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
6/25/2019 - Health and Human Service Nonprofit Executive Directors Roundtable
7/15/2019 - Sharing Leadership - Strategies for Nonprofit EDs and Boards

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

SingerLewak’s Annual Nonprofit Conference: A Nonprofit GAAP Update Accounting firm SingerLewak’s Annual Nonprofit Conference will feature a GAAP update, tax update and IT & security information. Keynote speaker Rick Cole of the Financial Accounting Standards Board will be presenting the GAAP update and a Q&A session will follow focused on implementation issues. The free event will take place on June 5, 2019, 8:00am to 2:45pm at The Garland in North Hollywood. For more information and to register for this event, go to the Annual Nonprofit Conference website.

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 June 25, 2019, 4-6 pm.  In addition to networking and informal problem-solving discussion, a section of this meeting will be focused on how executive directors can best shape their work environment for both efficiency and quiet time for creativity (by telecommuting, by having some “closed door” time, etc.).  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 VNR Project Coordinator Ashley Wright via email or call 818/677-2774.

Sharing Leadership - Strategies for Nonprofit EDs and Boards How do the Board and the Executive Director work together at your nonprofit?  Is leadership really shared or is there a bit of “us and them” (on both sides)?  This free workshop will explore how EDs (and other senior staff) and Boards can share leadership responsibilities.  The speakers will be 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).  VNR’s Dr. Thomas Backer will begin with science-based principles of effective collaboration from his book, Evaluating Community Collaborations.  After hearing about three models for sharing leadership, there’ll be an open discussion with participants about their own experiences.  The workshop will be held on Monday, July 15, 2019, 4-6 pm at San Fernando Community Health Center, and is partly sponsored by Southern California Edison and Wells Fargo.  Refreshments and handouts will be provided.  contact VNR Project Coordinator Ashley Wright via email or call 818/677-2774.

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.

Board & Staff Retreat Venues San Fernando Valley nonprofits sometimes need a no-cost or low-cost venue for a Board or staff retreat, or for a staff or volunteer education program they want to conduct off-site. This list, compiled by Valley Nonprofit Resources, offers a number of suggestions for venues. All information was obtained from the websites of the organizations listed and/or their representatives, and VNR does not endorse them or the accuracy of the information, but the list is a place to start. View the list (.pdf).

INP Partners helps nonprofits with their program evaluation and other data needs by providing sophisticated data management and custom-formatted analytics  and reports through a proprietary software system that links data from programs, finance, HR, development and other business units even when the nonprofit's own software systems can't "talk to each other."  Services require no software or integration investments; INP securely uploads client-provided data to the cloud and delivers custom-tailored results to clients through a secure web portal. INP Partners works on an annual subscription basis, allowing nonprofits unlimited requests for reports and analytics (with the fee based on the nonprofit’s size).  Results can be used by nonprofit staff, Boards and funders for everything from grant evaluation reports to internal efforts at operational improvements. For more information, visit the INP Partners website.