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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 an Annual Development Plan: Guidelines for Small and Medium-Sized Nonprofits
Date: Tuesday, October 16, 2018 – 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Location: Reseda
Cost: FREE
For more information and to register, please contact VNR Project Coordinator Ashley Wright via email or call at 818/677-2774.

In this free workshop, participants will learn about creating a framework to build an effective annual development plan for their nonprofits, one that incorporates fundraising tools and how they can leverage current activities to achieve greater and sustainable success. Specific topics include: goal setting, tying goals to strategic plans, the ROI on different fundraising activities and how to utilize them strategically to achieve both financial and organizational positioning goals. Templates and worksheets that can be adapted to participants' specific organizations will be provided. The workshop will be led by Cassie R. Carter, Senior Consultant, Campbell & Company.

Re-Thinking Strategic Planning and Transition Planning
Date: Thursday, October 25, 2018 – 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Location: Strength United
Cost: FREE
For more information and to register, please contact VNR Project Coordinator Ashley Wright via email or call at 818/677-2774.

VNR Executive Director Dr. Thomas Backer and expert nonprofit consultants Janet Levine and Matt Zarcufsky will focus this workshop on how nonprofits can re-shape strategic plans to address uncertainty, and enhance transition planning for key staff and board members. CSUN Professor Jodi Brown will briefly share her recent research on how nonprofit leaders are handling uncertainty now. The workshop is funded by grants from Dwight Stuart Youth Fund, UniHealth Foundation and Wells Fargo. Co-sponsors are 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.

Financing Alternatives and Financial Management
Date: Tuesday, November 13, 2018 – 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Location: Child and Family Guidance Center (Zelzah Campus in Northridge)
Cost: FREE
For more information and to register, please contact VNR Project Coordinator Ashley Wright via email or call at 818/677-2774.

Families in Schools COO and former Nonprofit Finance Fund executive Karla Salazar will join Valley Economic Development Corporation’s Alex Guerrero and an executive from Wells Fargo Bank for this workshop.  It will cover options for financing - ranging from bank lines of credit to specialized third-party organizations such as Nonprofit Finance Fund, along with state-of-the-art approaches to enhancing overall financial management.

Community Workshops and Conferences

How to Write an Awesome Annual Report - a Step-By-Step Guide
Date: Thursday, October 11, 2018 – 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM PST (also available Wednesday, October 17, 2018 – 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM)
Location: Online Webinar
Cost: $35
For more information and to register for this event, please visit the Charity How To Website

In this 90-minute webinar, participants will learn how to craft an annual report that will inspire and engage donors. Topics will include: what an annual report is supposed to do (vs. what many nonprofits use it for), sections that should be included in an inspiring annual report, how to incorporate meaningful results, how to tell a story through an annual report, and publication options beyond print - social media, website, and digital books.

Finding Your Organizational Voice with Advocacy as a Board Leadership Strategy
Date: Thursday, October 11, 2018 – 11:00 AM to 12:15 PM PST
Location: Online Webinar
Cost: $87
For more information and to register for this event, please visit the Board Source Website

The evidence is clear: nonprofits that engage in advocacy are more visible, achieve higher impact and generally over time become stronger organizations overall. And boards play a critical role in insuring that advocacy work is successful and sustainable. Despite the clear benefits, board reluctance to engage in advocacy is a significant deterrent to many nonprofits’ decision to otherwise embrace advocacy as a leadership strategy. In this webinar, participants will learn the keys to achieving higher and sustained board engagement including the important role of the CEO and how to organize and engage a board to support advocacy. Participants will look at a case study of Jewish Family Services of San Diego and learn how they transformed their organization through advocacy.

Starting & Sustaining a New Nonprofit
Date: Wednesday, October 24, 2018 – 9:30 AM to 4:00 PM PST
Location: Public Counsel, Los Angeles
Cost: $40
For more information and to register for this event, please visit the Center for Nonprofit Management Website

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

Supervising for Success
Date: Tuesday, November 6, 2018 – 5:30 PM to 8:00 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:

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:

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:

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:

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:

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: