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Red Stick Project Spruce-up

Posted By Evelyn Ware-Jackson, The Red Stick Project, Thursday, May 4, 2017

A Call to Artists and Volunteers


Join us in the Melrose East Neighborhood for a Spring spruce-up and mural painting on Saturday May 6, 2017 from 9 am–1 pm.

6942 Titian Ave. off North Donmoor

Refreshments provided


Neighborhood volunteers and community partners are sprucing up the neighborhood and painting French impressionistic murals. In the process, Math in the mural is highlighted to demonstrate the practical use of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math). Community Partners include MECA, MCRA, City Year, Aramark, BREC, and the Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge.


The Red Stick Project is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization with a “STEAM” focus. It is a Field of Interest Fund of the Baton Rouge Area Foundation. This program is supported in part by a Decentralized Arts Funding Grant from the Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge in cooperation with the Louisiana Division of the Arts, Office of Cultural Development, Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism, and Louisiana State Arts Council.


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Inject soul into your use of technology

Posted By Amy Warner, CausePlanet, Tuesday, May 2, 2017


Inject soul into your use of technology 


Leroux Miller’s comprehensive guide to curating content is the cornerstone to creating a climate of followers engaged in your organization’s fundraising and brandraising.


The author’s vast number of nonprofit examples and specific guidance on why it’s important to create your content identity, build a plan based on your constituents’ preferences, and map out a functional timeline are only a few of the passage highlights in this book.


You’ll have answers to some of the most popular questions like, “What are the benefits and drawbacks of each online channel?” “What three questions should my homepage answer?” and “How do I allow for content surprises in a pre-planned editorial calendar?”


The secret in Leroux Miller’s sauce is she practices what she prescribes. She has worked out the kinks in all the methods and tools she recommends and has done so single-handedly. So, if you’re wondering if your small or sophisticated shop can implement her approach, wonder no more. 


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United Against Child Hunger Food Drive

Posted By Tasha L. Cooper, Louisiana Association of Nonprofit Organizations, Monday, May 1, 2017

The Law Center of Southwest Louisiana Law Center, the United Way of Southwest Louisiana, and the Calcasieu Parish Police Jury are teaming up for this year’s Summer Feeding Program. 


If you happen to be in downtown Lake Charles this week, please drop off one or two non-perishables to the lobby of the Magnolia Building - 1011 Lakeshore Drive.


Food items that will be collected include:

Bottled Water

Sunflower Seeds


Granola Bars

Juice Boxes


Pudding/Yogurt Cups

Peanut Butter Crackers

No cook, pop-top meals (beans and franks, beefy mac, etc.)

Individually packaged snacks


See flyer for more details.

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Attract More Donors with Effective Content Marketing

Posted By Amy Warner, CausePlanet, Tuesday, April 25, 2017



Attract More Donors with Effective Content Marketing


The number of tools and the amount of noise around us grow by the day. With choice comes complexity, and our environment changes constantly, due to technological, generational and marketing shifts.


Redefine your audience for today’s current climate with the help of author Kivi Leroux Miller. Content Marketing for Nonprofits: A Communications Map for Engaging Your Community, Becoming a Favorite Cause, and Raising More Money delivers on the title and much more.


Without the benefit of a multichannel communications plan like Leroux Miller’s, your organization pushes out mass-messaging in a variety of unplanned channels and hopes that a few calls to action land in receptive hands.


But with Leroux Miller’s guidance, you will develop a solid marketing plan and implement a dynamic content strategy, step by step, that will attract generous donors.



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LANO’s April 25th Governance Fundamentals Event is just around the corner. Arm yourself with additional, helpful knowledge. ​

Posted By Amy Warner, CausePlanet, Thursday, April 20, 2017


Transformational Governance focuses on the change process itself, with emphasis on the journey rather than the destination. The authors, Beth Gazley and Katha Kissman, recognize a need for focusing on the processes designed to help nonprofit leaders through the stages of change that lead to better performance.


Gazley and Kissman also focus on diagnostic help. They explain, “We know boards are asked to achieve a strategic orientation, but what has to change within the organization ­­­­­– and how do we change it – to become ‘strategic’?”


The authors use real stories to illustrate how to create that sought-after change. The authors also present an unbiased approach to using a variety of tools. Rather than advocating for using a specific model they’ve devised, Gazley and Kissman’s book transcends specific models in favor of applying all models that fit the situation.


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5 Upcoming GAAP Changes Not-for-Profits Should Know

Posted By Don Engler, Wegmann Dazet & Company, Wednesday, April 19, 2017
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Decipher the Form 990 Sections on Compensation Reporting

Posted By Celeste Viator, Hannis T. Bourgeois, LLP, Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Most tax-exempt organizations must file Form 990 with the IRS. This form, titled Return of Organization Exempt from Income Tax, has significant implications for not-for-profit organizations. The compensation of officers, directors, trustees, key employees and others in tax-exempt organizations has always been scrutinized by the IRS. That is why compensation reporting is so important on Form 990.

Relevant data is reported in three places:

  • "Officers, Directors, Trustees, Key Employees, and Highest Compensated Employees;"

  • "Statement of Functional Expenses," lines 5, 7, 8, and 9; and

  • Schedule J, "Compensation Information for Certain Officers, Directors, Trustees, Key Employees, and Highest Compensated Employees."

    In each instance, there are significant differences in the amounts and details included. As a result, properly reporting compensation is one of the more difficult tasks in preparing Form 990.

    Note: Determining exactly who should be listed in Part VII, Section A and Schedule J can be complex. This article only covers some compensation reporting issues for those listed. Consult with your not-for-profit adviser to help identify the individuals who should be listed.

Definition of a Related Organization

An organization, including a nonprofit organization, a stock corporation, a partnership or limited liability company, a trust, and a governmental unit or other government entity, that stands in one or more of the following relationships to the filing organization at any time during the tax year.

· Parent: an organization that controls the filing organization.

· Subsidiary: an organization controlled by the filing organization.

· Brother/Sister: an organization controlled by the same person or persons that control the filing organization. However, if the filing organization is a trust that has a bank or financial institution trustee that is also the trustee of another trust, the other trust is not a Brother/Sister related organization of the filing organization on the ground of common control by the bank or financial institution trustee.

· Supporting/Supported: an organization that claims to be at any time during the tax year, or that is classified by the IRS at any time during the tax year, as (i) a supporting organization of the filing organization within the meaning of section 509(a)(3), if the filing organization is a supported organization within the meaning of Section 509(f)(3); (ii) or a supported organization, if the filing organization is a supporting organization.

· Sponsoring Organization of a VEBA: an organization that establishes or maintains a section 501(c)(9) voluntary employees' beneficiary association (VEBA) during the tax year. A sponsoring organization of a VEBA also includes an employee organization, association, committee, joint board of trustees, or other similar group of representatives of the parties which establish or maintain a VEBA. Although a VEBA must report a sponsoring organization as a related organization, a sponsoring organization should not report a VEBA as a related organization, unless the VEBA is related to the sponsoring organization in some other capacity described in this definition.

· Contributing Employer of a VEBA: an employer that makes a contribution or contributions to the VEBA during the tax year. Although a VEBA must report a contributing employer as a related organization, a contributing employer should not report a VEBA as a related organization, unless the VEBA is related to the contributing employer in some other capacity described in this definition. The organization must determine its related organizations for purposes of completing Form 990, Parts VI (Governance), VII (Compensation), VIII (Statement of Revenue) and X (Balance Sheet), Schedule D (Form 990), Schedule J (Form 990), and Schedule R (Form 990). See instructions for those parts and schedules for related organization reporting requirements.

-- Source: IRS Instructions for Form 990


What Is the Period for Reporting Compensation?


The compensation reported in Part VII, Section A and in Schedule J should be for the calendar year ending with or within the organization's tax year. The amounts reported in Part IX are based on the organization's tax year. Therefore, fiscal year organizations must keep dual sets of compensation data.


What Compensation Must Be Reported?


Part VII and Schedule J both ask for the compensation reported on an employee's Form W-2, box 1 or 5 (whichever is greater), and an independent contractor's (i.e., director or trustee) Form 1099-MISC, box 7. This "reportable compensation" is shown by its source -- the filing organization or a related organization. (The IRS definition of a "related organization" is in the right-hand box.)


Schedule J further requires that reportable compensation be identified as base compensation, bonus/incentive compensation, or other reportable compensation. Examples of other reportable compensation included on Schedule J are current year payments earned in a prior year, severance payments, and longevity of service awards.


What about Retirement and Deferred Compensation?


Schedule J (but not Part VII) requires that all types of deferred compensation be reported in a separate column. This includes deferrals under both qualified and nonqualified retirement plans maintained by the filing organization or by a related organization, and the annual increase or decrease in actuarial value of a defined benefit plan (but not the earnings or losses accrued on deferred amounts in a defined contribution plan). Deferred compensation may be funded or unfunded, vested or subject to a substantial risk of forfeiture.


If a deferred comp arrangement requires an employee to perform services for a period of time, the amount is treated as accrued or earned ratably over the service period, even though the amount is not funded and may be subject to a substantial risk of forfeiture until the end of the service period.


Compensation paid within 2 1/2 months after the end of the tax year is treated as current compensation rather than deferred compensation.


Which Benefits Are Not Taxable?

Benefits specifically excluded from tax under the Internal Revenue Code must be reported on Schedule J. However, to make matters more confusing, certain benefits are considered disregarded under IRC Section 132 and are not reported.


Disregarded Benefits. Common disregarded benefits include reimbursements pursuant to an accountable plan, no-additional cost services, qualified employee discounts, de minimis benefits, and working condition benefits.

An accountable plan is a reimbursement or other expense allowance arrangement that satisfies these three requirements:


  • The expenses covered under the plan must be reasonable employee business expenses.
  •  The employee must adequately account to the employer for the expenses within a reasonable period of time
  •  The employee must return any excess amount within a reasonable period of time.


 A de minimis fringe is a property or service of which the value (taking into account the frequency with which similar fringes are provided by the employer) is so small as to make accounting for it unreasonable or administratively impractical.

