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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

Fight, Flight, or Freeze? Nonprofit Survival Strategies During Times of Uncertainty

Date: Thursday, November 9, 2017 – 12:00pm to 1:30pm
Location: Cri-Help, North Hollywood
Cost: FREE
For more information and to register for this event, please contact Ashley Wright at ashley.wright.2@csun.edu or (818) 677-2774.

How are nonprofit leaders responding to all the uncertainty in the current funding and political environment? CSUN Associate Professor Jodi Brown has conducted in-depth interviews with Executive Directors of San Fernando Valley nonprofits, and will report her study’s findings at this meeting of the Valley Providers Collaborative. Some ED’s have made a conscious decision to “stay the course” and see what happens next; others felt distress about the current environment but were uncertain about the next strategy to use in going forward to serve their vulnerable clients. This presentation is co-sponsored by Valley Nonprofit Resources and Valley Care Community Consortium.

Creating Sustainable Funding from Individual Donors: A Proven Model

Date: November 9, 2017 1-3 pm
Location: Los Angeles LGBT Center
Cost: Free
For more information, contact Meredith Dinneen at (206) 428-2150 or . To register for this event, go to http://www.benevon.com/intros/register-california

In this session, participants will learn how to implement a systematic process for engaging and developing relationships with mission-focused individual donors, how to create a culture of philanthropy, how to increase a nonprofit's visibility, and how to identify and cultivate individual donors. This session is geared towards key organizational leadership, including board members, executive directors/CEOs, development directors and volunteers.

Digital Workshop 2: Public Relations in the New Media World

Date: Tuesday, November 14, 2017 – 4:00pm to 6:00pm
Location: San Fernando Community Health Center
Cost: FREE
For more information and to register for this event, please contact Ashley Wright at ashley.wright.2@csun.edu or (818) 677-2774.

In the 21st century new media world, nonprofits have many PR options beyond the classic press release. Simple digital conversations among peers can capture a higher Google ranking than a mainstream media publication. It's less about managing information flow and pushing content - and more about creating content, networking and engagement. The digital age makes it faster, free, highly accessible and more effective for a nonprofit. This free workshop, led by corporate and nonprofit PR and fundraising consultant David Berkus, will identify new ways to effectively get the message out - with credibility to many targets and with ease and consistency.

Amazingly Successful Face-To-Face Solicitations: A Step-By-Step Guide to Asking in Person

Date: Wednesday, November 15 – 10:00am PST
Location: Online Webinar
Cost: $87.00
For more information and to register for this event, please visit: https://www.charityhowto.com/nonprofit-webinar/how-to-ask-for-a-donation?list=Upcoming+Live+Webinars

Do you know how to have an intentional conversation during which you ask a donor for a personally significant gift? Do you feel comfortable with gift negotiations? During this 75-minute interactive live webinar, Brian Saber, who has raised hundreds of millions of dollars for small and medium-sized nonprofits, will share with participants his most important findings over 25 years of successfully soliciting thousands of donors face-to-face.

How to Create a Powerful Case for Support – the Must-Have Fundraising Publication for Every Nonprofit

Date: Tuesday, November 28, 2017 – 10:00am PST (also available Tuesday, December 5 at 12:00 pm PST)
Location: Online Webinar
Cost: $87.00
For more information and to register for this event, please visit: https://www.charityhowto.com/nonprofit-webinar/how-to-create-a-case-for-support-for-your-nonprofit?list=Upcoming+Live+Webinars

The Case for Support is the cornerstone of every nonprofit fundraising effort. During this live webinar, nonprofit fundraising expert Heather Stombaugh will teach participants how to create a compelling, donor-centered Case for Support that will engage new donors, retain existing donors, and secure more donations.

Nonprofit 911: The Procrastinator’s Guide to End of Year Fundraising

Date: Thursday, November 30, 2017 – 10:00am PST
Location: Online Webinar
Cost: FREE
For more information and to register for this event, please visit: >https://learn.networkforgood.com/nonprofit-911-113017-the-procrastinators-guide-to-end-of-year-fundraising.html>

Join special guest Rachel Muir, CFRE, for the procrastinator's survival guide to year-end fundraising. This webinar is loaded with last-minute tips to boost the final fundraising push of 2017. Topics include: how to simplify a donation form, how to increase online donations, how to develop a thank you landing page that makes donors feel like heroes, email autoresponders that reinforce a campaign, and the number-one underused, inexpensive tool to ask for year-end gifts and ask scripts.

 

Marketing for Fundraising: No “Selling” Necessary

 

Date: Friday, December 1, 2017 – 9:30am to 12:30pm PST
Location: Center for Nonprofit Management, Los Angeles
Cost: $125.00
For more information, please contact Rachel Fox, (213) 346-3254 or .
To register, please visit: http://www.cvent.com/events/marketing-for-fundraising-no-selling-necessary/event-summary-78aa63180e774f5dbd24dc27d487d0f8.aspx

 

In this course, participants will learn how a marketing mindset can make the job easier and development efforts more successful. Participants will look at the role of marketing vis-à-vis the development function, gain insights into development from the world of for-profit marketing, investigate branding and its role in development, and investigate the power of community to fundraising success.

Digital Workshop 3: The ABC’s of Digital Fundraising

Date: Tuesday, December 5, 2017 – 4:00pm to 6:00pm
Location: San Fernando Community Health Center
Cost: FREE
For more information and to register for this event, please contact Ashley Wright at ashley.wright.2@csun.edu or (818) 677-2774.

Online fundraising is often more cost-effective than direct mail and events, and donors increasingly say they prefer to donate online. This free workshop led by digital fundraising consultant Arlene Zeichner will help nonprofits learn how to use e-mail, websites, social media (especially Facebook) and Google’s free AdWords to reach current and potential donors. Participants are encouraged to bring their laptops for this hands-on workshop.

Data-Driven Fundraising: Engaging Donors

 

Date: Thursday, December 7, 2017 – 11:00am to 12:00pm PST

Location: Online Webinar

Cost: $49.00

For more information and to register for this event, please visit: http://grantspace.org/training/calendar/online/2017-12-07-data-driven-fundraising-engaging-donors

 

During this one hour session, speaker Zach Shefska will discuss data-driven fundraising concepts, specifically segmentation techniques one should be using to identify donors to engage with at the end of the year. He’ll also discuss strategies and tactics aimed at helping to focus attention on the right donors at the right time and ultimately maximize the capacity to raise money.

 

Financial Management: Building Budgets

Date: Thursday, December 7, 2017 – 1:30pm to 4:30pm PST
Location: Center for Nonprofit Management, Los Angeles
Cost: $125.00
For more information, please contact Rachel Fox, (213) 346-3254 or rfox@cnmsocal.org.
To register, please visit: http://www.cvent.com/events/financial-management-building-budgets/event-summary-30eace3ec3d44ba6b1289a78caa523e0.aspx

This seminar emphasizes the importance of the budget in the overall planning process as well as elements in building a sound budget. The speaker will cover budgeting theory and help participants engage in a budgeting exercise. Topics include: types of budgets and their uses; departmental and organizational budgets; budget narratives; the relationship of budgeting to planning; and how to identify, monitor and control program-related costs.

Using Film to Change Attitudes About Homeless People

Date: Friday, December 8, 2017 – 12:00pm to 1:30pm
Location: CSUN Whitsett Room
Cost: FREE
For more information and to register for this event, please contact Ashley Wright at ashley.wright.2@csun.edu or (818) 677-2774.

CSUN Professor Luciana Lagana has created a documentary film featuring interviews with the Executive Director of the San Fernando Valley Rescue Mission, and with individuals from different walks of life who used to be homeless. The film is part of a research study exploring how to enhance attitudes of CSUN students towards people who are homeless.  Professor Lagana will show excerpts from the film and discuss the preliminary findings from her research. Sponsored by Valley Nonprofit Resources and co-sponsored by Valley Care Community Consortium, the presentation is free of charge and complimentary lunch will be provided.


