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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

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

The Hidden Power of Donor Surveys
Date: Monday, July 8, 2019 – 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM
Location: Online Course
Cost: FREE

For more information and to register for this event, go to: the Nonprofit Hub Webinar Registration webpage.

Fundraisers often suffer from a lack of curiosity about their donors and so many donations are from people who they know very little about. Fortunately, research shows that donors actually like it when recipients ask them questions about themselves and how they feel about an organization. Knowing that information can also be invaluable in guiding donor communication efforts. This session is for those just now discovering the power of donor surveys or those simply looking to up their game.

Supervising for Success
Date: Thursday, July 11, 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 Eventbrite Building your Management and Supervision Toolbox registration 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.

Cyber Security 101, Practical Ways to Protect Your Nonprofit, Three-Part Course
Date: 3 Thursdays, beginning July 11, 2019 – 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM
Location: Online Course
Cost: $135

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

This webinar series will cover how individual staff members can help to reduce threats, what the mechanisms of cyber-attacks are and how to protect against them at the organization level, and how to assess and plan for improvements in your organization.

How to Write an Irresistible Nonprofit Email Newsletter Your Supporters Will Love
Date: Thursday, July 11, 2019 – 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM
Location: Online Webinar
Cost: $79

For more information and to register for this event, go to: the Charity How-to website.

This webinar will show nonprofit participants, step-by-step, how to plan and publish a nonprofit newsletter email that engages more supporters, drives more actions and retains more donors.

Instagram for Nonprofits 201: A Step-by-Step Guide to Using Instagram for Raising Awareness and Money for Your Cause - Intermediate/Advanced Techniques
Date: Tuesday, July 16, 2019 – 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM (also available Wednesday, July 24)
Location: Online Webinar
Cost: $89

For more information and to register for this event, go to: the Charity How-to website.

In this webinar, speaker Julia Campbell will walk nonprofit participants step-by-step through actionable ways to improve an Instagram profile. Participants will leave with ideas and tactical action steps for using Instagram in an online fundraising campaign.

Engaging Your Community
Date: Wednesday, July 31, 2019 – 11:00 AM
Location: Online Webinar
Cost: $250

For more information and to register for this event, go to: the nten "Engaging Your Community" website.

This webinar will explore how nonprofits can use technology along the various stages of a community engagement continuum, from showing that the nonprofit understands and cares about the community to enabling direct participation and collaboration. Course materials will showcase examples of online community engagement tactics used by various nonprofits, including common pitfalls and integration with offline activities.

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.

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: