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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Customer Service and Patient-Centered Care: New Plans for a New Era Valley Nonprofit Resources and Valley Care Community Consortium, with support from Kaiser Permanente, offer this free workshop to help Valley health nonprofits think about customer service and patient-centered care in new ways, reflecting both best medical practice and changes coming from the Affordable Care Act. The workshop will include a focus on how strategic plans may need to be realigned to respond to these new realities. Presenter Joni Novosel is both executive director of VCCC and an experienced corporate trainer on this important topic; co-presenter Thomas E. Backer, PhD is executive director of VNR, and also a national expert on strategic planning (including a book on the subject). The workshop will be held from 4-6 pm on January 23, 2014 in North Hollywood, and is the fifth in a series of five training events VNR and VCCC are presenting to build capacity of health nonprofits in the Valley. For more information and to register, contact VNR Project Coordinator Julaine Konselman at 818/990-0176 or email@example.com.
Strategic Planning for Valley Arts & Culture Organizations Join presenters Thomas E. Backer, PhD of Valley Nonprofit Resources and Mark Valdez of Network of Ensemble Theatres for an afternoon of learning and technical assistance about strategic planning. Both have extensive experience in strategic planning for arts nonprofits, and Dr. Backer has published a book on the subject. Limited to 8 participating arts and culture nonprofits, this special workshop will offer a focused learning experience for each nonprofit about how to construct and implement a strategic plan, and about how to improve a plan over time in response to changing circumstances (opportunities or challenges). It will include brainstorming about how cross-sector collaborations and innovative fund-raising efforts fit into the strategic plan for an arts and culture organization. The afternoon will include individualized TA for each organization, and will run from 1-5 pm on February 11, 2014 in Pacoima.
Theatres, dance companies, art galleries and other arts and culture organizations are invited to apply; the workshop is free of charge but each organization must send an executive director or senior staff member to participate along with a board member. VNR and NET, co-sponsors of the workshop, both concentrate on capacity building for nonprofits, and both offer services that participants can draw on after the workshop, to continue strengthening their operations long-term. For more information and to apply for one of the eight slots, contact VNR project coordinator Julaine Konselman at 818/990-0176 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
UnderDeveloped: A National Study of Challenges Facing Nonprofit Fundraising This study is a joint project of CompassPoint and the Evelyn and Walter Hass, Jr. Fund. The study report focuses on fundraising strategies of nonprofit organizations, and reveals that many nonprofits are stuck in a vicious cycle that threatens their ability to raise the resources they need to succeed. Go to:
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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