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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

The New World: Reinventing Donor Relationships and Fundraising
Date: Tuesday, April 14, 2020 – 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM
Location: Zoom
Cost: FREE

For more information, contact VNR Project Coordinator Ashley Wright at 818/677-2774 or ashley.wright.2@csun.edu.

How do I keep connected with my nonprofit’s donors if I can’t have lunch, can’t have them out for a site visit, can’t have a gala? How do I raise funds in this strange new world? This Zoom workshop will feature practical strategies for maintaining good donor relationships in this troubled time - started by asking how the donor, his/her family and workplace are doing, then sharing what your nonprofit is doing to continue offering service to its constituencies. And it will cover strategies for requesting emergency funds, keeping scheduled donations in place (memberships, annual giving), and suggesting innovative ways donors can help such as asking them to purchase and have Amazon deliver goods that are needed for clients of a service nonprofit. The free workshop will be led by Janet Levine of VNR and Levine Consulting, and facilitated by VNR Executive Director Dr. Thomas Backer.

Handouts will be supplied electronically.

Health and Human Services Nonprofit Leaders Roundtable
Date: Thursday, April 16, 2020 – 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM
Location: Zoom
Cost: FREE

For more information, contact VNR Project Coordinator Ashley Wright at 818/677-2774 or ashley.wright.2@csun.edu.

The Roundtable brings together health and human service nonprofit CEOs and senior staff 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, this session's guest speaker, Marie Valdes, Executive Director of A Cure for Issa, will provide tips for self-care nonprofit leaders can use as we go about our fulfilling but stressful lives in the new world of COVID-19. The Roundtable is coordinated by VNR, Valley Care Community Consortium and The Children's Burn Foundation and will be facilitated by Janet Levine of VNR and Levine Consulting.

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Best Practices for Nonprofits
Date: Thursday, April 23, 2020 – 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM
Location: Zoom
Cost: FREE

For more information, contact VNR Project Coordinator Ashley Wright at 818/677-2774 or ashley.wright.2@csun.edu.

A nonprofit is only as good as its culture and climate - modeled by its leaders. Nonprofit leaders committed to integrating diversity, equity, and inclusion into their organizational structures need to adopt best practices and learn about frameworks for cultivating this type of environment. This workshop will assist nonprofit Board members and senior staff in examining the challenges of an effective "DEI environment" as well as their own behaviors and beliefs - and in learning about the practical tools and resources necessary to build a more supportive and engaging workplace. Emphasis will be placed on understanding the implicit bias, institutional, and psychological processes that challenge all organizations in this area. The free workshop is co-sponsored by the Office of LA County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl and will be led by CSUN Professor Allen Lipscomb, whose work focuses on these issues as well as on mentorships for African American male social workers. Handouts will be supplied electronically.

Introducing the Practice of Adaptive Leadership
Date: Wednesday, April 29, 2020 – 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM
Location: Zoom
Cost: FREE

For more information, contact VNR Project Coordinator Ashley Wright at 818/677-2774 or ashley.wright.2@csun.edu.

Adaptive leadership is a practice that mobilizes leaders to tackle tough challenges, while enabling the capacity to thrive. In this free Zoom workshop, participants will be introduced to adaptive leadership tools, tactics and ways of thinking. This practice can help leaders more accurately diagnose the nature of complex problems, more effectively intervene to achieve desired change, and promote truly adaptive cultures in their organizations. The workshop will be led by Bob Lazzarini, MBA, an adaptive leadership expert and director of the Certified Nonprofit Professional credential program at Antioch University. Handouts will be supplied electronically.


Community Workshops and Conferences

Social Media 101 for Nonprofits
Date: Thursday, April 16, 2020 – 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM
Location: Online Webinar
Cost: FREE

For more information and to register for this event, go to: Social Media 101 for Nonprofits

This session includes practical tips and tools for extending a nonprofit’s cause and mission via social media. Marketing professional Angie Kubicek will cover the basics of using social media for your nonprofit organization and share handy tips for the “big 3:” Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. Participants may be surprised to learn that Facebook is less important and LinkedIn may be more important in the nonprofit space.

What’s Changing in Fundraising & How Nonprofits Should Adapt
Date: Thursday, April 23, 2020 – 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Location: Online Webinar
Cost: FREE

For more information and to register for this event, go to: What’s Changing in Fundraising & How Nonprofits Should Adapt

Join fundraising master trainer, Chad Barger, CFRE, for a workshop highlighting recent findings in fundraising research to shed insight on how nonprofit fundraising is changing. The latest data on donor trends, academic research, articles from fundraising thought leaders and stories from the front lines will provide a snapshot of where fundraising is today and where it is headed. In addition, specific tactics and strategies will be provided to assist nonprofit organizations in adapting to these changes and better position the organization for fundraising success.

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.