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Louisiana Disaster Assistance Deadline Extended to November 14

Posted By Tasha L. Cooper, Louisiana Association of Nonprofit Organizations, Thursday, October 13, 2016
Release date: 
October 12, 2016
Release Number: 
NR-081

BATON ROUGE, La. — Louisianans in parishes affected by August flooding now have until Monday, Nov.14, 2016, to register for federal disaster assistance. The State of Louisiana and FEMA advise that the deadline to apply for disaster assistance has been extended, so that all eligible residents have enough time to apply for assistance.

Federal officials hope this additional time will ensure that everyone affected by the August severe storms and flooding has an opportunity to register for FEMA assistance. The goal is to reach all flood survivors who still need help.  

Registration is open to survivors in Acadia, Ascension, Avoyelles, East Baton Rouge, East Feliciana, Evangeline, Iberia, Iberville, Jefferson Davis, Lafayette, Livingston, Pointe Coupee, St. Helena, St. James, St. Landry, St. Martin, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa, Vermilion, Washington, West Baton Rouge and West Feliciana Parishes. 

This new deadline also applies to homeowners, renters and businesses submitting applications for low-interest disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).

You can apply for assistance or track your status online at www.disasterassistance.gov or by using the FEMA app. If you prefer, call 800-621-FEMA (3362). Persons who are deaf, hard of hearing or have a speech disability and use a TTY may call 800-462-7585. Applicants who use 711 or Video Relay Service may also call 800-621-3362. FEMA phone lines are open from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily; multilingual operators are available.

Homeowners, renters and businesses affected by the floods, can apply for a low-interest SBA disaster loan after registering with FEMA by going online to SBA’s secure site at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela, calling 800-659-2955 (TTY 800-877-8339). For information on SBA disaster assistance, go to www.sba.gov.

SBA is the federal government’s primary source of money for the long-term rebuilding of disaster-damaged private property. SBA provides low-interest disaster loans to homeowners, renters, businesses and private nonprofits for their uncompensated physical disaster losses (homes, personal property and business assets).  For small businesses and most private nonprofits, SBA disaster loans are available to cover working capital needs caused by the disaster, whether or not the business suffered physical damage.

For more information on the Louisiana recovery, visit the disaster webpage for the flooding at fema.gov/disaster/4277; or visit the website for the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness at gohsep.la.gov. Follow FEMA on Twitter @femaregion6.
 

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Creative Relief Grant Application Now Available

Posted By Liz Goad, Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge, Monday, October 3, 2016
The Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge is offering Creative Relief grants to Professional Artists and Non-Profit Arts and Culture Organizations that were adversely affected by flooding in August 2016.

This opportunity is available to individuals and organizations with a history of arts programming whose sites, materials, equipment, or collections were damaged in the recent flooding. To be eligible for this grant, applicants must be domiciled within the 11-parish region served by Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge, including Ascension, East Baton Rouge, East Feliciana, Iberville, Livingston, Point Coupee, St. Helena, Tangipahoa, Washington, West Baton Rouge, and West Feliciana Parishes.

Other eligibility requirements, instructions, and the grant form are available at artsbr.org

Grant application deadline is Monday, October 31, 2016 at 4pm. The Arts Council will send grant notifications and distribute funds by December 1, 2016.

For more information, contact Liz Goad, Director of Economic Development and Human Resources at 225-344-8558 Ext. 228 or lgoad@artsbr.org

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"Paddling for Preservation” Scheduled for October 9, 2016

Posted By Karen Babin, Louisiana Trust for Land, Monday, October 3, 2016

   For further information:  Karen Babin, 985-542-5006


“Paddling for Preservation” Scheduled for October 9, 2016


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  


Break out the canoes and kayaks, or use one that will be provided, and join us as we explore a new 
river paddling and floating on the beautiful Bogue Falaya River!  Land Trust for Louisiana and Canoe & 
Trail Adventures are co-hosting “Paddling for Preservation,” a benefit event, on Sunday, October 9, 
beginning at 10 a.m. in Covington. 

 


The approximately 8-mile river trip follows a meandering course through modest currents and past 
numerous white sand bars and heavily-forested river banks.  Experts in Northshore flora and fauna will 
provide brief narrative, and participants will return to the launch site by mid-afternoon, with a noontime 
stop for bring-your-own bag lunch and cold drink.

 

Advance registration and signed waiver are required; cost is $40 per person, $30 if you provide your 
own canoe or kayak (children accompanied by two paddlers may be added to rental canoes for just $5).  
Once registered, information on the launch location, driving directions and web link to the participation 
waiver will be provided via confirmation email. 


 This 3rd annual “Paddling for Preservation” event is being hosted for the first time on the 
Bogue Falaya, part of the new Three Rivers Blueway in St. Tammany Parish.  Event proceeds benefit Land 

Trust for Louisiana, dedicated to preserving valuable natural land in the state’s coastal, agricultural and 
recreational rural, and urban communities.  The Trust’s efforts protect fresh water and endangered wildlife, 
longleaf pine and bald cypress trees, wetlands and bayous among the many of Louisiana’s natural treasures. 

 

To register online, please visit http://www.landtrustforlouisiana.org/.  Canoe and Trail Adventures 
requires everyone register ahead of time, even if you are bringing your own canoe or kayak.  If you have 
any questions, please contact Land Trust for Louisiana at 985-542-5006. 

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Advocacy Training Available to Non Profits and Businesses

Posted By Cindy Bishop, Checkmate Strategies, Monday, October 3, 2016

CHECKMATE STRATEGIES IS NOW OFFERING ADVOCACY 

TRAINING DIRECTLY TO LOUISIANA ORGANIZATIONS

Knowing that there is a tremendous need among nonprofit organizations and Louisiana businesses to create and sustain effective, impactful advocacy programs, Checkmate Strategies is now offering advocacy training.  Imagine how the influence your nonprofit or business could have, if you provided your members or your board leadership with customized training on how to impact public policy! 


The 2017 Regular Session of the Louisiana Legislature will be here before we know it and now is the perfect time to begin planning a successful legislative campaign.  We all know it is better to be pro-active rather than reactive. Checkmate Strategies will tailor a half day (3-5 hours) or a full day program, with special rates for LSAE members.  We can also tailor a program for your specific needs

 

The following components will be covered in the Advocacy Training Session:

The Importance of Knowing the Players and the Process

Who are the Players?

Overview of the Legislative Process

The Importance of Knowing Your Organizations “Why”

How to Weave Impactful  Stories into your Advocacy Message

The Role of Regulatory Agencies and How they Impact Your Non-Profit or Business

How to Use PACS Effectively

 

 

Checkmate Strategies has a long and  rich history of advocating on behalf of non-profit organizations. We have represented such high profile issues as the Smoke Free Air Act, the Primary Seat Belt Law, the Child Passenger Safety Act, the Concealed Carry Bill and we were successful in changing public policy on each of these legislative campaigns. 


Cindy is a veteran of Louisiana politics with over two decades of experience. Earl Willis is equally passionate about helping nonprofit organizations and businesses to thrive and excel.  

 

Call today to schedule an advocacy training with Checkmate Strategies.  

 

Reach Cindy Bishop at (225) 933-5435 or Earl Michael Willis at (225) 454-2209  

Destiny362@aol.com  (cindy Bishop) 

earl.willis@checkmate-strategies.com

 

Tags:  Advocacy  grassroots  grasstops  legislation  legislature 

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Pressure strategies will help your business succeed

Posted By Amy Warner, CausePlanet, Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Nobody performs better under pressure. Regardless of the task, pressure ruthlessly diminishes our judgment, decision making, attention, dexterity and performance in every professional and personal arena.

 

Weisinger has collectively researched pressure and performance for the past 20 years. Numerous client interactions all over the world have informed their research as well as a multiyear study they conducted: a 360-degree analysis of 12,000 individuals under pressure. Additionally, over the last 15 years, the coauthors sifted through an exhaustive amount of research on every aspect of performing under pressure, drawing from cognitive psychology, sports psychology, neuroscience and clinical psychology.


Nonprofit pressure

Leaders in the nonprofit sector are no strangers to feeling the pressure of furthering a mission with lean resources and limited staff. After learning more about Hank Weisinger’s, author of Performing Under Pressure, conclusive research, you can’t help but realize that pressure management should be a baseline competency for every leader.

 

Webinar with Hank Weisinger, PhD.

 

Join CausePlanet founder Denise McMahan and Hank Weisinger Thursday, September 29, at 11:00 Central Time at a webinar interview at your desk.

 

Weisinger will touch on the following topics:

 

  • How is pressure different than stress?
  • What are some myths about pressure?
  • What are some pressure traps?
  • What are some short-term and long-term strategies to alleviate pressure?

 

 Register

 

Register now for this FREE interview for all LANO members. (The link requires LANO network sign-in to register.)

 

See more

 

See more with the Page to Practice™ summary of Weisinger’s 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 Performing Under Pressure and more titles.

 

 

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How to Approach Succession Planning

Posted By Celeste Viator, Hannis T. Bourgeois, LLP, Monday, September 26, 2016

Does your organization have a succession plan in place? And, if it does, is it well documented? Some not-for-profits delay detailed succession planning, thinking of it as a project they'll get to "someday." But that's a mistake.

Like making future plans in your private life, creating a succession plan for your organization is a necessity. And the earlier you start planning, the better. You'll come across information that needs to be documented for the successor — and you might also spot some issues that need to be cleared up before the transition.

 

3 Ways to Look at It

Three approaches to succession planning are common among not-for-profits:

1. Strategic leader development. This approach focuses on identifying talented individuals who have, or are capable of developing, skills to carry on your organization's goals before the top executive or other key person has left. As soon as a successor is identified, the executive director should begin delegating some leadership duties to this individual. This approach gives the current executive director time to train and assist the incoming leader until he or she can competently handle the new duties.

2. Emergency. Emergency succession planning emphasizes continuing to achieve the organization's goals and carry out its mission after an unforeseen event, such as death or disability of a director. In preparation, the key individuals should develop a list of their duties and step-by-step details on fulfilling them. They should ask themselves: How was I trained for this position? How have my responsibilities changed over time? What did I learn later that I wish I'd known from the start?

Board members should be involved in any type of succession planning, but especially in emergency planning because they're obliged to see that the organization is competently led without interruption. A small not-for-profit, even if it has the capacity for nothing else, should have an emergency succession plan for its executive director.

3. Defined departure. This plan is appropriate when the key person has announced his or her retirement one to two years ahead of time. The goal is to build leadership strength: The key person wants to know that the organization can function well after his or her retirement, and the not-for-profit requires the same degree of assurance. Setting a target departure date with the board of directors is typically the first step, because it prompts those involved to develop a timeline.

 

Transition Training

Having both individuals work at the same time is one of the most effective ways to transition duties.

Example: Your finance director announces nine months in advance that he will be retiring, and your succession plan names a successor. While the two work together, have the successor assume some of the finance director's duties, such as helping to enhance policies and procedures, doing some of the organization's filings, and reviewing payroll. Gradually shift more work from the finance director to the successor.

If the successor isn't already in the organization, consider hiring him or her a few months before the targeted transition date. To make the process run smoothly, again it's important that the two individuals work together. The successor, for instance, might be unfamiliar with your not-for-profit's accounting systems or internal controls. So hands-on training by the exiting leader would be beneficial.

No matter which approach you use, consider forming a succession planning committee if more than one key person eventually will be replaced. This will allow members of the organization with various types of expertise to provide feedback in the areas most affected by the departures. For smaller not-for-profits, forming such a committee may not be feasible.

It's also important to document the succession plan. Although it might take some time away from other duties now, it could prevent a host of problems later.

 

Getting Started

If you find yourself struggling over how to start, you can find numerous free or low-cost succession planning toolkits online, as well as others that are more costly. Many of them will walk you through the process step by step. Some also offer templates and worksheets to help you keep track of goals and tasks and gauge timelines.

Some websites to check out include the National Council of Nonprofits (councilofnonprofits.org), The Bridgespan Group (bridgespan.org) and The Foundation Center (foundationcenter.org). Your financial advisor also can review your final plan.

 

Insurance for Key People

As today’s leaders age and new generation steps up to the plate, every organization should ask, “Could we continue to achieve our mission without our CEO, CFO, executive director and other key individuals?”

Key person insurance can protect an organization in the event of a sudden death or disability. This type of plan can help ensure that the not-for profit’s operations and mission are still carried out without major disruptions due to the loss of a key employee.

For example, let’s say the executive director—suddenly disabled by a stroke—had been the not-for- profit’s chief administrator and its primary fundraiser. Temporarily hiring two individuals with these critical skills is likely to be more expensive than the cost of finding a permanent replacement. But key-person insurance proceeds could provide for this while the search is underway.

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Making Pressure Work For and Not Against You

Posted By Amy Warner, CausePlanet, Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Many factors have increased the perceived pressure on our lives: recent economic downturn; higher competition for jobs; advent of the global economy; lack of job stability; and growing competition to get into top colleges, universities and graduate programs.

Since it is impossible to live a life without pressure, the key is to understand your reactions to it and how those reactions put you at risk. Then you must engage in what Weisinger calls pressure management.

Nonprofit pressure


Leaders in the nonprofit sector are no strangers to feeling the pressure of furthering a mission with lean resources and limited staff. After learning more about Hank Weisinger’s, author of Performing Under Pressure, conclusive research, you can’t help but realize that pressure management should be a baseline competency for every leader.

 

Webinar with Hank Weisinger, PhD.

 

Join CausePlanet founder Denise McMahan and Hank Weisinger Wednesday, September 29th, at 11:00 Central Time at a webinar interview at your desk.

 

Weisinger will touch on the following topics:

 

  • How is pressure different than stress?
  • What are some myths about pressure?
  • What are some pressure traps?
  • What are some short-term and long-term strategies to alleviate pressure?

 

 Register

 

Register now for this FREE interview for all LANO members. (The link requires LANO network sign-in to register.) 


See more

 

See more with the Page to Practice™ summary of Weisinger’s 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 Performing Under Pressure and more titles.


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Fundraising Workshop: Major Donor Development 101

Posted By Nora Ellertsen, The Funding Seed, LLC, Monday, September 19, 2016

Fundraising Workshop:
Major Donor Development 101

Tuesday, October 11
9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Ashe Cultural Arts Center
1712 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd., New Orleans
Details and registration
 

 

Asking someone for a large donation can make a huge difference for your nonprofit!

 

Our October 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 major gift. 

 

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

 

Registration $40 per person.  Discounts available for students, AmeriCorps members and organizations registering two or more people.

 

Email info@thefundingseed.com to inquire about discount codes or to reserve your space and pay at the door.  For more on workshops or other services from The Funding Seed, visit www.thefundingseed.com.

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Year-End Fundraising Boot Camp for Small Nonprofits

Posted By Nora Ellertsen, The Funding Seed, LLC, Friday, September 16, 2016

Year-End Fundraising Boot Camp for Small Nonprofits
Offered 100% online! 
October 3-21
Registration $149; Group discounts also available
Course details and registration

 About the Course

The end of the year is the time of greatest giving to nonprofits.  Small organizations face unique challenges- and also have unique opportunities!- when it comes to year-end fundraising campaigns.  This course will offer you practical advice and tools to make yours a success!

Each Monday for three weeks, you'll receive easy-to-follow training videos and worksheets to help you organize and execute your fundraising campaign.  Over the course of the week, as you review those materials, you'll have the opportunity to submit questions to clarify specific points and dig in deeper on the topics most relevant to your organization.  Then, each Friday, an interactive webinar will provide the format to address these questions and get ideas from others taking the course.

Course Curriculum:

  • Week 1 (October 3-7): Year-End Giving Basics, Individual Donors 101, and Fundraising Campaign Overview
  • Week 2 (October 10-14): Language and Stories That Get Your Donors Giving and Donor Development Deep Dive: Identifying and Cultivating Your Donors
  • Week 3 (October 17-21): Donor Development Deep Dive: Asking and Stewarding Your Donors

This course is open to all and is ideal for small organizations- those that have budgets of $1 million or less and/or that have between zero and three development staff- that are fundraising in the U.S.A., and for individuals or nonprofits that are running their first fundraising campaign.

About the Presenter
Nora Ellertsen is founder of The Funding Seed, a New Orleans-based company that teaches people how to raise money for nonprofit groups. In the ten years she worked in the nonprofit and fundraising field, she helped to raise nearly one million dollars through grassroots fundraising, grant writing, event planning and major donor development. Since founding The Funding Seed in 2010, she has worked with over 50 nonprofit agencies to help them develop the resources they need to do their work.

For questions or to inquire about group discount rates, email info@thefundingseed.com or call (504) 307-7220.  For more on services offered by The Funding Seed, visit www.thefundingseed.com.

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PAD screening event

Posted By J. B. Hunt, AAAneurysm Outreach, Friday, September 16, 2016

UMC New Orleans to Host Free Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD) Screening Event
PAD Awareness Month event will take place Saturday, September 24

 (NEW ORLEANS) – Peripheral Artery Disease, or PAD), a condition that develops when arteries become clogged with plaque, affects one in every 20 Americans over the age of 50. Those with PAD are at greater risk of having a heart attack or stroke. This condition does not always come with symptoms, so many people who have PAD don’t know it.

In recognition of PAD Awareness Month, UMC New Orleans will host a free ultrasound screening & prevention event on Saturday, September 24 from 9 a.m. The screening will take place in UMC Conference Center, Room J. It is presented in partnership with AAAneurysm Outreach, New Cardiovascular Horizons and Amerigroup Real Solutions, will include a quick, painless, and non-invasive procedure to measure systolic blood pressure in the limbs.

 

Pre-registration is preferred for the September 24 event, but walk-ins are welcome. To schedule an appointment for screening, call (888) 871-3801.

 

Tags:  events  New Orleans  nonprofits  Volunteer Opportunity NOLA 

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