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Connect With Your Donors Through Storytelling

Posted By Jason Nicosia, CommitChange, Thursday, April 16, 2015
Updated: Friday, April 10, 2015

The internet and its vast online tools have allowed us to be able to track and monitor the impact of our fundraising efforts closely and accurately. Data and metrics can also easily pinpoint the impact of a nonprofit. However, it is important that we do not forget that although data can allow us to convey plenty of things, it is the people behind the data who are actually creating our nonprofit’s impact. Donors, volunteers and staff are the ones who are allowing us to taking our fundraising efforts further. Which is why there is one key thing that we should always be thinking about and trying to improve: how we tell our nonprofit’s stories.

Much of the work that your organization is doing is not necessarily relatable to the average donor. To counteract this, you can share the stories of the people you serve, your supporters, and anyone else that will allow you to hopefully create that human connection to your nonprofit. Not using storytelling would translate into simply telling prospective or current donors a bullet point list of your programs. Some of these they might not even understand, and they will most definitely will not get the longterm impact of these services.

In simple terms, Stories are what give meaning to data and facts. These stories are what allow a donor to emotionally connect to your nonprofit’s impact.

The art of storytelling is not one that is easy to master, but once you begin to understand why it’s important and how you should be telling these, you’ll be able to tell better stories that will keep donors connected to your organization.

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Tags:  nonprofit  nonprofits  non-profits  Storytelling for Grantseekers 

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LANO members: Download new free book summary to take your fundraising to the next level

Posted By Kris H. Rutledge, CausePlanet, Friday, April 10, 2015

Thanks to the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana Foundation, LANO members can access this new book summary and others by CausePlanet.

The Nonprofit Fundraising Solution: Powerful Revenue Strategies to Take You to the Next Level by Laurence Pagnoni with Michael Solomon


How can you take your fundraising to the next level? Find out what organizational conditions are inextricably linked to your success as a fundraiser. Learn some of Pagnoni’s favorite revenue strategies.

Look at:

·Climate factors, such as leadership and measurement, that can improve your fundraising

·Advanced fundraising strategies, such as challenge and matching gifts, major gifts and social media.

·When to diversify your revenue sources

·How to build a strong donor constituency from scratch

Download this summary and others in 3 simple steps:

1. Visit

2.Click on "Subscriber Log-in” at the top right corner, using your email and "Password1”.

3.Click on "Visit the Summary Library” and download any title you like.

Questions? Email us at


Tags:  CausePlanet  Page to Practice 

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How to Choose the Right Auditor

Posted By Celeste Viator, Hannis T. Bourgeois, LLP, Thursday, April 09, 2015

Organizations of all types and sizes often require an independent auditor to provide an objective examination of their accounting records and financial statements. Or sometimes, organizations may not be required to have an audit, but they choose to engage an auditor. This typically occurs when investors, lenders, shareholders and other stakeholders need a high level of assurance that the financial statements they are basing their decisions on accurately reflect the organization's financial condition and results of operations.


If you decide to hire an auditor, how do you go about choosing the right one for your organization? This article describes how you can create an effective audit procurement process to select the right auditor for your organization.

Click below for full articles.

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The Cost and Effect of Uncollected Past Due Receivables

Posted By Lois Rogers, LMC Dynamics, LLC, Wednesday, April 08, 2015

The Cost and Effect of Uncollected Past Due Receivables

LMC Dynamics LLC is a Claim and Risk Management Consulting Company as well as a Corporate Member of LANO. Our years of experience uniquely qualify us to understand how and why collecting your receivables from Magellan has been so difficult. Timeliness plays such an important role in the life of a claim. When you file your claim, the accuracy of the information you input and the follow-up all matter when it comes to getting the claim paid.

Regardless to whether your program is functioning now, or is no longer operating, there is still time to collect your funds.  The vast majority of non-profit organizations are not staffed to have dedicated employees handling claims.  Unlike in the past when the process and procedure only involved providing the service and sending in the bill, large corporations require the non-profit staff to do a lot more to get paid.  In order to recover your funds, you need a skilled team to deal with Magellan to recycle your funds.


Collecting your past due receivables has taken on a life of its own. At this juncture, you have already paid the counselors for providing the valuable services to the community.  The cost is not just in providing the services, but there are the costs of re-allocating resources from other departments to recover funds, as well as having to hire temporaries to properly prepare claims for code or re-code for re-submissions.  Taking staff from their assigned job and placing him/her with the additional task of chasing receivables amount to employees having to do their assigned jobs, plus the job of recovering monies from the payers.  Subsequently, their responsibilities to both suffer. Approximately 80% of their time will be spent on their regular tasks, and only 20% will be dedicated to re-submitting claims for payment.  The tasks of billing, re-billing, checking the adjudicated claim for denial reasons, and contacting the payer sometimes is still not enough to get a claim paid.



We opined that one of the mission statements of every organization is 'to serve the community'. Self-Generated Revenue allows non-profits to better serve the community and fund additional programs beyond your donor and fundraising base. When your programs are decreased, slowed, or dissolved, it diminishes your value add to the community.  Counselor’s hours are reduced or counselors maybe let go. This directly affects their lives and livelihoods. Overworked professionals on your staff now have to do more with less as they have to absorb additional workloads.  This can lead to the professional cutting corners on the services provided in order to do their jobs. 

But perhaps the biggest effect of not maximizing self-generated revenue in your organization is that the lack of service delivery hurt the very people it was designed to help, the client/participant.  When these participants cannot get the counseling and other services they need, they suffer and society suffers as a whole. It all starts with providing the services and keeping your programs thriving.  This is why recovering your funds as soon as possible is so very important.  Allowing payers to continue to deny claims does not maximize service to our communities. 

In conclusion, Kingsley House of New Orleans could wait no longer.  They were experiencing similar issues as majority of you all are with their non-paid receivables. Their Chief Financial Officer called us in to solve their problem.  After scrubbing their claims and coming up with various strategies, LMC Dynamics was able to successfully recover all 'recoverable' funds for Kingsley House.

Tags:  Accounts Receivables  LMC Dynamics  Magellan  Past Due Receivables  Strategy 

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Free info session: The Fundraising Intensive Program

Posted By Nora Ellertsen, The Funding Seed, LLC, Thursday, April 02, 2015

Free information session on
The Fundraising Intensive Program
Thursday, April 16, 3:00-4:00 p.m.
Propeller Incubator, 4035 Washington Ave., New Orleans
Details and registration

** Attendees will receive an exclusive discount code for $200 off program tuition. **

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?

Fundraising Intensive Program Group Session

Join The Funding Seed and members of this year's 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.

Full program description and application available here. For more on services offered by The Funding Seed, visit

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Master the Art of Email for Your Nonprofit

Posted By Jason Nicosia, CommitChange, Wednesday, April 01, 2015

Master the Art of Email for Your Nonprofit

Join our webinar on Thursday, April 9th, 2015 at 1PM CST.

Most nonprofits have adopted email marketing as a main area of their marketing activities. Email marketing is not only good to maintain your supporters informed and engaged with your organization, but it is also great for raising funds! If your nonprofit is still using Outlook or Gmail to send plain text newsletters, you are missing out on the great opportunities of good email marketing.

From choosing a platform to including effective call-to-actions, learn everything you need to know about building successful email campaigns to keep your supporters engaged.

Register For Our Webinar Here
Can't Attend? Follow the conversation online#Email4NP

Tags:  cause marketing  nonprofit  nonprofits  webinar  webinars 

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2015 LANO Force for Good Awards - Call for Nominations

Posted By Jessica A. Erwin, Louisiana Association of Nonprofit Organizations, Tuesday, March 31, 2015


Nominations Now Open for LANO's

2015 Force for Good Awards


LANO is pleased to announce its 2015 Force for Good Awards which will recognize one outstanding organization and one visionary nonprofit leader. Nominations for both awards are now open!

The Nonprofit of the Year Award will be presented to a LANO member whose exceptional delivery of services to the community sets a high standard of quality and impact. While the organization serves as an exemplary model overall, particular focus may be given to board excellence, programmatic evaluation and impact, fundraising, innovation, vision and collaborations with other entities. The organization demonstrates ways in which they set the bar for effective nonprofit strategy, execution and lasting community impact.

The Leadership Award will honor a LANO member who has demonstrated the capacity to make decisions consistent with the mission and scope of the nonprofit organization. This leader rallies people and maximizes the potential of staff and volunteers. This individual continuously achieves mission-consistent results.
The full nomination guidelines and instructions, as well as the application, are available for download below. Nominations are due by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, August 14, 2015. Award recipients will be announced at the Force for Good Awards Luncheon during LANO's Annual Conference on October 22. 
Please direct questions to Jessica Erwin at 225-925-2605 or

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Save the Date! 2015 LANO Conference featuring Steve Zimmerman

Posted By Jessica A. Erwin, Louisiana Association of Nonprofit Organizations, Friday, March 27, 2015

The Louisiana Association of Nonprofit Organizations (LANO) is pleased to announce its 2015 Conference on October 22 and 23 at Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Baton Rouge. Keynote Steven D. Zimmerman, CPA, MBA will lead this intensive, two-day conference focused on financial management. Steve is the Principal of Spectrum Nonprofit Services and the author of of the book Nonprofit Sustainability: Making Strategic Decisions for Financial Viability. Steve also writes the Finance and Strategy column for Blue Avocado, an online magazine for nonprofits. Steve's full bio is available here.

In additional to Steve's facilitated discussions and workshops, the conference includes the Force for Good Awards Luncheon recognizing Louisiana’s outstanding nonprofits and nonprofit leaders; breakout sessions covering a variety of topics beyond financial management; and LANO’s Annual Meeting

Please add the following events to your calendar:

Thursday, October 22
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. - Conference Activities and Events
12:00 - 1:00 p.m. - Force for Good Awards Luncheon
5:00 - 6:00 p.m. - LANO Annual Meeting

Friday, October 23
8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. - Conference Activities and Events

Registration will soon be available through the LANO website. For more information, please contact Jessica Erwin


Tags:  Financial Management  LANO Conference  LANO Institute  Steve Zimmerman 

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Top 5 Reasons to Apply for the Fundraising Intensive Program

Posted By Nora Ellertsen, The Funding Seed, LLC, Thursday, March 26, 2015
The Fundraising Intensive Program is an exclusive, 10-month course offered by The Funding Seed that combines group learning and individual coaching to help you bring your nonprofit's fund development to the next level.

You can read the full program description and application here.


Top 5 Reasons to Apply for the Fundraising Intensive Program
1. Your nonprofit needs money.
Okay, yes: every nonprofit needs money.  It's the one thing that unifies all nonprofit organizations: everyone needs to be able to confidently, successfully raise funds.

Through this program, your nonprofit gets hands-on help that allows you to raise money more effectively than ever before.  Plus, the program is designed so that you raise money as you go.  That means you're not just learning some nice theories to keep in a drawer for the future; you're helping your nonprofit immediately become more financially successful.

Program description and application

2. You've done some workshops and webinars here and there, but never seem to be able to get motivated to use the things you've learned.
It happens to the best of invest a few hours in a great training event, walk away invigorated with some exciting new ideas for how to make your fund development program better than ever...and then you never get around to actually doing anything with them.

Here's the thing: for a lot of us, it's really hard to make time for the things that we know we should do when we've got so much else going on.  

With the Fundraising Intensive Program, you have 10 months of working with a professional coach and with a group of other nonprofit staff, volunteers and board members, all of whom help keep you accountable to your goals.  That can make a difference during the program itself, and also help you to create great habits that allow you to be successful long after the program ends!

Program description and application

3. You want more training and support with your fundraising, and you want to get the most bang for your buck.
The  monthly tuition covers more than 40 hours of group and individual coaching over the course of the ten month program, in addition to training materials that are yours to keep forever.  That means you're saving a lot- the same amount of support and training would usually cost much more, but because you're sharing expenses with the other program participants, you end up paying a whole lot less.

Yes, the Fundraising Intensive Program is still a financial investment.  But for the level of attention and guidance you receive, you end up getting a whole lot more bang for your buck.

4. You feel like the only one out there dealing with these challenges.
The Fundraising Intensive Program brings together the same small group of people month after month to talk about how fundraising is working at their own nonprofits- both the stuff that's going great and the stuff that's more of a challenge.  That means that, over time, the group becomes a trusted learning community.

By the end of the program, you'll have developed relationships with other nonprofit professionals and volunteers who can continue to support you- and you support them- long into the future.

5. You're ready to dedicate yourself, and your nonprofit, to fundraising success.
If you're ready to make the commitment to your nonprofit's financial success, then don't wait any longer- apply to be a member of the Fundraising Intensive Program's Class of 2016.  This program is created specifically to help people like you raise immediate funds while also making lasting change at their nonprofits.  By joining the Fundraising Intensive Program, you have the opportunity to become the strongest fundraiser you can be, and to help your organization develop the resources it needs to make the largest impact possible.

Program description and application

Applications for the Fundraising Intensive Program are open until Friday, May 1 at 5:00 p.m.  You can read the full program description and complete the application here.

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Nonprofit workshop: Annual Fund Campaigns: The Essentials

Posted By Nora Ellertsen, The Funding Seed, LLC, Thursday, March 26, 2015

April fundraising workshop!

Annual Fund Campaigns: The Essentials
Thursday, April 9
Ashe Cultural Arts Center
1712 Oretha C. Haley Blvd., New Orleans
Details and registration

Annual fund campaigns are a great way to jumpstart a nonprofit's fundraising.  But how do you get started?  How can you use your campaign to raise more money?

This workshop will walk you through the process of running your annual fund campaign, from Day One to the Victory Party. 

Click to register

Registration $35.  Discounts available for students, AmeriCorps and organizations registering two or more people.

Attendees will receive a certificate of participation for completing the workshop.

For questions, to inquire about discount codes or to reserve your seat and pay at the door, email  To learn more about workshops and other services offered by The Funding Seed, visit

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