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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


Propel LA: Training Opportunities for Low-Income Clients
Date: Wednesday, July 18, 2018, 4:00-5:30pm
Location:Valley College
Cost: FREE
For more information and to register, please contact VNR Project Coordinator Ashley Wright at or 818/677-2774.

This free workshop introduces Propel LA, a program offering free job training to low-income residents. It is focused on growing careers with livable wage jobs in the LA region.  The training lasts six weeks, and interviews with local companies are provided upon successful program completion. Propel LA is a project of the Los Angeles Economic Development Corporation, in partnership with LA Valley College, Goodwill Industries of Southern California, and Valley Nonprofit Resources. A Citi Foundation Community Progress Makers grant funds the program. San Fernando Valley nonprofits serving low-income residents also can become partners in this project, and information on how to do that will be provided at the workshop.

Health and Human Service Nonprofit Executive Directors Roundtable
Date: Wednesday, September 12, 2018 – 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Location: Children’s Burn Foundation
Cost: FREE
For more information and to register, please contact VNR Project Coordinator Ashley Wright at Ashley Wright or 818/677-2774.

The Health and Human Service Nonprofit Executive Directors Roundtable brings together health and human service nonprofit CEOs 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 nonprofits can strike a good balance between mission and publicity opportunities (e.g., when to encourage a vulnerable client to share their personal story with the media). Evelyn Alemon and Joe Macias of Media Image Public Relations here in the Valley will join the discussion to offer their perspectives as PR professionals. The Roundtable is coordinated by VNR, Valley Care Community Consortium and The Children's Burn Foundation.

Ten Strategies for Successful Relationships with Elected Officials
Date: Thursday, September 20, 2018 – 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Location: YWCA Glendale
Cost: FREE
For more information and to register, please contact VNR Project Coordinator Ashley Wright at Ashley Wright or 818/677-2774.

This workshop will be led by nonprofit and community leader Jan Sobel.  It will include a panel discussion with speakers Tricia Robbins, Office of Councilmember Bob Blumenfield, Kevin Taylor, Office of Senator Henry Stern and Stuart Waldman, Valley Industry and Commerce Association. This workshop is NOT about fundraising, and the goal is to give participants a set of strategies they can use to develop and maintain relationships with their relevant local elected officials.

Photovoice: An Arts-Based Method for Assessing Needs and Services of Nonprofits
Date: Tuesday, September 25, 2018 – 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Location: Whitsett Room, CSUN’s Sierra Hall
Cost: FREE
For more information and to register, please contact VNR Project Coordinator Ashley Wright at Ashley Wright or 818/677-2774.

CSUN Sociology Professor Moshoula Capous-Desyllas will discuss her research study about photovoice methodology as an assessment tool for evaluation research.Used with three local nonprofit organizations, the strengths and limitations of this methodology will be highlighted and discussed within the context of evaluating services and assessing client needs. Students, faculty, and Valley nonprofit leaders all are encouraged to attend.

Community Workshops and Conferences


How to Launch and Implement Your Online Fundraising Campaign - A Step-By-Step Guide
Date: Tuesday, July 17, 2018 – 12:00 PM PST
Location: Online Webinar
Cost: $87.00
For more information and to register for this event, please visit the Charity How To website.

During this webinar, digital marketing strategist Julia Campbell will show participants, step-by-step, how to launch and implement an online fundraising campaign, including how to use a variety of online channels to promote it (website, blog, email, social media), how to use offline methods to augment online fundraising, and how to evaluate success and measure results. Examples of small nonprofit online fundraising campaigns that worked will be incorporated throughout.

Volunteer Engagement
Date: Thursday, July 26, 2018 – 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM PST
Location: Center for Nonprofit Management, Los Angeles
Cost: $125.00
For more information and to register for this event, please visit the Center for Nonprofit Management, Los Angeles website.

Volunteers can help an organization serve more clients, deliver more programs, strengthen staff, spread the message and increase financial capacity. But managing volunteers requires good recruitment, vetting, placement, relationship-building and supervision. Volunteer management can be especially challenging, but with good volunteer engagement processes in place, it cannot just enrich the mission and services, but also build a team that's a joy to work with. This workshop will explore the basics of good volunteer management: how to identify the ways volunteers can help your organization, how to recruit the right volunteers, how to vet, orient and train volunteers and how to keep good volunteers engaged.

Supervising for Success
Date: Tuesday, August 7, 2018 – 9:30 AM to 4:00 PM PST
Location: Center for Nonprofit Management, Los Angeles
Cost: $195
For more information and to register for this event, please visit the Center for Nonprofit Management, Los Angeles website.

This seminar by the Center for Nonprofit Management is designed for new supervisors and those who have had no formal training in their supervisory role. Topics examined will include managing other people’s performance, communicating effectively with staff, building teamwork and cooperation, developing and motivating a team, and transitioning from being “one of the team members” to the person in charge.

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: