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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

How Nonprofits Bring Anti-Racism On Board

Date: Thursday, November 18,2021, 4:00 to 5:30 PM
Location: Zoom
Cost: FREE
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Join three nonprofit leaders who’ll talk about how their organizations have introduced anti-racist policies, and provided anti-racism training to their staffs and boards. They’ll share what’s worked well and what’s been a challenge, plus how they’ve integrated these activities into other aspects of organizational life, such as their nonprofit’s work on recovery from the pandemic. They’ll be joined by an anti-racism expert who has consulted with all three organizations. And there will be an opportunity for participants both to ask questions in advance and to participate in a dialogue with all the speakers. The speakers will be Ketaki Deo, Ascencia; Tessa Graham, Child Development Institute; and Donna Wood-Babcock, Enrichment Works. Joining them for a discussion will be Professor Allen Lipscomb, PsyD, California State University Northridge, who also will overview his research on this subject. The free workshop will be held by Zoom on Thursday, November 18, 2021 from 4–5:30 pm. For more information please contact VNR Program Administrator Brian Frankel at 818/677-2774 or brian.frankel@csun.edu.


Community Workshops and Conferences

How Nonprofits Can Maximize Virtual Fundraising in 2022 by Nonprofit Tech for Good + Pledge

Date: Tuesday, November 9, 2021 at 10:00 AM PT
Location: Virtual
Cost: Free
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The pandemic accelerated virtual fundraising trends and changed the fundraising landscape forever. For nonprofits to survive - and thrive - in this new normal, it is essential to understand the all-in-one technology platforms available to help nonprofits develop an effective virtual fundraising strategy. This webinar will discuss: 1) the latest virtual fundraising tools needed to effectively plan and manage online fundraising campaigns; 2) how nonprofits can successfully incorporate virtual and hybrid fundraising events into their 2022 strategy; and 3) how to use impact tracking and data reports to effectively gain and retain new donors.

How to Go From Zero to Hero with Your Grant Strategy

Date: November 9, 2021 at 11:00 AM PT
Location: Virtual
Cost: Free
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This webinar will focus on the fundamentals of effective grant strategy and how to better prepare a nonprofit for scaling grant success. Every attendee will leave with grant opportunities for their nonprofit. Expect to learn why grants are such important resources, especially in 2021. Also covered will be prospect research and why is it important. And the webinar will explore five clear steps to prepare a nonprofit for grant success, as well as how to start finding good-fit funders fast.

How to Build a Strategic Communications Plan for Mission-Driven Success

Date: November 16, 2021 at 12:00 PM PT
Location: Virtual
Cost: $87
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An interactive, practical training on how to develop, write, and execute a strategic communications plan that the whole organization can use—and that actually advances mission. This step-by-step live webinar will cover the key components of a comprehensive communications strategy, tools for overcoming internal hurdles, and recommendations for how to implement a plan successfully. It will cover how to craft core messaging tenets and determine how to apply them to different audiences and across all sorts of channels—from canvasser talking points to website and social media to traditional newspaper op-eds. By the end of this 90-minute webinar, participants will have a clear, simple structure for the organization’s next—or maybe first!—strategic communications plan and the deep understanding of how all the parts fit together.

Is There a Light at the End of the Tunnel?

Date: December 1, 2021 at 8:30 AM PT
Location: Virtual
Cost: $50
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After almost two years of “pandemic life,” California employers are hoping for a brighter 2022. Staying abreast of new employment law legislation for the upcoming year, as well as cases and administrative opinions impacting future workplace activity, is critical to an employer’s protection. In this informative program, employment law attorney Karen Gabler of LightGabler will present the 2022 employment law update.

Supervising for Success

Date: December 8, 2021 at 9:00 AM PT
Location: Virtual
Cost: $165
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Supervising people presents challenges as well as opportunities for growth. This event is designed both for new and experienced nonprofit supervisors, including those who have had no formal training in their role.  This two-session class will sharpen skills to better manage, communicate with, and motivate staff as well as network and learn from other supervisors.

Mastering the Critical 1st Step for Grants: Letter of Inquiry (LOI)

Date: December 15, 2021 at 10:00 AM PT
Location: Virtual
Cost: $87
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A common first step of private foundation applications is the letter of inquiry (LOI). Not to be confused with a letter of intent often required by government grantmakers, letters of inquiry can be a barrier to grant seeking success if not carefully created. It is particularly important to write LOIs to engage readers right away, increasing the chances for being invited to submit a full proposal. This webinar will walk through the LOI process step-by-step.

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.