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
9/10/20 - Recovering - and Revisiting Your Mission
9/16/20 - Innovative Online Options for Donor Communications
9/30/20 - Reviewing Your Financial Management Operations
10/6/20 - Anti-Racism Learning and Action for Nonprofit Leaders
10/20/20 - Health and Human Services Nonprofit Leaders Roundtable Special Session on Anti-Racism

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!


Recovering - and Revisiting Your Mission As nonprofits deal with the challenges of recovery from the coronavirus pandemic, they also encounter opportunities - such as the chance to revisit their mission in the clear light of so much change. This free workshop will focus on five critical questions to help with that revisiting: (1) Is our mission still relevant for the communities or constituencies we serve? (2) What do we offer that is better or at least different from other nonprofits with similar missions? (3) If we closed our doors, what would the community have lost? (4) Are we effective and efficient in our operation? And (5) Has our mission changed either in the last year or in the last four months? Janet Levine of Janet Levine Consulting, VNR’s Senior Consultant, will facilitate a dialogue about these five questions, and each participant will send their mission statement in advance, to be shared with all to start the discussion. The workshop is part of the VNR Recovery Initiative (see above), and will be given Thursday, September 10, 2020 from, 4-5:30 pm by Zoom. For more information and to register, please contact Ashley Wright, VNR Project Coordinator, at 818/677-2774 or ashley.wright.2@csun.edu.

Innovative Online Options for Donor Communications Donors today want immediate responses to their inquiries, the ability to do convenient one-click donations and personalized updates from nonprofits to which they donate. Even slight friction or delay can cause donations to be postponed or spent elsewhere. In this free educational workshop

you will learn how to setup and automate digital donor communications that respond to these donor needs. You will learn the basics of how to configure an “interactive chat-bot” on your website with a preset script that automatically answers your donors' frequently asked questions and solicits donations with an easy response. You will also learn how to use this same workflow and script for automated text message campaigns and Facebook Messenger Ad Campaigns that sync with your Facebook Page. Faculty for this workshop is Brian Frankel, a digital communications consultant working in the American and international corporate community who also is CEO of a Valley-based nonprofit.  The workshop is part of the VNR Recovery Initiative, and will be held by Zoom on Wednesday, September 16, 2020 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.

Reviewing Your Financial Management Operations This free workshop offers an opportunity to review how your nonprofit handles its overall financial management operations, through an interactive discussion of these questions: Do you have an overall financial management plan or operations manual? How well does your accounting software work? Who handles financial management internally or externally and might they benefit from further training? What financial reports get generated for the ED and Board, and how might they be improved? What internal financial controls do you have in place? The workshop will put responses to these questions in the larger context of the coronavirus and its impact on nonprofit operations and financing. It will be led by Lydia Floyd, of Simple Data Nonprofit Consulting, who has an accounting degree and also is a nonprofit consultant - plus she is ED of a small nonprofit. It will be offered on Wednesday, September 30, 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.

Anti-Racism Learning and Action for Nonprofit Leaders Anti-racism work focuses on directly opposing racism, discrimination, and prejudice. It includes taking an unapologetic stance and utilizing interventions that directly call out racist and discriminatory practices, policies, and behaviors through advocacy, activism and allyship. This free workshop will help nonprofit leaders, both staff and board, learn about these concepts, and apply them through staff training, written policies, and collaborative work in the communities they serve. It will be led by CSUN Professor Allen Lipscomb, an expert on the topic who has recently worked through VNR on diversity, equity, and inclusion challenges of Valley nonprofits, and who also is conducting a research study on anti-racism skills and understanding of local nonprofit leaders. Professor Lipscomb also will offer VNR-supported technical assistance to a select group of Valley nonprofits, providing staff training and assistance in developing a written policy on anti-racism. The workshop will be held by Zoom on Tuesday, October 6, 2020, from 4-5:30 pm. This event is supported in part by a grant from The California Wellness Foundation. For more information and to register, contact VNR Project Coordinator Ashley Wright at 818/688-2774 or ashley.wright.2@csun.edu

Health and Human Services Nonprofit Leaders Roundtable Special Session on Anti-Racism Anti-racism work focuses on directly opposing racism, discrimination and prejudice. It includes taking an unapologetic stance and utilizing interventions that directly call out racist and discriminatory practices, policies and behaviors through advocacy, activism and allyship. This special session of the Health and Human Services Nonprofit Leaders Roundtable will aim to help nonprofit leaders in turn help their patients or clients to better handle these complex challenges. The Roundtable is in its third year of bringing together nonprofit leaders in health and human services to learn, share and build networks here in the San Fernando Valley. The free event will be held by Zoom on Tuesday, October 20, 2020 from 4-5:30 pm. It will be led by CSUN Professor Allen Lipscomb, an expert on the topic who has recently worked through VNR on diversity, equity and inclusion challenges of Valley nonprofits, and who also is conducting a research study on anti-racism skills and understanding of local nonprofit leaders. This event is supported in part by a grant from The California Wellness Foundation. For more information and to register, contact VNR Project Coordinator Ashley Wright at 818/688-2774 or ashley.wright.2@csun.edu

Wells Fargo Works delivers resources, guidance and services for business owners, offering guidance on topics such as writing a business plan, marketing a business, managing cash flow, and building credit to help business owners (and nonprofits) increase their knowledge and confidence. The site includes hundreds of feature stories, informational articles, and videos featuring national small business strategy experts and business owners sharing their experiences. To access, please visit Wells Fargo Works (website).

Executive Service Corps’ Developing Development Program (DDP) is a 12-month fund development program designed to help organizations build the tools and strategies they need to deliver their organization’s fundraising goals and empower the communities they serve. With guidance from a dedicated coach, organizations have the opportunity to find solutions to their specific development challenges. Going into its 17th consecutive year, DDP brings together both staff and board members to create and implement a robust fund development plan. For questions about the program, contact Janet McIntyre, Vice President of Programs & Training, at jmcIntyre@escsc.org or Meghan Maloney, Volunteer and Programs Manager at mmaloney@escsc.org.

The Nonprofit Partnership – Resource Library This resource library includes General Nonprofit Resource Pages, TNP Webinars for COVID-19 Response, HR Check-Ins, COVID-19 Nonprofit Response Resources, and Nonprofit Funding Resources- Emergency Funding and General Support. All resources and past webinars can be viewed free of charge. To access, please visit the Nonprofit Partnership Resource Library (website).

Stratiscope’s Community Intelligence Podcast The Community Intelligence podcast features prominent private and public sector leaders who have found success working with and engaging community. Each episode features a conversation between Stratiscope CEO John Bwarie and the guest who shares their experience, insights, failures, and successes related to their work with the community. For more information and to subscribe to the podcast, please visit the Stratiscope’s Community Intelligence Podcast (website).

 California Grants Portal The California Grants Portal (a project by the California State Library) lists grants and loans offered by California state agencies. The site was built with input from a variety of stakeholders, and improvements are already planned for the coming months. To access the California Grants Portal, please visit the California Grants Portal (website).


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