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LANO members: FREE author interview on The Money-Raising Nonprofit Brand

Posted By Kris H. Rutledge, CausePlanet, Wednesday, January 07, 2015


LANO members:

How do you connect your donors to your brand in order to most effectively raise money?

Corporate branding won't help because it's tied to abstractions.

Nonprofit brands must connect donors with a gritty reality.

Jeff Brooks, author of The Money-Raising Nonprofit Brand: Motivating Donors to Give, Give Happily, and Keep on Giving, has some answers.

Author interview

Join CausePlanet founder Denise McMahan and Jeff Brooks Thursday, January 29, at 11:00 Central Time at a webinar interview at your desk.

In this interview we will highlight:

  • the seven elements of a fundraising offer
  • the five elements that strengthen a fundraising offer
  • a powerful fundraising icon or image
  • the hallmarks of donor-focused communications
  • the structure and culture of a donor-focused nonprofit


Register now for this FREE interview for all LANO members. (The link requires LANO network sign-in to register.) This opportunity is generously provided thanks to the support of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana Foundation.

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See more with the Page to Practice™ summary of Brooks’ book.

Simply log in at the top right corner of CausePlanet’s home page ( and fill in your registered email with LANO and "Password1”. Click on "Summary Library” to see The Money-Raising Nonprofit Brand and over 100 other titles.


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Coastal Forest Restoration volunteer event near St. Bernard

Posted By Jenny Byrd, Coalition To Restore Coastal Louisiana, Wednesday, January 07, 2015

The Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana (CRCL) and the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation (LPBF) invite you to register for our three day Coastal Forest restoration event on January 15, 16 and 17 near St. Bernard.  We are looking for 120 enthusiastic volunteers to prepare and plant over 1,000 native trees in an area that was heavily impacted by past hurricanes. Your efforts will help increase storm surge retention and increase forest resiliency for future storm events.

Important information: 

  • Directions and additional details will be provided to registered volunteers via e-mail a few days prior to the event.
  • Registration is open from 9:00 to 9:30 am each day. Due to the logistics of this event - registration will close at 9:30 am.
  • Please note the minimum age for volunteers is 10 and all minors must be accompanied by an adult.
  • Physical fitness is required. 
  • All equipment (gloves, shovels) and lunch and drinks (with vegetarian options) will be provided to all volunteers.
  • Be prepared to get DIRTY. CRCL will be providing knee boots upon request.

We require that all volunteers please register to let us know if you plan to attend.  If any additional members of your family/friends are attending, then they must also register

You can register to volunteer for any day by



Founded in 1988, The Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana is a non-profit organization whose mission is driving bold, science-based action to rebuild Coastal Louisiana through advocacy, outreach and restoration.  With the support of 20,000 members and volunteers, CRCL advocates for strong coastal policies and implements restoration projects across coastal Louisiana.

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January Workshop: Creating a Powerful Fundraising Plan

Posted By Nora Ellertsen, The Funding Seed, LLC, Tuesday, January 06, 2015

January nonprofit workshop:
Creating a Powerful Fundraising Plan
Thursday, January 15
2:00 to 4:30 p.m.
Ashe Cultural Arts Center
1712 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd., New Orleans

Details and registration

Start the new year right with a powerful fundraising plan!


What would happen at your organization if you never had to worry about your funding?  
If you knew how much you needed to raise, and how you were going to raise it?

This workshop will help you make that a reality.  You'll learn ways to assess your resources, to set fundraising goals, and to create a calendar that will keep you on track.  Participants will receive tools they can take back to their organizations and put to work immediately.   

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  Visit to learn more about workshops and other services offered by The Funding Seed.

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"Donations Down? Buck the Trend"

Posted By Celeste Viator, Hannis T. Bourgeois, Tuesday, December 16, 2014

A string of disasters in recent years has resulted in reduced revenue for many non-profit organizations, according to one survey.  Here are the details of the survey, along with some suggestions on how to bring the numbers back up.

Click below for full article.

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Your Gift to LANO Continues to Give

Posted By Jessica A. Erwin, Louisiana Association of Nonprofit Organizations, Monday, December 15, 2014
In the spirit of the holiday season, many of us give generously of our time and resources. This is a special time of year where we gather with friends and family to give thanks for the love and precious gifts we have. For many of us, this time of gratefulness inspires us to remember the nonprofit organizations that are close to our hearts. Perhaps the nonprofits you support feed the hungry, train the unemployed, preserve the land, improve access to healthcare, educate children, or enrich our souls and minds through the arts. As you rush to finalize your to-do list this holiday season, we hope you will consider a gift to LANO -- an investment in over 600 nonprofit organizations that help thousands of people across Louisiana. ​For more information or to make a gift, please click here. We wish you and your family a happy and healthy holiday season! Thank you for your support.




Kelly Pepper
President and CEO, LANO

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Perkins Rowe's Cash for a Cause

Posted By Fairleigh C. Jackson, Louisiana Association of Nonprofit Organizations, Thursday, December 11, 2014

Perkins Rowe invites you to vote for your favorite Baton Rouge nonprofit and the organization could win $5,000! Voting is open until December 31st. The winner will be announced on January 6th.

Here are the 10 finalists:

  • Yelp! Baton Rouge
  • Anna's Grace Foundation
  • Shana Rae Project 
  • Trafficking Hope
  • Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge
  • McMains Children's Developmental Center - Wheels to Succeed Program
  • Friends of the Animals Baton Rouge
  • Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank
  • Big Buddy Program
  • St. Vincent de Paul of Baton Rouge

Visit Perkins Rowe's facebook page to vote today!

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Holiday Fundraising Secrets for Procrastinators

Posted By Jason Nicosia, CommitChange, Thursday, December 11, 2014


Ok, so you’ve just realized that the end of the year is fast approaching, and you haven’t done anything to prep for an end of year fundraising campaign. It’s not too late! About a third of all online giving will take place this month, so now is the time to get your campaign together and finish the year strong. Here are a few secrets to help make your Holiday Fundraising campaign a success.

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Ask for More Than Just Money-

#GivingTuesday took place on December 2nd and nonprofits all over the world ran campaigns to raise money. Unfortunately, over 60% of those donations will end up as one time gifts. Why? Nonprofits need to follow up with donors to build a relationship. By asking for a relationship from the donor instead of just money, you are more likely to see them give again. Don’t let your relationship end at just the thank you note. Now is the perfect time to let them know you appreciate them with a Holiday note.

Link to your donate page on both your email and Holiday letters-

Speaking of Holiday notes, don’t miss the boat on allowing your supporters to click a link to visit your donation page, or even type in a URL from a “snail mail” letter. Be sure to have a simple “” link for them to easily find. Your millennial supporters will appreciate that they don’t need to dust of the ole checkbook.

Set an achievable Goal-

When creating your holiday campaigns, set a goal! It’s like letting Santa know exactly what you want for Christmas. Your supporters will appreciate seeing their impact on your overall mission by helping your organization reach it’s goal. Setting a goal also give you some content to share in your Holiday solicitation emails. “We’re 90% of the way to our year end fundraising goals. Help us get there!”

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Reinforce Your Email Messaging-

This Holiday season, your supporters will be bombarded by dozens of emails from nonprofits, stores, and long lost family members. Don’t make the mistake of only sending one end of the year ask to your supporters. Come up with a calendar of outreach with 4 or 5 separate emails, all with a differently framed ask. Different messages will resonate with different donors, so be sure to include some variety.

Bonus Tip- Don't procrastinate next year! 

Happy Holidays from

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LANO members: New CausePlanet book summary on how to market more effectively with Brainfluence

Posted By Kris H. Rutledge, CausePlanet, Wednesday, December 10, 2014

As nonprofits, you’re expected to do more with less. Marketing is an especially challenging area. Author Roger Dooley of Brainfluence: 100 Ways to Persuade and Convince Consumers with Neuromarketing gives you creative ways to implement smarter marketing that doesn’t have to cost more.

The research

Leading scientists who focus on brain activity say 95 percent of all thoughts, emotions and learning happen before we are aware of them. But, according to Dooley, most marketing efforts bypass the immense subconscious and instead target the rational conscious mind. He applies brain and behavior research to give you creative methods to market to your clients and constituents and not just to five percent of their brains.


Here are a few brainfluence areas Dooley covers:

·      Pricing products and services

·      Incorporating sensory features into your message

·      Maximizing your brand

·      Leveraging smart copy and pictures

·      Recognizing gender differences in your content

·      Using your web presence effectively

Download this summary and others in 3 simple steps:

1.     Visit

2.     Log in using your email and "Password1”.

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

Questions? Email us at

Brainfluence 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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New Orleans Saints Community Quarterback Awards - Nominate your Volunteers!

Posted By Fairleigh C. Jackson, Louisiana Association of Nonprofit Organizations, Tuesday, December 02, 2014



The New Orleans Saints announce the 2014 Community Quarterback Awards contest.

The program recognizes outstanding volunteers in the Gulf South Region. Individuals exhibiting leadership, dedication and commitment to improving their community are candidates for the program.
Nominees age 13 and over, providing volunteer services for non-profit organizations in their community are eligible.
Eight winners will be selected and their organizations will be awarded the following:
$10,000 to one (1) first-place winner
$2,500 to each second-place winner: Two (2) will be selected
$1,000 to each third-place winner: Five (5) will be selected
Winners will be invited to attend the New Orleans Saints vs. Atlanta Falcons game on Dec, 21, 2014 where they will be acknowledged for their outstanding service to the community during an on-field presentation.
The nomination form can be downloaded at here. All applications should be submitted via e-mail no later than Monday, Dec. 15 to Winners will be notified of their awards.
For more information contact Elicia Broussard Sheridan at (504) 733-0255, Ext. 527 or simply e-mail

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A Note of Thanks

Posted By Kelly Pepper, Louisiana Association of Nonprofit Organizations, Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Dear Friends,

The nonprofit sector in our state is entering an exciting period that will see new businesses locating and investing in our communities, and presenting us with new possibilities for programmatic support going forward.  This isn’t to say that we won’t continue to face challenges in identifying and capitalizing on new volunteers and donors, but at least we can begin to see the economy moving forward, in what promises to be a better environment for all of us.

During my travels throughout the state I’m constantly amazed by the commitment and enthusiasm of our members’ staff, volunteers, and leadership.  The organizations that comprise LANO have all seen the worst of the economy and time and again have redoubled their efforts to ensure that their commitment to their communities are met, and their organizations continue to provide their needed services.

I feel lucky, honored, and proud to represent the member organizations and LANO, and commit to each of you that as an organization, we will exceed your expectations going forward.      

So at this time of Thanksgiving - I want to thank YOU – the nonprofit professionals and nonprofit supporters in business, government, higher education and private philanthropy that make up LANO’s membership.

Value and service to you, our members, is our #1 priority.  You will continue to see new services and programs in the new year, such as LANO: Connects, LANO: Serves, LANO: Community Leaders, LANO: Executive Directors' Roundtable and the LANO: Institute and we look forward to your participation.

Have a wonderful holiday and thank you for your commitment to the nonprofit sector in Louisiana.


Kelly Pepper

President & CEO


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