work here in the Valley.

In addition, VNR has launched a weekly series of VNR Online eBlasts (two have gone out so far) that present information resources and activities specific to COVID-19. If you would like to be added to the VNR master email roster to receive these eBlasts and our regular monthly eBlast please send an email to .

VNR staff are working remotely at least through May, as the CSUN campus is closed. We remain available via phone and email. VNR also is available for new or ongoing technical assistance work by phone, email and internet sharing of documents. We look forward to hearing from you.

We at CSUN Valley Nonprofit Resources send you our best wishes. Stay safe!


The New World: Reinventing Donor Relationships and Fundraising How do I keep connected with my nonprofit’s donors if I can’t have lunch, can’t have them out for a site visit, can’t have a gala?  How do I raise funds in this strange new world? This Zoom workshop will feature practical strategies for maintaining good donor relationships in this troubled time - started by asking how the donor, his/her family and workplace are doing, then sharing what your nonprofit is doing to continue offering service to its constituencies. And it will cover strategies for requesting emergency funds, keeping scheduled donations in place (memberships, annual giving), and suggesting innovative ways donors can help such as asking them to purchase and have Amazon deliver goods that are needed for clients of a service nonprofit. The free workshop will be led by Janet Levine of VNR and Levine Consulting, and facilitated by VNR Executive Director Dr. Thomas Backer. It will be held April 14, 4-5:30 pm via Zoom, with handouts supplied electronically. For more information and to register, contact: ashley.wright.2@csun.edu or 818/677-2477.

Health and Human Services Nonprofit Leaders Roundtable The 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 by Zoom on Thursday, April 16, 2020, 4-5:30 pm (postponed from the original in-person date). In addition to networking and informal problem-solving discussion, this session's guest speaker, Marie Valdes, Executive Director of A Cure for Issa, will provide tips for self-care nonprofit leaders can use as we go about our fulfilling but stressful lives in the new world of COVID-19. The Roundtable is coordinated by VNR, Valley Care Community Consortium and The Children's Burn Foundation and will be facilitated by Janet Levine of VNR and Levine Consulting. For more information and to register, contact 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 Thursday, April 23, 4-5:30 pm via Zoom, with handouts supplied electronically. For more information and to register, contact VNR Project Coordinator Ashley Wright, ashley.wright.2@csun.edu or 818/677-2774.

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 Zoom 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 online meeting will be held on Wednesday, April 29, 2020 from 4-5:30 pm (postponed from the original in-person date) via Zoom. For details and to register, please contact VNR Project Coordinator Ashley Wright at 818/677-2774 or ashley.wright.2@csun.edu.


In addition, following are some special resources for nonprofits related to the coronavirus crisis:

CalNonprofits’ COVID-19 Resources for California’s Nonprofits CalNonprofits knows that in a crisis nonprofits step up to advocate for, and serve, our communities. In their efforts to support nonprofits and their staff, they have compiled this list of resources. It is by no means comprehensive, but it will be updated as new resources come to their attention. To access these resources, go to: COVID-19 Resources for California’s Nonprofits

Idealware - Free Resources You Can Use In These Challenging Times Whether you’re scrambling to find new ways to meet your own organization’s mission under unforeseen circumstances, grasping for a return to normal (or anything even resembling it), or looking for professional development opportunities to help you win that next job, Idealware has a training for you. To access these free training opportunities, go to: Free Resources You Can Use In These Challenging Times

Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce - COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Resource Guide As the region adjusts to tackle coronavirus (COVID-19), the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce is committed to providing the resources and information necessary to address the needs of our business community, including nonprofits, during this unprecedented time. To access the LA Chamber of Commerce’s Resources for Nonprofits, go to: COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Resource Guide

Manager Tools’ Podcasts Manager Tools has released several podcasts during the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) crisis to address the problems that managers and professionals faced, including being asked or encouraged to telecommute for the first time. To access, go to: Managing Effectively During COVID-19 – A Podcast Series

Protecting Privacy in the Age of Coronavirus: Digital Tools for Nonprofits Privacy is critically important in a democratic society. It is also an assumed feature of the interaction between many nonprofit and social justice organizations and institutions and the people with whom we come into contact. Preserving it is essential. And the ever-present threat to privacy has been made more acute by this pandemic. This Nonprofit Quarterly article describes how we can continue to both survive and function given that separation. To access this article, go to: Protecting Privacy in the Age of Coronavirus: Digital Tools for Nonprofits