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.
Annual MENDing Poverty Conference 2013
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
Mitigating Risk for Nonprofits is a town hall-style discussion presented by the Nonprofit Advisory Council. At this free event, a panel of experts will discuss how nonprofits can mitigate risks due to leadership transitions, internal crisis, or outside factors such as decreasing government funding and endowment revenues. The event will be held on Thursday, April 24, 2014 from 7:30 am to 10:30 am in Hollywood. For more information and to register, go to: firstname.lastname@example.org. or call: 310/270-9867.
The 2014 Envisioning California Lecture will feature I. King Jordan, PhD, President Emeritus of Gallaudet University, in conversation with Larry Mantle, KPCC AirTalk Host. The theme is "Access and Respect - 21st Century Challenges for People with Disabilities." Years after passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act, people with disabilities still face many challenges - in school, at work and in the community. Dr. Jordan will discuss these challenges and how to handle them. The event is free of charge will begin at 6:30 pm on Thursday, April 24th and will be followed by a reception at 7:45 pm., at the Little Theatre in Nordhoff Hall on the California State University Northridge campus. For more information and to make a reservation, call 818/677-4030.
7th Annual MENDing Poverty Conference "Hungry for Good Food" will be held June 18, 2014 8 am - 2 pm. The conference brings together nonprofit executives, funders and community leaders from throughout Los Angeles - to network and hear speakers focused on improving services for people living in poverty. This year's emphasis is on hunger and nutrition challenges and opportunities. Opening keynote speaker will be Joel Berg, Executive Director, New York City Coalition Against Hunger. Fred Ali, President and CEO of the Weingart Foundation, will deliver an opening welcome. The luncheon keynote speaker will be Evan Kleiman, Restaurateur and host of KCRW's "Good Food." Three breakout workshops will be offered: (1) Food and Community: Gardening as a Catalyst for Social Change, (2) Making It Easier to Eat Healthy, and (3) Enhancing Nutrition and Reducing Hunger Through Advocacy. The conference registration fee, including breakfast and lunch, is $89 through June 7 and $109 thereafter. The event is co-hosted by MEND and Valley Nonprofit Resources, and will be held at the MEND Center, 10641 N. San Fernando Road, Pacoima, CA 91331. For information or to register, please visit www.mendpoverty.org.
Does Your Charity Have What It Takes for Growth? is a free workshop on how to boost returns from fundraising events like charity golf tournaments, and how to work with celebrities on them. Speakers are Todd Krim of the Krim Group, Bob Levey of Independent Events and Media, and Lior Temkin of Singer Lewak. The workshop is sponsored by accounting firm Singer Lewak and will be held at their Los Angeles offices on Thursday, April 10 from 11:30-1:30; lunch is included. For more information and to register, go to: Register
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