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Shell Partners with LANO to Build Nonprofit Capacity in Louisiana's Gulf Region

Posted By LANO, Thursday, May 14, 2015



Shell Will Underwrite a Capacity Building Scholarship Program Including Board Governance Assessments; Training in Board Governance, Financial Management, Fund Development and Human Resources; and Executive Coaching for 10 Nonprofit Organizations


The Louisiana Association of Nonprofit Organizations (LANO) is pleased to announce a significant grant from Shell to increase nonprofit capacity in Louisiana’s Gulf Coast region.


LANO is a statewide member organization that advocates for the nonprofit community and strengthens the effectiveness of those committed to improving Louisiana. The organization currently provides services to more than 600 member organizations and more than 13,000 individual members.


The program will develop core capacity for nonprofits in the parishes of Plaquemines, Lafourche, Terrebonne and St. Mary. In partnership with Shell, LANO will conduct organizational Board Governance assessments; training in Board Governance, Financial Management, Fund Development and Human Resources; and Executive Coaching in the area of governance for 10 nonprofit organizations accepted into the Shell Capacity Building Scholarship Program. The program will run from May to November 2015.


As the nonprofit sector in Terrebonne, Lafourche, St. Mary, and Plaquemines continues to meet the growing needs of its respective communities, the gap between nonprofit income and expenditures continues to grow. Years of recession and natural disasters have diminished resources available to these nonprofits while increasing demand for services. Tax reform and budget cuts promise to compound these effects in the coming years. Current trends impede nonprofits’ strategic planning and the sustainable growth of this essential sector, which is why the Shell Capacity Building Scholarship Program will be so impactful in this area of Louisiana.


LANO will hold public interest meetings in the Gulf region May 26 and 27. A complete list of sessions and registration information can be found at Organizations with any area of focus may apply, although particular interest will be given to organizations with missions relative to road safety, workforce development, education and the environment. Participating organizations will be chosen based on applications due to LANO June 11. Organizations must commit to approximately 30 hours of training, demonstrate significant commitments of their board president, executive director, executive committee and board members. Organizations must have 501(c)(3) status and be in good standing with the IRS and the Louisiana Secretary of State. Of course, organizations must also be domiciled in at least one of the following parishes: Plaquemines, Lafourche, Terrebonne, and St. Mary.


Upon completion of this program, the participating board members and staff members will be equipped to develop, manage and evaluate a successful governance process. Organizations will be able to demonstrate to regional funders that they are working towards nonprofit organizational excellence and will be strong stewards of their investments. Participants will also receive a complimentary one-year organizational membership to LANO to further encourage long-term capacity building and sustainability.


For more information about the Shell Capacity Building Scholarship Program, please visit or call (318) 865-5510, ext. 1.

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