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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.


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Grant Writing Seminar

Posted By David Kiviaho, kiisa Corporation, Thursday, September 15, 2016

Register Now...Course Fills...Must Register to Attend 

All grant information is updated prior to the course!

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Presented By: David Kiviaho and Sharon Sandifer, M.Ed

LSU and kiisa corporation

Interactive Grant Writing Seminar
October 4th and 5th
 1.2 CEU'S - $395


 Pleasant Hall/LSU Campus

3438 Dalrymple Drive

Baton RougeLouisiana 70802 

Relevant, Informative, Highly Rated!

           Targets Any Level of Grant Writer - Phenomenal Seminar!

Laser Focused, Newest Information on Writing Grant Narrative, Goals and Objectives, Outcomes, Budgets, and more. 


As a corporate organization of the Louisiana Association of Non Profit Organizations (LANO), kiisa corporation provides a unique grant writing experience that explores all areas of grant writing. We help the writer to learn how to prepare stellar narratives, comprehensive budgets, develop proper evaluations, understand IRS requirements, identify funders, develop meaningful funder relationships, and much more.

Updated Data: Expert to Speak to Successful Grant Writing Participants on Frequently Asked Questions of the Funder. 

Updated Data: Listing of funders ready to provide dollars to non-profits, community groups, municipalities, faith-based organizations, and academia.

Updated Data: Techniques on Writing the Winning Narrative, Goals and Objectives, Outcomes, and Budget. 

Updated Data: Latest Internal Revenue Service (IRS) requirements. 990's and Financial Audit Requirements.

Updated Data: Latest Giving Trends...From Wall Street to Your Street

Updated Data: Latest Data Management Resources for narrative citations. Exploration of where to find data to reinforce the need for your funding request.

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How to manage stress when your employees feel pressure to produce, perform and get results

Posted By Amy Warner, CausePlanet, Thursday, September 15, 2016

Pressure is the enemy of success, according to vast research conducted by Performing Under Pressure authors Weisinger and Pawliw-Fry. Since it’s impossible to live life free of pressure, the authors present strategies to manage it immediately and in the future.


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 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 ( 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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Setting the Salaries and Benefits of Your Executives

Posted By Celeste Viator, Hannis T. Bourgeois, LLP, Thursday, September 8, 2016

Rules known as "intermediate sanctions" allow the IRS to assess penalties against not-for-profit executives who receive excess compensation — and the board members who have approved it. Do you and your board know what's considered excess compensation and what's viewed as a conflict of interest during the compensation-setting process?


Avoiding Excess Benefits


Internal Revenue Code Section 4958 prohibits most 501(c)(3) and 501(c)(4) organizations from engaging in an "excess benefit transaction" with a "disqualified person." Disqualified persons generally include anyone in a position to exercise substantial influence over the organization's affairs — such as officers, directors and members of their families — at any time in the five-year period preceding the transaction.

An excess benefit transaction takes place when a disqualified person receives a benefit that exceeds the value of the service, property or payment the organization receives in exchange. An example would be an executive director being paid a salary that far exceeds the salaries of executive directors at similar organizations. Violations of Sec. 4958 can lead the IRS to impose excise taxes on the disqualified person who benefited from the transaction as well as the not-for-profit's leaders (for example, the board members) who approved it.


Passing the IRS Test


Federal tax regulations provide a "rebuttable presumption of reasonableness" for compensation arrangements that satisfy three requirements. If all of the following are met, the IRS has the burden of proof if they feel that compensation was unreasonable.

Compensation generally must be set in advance by the board of directors or a subcommittee composed of independent board members. It's critical that none of the participants have a conflict of interest regarding the arrangement. For example, neither the executive, whose compensation is being decided nor a subordinate of the executive, can participate in the compensation decision. If they are a member of the decision-making body, the executive's or subordinate's actions to remove themselves from the discussion and to recuse themselves from the vote should be documented.

The authorized body also must rely on appropriate comparability data prior to making its compensation determination. The data can be derived from industry surveys, documented compensation of individuals in similar positions in similar organizations, expert compensation studies or other comparable data about reasonable compensation for the position. If the organization's average gross annual receipts are less than $1 million, only compensation data for three similar positions in similar communities is needed. The regulations don't specify the requisite number of comparables for larger organizations although it's assumed to be more than for smaller organizations.

Keep in mind that similar job titles don't necessarily mean similar jobs. When evaluating comparability data, the positions must have comparable duties, not just titles.

What's more, the authorized body must adequately document the basis for its compensation decision while making that determination. This requirement is often overlooked. Documentation must include:

  • Terms of the arrangement and the date it was approved,

  • Members of the body who were present during discussion on the arrangement and those who voted on it,

  • Comparability data that was relied on and how it was obtained, and

  • Any actions by a member with a conflict of interest.

    You must prepare the documentation, such as the minutes of the meeting, before the later of the next meeting of the authorized body or 60 days after the body's final actions. The group also must approve the documentation within a reasonable time after preparation. 

Avoiding Conflicts of Interest


Conflicts of interest must be avoided during the compensation-setting process. A member of the authorized body charged with approving a compensation arrangement has a conflict of interest if he or she fits any of the following five criteria:


1. Is a disqualified person participating in or economically benefiting from the compensation arrangement or is a family member of any such disqualified person.

2. Is in an employment relationship subject to the direction or control of any disqualified person participating in or economically benefiting from the compensation arrangement,

3. Receives compensation or other payments subject to approval by any disqualified person participating in or economically benefiting from the compensation arrangement,

4. Has a material financial interest affected by the compensation arrangement, or

5. Approves a transaction providing economic benefits to any disqualified person participating in the compensation arrangement, who in turn has approved - or will approve - a transaction giving economic benefits to the member.


Considering Total Compensation


In setting compensation for key employees, the IRS requires not-for-profits to consider total compensation. This generally includes regular salary and bonuses, retirement plan contributions, insurance, housing allowances and payment of nonbusiness expenses. Contact your CPA if you have questions about reasonable vs. excess compensation.

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Packard Foundation HIVE Leadership

Posted By Tasha L. Cooper, Louisiana Association of Nonprofit Organizations, Tuesday, September 6, 2016


The David and Lucile Packard Foundation is happy to announce the launch of the HIVE leadership development program for reproductive health, rights, and justice leaders in Louisiana led by CompassPoint. The goals of the program are to strengthen relationships of leaders across the state, increase skills related to generating, managing, and navigating resources for sustainability, and increase personal and organizational resilience. Sixteen emerging nonprofit leaders will be selected to participate in an intensive 18-month program which includes quarterly retreats, webinars, small peer learning groups, and individual coaching. A more detailed description and a link to the application can be found here.

The application process is now open, and you are encouraged to apply if you are eligible and/or spread the word broadly in your networks.The application deadline is September 16, 2016.If you have any questions or would like to talk to someone more about this opportunity, please contact Shannon Ellis ( David and Lucile Packard Foundation is funding this opportunity, and it is open to grantees and non-grantees who fit the eligibility requirements.

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Community, Volunteer, Faith-Based and Private Nonprofit Organizations May Be Eligible for Recovery Funds

Posted By Tasha L. Cooper, Louisiana Association of Nonprofit Organizations, Monday, September 5, 2016

Release date: September 3, 2016

FEMA may be able to help certain organizations get back to the business of helping others.

  • Community, volunteer, faith-based and private nonprofit organizations that had damage from Louisiana’s recent severe storms and floods may be able to receive FEMA Public Assistance (PA) grants to repair or replace their facilities so they can continue offering critical and essential community services.
  • Critical community service organizations that may qualify for FEMA PA grants include:
    • Faith-based and private schools
    • Hospitals and other medical-treatment facilities
    • Utilities like water, sewer and electrical systems
  • Non-critical, essential service organizations may also receive PA grants. However, they must first apply for a low-interest disaster loan from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) before they may be considered for a PA grant.
    • The SBA may provide up to $2 million to most private nonprofits in the form of low-interest disaster loans.
    • Learn more about and apply for an SBA loan by going online to If you cannot access the website, call 800-659-2955. If you use TTY call 800-877-8339.
  • PA grants may be able to cover repair or replacement costs the SBA doesn’t.
  • Non-critical, essential service organizations include:
    • Community centers
    • Daycare centers
    • Disability advocacy and service providers 
  • Homeless shelters
  • Museums
  • Performing arts centers o Rehabilitation facilities o Senior citizen centers o Zoos
  • Only organizations that can prove state or IRS tax exempt status may be considered.
  • Facilities established or primarily used for religious activities may not be considered.
  • The first step to receive a FEMA PA grant for your community, volunteer or faith- based or private nonprofit organization is to submit a Request for Public Assistance (RPA) to the State of Louisiana.
  • For more information on applying for PA grants, contact your parish’s emergency management office. You can find their contact information online at


Disaster recovery assistance is available without regard to race, color, religion, nationality, sex, age, disability, English proficiency or economic status. If you or someone you know has been discriminated against, call FEMA toll-free at 800-621-FEMA (3362). For TTY call 800-462-7585.

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is the federal government’s primary source of money for the long-term rebuilding of disaster-damaged private property. SBA helps businesses of all sizes, private non-profit organizations, homeowners and renters fund repairs or rebuilding efforts and cover the cost of replacing lost or disaster-damaged personal property. These disaster loans cover losses not fully compensated by insurance or other recoveries and do not duplicate benefits of other agencies or organizations.

For more information, applicants may contact SBA’s Disaster Assistance Customer Service Center by calling (800) 659-2955, emailing, or visiting SBA’s Web site at Deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals may call (800)877-8339.

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LANO Announces 2016 Community Leaders-Baton Rouge Class

Posted By Tasha L. Cooper, Louisiana Association of Nonprofit Organizations, Thursday, September 1, 2016

For Immediate Release

September 1, 2016


Contact: Kay Irby



LANO Announces 2016 Community Leaders Class


Baton Rouge, LA- The Louisiana Association of Nonprofit Organizations (LANO) through a partnership with the Huey & Angelina Wilson Foundation and Capital One, is pleased to announce the 2016 LANO Community Leaders class. Celebrating its 2nd year in Baton Rouge, the LANO Community Leaders program is a resource vital to sustainability and building capacity for Baton Rouge nonprofits as it teaches professionals and civic leaders the fundamentals of board service.


