Valley Nonprofit Resources

  • San Fernando Valley vista, Valley Nonprofit Resources

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

RESCHEDULED: Using Film to Change Attitudes About Homeless People
Date: Friday, February 23, 2018 1-3 pm
Location: CSUN Whitsett Room
Cost: FREE
For more information and to register for this event, please contact Ashley Wright at or (818) 677-2774.

CSUN Professor Luciana Lagana has created a documentary film featuring interviews with the Executive Director of the San Fernando Valley Rescue Mission, and with individuals from different walks of life who used to be homeless. The film is part of a research study exploring how to enhance attitudes of CSUN students towards people who are homeless.  Professor Lagana will show excerpts from the film and discuss the preliminary findings from her research. Sponsored by Valley Nonprofit Resources and co-sponsored by Valley Care Community Consortium, the presentation is free of charge and complimentary lunch will be provided.  This event was re-scheduled due to the December local wildfires.

Fostering Nonprofit Leadership Continuity: Essentials of Leadership Succession Planning
Date: Wednesday, March 7, 2018 – 4:00pm to 6:00pm
Location: MEND, Pacoima
Cost: FREE
For more information and to register for this event, please contact Ashley Wright at or (818) 677-2774.

According to CompassPoint's Daring to Lead study, nearly two-thirds of nonprofit executives will vacate their leadership positions in the next five years. With only 17% of nonprofits having a succession plan according to BoardSource, planning continuity of leadership for nonprofits is vital. Human capital is as important as financial capital for nonprofit sustainability. In this free workshop, participants will look at succession through several lenses - planning for emergency transitions. Succession planning policies, human resources practices and avoiding unnecessary attrition through retention strategies. Both policy and organizational culture issues will be covered. The workshop will be led by Janet Schulman and Marc Haupert, Senior Advisors & Practice Leaders, Third Sector Company, which has created succession planning models and training programs for nonprofits over the last ten years.

RESCHEDULED: San Fernando Valley Nonprofit Services for Black Women
Date: Tuesday, March 8, 2018 – 12:00pm to 1:30pm
Location: Cri-Help, North Hollywood
Cost: FREE
For more information and to register for this event, please contact Ashley Wright at or (818) 677-2774.

Dr. Cedric Hackett, CSUN Professor and Director of CSUN’s DuBois-Hamer Institute for Academic Achievement, will share his research to the Valley Providers Collaborative meeting, about how Valley nonprofits service women of color structurally, organizationally, and in service. His talk is based on a study he recently completed on women of color, funded by the HIRI Nonprofit Research Fellowships at CSUN and is an extension of a previous study he completed in 2015 on men of color in nonprofits.

Community Workshops and Conferences

The Awesome Ask: How to Approach Your Donors for Gifts in a Way That's Comfortable and Effective!
Date: Wednesday, February 14, 2018 – 10:00am PST
Location: Online Webinar
Cost: $87.00
For more information and to register for this event, please visit:

Asking for charitable gifts in person is the most effective fundraising one can do. Research on nonprofits shows that 75% of all in-person asks of individuals result in a gift. It’s also the most challenging fundraising, so it is crucial to have the understanding and tools to do it comfortably and effectively. Brian Saber, one of the foremost experts in the field, will show participants how to use their personal Asking Style every step of the way to from identifying the best prospects to soliciting them for quality gifts.

Nonprofit Management Bootcamp
Date: Thursday, February 15, 2018 – 9:30am to 4:00pm PST
Location: Center for Nonprofit Management, Los Angeles
Cost: $155.00 ($195.00 after February 10)
For more information and to register for this event, please visit:

This course, designed for those newer to or considering a nonprofit management role, will give participants an overview of the key competencies of a nonprofit manager. Speakers will cover five core nonprofit operations topics: Strategic Planning, Boards and Governance, Fund Development, Program Planning, and Financial/Legal/HR.

Supervising for Success
Date: Thursday, February 22, 2018 – 9:30am to 4:00pm PST
Location: Center for Nonprofit Management, Los Angeles
Cost: $195
For more information and to register for this event, please visit:

This seminar by the Center for Nonprofit Management is designed for new supervisors and those who have had no formal training in their supervisory role. Topics examined will include managing other people’s performance, communicating effectively with staff, building teamwork and cooperation, developing and motivating a team, and transitioning from being “one of the team members” to the person in charge.

Writing a Fabulous Case for Support: A Two-Part Webinar Series
Date: PART 1 - Thursday, March 1, 2018 – 10:00am PST
PART 2 – Friday, March 2, 2018 – 10:00am PST
Location: Online Webinar
Cost: $199.00 ($99.00 for PART 1 ONLY)
For more information and to register for this event, please visit:

Most nonprofits suffer from what the best-selling business book, Made to Stick, rightly calls the "curse of knowledge." This shortcoming - and a common lack of donor-centricity - seriously undermine the effectiveness of many (maybe even most) donor communications, from the humble elevator speech (an overrated exercise) to direct mail appeals to websites to stewardship materials like "gratitude reports" all the way up to capital campaign case statements. In this revealing training, Tom Ahern, one of North America's most experienced case writers, shares his secrets for properly selling projects, programs, endowments, initiatives, buildings, renovations, and bright ideas.

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: