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    – April 2020 Edition –

    A Message to the CNL Community

    COVID-19 upended business as usual in a matter of hours in mid-March. What we all thought we knew in the morning was obsolete by nightfall. As a sector with human connection baked into our DNA, we suddenly found ourselves physically distancing, working from home, forced to postpone events and services or in some cases shutting our doors.

    One thing is certain, nonprofits can and will adapt
    in unprecedented times to fulfill their missions.

    Steadfast in our belief knowledge empowers, the Center for Nonprofit Leadership found ways to serve even as we transitioned to working from home and like other nonprofits postponed face-to-face events, including our Board Leadership and the Nonprofit Resiliency institutes.

    We quickly identified partnerships to offer relevant webinars. We teamed up with the Nonprofit Resource Network (NPRN) in Santa Barbara for a session on Designing the Remote Workplace; and with Visionality and the Ventura County Community Foundation for an online presentation on COVID-19 and Nonprofit Employers. Employment attorney Jon Light provided detailed materials on these complex and critical issues.

    Another great resource — LinkedIn Learning, formerly — is included with CNL memberships at every level. This learning platform is teeming with tutorials on leadership, effective teams and productive virtual meetings.  To access these resources, please visit  If you are a member and need to access your username and password, please let me know.

    CNL welcomes your suggestions. How can we be of the most service to you? Which workshop topics are most relevant to you now and as we all navigate the post-COVID-19 environment?

    Please take a moment to complete this very short survey (less than 5 minutes).

    We hope to see you soon — be it virtually or in person  — and hope you, your family and your colleagues and friends remain safe and healthy.

    Dena Jenson
    [email protected]

    Making Sense of COVID-19 Regulations

    The National Council of Nonprofits’ Analysis of S. 748 (Corona Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act)

    LightGabler’s Analysis of COVID-19 Families First Coronavirus Response Act

    Financial and Emotional Wellness Support Available

    The first round of funding for individuals and families living in Ventura County will be funded through the Ventura County Rapid Response Fund.   The deadline for individuals and families applying for the first round of funding is March 31.
    Funding for individuals and families living in Ventura County will be available through the Southeast Ventura County YMCA.  CLICK HERE to learn more.  The application for support is quick and confidential.  The website is available in 200 languages based on the user’s browsers language setting.
    VCCF has also partnered with Future Leaders of America, CAUSE, MICOP, the McCune Foundation and others to activate the 805UndocuFund COVID-19 for our undocumented neighbors.  Please share.

    Finally, Give An Hour offers ongoing, no cost, emotional wellness and mental health support groups using an online platform.  Groups are available in English and Spanish.  These facilitated peer-support services aim to address the mental and emotional well-being needs of our community as we all deal with the stress and related fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic.  Please learn more here

    Where can I find other resources?

    Organizations are quickly realizing that this is not just another disaster — the COVID-19 pandemic is fundamentally altering how organizations assess program delivery and forcing them to figure out how to continue to deliver on mission-critical programs virtually. Those organizations who hope to wait this out risk long-term damage.

    Join the team at VISIONALITY for ideas on how to assess and pivot your mission-critical work into the digital realm.The webinar is free to attend, but registration is required. 

    The Center for Nonprofit Leadership at California Lutheran University is proud to partner with Nonprofit Resource Network (NPRN) to bring relevant topics and subject-matter experts to our region during these demanding times.  

    About this webinar:
    Our world is currently going through a period of unprecedented and uncharted change.  How are you dealing with it as a leader? As an organization? Drawing upon William Bridges’ Transitions Framework, this interactive webinar will help nonprofit and foundation staff and board members gain a deeper understanding of how the destabilizing forces of change are impacting their organizations and their own lives. It will also give participants concrete tools and well-tested strategies for helping to guide people through this challenging period.

    Who should participate?  Each participating organization is invited to send a team of up to two (2) people which can consist of formal and informal leaders of nonprofit organizations and foundations. This includes staff of any level of their organization as well as board members.

    Please Note.  This webinar will be highly interactive and will require your participation throughout the session.  Space is limited.

    MEMBERS: Did You Know?
    You have access to LinkedIn Learning!
    This gives you access to their library of free webinars, tutorials and on-demand learning modules. 
    To access these resources, please visit
    If you are a member and you need your username and password, please let us know.

    “The Center for Nonprofit Leadership’s love for community and desire to support the nonprofits that serve it through all manner of challenges make it an invaluable resource that will help build the foundation of stable, sustainable nonprofits we need to serve our community for generations to come.” 

     Marni Brook, Director of Lending 
     Women’s Economic Ventures 

    Morgan Foster is a junior at CLU majoring in business administration. She enjoys water/snow skiing, playing with her dogs and going to Disneyland. She is very excited to be a part of the CNL team.

    Pierce McLurkin is a senior at CLU majoring in communication. He enjoys listening to music, playing sports and hanging out with his family. He is very excited to continue his work at the CNL.

    Helping nonprofit leaders
    do better at doing good!

    OUR MISSION:  California Lutheran University’s Center for Nonprofit Leadership builds the leadership and management capacity of individuals and organizations serving the Ventura County region.

    Center for Nonprofit Leadership

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