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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

Interpersonal Violence Education for NE Valley Health & Human Services Nonprofit

Dates: April 7, May 19, June 15 – all 4-5:30 pm Pacific
Location: Virtual
Price: Free
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VNR, in partnership with Strength United, has received funding from Kaiser Permanente to provide education on interpersonal violence for health and human services nonprofits in the Northeast Valley (any Valley nonprofit may participate). Three educational workshops will be offered, along with a brief online guide to basic concepts - tailored to nonprofits that do not offer IPV services, but may come into contact with clients, staff or their family members who have challenges in this area. Referral information also will be offered about agencies that DO provide such services. The three free workshops are each co-sponsored by a VNR partner organization.

For more information: Brian Frankel, VNR Program Administrator, at brian.frankel@csun.edu or 818/677-2774.


Community Workshops and Conferences

How to Launch a Legacy Society Program: Strengthen Your Planned Giving

Date: May 4, 10:00 AM PT
Location: Virtual
Price: $25
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Launching a legacy program is essential to building out a nonprofit’s planned giving program. Legacy programs are a strategy to promote planned giving and to remind or show donors that a nonprofit accepts planned gifts. Through a legacy program, a nonprofit can better steward donors, sometimes resulting in unanticipated planned gifts. This workshop will cover the strategies for how to build and strengthen a “legacy society” as a way to market and retain more planned gifts for a nonprofit.

How to Make a Thank You Video that Delights Donors and Gets Them to Give Again

Date: May 19, 1:00 PM PT
Location: Virtual
Price: $87
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Gratitude and acknowledgment are powerful for anyone. For donors, it can make a significant difference in how they engage with a nonprofit. Video has the power to create connections between donors and the nonprofit.  Even for those new to making videos, a thank you video is not only doable, it will elevate the message to donors beyond a standard email. During this 90-minute live webinar, guidance will be given about creating a beautiful, impact focused thank you video.  Included: how to identify the kind of video that works for a specific donor audience, and how to choose simple equipment for video production and editing. Case studies will be provided of creative ways other nonprofits have stood out with their thank you messages.

Leading Teams, Partnerships, Collaborations, and Communities towards Greater Impact

Date: June 30 and July 7 at 9:30 AM PT
Location: Virtual
Price: $200
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Too often strategic planning happens in a vacuum, visions casted, momentum built, plans written -- yet the people directly impacted by the plan (clients, donors, staff, volunteers, community) are left out. This process has led to plans that have failed to meet their full potential. Community engagement, though at times unwieldy and time-consuming, is critical to truly propel all variables towards a common goal. When done well, a snowball effect happens, where the impossible becomes possible. Learn strategies for engaging community stakeholders while balancing organizational/group needs (strategy, mission, resources). Explore ways to leverage leadership to build a collaborative and sound planning process.

How to Navigate Corporate Giving in 2022

Date: September 29, 11:00 AM PT
Location: Virtual
Price: $69
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Many companies boosted giving and adjusted their grantmaking practices and priorities in response to recent crises. This online session will address which changes continued in 2022 and which didn’t, how to best appeal to corporate grant makers now, and tips for cultivating potential new partners.

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.