Established in 2007, Valley Nonprofit Resources offers both information and services to strengthen the more than 4,500 nonprofit organizations in the San Fernando Valley region of Los Angeles. Welcome to VNR's website! Click on the buttons to your left and at the top to access many resources that can help you increase the effectiveness of your nonprofit.
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Contacting VNR at California State University Northridge As announced previously, Valley Nonprofit Resources now is part of CSUN, located in Sierra Hall 281 on the Western end of the campus. Contact VNR staff at 818/677-2774 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Our website, www.valleynonprofitresources.org will continue in operation through September 30, after which we'll move to a webpage on the CSUN website - you'll get an address for the webpage shortly.
Workshop on Board Development for Glendale and Burbank Nonprofits For the last four years, VNR has been bringing together nonprofits in the cities of Glendale and Burbank. The latest event in this series will be a joint workshop on nonprofit board development, to be held Thursday, September 11, 2014 at the Glendale YWCA from 4-6 pm. This dynamic workshop will feature national and state nonprofit sector leader Jan Masaoka, CEO of California Association of Nonprofits (CalNonprofits). Her approaches to board governance and board role in fundraising are both unconventional and creative - she will discuss strategies for recruiting effective Board members, orienting them to their governance role, and engaging them actively in fundraising. The workshop is free and refreshments will be provided.
The workshop is offered in partnership with the Cities of Glendale and Burbank, and co-sponsors include California Association of Nonprofits, Glendale YWCA, Glendale Adventist Hospital, Glendale Arts, Glendale Healthier Community Coalition, Glendale Healthy Kids, Glendale Nonprofit Executive Directors Coalition, Burbank Coordinator Council, Burbank Council of Nonprofit Executives, Burbank Cultural Affairs Commission, Leadership Burbank, Providence St. Joseph's Medical Center Burbank and Community Foundation of the Verdugos.
Speaker Jan Masaoka also will stay on at the meeting site from 6-6:30 pm for a brief interaction with participants about the latest developments in legislative and community issues for nonprofits in Southern California. For more information and to register, please contact VNR project coordinator Julaine Konselman at 818/677-2774 or email@example.com.
Helping Latino Clients Access Hunger/Nutrition Services San Fernando Valley nonprofits serve 40-80% Latino clients, and can help their clients access hunger and nutrition-related services in culturally appropriate ways, including through Latino community organizations. This workshop for nonprofit staff and volunteers will put public services like CalFresh and the Urban Agriculture Committee, along with nonprofits like the LA Regional Food Bank, into a Latino cultural context that can help in building awareness, increasing access, and bringing multigenerational families together. Valley Nonprofit Resources and its Latino Initiative are partnering with California Food Policy Advocates on this free workshop, which will be held September 24, 2014 from 4-6 pm in Pacoima. It will be coordinated by CFPA's Yolanda Anguiano, and speakers will include LA Regional Food Bank's Jessica Jones and Los Angeles City Councilperson Felipe Fuentes. Refreshments and handout materials will be provided. For more information and to register, please contact VNR project coordinator Julaine Konselman at 818/677-2774 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Advocacy and Partnerships for Canoga Park Children Youth & Family Nonprofits Canoga Park has great need for effective nonprofits to serve children, youth and families in the community, especially for those living in poverty. Advocacy with local policymakers and funders, and partnerships among nonprofits and community groups, are needed to support these nonprofits. On Tuesday, September 30, 4-6 pm, Canoga Park nonprofit and community leaders, plus policymakers and funders, are all invited to a free two-hour brainstorming workshop at New Economics for Women to discuss these challenges and how to meet them. In addition to group discussion, there will be three speakers: nationally-known advocacy consultant Larry Kaplan will present some strategies for good advocacy, Child Care Resource Center CEO Michael Olenick, PhD will share current data about the level of need in Canoga Park, and Los Angeles City Councilperson Bob Blumenfield has been invited (to be confirmed) to talk about how the City of Los Angeles can help this neighborhood. The workshop is co-sponsored by Valley Nonprofit Resources, Child Development Institute, and the Institute for Community Health and Well-Being at California State University Northridge, and the moderators will be Joan Maltese, PhD (CDI), Dianne Philibosian, PhD (CSUN) and Thomas E. Backer, PhD (VNR). For more information and to register, contact VNR Project Coordinator Julaine Konselman at 818/677-2774 or email@example.com.
News on Other VNR Projects VNR's Northeast Valley Nonprofit Network project, supported by Weingart Foundation, is wrapping up after three years of successful work with 12 nonprofits in the Northeast Valley, helping them build capacity for effective fundraising, especially with foundations and individual donors. Philanthropic consultant Jan Kern will lead three workshops for a group of six children youth and family nonprofits in the Valley beginning in September, helping them build the capacity of their Boards - she also will provide individualized TA to each of the nonprofits. And VNR is collaborating with the Network of Ensemble Theatres on a similar training and technical assistance project for performing arts nonprofits, focused on community engagement strategies, that will include a workshop on October 1, 2014. All these activities are part of VNR's commitment to strengthening Valley nonprofits, partly by drawing upon the best experts in the community to provide education and TA.
Alchemy Leadership Seminar, the Annenberg Foundation's signature three-day capacity building training. Leadership Seminar addresses fundraising, board effectiveness, public involvement and accountability. The free training is now open to nonprofits; attendance of both the Executive Director and the Board Chair is required. The last day to apply to Leadership Seminar is October 15, 2014. For more information, please call (213) 403-3030 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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