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LANO members: Upcoming author interview will help you transform you organization by tapping a new resource

Posted By Kris H. Rutledge, CausePlanet, Thursday, October 09, 2014

Say “No more!” to a needs-based fundraising goal.

Need smarter ways to meet your mission without always turning to the budget? Wish you could afford more staff positions? You don’t have to keep massaging the budget or raise your fundraising goal.

Try the abundance movement.

Coauthor of The Abundant Not-for-Profit: How Talent (Not Money) Will Transform Your Organization Lynda Gerty gives you another way.

Tap talent through “knowledge philanthropists”

“Knowledge philanthropists,” highly skilled volunteers, share their expertise with your organization in addition to their hands. If you can match them with your needs, you have a win-win.

Author interview

Lynda Gerty will share how her organization, Vantage Point, utilizes over 200 knowledge philanthropists to implement its programs while decreasing its paid staff from 14 to eight employees from 1999 to 2012. 

Join CausePlanet founder Denise McMahan and Lynda Gerty Thursday, November 20, at 11:00 Central Time at a webinar interview at your desk.


Register now for this FREE interview for all LANO members and friends. (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 Gerty’s 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 Abundant Nonprofit and other titles.

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Nonprofit Communications Services Now Available

Posted By Matt Mullenix, Mission Media, Monday, October 06, 2014


Looking for full-time or temporary communications help? 

Mission Media is a Louisiana company with a unique perspective on the needs of the nonprofit sector. We provide a full range of communications services on an affordable, outsourced provider basis.  

Promote your mission and improve your public profile with effective messaging in monthly newsletters, social media, web content, correspondence and more. 

Now offering comprehensive monthly and annual contracts or select services as needed.  Available statewide; call or email for free consultation.

  • PROMOTION & CONTENT, including:
    • Press releases for events, new hires, program initiatives, etc.
    • Monthly newsletters in electronic or print format
    • Social media management
    • Revised and original online copy
    • Regular updates and changes
    • Improved usability and navigation
    • Official memos
    • Staff communications
    • Member correspondence
    • Organizational annual reports
    • Grant outcomes and narratives
    • Board meeting materials


Mission Media | (225) 505-1733 | 

447 Third Street, Suite 200, Baton Rouge 70802


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Charter School Application Workshop in BR, October 18

Posted By Michael Eskridge, Advance Innovative Education, Monday, October 06, 2014


Advance Innovative Education will host the SECOND of four follow-up sessions to the "CHARTER SCHOOL 101" workshop series begun in July, 2014.


In this session, receive in-depth training from experts and meet the vendors and service providers available to become part of your new school operations team!


Focus on essential elements to include in your charter school application as relate to the following sections:  

  • Mission & Vision
  • Goals & Performance Standards
  • Theory of Change





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InRegister Gives $25,000 to Local Nonprofits

Posted By Bettsie Norton, LANO, Wednesday, October 01, 2014
In honor of our 25th anniversary, inRegister will be donating a total of $25,000—$5,000 each to five local area nonprofits. inRegister has always had a heart for the community and has been dedicated to supporting nonprofits in the area. We continue our support through this latest endeavor.

Please encourage local nonprofits to contact their members, volunteers and advocates to vote online. The five organizations with the most community votes between now and Nov. 19 will be selected to receive $5,000 and also be featured in our January issue.

You can vote and find out more information at Use the Share buttons in the left margin to share on social media. Voting is limited to one vote per person. Non-profits must be located in East Baton Rouge Parish. Voters from all nine parishes qualify to vote.

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Nonprofit workshop: Major Donor Development 101

Posted By Nora Ellertsen, The Funding Seed, LLC, Tuesday, September 30, 2014

October nonprofit fundraising workshop:
Major Donor Development 101
Thursday, October 16
9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Ashe Cultural Arts Center
1712 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd.
Register at

Asking someone for a large donation can make a huge difference for your nonprofit- and it can also be scary!

This workshop covers the basics of major donor development: how to identify your donors, ways to build strong relationships with prospects, and what to say (and not say!) when asking for a big donation. 

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

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

Details and registration at  For questions or to reserve your space and pay at the door, email

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Happy Hour with CommitChange

Posted By Jason Nicosia, CommitChange, Friday, September 26, 2014

Come join us for some networking and drinks at Propeller on October 9th. 

Click the link for details-

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Advance Innovative Education Seeks Board Expansion

Posted By Michael Eskridge, Advance Innovative Education, Friday, September 26, 2014

Are you concerned about the future of public education in Louisiana? 

Are you ready to apply your skills and experience to make a positive change?

AIE NEEDS YOU! Join us as we engage with school leaders, agency personnel and community members across the state to advance innovative policies and programs that can improve our public schools and better outcomes for tens of thousands of Louisiana students.  

Advance Innovative Education seeks to expand its Board of Directors by 3-4 positions, with special interest in candidates representing Louisiana's Northwest, Central and Capitol Area regions.

Candidates with expertise in education administration, financial management, Louisiana law, and those with school-age children are especially welcome to apply.

OUR MISSION: To promote urgent, systemic change in education by undertaking reform initiatives that deliver dramatically improved teacher and school leader performance, and by developing strong partnerships to increase student success and ultimately enhance the quality of life for all. 

Do you, or someone you know, have the passion and drive it takes to create real opportunity for school improvement in your community? 

Take action! Please send resume and letter of intent for AIE Board service via email to Executive Director, Michael Eskridge, Ed.D. (


AIE will accept Board candidate submissions and nominations throughout the month of October, 2014.


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Pedaling 4 a Purpose: Bike Against Bullying

Posted By Bettsie Norton, LANO, Thursday, September 25, 2014

Pedaling 4 a Purpose: Bike Against Bullying is a fundraising event to benefit Northshore Families Helping Families. The event aligns with Bullying Awareness Month. As you know, individuals with disabilities are frequently subject to this menacing behavior.

The leisurely ride will begin at the Koop Drive Trailhead. It will go to the Mandeville Trailhead and back, totaling about 8.5 mile. The event will conclude at 1:00 pm.

No bike, no problem! Walk, jog or simply come support the cause! Go whatever distance you like!

There will be a scavenger hunt and a variety of children's activities throughout the duration of the event. Lunch and refreshments will be available.

Registration for individuals 10 and older will be available for $20 per person. Children under 10 may register for $10. T-shirts will be available for participants.

Teams are encouraged to form and compete for prizes in the following categories:

Most Money Raised, Most Members, and Best Team Name. Get creative and we hope to see you there!

Register here!

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LSU Continuing Education hosts Grant Writing Seminar

Posted By Bettsie Norton, LANO, Thursday, September 25, 2014

LSU's Department of Continuing Education is sponsoring a two-day, interactive Grant Writing Seminar, Oct. 21-22 from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. 1.2 CEU'S will be given for this Interactive Workshop.

Major topics to be presented include:

- Local, Regional & Federal Grants
Gain in-depth insight into the world of state and federal grants. Provide definitions and requirements local, regional, and federal grants.

- Organizational Funding & Community Needs
Learn to review organization’s budget and understand where grants fit into budgetary projections and portfolio. Understand how the grant will impact or provide positive outcomes in the community.

- Grant Proposal & Application Requirements
Develop the proposal by learning to ask the subjective and objective questions from the grantor point of view.

- Improving Grant Writing Skills
Increase knowledge of the language involved in a grant to better prepare the writer, or the writing team.

- Data Research & Collection
Explore various types of online data repositories, research tools, and how to expertly collect, analyze and report the data necessary for a successful grant award.

- Effective Proposal Writing: Narrative, Budget, Objectives, Goals, Impact Measurements, Quality Assurance & Evaluations
Learn through interactive activities how to appropriately write each section of a grant.

- Building Effective Relationships with the Funder
Learn how to insure the relationship is relevant to organizational or corporate entity needs.

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5th Annual MetroMorphosis Social Innovation Summit

Posted By Bettsie Norton, LANO, Thursday, September 25, 2014
LANO Members are cordially invited to attend the 5th Annual MetroMorphosis Social Innovation Summit to be held on Friday, October 31s t from 8am – 12pm. This year’s summit will be located at the Lod Cook Hotel & Conference Center on the campus of LSU at 3838 W Lakeshore Dr.

The summit seeks to advance collective impact and provide a framework for high performing organizations that applies to both the non-profit and for-profit sectors through a clear and thoughtful discussion on innovation, leadership, collaboration, collective impact and high performance.

Dr. James P. Honan, a senior lecturer at the Harvard Kennedy School and Graduate School of Education will serve as the guest speaker for the day. Workshops will be led by Harvard ALI fellows and members from the Baton Rouge community that include: John Spain Executive Vice-President of Baton Rouge Area Foundation, Erin Wesley-Monroe Vice-President of Baton Rouge Area Chamber, Darrin Goss CEO of Capital Area United Way and Christy Reeves Executive Director of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Louisiana Foundation.

The summit is being presented by MetroMorphosis, a not for profit organization and made possible through community donations and corporate sponsorships. The one-day summit is free and open to the public. Individuals are asked to register online at Space is limited and seats are reserved on a first come first serve basis. For more information contact or call 225.330.4924

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