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Today is the last day to submit proposals for the Emerging Philanthropists of New Orleans (EPNO)Grants!

Posted By Tasha L. Cooper, Louisiana Association of Nonprofit Organizations, Friday, June 24, 2016

2016 Open Grants

We are thrilled to announce that Emerging Philanthropists of New Orleans (EPNO) has released its 2016 grantmaking focus areas and Requests for Proposals. Letters of Intent can be submitted online until June 24, 2016 at 5 pm.

The 2016 class has five grantmaking teams that will award up to $10,000 in each of the following areas:

ARTS & CULTURE
The Arts and Culture team will fund small organizations (with annual budgets under $1mm) that foster the cultural economy of the New Orleans area by cultivating creative endeavors or any form of artistic expression.

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
The Economic Development team seeks to support a non-profit promoting workforce development for underserved populations in the Greater New Orleans area that focuses on one or more of the following:

  • Programs that combat barriers to employment, e.g., child/dependent care, transportation, and illness.
  • Soft (life) skills and/or technical skills.
  • Foster small business development.
  • Preference will be given to entities that facilitate job and business creation.

EDUCATION & YOUTH DEVELOPMENT
EPNO’s Education and Youth Development team seeks to support 501(c)(3) organizations offering afterschool, summer, or enrichment activities operating within Orleans and/or Jefferson Parish that benefit underserved/underrepresented youth aged 0-18 years.
Special preference will be given to programs involving one or more of the following:

  • Female development
  • Mentorship and life skills
  • Cognitive development, physical health and wellbeing
  • Crime prevention, reentry activities, and efforts to reduce recidivism

HOUSING
EPNO’s Housing Team seeks to support non-profit organizations that assist populations facing disadvantages in housing access in Orleans Parish.
In determining grant awards, preference will be given to entities that accomplish one or more of the following:

  • Provide emergency, transitional, or group housing
  • Prevent housing displacement
  • Promote fair housing and decrease discrimination across the city
  • Provide financial literacy in regards to housing and homeownership

RACIAL EQUITY
EPNO’s Racial Equity team seeks to support organizations that empower individuals and communities to challenge inequitable systems. Organizations must be focused on racial or ethnic inequity in the Greater New Orleans area.

Special Note:
While you may only apply to one 2016 grantmaking focus, this year with the special partnership between EPNO and Ripple Effect, you may also apply to Ripple Effect grantmaking focus, see below. The application process is the same so you will be required to submit two separate Letters of Intent (LOI). See below for further instructions on how to submit your LOI.

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EPNO RIPPLE EFFECT
We are thrilled to announce that we are partnering with Ripple Effect to provide grants that expand water literacy and awareness across the Greater New Orleans region. We envision a future where all citizens understand the risks and embrace the challenges and opportunities of living in a region defined by its relationship and water.

Applicants must be 501(c)3 nonprofit organizations or schools and may apply for up to $8,500 in funding. Proposals should include clear, distinct objectives and plans. Preference will be given to proposals that aim to achieve one or more of the following goals:

  • Educating people of any age group, from the very young through the elderly, about local water issues and solutions;
  • Using community, experiential, outdoor, place-based, or service learning activities to teach water-focused environmental stewardship;
  • Developing, delivering, or sustaining comprehensive water-focused education programs;
  • Providing pre-service and in-service professional development for teachers, faculty, or non-formal educators to improve their environmental education teaching skills about local water issues.

These goals may be accomplished through community engagement, competitions, curricula, internships, programs, special events, tours, or other teaching tools that reflect water-related issues that impact our region.

How to Apply:
Please submit a Letter of Intent online by June 24, 2016 at 5 pm.
You may only apply to one of the five focus areas in addition to Ripple Effect (if applicable). The Letter of Intent should include a description of the following (Please limit to 250 words for consistency):

  • The organization and its mission;
  • The project for which you are seeking funding; and
  • How the funds will be used.

All applicants will receive an email by July 18 indicating if they are invited to submit a full proposal.

Eligibility:
To be eligible, applicants must:

  • Have 501(c)(3) status. If you are an individual with an innovative idea, you must find a sponsoring 501(c)(3); and
  • Be located within the greater New Orleans area.

Please note: EPNO has a Conflict of Interest policy which may prohibit an organization at which an EPNO member or immediate family member is employed from applying to this year’s grant cycle. EPNO will notify you after your letter of intent is received if there is a conflict.

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Rental Space on Baronne Street

Posted By Jean Fahr, Parkway Partners Program, Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Office Space for Rent:

Converted 1890’s camelback shotgun.  Upstairs: 810 square feet available; four offices and a reception area; rent all or part $2 per square foot; 1137 Baronne Street, Corner of Clio.  Available immediately. Call 620-2224 for appointment or information.

 

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There's Still Time to Register for the 2016 Greater New Orleans Fundraising Conference!

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Make plans now to attend the

 AFP Greater New Orleans Fundraising Conference

It's an excellent and inexpensive professional development opportunity for anyone working inphilanthropy. 

 

Held at Boomtown Casino, New Orleans 

 

  CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

Keynote Speaker - Kim Klein

 

Making Movement Building a Key Component of Fundraising Professionalism: In the broadest terms, the work of the nonprofit sector is about creating vibrant, interesting and safe communities for everyone who lives in them.  We do this through the arts, education, advocacy, direct service and research.  There is constant pressure to raise more and more money which often requires hiring more staff.  This has created a spiral of costs which is not sustainable.  Fundraising programs have simply tried to adapt to whatever was going on in the economy, but now we have to lead the way out of this unequal society—engaging our organizations, our donors and our sector to agitate and advocate  for real change.  Fundraising provides a way to do that, and a broad base of donors is key to building power. Looking at fundraising through the lens of social justice will make us better fundraisers and organizations more likely to actually bring about the changes we talk about.  In this provocative keynote, Kim Klein asks us to recommit ourselves to creating the world we want to live in even if this means we have rethink the nature of professionalism.

 

Sessions:

Brightspots - Kim Klein  (for professionals with 8 or more years of fundraising experience) 

Three years ago the Underdeveloped report revealed that many nonprofits are stuck in a vicious cycle that threatens their ability to raise  resources. Bright Spots for Fundraising, a follow-up study, identifies potential solutions to the sector's challenges. Co-author Kim Klein will discuss the report's findings, which will be released in late April. 

 

Donor Engagement:  Pyramid or Vortex? - Marc Barnes

When we think about donor engagement, the pyramid always comes to mind, but is there another way?  In this session, we will explore the vortex as a new model of donor acquisition and engagement and compare/contrast it to the well-known pyramid.  Attendees should leave with a new understanding of ways to capture donors and move them through the continuum of donor engagement.  

 

Write with Love - Jen Love
Join me and share (well, I’ll share and you can steal) everything you need to know about writing stories that shine. You’ll learn simple, effective ways to improve your stories right now, and ways to build on your knowledge over time and hone your storytelling craft. I’ll give you my well-curated and (until now) top secret list of interview questions that I promise will get you to the emotions you need in your next story. And, with full hearts, we’ll dive into crafting unforgettable thank you letters.
Give NOLA Day: Fundraising Lessons Learned - Blathrae Gillin and Allie Betts
Giving days are growing in popularity across the country with both nonprofits and do nors, providing a single day where millions are raised in and for the community. In 2016, more than 700 nonprofits participated in the third annual GiveNOLA Day, a 24-hour, online giving event. In this session, we will delve into the fundraising tactics nonprofits have used to find successon GiveNOLA Day and beyond.

Be the Best You Can Be:  Strategies for Continuous Improvement - Jenny Bigelow, Alan Brickman and  David Schlakman
(for professionals with 8 or more years of fundraising experience)
Do you really know how effective your staff, board, and programs are? Do you have honest conversations about what's working and not working? Do you have the data and the internal systems to assess effectiveness and implement the necessary changes? This interactive workshop will provide key concepts and practical tools to help you create a culture of continuous improvement in your organization that will increase your effectiveness and ensure your sustainability.

  

Capital Campaigns: Are We Ready? -  Holly Lang and Michelle Buchanan

Your executive director is saying “We need to increase fundraising!” Your board is saying “Let’s do a campaign!” And you’re saying “Let’s make a plan for success!” If this sounds familiar, rest assured that you’re in good company. Whether you’re considering your first campaign or the first in a long time, you will benefit from this information-packed session on the essential preparations for successful campaigns. Topics will include evaluating your organization’s campaign readiness, understanding the factors that influence campaign success, generating buy-in from executive staff and board, and steps you can take to ensure you’re on the right track.

 

Donor Retention: Current Rates are Startling! What Can Every Fundraiser Do to Improve It - Chris Painchaud

This session explores the Fundraising Effectiveness Project report commissioned by AFP and the Urban Institute. The dismal news in this report can and should be an eye opener for every nonprofit engaged in fundraising.  We will focus on the root causes of poor retention rates, and offer tips for improvement based on the principles of Dr. Adrian Sargeant and Tom Ahern: two worldrenowned authorities on building donor loyalty. Sargeant and Ahern’s principles are based upon years of research conducted in the sector and can be used by any organization, whether you are a oneperson shop or a large department. We will show examples of their principles in action. The results can be astounding when put into daily use!

Diversity - Tony Enterante and DeShanna Brown, MPA
This session will take a brief look at diversity trends employers are facing in regards to hiring and staffing employees for an organization.  We will also discuss some of the external diversity trends facing fundraisers in the local, regional, and national markets in the United States.  Diversity trends are no longer just racial backgrounds.  These trends now include racial, ethnic, age, sex, sexual orientation, and cultural backgrounds – just to include a few.
Design with Love - John Lepp
The look and design of your communications can have a huge impact on your donors - and their giving. It can make them feel excluded - or - charm them with surprise and delight. Design and creative are  important, critical parts of loving your donors.  And failing to understand some of the basics of design can seriously hurt response rates and the effectiveness your fundraising! Join John Lepp, of the Canadian firm Agents of Good, to learn how to use design to enhance and actually nail a fundraising campaign. He'll show you how design can catapult a regular appeal into something so special your donors will never forget it. With a primary focus on print design and creative, we will take a look at a few case studies through Jane Donor’s eyes and learn a TON of things you can do right now to make your fundraising raise more money tomorrow.

 

Setting yourself up for Corporate Donations & Sponsorships  - Amy Collins
In this session, we will take a look at what makes powerful partnerships work – both for corporate sponsors and for nonprofits. She will offer tips and examples on how to set your nonprofit organization up for success. Collins is passionate about putting people and ideas together. At the end of this session, you will understand what corporate sponsors look for and be better able to build powerful partnerships that are mutually beneficial and sustainable.
 
Strategic Planning for the organization, staff and YOU! - Charles Heim, FAHP 
(for professionals with 8 or more years of fundraising experience)
An in-depth look at your relationships with the CEO, Board, and Staff along with the work ethic.  Taking a closer look at managing  the fund raising program, developing work plans, accountability, research, and making sure the “team” is dedicated to the mission together.

Savvy Fundraising Techniques for Primary/Secondary Education - Emily Farris and Josh Fertita
An examination of aligning development best practices with political savvy and grit to overcome the challenges of fundraising in primary and secondary education.
 
PR & Marketing on a Budget - Jennifer Bond
Need to market your organization, but have a limited budget? This session will showcase the fundamentals of public relations, specifically focusing on marketing initiatives on a dime. From media relations to community outreach to social media, gain valuable insight and understanding of PR campaigns that get the most bang for your buck.


SOS:  You Can't Do It All!  - 
Lucinda Flowers, Susan Mancuso, CFRE, and  Lynn Spearman
The good news: Your fundraising efforts are going gangbusters with a variety of programs and events to help you meet your goals. The bad news: You and your staff feel overwhelmed, stretched thin, and headed toward a burnout. The question: Are you using your resources effectively to get the most bang for your buck? This interactive session will explore when to consider bringing in an outsider (from volunteers to temps to experts) to help expand your capacity and grow your success.  

 
Capital Campaigns: Push the Envelope to Get Creative! - Holly Lang and Michelle Buchanan (for professionals with 8 or more years of fundraising experience)
The silent phase comes before the public phase. The campaign committee should meet every month. Eighty percent of the money comes from twenty percent of the donors. It’s true that following these tried-and-true “rules” of campaigning often produce a campaign victory. But in today’s modern world, many of the most successful initiatives are pushing the boundaries of the expected. In this discussion-oriented session, Michelle and Holly will share case studies of campaigns that required outside the box thinking to realize success. Discuss what your organization is doing that’s creative campaign – or join us to spark new ideas for your shop!

 
Why People Give-The Motivating Factors and Psychology of Giving - Brian Kish
Philanthropy etymologically means the "love of humanity." It is an emotional act that can be found in all of us—some more than others. Learn about the psychology of giving and discuss the motivating factors that drive this behavior.

 

 

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Every Cookie Has A Mission

Posted By Kelly Pepper, Louisiana Association of Nonprofit Organizations, Tuesday, June 14, 2016

The Revenue and Fiscal Affairs Committee’s holdup on HB 51 threatens to impact the mission of not only the Girl Scout Cookie but the impact of all nonprofits in Louisiana. While I fully concur on the vital need to raise more revenue to support health care and higher education, let’s stop making high impact nonprofit organizations unnecessarily jump through hoops to make the case; diverting these organizations from truly impacting their communities. 


The Girl Scouts are an amazing organization building girls of courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place.  Holding them and the rest of Louisiana’s nonprofit organizations hostage while legislators debate revenue is harmful to the work we are all trying to accomplish.

 

To view the Advocate's story on this issue, click here.

 

 

Kelly Pepper

President & CEO, Louisiana Association of Nonprofit Organizations

 

 

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Taking your Organization to the Next Level

Posted By Celeste Viator, Hannis T. Bourgeois, LLP, Tuesday, June 14, 2016

They say "No Pain, No Gain," and the expression applies to the life cycle of not-for-profit organizations, as well as athletes who hit the gym, tennis court or golf course on weekends.

 

The point when the aches and growing pains of an organization begin are prompted less by age than by changes in leadership, size, budget or programming.

 

For example, a local not-for-profit organization may receive national media attention that garners a significant, new source of funds, or a founder may decide to hire an executive director and administrative staff.

 

If your organization is at the point of making the transition from a board composed of founders to a governing board, you may be facing difficult challenges.

 

Here are 12 building blocks to help you navigate your growth spurt for maximum board effectiveness:

 

1. Recognize growing pains. Stop briefly and realize that conflict is perfectly normal. This includes conflict between the board and new staff members, challenges with new fundraising mandates, and disagreement about mission and vision. They are all signs of success.

 

2. Acknowledge the situation. Address issues as they arise at board meetings. Conflict won't resolve itself. As difficult as it seems, there needs to be open communication among the board.

 

3. Be patient. Don't expect the transition from founding members to a governing board to happen overnight. Some experts say it can take up to three years before a governing board is at its most effective.

 

4. Limit board terms. Growth can't happen without change, and that often means founders -- and founding members -- step down. Consider all the options. Some organizations replace their founders with two people sharing equal authority. This lets the board benefit from different, yet complementary, sets of skills.

 

5. Outline responsibilities. Be clear about the respective roles and duties of staff and board members.

 

6. Transfer knowledge. Founding and long-time board members know and do a lot. Set up a committee, non-voting emeritus board or advisory council for members who are stepping down so they can continue to share expertise with the new staff.

 

7. Develop the board. To position itself for growth and change, chairmen should consider educational programs outlining the board's fiduciary responsibility to the organization and to the public. Board members often don't realize the scope and significance of their charge.

 

8. Increase professionalism. Founding boards often "do it all," and they do it without formalized processes. Growth, though, requires committee structure and regular review of financial statements (including a thorough understanding of what they mean). To transcend particular relationships as the board's composition changes, create a database to track donors and prospective donors.

 

9. Rely on the human element. To make your processes formal, you will have to create job descriptions, mission and vision statements, as well as manuals on policy and procedures. These are all important, but won't guarantee effectiveness. Remember that it's ultimately the board members, those people passionate about the organization, who make for a smooth-running and successful board.

 

10. Orient new people. When recruiting board members, be sure they know what's expected of them before they are voted onto the board. And be sure the board knows the new members' objectives.

 

11. Avoid token recruiting. Don't bring on "representatives" of particular constituencies for its own sake. The entire board should be responsible for identifying the needs of those served.

 

12. Accept conflict. It happens and it's okay - even productive. Don't be afraid to call upon experts to help address it, facilitate discussions and assist with planning and budgeting. Many foundations, including local community foundations, provide funds for board development and strategic planning.

 

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Dialogue on Race Louisiana is seeking volunteers!

Posted By Tasha L. Cooper, Louisiana Association of Nonprofit Organizations, Monday, June 13, 2016

DORLA VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
Web site administrator:
A volunteer who is a skilled web administrator who will be able to work from any site and will be asked to come to the office on occasion…but mostly they will be able to work from their own convenient location. Total time expected…20 – 25 hours monthly
Job description:
 Post the Dialogue on Race Series several times a month maximum
Upcoming events  
Adding new areas 
Such as allied members and sponsors
Resource guide.
Video links
Recommended reading and books
Our DOR Series, events, trainings

Telecommuting office assistant:
A volunteer who will be able to created emails on Constant Contact for registrants for the various Dialogue on Race Series.
To keep ongoing contact with those who register for series to answer their questions, send them pre session materials. 
To prepare DOR Series materials for facilitators and for facilitator trainings.
To review and proof read documents used in the sessions.
Approximately, 20 – 25 hours a month…. (5 to 6 hours a week)

 

Contact:
Maxine Crump President/ CEO, 225-274-6902
maxinecrump@dialogueonracelouisiana.org

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I'm a donor, hear me roar

Posted By Eunice McCarney, 3T Strategies, LLC, Wednesday, June 8, 2016

It has been an interestingly themed day for me. I went to the Baton Rouge Business Report Influential Women’s luncheon to support the honorees, but in particular a friend and executive director on whose board I serve. I went to a Junior League training on diversity and inclusion and received my latest issue of Chronicle of Philanthropy. The cover story is “Primed to Give Big” by Megan O’Neil. If you haven’t read the article yet, it’s definitely a must-read, especially if you’re in the nonprofit sector.

 

The article focuses on the increase in donations from women and women’s affinity groups but how nonprofits are slow to change in how they fundraise. Biases, outdated fundraising tactics and male-dominated board leadership to blame and not engaging women could mean that nonprofits leave millions in donations on the table. Essentially, the organizations that learn how to engage women the best will come out ahead.

 

Economic and philanthropic research has shown that 1) women are making gains and in some cases outpacing men in education, the workplace and finances, 2) women are more generous donors than men, and 3) women seek a higher level of involvement in the organization than men. Most development professionals know that a higher level of engagement will translate to more dollars given.

 

Some more statistics from the article to consider:

· In the next two generations, 70% of inherited wealth will go to women

· 24% of married women earn more than their husbands

· 40% of households with children where women are the primary breadwinner.

Fundraising software that defaults to the male-head of household or writing thank-you letters addressed to the husband first when the wife wrote the check do not help organizations in developing relationships with women.A quote from a donor, Debra Mesch, featured in the article, "Insult women and it's game over. 'Why in the world would they want to contribute to you?'"

 

Organizations that focus on homelessness, education and economic development should pay special attention as these tend to be issues women place more attention on.

 

The for-profit sector has already recognized the immense spending power of women. In a 2010 Time magazine article: "Woman Power: The Rise of the Sheconomy", showed that women make 70-80% of the consumer spending decisions in households. Even in households where the husband is the primary or sole breadwinner, he still only makes 50% of the spending decisions. Companies had to learn how to market to women from customer service training to store and product design. As Johnson & Johnson had to learn the hard way, when women don’t like how you advertise to them- they will let you know.

 

Just as businesses had to learn of the power of the female consumer, nonprofits need learn how to engage female donors as well. The nonprofit sector is huge. There are lots of choices to give, engage and make an impact, and in these uncertain times, is it wise to leave 51% of the population behind?

 

Read the 3T Strategies Blog Online! 

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The Red Stick Project

Posted By Tasha L. Cooper, Louisiana Association of Nonprofit Organizations, Tuesday, June 7, 2016

The Red Stick Project unveiled the International Children’s Mural, a collage of STEAM based artwork of children at Baton Rouge Foreign Language Academic Immersion Magnet (FLAIM), a downtown elementary school.

 

Volunteers from FLAIM including PTO parents, children, administrators, artists and teachers worked together with Red Stick Project artists and City Year volunteers to produce the 6’ x 80’ International Children’s Mural presented during the two day International Festival at FLAIM on Thursday and Friday, April 21st and 22nd.

 

The mural transformed a distressed retaining wall of a green space that will be used as a garden and outdoor learning area. It celebrates multiculturalism in Baton Rouge and the foreign language immersion programs French, Spanish and Mandarin at FLAIM and Polk Elementary Schools. 


To learn more about The Red Stick Project, please visit our Facebook page or contact Redstickarts@gmail.com.


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LANO Institute: Change Management

Posted By Tasha L. Cooper, Louisiana Association of Nonprofit Organizations, Thursday, June 2, 2016

“If the rate of change on the outside exceeds the rate of change on the inside, the end is near.”

-Jack Welch, Former Chairman & CEO of General Electric

 

As Bob Dylan once said “Times, they are a changin’” and that holds especially true for the nonprofit sector.  Our ever evolving, fast-paced world of immediate gratification and constant social interaction has left many nonprofits who have small staffs, small budgets and few resources grasping at ways to stay ahead while keeping fiscally afloat. In this current environment, we have to learn how to improve efficiency and quality of service while working internally to bring about effective change.

The International Organizational Change Management Institute defines Change Management (CM) as “any approach to transitioning individuals, teams, and organizations using methods intended to re-direct the use of resources, business process, budget allocations, or other modes of operation that significantly reshape a company or organization. Organizational Change Management (OCM) considers the full organization and what needs to change.” 

 

On Thursday, June 9th, the LANO Institute will host a training on Change Management. Learn change strategy and how to manage resistance in this interactive session led by Christy Reeves, CEO of Single Stop USA. This training will include case studies, interactive role play, and strategic outcome plans.   

 

 

The Community Foundation

401 Edwards Street, Suite 105
Shreveport, Louisiana 71101
10:00 AM

 

Registration: $60 LANO MEMBERS/ $120 Non-Members

 

Register Now!

For additional information contact Emilie Bowman, Business Development Manager at Emiliebowman@lano.org.

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Louisiana's Second Special Session of 2016 to Address Taxes Imposed to Louisiana Nonprofits during First Special Session

Posted By Tasha L. Cooper, Louisiana Association of Nonprofit Organizations, Thursday, June 2, 2016

On May 27th, Governor Jon Bel Edwards issued an agenda for a Second Special Session staring July 1, 2016 to address the $600 million budget shortfall for FY 2017 and the unintended tax consequences created during the First Special Session of 2016 which affected nonprofit organizations and schools in Louisiana.

 

HB 61 (Act 25) and HB 62 (Act 26) enacted during the First Special Session of 2016 carried big changes for the nonprofit sector and made previous exclusions and exemptions for the sector taxable. Governor Edwards’ proposes to address these acts during this Second Special Session. Items to be addressed include but are not limited to:


Tickets to school athletic and entertainment events.
Food sales by youth serving organizations (such as Girl Scouts).
Sales and donations to food banks.
Room rentals at non-profit camp and retreat facilities, and certain homeless shelters.
Non-profit organization’s sales of donated goods when the organization uses 75% or more of the revenue to employ or train persons with disabilities.
Purchases, leases or rentals by hospitals that provide free care to all patients. 
Membership fees or dues of non-profit civic organizations. 
Non-profit fundraiser/entertainment events and musicals; Little Theatre organizations’ events; fairs and festivals; and certain non-profit admissions, parking fees, and sales.
School lunches and meals furnished by various educational, religious, or medical organizations. 

 

To read Governor Edwards’ full plan, click here.

 

While we understand the purpose of this session is budget stabilization, we are pleased that the Governor and our Legislators appreciate the impact these taxes have imposed on the nonprofit sector and are addressing the acts during this second special session. LANO is carefully monitoring movement of the Governors 2016 Second Special Session Plan and continue to have conversations to ensure the sector’s needs are heard. Any additional information will be shared through the LANO network.

 

Please see the attached document from the National Council of Nonprofits, their partnership with LANO provides guidance and education on advocacy for the nonprofit sector.

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