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LANO President Named to Gov.'s Children's Cabinet Advisory Board

Posted By Matthew Mullenix, Louisiana Association of Nonprofit Organizations, Sunday, April 27, 2014


Governor Bobby Jindal announced appointments on April 25 to the Children's Cabinet Advisory Board that include LANO President and CEO, Kelly Pepper.

The Children’s Cabinet Advisory Board provides information and recommendations from the perspective of advocacy groups, service providers, and parents to the Children’s Cabinet.

The purpose of the Cabinet is to facilitate and require coordination of policy, planning, and budgeting affecting programs, and services for children and their families. The cabinet carries out its functions in order to assure the most efficient and effective use of resources, particularly through programs for intervention and prevention and through services that assist and support children.

As stated in the April 25 release: Kelly Pepper, of Baton Rouge, is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Louisiana Association of Nonprofit Organizations. Pepper previously served as the Director of Organization Services and Community Development. Pepper will be appointed to serve as a representative of the Louisiana Association of Nonprofit Organizations, as required by statute.


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Don't forget to register for branding interview and new book summary available

Posted By Kris H. Rutledge, CausePlanet, Sunday, April 27, 2014
Updated: Sunday, April 27, 2014
CausePlanet May 7 author interview:

How do you manage your brand more effectively as not just a fundraising/marketing tool but as the messenger for your mission?

Talk to authors Julia Shepard Stenzel and Nathalie Laidler-Kylander to discover their new Brand IDEA framework on May 7 at 11:00 Central Time.
Register now for this CausePlanet author interview webinar at your desk. (All LANO Members and Friends are invited: link requires LANO network sign-in to register.)

New CausePlanet book summary:

Also check out CausePlanet's newly posted
Page to Practice™ summary of Austin and Seitanidi's book, Creating Value in Nonprofit-Business Collaborations, to learn how to leverage more value in your partnerships.

It's available FREE for LANO's General and Associate (dues-paying) members thanks to the
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana Foundation.

Follow these steps to download this new title and more than 100 other summaries:

  1. Log in at on the left panel, using your email address on file with LANO and "Password1".
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Tags:  author interview  CausePlanet  Page to Practice 

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Groundbreaking Ceremony for Impact Charter Elementary School

Posted By Chakesha Scott, Education Explosion, Inc., Friday, April 25, 2014

A groundbreaking ceremony will be held at 4815 Lavey Lane for the future campus of Impact Charter Elementary (ICE), on May 9th at 10am. 

The ceremony will mark the beginning of construction for a new 30,000 square foot school facility that will accommodate up to 480 students in grades K-5 from Baker and all surrounding areas.  Mayor Harold Rideau, Councilwoman Chauna Banks-Daniels, BESE Member Carolyn Hill, Baker School Board member Doris Alexander and ICE school leadership will be on program to remark on this incredible event.

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Tags:  Baker school  Charter school in Baker  groundbreaking  Impact Charter Elementary 

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Raise Funds for Your Charity with a Blue Dog Silkscreen Print!

Posted By Wayne Fernandez, GEORGE RODRIGUE FOUNDATION INC, Friday, April 25, 2014

Introducing the Print Donation Program from the George Rodrigue Foundation of the Arts.

Since 2009, the GRFA Print Donation Program has helped over 600 organizations raise over $1 million at their fundraising events through silent auctions, raffles and more!

GRFA allows the purchase of a Rodrigue Blue Dog silkscreen print of your choice from the Rodrigue Estate for $500. These prints have raised thousands of dollars at fund-raising events. As part of this unique program, if the print you purchase does not provide the organization with funds exceeding the original $500 investment, then GRFA will accept the print’s return and refund the $500.

These prints are specifically designed as a fundraising vehicle for non-profits to raffle or auction directly to their supporters. They are not for sale in any Rodrigue Gallery and are only accessible to the general public through this exclusive opportunity for non-profit and charitable organizations.

For more information about how to participate in this successful fundraising program, visit this page in the Foundation website.



Three of the nine prints currently available for this program. See here for the entire collection.


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Build Your Communication Skills – Working with Children with Disabilities Who May Be Child Abuse and/or Neglect Victims

Posted By Susan Shaffette, Team Dynamics LLC, Friday, April 25, 2014

The Children’s Justice Act Task Force is sponsoring two 2-day intensive training events in July for those who work with child victims of abuse and/or neglect. This specialized training will focus on child victims with disabilities.


July 28-29, 2014 in St. Martinville
July 31-August 1, 2014 in Alexandria


Studies have long established that children with developmental or other disabilities are disproportionately criminally victimized. One study found that among persons with developmental disabilities, as many as 83% of females and 32% of males are the victims of sexual assault. Victimization rates for persons with disabilities is highest for sexual assault (more than 10 times as high) and robbery (more than 12 times as high). There are a number of factors related to children with disabilities susceptibility to interactions with the criminal justice system. In addition to these factors, many significant barriers exist, both real and perceived, that limit investigation and prosecution of these cases.

Instructor: Scott J. Modell received his Ph.D. from the College of Education at Florida State University in 1997. Dr. Modell is currently serving as the Deputy Commissioner for the Tennessee Department of Children’s Services.  Most recently he has served as the Deputy         Commissioner for the Tennessee Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. Prior to moving to Tennessee, Dr. Modell spent 15 years as a Professor at California State   University, Sacramento. Over the last 5 years, he additionally served as Director of the university’s Autism Center for Excellence. He is an expert in disability etiology, characteristics, interview techniques, and abuse. He has authored five books and has over 100 published articles and abstracts.

Cost:  $100 for two-day training, includes lunch both days

Credits: Approved by NASW-LA for 11 hours CEU and Approved by LA Supreme Court for 10 hours CLE

Register today – space is limited!   Alexandria     St. Martinville

Questions? Contact Team Dynamics at 985-624-3514 or 



Tags:  child abuse  Child welfare  communications  training  workshop 

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LANO Hires New Director of Development

Posted By Matthew Mullenix, Louisiana Association of Nonprofit Organizations, Thursday, April 24, 2014

 Jessica Alleyne Erwin, incoming Development Director for the Louisiana Association of Nonprofit Organizations

Jessica Alleyne Erwin will join LANO's staff on April 28 to lead the nonprofit association in meeting its annual fundraising goals, strengthen donor relations and manage grant deliverables. 

An experienced fundraising professional, Erwin previously served as Director of Annual Giving for the Pennington Biomedical Research Foundation in Baton Rouge, where she led the Foundation's largest unrestricted funding effort, the Annual Fund for Excellence Campaign.

Erwin's experience includes key roles in development and volunteer and event management at successful local charities the Capital Area CASA Association, the Baton Rouge Ballet Theatre and the Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge, as well as the Center for Science and Industry in Columbus, Ohio.  

LANO President & CEO Kelly Pepper calls Erwin's hire an excellent opportunity to leverage her valuable experience and community relationships to furthering LANO's mission and statewide impact.


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A Charity's Financial Management Starts in the Home

Posted By Erica Crenshaw, Execute Now!, Thursday, April 24, 2014

April is financial literacy month so it's the perfect time to reflect on how much Americans know about their finances. As you can imagine, this knowledge translates directly to your ability to exercise proactive financial habits at the nonprofits you manage.

Some of the statistics I'll explore below will surprise you while some may be uncomfortably familiar. More importantly...

Tags:  Execute Now!  Finance Fundamentals 

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RAZ Mobile Offers Online Fundraising Demo

Posted By Reed Alberg, RAZ Mobile, Wednesday, April 23, 2014

RAZ Mobile provides an immediate capability for nonprofit organizations to communicate with, reach out to, and raise funds from new and existing supporters by leveraging the anywhere, anytime connection created by the smart phone. 

We recently had a local arts client raise over $10,000 in a single day fundraising event.  Imagine being able to send a text message to over 100 (or more) supporters telling them you need something and have them respond immediately.  That’s the power of mobile engagement.

Click here to sign up for a free online demo

RAZ Mobile is a mobile-optimized engagement platform, that we feel will help organizations engage their supporters and friends in the causes that they find important, but more importantly, opening communication to them with the one thing that is with them all the time – their smartphone.

