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LANO Community Leaders Raise $8,049.26 for YWCA RISE Program

Posted By Tasha L. Cooper, Louisiana Association of Nonprofit Organizations, Wednesday, August 10, 2016

For Immediate Release

August 10, 2016


Contact: Kay Irby



Baton Rouge- The Louisiana Association of Nonprofit Organizations (LANO) today announced an award of $8,049.26 to the YWCA of Baton Rouge as part of the Change Fund Grant provided by the LANO Community Leaders class of 2015.  This grant will go to fund the YWCA RISE program in the Greater Baton Rouge area.

The LANO Community Leaders Baton Rouge annual program is a series of workshops that trains 30 individuals the fundamentals of board service.  “The LANO Community Leaders program is a resource for community minded advocates serving or interested in serving on nonprofit boards.  Community Leaders are trained in board governance, financial management and fundraising – applying best practice to their roles as board members.  Our 2015 class worked diligently to promote the YWCA program and to raise money for a significant program in the Baton Rouge area,” said Kelly Pepper, President of LANO.

Participants in the Community Leaders training are challenged to raise $300 for the interactive fundraising component, The Change Fund, housed by the Baton Rouge Area Foundation (BRAF). A request for proposals from local nonprofits is announced annually and Community Leaders review and vote on an organization to be the recipient of The Change Fund.


The YWCA RISE (Reaching Impacting Strengthening & Empowering Women in the Fight Against HIV) program educates citizens on appropriate lifestyle choices and sexual responsibility through community outreach, free HIV testing, prevention and early detection, free supplies, and free pre-and post-counseling to all tested individuals.  In the Baton Rouge community, statistics reveal that a large percentage of new HIV cases occur among adolescents and young adults.  Given this fact, the YWCA not only provides connections for HIV testing, but also early intervention efforts for teen girls through its SIHLE (Sisters Informing Healing Living & Empowering) program. If you are interested in receiving more information about the RISE program, please contact the YWCA Office at 225.383.0681 or visit the website at


Applications for the 2016 LANO Community Leaders class are now being accepted. Find more information about the program at

The Louisiana Association of Nonprofit Organizations (LANO) is a member based nonprofit organization who strives to be the go-to source for Louisiana’s nonprofit organizations by providing high quality information, tools, resources and member benefits that deepen the impact of Louisiana nonprofits.


Photo from left to right: Diana Payton-CEO ,YWCA of Greater Baton Rouge; Kelly Pepper-CEO, LANO; Summer Steib- Board President, YWCA of Greater Baton Rouge



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