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Nonprofit workshop: Creating and Managing an Individual Donor Program

Posted By Nora Ellertsen, The Funding Seed, LLC, Wednesday, January 28, 2015
Updated: Friday, January 23, 2015
Registration is open for The Funding Seed's February workshop!

Creating and Managing an Individual Donor Program

Details & registration
Thursday, February 5
2:00 to 4:30 p.m.
Ashe Cultural Arts Center
1712 Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard, New Orleans
 

Individual donors give three quarters of all private charitable donations- more than foundation grants and corporate gifts combined.

How can your nonprofit find individual donors to support your work?  What can you do to ensure that your individual donor program is as successful as possible?


Register online

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

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


To inquire about discount codes or to reserve your seat & pay at the door, email info@thefundingseed.com.  For more on workshops and other services offered offered by The Funding Seed, visit www.thefundingseed.com.  

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How To Engage and Retain Your Donors in 2015

Posted By Jason Nicosia, CommitChange, Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Engaging your donors throughout the year is key to retaining their donations as the months pass by. It is also key to convert first time donors into recurring ones. Recent studies show that the key to retaining donors in 2015 lies in constant communication with impact stories from your organization. Engage and retain your donors with these tips:

  • Show them their impact 
  • Share your plans for 2015
  • Create giving opportunities throughout the year



  • Don’t forget to thank them

Your donor relationships should be like your personal relationships, grow and nurture them by frequently communicating and sharing what you have been up to and what your next steps are. Ready to start engaging your donors? Go to CommitChange's Blog to view our full blog post!



Tags:  donor retention  Fundraising  nonprofit sector  online presence 

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LANO Announces Partnership with Southwest Airlines

Posted By Fairleigh C. Jackson, Louisiana Association of Nonprofit Organizations, Thursday, January 22, 2015

Southwest Airlines Travel Scholarships

LANO is proud to partner with Southwest Airlines to offer our members a limited number of airline ticket scholarships for professional development opportunities. The scholarship is intended to assist with travel costs for nonprofit employees or Board members related to attending training sessions, conferences and educational programs. Ticket scholarships are available on any round-trip flight route offered by Southwest Airlines within the continental United States. For information on routes and cities serviced, please click here.

Applicant organizations must be 501(c)3 nonprofits and current members of LANO. A maximum of one scholarship per person and per organization will be awarded in each calendar year. Recipients will be required to submit proof of registration to the workshop or conference. Applications must be submitted via a form on LANO’s website and should be submitted at least three months (90 days) prior to the anticipated travel date.

Apply here and please direct questions or concerns to Fairleigh Cook Jackson, director of member services, at (225) 926-8732 or fairleighjackson@lano.org

 

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LANO members: Don't miss FREE author interview on branding coming up Jan. 29

Posted By Kris H. Rutledge, CausePlanet, Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Jeff Brooks, author of The Money-Raising Nonprofit Brand: Motivating Donors to Give, Give Happily, and Keep on Giving, will be talking to us in a live author interview next Thursday, Jan. 29, at 11:00 Central Time.

Join CausePlanet founder Denise McMahan and Jeff Brooks 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

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.

See more

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

Simply log in at the top right corner of CausePlanet’s home page (www.causeplanet.org) 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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How to Captivate and Engage Constituents with Your Website

Posted By Lori Kadavy, Firespring, Thursday, January 15, 2015
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FREE EDUCATIONAL WEBINAR

How to Captivate and Engage Your Constituents with Your Website

Wednesday, January 21, 2015 - 1:30 p.m. CST

  

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 HERE

 

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Volunteers needed for Coastal Forest Restoration project near Marrero, LA

Posted By Jenny Byrd, Coalition To Restore Coastal Louisiana, Wednesday, January 14, 2015

The Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana (CRCL) is looking for volunteers to participate in a two-day Cypress forest restoration project at Jean Lafitte National Park on January 29th & 30th. Volunteers will help plant nearly 800 trees along spoil banks inside the park. These native trees will help combat the invasive Chinese tallow tree and over time, will produce new nesting habitat for Bald Eagles.  

Important information:

  • Directions and additional details will be provided to registered volunteers via e-mail a few days prior to the event.
  • Due to the logistics of this event - registration will close at 9:30 am.
  • Please note the minimum age for volunteers is 13 and all minors must be accompanied by an adult.
  • Physical fitness is required. 
  • All equipment (gloves, shovels, life vests) 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 CLICKING HERE! 

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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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CommitChange Continues to Work Toward Zero Cost Donations

Posted By Jason Nicosia, CommitChange, Tuesday, January 13, 2015
Updated: Wednesday, January 07, 2015

CommitChange Works Towards Zero Cost Donations

CommitChange, a social impact company that provides intelligent fundraising tools to nonprofits has announced that due to increased processing volume, has lowered its credit card fees from 2.9% per transaction to 2.4% per transaction. CommitChange does not take additional platform fees on donations processed through the platform, so the savings on credit cards fees will be passed directly to the nonprofit users. The result will be hundreds of thousands of additional dollars going directly to nonprofit users in 2015.

"Today's technology can change our world in unprecedented ways, but only if companies in our industry re-evaluate their business models. Donation skimming, hidden fees, and lock-in contracts make it harder for nonprofits to effectively raise money online. We're eliminating those business practices and calling out the people who engage in them.” says CommitChange CEO, Roderick Campbell. CommitChange is on track to process over $10,000,000 in 2015, so we plan to lower these fees even further.”

The St. Bernard Project switched to CommitChange prior to launching its biggest fundraising campaign of the year. "This was our most successful year to date; we can attribute much of that to the clear, intuitive interface that makes donating so much easier.” Says Ann Williams, Director of Development for the St. Bernard Project. "With the volume of online donations that we process, lower transaction costs will have a significant impact on our funds raised. We're switching all of our affiliates over this week and are looking forward to our best year yet.”

CommitChange recently released its first monthly subscription tier for its core fundraising suite and currently serves 300+ nonprofits across the country.  More than 9000 donors used CommitChange for their charitable giving in 2014.

CommitChange provides nonprofits with a full suite of integrated online fundraising tools, which can be managed from a single platform. CommitChange is venture backed by Mark Cuban, Tim Draper, and 500 Startups and headquartered in Oakland, California.

Contact:

Jason Nicosia

Chief Marketing Officer

Jason@Commitchange.com

225-288-7466

www.commitchange.com

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Call for Nominations for the 2015 Women of Excellence Awards

Posted By Fairleigh C. Jackson, Louisiana Association of Nonprofit Organizations, Friday, January 09, 2015

The women legislators through the Louisiana Legislative Women's Caucus Foundation are now accepting nominations for the 2015 Women of Excellence Awards.

The women legislators created the Women of Excellence Awards to recognize and honor the exemplary achievements and contributions of extraordinary Louisiana women, who personify excellence in their leadership, profession, academics, community service, character and integrity.  

Deadline for nominations is February 6th. 

The categories for the 2015 awards are:

Business 

College Woman of Excellence (ages 18 to 25)

Health & Medicine

High School Woman of Excellence (for graduating seniors)

Louisiana Hero of Excellence

Non-Profit of Excellence 

The winners of the College Woman of Excellence Award and the High School Woman of Excellence Award will each receive the Louisiana Legislative Women's Caucus Foundation Scholarship for $1,000. Since 2010, the women legislators through their foundation have awarded $25,000 in scholarships to deserving young women in Louisiana.

The awards will be given at the 8th Annual Women of Excellence Awards & Scholarships Ceremony and Reception on  May 26, 2015 at 6:30 p.m. in Baton Rouge, Louisiana at a location to be announced.

For more information and to nominate, please visit the Louisiana legislative Women's Caucus website.

[NOMINATE]

 

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LANO Presents Executive Directors' Round Tables

Posted By Fairleigh C. Jackson, Louisiana Association of Nonprofit Organizations, Friday, January 09, 2015

 

Dear Executive Directors, Presidents and CEOs of LANO member organizations, 

LANO is pleased to announce we will be hosting Executive Directors' Round Tables in New Orleans and Baton Rouge in addition to our existing monthly event in Shreveport! 

You are invited to join a new networking group for Executive Directors and CEO's to discover new ways to build partnerships and create collective impact as a nonprofit community.  The first meeting is designed to help us all discuss and discover the needs we have as nonprofit leaders, as organizations, and as a community. 

The Round Tables will convene the last Thursday of each month. The New Orleans group will meet at the Arts Council of New Orleans, the Baton Rouge group will meet at the Baton Rouge Area Foundation, and the Shreveport group will continue to meet at Community Central. Please note that registration is mandatory for each event, please click the links below for the event in your area. 

We look forward to seeing you! 

[REGISTER - NEW ORLEANS]

[REGISTER - BATON ROUGE]

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Be part of the 2015 Louisiana State Combined Charitable Campaign

Posted By Robin Taylor, Louisiana Association of United Ways, Friday, January 09, 2015

This past year, employees of the State of Louisiana generated more than $245,000 through the 2014 LA SCCC campaign. Over 70 participating nonprofit organizations received donations through this statewide effort. 

Louisiana is already gearing up for the second State Combined Charitable Campaign!  Once again, state employees will be given the opportunity to contribute, through payroll deduction, to approved health and human service non-profit organizations. The Louisiana Association of United Ways will continue to serve as the Principal Combined Fundraising Organization (PCFO) and will be working in coordination with the Office of State Uniform Payroll (OSUP). 

All qualifying health and human service non-profits operating within the state of Louisiana are encouraged to apply to be a participating charity.

Starting today, the application is available at www.lasccc.org/application and is due by March 2, 2015. All charity applications will be reviewed and notified of eligibility no later than June 30, 2015.

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