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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

Employment Law Update 2020: Legal Issues Facing All Nonprofits Nonprofits
Date: Wednesday, January 29th, 2020 – 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Location: District Offices of LA City Councilmember Bob Blumenfield
Cost: FREE

For more information, contact VNR Project Coordinator Ashley Wright at 818/677-2774 or ashley.wright.2@csun.edu.

Employers: Are you ready for 2020? There is an avalanche of new laws and legal trends that will impact your organization including who can be classified as an independent contractor (the ABC test and AB 5), restrictions on arbitration agreements, meal/rest period legal claims and CA required forms and policies. This workshop will focus on these changes and will be presented by Al Landegger, Managing Partner of Landegger Baron Law Group, which specializes in defense of employers - with an emphasis on representing nonprofits.

The Care and Feeding of Board Members: An Online Course for Nonprofit Leaders
Date: Tuesdays, February 4th & 18th and March 3rd, 2020 – Time TBA
Location: Online Course
Cost: FREE

For more information, contact VNR Project Coordinator Ashley Wright at 818/677-2774 or ashley.wright.2@csun.edu.

Led by VNR Senior Consultant Janet Levine, of Janet Levine Consulting, this six-week Zoom course is aimed at nonprofit executive directors and senior staff interested in building engagement of Board members - particularly in fundraising. The course will cover clarifying expectations for Board members and getting buy-in to fundraising and other organizational activities; how staff can support Board members; and creating processes for Board recruitment and onboarding that support increased engagement. Janet Levine has conducted two successful online courses previously for VNR. This course will have three 90-minute Zoom group trainings and in-between there will be three half-hour individual coaching sessions, either by Zoom or telephone. Thus participants need never leave their desks to fully participate in this training! The course is part of the VNR Leadership Initiative, and is free of charge to participants thanks to the generous support of VLI’s funders. The course requires a total six-hour time commitment and is limited to ten participants - to allow individual attention. Early application is advised.

Tuning Up Your Nonprofit’s Budget
Date: Thursday, March 5, 2020 – 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Location: Valley Jewish Community Center, Woodland Hills
Cost: FREE

For more information, contact VNR Project Coordinator Ashley Wright at 818/677-2774 or ashley.wright.2@csun.edu.

Join CPA Lewis Sharpstone, whose practice includes many nonprofits, to explore how to prepare a truly meaningful budget, and how both senior staff and Board members can use a well-prepared budget in running a successful organization. Sharpstone says that a nonprofit budget is the route plotting where you think you want to go in your nonprofit automobile, and needs periodic tuning up to be sure you’re not veering off-course. In addition to providing templates for such useful nonprofit budgets and ways to do a tune-up, this free workshop will offer an opportunity to ask budgeting-related questions from an expert in the nonprofit accounting field.


Community Workshops and Conferences

Supervising for Success
Date: Tuesday, December 10, 2019 – 9:30 AM to 4:00 PM
Location: Center for Nonprofit Management, Los Angeles
Cost: $195

For more information and to register for this event, go to the Supervising for Success Eventbrite webpage.

Supervising people presents challenges as well as opportunities for growth. This seminar is designed for new supervisors and those who have had no formal training in their role. Join this event to sharpen skills to better manage, communicate with, and motivate staff.

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.