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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

Navigating Managerialism: Experiences of Middle Managers in Social Justice Nonprofits
Mentorships for African American Male Social Workers in Valley Nonprofits
Date: Thursday, October 17, 2019 – 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Location: Zev Yaroslavsky Family Support Center, Van Nuys
Cost: FREE

For more information, email VNR Project Coordinator Ashley Wright or call 818/677-2774.

Two lectures with discussion following will be given at an upcoming meeting of the Valley Providers Collaborative. CSUN Professor Lauren Willner will discuss the concept of “managerialism” and her study of how middle managers in nonprofit social justice agencies deal with their managerial responsibilities. And CSUN Professor Allen Lipscomb will discuss his study of how mentoring can benefit African American Male Social Workers in Valley nonprofits.

Health and Human Service Nonprofit Executive Directors Roundtable
Date: Tuesday, November 12th, 2019 – 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Location: Children’s Burn Foundation
Cost: FREE

For more information, email VNR Project Coordinator Ashley Wright or call 818/677-2774.

The Health and Human Service Nonprofit Executive Directors Roundtable brings together health and human service 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. In addition to networking and informal problem-solving discussion, a section of this meeting will include a discussion about the future of the Roundtable - do we want to continue these meetings? Quarterly or on some other schedule? What format works best? The Roundtable is coordinated by VNR, Valley Care Community Consortium and The Children's Burn Foundation.

Building Future Leadership of Family Foundations
Date: Tuesday, November 19, 2019 – 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Location: Strength United, Van Nuys
Cost: FREE

For more information, email VNR Project Coordinator Ashley Wright or call 818/677-2774.

As wealth continues to transfer from one generation to another, younger generations need to become more actively involved in their family’s foundation Shirley Welk Fredricks and her family’s Lawrence Welk Family Foundation have been pioneers in structuring and growing multigenerational leadership - including grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Jan Kern and her Family Foundation Information Exchange groups, based at Southern California Grantmakers, has been a pioneer in bringing together family foundations leaders to share with and help each other with the challenges of leadership and operations. This free workshop, offered to San Fernando Valley family foundations, will feature these two leaders in conversation with Dr. Thomas Backer, who has studied philanthropy (including a year-long study of FFIX commission by the Annie E. Casey Foundation) for more than 30 years.

Community Workshops and Conferences

Technology for Recruiting Volunteers
Date: Thursday, September 12, 2019 – 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Location: Online Webinar
Cost: FREE

For more information and to register for this event, go to the IdealWare: Free Webinar: Technology for Recruiting Volunteers webpage.

In this webinar, participants will learn about services that help to recruit volunteers from a pool of people who have already confirmed their interest, opportunities to get professional guidance to support the volunteer search and ways to help design productive volunteer engagements.

The IDEAL Conference
Date: Wednesday, September 18, 2019 (1:00pm to 8:00pm) & Thursday, September 19, 2019 (7:00am to 8:00pm)
Location: The Garland Hotel, North Hollywood
Cost: Exclusive VIP Roundtable Event - $195; Small Business & Non-profit Summit - $345 ($395 after August 1st); 2 Day Exclusive Access Bundle - $525 ($590 after August 1st)

For more information and to register for this event, go to:  the Ideal Conference website.

Small business owners and nonprofit professionals face similar difficulties in visibility/ crowd sourcing, and maximizing productivity with limited resources and personnel. During this two-day event, participants will learn how to address these challenges and take action. On September 18, participants will have an exclusive opportunity to network and hear from industry experts, in small groups of no more than 10 people, at the VIP Roundtable event (limited to 60 participants). September 19th’s Small Business & Nonprofit Summit (limited to 300 participants) is packed with an opening policy panel and 24 powerful sessions to help participants build a personal brand and grow a successful business.

How to Successfully Tell Your Story in Your Grant Application
Date: Wednesday, September 18, 2019 – 10:00 AM to 11:30 PM (also available Wednesday, September 25 – 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM)
Location: Online Webinar
Cost: $87.00

For more information and to register for this event, go to the CharityHowTo: How to Successfully Tell Your Story in Your Grant Application webpage.

Storytelling is not only a key to successful fundraising efforts with individual donors. Storytelling is also a key element for successful grant writing. While some grant applications lend themselves to a major donor style storytelling approach, every government grant application also tells a story to the reviewer scoring the application. This webinar will address the differences in how to tell your story for foundation grant applications versus in government grant applications.

Supervising for Success
Date: Tuesday, September 24, 2019 – 9:30 AM to 4:00 PM
Location: Center for Nonprofit Management, Los Angeles
Cost: $195

For more information and to register for this event, go to the Supervising for Success registration page at Eventbrite.

Supervising people presents challenges as well as opportunities for growth. This seminar is designed for new supervisors and those who have had no formal training in their role. Join this event to sharpen skills to better manage, communicate with, and motivate staff.

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: