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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

Preparedness Basics for Smaller Organizations
Date: Friday, January 11, 2019 – 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM (Conference is 7:30 am – 1:30 pm)
Location: CSUN University Student Union
Cost: $50
For more information and to register, please contact VNR Project Coordinator Ashley Wright via email or call at 818/677-2774.

As part of a larger Valley Economic Alliance business-nonprofit conference recognizing the 25th anniversary of the Northridge earthquake, this workshop will discuss how nonprofits can be more ready to recover from earthquakes, power blackouts, wildfires and other disasters. The event will be moderated by Thomas E. Backer, PhD of Valley Nonprofit Resources and will include a presentation by Larry Ballesteros, Disaster Preparedness Consultant and City of Glendale Police Officer. The workshop is funded by grants from Dwight Stuart Youth Fund, Kaiser Permanente, UniHealth Foundation and Wells Fargo.

Health and Human Service Nonprofit Executive Directors Roundtable
Date: Tuesday, January 29, 2019 – 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Location: Children’s Burn Foundation
Cost: FREE
For more information and to register, please contact VNR Project Coordinator Ashley Wright via email or call at 818/677-2774.

The Health and Human Service Nonprofit Executive Directors Roundtable brings together health and human service nonprofit CEOs in the San Fernando Valley for informal discussion of important topics and peer-to-peer networking, as well as guest speakers. As before, we’ll have an agenda split between going round the table for updates and requests for information or problem solving, followed by a lightly facilitated discussion of a particular topic. Our discussion topic for the January 29 meeting will be project/team management technology platforms (such as Slack), facilitated by Anthony Ortiz-Luis of Valley Care Community Consortium. The Roundtable is coordinated by VNR, Valley Care Community Consortium and The Children's Burn Foundation, which will host the meeting in its conference room and provide refreshments.

Understanding the Role of Managerialism in Social Justice Nonprofit Organizations: Threats, Challenges, and Opportunities
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The Role of Nonprofit Organizations in Offering Physical Activity Related Programs Addressing Health Disparities in the San Fernando Valley
Date: Thursday, February 14, 2019 – 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM
Location: Zev Yaroslavsky Family Support Center, Van Nuys
Cost: FREE
For more information and to register, please contact VNR Project Coordinator Ashley Wright via email or call at 818/677-2774.

CSUN Assistant Professor Lauren Willner, PhD will present findings from her research project “Managerialism in Social Justice Nonprofit Organizations.” She will be joined at the event by CSUN Professor Zeynep Toker, PhD and CSUN Lecturer Lisa Chaudhari, PhD, who together will be speaking on their research project “Physical Activity Related Programs in the Valley’s Nonprofit Sector.” Both lectures will take place at a meeting of the Valley Providers Collaborative. These presentations are supported in part by HIRI Nonprofit Research Fellowship grants. For more information, contact VNR Project Coordinator Ashley Wright at 818/677-2774 or ashley.wright.2@csun.edu.

Recent Changes in Employment Law
Date: Tuesday, February 19, 2019 – 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Location: Strength United, Van Nuys
Cost: FREE
For more information and to register, please contact VNR Project Coordinator Ashley Wright via email or call at 818/677-2774.

There are many recent changes in California employment law, and every nonprofit is at risk for non-compliance. 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 workshop is funded by grants from Dwight Stuart Youth Fund, Kaiser Permanente, UniHealth Foundation and Wells Fargo and co-sponsored by Valley Care Community Consortium, Valley Providers Collaborative, CSUN Institute for Community Health and Well-Being, Reseda Community Network, Burbank Nonprofit ED Coalition, LA Family Housing and Valley Economic Alliance. For more information and to register, please contact VNR Project Coordinator Ashley Wright at 818/677-2774 or ashley.wright.2@csun.edu.

Improving the Organizational Network for Older Foster Youth in Los Angeles County
Date: Monday, February 25, 2019 – 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Location: Whitsett Room, CSUN’s Sierra Hall
Cost: FREE
For more information and to register, please contact VNR Project Coordinator Ashley Wright via email or call at 818/677-2774.

CSUN Assistant Professor Kimberly Kirner, PhD will discuss her research study about Older Foster Youth in Los Angeles County. The free lecture will be presented by CSUN's Valley Nonprofit Resources. Students, faculty, and Valley nonprofit leaders all are encouraged to attend.

How Stronger Communications Strategies Enhance the Five Stages of Development
Date: Wednesday, March 6, 2019 – 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Location: San Fernando Community Health Center
Cost: FREE
For more information and to register, please contact VNR Project Coordinator Ashley Wright via email or call at 818/677-2774.

This free workshop will explore how a nonprofit’s communications strategies can strengthen a development program – as part of an integrated, five step approach. For example, sharing a nonprofit’s “success story” in a compelling way can help inspire donors to deepen their commitments.  Session topics to be explored include how to identify and engage with donor prospects and cultivate them toward an ask. Whether you have staff or use consultants – or are doing it all yourself – this session will help a nonprofit create a great development program and effectively communicate to build a community of supporters over the long term. The workshop will be led by Susan Dunn, Principal, Dunn Communications and Jan McElwee, Principal, The McElwee Group. For more information and to register, please contact VNR Project Coordinator Ashley Wright at (818) 677-2774 or ashley.wright.2@csun.edu.

Handling the Challenges of Homelessness
Date: Wednesday, March 13, 2019 – 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Location: Los Angeles Family Housing
Cost: FREE

For more information and to register, please contact VNR Project Coordinator Ashley Wright via email or call at 818/677-2774.

LA Family Housing CEO Stephanie Klasky-Gamer will lead this workshop, which will include a tour of LAFH’s campus with its comprehensive services for people experiencing homelessness.  It will address another source of uncertainty for many nonprofits - how to refer or otherwise assist their clients, employees, volunteers or neighbors who may be experiencing homelessness. The workshop is funded by grants from Dwight Stuart Youth Fund, Kaiser Permanente, UniHealth Foundation and Wells Fargo and co-sponsored by Valley Care Community Consortium, Valley Providers Collaborative, CSUN Institute for Community Health and Well-Being, Reseda Community Network, Burbank Nonprofit ED Coalition, LA Family Housing and Valley Economic Alliance. For more information and to register, please contact VNR Project Coordinator Ashley Wright at 818/677-2774 or ashley.wright.2@csun.edu.


Community Workshops and Conferences

Supervising for Success
Date: Tuesday, January 8, 2019 – 9:30 AM to 4:00 PM PST
Location: Center for Nonprofit Management, Los Angeles
Cost: $195
For more information and to register for this event, please visit the Center for Nonprofit Management website.

This seminar by the Center for Nonprofit Management is designed for new supervisors and those who have had no formal training in their supervisory role. Topics examined will include managing other people’s performance, communicating effectively with staff, building teamwork and cooperation, developing and motivating a team, and transitioning from being “one of the team members” to the person in charge.

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: http://priceschool.usc.edu/programs/masters/mnlm/.

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: http://priceschool.usc.edu/programs/undergraduate/nonprofit-social-innovations/.

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: http://priceschool.usc.edu/programs/undergraduate/minors/nonprofit/.

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: http://priceschool.usc.edu/programs/masters/mpa/curriculum/specializations-and-recommended-courses/.

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: http://priceschool.usc.edu/programs/masters/mpp/curriculum/electives/nonprofit/.

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: http://priceschool.usc.edu/programs/certificate/nonprofit-policy/.