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Nonprofit workshop: Creating a Powerful Fundraising Plan

Posted By Nora Ellertsen, The Funding Seed, LLC, Monday, January 04, 2016

January nonprofit workshop:
Creating a Powerful Fundraising Plan
Tuesday, January 12
2:00-5:00 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.  

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

Click to register

Registration $40.  Discounts available for students, AmeriCorps members and organizations registering two or more people.

For questions, to inquire about discount codes, or to reserve your seat and pay at the door, email  For more on workshops and other services, visit

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LANO Members: New FREE Causeplanet Book Summary on How to See Your Culture to Create a Competitive Advantage: Culture Eats Strategy for Lunch

Posted By Kris H. Rutledge, CausePlanet, Thursday, December 10, 2015

Are you nurturing your culture?


Every organization has a culture, whether you cultivate it or not. The question is will you nurture your culture so it becomes your competitive advantage or choose to ignore it and hope for the best?


Three domains of culture


Culture Eats Strategy for Lunch authors Coffman and Sorensen recognize there are an infinite number of factors that affect a high performing culture. As a result, the authors have not only identified the key factors you should concentrate on, but they have also classified them in three primary domains: MicroCulture, BridgeCulture and MacroCulture. In each domain, the authors thoroughly explore how leaders, managers and employees can optimize their interactions and dispense with outdated practices that undermine outcomes and the alignment with your purpose.


Coffman and Sorensen’s summary is available FREE for dues-paying (General and Associate) members thanks to the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana Foundation.


Download these summaries and more 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 summaries 

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Planned Gifts Hold Tremendous Promise

Posted By Celeste Viator, Hannis T. Bourgeois, LLP, Monday, December 07, 2015

 The average planned gift in the U.S. is between $35,000 and $70,000, according to research.  With more baby boomers moving into retirement years, that number may grow.  Yet many not-for-profit organizations, especially small and medium-sized, lack formal planned giving programs.  This article discusses the benefits and possible pitfalls of such programs and specifically examines bequests, charitable gift annuities and charitable remainder trusts.


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Health Care Information Services

Posted By Cindy Bishop, Checkmate Strategies, Monday, November 23, 2015
I would like to share with you a most recent HCIS newsletter. Please share this with anyone who might benefit from the information. We are promoting our HCIS newsletter to those who may not be aware of the service. We've been providing this since our inception in 1995. 



On Monday, October 26th, the Senate Finance Committee held a 3 hour briefing on the state of Health Care in Louisiana. The Staff  distributed and reviewed three handouts during the meeting. It was a very informative meeting and there is a lot of good information in the handouts.

If you would like to obtain a copy of the handouts, send me a quick email at or log onto the Senate's website at


The following are listed under presentations:



DHH Medical Vendor Payment update


Senate Finance Committee Report - Dated 10/26/2015


Senate Finance Committee Report on Health Care in Louisiana dated 10/26/2015



Checkmate Strategies is geared up to produce another year of healthcare policy updates to keep subscribers informed and up-to-date. Health Care Information Services is a newsletter published by the Checkmate team. It is published year-round.  Prior to the commencement of each legislative session, subscribers receive a comprehensive list of all health care related bills filed for consideration. Subscribers also receive up-to-date coverage of meetings, legislation, and regulatory efforts that affect the healthcare industry. During the legislative session, subscribers receive weekly updates on healthcare legislation moving through the process. Subscribers also receive a monthly health care calendar of upcoming public policy meetings and events throughout the state.  However, Health Care information Services is a valuable resource even when the legislature is NOT in session. Health care policy makers meet year round.  Health Care Information Services is available at an annual subscription rate of only $200

HCIS Reports are emailed to our subscribers so please make sure we have your updated email address if you'd like to begin receiving our informative newsletters.

To subscribe,  send a check payable to Health Care Information Services to Cindy Bishop, Editor/Publisher  or we can send you a link to pay online.


Health Care Information Services

P.O. Box 80053

Baton Rouge, LA 70898-0053 

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Nonprofit Workshop: Grantwriting for Beginners

Posted By Nora Ellertsen, The Funding Seed, LLC, Monday, November 23, 2015

Nonprofit Workshop:
Grantwriting for Beginners
Thursday, December 10, 9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Ashe Cultural Arts Center
1712 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd., New Orleans


Details and registration 


Are you involved with a non-profit?  
Does your job require you to raise funds for your department or position?  
Do you want to add a valuable skill to your resume? 

Consider grantwriting!

Grantwriting for Beginners is an engaging workshop that gives you the basic tools you need to start writing grants.  Participants will learn how to find funding opportunities, tools and tips for writing proposals and ways to make a program competitive for repeat funding.

Attendees will receive a Certificate of Participation after completing the workshop.

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

Email to inquire about discount codes or to reserve your space and pay at the door.  For more on workshops and other services offered by The Funding Seed, visit

Tags:  fund development  fund raising  funding  Fundraising  funds  grants  grantwriting  louisiana  New Orleans  nonprofit  non-profits  sustainability  training  workshop  workshop. grants 

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Free Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Screenings on Dec. 12, 2015

Posted By J. B. Hunt, AAAneurysm Outreach, Thursday, November 19, 2015


News Release: Monday, November 16, 2015

Contact: J B Hunt, Executive Director, 504-598-5241



NEW ORLEANS — Peoples Health, LSU Healthcare Network and AAAneurysm Outreach will provide free abdominal aortic aneurysm screenings Dec. 12 from 8 a.m. to noon at the LSU Healthcare Network at 3700 St. Charles Avenue in New Orleans.


“This screening test is a simple ultrasound of the abdomen. It only takes a few minutes and is painless,” according to Claudie Sheahan, MD, Associate Professor of Clinical Surgery at LSU Health Sciences Center. “The images will help determine whether or not an aneurysm is present. If the aneurysm is found early, it can be treated to prevent rupturing.”


Advanced registration and an eight-hour fast are required. Please call 504-412-1578 to make an appointment.


Individuals must meet eligibility requirements for the screening. Individuals 60 and older who have at least two cardiovascular risk factors and men age 55 and older with a family history of abdominal aortic aneurysm and at least one additional cardiovascular risk factor are eligible for the screening once every five years.


An abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) is a ballooning of the abdominal aorta, the artery that carries blood to the lower part of the body. This type of aneurysm rupture is the third leading cause of sudden death in men 60 and older in the United States. It is estimated that more than 1 million people are living today with an undiagnosed AAA. Risk factors for AAA include a history of smoking, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and hardening of the arteries.





1441 Canal Street Suite #424. New Orleans, LA 70112 · 504-598-5241



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Directors & Officers Liability

Posted By Jennifer Nettles, CIC-CISR, Insurance Consulting - Volunteer, Thursday, November 19, 2015

Directors & Officers Liability Coverage
Be sure to take a look at the video regarding Directors & Officers brought to you by Travelers. It is extremely important when operating a not for profit organization that you understand what it is this coverage does and why it is important to have a policy in place. Louisiana Companies shares relationships with not only Travelers but also with Care Providers, Hanover, Chubb and many others to help you find a policy best suited to your needs. Give us a call today or send me an email for a quick indication on premium or just to chat about anything related to your insurance needs.



--Sincerely, Jennifer

Tags:  board of directors  D&O  Insurance 

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Advocacy Training Available for Nonprofits

Posted By Cindy Bishop, Checkmate Strategies, Wednesday, November 18, 2015



Is your nonprofit organization positioned for success during the next legislative session(s)?   A new administration will be sworn in on January 11, 2016 and we expect at least one, perhaps two, special sessions prior to the March 14th commencement of the Regular Session of the Louisiana Legislature.   Checkmate Strategies is here to help you!   We can customize our three hour training module specifically for your non-profit, at an affordable fee.


Remember, success is when opportunity meets preparation!

We cover the following important elements of Advocacy Training:


  • Composition of the State Legislature
  • Who to call
  • When to call
  • How to communicate effectively with state lawmakers
  • How to frame your message to get results
  • Important tips on what to do and what not to do
  • Role-playing exercises to teach you and your team how to implement a successful advocacy campaign


Let us set up a training session for your nonprofit or business.  We can come to your location, or we can host the Training Session ourselves!  


Presented By:

Earl Michael Willis, Vice President of Business Development and Cindy Bishop,  President & CEO,  Checkmate Strategies 


For more information,  contact Earl Willis   (225)  454-2209


Tags:  advocac  communication  lobbying 

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LANO members: New FREE CausePlanet book summary of bestselling book Give and Take by Adam Grant

Posted By Kris H. Rutledge, CausePlanet, Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Why are givers at the top and bottom of the success ladder?


Ever wonder what makes some of your interactions successful and others failures? Give and Take author Adam Grant also wanted to know this answer so he spent 10 years of his life studying the professional choices of leaders from all walks of life.


What he found were givers, takers and matchers. Grant’s startling discovery is that givers dominate both the top and bottom of the success ladder. Grant explores compelling research that illustrates how—in spite of the risk—giving is more powerful than people believe. Grant’s book examines the special behavior that’s characteristic of the givers at the top.


Why does some giving leave us fatigued while other giving invigorates?


Perhaps because we aren’t modeling the kind of giving Grant has found to be successful. Learn more about the special behavior behind healthy giving and why it brings winning results.


Grant’s summary is available FREE for dues-paying (General and Associate) members thanks to the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana Foundation.


Download these summaries and more 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 summaries 

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Innovate New Orleans- Social Innovation Boot Camp

Posted By Bettsie Norton, LANO, Wednesday, November 18, 2015



Innovate New Orleansis a 2-day, hands-on boot camp for social innovators -- entrepreneurs, business, nonprofit & community leaders -- to learn about and use innovation best practices to make better decisions, test solutions and solve problems more effectively.


  • The Innovator's Mindset
  • Design Thinking in Practice
  • Business Modeling for Social Impact
  • Fail Proof Customer Discovery

Tickets start at just $50! Seating is limited, reserveyours today.




Management Dilemma – “Go or No-go?”

Should we launch that new program we’ve been talking about for years?
Using design thinking strategies and rapid start-up methodologies, test your assumptions, explore innovative concepts and learn to iterate effectively to reach a conclusive decision: “Go or No-go.”

Funding Issues

How can we re-energize our development efforts?
Through customer discovery techniques and peer interaction, test creative ideas to introduce new fundraisers, initiate an earned income strategy or engage new donors.

Project Paralysis

How can we motivate the team to proactively tackle new projects?
Use innovation strategies and business model canvassing to break down barriers, focus the team on aligned goals and build momentum towards higher team performance.

Changing Landscapes

Millenials, Mobile, "Crowds," etc.
Strengthen your team’s ability to respond effectively to policy, demographic, technology or other changes in your sector by adopting customer listening and rapid iteration techniques.



  • The Key to Unlocking Innovation
  • A Road Map to Understanding your Customer
  • Business Modeling for Impact and Scale
  • Building a Community of Innovators
  • Lean Customer and Product Development


Click hereto learn what Houston area leaders had to say about our rapid innovation summit - Innovate Houston. (Spoiler alert, they loved it.)


Read why the Atlanta startup community was excited about our Rapid Innovation Summit - Innovate Atlanta.



December 10-11
9:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m.


4035 Washington Ave,
New Orleans, LA 70125




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