Helping nonprofit leaders do better at doing good

Nonprofit Resiliency Institute

Equipping Ventura County Nonprofits to become financially stronger and more resilient than ever.

Ventura County’s nonprofit organizations and their vibrant missions are critical to our social fabric. The 2017 Thomas Fire revealed the vulnerability of our nonprofit sector, much of which was impacted financially by the disaster which came during peak fundraising season. Recent natural disasters have further impacted the sector, again potentially disrupting the fundraising cycle. But even before the fires, local nonprofits lagged behind our neighboring counties in per capita revenue. Rather than reflecting a lack of donor potential, this shows the need of Ventura County nonprofits to strengthen financial oversight practice, hone their ability to attract local wealth, and build ample operating reserves.

Thanks to funding from the Amgen Foundation, eight local organizations will be selected to participate in the Nonprofit Resiliency Institute. There, organizational leaders will gain financial management and fundraising strength to better prepare for, withstand, and adapt to future challenges and opportunities.

About the Nonprofit Resiliency Institute

This Institute builds Ventura County’s long-term community recovery and resilience.  Teams from participating organization will work with top nonprofit experts in a tailored, interactive peer learning environment to:

  • Assess current organizational financial and fundraising capacity
  • Analyze current business model & revenue mix
  • Adopt sound financial practices and policies
  • Implement fund development strategies to build more unrestricted operating support and operating reserves to better weather future interruptions.

Who Should Apply?

If your organization is based in Ventura County and has full-time paid staff, you are eligible to apply. Each organization is required to send a committed leadership team of staff and board leaders, which includes the Chief Executive, to participate in four in-person, half-day sessions spaced six weeks apart, as well as three coaching calls.     

Program Components

  • Organizational Assessment & Financial Health Goal Setting
  • Training & Peer Learning in Financial Management and Fundraising
  • Accountability Coaching to Reach Organizational Goals

How to Apply

Participation in the Nonprofit Resiliency Institute is free of charge, thanks to our generous funders. Application deadline for the first cohort is midnight Tuesday, January 14.

The 2020 cohort is now FULL and no longer accepting applications!



Timeline & Important Dates

Workshops take place from 9:30 a.m.* to 1:30 p.m. at Cal Lutheran Oxnard campus, rooms 104/105, at 2201 Outlet Drive, Oxnard, CA 93036. Continental breakfast will be served. (*First workshop starts at 8:30 a.m.)

Eight organizations will be selected by application to participate free of charge. Educational materials and refreshments included. Participating organizations will go through an assessment and onboarding process, and receive three phone coaching sessions throughout the program.

Application Deadline                                   

January 5
(Notification on January 10)

Organizational Assessment & Onboarding

January 13 - February 4, 2020

Financial Management I

February 5, 2020
8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Financial Management II

March 4, 2020
9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Fundraising I

April 1, 2020
9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Fundraising II

May 6, 2020
9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Coaching Sessions

Three phone calls throughout the program.

Thank You to Our Partners!

This program is generously underwritten by the Amgen Foundation.



Meet the Faculty


David Greco

President & CEO, Social Sector Partners and Professional Speaker


Doug Green

Senior Consultant, La Piana Consulting


Caryn Bosson

Principal, Caryn Bosson Consulting


Program fees include print and digital program materials, light breakfast at each module, and access to an online library of resources.

For a team of up to four (4)

  • Organizational Members:  Sending a team is included as a benefit of membership
  • Non-member rate for a team:  $475


Contact Caryn Bosson at