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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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Call for Applications: The Fundraising Intensive Program

Posted By Nora Ellertsen, The Funding Seed, LLC, Tuesday, April 22, 2014
Interested in joining the Fundraising Intensive Program's Class of 2015?

The deadline to apply is Tuesday, April 29.  
Click here for a full program description and application!


The Fundraising Intensive Program is a 10-month training program that combines group learning and one-on-one coaching to provide practical tools and best practices on a range of fundraising activities.  

Participants meet monthly in New Orleans for a group discussion focused on a single funding topic.  Then, each participating nonprofit receives 90 minutes of individual coaching to help them apply the skills and tools from the group session to their own unique organization.


Program details and application


Over the course of the program, the nonprofit staff, board members and volunteers involved will learn about:

Fundraising Planning
Telling Your Story
Individual Donor Development
Major Gifts
Fundraising Events: House Parties
Fundraising by Mail and Email
Researching and Writing Grant Proposals


 Here's what some of this year's graduates are saying about the
Fundraising Intensive Program:
   
"[This] was a great experience for my partner and I...We were able to create a culture of fundraising at our organization and on the board...We are more confident, efficient and effective. I highly recommend this course."
- Ameca Reali, The Justice and Accountability Center of Louisiana


"I've participated in many different training sessions on fund development. This is the first program that immediately resulted in additional income for our organization."
- Sue Ellen Stewart, Northshore Families Helping Families

"This program...truly supports you and allows you to gain access to people and information that helps you grow."
- Kim Dudek, Dag's House



Participation is limited and applications are required.  If you'd like to be considered for the Fundraising Intensive Program's Class of 2015, complete the program application by Tuesday, April 29.  
For questions or to find out more about services offered by The Funding Seed, visit www.thefundingseed.com or email info@thefundingseed.com.


** Please note: Due to applicant requests, The Funding Seed is now accepting up to three applicants per organization.  Applicants may include staff, board members or volunteers. **




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Blondes vs. Brunettes® Baton Rouge

Posted By Tricia Ory, The Alzheimer's Association, Monday, April 21, 2014
Help us "Tackle Alzheimer's" by joining us on June 14, 2014 for our first Blondes vs. Brunettes flag football game for women in the Capitol area. If you're not quite ready to hit the field, mark your calendars to cheer on your favorite blonde or brunette for our 10 a.m. kickoff.  
 
Please visit www.bvbbatonrouge.org to sign up to play or donate and "like" us on www.facebook.com/bvbbatonrouge!
 
If you are interested in our volunteer or sponsorship opportunities, please contact Tricia at 225.910.2835 or tory@alz.org.
Mission
The funds raised through Blondes vs. Brunettes® benefit the care, support and research efforts of the Alzheimer's Association. We hope that you join us in supporting the mission of the Association: 
 
• Help families across the country by continuing to provide and enhance programs focusing on education and support 
• Advance critical research studies into methods of treatment, prevention and ultimately, a cure 
• Speak up for the needs and rights of those facing Alzheimer’s through our public policy initiatives
Company Overview
The Alzheimer's Association is the world's leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer's care, support and research

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Nonprofit workshop: Fundraising Events 101

Posted By Nora Ellertsen, The Funding Seed, LLC, Monday, April 21, 2014

May nonprofit fundraising workshop:

Fundraising Events 101

Thursday, May 8
2:00-4:30 p.m.

Ashe Cultural Arts Center
1712 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd., New Orleans
Details and registration


Learn to create events that raise money
for your non-profit!  

 

This fun, hands-on workshop covers:

* choosing what kind of event is best for you

* working with volunteers

* identifying event sponsors

* and much more!


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


Discounts available for students, for AmeriCorps and for organizations registering two or more people.


For discount codes or to reserve your space and pay at the door, email info@thefundingseed.com.

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Free Webinar: How to Captivate and Engage Constituents with Your Website

Posted By Lori Kadavy, Firespring, Thursday, April 17, 2014


How to Captivate and Engage Constituents with Your Website

How to Captivate and Engage Constituents with Your Website
4/30/2014

When: Wednesday, April 30, 2014 - 9:30am 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.

REGISTER HERE

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.


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Foundation Study Finds Communications a Critical Challenge for Policy Orgs

Posted By Matthew Mullenix, Louisiana Association of Nonprofit Organizations, Tuesday, April 15, 2014

A new report from the Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation shows a need for increased communications capacity among policy advocacy organizations. 

According to the Foundation report, grantors should consider taking steps to improve the communications reach, quality and capacity of the organizations they fund.  These steps include:

  • Updating organizational development tools available to grantees
  • Expanding grantees' access to communications networks
  • Providing organizational development grants for communications
  • Deepening the roles of foundation and grantee communications officers 

LANO understands this need is mirrored by nonprofits across the mission spectrum and works with funders and organizations to expand nonprofits' communications reach and access to organizational development tools.

The full report and recommendations can be downloaded here.

 

 

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Annual Fund Campaigns: The Essentials

Posted By Nora Ellertsen, The Funding Seed, LLC, Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Nonprofit fundraising workshop
Annual Fund Campaigns: The Essentials
Thursday, April 17
9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Ashe Cultural Arts Center
1712 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd., New Orleans
Register at www.thefundingseed.com

Annual fund campaigns are a great way to jumpstart a nonprofit's fundraising.  But how do you get started?  And what can you do to make sure your campaign raises more money?

This workshop will walk you through the process of running your annual fund campaign, from Day One to the Victory Party. 

Registration $35.  Discounts available for students, AmeriCorps 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 info@thefundingseed.com.

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

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Taking Your Organization to the Next Level

Posted By Celeste Viator, Hannis T. Bourgeois, Tuesday, April 15, 2014
They say "No Pain, No Gain," and the expresssion applies to the life cycle of nonprofit 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. 
To access the complete article click here.


 

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Big Buddy's Mentoring Moments, April 2014

Posted By Laurie Hardison, Big Buddy Program, Monday, April 14, 2014

Check out Big Buddy's Mentoring Moments newsletter for April 2014

 

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LANO Network Unaffected by "Heartbleed" Internet Bug

Posted By Matthew Mullenix, Louisiana Association of Nonprofit Organizations, Monday, April 14, 2014

Recent news about the "Heartbleed" Internet virus has prompted numerous warnings about the safety of personal information on various social media and commercial websites.

The company that provides LANO's member network infrastructure, YourMembership.com, through which users purchase event tickets, access member directories and download files and information, today affirmed that members' data are not at risk and that there is no need to change passwords or take other precaution when using the LANO website.

According to their press release on 4/14/2014:

 

"Last week a group of security experts and researchers uncovered and disclosed a significant security flaw named Heartbleed that can make certain Website users’ personal information vulnerable to attack. Up to two-thirds of Websites utilize the affected technology, called OpenSSL, and the flaw has many of them working diligently to fix the problem and restore security.

"We’ve heard from many of our customers and understand that there’s a high level of anxiety due to the Heartbleed bug and the potential vulnerability of data. We have conducted due diligence on our systems and are sure that those using the YourMembership.com platform are not at risk..."

 

Please continue to use all LANO's electronic services and website features with full confidence, and thank you for your membership!

 

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