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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

Propel LA: Training Opportunities for Low-Income Clients
Date: Wednesday, July 18, 2018, 4:00-5:30pm
Location:Valley College
Cost: FREE
For more information and to register, please contact VNR Project Coordinator Ashley Wright at or 818/677-2774.

This free workshop introduces Propel LA, a program offering free job training to low-income residents.  It is focused on growing careers with livable wage jobs in the LA region.  The training lasts six weeks, and interviews with local companies are provided upon successful program completion.  Propel LA is a project of the Los Angeles Economic Development Corporation, in partnership with LA Valley College, Goodwill Industries of Southern California, and Valley Nonprofit Resources.  A Citi Foundation Community Progress Makers grant funds the program.  San Fernando Valley nonprofits serving low-income residents also can become partners in this project, and information on how to do that will be provided at the workshop.

Community Workshops and Conferences

How Even Small Nonprofits Can Raise Big Gifts: A Step-by-Step Guide to Building Winning Relationships with Your Donors
Date: Tuesday, June 12, 2018 – 10:00 AM PST
Location: Online Webinar
Cost: $87.00
For more information and to register for this event, please visit:

Trying to raise big gifts for your nonprofit? It may be time to figure out the steps that really work to connect with donors and prospects to build lasting relationships. Join Kathie Kramer Ryan, a national expert on donor relationships and major gift fundraising, as she walks through the steps an organization needs to take to make a personal donor cultivation plan and stick to it. Kathie’s webinar will teach participants how to really connect with donors and engage them to donate more to support the mission.

Start a Monthly Donor Program NOW. 7 Reasons Why You Can’t Afford to Wait!
Date: Tuesday, June 12, 2018 – 10:00 AM PST
Location: Online Webinar
Cost: FREE
For more information and to register for this event, please visit:

Hesitant or unsure about monthly donors? If so, this webinar will answer questions about the value of adding a monthly donor program to a revenue stream. The presenter, Erica Waasdorp, has worked with organizations of all sizes in starting and growing their monthly donor programs. During this webinar, she will share examples of how very small nonprofits have created successful monthly donor programs with minimal effort.

501 (c)onference 2018
Date: Thursday, June 14, 2018 – 10:00 AM to 6:15 PM & Friday, June 15, 2018 – 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM
Location: Center for Nonprofit Management, Los Angeles
Cost: $350.00 for Individuals or $645.00 for Teams of 2
For more information and to register for this event, please visit the Center for Nonprofit Management's annual 501(c)onference webpage.

The Center for Nonprofit Management’s annual conference will address a number of topics relevant to nonprofit leaders throughout Southern California.  It will include a session focused on nonprofit capacity building and featuring the Capacity Builders Network, of which VNR is a member.

How to Use Facebook’s Free Fundraising Tools to Drive Donations
Date: Tuesday, June 19, 2018 – 10:00 AM PST
Location: Online Webinar
Cost: FREE
For more information and to register for this event, please visit the Charity How To event webpage.

In the last year, Facebook launched an entirely new set of tools to help nonprofits raise funds on the platform. Nonprofits can now collect donations with these tools on their page, via Facebook ads, and even in individual posts. In this 45-minute webinar, participants will learn how to successfully register their nonprofits to use Facebook’s powerful new Fundraising Tools, and a brief step-by-step guide to using these free tools to raise money using Facebook.

Designing for Online Engagement: How to Build Your Website with Brand Strategy
Date: Thursday, June 21, 2018 – 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM PST
Location: Online Webinar
Cost: $49
For more information and to register for this event, please visit the Grant Space event webpage.

A website is the most complete, most accessible representation of an organization. When designed correctly, a website can engage audiences by clearly communicating who, what, and why it matters. And ultimately, a site can lead people to act: subscribe to the email list, volunteer at events, or donate to the mission. Making a successful website requires a clear brand strategy unifying the design, content, and technology that it’s made of. This webinar will provide strategic insights and practical ideas for building a brand strategy and integrating it into the website.

Supervising for Success
Date: Wednesday, June 27, 2018 – 9:30 AM to 4:00 PM PST
Location: Center for Nonprofit Management, Los Angeles
Cost: $195

For more information and to register for this event, please visit the Center for Nonprofit Management's Supervising for Success event webpage.

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.

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: