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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

Canoga Park Recovery Roundtable

Date: Wednesday, April 7, 2021 – 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 we come slowly out of the worst of the pandemic, people, organizations and communities all need to deal with the trauma that the last year has created for many. Isolation, grief, financial loss, unwanted changes and uncertainty all are part of this trauma. Successful recovery includes helping people understand and cope with their emotional and physical reactions. This event will help nonprofit leaders in Canoga Park explore how a positive approach to handling trauma can be part of recovery. It will begin with some suggestions from Alejandra Sandoval, MPH, CHES of Strength United, an expert on coping with trauma - followed by brainstorming and discussion by all participants about how to handle trauma in their own nonprofits, and how they might work together on recovery challenges with other nonprofits in Canoga Park. It is co-sponsored by Valley Nonprofit Resources, the Institute for Community Health & Wellbeing, and Strength United - all part of CSUN. Neighborhood Partners in Action also is a co-sponsor, and the Roundtable is part of the VNR Recovery Initiative.

Burbank/Glendale Recovery Roundtable

Date: Wednesday, April 14, 2021 – 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 we come slowly out of the worst of the pandemic, people, organizations and communities all need to deal with the trauma that the last year has created for many. Isolation, grief, financial loss, unwanted changes and uncertainty all are part of this trauma. Successful recovery includes helping people understand and cope with their emotional and physical reactions. This event will help nonprofit leaders in Burbank and Glendale explore how a positive approach to handling trauma can be part of recovery. It will begin with some suggestions from Alejandra Sandoval, MPH, CHES of Strength United, an expert on coping with trauma - followed by brainstorming and discussion by all participants about how to handle trauma in their own nonprofits, and how they might work together on recovery challenges with other nonprofits in Burbank or Glendale. It is co-sponsored by Valley Nonprofit Resources, the Institute for Community Health & Wellbeing, and Strength United - all part of CSUN. The Burbank and Glendale Nonprofit Executive Directors Coalitions also are co-sponsors, and the Roundtable is part of the VNR Recovery Initiative.

Reseda Recovery Roundtable

Date: Wednesday, April 15, 2021 – 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 we come slowly out of the worst of the pandemic, people, organizations and communities all need to deal with the trauma that the last year has created for many. Isolation, grief, financial loss, unwanted changes and uncertainty all are part of this trauma. Successful recovery includes helping people understand and cope with their emotional and physical reactions. This event will help nonprofit leaders in Reseda explore how a positive approach to handling trauma can be part of recovery. It will begin with some suggestions from Alejandra Sandoval, MPH, CHES of Strength United, an expert on coping with trauma - followed by brainstorming and discussion by all participants about how to handle trauma in their own nonprofits, and how they might work together on recovery challenges with other nonprofits in Burbank or Glendale. It is co-sponsored by Valley Nonprofit Resources, the Institute for Community Health & Wellbeing, and Strength United - all part of CSUN. The Reseda Community Network also is a co-sponsor, and the Roundtable is part of the VNR Recovery Initiative.

Succession Planning and Pandemic Recovery

Date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021 – 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.

Preparing for planned or unplanned succession of nonprofit Executive Directors, as well as key Board members and - for larger nonprofits - senior staff, always has been important.  Smart nonprofits have written, Board-approved plans for succession, even if change may be (or seem to be!) far off into the future. Such plans are even more important at this time, when most nonprofits are wrestling with how to recover full functioning in everything from services to community outreach to fundraising. This free workshop will explore succession planning from multiple perspectives - how to stay prepared through regular organizational assessment, how financial management needs to be addressed, how to deal with the psychological stresses of transition, and the impact of succession on the nonprofit’s strategic plan. Speakers will be Lydia Floyd, CEO, Simple Data Nonprofit Consulting (and also ED of a small nonprofit); and Janet Levine, principal of Janet Levine Consulting and also VNR’s Senior Consultant. VNR Executive Director Dr. Thomas Backer will moderate the session. The workshop is part of the VNR Recovery Initiative.

The Road Back to Live Fundraising Events

Date: Tuesday, May 18, 2021 – 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 March 2020 nonprofit organizations started making a frantic pivot to virtual events and then spent the rest of the year scrambling up the steep learning curve that comes with online fundraising. This year brings the new challenge of deciding how to comfortably transition back to live events, and these decisions must be made without much clarity as to when this can happen and what the new landscape of safe in-person gatherings will look like. This free 90-minute workshop, led by 20-year nonprofit event producer A.J. Steinberg of Queen Bee Fundraising, will share some of the best options for transitioning back to live events, how to gauge stakeholders' comfort levels for live gatherings, what parts of virtual events are here to stay, and why hybrid events are not a great option.


Community Workshops and Conferences

Professional Grantwriting Tactics

Date: Tuesday, April 13, 2021 – 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Location: Online
Cost: $75-$95

For more information and to register for this event, go to: Center for Nonproft Management: Professional Grantwriting Tactics webpage.

Grantwriting is a high-stakes game. This interactive workshop explores the tactics that underlie strong proposals. Participants will consider sections of real proposals, assume the vantage point of reviewers through role play, and rewrite them together. Topics covered include organizational positioning and communication, foundation trends and perspectives, and program planning and team organization.

Strategies for Successful Virtual Events & Online Fundraising

Date: Wednesday, April 14, 2021 – 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Location: Online
Cost: $75-$95

For more information and to register for this event, go to: Center for Nonproft Management: Strategies for Successful Virtual Events & Online Fundraising.

During this interactive workshop, participants will learn how to determine what kind of virtual event is best suited for an organization. Speakers will cover all types of events: converting an existing event to virtual, creating a new event, or utilizing a hybrid structure with virtual and in-person components. Participants will gain insight on the various types of available digital platforms and event spaces and explore how to best utilize each.

Disrupting Inequity in Your Talent Cycle

Date: Thursday, April 29, 2021 – 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Location: Online
Cost: $75-$95

For more information and to register for this event, go to: Center for Nonproft Management: Disrupting Inequity in Your Talent Cycle.

If an organization hasn’t yet started working on 'Diversity and Inclusion' or 'Anti-Racist' work, chances are that inequity is running on autopilot and needs to be rooted out. This interactive seminar will explore five ways to begin the journey of disrupting inequity in the workplace - starting with the hiring process. Speakers will review the types of biases, how well-intentioned hiring teams fall into these traps, and ways to avoid them.

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.