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Upcoming Events

You can also view the VNR Calendar for information about upcoming events and workshops being held by VNR and by other community organizations in the San Fernando Valley.

VNR Workshops and Conferences

Community Engagement and Collaboration Tactics for Nonprofits
Date: Wednesday, May 27, 2020 – 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM
Location: Zoom
Cost: FREE

For more information, contact VNR Project Coordinator Ashley Wright at 818/677-2774 or ashley.wright.2@csun.edu.

In the current state of the world, San Fernando Valley nonprofits have even more compelling reasons to work together with each other, and with the communities where they live and serve. This free workshop will present some basics about how nonprofits can engage with their communities, and how they can work with each other both formally and informally. Most of us know the time-honored principles, but they need to be re-thought in the time of the pandemic, and beyond when recovery begins. The speaker will be John Bwarie, Vice-President of the Lucy Jones Center (which holds regular webinars on how small businesses including nonprofits can deal with the pandemic), and CEO of Stratiscope, a consulting firm specializing in community engagement for cities, corporations and nonprofits. Handouts will be provided. The workshop facilitator (who also will speak briefly) will be VNR Executive Director Dr. Thomas Backer, a nationally-recognized expert on nonprofit collaborations.

Health and Human Services Nonprofit Leaders Roundtable
Date: Thursday, May 28, 2020 – 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM
Location: Zoom
Cost: FREE

For more information, contact VNR Project Coordinator Ashley Wright at 818/677-2774 or ashley.wright.2@csun.edu.

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. 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.


Community Workshops and Conferences

Virtual Engagement: How to Create Participatory Virtual Experiences that Keep Your Donors Engaged in Times of Crisis
Date: Monday, May 11, 2020 – 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Location: Online Course
Cost: FREE

For more information and to register for this event, go to: the Charity How To website.

COVID-19 is creating an urgent need for human connection in a time when virtual experiences are the only option - and connection is only created through participation. During this free hands-on training, participants will learn how to create a virtual engagement strategy, and steward their most important supporters through participatory experiences.

The Power of Visual Storytelling
Date: Wednesday, May 13, 2020 – 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM
Location: Online Course
Cost: $69

For more information and to register for this event, go to: the GrantStation website.

In this session, Lori L. Jacob with will discuss the power of visual storytelling. Participants will see examples of why sharing facts and stories is more powerful when combined with an image. Participants will also learn what works and what doesn't when using visuals in storytelling. This webinar will benefit fundraising and communication staff, especially staff making updates to websites and postings on social media.

Remote Staff: How to Develop a Highly Effective Nonprofit Staff by Promoting High Responsibility and High Freedom
Date: Thursday, May 28, 2020 – 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM
Location: Online Course
Cost: $87

For more information and to register for this event, go to: the Charity How To website.

This 90-minute interactive nonprofit webinar will show participants step-by-step how to build an impactful remote staff culture of team players who thrive on high levels of responsibility and are empowered through high levels of freedom. Participants will come away from this webinar with concrete actions they can take immediately to foster a successful remote nonprofit workforce for an organization by focusing on healthy organizational behaviors.

Alchemy Leadership Seminar
The Annenberg Foundation's three-day capacity building training is designed for EDs and board chairs. It is available at no cost to nonprofits in the Los Angeles region. The training addresses fundraising, board effectiveness, public involvement and accountability. To learn more and apply please visit  Annenberg Alchemy.

American Grant Writers' Association
The AGWA offers an online course that includes modules in Researching Grant Opportunities, Program Development and Proposal Writing, Professional Ethics, and Planning Budgets for Foundation and Federal Grants. In addition, the Association offers in-person workshops in various locations, has an online bookstore and a referral service that connects searchers with its Certified Grant Writers. For more information, please visit the American Grant Writers' Association.

Antioch University Los Angeles
Antioch University offers a master of arts degree in nonprofit management through an 18-month program for working professionals. Preparation for work in human service, religious, educational, community development, health care, arts and culture, environmental, foundation and other nonprofit organizations. For more information, please visit Antioch University Los Angeles.

Certificate in Nonprofit Leadership and Management
The Society for Nonprofit Organizations awards a certificate for students completing eight online courses from SNPO's Learning Institute. The Learning Institute courses are self-paced, and focus on core competencies of nonprofit leadership and management. To find out more and to enroll please visit SNPO's Learning Institute.

15 Days to More Engaging, More Inspiring E-Newsletters
This is a free e-course. Register for the course and get a free email every day for 15 days with tips and how-to's of effective newsletter writing. To learn more and register, please visit 15 Days to More Engaging, Inspiring E-Newsletters.

Center for Nonprofit Management Online Grantwriting Courses
CNM has partnered with Grant Central USA to offer grant writing courses online. These courses are an easy way to get grant writing training; they teach how to effectively find, write and submit proposals for government grants, education grants and nonprofit organization grants.
For more information please visit,  Online University - Grant Writing

Tseng College of Extended Learning, California State University Northridge
MPA and Certificate Programs at California State University Northridge offers many courses on nonprofit management subjects, such as basic nonprofit management, strategic planning, fundraising and human resources. These graduate-level courses may be completed as a graduate certificate only or as part of an MPA degree.
For more information, please contact the MPA office at 818/677-5635 or visit Nonprofit Sector Management - The Tseng College

USC Sol Price School of Public Policy - Nonprofits & Philanthropy Academic Program Options

Master of Nonprofit Leadership and Management is designed both for those with several years of work experience in the nonprofit sector as well as those looking to begin careers in this area. For more information, please visit the Master of Nonprofit Leadership and Management webpage.

Bachelor of Science in Policy, Planning, and Development: Nonprofit and Social Innovation Track prepares students to become leaders in the nonprofit community, engaging them with the necessary skills, introducing them to work alternatives in the nonprofit arena, and encouraging them to prepare themselves to work within an organization or start their own. For more information, please visit the Bachelor of Science in Policy, Planning, and Development: Nonprofit and Social Innovation Track webpage.

Undergraduate Minor in Nonprofits, Philanthropy, and Volunteerism is a four-course program for learning about the nonprofit sector – its organizations, philanthropy, and voluntary action. It is designed for students who plan to work in a nonprofit organization, volunteer with nonprofits, or pursue graduate work in a service-related profession. For more information, please visit the Undergraduate Minor in Nonprofits, Philanthropy, and Volunteerism webpage.

MPA Specialization in Nonprofit Management and Leadership has several specialization areas - Local Government, Nonprofit Management, Health, Public Finance, International, and Arts Leadership. For more information, please visit the MPA Specialization in Nonprofit Management and Leadership webpage.

MPP Specialization in Philanthropy and Nonprofit Policy is for those interested in how philanthropy and the nonprofit sectors can contribute to innovative public problem solving. For more information, please visit the MPP Specialization in Philanthropy and Nonprofit Policy webpage.

Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management and Policy is a 16-unit program that provides students with a foundation in nonprofit management and policy. The program develops nonprofit management skills and provides students with the knowledge needed to understand the increasing importance of nonprofits in society and their role in public policy. For more information, please visit the Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management and Policy webpage.