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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

NEW DATE: What Shape Should You Be? Strategic Re-Structuring for Valley Nonprofits

Date: Thursday, February 24, 2021 – 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.

Especially in this pandemic era, to survive nonprofits must be creative and flexible - and many want to explore mergers, back office consolidations, and partnerships that are more than MOUs or informal agreements. These nonprofit “shapes” are options of strategic re-structuring. This free workshop will overview these options, including ways to find out more what might work for a particular nonprofit. Speakers will be Carrie Harlow, Nonprofit Sustainability Initiative; Jennifer Vanore, PhD, UniHealth Foundation (managing funder of NSI), as well as past NSI participants Brittney Weissman, NAMI Greater Los Angeles County; and Joan Maltese, PhD, Child Development Institute, who will share lessons learned with strategic re-structuring. The workshop’s co-hosts are Valley Nonprofit Resources, Community Foundation of the Valleys and NSI. Nonprofit EDs and other leaders from the San Fernando and Santa Clarita Valleys are encouraged to bring along a Board member to this event, since Board support is essential for success.

Health and Human Services Nonprofit Leaders Roundtable

Date: Thursday, January 21, 2021 – 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.

The Roundtable, presently convening online, is a special VNR service for these special times. It brings together health and human services nonprofit CEOs and senior staff in the San Fernando Valley for informal discussion of important topics and peer-to-peer networking, as well as guest speakers. Based on feedback from the October 20 session surveys, we will focus the first part of this meeting on the concept Prof. Allen Lipscomb shared with us - the “JEDI Committees” for handling the challenges and opportunities a nonprofit has with respect to anti-racism training and policy. The rest of the session will be devoted to our usual networking, problem-sharing, and thoughts about what 2021 holds for health and human services nonprofits. The Roundtable is coordinated by VNR, Valley Care Community Consortium and The Children's Burn Foundation and facilitated by Janet Levine of VNR and Janet Levine Consulting.

Increasing Your Digital Footprint to Raise Funds from Businesses

Date: Tuesday, January 26, 2021 – 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.

Concentrating on how nonprofits can build partnerships with business, this workshop will integrate innovative and traditional approaches. Led by Big Media USA CEO Tony DeMaio (Big Media has produced more than 20,000 podcasts and DeMaio was previously Director of Development for Galpin Motors), the workshop will highlight: (1) creative use of social media (for sharing testimonials and other purposes), (2) producing podcasts featuring business sponsors, (3) producing digital content like a magazine that highlights business sponsors, and (4) making podcasts or digital magazine articles part of a sponsorship package for a virtual gala. Also covered will be more traditional methods such as business networking by nonprofit board and staff.


Community Workshops and Conferences

Outcomes Thinking and Management: Shifting Focus from Activities to Impact

Date: Tuesday, January 12, 2021 – 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Location: Online
Cost: $49
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Funders increasingly want to invest in a nonprofit’s impact, not activities. In this workshop, participants will learn to shift their nonprofit organization's focus and communication tactics from activities to outcomes. Participants will discuss and learn how nonprofit organizations can develop frameworks for tracking the outcomes and impact of their work, and how to successfully articulate that to funders. This will be a hands-on session and participants will have the opportunity to identify outcomes for their own project or program and will create their own logic mode.

Enhance Your Cultural Humility & Competence for Client Work

Date: Tuesday, January 12, 2021 – 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Location: Online
Cost: $75-$95

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This interactive and dynamic presentation will encourage conversation around cultural humility, which begins with a humble and respectful attitude toward understanding culture in diverse communities. Active participation will be expected as participants explore diversity and intersectionality and its impact on the lives of clients. Conversations and sharing will focus on how to improve or enhance work with clients, moving toward culturally competent practice.

Five Keys Schools and Programs

Date: Wednesday, January 13, 2021 – 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Location: Online
Cost: Free

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Valley Care Community Consortium (VCCC) will be hosting a Zoom workshop for reentry and justice-involved adults living in the San Fernando and Santa Clarita Valleys seeking help. This workshop is open to anyone who works with this population including case managers, social workers, and care coordinators. This workshop will provide resources to reentry/justice-involved individuals seeking more information on the programs and services that Five Keys Schools and Programs has.

 Supervising for Success

Date: Wednesday, January 20, 2021 – 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Location: Online
Cost: $165-$190

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Supervising people presents challenges as well as opportunities for growth. This seminar is designed for new nonprofit supervisors and those who have had no formal training in their role. Participants will sharpen their skills to better manage, communicate with, and motivate staff. Participants will also walk away with new approaches for working with a team in a leadership role to best accomplish their goals.

Fundraising for Smaller Organizations

Date: Tuesday, January 26, 2021 – 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Location: Online
Cost: $75-$95

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Fundraising takes time and resources—things not always available to smaller nonprofits. Mix in the realities of the pandemic, a larger emphasis on issues of equality and racial justice, and the exhaustion of the election and it may feel like a recipe for disaster. But, as this workshop will demonstrate, there also is an opportunity to learn new techniques that will help build a fundraising strategy that is realistic, makes the most of time available, and helps to keep a nonprofit on track.

Starting & Sustaining a New Nonprofit

Date: Wednesday, February 10, 2021 – 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Location: Online
Cost: $40

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This introductory course will cover both legal and programmatic fundamentals, including best practices for designing successful programs, recruiting an effective board, developing a sustainable fundraising plan, forming a California nonprofit corporation and applying for tax exemption, and complying with ongoing tax and legal requirements. Participants will walk away with valuable resources, templates, tools, and tips on topics most critical to planning, forming, and growing a new nonprofit organization.

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.