Create Sustainable Funding For Your Nonprofit

In this session, Benevon instructor and coach, Laura Mellinger will give you an overview of the Benevon Model — 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.

Date: Monday, March 31, 2014

 Benevon trains and coaches nonprofit organizations to implement a mission-based system for raising sustainable funding from individual donors. This system ends the suffering about fundraising and builds passionate and committed lifelong donors. The Benevon Model was developed by founder Terry Axelrod, author of seven books and several DVDs, including her most recent book, The Benevon Model: A Step-by-Step Guide to Getting it Right. For more information, please visit

Free Help for Your Organization

Taproot Foundation is pleased to announce an opportunity for select nonprofit organizations in the Los Angeles metro area to receive capacity-building Service Grants. Applications Due: March 4, 2014 

Taproot Foundation is a nonprofit foundation making business talent available to organizations which work to improve society and the Los Angeles community.  Taproot Foundation awards service grants of professional consulting services.  Our Service Grant Catalog consists of 17 different grants in 4 key capacity building areas.

View our full catalog of Service Grants to see details about each project and determine which grant best meets your needs right now.


Taproot Foundation Service Grants are awarded four times a year, with a March, June, September, and December round.

Visit to…

►    Begin your application

►    Review our grantmaking process and criteria.

►    Walk through the stages of a typical project and read about completed service grants.

►    Join the Taproot LA Nonprofits LinkedIn Group for Taproot news and announcements.

►    Set up a Service Grant Consultation (see below).


►    Service Grant Consultations are your opportunity to get one-on-one consultation on how to strengthen your application, find out which grant most suits your need, and have any and all questions addressed regarding your application.

►    You can schedule an appointment at *Appointments are required.

If you have any questions about this Request for Proposal or applying for a grant contact: Bari Goldsmith, (213) 620-0173,

Kohl’s Cares Scholarship Program


Kohl’s Cares® Scholarship Program
Nominate a young volunteer aged 6 to 18 who has made a difference in your community.

Nominations must be submitted online by 11:59 pm CT on March 14, 2014. Information about the program and upcoming deadlines will be sent via email, so please add to your email safe list.

How to Nominate:

Step 1: Review these Documents:

Official Rules

Frequently Asked Questions
Step 2: Register as a Nominator

You will be asked to create a User ID and password in order to complete the registration process. We suggest you use your email address as your user ID. Passwords are case sensitive.

Information asked for within the registration should be for the nominator, not the student.

Register Now

Step 3: Complete the Nomination

You will be able to return to the nomination to update and edit as frequently as desired. After you have submitted the nomination or after the deadline, the nomination will no longer be available.

For more information on Kohl’s Community giving, visit

Non-profit Networking Night

You are invited to attend the 4th Annual Non-profit Networking Night hosted by UCLA’s USAC Community Service CommissionOffice of Residential LifeVolunteer CenterCareer CenterAlumni Affairs, and Partnership UCLA!

Non-profit Networking Night 2014Non-profit Networking Night connects UCLA students to public service professionals who are currently recruiting for open internships and jobs in their non-profit. The evening features speed-networking activities and the opportunity to sit down with professionals and other UCLA students with similar interests. By interacting with leaders in the non-profit and public service field, attendees gain valuable insight about a wide variety of positions and organizations in the community.  This year’s organizations include representatives from the fields of education, environment, family & children, health, homelessness/poverty, international, public policy/legal, and special needs.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014 from 7PM – 9PM

UCLA Carnesale Commons
An optional workshop is being held at the UCLA Career Center directly preceding the start of the program.

Event details will be provided upon RSVP.

Please register online  by Monday February 3, 2014
Please direct questions to

Free Computer Network for a Nonprofit

If you can use a computer network (2 servers, Firewall, Switch, 3 XP Tower computers, and little extras), please contact Melanie at or 626-319-6466.

Compensation and Benefits Survey 2014

Volunteer1All nonprofit organizations need current, local compensation data in order to hire the best talent. Join your colleagues by participating in the 2014 Compensation and Benefits Survey.  The Compensation and Benefits Guide is full of the latest information relevant to your organization or finance & accounting department’s commitment to recruiting and retaining the best talent. Click here to participate in the survey and save $250 on the report.

Virtual Volunteers

See Susan J. Ellis’s entire article at

The first Web site was opened in 1991. That’s only 23 years ago, yet our world has already been transformed in profound ways. Electronic communication is here to stay, and increasingly mobile computing tools and smartphones are permanent elements of our lives personally and professionally.

As always, volunteering was on the cutting edge of social change. First, volunteers played a critical role in creating the Web itself. And, they continue to help shape cyberspace today, particularly the open source programmers who freely share new ideas and applications. The Web enabled entirely new types of volunteer service that could be completed online. Quickly, this was dubbed virtual volunteering, even though the volunteers were not and are not “virtual.” Online service is done by very real people choosing to contribute their time and skills through the Internet.

Knowledge Philanthropists

Knowledge Philanthropists

Check out Susan J. Ellis’ great article about using the knowledge and wisdom in your community to enhance nonprofit capacity. In addition to thinking of volunteers as hands-on help, you can also think of them as knowledge donors. Your agency may need help getting work done, but you could also use help brainstorming, thinking through new ideas, and simply looking at old problems in a new way. Enter the ‘knowledge philanthropists.” Thanks, Susan, for this great article and wonderful idea!

Certification in Volunteer Administration

Certification in Volunteer Administration

March 1 Deadline is Approaching — Register now to become Certified in Volunteer Administration!

In the words of a recent CVA: “Going through the CVA certification process is something
I would encourage every volunteer management professional to do. It gave me an incredible sense of validation for the work that I have done, along with a deeper understanding of a worldwide body of professionals who believe and promote the same core values of volunteerism that I do. I’m so glad I did it!” – Becci J. Terrill, CVA – Shepherds Ministries, Inc., Union Grove, WI

For more information about the process, fees, and the registration form, download the 2013 CVA Candidate Handbook at

Questions? Contact us a or 804-794-8689.

Get Involved in DOVIA-LA

Get Involved in DOVIA-LA

We need help on the Membership and Nominating Committees. Both committees are great opportunities to network with other volunteer managers and raise professional capacity in our profession. Membership Committee members greet new members and guests at meetings and introduce new members at general membership meetings. To get more information about the Membership Committee, contact VP of Membership Sasha Muraoka at

For more information on the Nominating Committee, contact Administrative Manager Barbara Bradley at