Valley Nonprofit Resources

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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

AI and the Nonprofit Sector

Date: Thursday, November 9, 1-2:30 pm Pacific Time
Location: Online
Price: Free
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Few topics have generated so much public interest as artificial intelligence.  Join Vanderbilt University Engineering Professor Jules White, Director of Vanderbilt’s Future of Learning and Generative AI Initiative, and a widely recognized authority on this topic, for an analysis of how AI will have impact on the nonprofit sector.  Emerging impacts include on training of staff and volunteers, managing and motivating donors, analysis of large datasets, report preparation, and communication and outreach to communities.  Among the risks of AI for nonprofits are fake content and possible job losses.  Responding to Professor White’s talk will be Matt Kamin, Co-Partner of Envision Consulting; Jennifer Price-Letscher, CEO of Ralph M. Parsons Foundation; and Shanna Warren, CEO of Boys & Girls Club of Burbank.  The workshop will be moderated by VNR’s Co-Executive Director Dr. Thomas Backer.

Data for Impact: Strategies and Innovations

Date: Friday, December 8, 2023, 12-1:30 pm Pacific Time
Location: Online
Price: Free
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This workshop will help participants gain a comprehensive game plan for making data not just accessible but also actionable for program reporting and making programmatic change. Learn how to navigate the ethics of evaluation design and data collection, and to understand best practices in presenting your evaluation data. Discover effective techniques for displaying your data to convey your program's impact compellingly. The workshop also will explore innovative data collection methods, from interactive games to visual research methods. Whether you're a seasoned evaluator or just starting, this workshop will equip you with the skills and creativity needed to harness the power of data for storytelling and decision-making. The workshop’s speaker will be Dr. David Boyns, Professor of Sociology at California State University Northridge, and it will be facilitated by VNR Co-Executive Director Dr. Alejandra Acuna.

Community Workshops and Conferences

How to Conduct Board Recruitment in 3 Easy Steps

Date: November 9, 2023 12:00pm-12:45pm
Location: Virtual
Price: Free
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Sabrina Walker Hernandez has over 25 years of nonprofit experience in nonprofit management, fundraising, and leadership.  She understands what it’s like to work in a small organization and to wear multiple hats. Join her for this 45-minute interactive nonprofit webinar where she will show nonprofit leaders how to conduct board recruitment in 3 easy steps.

Collaboration Stories

Date: November 9, 2023 1:00pm-2:30pm Pacific Time
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Featuring past Nonprofit Sustainability Initiative grantees, Collaboration Stories will highlight the different shapes a long-term collaboration can take, what to know when navigating acollaboration, and share how these investments created sustainable impact. In this webinar, the goal is to educate nonprofit leaders about the many different shapes sustained collaborations can take.

Start Your Grant Writing Strategy Off Right!

Date: December 12, 2023 1:00pm-1:45pm
Price: Free
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Starting the year off with a strong plan and clear goals in place for grant writing will help ensure that a nonprofit can secure the funding necessary to achieve its goals.  This workshop, conducted by Diane Leonard, will provide a stronger understanding of successes achieved in 2023 and how to set goals for 2024 that will help expand grant-seeking strategy and result in increased revenue. The workshop will also discuss how to increase the engagement of nonprofit colleagues in being part of the grant planning process to further increase the chances for success.

It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year The 2024 Employment Law Update!

Date: December 5, 2023 8:30am-11:30am Pacific Time
Price: $60
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In this program, Karen Gabler from the LightGabler law firm will present an overall 2024 employment law update. The three-hour program will review new employment law legislation for the upcoming year, as well as the prior year’s cases and administrative opinions impacting future workplace activity. Attendees will receive a detailed handout providing insights into at least 100 new laws, regulations and cases, along with practice tips for employers and human resource professionals.

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.