Community Workshops and Conferences

 

Measuring the Effectiveness of Your Communications Work: A Two-Part Webinar Series

Date: Tuesday, October 17, 2017 – 10:00am PST (PART 1) & Thursday, October 19, 2017 – 10:00am PST (PART 2)
Location: Online Webinar
Cost: $199 ($99 for Part One ONLY)
For more information and to register for this event, please visit: http://www.nonprofitmarketingguide.com/resources/live-webinars/measuring-the-effectiveness-of-your-communications-work/

  • Part 1: Understanding Your Measurement Options
    • In Webinar #1, speaker Kivi Leroux Miller will focus on the key considerations, concepts, and choices involved in a communications measurement strategy.
  • Part 2: Customizing Your Measurement Dashboard
    • In Webinar #2, participants will learn how to decide what to measure and will also create a customized measurement dashboard for the communications team.

How to Write an Awesome Annual Report – a Step-by-Step Guide

Date: Thursday, October 19, 2017 – 12:00pm PST (also available Tuesday, October 24 – 10:00am PST)
Location: Online Webinar
Cost: $87.00
For more information and to register for this event, please visit: https://www.charityhowto.com/nonprofit-webinar/how-to-write-a-nonprofit-annual-report?list=Upcoming+Live+Webinars

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 organizations/ 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.

Gearing Up for Strategic Planning

Date: Tuesday, October 24, 2017 – 9:30am to 4:00pm
Location: Center for Nonprofit Management, Los Angeles
Cost: $195.00
For more information, please contact Rachel Fox, (213) 346-3254 or rfox@cnmsocal.org.

To register, please visit: http://www.cvent.com/events/gearing-up-for-strategic-planning/event-summary-e9596b50dd314141be7781c626797ed8.aspx

During this seminar, participants will gain an overview of key steps involved in creating an achievable strategic plan that stakeholders will be excited to implement. Speakers and participants will work together to decide what kind of plan to create, clarify the steps, and identify participants and their roles. Participants will also be equipped with lots of practical tools and worksheets that can be used in the planning process. This series is designed for the Executive Director, Board, and Leadership team.

Amazingly Successful Face-To-Face Solicitations: a Step-By-Step Guide to Asking in Person

Date: Tuesday, November 7, 2017 – 10:00am PST
Location: Online Webinar
Cost: $87.00
For more information and to register for this event, please visit: https://www.charityhowto.com/nonprofit-webinar/how-to-ask-for-a-donation?list=Upcoming+Live+Webinars

During this 75 minute interactive live webinar, Brian Saber, who has raised hundreds of millions of dollars for small and medium-sized nonprofits, will share his most important findings over 25 years of successfully soliciting thousands of donors face-to-face.

SFV Employer Advisory Council’s 2018 Employment Law Update

Date: Thursday, November 9, 2017 – 7:15am to 11:30am
Location: New Horizons, 15725 Parthenia Street, North Hills, CA 91343
Cost: $65.00 (before 10/13), $85.00 (after 10/13 and before 11/3), $95.00 (after 11/3 and at the door)
For more information and to register for this event, please visit: http://sfveac.org/events/mail-seminar-reservations/

California courts and our legislative representatives have been busy in 2017, planning new surprises for employers in 2018. To fully protect the workplace from costly employment disputes and administrative audits, California employers, managers and human resource professionals must stay abreast of the ever-changing landscape of employment laws in our state. In this fast-paced and informative seminar, employment attorney Karen L. Gabler of LightGabler will discuss the upcoming legislation for 2018, as well as cases and administrative opinions decided in 2017 that will impact employment policies and practices for 2018.

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: http://priceschool.usc.edu/programs/masters/mnlm/.

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: http://priceschool.usc.edu/programs/undergraduate/nonprofit-social-innovations/.

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: http://priceschool.usc.edu/programs/undergraduate/minors/nonprofit/.

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: http://priceschool.usc.edu/programs/masters/mpa/curriculum/specializations-and-recommended-courses/.

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: http://priceschool.usc.edu/programs/masters/mpp/curriculum/electives/nonprofit/.

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: http://priceschool.usc.edu/programs/certificate/nonprofit-policy/.