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 5,600 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
2/23/2018 - Using Film to Change Attitudes About Homeless People
3/7/2018 - Fostering Nonprofit Leadership Continuity: Essentials of Leadership Succession Planning
3/8/2018 - NEW DATE: San Fernando Valley Nonprofit Services for Black Women

Featured Publications
(visit Library for a complete list)
2017 Resource Directory for Nonprofit Capacity Building in Los Angeles County (.pdf)  Note: New Edition Available



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

In the News

NEW DATE FEBRUARY 23 1-3 pm: Using Film to Change Attitudes About Homeless People 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.  It will be held in the Whitsett Room, 4th floor of Sierra Hall on the California State University Northridge Campus, on Friday, February 23, 2018, 1-3:00 pm.  For more information, contact VNR Project Coordinator Ashley Wright at 818/677-2774 or ashley.wright.2@csun.edu.   This event had to be re-scheduled because of the local wildfires in December.

Fostering Nonprofit Leadership Continuity: Essentials of Leadership Succession Planning 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. The workshop will be held on Wednesday, March 7, 2018 from 4-6 pm at MEND in Pacoima. For more information and to register, please contact VNR Project Coordinator Ashley Wright at 818/677-2774 or ashley.wright.2@csun.edu.

NEW DATE MARCH 8 12-1:30 pm: San Fernando Valley Nonprofit Services for Black Women Dr. Cedric Hackett, CSUN Professor and Director of CSUN’s DuBois-Hamer Institute for Academic Achievement, will share his research on March 8, 2018 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. For more information, contact VNR Project Coordinator Ashley Wright at 818/677-2774 or ashley.wright.2@csun.edu.

Burbank Nonprofit Coalition The Burbank Nonprofit Coalition is a group of local nonprofits that meet monthly to discuss collaborative opportunities, upcoming events, provide workshops and offer other information. Its goal is to reduce duplicated services and help local nonprofits work together in Burbank to enhance opportunities for the individuals they serve. The group meets every third Thursday of the month at noon, with the meeting location dependent on which nonprofit hosts the event. For more information and to attend upcoming meetings, contact Shanna Warren at ShannaWarren@BGCBurbank.org.

Nonprofit Finance Fund’s State of the Nonprofit Sector Survey NFF’s Survey reaches out to thousands of nonprofits about their programmatic, financial, and operational issues, and analyzes the dynamics underlying their responses. Gathering and sharing this critical data – aggregated by sub-sector, organization size, geography, and other factors – is a major part of NFF’s commitment to support nonprofits and the sector. The Survey only takes about 25 minutes to complete (and can be completed in multiple sessions).  Deadline for responses is February 21, 2018. All submissions are anonymous. For more information and to participate, go to: http://nff.org/learn/survey

VNR Website Update Since the summer VNR has been working on an update of our website - correcting broken links, adding new publications to the Library, etc.  With support from our CSUN webmaster Larae Brown, this comprehensive update is almost done.  As always, we welcome feedback about other enhancements that might be made.