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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

Creating Social Media Videos to Drive Fundraising

Date: Tuesday, February 8, 2022 from 4-5:30 pm
Location: Zoom
Cost: FREE
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This free workshop will teach you a step-by-step process to create video content for social media. Well-made short videos can turn views into donations, especially with younger audiences. TikTok, Instagram, Facebook and other social media platforms are purpose-built to show off your nonprofit’s stories of success and highlight your clients’ needs. And they are inexpensive too - just open the camera on your smartphone, record your mission in action, and upload! The videos you create also can be posted on your website and embedded in emails. Social media expert and VNR Program Administrator Brian Frankel will lead this workshop.

Handling Leadership and Staff Transitions

Date: Wednesday, March 2, 2022 from 1:30-3 pm
Location: Child Development Institute’s Reseda campus
Cost: FREE
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Today many nonprofit CEOs are retiring or thinking of retiring, and hiring new staff at all levels can be difficult - especially during recovery from the pandemic. This workshop will address both challenges, and it will be the first in-person learning event Valley Nonprofit Resources has had in two years! Speakers will be:

  • Julie Truong, founder and principal of Leadership Savvy, an expert consultant on transitions
  • Dr. Joan Maltese and Tessa Graham, co-CEOs of Child Development Institute as it makes a major leadership transition; and
  • Pierre Arreola (Executive Director) and Ninette Ayala (Board Member), of AWOKE, a youth development agency which is quickly hiring employees and consultants thanks to a major increase in revenues.

It will be moderated by VNR Executive Director Dr. Tom Backer. Due to COVID requirements the event will be limited to fully vaccinated participants, and to a maximum of 30 (there will be a waiting list if needed). Also note the earlier time, so we can meet in daylight.

Community Workshops and Conferences

Fundraising for the Small Development Office

Date: January 12, 2022 at 9:00 AM
Location: Virtual
Price: $75
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Fundraising takes time and resources—things not always very available to smaller nonprofits. Add in the realities of a pandemic that doesn’t seem to want to go away and increased emphasis on issues of equity and racial justice, and fundraising may seem like an impossible challenge. This workshop will provide the opportunity to learn new techniques and build a fundraising strategy that is realistic, makes the most of available time and resources, and helps keep a nonprofit on track.

How to Launch a Legacy Society Program: Strengthen Your Planned Giving

Date: January 19, 2022 at 12:00 PM
Location: Virtual
Price: $50
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Launching a legacy program is essential to building out a nonprofit’s planned giving program. Legacy programs are a strategy to promote planned giving and to show donors that a nonprofit accepts planned gifts. Through a legacy program, nonprofits can steward donors and may connect with unanticipated planned gifts. This workshop will cover a number of strategies for how to build and strengthen a legacy society as a way to market and retain more planned gifts for the organization.

Create a Fundraising Plan for Growth and Recovery

Date: January 20 - 11 AM PT
Location: Virtual
Price: $69
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The economic outlook is improving, and many nonprofits are focused on rebuilding — or even expanding — in the year ahead. But it can be tricky to create an annual development plan with so much still in flux. This 75-minute webinar will feature experts explaining how to start when crafting a fundraising strategy for 2022, how to prioritize, and ways to build in flexibility so plans can be adapted as needed.

Craft an Annual Communications Plan That Pays Off at Year’s End

Date: February 10 - 11 AM PT
Location: Virtual
Price: $69
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Many nonprofits raise the bulk of their annual revenue in the last few months of the year. But to get the best results, it’s essential to lay a strong foundation for the giving season all year long. This webinar will detail how to create a smart 12-month outreach calendar, coordinate  messages on a variety of communication channels, and ensure no donors get overlooked. Simple but effective tactics will be presented to personalize your outreach, strengthen ties with supporters, and boost giving.

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.