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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Demystifying the Program Budget Process Join nonprofit business consultant Karla V. Salazar of SOS Strategies for a comprehensive training session about how to prepare an effective program budget in funding proposals. Have you wondered what the differences are between an organizational, capital and program budget? Has a proposal been declined because of your program budget presentation? This workshop will provide an overview of approaches to program planning and budgeting; clarify the difference between budget and actual; provide templates for program budgets and steps for creating them; and offer resources on distinguishing between direct and indirect cost allocations. Both financial and non-financial personnel may find the workshop of value. Participants may bring a copy of their most recent program budgets and general operation budget for discussion with the instructor. The workshop is free of charge and will be offered Wednesday, March 12, 1-4 pm in Northridge. For more information and to register, please contact VNR project coordinator Julaine Konselman at 818/990-0176 or email@example.com.
Northeast Valley Health Neighborhood Coalition Despite all the groups that already exist, would it be helpful to create a new coalition for health providers in the Northeast San Fernando Valley, to share information and coordinate services to low-income people - given the changes implementation of the Affordable Care Act will bring about? Join Hillview Mental Health Center and Valley Nonprofit Resources for a brainstorming workshop to consider this question on Wednesday, March 19 from 4-6 pm in Pacoima. Such a coalition might focus initially on sharing information about referrals, medical histories, care management for patients/clients that are served in common by mental health, substance abuse and various health providers in the Northeast Valley "health neighborhood." Valley Nonprofit Resources also is working with Valley Care Community Consortium and a group of health providers in Glendale creating a Health Information Exchange for Glendale. For more information and to register for this free event (refreshments provided), please contact VNR project coordinator Julaine Konselman at 818/990-0176 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Funding Opportunities for Children, Youth and Family Services Both the longterm effects of the recession and changes in public funding for services have left nonprofits serving children, youth and families with new and difficult challenges in resource development. Meeting these challenges requires more systematic fundraising programs, often supported by technology, and creating relationships with foundations (including family and corporate foundations), corporations with community benefit programs, and high-end individual donors. This free workshop will explore both the challenges and the funding opportunities, with speakers Wendy Chang, Dwight Stuart Youth Fund, Dorothy Fleisher, W.M. Keck Foundation and Jan Kern, Southern California Grantmakers. Supported in part by a grant from the Dwight Stuart Youth Fund, the workshop is co-sponsored by Valley Nonprofit Resources, Child Development Institute, and California State University Northridge. Refreshments and handout materials will be provided, and the workshop will be held in Tarzana on April 9, 2014 from 4-6 pm. For more information and to register, please contact VNR project coordinator Julaine Konselman at 818/990-0176 or email@example.com.
Hanging Together: Nonprofit Advocacy for Children's Services Keeping intact the public funding needed for survival by nonprofits serving children, youth and families is a huge challenge, and requires nonprofit leaders to work together with advocacy organizations, individual community leaders, and elected officials or their staffs. Coordinated advocacy efforts that may involve everything from personal meetings to public demonstrations to Facebook campaigns now are a vital part of the "survival toolkit" of nonprofits. Led by advocacy consultant Larry Kaplan, this free workshop will explore the various parts of this toolkit, focusing on how nonprofits can empower families to fight with them about public funding or regulatory decisions, and how to get more nonprofits and individual constituents involved in advocacy work. The cliche "if we don't hang together, we will hang separately" rings with truth in today's high-pressure environment. The workshop will provide direct technical assistance (including a limited amount of follow-up) on how to shape an advocacy program for the San Fernando Valley. Supported in part by a grant from the Dwight Stuart Youth Fund, the workshop is co-sponsored by Valley Nonprofit Resources, Child Development Institute, and California State University Northridge. Refreshments and handout materials will be provided, and the workshop will be held in Tarzana on April 22, 2014 from 4-6 pm. For more information and to register, please contact VNR project coordinator Julaine Konselman at 818/990-0176 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Support for Hunger Initiatives Nationwide The Presbyterian Hunger Program provides grants to nonprofit organizations addressing hunger and its causes in the United States. Grants ranging from $500 to $20,000 are provided in the following five categories: Development Assistance grants focus on creating a multi-faceted approach to the empowerment of poor people. Public Policy Advocacy grants encourage activities that advocate for political and economic policy changes that provide food for the poor. Lifestyle Integrity grants target programs that help the church to move toward sustainable lifestyles sensitive to the reality of the Earth's limited resources. Education and Interpretation grants promote activities to educate the church and the public at large about the root causes of hunger. Direct Food Relief grants support programs that provide food to poor people in either acute or chronic conditions of hunger. Nonprofit organizations and Presbyterian congregations are eligible to apply. Letters of inquiry must be submitted by April 30, 2014; proposals are due June 30, 2014. To review the eligibility and criteria information, go to the program's website:
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VNR is Moving! Valley Nonprofit Resources is moving to the California State Northridge University campus, where it will continue to operate as before, but now housed in the CSUN Center for Southern California Studies, College of Social and Behavioral Sciences. VNR staff and operations will remain the same, but now will be supplemented by the many resources of the University. The original developer of VNR, the nonprofit Human Interaction Research Institute, will dissolve as of May 31, 2014, after 53 years of operation. To honor the Institute, an endowment for funding faculty research on the nonprofit sector has been created at CSUN. More details will be available on this site in the next several months. Meantime, all contacts for VNR remain the same.
Valley Nonprofit Resources is operated collaboratively by the nonprofit Human Interaction Research Institute (which has conducted research and provided technical assistance to the nonprofit sector since 1961), California State University, Northridge, and MEND (the largest poverty services agency in the Valley).
Photo of the San Fernando Valley courtesy of Randy Witt Productions