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 5,600 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.

October 2015 VNR Workshop at Strength United
October 2015 VNR Workshop at Strength United. ;Photo (above) of the San Fernando Valley courtesy of Randy Witt Productions.

Featured Events

  • 1/11/2019 - Preparedness Basics for Smaller Organizations
  • 1/29/2019 - Health and Human Service Nonprofit Executive Directors Roundtable
  • 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
  • 2/19/2019 - 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
Featured Publications

(visit Library for a complete list)
2018 Resource Directory for Nonprofit Capacity Building in Los Angeles County (.pdf)  Note: New Edition Available

In the News

Preparedness Basics for Smaller Organizations As part of a larger Valley Economic Alliance business-nonprofit conference recognizing the 25th anniversary of the Northridge earthquake, this workshop will discuss how nonprofits can be more ready to recover from earthquakes, power blackouts, wildfires and other disasters. The event will be moderated by Thomas E. Backer, PhD of Valley Nonprofit Resources and will include a presentation by Larry Ballesteros, Disaster Preparedness Consultant and City of Glendale Police Officer. The workshop, funded by grants from Dwight Stuart Youth Fund, Kaiser Permanente, UniHealth Foundation and Wells Fargo, will be held on Friday, January 11, 2019 from 10-11 AM at CSUN’s University Student Union. The overall conference runs from 8-11:30 AM. Co-sponsors of the larger conference are CSUN Valley Nonprofit Resources and CSUN College of Social & Behavioral Sciences.  The workshop is part of the VNR Uncertainty Initiative, co-sponsored by 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.

Health and Human Service Nonprofit Executive Directors Roundtable brings together health and human service nonprofit CEOs 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, January 29, 2019, 4-6 pm. As before, we’ll have an agenda split between going around the table for updates and requests for information or problem-solving, followed by a lightly-facilitated discussion of a particular topic. Our discussion topic for the January 29 meeting will be project/team management technology platforms (such as Slack), facilitated by Anthony Ortiz-Luis of Valley Care Community Consortium. 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 at 818/677-2774 or email Ashley Wright.

Understanding the Role of Managerialism in Social Justice Nonprofit Organizations: Threats, Challenges, and Opportunities
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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.

Recent Changes in Employment LawThere 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.

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 HomelessnessLA 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.