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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

Creating a Calendar to Effectively Engage Individual Donors

Date: Tuesday, October 18, 2022 from 4-5:30 pm
Location: Zoom
Cost: FREE
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Donors Connecting with individuals for successful nonprofit fundraising is not a one-time operation. It requires persistent, multiple contacts orchestrated over time, and an annual calendar is the best way to organize this effort. In this free workshop, fundraising consultant Jan McElwee and communications consultant Susan Dunn will guide participants through the process of creating their own calendar. Sample monthly content will also be provided. Key questions to be covered include: How often is too often to communicate with donors and prospects? How soon can existing donors be asked to give again? What are the best communication vehicles?  What’s the best way to say thank you?  And in a nonprofit’s continuing recovery from the pandemic, how much should be said about COVID-related needs?

Monetize Your Nonprofit’s Expertise

Date: Tuesday, October 25, 2022 4-5:30 pm
Location: Zoom
Cost: FREE
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Nonprofits can open another revenue stream by “monetizing” mission-related activities and materials.  Examples are (1) converting training manuals or programs for purchase by other nonprofits, (2) packaging information into a product that can be sold in print or online format, or (3) offering technical assistance consultation to other nonprofits for a fee. In this workshop you will learn how to assess your activities and materials for possible packaging, how to record videos with your smartphone for later sale, and how to re-package existing materials into a new sellable product in print or online form. The workshop will also cover how to deliver the product, how to promote it with your free Google Adwords listings, possible tax implications, and real-life examples from local nonprofits.  The free workshop will be led by VNR Program Administrator and digital communications consultant Brian Frankel.

Health & Human Services Nonprofit Leaders Roundtable

Date: Thursday, October 27, 2022 from 4-5:30 pm
Location: Zoom
Cost: FREE
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The meeting will be a chance for this group to reconnect, and for general networking and problem-solving - as has been done in all these meetings for the last five years. In addition, there’ll be a discussion on how Valley nonprofits are dealing with two important issues: (1) interpersonal violence as it affects staff, volunteers and clients (a new publication on this subject will be shared), and (2) “living with COVID” as Los Angeles and the rest of the world settles into some greater stability on this front - with intermittent surprises!  There won’t be a speaker, so there’ll be plenty of chances for participants to share activities and insights on both these topics, and to learn from peers.  The future of the Roundtable also will be discussed.

Five Resilience Elements for Nonprofits Recovering from the Pandemic

Date: Thursday November 10, 2022, from 4-5:30 pm.
Location: Zoom
Cost: FREE
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This workshop will present a strategy that nonprofits can use to help their organizations and the communities they serve recover after exposure to extreme stress - such as what's been created by the pandemic. Based on the work of a worldwide panel of experts, five key elements of resilience have been identified - sense of safety, ability to calm, sense of self-efficacy and community efficacy, connectedness, and hope. Practical ways to deal with each will be presented - for instance, reflection questions to assess the nonprofit’s culture of safety; evidence-based exercises (progressive muscle relaxation) and a meditation (Loving Kindness) to reduce implicit bias and prevent burnout; and tips for integrating resilience elements into daily work life. Retired CSUN Social Work Professor Alejandra Acuna will present the resilience elements and will engage participants in active discussion about how they can be applied to pandemic recovery and in ongoing organizational routines and practices. This is the final event of VNR’s two-year Recovery Initiative. 


Community Workshops and Conferences

Starting Off Right: Recruiting and Orienting New Board Members

Date: October 11, 2022 at 12 PM PDT
Location: Virtual
Price: $50
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Whether a nonprofit is planning for the future by identifying board members years in advance or feeling the pressure of critical vacancies mid-year, this webinar will help ensure that the organization recruits high-impact board members and sets them up for success. This webinar will discuss the process of identifying, recruiting, and orienting new board members. Participants will learn how to incorporate principles from Standards for Excellence® as they work to strengthen their organization’s efforts by replenishing or growing their board.

The Giving Tuesday Cheat Sheet for Nonprofits

Date: Tuesday, October 18, 2022, 10-11 am PDT
Location: Virtual
Price: Free
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Last year, 35 million people and 80 countries participated in Giving Tuesday, and these numbers are steadily increasing each year. When the big day is over, more than one-third of annual giving happens in December alone. This presents an opportunity for any size nonprofit to enter the New Year with new relationships, new insight into their retention strategies, and new ideas to engage their community online. In this free webinar, DonorPerfect will present a top-to-bottom Giving Tuesday Cheat Sheet with task recommendations for nonprofit strategists, administrators, communicators, and networkers.

How to Write an Awesome Annual Report with Gratitude and Impact

Date: Wednesday, October 26th, 2022, 10 AM PDT
Location: Virtual
Price: $87
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Too often, nonprofits publish annual reports that are too long and too full of data people don’t want or need. An “awesome” annual report focuses on the heart of the nonprofit’s mission showing how giving impacts the people and communities served.  Donors, volunteers, grant makers, and other key stakeholders want to know the results of the nonprofit’s work. They want to know their investments make meaningful change in real people’s lives.

Board Basics: Turning Your Board into Trusted Advocacy Advisors & Rock Stars

Date: October 27, 2022 at 9:00 AM PDT
Location: Virtual
Price: $50
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Do board members understand how advocacy can strengthen the organization’s and build its brand? Over the past decade, the public policy and nonprofit arenas are becoming more intertwined, and the decisions made by lawmakers in state capitols and DC profoundly impact the nonprofit sector. This also means that nonprofit organizations - and their boards - play an increasingly critical role in these policy debates. This workshop will explore how to engage board members, supporters, and donors so they can be the nonprofit’s best and most powerful advocates.

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.