We give the client the power to engage donors in the mobile space.  You can put a QR code on marketing material, facebook, twitter, just about anywhere you want, that brings your friends and supporters to a truly mobile site for information, engagement, and support.   Companies that promote social awareness have already come to grips with the fact that it’s time to engage a tech savvy generation that is willing to give. 

Visit our web page for more information

Our goal it to provide organizations with the tools and technology to deal with the mobile wave at a price that is quite low and with a DIY feel.  I think we have accomplished that and I would love to speak with you about it.

We have had great success locally and nationally with about 75 customers on the platform.  You can see some of them here.  

Call with questions
Reed Alberg

Tags:  fundraising  mobile  nonprofit  social media 

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Office for Citizens with Developmental Disabilities Seeks Intern

Posted By Keokah T. Sanders, Louisiana Developmental Disabilities Council, Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Are you interested in empowering people? 

The Department of Health and Hospitals, Office for Citizens with Developmental Disabilities (OCDD) has a wonderful opportunity just for you!

Individuals with developmental disabilities may qualify for waiver services which allow them to receive supports and services in their home rather than in an institution. Currently, when an individual is approved for a waiver, he or she is given a list of service providers; however detailed information about the types and quality of services for each provider may not be included. Federal law requires that Medicaid recipients can choose from any provider qualified to perform the services required and who is willing to provide such services. This is known as Freedom of Choice.

In order to assist individuals with developmental disabilities and families in making informed choices about the most appropriate provider for their situation, the Office for Citizens with Developmental Disabilities is researching and compiling provider data such as whether the provider is in compliance with health standards, consumer satisfaction, grievance processes, years of experience, etc.

Job Description The intern is responsible for supporting waiver program staff in develop Freedom of Choice resources for individuals with developmental disabilities and families. Specific duties may include but are not limited to:

  •  Researching and compiling data on current providers in Louisiana
  •  Researching how other states are meeting the Freedom of Choice requirement
  •  Developing a Freedom of Choice brochure for new waiver recipients
  •  Assisting with the development of a survey for current waiver recipients
  •  Assisting with the development of resources that individuals with    developmental disabilities and families can use to make informed choices about providers
  •  Other duties as necessary

The intern will report to the Waiver Program Director.

This internship is unpaid. The intern will work 15-20 hours per week.


Candidates must be graduate level students.

  •  Mastery in computer skills including use of Microsoft Office products is required.
  •  The ability to take initiative to achieve goals and well-developed time management skills.
  •  Experience collecting and organizing data is a plus.

Organization Description The Office for Citizens with Developmental Disabilities (OCDD) serves as the Single Point of Entry (SPOE) into the developmental disabilities services system. The OCDD is committed to ensuring quality services and supports, information and opportunities for choice to people of Louisiana with developmental disabilities and their families.

OCDD is an agency within the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals.

How to Apply?Those interested in applying should submit a letter of interest, resume and three references via email to with the subject line OCDD Intern. No phone calls please. Specific information about this job will be provided to you in the interview process, should you be selected. This position will remain open until filled.

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April Newsletter from dezinsINTERACTIVE: SEO, Workshops, More

Posted By Orhan Mc Millan, dezinsINTERACTIVE, Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Happy Spring! I hope that you have had a chance to get outside and enjoy the beautiful weather we have been having.

There is nothing quite like the color green in Spring. I wanted to do a little Spring Sharing with you with two things that were offered to me that really made me smile.

I recently had the pleasure of listening to a Ted Talk by Sherry Turkle titled Are We Plugged-In, Connected, But Alone? This one really hit home with me because it had to do with technology and being connected with our smart phones, texting and social media and how if not used properly, can result in us actually becoming isolated, alone and unable to relate to each other on a basic human level.

I encourage you to listen to it and share your thoughts. "We have conversations with each other to learn how to have conversations with ourselves." Dynamic!

If you haven't watched any of the Action Movie Kid episodes, then you are really missing out. A video effects editor named Hashi took these videos of his son and then added the special effects. This is just extreme creativity and talent at its best.



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