Tapping Into Days of Service

Tapping Into Days of Service

Free webinar on Wed. Sept. 10, 11 am PST.

For many nonprofit organizations, national events like MLK Day of Service, National Volunteer Week or #GivingTuesday create not only another opportunity to build support, but also more work, more logistical challenges, and potential fatigue among donors and volunteers.

How can nonprofits balance the potential benefits of #GivingTuesday? Read More »

Your Laugh for the Day – Downward-Facing Budget and Other Nonprofit Yoga Poses

Thanks to Vu Le, who always makes me laugh and makes through-provoking points about the nonprofit sector.

Downward-Facing Budget and Other Nonprofit Yoga Poses

We in nonprofits work a lot and oftentimes neglect important things. Like flossing. And exercise. There are many benefits of yoga, which are the ancient practices of training your mind, body, and spirit. Now, you may be thinking, “I don’t have time for yoga; I have an important proposal to write.” Well, even a few minutes a day can help you get more relaxed and productive. Do not over-exert yourself if you are a yoga beginner. Try one or two poses each week, and increase the variety as you advance. Also, if your office can’t afford air conditioning this summer, all the better, because hot yoga is even more beneficial. Read More »

WordCamp Los Angeles Conference Discount

WordCamp Los Angeles (2014.la.wordcamp.org) is a casual, locally organized conference covering everything related to WordPress. WordCamps happen all around the world, and each camp has a unique flavor based on the local community. The organizers have generously given a discount to DOVIA-LA members. So if your nonprofit has a WordPress website and you’d like to attend, please contact Melanie at MGoodyear@JerichoRoadProject.org to get your discount code.

More info on WordCamp

Our local community is AWESOME and our camp is, too. Stay tuned to this website for announcement on what’s happening, where, and with whom, but here’s a general idea of what you can expect.

We’ll kick things off with Foundation Friday on September 5 – all-day workshops for different levels of users. Seats in our workshops are limited, so be sure to get your ticket early if you’d like to attend.

Saturday, we’ll have a day of sessions, presented by all different talented, smart, and witty speakers. You might see sessions on how to use WordPress more effectively, developing themes and plugins, WordPress security, content creation and marketing, integrating social media with WordPress, and more. We’ll announce our speakers and sessions on this site as soon as they’re finalized.

Then we’ll wrap everything up on Sunday with a Contribution Day where we all pitch in to give back to WordPress. After all, it’s done so much for us! And don’t be fooled for one minute thinking that only developers can contribute! There are so many ways to give back to WordPress and the community that it will make your head spin. So we hope that no matter who you are, and what your experience with WordPress is, that you’ll consider pitching in and helping move things forward.


Anyone who uses or is interested in using WordPress. There’s really something for everyone, no matter what level you are. If you’re just getting started, there will be sessions just for you. If you’re an experienced user, you’ll no doubt pick up some new tips that will help you work more efficiently, write better content, and get more out of WordPress. If you’re a designer or a developer, we’ll have sessions for you, too!

In addition to the sessions, we’ll also have an all-day WordPress Happiness Bar where you can stop by for one-on-one help with your specific WordPress questions and almost unlimited opportunities for meeting other people in the WordPress community.

CalNonprofits Annual Policy Convention August 1st in Los Angeles!

There are lots of great reasons to come to the CalNonprofits annual convention on the State of the Nonprofit Sector in California: build your network, spend a day thinking about “big picture” concepts and implementation, discuss policy priorities and much more.

Here are 7 very special reasons you’ll want to be sure to join us this year.

If you haven’t registered yet, do it today!

What’s the #1 reason you should attend? 

You can be the first to see the results of our groundbreaking study on the economic power of  California’s nonprofit sector, using data that has never before been cultivated. This report will be released for the first time at our  convention August 1st.

Hiring Summer Interns And Volunteers: It’s More Complicated Than You Might Think

Hiring Summer Interns And Volunteers: It’s More Complicated Than You Might Think

Now that summer is nearly upon us, you may have students looking for hands-on work experience contacting you, offering to work as unpaid volunteers or interns.

But many employers are not up to speed on the strict state and federal guidelines regarding who is legally considered an employee entitled to be paid at least minimum wage. And mistakes can trigger claims for back wages and overtime, plus penalties. Read More »

Succession Planning for Nonprofit Organizations

Third Sector Company (thirdsectorcompany.com) is offering a free succession planning workshop on Thursday, June 19, 1:00 – 4:00 pm at the Holiday Inn Long Beach Airport. Only 17% of nonprofits have a succession planning, which is crucial to your organization’s sustainability. Whether your ED is getting ready to retire, or just hoping to win the lottery, this is a great opportunity to make sure your organization will survive leadership transitions and the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune. Visithttp://www.thirdsectorcompany.com to register.

Where Passion Meets Progress – Financial Success Awaits

Where Passion Meets Progress – Financial Success Awaits

Together Scaling New Heights – A Six Seminar Collaborative Journey

Dear Nonprofit Visionary,

Perhaps the greatest struggle nonprofits face is adopting a savvy financial plan. That’s why we’ve designed our third seminar of Where Passion Meets Progress to address “Financial Management, Growing and Planning for the Future.” Read More »

Open Positions at School on Wheels

Open Positions at School on Wheels

School on Wheels is looking for Regional Coordinators in Los Angeles and Orange Counties, as well as AmeriCorps VISTA members. Please visit http://www.schoolonwheels.org/about-us/career-opportunities for more information.

Volunteer and Special Projects Coordinator Position Open

Volunteer and Special Projects Coordinator Position Open

The Los Angeles Philharmonic Association is currently seeking a:

Volunteer and Special Projects Coordinator

Position Summary:

This position coordinates logistical and administrative aspects of volunteer and leadership activities and handles other special fundraising projects as required. Read More »

Creating Sustainable Funding For Your Nonprofit

Creating Sustainable Funding For Your Nonprofit

In this session, Benevon Instructor & Coach, Laura Mellinger will give you an overview of the Benevon Model (www.benevon.com)– a systematic process for engaging and developing relationships with mission-focused individual donors. You will learn how to implement mission-focused, permission-based fundraising; how to make your organization more visible in your community and how to identify and cultivate individual donors who are passionate about your mission. Read More »