 A working condition fringe is any property or service provided to an employee to the extent that if the employee paid for it, the payment would be a deductible business expense. Common examples of a working condition fringe benefit are:


 1. The value of an employee's business use of an employer-provided automobile; and

2. The business use of a cell phone provided for an employee primarily for business purposes. (The personal use of such cell phone is considered a de minimis fringe.)


 Directors and trustees are treated as employees for purposes of the working condition fringe provisions.


 What Are Reportable Nontaxable Benefits?


 The following are examples of benefits that should be reported as nontaxable benefits in column D of Schedule J (unless they are reported as taxable compensation):


  • Most types of insurance, including health, life, disability, medical reimbursement programs, long-term care, and job-related liability insurance.
  •  Various types of assistance payments, such as for dependent care, adoption, tuition, and other items.


 The value of housing provided by the employer to an employee may be:


  • Taxable (for example, a cash housing allowance); 
  •  A nontaxable working condition fringe, statutorily nontaxable (for example, housing provided primarily for the convenience of the employer); or
  •  Partly taxable and partly excluded from tax (for example, the value of in-kind housing provided to certain school employees).


 Reporting Exceptions


 There are some compensation reporting exceptions for Part VII and Schedule J:


 The $10,000 Exception. Reportable compensation from related organizations [Part VII, Section A, column (E)] generally doesn't include payments from a single related organization if such payments are less than $10,000 for the calendar year ending with or within the organization's taxable year. However, there is no de minimis exception for payments to a former director or former trustee.


 Note: This exception doesn't apply to Schedule J reporting.


 The Volunteer Exception. An organization isn't required to report in column (E) or (F) of Part VII, Section A, compensation paid to a volunteer trustee, director, or officer of the filing organization if the related organization is a for-profit entity, is not owned or controlled directly or indirectly by the filing organization or one or more related tax-exempt organizations, and doesn't provide management services for a fee to the organization.


 Other Compensation - Part VII


 Don't be confused by a similar term -- "other reportable compensation" in Part II, column (B)(iii) of Schedule J, discussed previously, is not the same as "other compensation" used in column (F) in Part VII, Section A. Here, other compensation includes deferred compensation and nontaxable benefits, as discussed previously with respect to Schedule J reporting.


 Recommendation: Your organization should consider its compensation recordkeeping with these requirements in mind to determine the best way to capture the necessary information.

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Fundraising Workshop: Intermediate Grantwriting - with special LANO member discount!

Posted By Nora Ellertsen, The Funding Seed, LLC, Monday, April 17, 2017

May Fundraising Workshop:

Intermediate Grantwriting

Thursday, May 18
1:30 p.m.- 4:30 p.m.
Ashe Cultural Arts Center
1712 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd., New Orleans


Details and registration

So you've written a few grants and feel like you've got the basics down.
Are you ready to take your grantwriting to the next level?

Intermediate Grantwriting will help you improve your grant proposals and raise more money for your nonprofit. Through this workshop, you'll learn specific ways to make your proposal more appealing to a funder, including how to make a compelling case to someone unfamiliar with your nonprofit's work and what kind of research and data to include.

Participants will receive a Certificate of Participation for completing the workshop.

Registration $40. LANO members using the discount code LANO2017 receive 15% off! Discounts also available for students, AmeriCorps members, and organizations registering two or more people.

For questions or to reserve your seat and pay at the door, email For more on workshops and other services from The Funding Seed, visit

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Attending LANO’s April 25th Event on Governance Fundamentals? Here’s another resource to light the way.

Posted By Amy Warner, CausePlanet, Tuesday, April 11, 2017



Attending LANO’s April 25th Event on Governance Fundamentals? Here’s another resource to light the way.


Focus on the processes board members and staff use to transform their boards, rather than on the behaviors and qualities of the individuals who serve.


Implementing change within an organization is not an easy task. Many times change begins with the board, and reading about how a board should look isn’t as helpful as understanding how it got there.


Armed with ASAE Foundation funded research, Transformational Governance fills a void in governance literature by emphasizing diagnosis and problem solving. Thankfully, this book gives a plethora of examples on how to implement change, beginning with two strategies: emotional intelligence and organizational culture.


You’ll find illustrative examples and 14 interesting case stories from a wide range of nonprofits. Each one describes the route to genuine governance change as experienced by actual leaders. Critical information is shared, such as catalysts for change, how change agents were identified and what resources were necessary to apply strategies and tools for transformation.


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LA Delta Service Corps is seeking nonprofits to host AmeriCorps members!

Posted By Tasha L. Cooper, Louisiana Association of Nonprofit Organizations, Tuesday, April 11, 2017

The Louisiana Delta Service Corps, a local AmeriCorps program, is now accepting applications from non-profit organizations to host an AmeriCorps member for the upcoming service term that will begin on September 1st.


To qualify, organizations must be able to provide a meaningful project, supervision and mentorship, a cash match and provide training and networking opportunities. Corps members provide capacity building services to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of local agencies. They can manage volunteers, provide program outreach and education, work to improve your social media and technology platforms or start new initiatives.


Applications are due April 28th. Call 225-930-9949 or visit for more information. 

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