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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

Recovering – and Revisiting Your Mission

Date: Thursday, September 10, 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.

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.

Innovative Online Options for Donor Communications

Date: Wednesday, September 16, 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.

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 setup 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.

Reviewing Your Financial Management Options

Date: Wednesday, September 30, 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.

This free workshop offers an opportunity to review how your nonprofit handles its overall financial management operations, through an interactive discussion of these questions: Do you have an overall financial management plan or operations manual? How well does your accounting software work? Who handles financial management internally or externally and might they benefit from further training? What financial reports get generated for the ED and Board, and how might they be improved? What internal financial controls do you have in place? The workshop will put responses to these questions in the larger context of the coronavirus and its impact on nonprofit operations and financing. It will be led by Lydia Floyd, of Simple Data Nonprofit Consulting, who has an accounting degree and also is a nonprofit consultant - plus she is ED of a small nonprofit. 

Anti-Racism Learning and Action for Nonprofit Leaders

Date: Tuesday, October 6, 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.

Anti-racism work focuses on directly opposing racism, discrimination and prejudice. It includes taking an unapologetic stance and utilizing interventions that directly call out racist and discriminatory practices, policies and behaviors through advocacy, activism and allyship. This free workshop will help nonprofit leaders, both staff and board, learn about these concepts, and apply them through staff training, written policies, and collaborative work in the communities they serve. It will be led by CSUN Professor Allen Lipscomb, an expert on the topic who has recently worked through VNR on diversity, equity and inclusion challenges of Valley nonprofits, and who also is conducting a research study on anti-racism skills and understanding of local nonprofit leaders. Professor Lipscomb also will offer VNR-supported technical assistance to a select group of Valley nonprofits, providing staff training and assistance in developing a written policy on anti-racism. This event is supported in part by a grant from The California Wellness Foundation.

Health and Human Services Nonprofit Leaders Roundtable Special Session on Anti-Racism

Date: Tuesday, October 20, 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.

Anti-racism work focuses on directly opposing racism, discrimination and prejudice. It includes taking an unapologetic stance and utilizing interventions that directly call out racist and discriminatory practices, policies and behaviors through advocacy, activism and allyship. This special session of the Health and Human Services Nonprofit Leaders Roundtable will aim to help nonprofit leaders in turn help their patients or clients to better handle these complex challenges. The Roundtable is in its third year of bringing together nonprofit leaders in health and human services to learn, share and build networks here in the San Fernando Valley. This session will be led by CSUN Professor Allen Lipscomb, an expert on the topic who has recently worked through VNR on diversity, equity and inclusion challenges of Valley nonprofits, and who also is conducting a research study on anti-racism skills and understanding of local nonprofit leaders. This event is supported in part by a grant from The California Wellness Foundation.


Community Workshops and Conferences

Creating A Budget Narrative

Date: Tuesday, September 15, 2020 – 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Location: Online
Cost: $95
For more information and to register for this event, please visit Center for Nonprofit Management: Creating A Budget Narrative (webpage)

If you think that your budget is just about giving structure to your organization’s plans and financial health, then think again. A budget tells a story to potential funders, and crafting that story is an opportunity to set yourself apart from competitors. This interactive virtual seminar will show participants to how develop effective budget justifications - enabling them to make a strong case for support.

Starting & Sustaining A New Nonprofit

Date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020 – 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Location: Online
Cost: $40
For more information and to register for this event, please visit Center for Nonprofit Management: Starting and Sustaining a New Nonprofit (webpage)

This introductory course will cover both legal and programmatic fundamentals for starting a nonprofit, including best practices for designing successful programs, recruiting an effective board, developing a sustainable fundraising plan, forming a California nonprofit corporation and applying for tax exemption, and complying with ongoing tax and legal requirements.

Change Management

Date: Friday, September 25, 2020 – 12:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Location: Online
Cost: $100
For more information and to register for this event, please visit The Nonprofit Partnership: Change Management (webpage)

Nonprofit leaders are experiencing a rapidly changing and volatile environment that makes the task of keeping an organization afloat increasingly tricky. How does an organization survive and even thrive? To understand the mechanics of organizational survival, it helps to look at the successes and failures of the past. One of the best known and most illustrative failures of all time? The Titanic. By examining the tragic events surrounding the Titanic, this workshop will help participants discover the tools and strategies to manage change and reinvent organizations to succeed, no matter what disruptions come along.

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.