The LANO Community Leaders program is a 5-part series of workshops that focuses on key topics of board services including: Board Roles and Responsibilities, Conduct and Procedures of the Board, Financial Leadership and Fund Development.


The 2016 LANO Community Leaders class includes:


DeShanna Brown, Louisiana State University

Egypt Eaddy, The Dow Chemical Company


Mitchell Garsee, Reputation Capital Media Services


Emmy Hicks, LSU- 4H Youth Development, FOTCPM Board


Seth Irby, Emergent Method




Susan Karimiha, LSU AgCenter International Programs


Morgan Kastner, Reputation Capital Media Services


Lauren Michaud Knotts, Center for Planning Excellence (CPEX)


Sean Nguyen, Our Lady of the Lake Children's Hospital


Natalie Noel, Tech Advocate Group


Jonathan Rills, Audubon Healthcare


Dominique Rodgers, Reputation Capital Media


Lisa O’Beirne, Louisiana Economic Development


Dana Maghee Shaw, SEMS, Inc.


Shaun Shepherd, ADP


Philip Smith, Baton Rouge Community College Foundation


Clovier Torry, Louisiana State University - The Graduate School


Rachel Totaro, Covalent Logic LLC


Nicholas Totaro, Louisiana State University


Edwin Walker, Southern University and A&M College


George Woods, State of Louisiana



Participants in the Community Leaders program are challenged to raise $300 for the interactive fundraising component, The Change Fund, housed by the Baton Rouge Area Foundation (BRAF). A request for proposals from local nonprofits is announced annually and Community Leaders review and vote on an organization to be the recipient of The Change Fund.

“The LANO Community Leaders program is a resource for community minded advocates serving or interested in serving on nonprofit boards.  Community Leaders are trained in board governance, financial management and fundraising – applying best practice to their roles as board members.  Our 2015 class worked diligently to promote the YWCA program and to raise money for a significant program in the Baton Rouge area,” said Kelly Pepper, President of LANO.


The Louisiana Association of Nonprofit Organizations (LANO) is a member based nonprofit organization who strives to be the go-to source for Louisiana’s nonprofit organizations by providing high quality information, tools, resources and member benefits that deepen the impact of Louisiana nonprofits.


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This Fall's Nonprofit Fundraising Workshops

Posted By Nora Ellertsen, The Funding Seed, LLC, Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Looking to create more sustainability at your nonprofit or further develop your own fundraising skills?


This fall's fundraising workshops from The Funding Seed can help!

All three hour workshops are $40 per person and offer practical tools that you can put to work immediately.  Discounts are also available for students, AmeriCorps members, and organizations registering two or more people.  Workshops are held at Ashe Cultural Arts Center, located at 1712 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd. in New Orleans.

Grantwriting for Beginners

Tuesday, September 13

9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Details and registration


Major Donor Development 101

Tuesday, October 11

9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Details and registration


Quick Year-End Fundraising 

Tuesday, November 8

9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Details and registration


Grantwriting for Beginners

Tuesday, December 13

9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Details and registration

For more on services offered by The Funding Seed, visit  For questions or to inquire about workshop discount codes, email


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Good 360: Connecting Companies with Surplus Goods to Nonprofits in Need

Posted By Tasha L. Cooper, Louisiana Association of Nonprofit Organizations, Tuesday, August 30, 2016

For over 33 years Good360 has distributed more than $9 billion in goods to those in need. Good360 works with corporate donors to source the products you need and can even house them until you are ready for them. Their mission is to get the right product(s) to the right people-even in times of disaster!


Good 360's Disaster360 platform allows members to communicate your product needs in real time on the mobile app.  Please register at to join the Good360 network!


Follow these steps to get the most out of your FREE membership:

  1. Register. Join Good360’s Circle of Good – for free. Once you’re registered, you can request donated products and promote your work and product needs to people and companies who can help.
  2. Create your online profile. Showcase your organization’s good work to individuals and companies.
  3. Update your needs. Good360 uses your product needs list to get the right goods from many different companies.
  4. Browse donations on our online catalog and order what you need.
  5. Create a Wishlist. If you need help covering shipping and handling costs, reach out to your network to crowdfund support.
  6. Submit an Impact Story. Share your results with corporate and individual donors.
  7. Spread the Word. Use our tools to promote your Wishlist and Impact Story.
  8. Check out our Member Resources for webinars, toolkits and more!


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Do you work in Disaster Response? Join LAVOAD!

Posted By Tasha L. Cooper, Louisiana Association of Nonprofit Organizations, Monday, August 29, 2016

For those nonprofits working in disaster response - connect with Louisiana Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasters (LA VOAD)!


This organizations brings cooperation, communication, coordination and collaboration to assist those working to bring relief to our communities.

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