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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

Community Workshops and Conferences

Writing for Your Nonprofit Website: How to Kickstart Your Content for Maximum Engagement & Success
Date: Wednesday, April 11, 2018 – 12:00pm PST
Location: Online Webinar
Cost: $74.00
For more information and to register for this event, please visit please visit the event page at the Charity How To website.

A website forms an essential part of an organization's marketing. It needs to deliver compelling content that readers eagerly engage with. The words and pictures have to jump off the screen and meet the readers where they are. But actually planning, developing, and promoting that copy for maximum effect can be a challenge. Join Dalya Massachi - veteran nonprofit writer, editor, and writing coach - and learn to develop the website content a nonprofit needs to better engage readers.

How to Start a Major Gifts Program
Date: Thursday, April 12, 2018 – 11:00am to 12:30pm PST
Location: Online Webinar
Cost: $49.00 ($69.00 after April 5th)
For more information and to register for this event, please visit the event page at the Grant Space website.

Struggling to start a major gifts program and don’t know where to begin? Join Emma Kieran to learn the steps to begin a strong and successful major gifts program. The webinar will present what components make a robust program and help build sustainability through increased individual giving.

How Nonprofits Can Get $10,000 per Month in Free Google Advertising
Date: Tuesday, April 17, 2018 – 10:00am to 11:00am PST (also available Wednesday, April 25th – 10:00am to 11:00am PST)
Location: Online Webinar
Cost: FREE
For more information and to register for this event, please visit the event page at the Charity How To website.

Google Grants gives eligible nonprofits $10,000 per month in free online advertising to promote their organizations and causes on During this webinar, Simon Choy, who currently manages over $2 million in annual Google Grants funding, will tell participants everything they need to know about the program, how it can benefit their nonprofit, and the process of applying for the grant. He will also highlight what is required to succeed when using Google Grants and tell participants about a paid service that will get them more than their money's worth.

How to Take Your Fundraising Campaigns Online
Date: Tuesday, April 17, 2018 – 11:00am to 12:30pm PST
Location: Online Webinar
Cost: $49.00 ($69.00 after April 9th)
For more information and to register for this event, please visit the event page at the Grant Space website.

Offline fundraising efforts such as direct mail campaigns are time-consuming and expensive. Sending an email or posting to social media is free and can be done quickly. This webinar will present information on how to use online communication tools to enhance fundraising efforts.

7 Ways to Increase Member Engagement in a Distracted World
Date: Thursday, April 24, 2018 – 11:00am to 12:00pm PST
Location: Online Webinar
Cost: FREE
For more information and to register for this event, please visit the event page at the Wild Apricot website.

Looking for new ways to engage more members? Join national nonprofit consultant and engagement expert, Ben Bisbee, as he reveals the art and science behind the engagement strategies used by top organizations to drive membership growth. Participants will learn why many well-meaning attempts to engage members fail, the seven engagement types every membership manager needs to know, and where to focus engagement energy for the strongest intended results.

Instagram for Nonprofits 201: A Step-by-Step Guide to Using Instagram for Raising Awareness and Money for Your Cause - Intermediate/Advanced Techniques
Date: Tuesday, May 1, 2018 – 10:00am to 11:30am PST
Location: Online Webinar
Cost: $89.00
For more information and to register for this event, please visit the Charity How To website.

Join Julia Campbell, a nonprofit marketing strategist who helps nonprofits use Instagram in their nonprofit marketing and online fundraising efforts, to learn how to effectively use Instagram. The webinar will walk participants step-by-step through actionable ways to improve an Instagram profile, use Instagram to promote online fundraising campaigns, and create the best types of Instagram posts that increase awareness, raise money, and build an engaged following of supporters and fans.

Selecting Accounting and Financial Management Software for Your Nonprofit
Date: Thursday, April 5, 2018 – 10:00am to 11:00am PST
Location: Online Webinar
Cost: FREE
For more information and to register for this event, please visit the Idealware website.

The marketplace for nonprofit accounting and financial management software is more competitive than ever. The good news is nonprofits have never had so many useful options. The challenge is sorting them out and finding the system that best meets their needs. In this webinar, findings from a new Idealware research report will be presented, followed by a panel discussion to help participants understand the landscape of financial management software and how to find the right fit.

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: