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Greater New Orleans Foundation Pitch It! The Innovation Challenge - Applications Open!

Posted By Mandi Cambre, The Greater New Orleans Foundation, Thursday, August 14, 2014


The Greater New Orleans Foundation, in partnership with the Kresge Foundation and Chevron, is pleased to announce Pitch It! The Innovation Challenge 2014 to support breakthrough ideas in the nonprofit field. “Nonprofit organizations must continue to seek innovations that improve efficiencies in order to keep pace with the ever-changing economic landscape,” said Joann Ricci, vice president of Organizational Effectiveness at the Greater New Orleans Foundation.  “Thriving organizations are ones that re-think, re-frame, and re-imagine how they do business.” 

The Pitch It! The Innovation Challenge will fund a novel approach, an innovative product, a new process, or an inventive service that supports a new way of doing business in the nonprofit field. The top prize is $25,000 with second and third place winners receiving $7,500 and $5,000. Ideas can be submitted that solve a particular challenge whether it pertains to management, finance, governance, technology, or programs. All 501(c)(3) nonprofit  organizations within the region are eligible to apply.


“The Challenge is a way to reward organizations that are willing to take a risk, act on a hunch, or think outside the box,” said Ricci. “Innovation is also about sharing. Ideas that surface here may flourish within in human services field and beyond.”


Applications are NOW OPEN and the deadline to submit your idea is August 22, 2014. The application is available at http://www.gnof.org/program/pitch-it-the-innovation-challenge/.  Three finalists will be selected to further develop their concept. They will present their ideas in a public pitch to a panel of judges on Friday, October 17th at 9:00 am at the New Orleans Museum of Art.
 

For more information on Pitch It!, please visit www.gnof.org or email Mandi Cambre at mandi@gnof.org. 

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CommitChange's Early Adopter period ending

Posted By Jason Nicosia, CommitChange, Wednesday, August 13, 2014

CommitChange announces paid features, Core technology to remain free.

CommitChange, a company that provides online fundraising tools to nonprofits, will launch its first paid features on August 31st.  The company has decided to offer its entire core fundraising toolset at no cost. All users that have been implemented prior to August 31st will be "grandfathered” in for free as a thank you for early adoption.

The free version will include a donation page, access to campaigns, and event hosting without website integrations. The first paid features will be $75 per month, and include a donate button integration on the nonprofit’s website, campaign and events widgets, and detailed analytics on donor data. CommitChange is currently processing tens of thousands of dollars in monthly donations for nonprofits in 18 states.

Interested nonprofits can create their profile and begin accepting donations in about 5 minutes. "It was important to us to offer our basic tools for free.” Said Chief Marketing Officer Jason Nicosia. "There are over a million nonprofits in the U.S., but many have a small budget, and simply can’t afford the tools currently in the market.” CommitChange says that it will be releasing donor management tools and a full CRM by the end of the year.

"The widgets that a nonprofit can embed onto their websites made perfect sense as our first paid feature.” Says CEO Roderick Campbell. "We modeled our donation button after the record-breaking success of the Obama online fundraising campaign, and built our tools to seamlessly integrate into a nonprofit’s website. Our full suite of features makes it much easier for a nonprofit to consolidate its data into one location, and use that data to have more sophisticated interactions with its supporters.”

 CommitChange recently closed a $700,000 seed round led by Tim Draper, Mark Cuban, and 500Startups to reinvent digital philanthropy.

Until the end of the month, early adopters can create a profile on www.CommitChange.com, and upgrade packages for free. Beginning August 31st, paid features will be $75 monthly. 

Visit www.commitchange.com for more info

Tags:  Fundraising  online fundraising 

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LANO Institute: Promoting Strategic Financial Management

Posted By Fairleigh C. Jackson, Louisiana Association of Nonprofit Organizations, Monday, August 11, 2014


How do you manage your finances to maximize your mission?

Promoting Strategic Financial Management is a training based on national models that focuses on strategies and tactics that are working today. It consists of three modules:

·         Budgeting

·         Reporting

·         Monitoring and Adapting

Participants will receive practical tools in an interactive session. Board Chair/Executive Director teams will be given a discount on their registration and are encouraged to attend together in order to maximize session effectiveness. During the event participants will begin implementation planning designed to strengthen their organizations.

Please visit our calendar event to register

 


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Put Social Networking Sites to Work for Your Organization

Posted By Celeste Viator, Hannis T. Bourgeois, Thursday, August 07, 2014
Marketing Strategies have changed dramatically in recent years.  Like it or not, a huge part of your target audience gets their news and information--even their opinions--on the internet.  Social networking sites like Twitter and Facebook can not only help you to broaden your support base, but perhaps even reduce your traditional advertising budget.  For more details on this win-win, click below.



http://www.bizactions.com/n.cfm/page/e110/key/251321302G2937J6383962P5P3330T3/

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The Power of "Up-Sourcing"

Posted By Matt Mullenix, Mission Media, Thursday, August 07, 2014

Popular wisdom carries a lot of mixed messages for nonprofit managers. 

We’re told in one breath to put the mission first and to pursue positive change with single-minded dedication. 

In the next breath, nonprofit executives are advised to run their organizations “like a business,” with laser focus on HR, IT, payroll, finance, marketing, customer service and sales.

​We hear these sometimes contradictory messages and sense the truth in both positions. But we quickly realize the challenge of covering so many bases with so few players.

In the business world, recruiting top talent for each specific business need is considered a wise investment.  In the nonprofit sphere, the same investment is called “administrative overhead,” and remains largely unsupported by donors and grantors alike.  

​There is a ready solution to this very real problem: professional outsourcing, the delegation of key nonprofit business functions to expert service providers on an extended or permanent contractual basis. Given outsourced service models can make high quality talent available on modest hiring budgets, I call it “up-sourcing.” 

...Read more about this trend, who supports it and how to take advantage of it.


Tags:  budget  consultants  HR  outsourcing  services  up-sourcing 

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Technology in the Classroom: a Seminar on Sept. 6 with AIE

Posted By Michael Eskridge, Advance Innovative Education, Wednesday, August 06, 2014

Is technology in the classroom always an enhancement to education? 

According to author and innovative educator Marc Prensky, writing in the journal Educational Technology (read full article), “Technology does not, and cannot, support the old pedagogy of telling / lecturing, except in the most minimal ways…In fact, when teachers are using the old ‘telling’ paradigm, adding technology, more often than not, gets in the way.”

For the sake of our students, we must do better with these potentially powerful teaching tools than simply "get in the way!"



Please join us for a FREE seminar on Saturday, September 6, from 1-3 PM at LRCE in Baton Rouge, where we'll explore the pros, cons and caveats of technology in teaching and in the classroom. 



This event is designed for teachers, school administrators and anyone with an interest in education and the future of today's students.  See and share flyer in PDF, attached.

For more information and to RSVP, please email: info@advanceie.org


 

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LANO members: New FREE book summary on how to sell your cause

Posted By Kris H. Rutledge, CausePlanet, Monday, August 04, 2014


Every nonprofit is in the business of persuading others or selling its cause. But, do you know what it really takes to move others? Because clients and constituents have access to more information at their fingertips, they have the power. Sales techniques have radically changed. Are you up-to-date?

Do you know how to:

1.     Problem-find vs. problem-solve?

2.     Become more attune with your clients?

3.     Use 6 new pitches?

4.     Improvise based on your clients’ goals/needs?

5.     Make your "selling” purposeful and personal?

Dan Pink, author of To Sell Is Human, CausePlanet’s new book summary, gives you all these practical tips and more.

Download this summary and hundreds of others in 3 simple steps:

1.     Visit www.causeplanet.org.

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 Support@CausePlanet.org.

Dan Pink’s and other summaries are available FREE for dues-paying (General and Associate) members thanks to the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana Foundation.

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LANO Conference and Annual Meeting featuring Kay Sprinkel Grace - November 6 & 7, 2014

Posted By Jessica A. Erwin, Louisiana Association of Nonprofit Organizations, Friday, August 01, 2014

 

The Louisiana Association of Nonprofit Organizations (LANO) is pleased to announce its 2014 Conference to be hosted November 6 & 7 at Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Baton Rouge. Fundraising expert Kay Sprinkel Grace (bio) will lead this intensive, two-day conference focused on fund development. 

In additional to Grace's facilitated discussions and workshops, the conference includes: an awards luncheon recognizing Louisiana’s outstanding nonprofits; breakout sessions covering topics such as corporate giving, grantmaking, social media, and board giving; and LANO’s Annual Meeting. 

Agenda

November 6
9:00-10:00 a.m.            Networking, registration and breakfast
10:00-10:15 a.m.          Welcome remarks; sponsor recognition
10:15-11:00 a.m.          Opening session facilitated by Kay Sprinkel Grace
11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.   Breakout sessions facilitated by Kay Sprinkel Grace
12:00-1:00 p.m.            LANO Force for Good Awards Luncheon
*
1:30-2:30 p.m.              Breakout sessions:
                                       • Social Media: Online Giving
                                       • Special Events
                                       • Corporate Social Responsibility
2:45-3:45 p.m.              Breakout sessions: 
                                       • Grantmaking
                                       • Annual Giving
                                       • Board Responsibility
4:00-5:00 p.m.              Cocktail reception
5:00-6:00 p.m.              LANO Annual Meeting

November 7
8:30-9:00 a.m.              Networking and breakfast
9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.    General Session featuring Kay Sprinkel Grace
12:00-1:00 p.m.            Lunch to go or optional LANO 101 Session

Fees
Members: $185 (includes awards luncheon)
Non-members: $250 (includes awards luncheon)
Luncheon only: $35 (registration link at bottom of page)

Registration
Click here to register today!
Please submit your registration form(s) prior to November 3.

 

Preferred Hotel

LANO is delighted to partner with the Crowne Plaza Hotel to offer discounted room rates to our members. To reserve your room, use the group code ANO on the hotel's website - www.crownebaton.org - or call 1-800-678-4065.

Venue and Directions
Pennington Biomedical Research Center is located at 6400 Perkins Road, Baton Rouge. The conference will be held inside the C.B. Pennington, Jr. Building. Enter the campus through the Kenilworth entrance. Follow the driveway  and parking lot signs to the C.B. Pennington, Jr. Building.

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 * To register for the LANO Force for Good Awards Luncheon ONLY, click here.

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What you should know about the end of corporate giving

Posted By Erica Crenshaw, Execute Now!, Thursday, July 31, 2014


As corporate social responsibility evolves, businesses are questioning if traditional philanthropic giving is an antiquated expense line. Today, stakeholders and investors expect more integrated methods for tying social impact to core business activities. While this is a worthwhile endeavor, many companies are finding the reality of cutting ties with charitable giving easier...

Read more in the Finance Fundamentals Newsletter

by Erica McGeachy Crenshaw, CEO of Execute Now!




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Free Webinar: How to Captivate and Engage Constituents with Your Website

Posted By Lori Kadavy, Firespring, Wednesday, July 30, 2014


How to Captivate and Engage Your

Constituents with Your Website

FREE WEBINAR
Wednesday, August 13, 2014 - 9:30 a.m. CDT

 

The nonprofit industry is constantly evolving—especially from a technological standpoint. Now more than ever, having an effective website is the single most crucial component of an effective communications plan. Learn from more than 10 years of focus group research with nonprofit constituents and donors on how you can captivate and engage your audience. Join Jay to discover:

  • The 5 required elements of an engaging website.
  • The 3 biggest mistakes nonprofits make with their websites.
  • 5 proven methods for promoting your organization online.
  • The #1 factor nonprofits should consider regarding search engine optimization.
  • Real-world examples of nonprofit organizations that have mastered their online presence.

Don’t miss this nonprofit-changing session led by Jay Wilkinson, one of America’s top-rated speakers on websites and marketing for nonprofits.

ABOUT THE PRESENTER
Jay Wilkinson is a lifelong entrepreneur and longtime business owner. He sits on the board of several nonprofits and is an avid supporter of programs that provide leadership and enrichment programs for America’s youth. He speaks regularly on the topic of nonprofits and the web throughout the United States. He has appeared on CNN and other news outlets discussing how emerging technologies are shaping our future and is considered a leading authority on the impact of marketing on the web for nonprofits.

 

REGISTER NOW

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