Valley Nonprofit Resources

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Valley Nonprofit Resources

Welcome to Valley Nonprofit Resources

Established in 2007, Valley Nonprofit Resources offers both information and services to strengthen the more than 5,300 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
6/23/20 - Creating Alternatives to In-Person Fundraising Events
6/25/20 - Health and Human Services Nonprofit Leaders Roundtable

Featured Publications
(visit Library for a complete list)
2020 Resource Directory for Nonprofit Capacity Building in Los Angeles County (.pdf) Coming Soon.





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

In the News


Greetings to all! VNR has just launched VNR Online, part of our new creative direction to continue supporting and serving nonprofits in the San Fernando Valley.

We will be hosting Zoom webinars and general meetings as part of VNR Online - including some that reschedule in-person events we’ve had to postpone. And we are working with partner organizations to explore other options we may be able to share with Valley nonprofits, especially the small to medium sized ones that always have been a main focus of our work here in the Valley.

In addition, VNR has launched a weekly series of VNR Online eBlasts (two have gone out so far) that present information resources and activities specific to COVID-19.  If you would like to be added to the VNR master email roster to receive these eBlasts and our regular monthly eBlast please send an email to .

VNR staff are working remotely at least through May, as the CSUN campus is closed. We remain available via phone and email. VNR also is available for new or ongoing technical assistance work by phone, email and internet sharing of documents. We look forward to hearing from you.

We at CSUN Valley Nonprofit Resources send you our best wishes.  Stay safe!


Creating Alternatives to In-Person Fundraising Events Nonprofits big and small must find alternatives to in-person fundraising events planned or scheduled before the world changed.  Some events have been postponed, some cancelled, some gone virtual, and some successfully substituted in asking sponsors and donors to keep their commitments without the event - since the core purpose was to support the nonprofit.  In this free workshop, these and other strategies will be explored, along with various alternatives such as online auctions or contests, producing short videos to embed in emails (and post online on other platforms) to Zoom-type Galas with awards, recognition and entertainment all done online.  A handout listing creative alternatives will be provided to participants, who also will be invited to share their experiences and ideas. This free workshop is co-sponsored by Fernando Awards Foundation (which has been holding live galas for over 30 years). It will be led by Randy Witt Productions’ producer-director Randy Witt, who is also Board chair of FAF; and Paul Davis, President of Paul Davis Insurance Agency and recent Fernando Award winner.  VNR ED Dr. Thomas Backer will moderate. The workshop will be held by Zoom on Tuesday, June 23, 2020 from 4-5:30 pm. For more information and to register, contact VNR Project Coordinator Ashley Wright at 818/677-2774 or ashley.wright.2@csun.edu.

Health and Human Services Nonprofit Leaders Roundtable The Roundtable, presently convening online, is a special VNR service for these special times. It brings together health and human services nonprofit CEOs and senior staff in the San Fernando Valley for informal discussion of important topics and peer-to-peer networking, as well as guest speakers. The next meeting will be by Zoom on Thursday, June 25, 2020, 4-5:30 pm. In addition to networking and informal problem-solving discussion, this session's special topic will be Where Do We Go From Here: Recovering from the Pandemic. The session will include participants brainstorming and sharing their experiences so far with re-opening, and what they are planning for the summer. VNR Executive Director Dr. Thomas Backer will briefly describe the VNR Recovery Initiative and ask for participant feedback about what’s most needed. The Roundtable is coordinated by VNR, Valley Care Community Consortium and The Children's Burn Foundation and facilitated by Janet Levine of VNR and Levine Consulting. For more information and to register, contact Ashley Wright at (818) 677-2774 or ashley.wright.2@csun.edu.

Resource Directory for Nonprofit Capacity Building in Los Angeles The seventeenth edition of this Directory (May 2020) offers a starting place to identify individuals and organizations providing capacity-building services and resources to nonprofit organizations in Los Angeles County. It provides information on Consultants, Foundations, Grantseeker Information Centers, Human Resource Provider Organizations, Information Centers, Management Support Organizations, Nonprofit Management Higher Education Programs, Nonprofit Resource Centers in Surrounding Counties, Technology Resources and Volunteer Centers. Contact and brief descriptive information is provided. Coming Soon. Please check back.


In addition, the following are some special resources for nonprofits related to the coronavirus crisis:

Dr. Lucy Jones Center for Science and Society Working with both public and private sectors, the Dr. Lucy Jones Center increases communities’ ability to adapt and be resilient to the dynamic changes in the surrounding world. Currently, the Center is hosting a regularly-scheduled virtual forum featuring Dr. Jones, which focuses on helping small businesses (including nonprofits) understand the science of the epidemic and its impact as well as business experts providing resources and insights specifically for small businesses. These facilitated virtual forums provide an opportunity for Q&A, with questions being collected and posted after each week’s forum. For more information, go to the Dr. Lucy Jones Center for Science and Society 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, go to the LAEDC's Community Connectory web page.

Using Time Wisely During the Pandemic For those looking to make the most of their time and accomplish existing goals, Stratiscope has put together a number of courses and programs. Through the Community Brand Accelerator Online, a monthly, 90-minute interactive cohort meeting, participants will peer-share and refine their objectives, network, and visibility roadmap (with monthly one-on-one personal coaching sessions). The Community Brand Intensive Online is a full-day immersion for community influencers and aspiring influencers looking to raise their profile and gain the tools needed for influence. For those looking to master the essential know-how of remote relationship-building, community collaboration, media relations, and communication, there are several Community Crisis Response Forum sessions. Lastly, for those looking to become a certified Community Intelligence Officer and in need of the communication skills and engagement tactics that apply to work in government, business, and non-profit settings, there is the Community Intelligence Officer (ComIO) Basic Training course. For more information and to register for these events, go to the Stratiscope website.