Valley Nonprofit Resources

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Welcome to Valley Nonprofit Resources

Celebrating 15 Years of Service to Valley Nonprofits!

Established in 2007, Valley Nonprofit Resources offers both information and services to strengthen the 4,300 nonprofit organizations in the San Fernando Valley region of Los Angeles. Welcome to VNR's website! Click on the buttons above and at the top to access many resources that can help you increase the effectiveness of your nonprofit. VNR is a program within the Center for Southern California Studies, at California State University Northridge.

October 2015 VNR Workshop at Strength United Featured Events
10/14/21 - Post-Pandemic Workplaces: Legal Trends Impacting Nonprofits
10/19/21 - Pandemic Recovery Resources - for Health & Human Services Nonprofits
10/26/21 - Pandemic Recovery Resources - for Youth Development Nonprofits
11/18/21 - How Nonprofits Bring Anti-Racism on Board

Featured Publications
(visit Library for a complete list)
2021 Resource Directory for Nonprofit Capacity Building in Los Angeles County (.pdf) New.


October 2015 VNR Workshop at Strength United. ;Photo (above) of the San Fernando Valley courtesy of Randy Witt Productions.

Video Podcast

VNR now has two video podcasts available for free viewing (on the podcast channel listing, press Play to listen just to audio, press Watch to see the video):

  1. VNR’s Executive Director Dr Thomas Backer talks about the history of Valley Nonprofit Resources, and what kinds of services VNR offers, in this 2-part, 23-minute podcast hosted by BigMediaUSA (bmbc.tv).
  2. CSUN Associate Professor of Social Work Allen Lipcomb discusses concepts of anti-racism, and his work for VNR on this topic - both technical assistance and educational workshops, in this 22-minute podcast hosted by BigMediaUSA (bmbc.tv).

In the News

Post-Pandemic Workplaces: Legal Trends Impacting Nonprofits 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. Register for this workshop on Eventbrite.

Pandemic Recovery Resources - for Health & Human Services NonprofitsJoin 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 Childrens Burn Foundation. Register for this workshop on Eventbrite.

Pandemic Recovery Resources - for Youth Development Nonprofits 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. Register for this workshop here: Register for this workshop on Eventbrite.

How Nonprofits Bring Anti-Racism on Board Join three nonprofit leaders who’ll talk about how their organizations have introduced anti-racist policies, and provided anti-racism training to their staffs and boards. They’ll share what’s worked well and what’s been a challenge, plus how they’ve integrated these activities into other aspects of organizational life, such as their nonprofit’s work on recovery from the pandemic. They’ll be joined by an anti-racism expert who has consulted with all three organizations. And there will be an opportunity for participants both to ask questions in advance and to participate in a dialogue with all the speakers. The speakers will be Ketaki Deo, Ascencia; Tessa Graham, Child Development Institute; and Donna Wood-Babcock, Enrichment Works. Joining them for a discussion will be Professor Allen Lipscomb, PsyD, California State University Northridge, who also will overview his research on this subject. The free workshop will be held by Zoom on Thursday, November 18, 2021 from 4–5:30 pm. Register for this event.


October Featured Publications

Strengthening the Philanthropic Supply Chain Optimizing the path from funder to recipient isn’t something philanthropy has thought about systematically, but the sector (both nonprofits and philanthropic organizations) can build more muscle into it, with an eye toward racial and economic justice. The article focuses on philanthropic activators, organizations that create ongoing relationships with both ends of the supply chain, providing purpose-built structures for funders to deploy charitable funds intelligently and quickly, and helping grantees build the capacity and infrastructure to use funds effectively. View this article.

Emerge Ready: Fundraising During & After COVID-19 As nonprofits begin to emerge from the COVID-19 crisis, many priorities and concerns have shifted. In May, Philanthropic News Digest surveyed its database of thousands of nonprofits. Responses to the survey provide a clear picture of the challenges ahead. This white paper details the survey results and what they mean for the future of nonprofits nationwide. View this article.

The Post-Pandemic Nonprofit: 12 Disruptive Trends Your Nonprofit Must Master In this publication author Jeremy Reis has identified twelve strategies across three categories that he sees as key areas of investment for nonprofits to focus on as a way to survive and thrive in a post-pandemic philanthropic landscape: Who We Are (organizational identity), How We Operate (programming and functionality), and How We Grow (innovation and organizational development) View this article.

A Nonprofit's Guide to Getting Your First Government Grant In total, government provides more than ten times the funding to nonprofits as foundations, especially in human services, health and education, but also in the arts, environment, animal welfare, consumer protection, and elsewhere. But there are many workshops and other resources on getting foundation grants compared to very few on getting government grants. This guide helps community nonprofits access government funding. View this article.

Trust in Civil Society: Understanding the factors driving trust in nonprofits and philanthropy Independent Sector, in partnership with Edelman Data & Intelligence has released this second annual report of survey findings that explore the nuances of trust in American nonprofit and philanthropic organizations. The survey starts with the assumption that public trust is the currency of the nonprofit sector. The public's belief that nonprofits will "do the right thing" is one of the central reasons the sector exists. Communities have relied upon nonprofits to provide trusted sources of information, life-sustaining services, environmental stewardship, and places of refuge for centuries. In today's highly polarized environment, understanding and managing trust has never been more important for organizations to own their license to operate, lead, and succeed. View this article.


What VNR Workshop Frequent Flyers Say

Over the last 15 years VNR has offered more than 400 free educational workshops.  A few frequent flyer participants have attended 20 or more of these events, and here's what several of them have to say about them:

VNR is my favorite contact to learn about resources that help local nonprofits build a strong, lasting foundation; find collaborators; and figure out the best way to tackle any issue.  Through VNR's workshops, I learned the importance of sustainable programming, networking, communicating with funders, and strategic planning.  I owe our success over the last 10 years of operation, in part, to Tom Backer and VNR!
-Dale Gorman, Executive Director, Kids Community Dental Center

For many years, I have participated in Valley Nonprofit Resources workshops and through them have connected with a wide variety of agency leaders, often sparking collaborations. The workshops provided best practices and other useful information on fundraising, advocacy, governance, marketing, nonprofit laws, board development, succession, sustainability and more.
-Cindy Pease, Executive Director, Musicians at Play Foundation

As a new executive director, VNR was instrumental in providing relevant workshops in an intimate setting that propelled our organization forward.
-Maria Alexander, Center for Living and Learning

San Fernando Community Health Center has found collaboration with Valley Nonprofit Resources very useful over the years.  VNR has great insight into the needs of nonprofits in the San Fernando Valley; the workshops we have hosted and/or attended through the years have been informative and well-organized.
-Audrey Simons, San Fernando Community Health Center


VNR Recovery Resources

As we move into recovery from the pandemic, San Fernando Valley nonprofits face many challenges, and also have learned much from the experiences of the last year. These resources can support planning for recovery and may lead to additional online or in-person resources nonprofit leaders may find helpful. Some of the resources are specific to health, human services and youth development nonprofits, but many are likely to be useful regardless of the type of nonprofit.

VNR Recovery Initiative Launched in July 2020, the CSUN Valley Nonprofit Resources Recovery Initiative (VRI) is aimed at helping San Fernando Valley nonprofits respond to the challenges of recovery as Los Angeles more fully re-opens after the pandemic lockdown. More than a dozen free Zoom educational workshops have been offered, and more are planned, on topics ranging from strategic re-structuring to digital strategies for fundraising. Recovery Roundtables in specific communities (Burbank, Glendale, Canoga Park, Reseda, North Hollywood, Pacoima and City of San Fernando) offer a chance for local nonprofits to explore recovery challenges like all the trauma (staff, volunteers, clients and communities) the pandemic has created, and how they might work together. Technical assistance to selected Valley nonprofits also is being offered, along with TA and education focused on anti-racism strategies for nonprofits (supported by grants from The California Wellness Foundation, and offered by CSUN Professor Allen Lipscomb, consultant to VNR). A survey of recovery challenges and opportunities is being conducted in Spring 2021, funded in part by a grant from the Community Foundation of the Valleys. VRI is supported by grants from California Community Foundation, Joseph Drown Foundation, Dwight Stuart Youth Fund, Ralph M. Parsons Foundation, Weingart Foundation and Wells Fargo. For more information, contact VNR at 818/677-2774.

Regularly Updated Information Resources

These online resources provide information updated weekly or monthly on various aspects of the pandemic – nonprofits can sign up for them free of charge. Updated: July 2, 2021

City of LA Mayor’s Office Updates LA City Mayor Eric Garcetti’s office distributes a monthly newsletter including the latest updates on COVID-19, vaccines, opportunities for aid and upcoming events. To sign up for this newsletter, go to www.lamayor.org.

COVID-19 Weekly Update This e-mail is prepared weekly by the SPA 2 Regional Health Office of Los Angeles County, providing a variety of information and announcements related to COVID-19. It is available free of charge by sending an email to SPA2@ph.lacounty.gov including name, organization, and role in the organization.

HelpGuide – Coronavirus & Mental Health Section This free resource contains a number of articles and meditations to help with the mental health challenges of the coronavirus pandemic. It includes a Coronavirus Mental Health Toolkit, and resources specific to a number of problem areas, ranging from burnout prevention to sleep problems to parenting strategies. To access, please visit the Coronavirus Help Home Page.

VCCC’s Weekly COVID-19 Update Each week, Valley Care Community Consortium sends out an email that includes information on the latest COVID-19 developments, including events, in the San Fernando Valley. These resources are focused on health and human services nonprofits in the Valley. To sign up for this newsletter, email: intern@valleyccc.org.

Virus and the Valley: Newsletter from Senate Majority Leader Robert Hertzberg Every month, Senate Majority Leader Robert Hertzberg publishes a newsletter with the latest information about what is happening in the San Fernando Valley. The newsletter provides updates on Health & Safety (including the vaccine rollout and other Covid-19 resources), Jobs and the Economy, and Valley Life. To sign up for this newsletter, please visit the Senate Majority Leader Robert Hertzberg's website.

A resource specific to youth development nonprofits is updated periodically:
Empower offers a range of COVID-related information and tools specifically for youth development nonprofits, focused on fundraising, and on working with youth. To access, please visit the Empower website.

Publications

COVID-19 Recovery: Preparing Your Organization and Volunteer Program Identifies four phases of disaster management as well as the five steps for nonprofit recovery planning. To access this article, please visit the Galaxy Digital Blog.

COVID-19 Resources for California’s Nonprofits CalNonprofits has compiled a list of resources to support nonprofits and their staff. Topics include Advocacy and Support, COVID-19 Related Funding Opportunities, Federal Resources and Information, California Announcements and Resources (Including Re-Opening Guidance), Employer and Employee Resources, and Resources for Individuals. To access these resources, please visit the CalNonprofits website.

LAEDC's Community Connectory The Los Angeles County Economic Development Corp.'s Community Connectory provides resources for small businesses, nonprofits and vulnerable residents during this pandemic. To access the directory, please visit the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation website.

Organizational Race Equity Toolkit The Organizational Race Equity Toolkit from the Washington Race Equity Initiative is more than 100 pages of supportive content specifically aimed at organizational equity and the change processes needed to build it. It includes a host of definitions, worksheets, and frameworks to support assessment and planning. To download a copy of this resource, please visit the JustLead Washington website (.pdf).

Safer at Work Los Angeles Reopening Los Angeles County safely will require active participation from every business owner, employee and customer. Safer at Work LA acts as a resource hub for businesses, employers, workers, and residents as everyone seeks to achieve a shared goal of getting Los Angeles back to work safely. The resources on this site are free to use and designed to help businesses across the County communicate to their employees, partners and clients the critical steps they are taking in order to operate as safely as possible during the COVID-19 pandemic. For more information and to access these resources, please visit the Safer at Work LA website.