Community Foundation of the Valleys
Community Foundation of the Valleys facilitates charitable giving through Donor Advised Funds and direct grantmaking, to have lasting impact on the San Fernando Valley and Santa Clarita Valley and their residents. CFV also supports nonprofits in the Valleys through (1) managing “rainy day funds” (also called reserves) and endowments for nonprofits – providing personalized service, recommendations for funding among CFV’s donors as well as other grantors, and CFV grants; (2) providing training to nonprofit board members and their donors about several types of tax benefits for charitable giving; and (3) promoting a “culture of generosity” to nonprofits in the two Valleys – an area that historically has underfunded its charitable organizations. CFV’s financial partner, the California Community Foundation, provides access to many of their financial investment services as well.
Visit their website > Giving USA 2022 Annual Report on Philanthropy
According to this report, giving reached a record $484.85 billion in 2021, which is an increase of 4.0% in current dollars. However, after adjusting for inflation, giving actually decreased by 0.7%. Giving by individuals makes up the biggest portion of total giving at 67% with a total of $326.87 billion. Individual giving rose by 4.9%, although when adjusted for inflation it stayed relatively flat and only rose 0.2%. The next largest portion of total giving is giving by foundations, which grew by 3.4% to total 19% of giving. Giving by foundations includes grants made by independent, community, and operating foundations, which in 2021 totaled $90.88 billion.
Access the report > Nonprofit Fundraising Learning Episodes from The Nonprofit Show
A daily live video broadcast that helps the national nonprofit community come together for fundraising, problem solving, innovation and reflection. Each day the hosts and their guests cover relevant topics with fresh thinking and ideas to help a nonprofit amplify social impact and achieve its mission.
Access the broadcast > Connecting Valley Nonprofits to Interpersonal Violence (IPV) Resources
Connecting Valley Nonprofits to Interpersonal Violence (IPV) Resources is a free guide providing information and referral resources if a nonprofit’s staff member, volunteer or client might have an IPV challenge. It was developed by Strength United in partnership with VNR through a year-long project that also included educational workshops, and was funded by a grant from Kaiser Permanente.
Access the guide > VNR Nonprofit Recovery Survey Report
In Spring 2021, Valley Nonprofit Resources, in collaboration with Community Foundation of the Valleys, conducted a survey of San Fernando Valley nonprofits with $50,000 or more in annual revenues, to learn about what impact the coronavirus pandemic has had on them and their service recipients, and about what steps they’re taking to create and implement recovery plans. Input from 133 Valley nonprofit leaders (13.3% response) is summarized in this report, along with input on how people of color are taking on board and ED leadership roles in Valley nonprofits. To obtain a free copy, contact VNR Program Administrator Brian Frankel at 818/677-2774 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
CA Grants Portal
This free directory offers information on Local, State and Federal Grants. Grants.ca.gov is managed and hosted by the California State Library. State grantmaking agencies input and update their information into prescribed data fields to make all state grant opportunities searchable. Visit their website at grants.ca.gov.
2021 State of Grantseeking Report
The 2021 State of Grantseeking Report spotlights recent developments in funding to help nonprofits be more strategic in their grantseeking. The free report features data by organizational budget size, mission focus, and government vs. non-government funding. This year it includes a special section specific to the pandemic.
Visit their website > Sustained Collaboration Network
The Sustained Collaboration Network offers a catalog of resources for nonprofits interested in learning more about the strategies of sustained collaboration. Resources include Tools & Templates for nonprofits to use to determine readiness for collaboration, Background Reading and News & Events.
Visit their website > American Nonprofit Academy
The mission of the American Nonprofit Academy is to bring education, leadership, connectivity and collaboration to the nonprofit community. Their vision is to educate and connect stakeholders in the nonprofit community with low cost educational opportunities and their values orient communities towards building sustainable approaches to philanthropy.
Visit their website > 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.
Visit their 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 community.
Subscribe to the podcast > Wells Fargo Works
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.
Visit their website > INP Partners
INP Partners helps nonprofits with their program evaluation and other data needs by providing sophisticated data management and custom-formatted analytics and reports through a proprietary software system that links data from programs, finance, HR, development and other business units even when the nonprofit’s own software systems can’t “talk to each other.” Results can be used by nonprofit staff, Boards and funders for everything from grant evaluation reports to internal efforts at operational improvements.
Visit their website > GrantAdvisor
GrantAdvisor is a web service that facilitates open dialogue between nonprofits and grantmakers by collecting authentic, real-time reviews and comments on grantseekers’ experiences working with funders to encourage more productive philanthropy. Feedback is shared anonymously and once a funder receives 5 reviews, the data on that funder will be posted publicly and funders will have the opportunity to respond to reviews. In addition to aggregating feedback on the grant application process, GrantAdvisor will provide a forum to share views on how funders influence their field.
Visit their website > Nonprofit Consultants Support Group
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Larry Caplan Consulting has formed a small support group for consultants to nonprofits across Southern California. The group, open to anyone, meets quarterly for an extended lunch hour, at different locations. Generally there are one of two “topics du jour,” many of them focused on business practices, such as how to market a consulting practice, how to set fees, how to deal with difficult clients, etc. To join the email list for this group and be notified of future meetings, please contact Larry Kaplan at email@example.com Cause Clarity
Cause Clarity, an initiative of Hershey Cause, makes the power of good communications accessible to all. This suite of resources equips nonprofit leaders and social changemakers with the skills they need for today’s fast-paced, connected world. From “how-to” videos to quizzes and guides,
Cause Clarity is designed to help organizations assess their efforts, engage their audiences and strengthen their impact.
Check out Cause Clarity’s suite of resources > Crowdfunding
Nonprofits of all sizes and types increasingly find that crowdfunding websites are an important fundraising resource. For a small fee, these sites will place a nonprofit cause, event or need online so that people visiting the site can choose to donate to it.
Valley Nonprofit Resources (VNR) offers a package of free, downloadable resources about crowdfunding strategies and options.
Check out VNR’s resource library >
2022 Resource Directory for Nonprofit Capacity Building in Los Angeles County
2022 Resource Directory for Nonprofit Capacity Building Capacity-building services are available from various organizations and individuals throughout Los Angeles County. Some are offered on a fee-for-service basis. Other services are offered at reduced cost or free of charge to nonprofits (often because they are underwritten by a third party), or are offered directly by a funder (foundation, business, individual donor, religious institution or government agency) that pays for them. Any youth-serving nonprofit wishing to build capacity needs to identify the right resources to assist in that process.
One referral source for this purpose is the Resource Directory for Nonprofit Capacity Building in Los Angeles County (Nineteenth edition, May 2022), which describes funders, consultants, management support organizations and other resources that can help build capacity.
Note: Appearance of activities, publications or organizations in these website listings does not constitute any type of endorsement from the Dwight Stuart Youth Fund. These listings are provided solely for informational purposes.