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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

Financing Alternatives and Financial Management
Date: Tuesday, November 13, 2018 – 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Location: Child and Family Guidance Center (Zelzah Campus in Northridge)
Cost: FREE
For more information and to register, please contact VNR Project Coordinator Ashley Wright via email or call at 818/677-2774.

Families in Schools COO and former Nonprofit Finance Fund executive Karla Salazar will join Valley Economic Development Corporation’s Alex Guerrero and an executive from Wells Fargo Bank for this workshop.  It will cover options for financing - ranging from bank lines of credit to specialized third-party organizations such as Nonprofit Finance Fund, along with state-of-the-art approaches to enhancing overall financial management.

Handling Upcoming Changes in Nonprofit Accounting Standards
Date: Tuesday, December 4, 2018 – 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Location: Child and Family Guidance Center (Zelzah Location, Northridge)
Cost: FREE
For more information and to register, please contact VNR Project Coordinator Ashley Wright via email or call at 818/677-2774.

Karen Miessner, Partner at accounting firm SingerLewak, will lead this workshop addressing recent changes in nonprofit accounting standards, and how they affect the accounting practices of both smaller and larger nonprofits. A free electronic toolkit for use in handling these new standards will be provided to all participants. The workshop is part of the VNR Uncertainty Initiative, and is funded by grants from Dwight Stuart Youth Fund, Kaiser Permanente, UniHealth Foundation and Wells Fargo and 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.

Involving Families in Self-Management for Latinos with Type II Diabetes
Date: Wednesday, December 5, 2018 – 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Location: San Fernando Community Health Center
Cost: FREE
For more information and to register, please contact VNR Project Coordinator Ashley Wright via email or call at 818/677-2774.

This free workshop will share results from a two-year project that developed and field-tested a Spanish-language Latino Multi-Family Group program to build family support for self-management of Type II diabetes.  Funded by a grant from UniHealth Foundation, CSUN Valley Nonprofit Resources worked with four local agencies as field test sites, in collaboration with Alex Kopelowicz, MD, Chief of Psychiatry at Olive View Medical Center.  Dr. Kopelowicz will lead this workshop, and all participants will be provided at no charge with a manual for bringing this program into their own setting.  Results from the field tests show that the program is especially effective in increasing patients’ confidence about their self-management skills. Audrey Simons and Rita Jauregui, who led the field-test at San Fernando Community Health Center, will share their experiences, and participants will be encouraged to ask questions about how the program can best be used in different settings, such as medical centers, FQHCs and community health and wellness agencies.

Testing a Film on Nonprofit Transitional Housing for Older, LGBTQ, and Homeless Individuals
Date: Tuesday, December 11, 2018 – 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM
Location: Whitsett Room, CSUN’s Sierra Hall
Cost: FREE
For more information and to register, please contact VNR Project Coordinator Ashley Wright via email or call at 818/677-2774.

CSUN Professor Luciana Lagana will present preliminary findings of her research using a film to reduce ageism and improve attitudes towards older, LGBTQ and homeless individuals. Supported partly by a HIRI Nonprofit Research Fellowship grant, the film will be shown along with lecture-discussion. The film features interviews with older LGBTQ individuals residing in transitional housing and with operators of this housing (highlighting challenges encountered by nonprofits in this arena, such as nearby homeowners worried about possible declines in local real estate values).

Community Workshops and Conferences

Supervising for Success
Date: Tuesday, November 6, 2018 – 5:30 PM to 8:00 PM PST
Location: Center for Nonprofit Management, Los Angeles
Cost: $195
For more information and to register for this event, please visit the Center for Nonprofit Management Website

This seminar by the Center for Nonprofit Management is designed for new supervisors and those who have had no formal training in their supervisory role. Topics examined will include managing other people’s performance, communicating effectively with staff, building teamwork and cooperation, developing and motivating a team, and transitioning from being “one of the team members” to the person in charge.

How Do You Measure Up? Your How-To Guide to Success Using Fundraising Metrics
Date: Tuesday, November 13, 2018 – 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM PST
Location: Online Webinar
Cost: $87
For more information and to register for this event, please visit the Charity How to website.

The measurement of key performance indicators in fundraising has become a best practice, relevant to all nonprofits.  This interactive webinar will help participants learn how to measure and use the Top 10 Key Performance Indicators in fundraising. By the end of the session, participants will have the tools necessary to measure fundraising metrics and know how use them to improve fundraising success over time.

How to Create a New Donor Welcome System for Your Nonprofit Using Your Website, Email, and Social Media
Date: Thursday, November 15, 2018 – 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM PST
Location: Online Webinar
Cost: $87
For more information and to register for this event, please visit the Charity How to website.

Nonprofits spend enormous amounts of time and money getting new donors, when it’s more cost effective to retain existing donors they already have! During this webinar, digital marketing strategist Julia Campbell will show participants how to improve donor retention with a simple Donor Welcome System that delights new donors, inspires them, and increases their loyalty to the nonprofit. Whether a nonprofit is large or small, has a huge donor database or is just starting out, Campbell will discuss how to put a Donor Welcome System in place to acknowledge, thank, and most importantly, retain new donors.

How Your Nonprofit Can Get $10K Per Month In Free Google Advertising
Date: Tuesday, December 4, 2018 – 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM PST (Also available Tuesday, December 11 - 10:00 AM to 11:00 PM PST)
Location: Online Webinar
Cost: FREE
For more information and to register for this event, please visit the Charity How to website.

Google Grants gives eligible nonprofits $10,000 per month in free online advertising to promote their organizations and causes on During this webinar, Simon Choy, who currently manages over $2 million in annual Google Grants funding, will tell participants everything they need to know about the program, how it can benefit their nonprofit, and the process of applying for the grant. He will also highlight what is required to succeed when using Google Grants and tell participants about a paid service that will get them more than their money's worth.

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:

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:

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:

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:

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:

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: