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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

Building Nonprofit Boards in a Diverse World

Date: Tuesday, June 8, 2021 – 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM
Location: Zoom
Cost: FREE
For more information, contact VNR at 818/677-2774 or Jacqueline.edwards@csun.edu

Foundations and other funders increasingly require that nonprofits broaden their Board’s membership to reflect the diversity of the communities they serve, sometimes as a condition of funding. Board diversity also helps nonprofits achieve their mission by increasing their sensitivity to the diverse world they live in and serve. How do you do that, while continuing the involvement of long-time current Board members, and meeting fundraising and other goals the Board has? What does diversity actually mean for your nonprofit - what new types of Board members are actually needed? And how do you identify and recruit them? Answering these questions is particularly challenging as nonprofits recover from the pandemic, and are facing major realignments and stressful but necessary changes. This free workshop will address these questions, facilitated by Janet Levine, VNR’s Senior Consultant and principal of Janet Levine Consulting, who has worked with many nonprofits on the subject of Board diversity. Samona Caldwell, Government Affairs Coordinator at State Farm Insurance Companies California, will share some of her experiences as a board member, and Dr. Joan Maltese, CEO of Child Development Institute will share some of CDI’s challenges and successes with board diversity. The workshop is part of VNR’s Recovery Initiative.


Community Workshops and Conferences

Boards & Asking Styles: A Roadmap to Success

Date: Tuesday, June 15th, 2021, 1:00-1:45 pm EDT
Location: Online
Cost: Free
For more information, go to: CharityHowTo: Boards & Asking Styles: A Roadmap to Success Webpage.

Join presenter Brian Saber to learn how to use his iconic Asking Styles to improve your nonprofit board's governance and ability to fundraise.

Supervising for Success

Date: Wednesday, June 16, 2021, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Location: Online
Cost: $190
For more information, go to: Center for Nonprofit Management: Supervising for Success Webpage.

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. The seminar will help nonprofit managers to sharpen skills to better manage, communicate with, and motivate staff.

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

Date: Wednesday, June 23, 2021, 1:00-1:45 pm
Location: Online
Cost: Free
For more information, go to: CharityHowTo: Beyond Virtual Facilitation: How to Maximize Engagement and Tackle Wicked Problems in Your Virtual Meetings Webpage.

Learn the virtual facilitation tools, tips, and tricks needed to build trust, spark ideas, and foster collaboration in virtual meetings.

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.