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REMINDER: State of Grantseeking Spring 2014 Survey

Posted By Ellen Mowrer,, Inc., Wednesday, March 05, 2014


We take pride in helping the grantseeking community stay ahead of trends through the semi-annual State of Grantseeking ™ report. The reports spotlight recent developments in funding so that organizations can be more strategic in their grantseeking.

The free survey results, which will be published in late April, can serve as benchmarks for organizations to compare their grantseeking efforts with those of other, comparable organizations. These reports can only be created with the input of organizations like those in Louisiana!

Please help us make this the most valuable dataset it can be for each of us and complete the biref survey by March 31, 2014.

Thank you!




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Social Enterprise for Nonprofits: a 2-Day Seminar

Posted By Barbara Auten, Alzheimer's Services of the Capital Area, Inc., Wednesday, March 05, 2014

During this March 18-19 training in Baton Rouge, participants will identify and assess an earned income opportunity; practice market research, pricing strategies, operational plans, and financial analysis; and work with a small team to develop a mini-business plan.


Don't miss this opportunity to support your mission with new revenue!


The curriculum includes:

1) How to approach social enterprise in a way that supports your organization’s mission: 


•Build on current activities, existing capabilities and established stakeholder relationships 
•Turn your agency’s strengths into business opportunities  
•Guard against "mission drift” 
•Understand tax implications and protecting IRS status 
•Support and capitalize on your organization’s culture and capabilities


2) How to evaluate a social enterprise opportunity: 


•Brainstorm and identify business opportunities 

•Analyze your organization’s current customers 

•Perform preliminary market research 

•Do feasibility testing 

•Determine your competitive advantage


3) How to develop, grow, and diversify an earned income program: 


•Know what it takes to manage an enterprise 

•Avoid diffusion of staff time and focus 

•Develop your customer base 

•Develop new or related products 

•Diversify into entirely new areas 

•Preclude concerns of unfair competition from existing businesses 

•Hone your core competencies 

•Prepare an implementation plan



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You can't miss this opportunity: virtual book club for nonprofit managers

Posted By Kris H. Rutledge, CausePlanet, Monday, March 03, 2014

You have your CausePlanet Page to Practice™ book summaries in hand FREE for dues-paying members, thanks to the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana Foundation...

Now it's time to use them in a virtual book club at your desk! Discuss new ideas, best practices and recommended books with fellow nonprofit managers in facilitated discussions.

CausePlanet is now partnering with The Nonprofit Cultivation Center to provide this unique opportunity we call the Management Café, starting on April 3 and continuing on the First Thursday of the Month through June 2014.

See more about the Management Café and register hereDon't miss this innovative opportunity!

LANO General and Associate Members: Download these Page to Practice™ summaries and more by logging in at using your email address on file with LANO and "Password1". Then, click on the "Summary Library" tab and download any title you like.

If you have any questions, email us at

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LANO Seeks Director of Development

Posted By Kelly Pepper, Louisiana Association of Nonprofit Organizations, Friday, February 28, 2014

We're looking for a strategic innovator who is vigilant and conscientious – who can help us fuel the nonprofit sector in Louisiana!

LANO is currently seeking a Director of Development to oversee the vision-setting, strategy, donor research, and outreach that will increase sustainable investments in support of LANO’s core mission and strategic priorities.

LANO looks to hire a team member with the interest and ability to build donor relationships; increase the number of renewed and newly-cultivated partnerships; and support LANO’s progress toward an increasingly diverse revenue portfolio.

Job responsibilities:

  • Grant Records Management
  • Donor Relations
  • Prospect Research
  • Development Operations
  • Board Engagement
  • Volunteer Management
  • Special Events

Required skills and experience:

  • Demonstrated communications ability – will develop written materials & promotional communications for  funding
  • Organization– will support LANO’s efforts to remain on track with current grants and pursue additional donor relationships
  • Capacity to research, identify and efficiently brief LANO leadership on funding prospects
  • Disciplined, attentive to details and deadline oriented



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LANO is an equal opportunity employer.



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Part II: Leverage the benefits of recognized financial models

Posted By Erica Crenshaw, Execute Now!, Thursday, February 27, 2014

My early professional career was in the corporate financial world, so I'm aware of how the corporate sector has long benefited from a common language that facilitates an easier discussion with potential investors. Both parties share an awareness of successful strategies such as "low-cost provider" or "fast follower," which short-cuts the potentially lengthy process of courting funding. 

In contrast, nonprofits don't enjoy the benefits of a shared understanding of funding models despite the fact that they also have to enlist...

Tags:  Execute Now!  Finance Fundamentals 

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Free info session: The Fundraising Intensive Program

Posted By Nora Ellertsen, The Funding Seed, LLC, Wednesday, February 26, 2014
Are you thinking about applying for the Fundraising Intensive Program?

Do you have questions about what your nonprofit will gain from participating, or whether it's worth the investment?

Are you trying to decide who from your organization should apply?

Free information session on
Wednesday, March 19, 4:00-5:00 p.m.
Propeller, 4035 Washington Ave.
RSVP by emailing,
or call (504) 307-7220

Join The Funding Seed and members of this year's inaugural graduating class for a free information session about the Fundraising Intensive Program.  You'll receive an overview on the program, learn details on how to apply and have time for Q&A with a panel of this year's participants.

The Fundraising Intensive Program is a 10-month course that gives you tools to raise funds for your nonprofit. Through a combination of group learning and one-on-one coaching, participants learn best practices and practical skills related to a range of fundraising activities. 

For more on services offered by The Funding Seed, visit

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New Fundraising Survey to Measure Gains Against Goals

Posted By Matthew Mullenix, Louisiana Association of Nonprofit Organizations, Tuesday, February 25, 2014

A new survey by the Nonprofit Research Collaborative is designed to ask questions few have answers to.

For example:

What percent of funds come from different donor types?

Who is getting bequests and how much?

What specific fundraising methods are working, and which are not?

A report to be published and shared with LANO members at the end of March, 2014, will compare results and fundraising activities against goals for amount to raise, a vital metric we think is more useful than just knowing that "giving increased."

Please help the nonprofit sector by participating in this survey.  People who complete the survey by FEBRUARY 28 will be eligible to enter drawing for incentives, including $100 cash cards. 




The Nonprofit Research Collaborative formed in 2010 to reduce the survey burden on nonprofit organizations. Our work focuses on charitable receipts at nonprofit organizations and the factors that drive success in fundraising.



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Build Organizational Capacity for Free with Google Apps

Posted By Ellen Mowrer,, Inc., Tuesday, February 25, 2014

NEW WEBINAR: Build Organizational Capacity with This No-Cost Tool 

The most common question we get at GrantStation from Members and non-Members alike is, "Can you recommend a system that we can use to manage our grants calendar, grant writing, and grant management?" We can!

In this 90 minute webinar, you will learn how to go beyond the basics when using Google Apps tools to create, collaborate on, and share documents, spreadsheets, presentations, drawings, and forms (among other things). Start the year off right by organizing your approach to seeking grants and managing grant awards using this no-cost system.

Taught by Sage Adams, Senior Instructional Designer for UC Berkeley, you will want volunteers, staff, and board members to participate in this how-to webinar. Visit the link above to register.




Friday March 28, 2014 2:00 PM Eastern Time (U.S.), 90 minutes
Fee: $89.00 per person, $150.00 per site

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New CausePlanet Book Summary on Cultural Competency Available FREE for Members

Posted By Kris H. Rutledge, CausePlanet, Monday, February 24, 2014

Peruse CausePlanet's new Page to Practice™ book summary on Embracing Cultural Competency: A Roadmap for Nonprofit Capacity Builders by Patricia St. Onge. It tackles everything from exploring and embracing your own culture to addressing institutional racism.

Thanks to the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana Foundation, LANO's General and Associate (dues-paying) members can download this book summary and others for FREE at CausePlanet.

Follow these steps to download:

1. Log in at on the left panel, using your email address on file with LANO and "Password1".

2. Click on the "Summary Library" tab and download any title you like.

3. Questions? Email us at


Don't forget our next interview with Joe Waters on Fundraising with Businesses. Register now to attend on March 27 at 11 a.m. CST. (All LANO Members and Friends are invited; link requires LANO network sign-in to register.)




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Nonprofit Fundraising Partnership Announced Today from Joule Alliance

Posted By P. Butler Ives Jr., Joule Solar Energy, Monday, February 24, 2014
Updated: Thursday, February 20, 2014

Looking for new ways to raise awareness and revenue for your nonprofit?  Joule Alliance will donate $500 to your organization for each supporter of yours that goes solar, and your supporter will receive a $500 group discount, while saving tens of thousands of dollars off their utility bills.  We will also assist you in your marketing efforts, helping promote your cause.

Please visit to request more information.  Joule Alliance Director Butler Ives will call you personally, and answer any of your questions. 

Joule Alliance is a division of Joule Solar Energy. Locally owned and operated, Joule is LA's only certified B-Corp. solar company, and a proud new member of LANO.



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