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.
Valley Nonprofit Resources
Welcome to Valley Nonprofit Resources
7/22/20 - Managing and Learning from Data
7/29/20 - Increasing Access to Capital
9/10/20 - Recovering - and Revisiting Your Mission
9/16/20 - Innovative Online Options for Donor Communications
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2020 Resource Directory for Nonprofit Capacity Building in Los Angeles County (.pdf) New.
October 2015 VNR Workshop at Strength United. ;Photo (above) of the San Fernando Valley courtesy of Randy Witt Productions.
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VNR as part of the CSUN community joins CSUN President Dianne Harrison in recognizing the role we all have to play in advancing justice and combating racism in the face of the senseless killing of George Floyd. President Harrison’s thoughts are on the main CSUN website. We are exploring how we can support the Valley’s nonprofit sector in making the changes that must come next.
VNR continues with Online operations - Zoom educational workshops, TA by phone and email, and eBlasts with information specific to COVID-19. VNR staff are working remotely and we’d be glad to hear from you. Stay safe!
VNR Recovery Initiative Launched in July 2020, the CSUN Valley Nonprofit Resources VNR Recovery Initiative (VRI) is aimed at helping San Fernando Valley nonprofits respond to the challenges of recovery and sustainability as Los Angeles more fully re-opens after the pandemic lockdown. Four Zoom educational workshops are being offered on (1) increasing access to capital (July 29), (2) revisiting nonprofit missions (September 10), (3) technology for donor communications (September 16), and (4) financial management operations through the recovery period (September 30). Technical assistance to selected Valley nonprofits also is being planned, as is an educational workshop on how nonprofits can better address racism amongst their own staff and in the community they serve. VRI is supported by small grants from Wells Fargo and California Community Foundation, and additional funding is being sought. For more information, contact VNR Project Coordinator Ashley Wright at 818/677-2774 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Managing and Learning from Data Nonprofits typically collect a lot of data - program, financial, fundraising, HR, and facilities. But they often are challenged to make good use of these data beyond compliance and basic reporting. This free workshop will help nonprofit leaders think about how to integrate all these data and learn to use the results for decision-making and for showing empirical results in an increasingly tight fiscal environment. It will be led by Josh Ciszek, CEO of INP Partners, who is an information systems consultant and a former nonprofit executive. Options for custom-tailoring data reports, helping Boards and EDs get more value from them, and looking at the whole organization’s data needs are among the topics he will cover. The workshop will be held on Wednesday, July 22, 2020, by Zoom from 4-5:30 pm. For more information and to register, please contact VNR Project Coordinator Ashley Wright at 818/677-2774 or email@example.com.
Increasing Access to Capital As nonprofits in the San Fernando Valley move towards initial recovery from the coronavirus pandemic, exploring alternative access to capital will be increasingly important. This means going beyond traditional sources such as bank lines of credit, and traditional funders (government, foundations, individual donors, fees for service). This free workshop will discuss some of the possibilities - Program Related Investments (PRIs) from foundations, loans from board members/donors (sometimes as a supplement to bank lines of credit), Community Development Financial Institutions, Nonprofit Finance Fund and other financing nonprofits, earned income from business ventures, etc. Speakers will be Sonya Blake, Executive Director of The Valley Economic Alliance, and OC Issac, Senior Vice President and Chief Credit Officer, Pacific Coast Regional Small Business Development Corporation. TVEA is the co-sponsor of this event, which is part of VNR’s Recovery Initiative (see above). The workshop will be held by Zoom Wednesday, July 29, 2020, 4-5:30 pm. For more information and to register, please contact VNR Project Coordinator Ashley Wright at 818/677-2774 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Recovering - and Revisiting Your Mission As nonprofits deal with the challenges of recovery from the coronavirus pandemic, they also encounter opportunities - such as the chance to revisit their mission in the clear light of so much change. This free workshop will focus on five critical questions to help with that revisiting: (1) Is our mission still relevant for the communities or constituencies we serve? (2) What do we offer that is better or at least different from other nonprofits with similar missions? (3) If we closed our doors, what would the community have lost? (4) Are we effective and efficient in our operation? And (5) Has our mission changed either in the last year or in the last four months? Janet Levine of Janet Levine Consulting, VNR’s Senior Consultant, will facilitate a dialogue about these five questions, and each participant will send their mission statement in advance, to be shared with all to start the discussion. The workshop is part of the VNR Recovery Initiative (see above), and will be given Thursday, September 10, 2020 from, 4-5:30 pm by Zoom. For more information and to register, please contact Ashley Wright, VNR Project Coordinator, at 818/677-2774 or email@example.com.
Innovative Online Options for Donor Communications Donors today want immediate responses to their inquiries, the ability to do convenient one-click donations, and personalized updates from nonprofits to which they donate. Even slight friction or delay can cause donations to be postponed or spent elsewhere. In this free educational workshop, you will learn how to set up and automate digital donor communications that respond to these donor needs. You will learn the basics of how to configure an “interactive chat-bot” on your website with a preset script that automatically answers your donors' frequently asked questions and solicits donations with an easy response. You will also learn how to use this same workflow and script for automated text message campaigns and Facebook Messenger Ad Campaigns that sync with your Facebook Page. Faculty for this workshop is Brian Frankel, a digital communications consultant working in the American and international corporate community who also is CEO of a Valley-based nonprofit. The workshop is part of the VNR Recovery Initiative, and will be held by Zoom on Wednesday, September 16, 2020 4-5:30 pm. For more information and to register, please contact VNR Project Coordinator Ashley Wright at 818/677-2774 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Resource Directory for Nonprofit Capacity Building in Los Angeles The seventeenth edition of this Directory (May 2020) offers a starting place to identify individuals and organizations providing capacity-building services and resources to nonprofit organizations in Los Angeles County. It provides information on Consultants, Foundations, Grantseeker Information Centers, Human Resource Provider Organizations, Information Centers, Management Support Organizations, Nonprofit Management Higher Education Programs, Nonprofit Resource Centers in Surrounding Counties, Technology Resources, and Volunteer Centers. Contact and brief descriptive information is provided. Download the 2020 Resource Directory for Nonprofit Capacity Building in Los Angeles County (.pdf).
Giving USA 2020 Giving USA is the most comprehensive annual report on philanthropy in America. This year's study presents prevailing trends and key benchmarks for philanthropy in the U.S. for the year 2019. To access the FREE infographic, or purchase the full report in a paperback ($129.95) or digital ($109.95) format, please visit the Giving USA website.
Executive Service Corps’ Developing Development Program (DDP) is a 12-month fund development program designed to help organizations build the tools and strategies they need to deliver their organization’s fundraising goals and empower the communities they serve. With guidance from a dedicated coach, organizations have the opportunity to find solutions to their specific development challenges. Going into its 17th consecutive year, DDP brings together both staff and board members to create and implement a robust fund development plan. For questions about the program, contact Janet McIntyre, Vice President of Programs & Training, at jmcIntyre@escsc.org or Meghan Maloney, Volunteer and Programs Manager at email@example.com.
The Nonprofit Partnership – Resource Library This resource library includes General Nonprofit Resource Pages, TNP Webinars for COVID-19 Response, HR Check-Ins, COVID-19 Nonprofit Response Resources, and Nonprofit Funding Resources- Emergency Funding and General Support. All resources and past webinars can be viewed free of charge. To access, go to The Nonprofit Partnership – Resource Library.
Stratiscope’s Community Intelligence Podcast The Community Intelligence podcast features prominent private and public sector leaders who have found success working with and engaging community. Each episode features a conversation between Stratiscope CEO John Bwarie and the guest who shares their experience, insights, failures, and successes related to their work with the community. For more information and to subscribe to the podcast, go to the Stratiscope podcast website.
In addition, the following are some special resources for nonprofits related to the coronavirus crisis:
LA Regional COVID-19 Recovery Fund offers grant opportunities of $5,000 for microentrepreneurs and $15,000 for small businesses and nonprofits. The grant program will offer a total of six rounds, opening July 6th through September 25th. The second phase will launch in the next few months and will include loans. The Recovery Fund is a partnership between the County and the City of Los Angeles and supported by partners such as Wells Fargo Foundation, Citi, and MUFG Union Bank Foundation to offer grants and loans and technical assistance. For more information: Los Angeles County Disaster Help Center at 833-238-4450 or visit the LA Regional COVID-19 Recovery Fund website.
Dr. Lucy Jones Center for Science and Society Working with both public and private sectors, the Dr. Lucy Jones Center increases communities’ ability to adapt and be resilient to the dynamic changes in the surrounding world. Currently, the Center is hosting a regularly-scheduled virtual forum featuring Dr. Jones, which focuses on helping small businesses (including nonprofits) understand the science of the epidemic and its impact as well as business experts providing resources and insights specifically for small businesses. These facilitated virtual forums provide an opportunity for Q&A, with questions being collected and posted after each week’s forum. For more information, go to the Dr. Lucy Jones Center for Science and Society website.
LAEDC's Community Connectory The Los Angeles County Economic Development Corp.'s Community Connectory provides resources for small businesses, nonprofits and vulnerable residents during this pandemic. To access the directory, go to the LAEDC's Community Connectory web page.
COVID-19 Recovery: Preparing Your Organization and Volunteer Program identifies four phases of disaster management as well as the five steps for nonprofit recovery planning. To access this article, go to the COVID-19 Recovery: Preparing Your Organization and Volunteer Program website.