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Center for Nonprofit Leadership Hosts Open House

The Center for Nonprofit Leadership at the Ventura County Community Foundation invited Ventura County residents interested in training in nonprofit management to a free open house on Thursday, April 10.

The Center for Nonprofit Leadership relocated in December 2012 to larger quarters in the VCCF Nonprofit Center — next to the historic Camarillo Ranch House — allowing it to enhance its curriculum tailored to nonprofit staffs and board members.

After one year of residency, the Center increased its impact on local nonprofits by nearly 34 percent in 2013, with 855 local nonprofits sending representatives to the Center to learn such skills as writing winning grant proposals, mastering fund-raising strategies and using technology to make their operations more efficient. More than 2,700 nonprofit leaders attended 151 workshops.

Center for Nonprofit Leadership faculty, including CNL Director Dena Jenson, were  on hand at the open house to share their expertise and answer questions about the Center’s curriculum.

“This year’s open house showcased our faculty and highlighted the valuable workshops planned for the spring and summer of 2014,” Jenson said. “Perfect for nonprofit staff, board members and volunteers or those interested in getting more involved in the nonprofit sector, the event will be an opportunity to ask questions of our expert faculty and staff and tour the VCCF Nonprofit Center.”

The center will add 45 new workshops to its curriculum in 2014, including courses on advanced social media, financial literacy for board and staff and the importance of planned giving. A new partnership with Lynda.com allows nonprofit leaders in the county to take online technical training courses in the CNL Technology Center free of cost.

Guests were invited to see the Community Conference Center at the VCCF Nonprofit Center, which is available to nonprofit organizations for their own meetings free of cost thanks to the support of VCCF and the United Way of Ventura County. The room can accommodate as many as 150 people. Thus far, more than 75 organizations have used the space.

The center is at 4001 Mission Oaks Blvd. in Camarillo.

Founded in 1991, CNL is the only management training center of its kind in Ventura County and fulfills the Community Foundation’s mission to promote and enable local philanthropy.

For more information, contact Susan Seale, the center’s director of programs, at sseale@vccf.org or(805) 988-0196, Ext. 110.

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