Valley Nonprofit Resources

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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

Post-Pandemic Workplaces: Legal Trends Impacting Nonprofits

Date: Thursday, October 14,2021 – 4:00 to 5:30 PM
Location: Zoom
Cost: FREE
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Join employment law attorney Kristina Kourasis of Landegger Verano & Davis for an update on two of the most important issues Valley nonprofits are now dealing with as pandemic recovery proceeds:

  • Navigating revised CAL OSHA Emergency Temporary Standards, to ensure compliance
  • Mandating vaccination in the nonprofit workplace

This free Zoom event on Thursday, October 14, 2021 4-5:30 pm will invite input from all participants - both in advance and during the event, when time will be set aside for a general discussion. It will be moderated by Valley Nonprofit Resources ED Dr. Thomas Backer.

Pandemic Recovery Resources - for Health & Human Services Nonprofits

Date: Tuesday, October 19, 2021 4:00 to 5:30 PM
Location: Zoom
Cost: FREE
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Join UniHealth Foundation President Dr. Jennifer Vanore and a panel of seven nonprofit leaders on Tuesday, October 19, 2021 4-5:30 pm for a lively discussion of funding and program resources that can help shape a nonprofit’s response to the constantly-shifting recovery phase of the coronavirus pandemic. Topics will include:

  • how foundations are continuing to re-examine their priorities, and what government and corporate funders are doing
  • best practices of San Fernando Valley health and human services nonprofits for continuing telehealth or other virtual services, developing hybrid service models, dealing with trauma and burnout among staff and staff wellness, among other topics

This free Zoom event will invite input from all participants - both in advance and during the event, when time will be set aside for a general discussion. It will be moderated by Valley Nonprofit Resources ED Dr. Thomas Backer, and is co-sponsored by the Health & Human Services Nonprofit Leaders Roundtable, Valley Care Community Consortium and Children’s Burn Foundation.

Pandemic Recovery Resources - for Youth Development Nonprofits

Date: Tuesday, October 26, 2021 4:00 to 5:30 PM
Location: Zoom
Cost: FREE
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Join Weingart Foundation San Fernando Valley program officer Sara Montrose and a panel of nonprofit leaders on Tuesday October 26, 2021 4-5:30 pm for a lively discussion of funding and program resources that can help shape a nonprofit’s response to the constantly-shifting recovery phase of the coronavirus epidemic. Topics:

  • how foundations are continuing to re-examine their priorities, and what government and corporate funders are doing
  • best practices of San Fernando Valley youth development nonprofits for developing hybrid service models, dealing with trauma and burnout among staff, staff wellness and other topics

This free Zoom event will invite input from all participants - both in advance and during the event, when time will be set aside for a general discussion. It will be moderated by Valley Nonprofit Resources ED Dr. Thomas Backer.


Community Workshops and Conferences

Grant Writing Basics

Date: Tuesday, September 14, 2021 at 9:00 AM PT
Location: Virtual
Cost: $55
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Perfect for the first-time grant writer or those interested in brushing up on the fundamentals, this introductory workshop provides an overview of why grants are an important part of a development strategy. Workshop attendees will explore the basics of writing a winning proposal and learn how to craft each component of a grant proposal.

Google Ad Grants 101 – Grow Your Nonprofit’s Online Presence With $10K/Month In Free Ads

Date: Wednesday, October 6, 2021 at 10:00 AM PT
Location: Virtual
Cost: Free
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Would your nonprofit benefit from boosting its online awareness, raising more money, or getting more event attendees? The Google Ad Grant program gives nonprofits $10,000 per month in free advertising. This webinar is led by David Ries and Ilia Khairetdinov of ConnectAd, an Ad Grants Certified Professional company. It will cover the mechanics of the program and ways it can benefit a nonprofit, plus the actual process of applying for the grant.

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.

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.