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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

Nonprofits and Government Working Together
Date: Thursday, April 11, 2019 – 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Location: Fire Station 89, North Hollywood
Location: Los Angeles Family Housing
Cost: FREE

For more information and to register, please contact Morgan Sutton, CD2, via email or call 818/755-7676. Due to space limitations, each nonprofit should send only one representative.

This free workshop will offer practical strategies for nonprofits interacting with local elected officials and their staffs, and with local government agencies such as LA Department of Cultural Affairs, LA Library and LA Department of Parks and Recreation. Whether identifying resources, problem solving or creating collaborations, these relationships are important to San Fernando Valley nonprofits. The workshop is hosted by the Office of LA City Councilperson Paul Krekorian (CD2) and co-hosted by CSUN Valley Nonprofit Resources.

Health and Human Service Nonprofit Executive Directors Roundtable
Date: Thursday, April 18, 2019 – 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 via email or call at 818/677-2774.

The 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. The discussion topic for the April 18 meeting will be focused on how to enhance staff productivity and staff self-care. The Roundtable is coordinated by VNR, Valley Care Community Consortium and The Children's Burn Foundation, which will host the meeting.

Community Workshops and Conferences

Preparing for the Worst - Before (and When) It Happens
Date: Thursday, April 11, 2019 – 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM PST
Location: Online Webinar   
Cost: $49

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

Learn how to create scenarios, messaging, and contingency plans for the types of crises that make an organization the most vulnerable in today's divisive world. Create a simple but comprehensive strategic communications plan to better handle the life-cycle of a crisis, from the time it first hits to months afterwards. Participants will learn from case studies of nonprofit failures and successes handling crises. Participants will also receive tips for creating sample "holding statements" to improve internal and external communications when a crisis occurs and as it plays out.

How to Write a Nonprofit Thank You Letter That Makes Donors Smile and Want to Give Again!
Date: Tuesday, April 23, 2019 – 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM PST (also available Tuesday, April 30 – 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM PST)
Location: Online Webinar   
Cost: $87

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

According to multiple studies, a nonprofit thank you letter is the first-and possibly most important-step in donor retention. A nonprofit’s thank you letter should be personalized and donor-centered. In this live nonprofit webinar, speaker Simon Scriver will show participants step-by-step how to create a nonprofit thank you letter that makes donors smile and want to give again. He will share examples of great and not-so-great thank you letters, and together participants will craft a template thank you letter that one can modify for his or her nonprofit.

Transforming the Bored Room: Firecracker Facilitation Skills
Date: Tuesday, April 23, 2019 – 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM PST
Location: Online Webinar   
Cost: $35

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

Traditional models for conducting board meetings, like parliamentary procedure, aren’t always practical or useful for nonprofit organizations. Join this webinar to learn about alternative strategies for effective board meeting facilitation that leverage engagement, accountability, and greater consensus. From planning to follow up, this course will cover facilitation techniques and tools to transform nonprofit meeting practices from every day to exceptional.

Grant Maker Relationships 101: How to Get Started
Date: Tuesday, April 30, 2019 – 12:00 AM to 1:30 PM PST (also available Thursday, May 2 – 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM PST)
Location: Online Webinar   
Cost: $87

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

This webinar will teach participants how to establish relationships with new grantmakers before submitting an application. Relationships are as critical a component of the grant seeking process as they are with individual donors, but are often overlooked due to time constraints or due to discomfort with a grantmaker’s preference or capacity for communication. In this live, interactive webinar, speakers will discuss how to establish and then maintain relationships with grantmakers in order to sustain and increase an organization’s grant revenue. Speakers will walk through success stories from several nonprofits to show how relationships can be started.

Human Resources for Anyone with Newly Assigned HR Responsibilities
Date: Thursday, May 9, 2019 – 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM
Location: USC Hotel
Cost: $119 ($149 after April 5th)

For more information and to register for this event, go to the Pryor Learning Solutions website.

This course will swiftly get participants up to speed on all aspects of HR — from legal and compliance issues to hiring and firing, benefits administration, records maintenance and more! From legislation affecting OSHA, COBRA, FLSA, ADA, FMLA and HIPAA to the best practices in benefits, record keeping, hiring and firing, this seminar is a foundational course to train participants to spot key HR issues and how to tackle them.

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.

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: