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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, 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

Strategic Planning: More than Just a Document
Date: Tuesday, November 12, 2019 – 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Location: Online Webinar
Cost: $35

For more information and to register for this event, go to the BoardSource website.

Critical components of nonprofit board governance are determining strategic direction and providing oversight. While strategic planning falls squarely within these responsibilities, it is often dreaded and misunderstood by nonprofit boards. With the right process, it can actually increase board engagement. A strategic plan is the roadmap for programmatic and financial sustainability. This webinar will enable participants to go beyond a basic work plan or one-day, self-led retreat and learn the most effective processes and practices for strategic planning success.

Fund Development for Small Organizations
Date: Thursday, November 14, 2019 – 9:30 AM to 4:30 PM
Location: Center for Nonprofit Management, Los Angeles
Cost: $195

For more information and to register for this event, go to the Fund Development for Small Organizations Eventbrite webpage.

This seminar will show participants techniques how to build a fundraising strategy that is realistic, how to make the most of time and other assets involved in fundraising, and how to stay on track to build and expand a development program.

Nine Competencies Today’s Nonprofit Leaders Need for Success
Date: Thursday, November 14, 2019 – 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM
Location: Online Webinar
Cost: FREE

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

During this live, online training, speaker Dennis Miller will provide an extensive overview of the nine competencies that today’s nonprofit leaders need to be successful. He will share a new perspective of the role individual leaders play within their organizations. Participants will be able to do a self-assessment for both themselves and their colleagues. They will also be able to create an improvement plan to refocus growth and successfully mentor emerging leaders.

Conflict Management Fundamentals
Date: Thursday, October 17, 2019 – 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM
Location: Center for Nonprofit Management
Cost: $125

For more information and to register for this event, go to the Conflict Management Fundamentals Evenbrite webpage.

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

Accidental Techie: How to Support Your Nonprofit Without an IT Backgroun
Date: Three Thursdays, November 7, 14 and 21, 2019 – 10:00 AM PST
Location: Online Webinar
Cost: $135

For more information and to register for this event, go to: Idealware Training webpage for this event.

This course is designed to give “accidental techies” a boost—in knowledge, resources, and confidence—to help embrace emerging technologies and thrive as an intentional techie. Over three weeks, trainers will show participants how to get through the big and small IT issues that most nonprofits face.

Supervising for Success
Date: Tuesday, November 21, 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.

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.