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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

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.


Community Workshops and Conferences

Starting & Sustaining a New Nonprofit

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

Get more information and register for this event.

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.

Level Up Your Impact, Vision and Leadership In 2021

Date: Wednesday, February 10, 2021 – 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Location: Online
Cost: $75-$95

For more information and to register for this event, visit the Center for Nonprofit Management website.

In this three-hour workshop, participants will learn to tap into their vision for the world, remove mindset and other inner blocks to their potential, and create tangible action steps to increase outcomes for their organization - whether that's funding, deeper impact, or more visibility with the right circles.

Beyond Virtual Facilitation: How to Maximize Engagement and Tackle Wicked Problems in Your Virtual Meetings

Date: Tuesday, February 16, 2021 – 12:00 PM
Location: Online
Cost: FREE

For more information and to register for this event, visit the Charity How To website.

During this free hands-on training session, participants will learn the virtual facilitation tools, tips, and tricks needed to build trust, spark ideas, and foster collaboration in virtual meetings.

Nonprofit 101

Date: Wednesday, February 17 or Thursday, February 18, 2021 – 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Location: Online
Cost: $110-$130

For more information and to register for this event, visit The Nonprofit Partnership website.

Join The Nonprofit Partnership for a look at what makes a nonprofit organization a “nonprofit.” Move beyond the mission to learn how nonprofits operate as a sustainable business while staying true to their commitment to their community. Speakers will discuss the different types of nonprofits, the elements and structures of nonprofit organizations, the role of the board, fund development and sources of income, and why nonprofits are so important to communities.

Exploring Succession Planning

Date: Thursday, February 18, 2021 – 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Location: Online
Cost: $75-$95

For more information and to register for this event, visit the Center for Nonprofit Management website.

More Americans are looking seriously toward retirement and yet, in the nonprofit sector, Executive Directors and board members aren’t sure how to plan for a successful transition – in one year, two years or any time. This workshop will explore what options will work best for strengthening an organization and preparing it for an eventual change in leadership.

Trust: The Key to Psychological Safety in the Workplace

Date: Tuesday, March 2, 2021 – 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Location: Online
Cost: $75-$95

For more information and to register for this event, visit the Center for Nonprofit Management website.

In this workshop, participants will learn the neuroscience behind why creating psychological safety in the workplace involves a delicate balance. They will learn how use tools to reduce fear within an organization’s staff and ways to increase levels of trust amongst them.

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.