Building an Authentic Vision - Professional Development Workshop

In 2007, Ryan Choura bought small rental company in the South Bay and was faced with the challenge of representing himself and his brand in a way that was both authentic and captivating.

With the help of strong mentors, self-reflection, and a vision for success, Ryan reinvented himself and turned his small enterprise into an award-winning event production company whose highlights include Coachella, Stage Coach, Summer X-Gamas, the ESPYs, and more.

During this workshop, Ryan will share his story and guide to you to define your own vision success, take a critical look at your management and marketing strategies, and have the courage to open the door to opportunities that come knocking.

Building an Authentic Vision
Thursday, April 12, 2018 | 
Near Culver City, CA (RSVP for details)

Members: RSVP for FREE (scroll down)
Nonmembers: RSVP for $10

Questions? Contact Brian Rosenbaum at

Presented in partnership with Antioch University M.A. in Nonprofit Management Program

Nonprofit Leadership Workshop


Want to lead change? Learn what's needed in today nonprofit leaders and explore your potential leadership in the sector. Gain perspectives on your applicable skills/experience, what drives you, and specific actions to progress in your career. We'll also discuss the responsibility nonprofit leadership and leading real, impactful, lasting change.

What: Nonprofit Leadership Workshop
When: Wednesday, March 14, 2018
6:00-6:30pm Networking | 6:30-8:00pm Workshop
Where: Near Pasadena, CA (must register for address)

This highly interactive and supportive session will have you reflecting, dialoguing, and identifying concrete steps to help you reach your goals. Facilitated by Julie Ha Truong, Principal at Envision Consulting -- leadership, search, and strategy experts.

Topics we'll explore through include:
  • The leadership gap and solutions.
  • Your passion, skills, and education. 
  • Goal identification and action steps.
  • Career advancement and personal branding.
  • Building networks and accessing supports.

Members: Register for FREE at
Nonmembers: Register for $10 at

Register today: Goal Setting Professional Development Workshop


The new year is here and there is so much possibility...but a vision without a plan is just a dream. 

Join us for our first professional development workshop of the year on the topic of Goal Setting.

During this interactive workshop, participants will be guided to set strategic, thoughtful goals for 2018 in a number of categories, such as personal, professional, financial, relational, etc. This workshop was a big hit last January, so we are excited to bring it back to kick off the new year.

This session will be facilitated by Bethanee Epifani, motivational speaker, author, and teacher. Learn more about her at

Members: RSVP for free at
Nonmembers: Join this workshop for $10 at

Become a member today for as little as $30/year. Learn more at!

CSR: The Next Frontier

Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) is a term that has jumped into relevance in the last handful of years. It is defined as a company’s sense of responsibility to the community and environment that it operates in. Companies have noticed upticks in new customer growth, customer loyalty, and customer satisfaction when CSR activation are in place.


CSR is crucial to a company’s success. With that in mind, it is just as crucial that nonprofits understand the corporate mindset when it comes to philanthropy and what it takes to make partnerships between companies and nonprofits work.

I recently spoke with a marketing professional who works with nonprofit partners as part of her company’s CSR efforts. She spoke from her own experience, and I have chosen to keep her and the company anonymous. Her thoughts help provide a good perspective on what makes a good CSR partner on both sides of the equation.

What is your role in your company’s CSR efforts?
I have been the point person for many of our charity/nonprofit partners.  I am responsible for maintaining and leveraging these relationships to develop mutually beneficial and meaningful projects. 

What philosophy directs your company’s CSR?
It’s a work in progress.  We need to work on crystallizing this across the organization but historically it has been sustainability or "places we play" (e.g. land access and conservation).  To make our efforts more effective in future, we need to focus in on one area. 

How does CSR connect to your company’s overall marketing strategy?
Traditionally it hasn't really, we have aligned ourselves with certain partners (cause organizations), but we haven't done a good job of leveraging those partners and causes.  Ideally, we would be able to connect our CSR projects back to the company’s general philosophy and build our brand. 

What is your favorite CSR activation (either as a customer or in your role at your company)?
To be honest, I don't have one. We have not done a good job of successfully executing CSR programs.  It is something we are working to change; as our industry becomes more competitive with new developments in technology, quality CSR activations with respected nonprofit partners are essential to maintaining our market share.

What qualities do you look for in a nonprofit partner in a CSR effort?
We look for two things:  (1) Collaboration to develop mutually beneficial programming and (2) a way activate our audience for the cause.


Emma Standring-Trueblood is one of YNPN LA's Guest Bloggers. Connect with her on LinkedIn and comment below and add your voice to the conversation.

Reflections from 501(c)onference

This past summer, I had the privilege of attending the Center for Nonprofit Management’s 2017 501(c)onference entitled “CommUNITY Out of Chaos.” The gathering brought together nonprofit professionals from all across the spectrum looking for new ideas and strategies for change within the current sociopolitical climate.


Since the conference, the news cycles have shown no signs of slowing down--and we have to work harder and smarter than ever to strengthen our communities and uphold our shared values. 

With that said, here are some bits of wisdom that I found most impactful:  

  1. The middle ground we all share is better than any divisions we have as a society. We are more connected than we realize. (Dowell Myers, USC Sol Price School of Public Policy)

  2. In order to harness the power of your community, you need to identify and get to know your champions. People act when they are given agency and control. (Naomi Leight-Give’on, CausePick)

  3. “Standing up for our constitutionally guaranteed rights is not taking a political position.”  (Ann Buroughs, Japanese American National Museum)

  4. How an organization sets itself up provides that organization with access to different pockets of funding. Nonprofits need to rethink their funding models, look “beyond the grant,” and become investment ready if they want to survive and succeed in future markets. (David Greco, Social Sector Partners)

  5. Mindfulness is synonymous with heartfulness. Heartfulness builds community. (Elliot Law, Mindful USC, Insight LA & Robert Lurye, Insight LA)

  6. Real change happens when we develop unlikely alliances. We have to diversify our alliances and develop a ‘coalition of the willing.’ (Unlikely Allies in Times of Change Session)

  7. We need leadership that is “courageous, open-minded, and built on trust” in the current political context. (Apolonio Morales, Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights, CHIRLA)

  8. “If you want to do equity, get ready to be uncomfortable.” (Manuel Pastor, USC Dana and David Dornsife College of Letters, Arts & Sciences)

  9. How do you remain positive in the face of adversity? FLIP IT!

    Focus on the here, now. What can you feel good about?
    Label life differently: Is is happening to you or for you?
    Ideas: Imagine what could be
    Plan and prioritize. Practice, be patient and persevere.
    IT is just “it”. Learn to distinguish facts from beliefs.
    (Sebastien Gendry, The Laughter Consultants)

  10. Everyone can’t do everything, but everyone can do something. (Shane Murphy Goldsmith, Liberty Hill Foundation | LA Police Commission)

As a Board Member of YNPN LA, I hope that you will join our community as we work together to strengthen the nonprofit sector in Los Angeles and support nonprofit professionals by providing networking and professional development opportunities.

For more information on our organization visit, For access to the 501(c)onference presentations, please visit:


Noa is a human rights and social justice advocate, passionate about international affairs, women's rights, and education. In her current position as the Community Engagement Coordinator at Temple Israel of Hollywood, she helps facilitate social action initiatives and works to organize and strengthen the community both on and offline. She received her BA in Anthropology from the USC and her MSc in Human Rights from the London School of Economics and Political Science. Noa has served in the nonprofit sector locally and globally for nearly a decade and is always looking for effective and creative ways to create positive social impact. 

Volunteers Needed to Host Nonprofit Neighborhood Hangouts across LA


Volunteers Needed!

Help your fellow nonprofiteers to come together, build relationships, and grow our community. "Nonprofit Neighborhood Hangouts" are casual get-togethers hosted by volunteers at times and locations that are convenient for them. Then, we promote these opportunities as if they were normal events!

Our Downtown LA Nonprofit Networking Lunch is an example of this. We're especially interested in folks stepping up in Long Beach, the South Bay, Westside, Downtown, San Fernando Valley, South LA, East LA, and the San Gabriel Valley.

This is also a great chance to learn some basic event planning and build your own brand. We provided all the training and support for you to lift your Hangout off the ground.

Interested in learning more? Let us know!

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