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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

Increasing Mental Health and Wellbeing in the Nonprofit Workplace

Date: March 15, 2023 4-5:30 PM Pacific
Location: Virtual
Price: Free
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As in all workplaces, staff in nonprofit organizations can benefit from five interventions presented in a new Surgeon General’s report - protection from harm, connection and community, work-life harmony, mattering at work, and opportunity for growth. In this free workshop, VNR Co-Executive Director Dr. Alejandra Acuna, who’s also a licensed social worker, will discuss how to integrate these essentials into the operations of nonprofit workplaces of all sizes - to increase worker and volunteer mental health and wellbeing. She’ll also present a brief case study and offer key questions about the practicalities of how to do this.

Community Workshops and Conferences

The Magic & Methods of Monthly Giving: Raise More Funds Each Month to Support Your Mission

Date: February 15, 2023 9:00 AM Pacific
Location: Virtual
Price: $50
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Implementing a monthly giving program can help support a nonprofit’s donor retention, as well as encourage donors to make reasonable, yet impactful donations. The “Magic and Methods of Monthly Gifts” will explore the benefits of monthly giving programs, organizational readiness for them, and methods for implementation and follow-up. Combining theory and practical application, the webinar will prepare participants to embrace the power and magic of monthly giving.


Finding a Needle in a Haystack: How to Successfully Research Grants

Date: Wednesday, February 15, 2023 10 AM Pacific
Location: Virtual
Price: $87
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This webinar will help nonprofits identify strong funding matches, create a plan for the year ahead, and ultimately facilitate grant funding success. Discussion will include how to best use the most common paid databases utilized by nonprofits for foundation research and integrate that research with free research tools to draft an initial grant strategy.  Proven tools and strategies can successfully compile the multitude of information and documents collected during the research process to create a prioritized proactive grant-seeking strategy.

Emerging Social Media Trends for Nonprofits

Date: Wednesday, February 22, 10-11 am Pacific
Location: Virtual
Price: $20
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Social media tools and trends are always evolving, and to be successful on social media, nonprofits need to embrace a strategy of flexibility and early adoption. This 90-minute webinar will explore emerging trends in social media and their potential impact on digital marketing and fundraising. Topics to be covered include: The rise of streaming fundraisers on Twitch; How Gen Z uses social media - with a focus on TikTok and Snapchat; The potential of social VR platforms in the metaverse, such as Meta’s Horizon Worlds; and How to launch an Influencer 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.