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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

Health and Human Service Nonprofit Executive Directors Roundtable
Date: Tuesday, June 25, 2019 4-6 pm
Location: Children’s Burn Foundation
Cost: FREE

For more information and to register for this event, please contact VNR Project Coordinator Ashley Wright via email or call 818/677-2774.

The 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 be focused on how executive directors can best shape their work environment for both efficiency and quiet time for creativity (by telecommuting, by having some “closed door” time, etc.).  The Roundtable is coordinated by VNR, Valley Care Community Consortium and The Children's Burn Foundation, which will host the meeting in its conference room and provide refreshments.

Sharing Leadership - Strategies for Nonprofit EDs and Boards
Date: Monday, July 15, 2019 – 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Location: San Fernando Community Health Center
Cost: FREE

For more information and to register for this event, please contact VNR Project Coordinator Ashley Wright via email or call 818/677-2774.

How do the Board and the Executive Director work together at your nonprofit?  Is leadership really shared or is there a bit of “us and them” (on both sides)?  This free workshop will explore how EDs (and other senior staff) and Boards can share leadership responsibilities.  The speakers will be Paul Hahn and David Riherd (for 25 years co-EDs of Wildlife Learning Center); Abraham Tetenbaum and Donna Wood-Babcock (Founder/Board Chair and ED respectively of Enrichment Works; and Eileen Barnett (long-time member of the five-person leadership group running the Musical Theatre Guild).  VNR’s Dr. Thomas Backer will begin with science-based principles of effective collaboration from his book, Evaluating Community Collaborations.  After hearing about three models for sharing leadership, there’ll be an open discussion with participants about their own experiences.  The workshop is partly sponsored by Southern California Edison and Wells Fargo.

Community Workshops and Conferences

Supervising for Success
Date: Tuesday, May 14, 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 Eventbrite webpage.

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.

How to Create A Strategic Online Nonprofit Communications Plan - A Step-By-Step Guide
Date: Tuesday, May 14, 2019 – 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM
Location: Online Webinar
Cost: $87

For more information and to register for this event, please visit the Charity-How-To website.

Join Julia Campbell, a nonprofit marketing strategist who has helped dozens of nonprofits create Strategic Online Communications Plans, and learn how to create a customized, workable, user-friendly Strategic Online Communications Plan. This webinar will walk participants step-by-step through the goal selection process, how to determine a target audience, how to craft a compelling message, how to select and prioritize the online platforms that will work best for your specific nonprofit, and how to measure results and report on progress and successes.

Employing the Absent Employee: Navigating California’s Leave of Absence Laws
Date: Thursday, May 16, 2019 – 7:30 AM to 11:30 AM
Location: New Horizons
Cost: $65 (if paid before May 3, 2019), $85 (after May 3, 2019), $95 (at the door)

For more information and to register for this event, please visit The San Fernando Valley Employer Advisory Council website.

California has more mandatory leaves of absence than any other state. To avoid costly litigation, employers must understand when a leave is available to an employee, what rights must be provided to the employee, and what employee obligations can be enforced. In this informative seminar, employment law attorney Karen L. Gabler of LightGabler will discuss California’s mandatory leaves of absence.

Connecting with Community Foundations: Your Partner Next Door
Date: Thursday, May 16, 2019 – 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM
Location: Online Webinar   
Cost: $49 ($75 on or after May 9)

For more information and to register for this event, please visit the Grantspace website.

With over 700 community foundations across the U.S., local placed-based philanthropic capital can be found right in a nonprofit’s backyard. This live, online training will address what a community foundation is and how it differs from other private foundations. Speakers will share actionable tips on how to engage local community foundations, how to build key relationships to access available grant dollars and other capacity-building resources, and how to sustain these connections to keep nonprofits in the best position to create long-term impact.

Conflict Management Fundamentals
Date: Tuesday, May 21, 2019 – 1:30 PM to 4:30 PM
Location: Center for Nonprofit Management
Cost: $125

For more information and to register for this event, please visit the Conflict Management Fundamentals Eventbrite page.

Many people choose to avoid conflict because it is uncomfortable and they don’t know how to start the conversation. This seminar is designed to provide individuals with tools for handling conflict in the workplace. Participants will leave with insight about their own go-to conflict management style, a basic introduction into mediation as well as strategies to communicate with the different personalities around them.

2019 501(c)onference
Date: Tuesday, June 11, 2019 – 8:30 AM to 6:30 PM
Location: Center for Nonprofit Management
Cost: $250 (if purchased by May 11), $295 (after May 11)

For more information and to register for this event, please visit the 2019 501(c)onference Eventbrite page.

The Center for Nonprofit Management’s annual conference reveals the tools nonprofits need to put strategy into action and accelerate impact. This gathering of community leaders provides an opportunity to share success stories, new approaches to new hazards, and ways to draw strength from diverse viewpoints. This year's theme, focused on how establishing common ground can set a course for sustainable momentum, will be brought to life through four tracks that will help: adapt to changes in the sector landscape, make impact evident through data, use creative leadership to bring teams together, and create impact that sparks movements.

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: