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AFP Greater New Orleans Fundraising Conference

Posted By Christy Himel, AFP New Orleans Chapter, Wednesday, April 6, 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 in philanthropy. 


Held at Boomtown Casino, the schedule includes 19 expert-led sessions.  


Tags:  conference  Fundraising  networking  New Orleans  training 

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LANO Change Fund Request for Proposals

Posted By Administration, Monday, April 4, 2016

LANO and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Louisiana have partnered this spring to teach LANO Community Leaders, a board training program to a group of their employees. An element of our nonprofit board training program is to teach participants in our program their board roles and responsibilities in fund development. Each participant is challenged with the task of giving and raising money for a nonprofit program in the Greater Baton Rouge area.


The intent of this fund is to make a monetary donation to a local non-profit organization. The exact amount of the donation is never finalized until the money is raised; however, the goal is to make an award of approximately $10,000.


To qualify, you must be a 501 c 3 organization in the Greater Baton Rouge area. To help us in our selection we are asking that you provide a brief proposal with the following:

a brief written description of your organization and its programs and mission'

a brief description of the program you want to fund and how the donation will be used

a project budget for the $10,000 donation

no more than 3 pages of material total

You may submit your request via mail to They must be marked Change Fund.

Your response must be received in the LANO office no later than 4:30 p.m., Monday, May 1, 2016. The top three agencies will be asked to give a 15-minute presentation to the Change Fund Group on Thursday, May 19 at 3:00 pm.

If you have questions or would like additional information, please feel free to call Kay Irby at 225.929.5266, Ext. 3.

****If you are interested in becoming a Community Leader, applications will be accepted in the fall for the 2016 program in Baton Rouge and Shreveport.

Visit our Community Leader's site at



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LA Special Session Tax Information

Posted By Kelly Pepper, Louisiana Association of Nonprofit Organizations, Thursday, March 31, 2016

Dear LANO Members,


As many of you are aware the special session of the Louisiana Legislature carried some changes for the sector regarding state sales tax. Some items that were previously classified as exclusions and exemptions are now actively taxable by HB 61 (Act 25) and HB 62 (Act 26).  Attached is the most recent communication from the Louisiana Department of Revenue.  Questions concerning the collection of state sales tax can be directed to

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Do you love Blues Music and Donations?

Posted By Tasha L. Cooper, Louisiana Association of Nonprofit Organizations, Thursday, March 24, 2016

Attention Clubs, Organizations, and Associations of the Greater Baton Rouge Area!

How would you like to make money for your group while supporting the blues in Baton Rouge? The Baton Rouge Blues Festival is seeking organizations to staff beverage stations at the Festival on Saturday, April 9th for 14 total hours and Sunday, April 10th for 12 total hours. 

So what are we looking for, you may be asking? We want an organization that will take ownership of their assigned beverage station. You know, things like having it appropriately staffed, keeping track of money and inventory, and having a good time, both with the folks you’re working with and the folks who are buying what you’re selling. We have opportunities for both large and small bars. What’s the difference?


Large Bars (2 Beverage Stations Available Each Day):

1) Minimum Staffing: 16-18 people at peak periods

2) 6 folks working point of sale terminals (We provide training)

3) 8-12 Bar Card Holders to serve beverages (Bar Cards can be acquired online)

4) 8-12 bar backs, pourers, and stockers

5) 1-2 bar managers


Small Bars (2 Beverage Stations Available Each Day):

1) Minimum Staffing: 10-12 people at peak periods

2) 4 folks working point of sale terminals (We provide training)

3) 6-8 Bar Card Holders to serve beverages (Bar Cards can be acquired online)

4) 6-8 bar backs, pourers, and stockers

5) 1-2 bar managers


So what does an organization get in return for their partnership? Easy, here’s the goods:

1) 5% of revenue generated at the assigned beverage station will be paid to the organization. Depending on station size, we expect this to be from $250 to $750 per day.

2) The organization may keep all tips generated at the assigned beverage station. Based on past festivals, we expect this to be from $1,000 to $3,000 per day.

3) The organization may post signage at the assigned beverage station identifying themselves.

4) All organizational volunteers will receive the same benefits as general volunteers, including a Blues Festival t-shirt, a one year membership in the Baton Rouge Blues Foundation, and an invitation to an after-event thank you party.


Interested organizations should contact Slater McKay ( as soon as possible. Given the money that can be raised, we expect these to go soon.



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Do you Have an Outstanding Intern? Nominate Them for InternBR!

Posted By Tasha L. Cooper, Louisiana Association of Nonprofit Organizations, Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Do you hire summer interns?  Consider nominating them for InternBR. Through a series of workshops and training session, InternBR enables participants to develop professional communication and leadership skills and engage in the Baton Rouge community through after hours service and social events.  This program will complement the on-the-job training they receive while serving at your company.  


Our goal is to help you enrich future employees by giving them the skills needed for future success.  Additionally, our goal is to make them feel more at home by fostering a connection with the many professional and social organizations available in the Baton Rouge Area.  Specific info:

  • Students from any college with an internship this summer in the Baton Rouge Area may participate.
  • Training will take place each Friday of June and July during a lunch and learn workshop, so they won't be pulled away from work for long periods of time.
  • There are a limited number of spots open for the 2016 class, so nominate them today:

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LANO Members: New FREE CausePlanet Book Summary on How to Turn Around Bad Board Performance

Posted By Kris H. Rutledge, CausePlanet, Monday, March 21, 2016

Why it’s important


There are no quick fixes or silver bullets for turning around bad board member performance. The good news is there are answers. The first line of defense is excellent recruitment but not every process is perfect.


There will come a time when someone has to be thanked and released. Your mission deserves the gift of excellence and that only comes with a willingness to support greatness and retain superior board members by keeping them in good company.


New Resource


Firing Lousy Board Members…and Helping the Others Succeed is a candid resource manual for the board, committee, chair and executive staff who want to make changes in how their organizations are governed. Author Simone Joyaux addresses common fears and reasons why we have trouble firing board members who don’t meet expectations.


This book not only covers how to thank and release a board member but also thoroughly explores many meaningful strategies for avoiding that crossroad altogether. Recruitment, defining board member tasks and monitoring performance are among the welcome topics for steering clear of firing too often.


Joyaux’s summary is available FREE for dues-paying (General and Associate) members.


Download these summaries and more in 3 simple steps:


1.     Visit

2.     Click on “Subscriber Log-in” at the top right corner, using your email and “Password1”.

3.     Click on “Visit the Summary Library” and download any title you like.


Questions? Email us at


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PAR Commentary on Special and Regular Session

Posted By Kelly Pepper, Louisiana Association of Nonprofit Organizations, Tuesday, March 15, 2016

LANO Member PAR Louisiana has just released a commentary on special and regular sessions of the Louisiana legislature.  This is a resource for other member organizations who are looking for clarification and detail about how recent events will impact them and those they serve.  We appreciate your service and dedication to the people of Louisiana – you are A Powerful Force for Good!


To read the report, click here!


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March 14th-March 20th Weekly Planner Edit

Posted By Tasha L. Cooper, Louisiana Association of Nonprofit Organizations, Monday, March 14, 2016

The Fundraising Intensive Program's Class of 2016 was advertised as taking place on 3/16/16 on this week's weekly planner.


The correct date for the event is 3/17/16.  Please visit to register or for more information.

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Wings for Autism Event- We Need Your Input!

Posted By The ARC of Baton Rouge, Monday, March 14, 2016

We all look forward to taking vacations and visiting family and friends.  However, for many people with  disabilities, the experience of air travel can be overwhelming and difficult.   


Wings for Autism™ program is an airport ‘rehearsal’ program specifically designed for individuals on the autism spectrum or similar conditions.  The program gives families the chance to experience the process of taking a flight.  Families arrive at the airport, check in at the ticket counter, receive their boarding pass, go through TSA security and board a plane. 


The original program was designed for a family that had a negative experience while attempting to travel.  Their story prompted the Charles River Center (CRC), a Boston Chapter of The Arc, to reach out to other families to better understand their experiences and challenges with air travel.  They soon learned that hundreds of families in the area were interested in an air travel training program, and as a result the Wings for Autism™ program developed.


We are delighted to bring Wings for Autism™ to Baton Rouge Metropolitan Airport for a second time, and along with ExpressJet/American Airlines, would like to know before confirming a May 2016 date if you would likely plan to attend.  It will be a Saturday morning from 7 til 9am.  There is no cost to participate, but because of the smaller size of the airport and the aircraft available, space is limited to 50 participants plus 2 family members each.  The event will also include a private reception and an opportunity to meet and greet the flight crew and airport staff.  Sponsorships are also available to help offset the cost of event fee, t-shirts, signage, gift bags and refreshments.


Follow this link to learn more about this unique event.


You may contact us at The Arc Baton Rouge if you have additional questions.  We look forward to sharing this valuable experience with you and your loved ones!                  


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Call for Applications: The Fundraising Intensive Program

Posted By Nora Ellertsen, The Funding Seed, LLC, Friday, March 4, 2016

Applications are now open for the Fundraising Intensive Program's
2016-2017 class!

Read the program description and apply!

The Fundraising Intensive Program is an eight month course that helps your nonprofit develop practical skills and raise more money.

Over the course of the program, participants meet monthly for group discussions on specific fundraising topics, receiving hands-on homework assignments designed to put skills and ideas to work.  Following the group session, each participating group receives individual coaching that helps to put those ideas into action.

Learn more here!

Topics covered during the program include:
Creating a Fundraising Plan
Telling a Powerful Story
Individual Donor Development
Major Donors
Fundraising by Mail and Email
Fundraising Events: House Parties

The course is designed so that you will learn by doing, and actively raise funds while you complete the coursework.  
Past participants report a marked increase in the funds raised during the course of the program.

If you would like to speak with someone about your organization's participation in the Fundraising Intensive Program, email or call (504) 307-7220

For a complete program description and to submit your application, click here.  To learn more about services offered by The Funding Seed, visit

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