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
01/21/21 - Health and Human Services Nonprofit Leaders Round table
01/26/21 - Increasing Your Digital Footprint to Raise Funds from Businesses
02/24/21 - New Date: What Shape Should You Be? Strategic Re-Structuring for Valley Nonprofits

Featured Publications
(visit Library for a complete list)
2020 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.

In the News


VNR as part of the CSUN community joins CSUN President Dianne Harrison in recognizing the role we all have to play in advancing justice and combating racism in the face of the senseless killing of George Floyd. President Harrison’s thoughts are on the main CSUN website.  We are exploring how we can support the Valley’s nonprofit sector in making the changes that must come next.


VNR continues with Online operations - Zoom educational workshops, TA by phone and email, and eBlasts with information specific to COVID-19.  VNR staff are working remotely and we’d be glad to hear from you.  Stay safe!


NEW DATE: What Shape Should You Be? Strategic Re-Structuring for Valley Nonprofits Especially in this pandemic era, to survive nonprofits must be creative and flexible - and many want to explore mergers, back office consolidations, and partnerships that are more than MOUs or informal agreements. These nonprofit “shapes” are options of strategic re-structuring. This free workshop will overview these options, including ways to find out more what might work for a particular nonprofit. Speakers will be Carrie Harlow, Nonprofit Sustainability Initiative; Jennifer Vanore, PhD, UniHealth Foundation (managing funder of NSI), as well as past NSI participants Brittney Weissman, NAMI Greater Los Angeles County; and Joan Maltese, PhD, Child Development Institute, who will share lessons learned with strategic re-structuring. The workshop’s co-hosts are Valley Nonprofit Resources, Community Foundation of the Valleys and NSI. Nonprofit EDs and other leaders from the San Fernando and Santa Clarita Valleys are encouraged to bring along a Board member to this event, since Board support is essential for success. The workshop will be held by Zoom on Wednesday, February 24, 2021 4-5:30 pm - for more information and to register, contact Ashley Wright, VNR Project Coordinator, 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, January 21, 2021 from 4-5:30 pm. Based on feedback from the October 20 session surveys, we will focus the first part of the meeting on the concept Prof. Allen Lipscomb shared with us - the “JEDI Committees” for handling the challenges and opportunities a nonprofit has with respect to anti-racism training and policy. The rest of the session will be devoted to our usual networking, problem-sharing, and thoughts about what 2021 holds for health and human services nonprofits. The Roundtable is coordinated by VNR, Valley Care Community Consortium and The Children's Burn Foundation and facilitated by Janet Levine of VNR and Janet Levine Consulting. For more information and to register, contact Ashley Wright at (818) 677-2774 or ashley.wright.2@csun.edu.

Increasing Your Digital Footprint to Raise Funds from Businesses Concentrating on how nonprofits can build partnerships with business, this workshop will integrate innovative and traditional approaches. Led by Big Media USA CEO Tony DeMaio (Big Media has produced more than 20,000 podcasts and DeMaio was previously Director of Development for Galpin Motors), the workshop will highlight: (1) creative use of social media (for sharing testimonials and other purposes), (2) producing podcasts featuring business sponsors, (3) producing digital content like a magazine that highlights business sponsors, and (4) making podcasts or digital magazine articles part of a sponsorship package for a virtual gala. Also covered will be more traditional methods such as business networking by nonprofit board and staff. This free workshop will be offered by Zoom on Tuesday, January 26, 2021 from 4-5:30 pm. For more information and to register, please contact VNR Project Coordinator Ashley Wright at 818/677-2774 or ashley.wright.2@csun.edu.


VNR Recovery Initiative – Special Resources

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 and sustainability as Los Angeles more fully re-opens after the pandemic lockdown. Four Zoom educational workshops are being offered on (1) increasing access to capital (July 29), (2) revisiting nonprofit missions (September 10), (3) technology for donor communications (September 16), and (4) financial management operations through the recovery period (September 30). Technical assistance to selected Valley nonprofits also is being planned, as is an educational workshop on how nonprofits can better address racism amongst their own staff and in the community they serve. VRI is supported by small grants from Wells Fargo and California Community Foundation, and additional funding is being sought. For more information, contact VNR Project Coordinator Ashley Wright at 818/677-2774 or ashley.wright.2@csun.edu.

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 LAEDC's Community Connectory (website).

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 COVID-19 Recovery: Preparing Your Organization and Volunteer Program (website).

Resource Articles These eight brief articles provide a range of ideas that can be used by nonprofit Boards and staff to brainstorm about how to deal with the challenges and opportunities the coronavirus pandemic presents.  From fundraising to information-gathering through a survey, to focusing on the most important nonprofit objectives and constituencies, to thinking outside the box about mission and operations, these thought pieces can help Valley nonprofits mobilize their own creativity and determination.  

  1. Charitable Giving in Crisis? What Non-Profits Can Learn From COVID-19 (Part 1)
  2. Charitable Giving in Crisis? What Non-Profits Can Learn From COVID-19 (Part 2)
  3. How Nonprofits Can Survive Today’s Health Crisis, Part 1
  4. Learning How Nonprofits Can Survive COVID-19, Part 2
  5. Learning How Nonprofits Can Survive COVID-19, Part 3
  6. Nonprofit Innovation for a Post-Crisis Future
  7. 8 Steps Nonprofits Should Take Now to Survive the Pandemic Fallout
  8. Reimagine Your Nonprofit to Survive the Crisis