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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

Managing and Learning from Data

Date: Wednesday, July 22, 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.

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.

Increasing Access to Capital

Date: Wednesday, July 29, 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 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.

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.


Community Workshops and Conferences

The Grieving Workforce: A Guide for Leaders

Date: Thursday, July 14, 2020 – 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM
Location: Online
Cost: $50
For more information and to register for this event, go to the Center for NonProfit Management website: The Grieving Workforce: A Guide for Leaders event.

The re-opening of our economy means that nonprofit leaders will be expected to get compliance, engagement, productivity, creativity, and innovation from a workgroup that is suffering from having endured some of the most traumatizing events in recent history. These same leaders are not immune to the recent trauma and tragedy and must do this work while processing their own pain and loss. This seminar is designed to give leaders a guide to bringing a grieving and traumatized workforce together and the tools necessary to lead them on the path to productivity.

Making an Ask: An Inclusive Approach to Individual Donor Cultivation

Date: Thursday, August 6, 2020 – 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM
Location: Online
Cost: $50
For more information and to register for this event, go to the Center for NonProfit Management website: Making an Ask, An Inclusive Approach to Individual Donor Cultivation event.

Both institutional and individual philanthropy often does not reflect the diversity of the communities being supported by their dollars. Yet, now more than ever, nonprofits seeking resources need to rely on the strength of their unique relationships with existing and prospective donors to gain support for their work in these challenging times. This seminar will present the equity case for developing an inclusive approach to individual donor cultivation and introduce the mechanics of making an ask and developing an individual giving program.

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.