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Advocacy Training Available for Nonprofits

Posted By Cindy Bishop, Checkmate Strategies, Wednesday, November 18, 2015



Is your nonprofit organization positioned for success during the next legislative session(s)?   A new administration will be sworn in on January 11, 2016 and we expect at least one, perhaps two, special sessions prior to the March 14th commencement of the Regular Session of the Louisiana Legislature.   Checkmate Strategies is here to help you!   We can customize our three hour training module specifically for your non-profit, at an affordable fee.


Remember, success is when opportunity meets preparation!

We cover the following important elements of Advocacy Training:


  • Composition of the State Legislature
  • Who to call
  • When to call
  • How to communicate effectively with state lawmakers
  • How to frame your message to get results
  • Important tips on what to do and what not to do
  • Role-playing exercises to teach you and your team how to implement a successful advocacy campaign


Let us set up a training session for your nonprofit or business.  We can come to your location, or we can host the Training Session ourselves!  


Presented By:

Earl Michael Willis, Vice President of Business Development and Cindy Bishop,  President & CEO,  Checkmate Strategies 


For more information,  contact Earl Willis   (225)  454-2209


Tags:  advocac  communication  lobbying 

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LANO members: New FREE CausePlanet book summary of bestselling book Give and Take by Adam Grant

Posted By Kris H. Rutledge, CausePlanet, Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Why are givers at the top and bottom of the success ladder?


Ever wonder what makes some of your interactions successful and others failures? Give and Take author Adam Grant also wanted to know this answer so he spent 10 years of his life studying the professional choices of leaders from all walks of life.


What he found were givers, takers and matchers. Grant’s startling discovery is that givers dominate both the top and bottom of the success ladder. Grant explores compelling research that illustrates how—in spite of the risk—giving is more powerful than people believe. Grant’s book examines the special behavior that’s characteristic of the givers at the top.


Why does some giving leave us fatigued while other giving invigorates?


Perhaps because we aren’t modeling the kind of giving Grant has found to be successful. Learn more about the special behavior behind healthy giving and why it brings winning results.


Grant’s summary is available FREE for dues-paying (General and Associate) members thanks to the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana Foundation.


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

Tags:  CausePlanet  Page to Practice summaries 

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Innovate New Orleans- Social Innovation Boot Camp

Posted By Bettsie Norton, LANO, Wednesday, November 18, 2015



Innovate New Orleansis a 2-day, hands-on boot camp for social innovators -- entrepreneurs, business, nonprofit & community leaders -- to learn about and use innovation best practices to make better decisions, test solutions and solve problems more effectively.


  • The Innovator's Mindset
  • Design Thinking in Practice
  • Business Modeling for Social Impact
  • Fail Proof Customer Discovery

Tickets start at just $50! Seating is limited, reserveyours today.




Management Dilemma – “Go or No-go?”

Should we launch that new program we’ve been talking about for years?
Using design thinking strategies and rapid start-up methodologies, test your assumptions, explore innovative concepts and learn to iterate effectively to reach a conclusive decision: “Go or No-go.”

Funding Issues

How can we re-energize our development efforts?
Through customer discovery techniques and peer interaction, test creative ideas to introduce new fundraisers, initiate an earned income strategy or engage new donors.

Project Paralysis

How can we motivate the team to proactively tackle new projects?
Use innovation strategies and business model canvassing to break down barriers, focus the team on aligned goals and build momentum towards higher team performance.

Changing Landscapes

Millenials, Mobile, "Crowds," etc.
Strengthen your team’s ability to respond effectively to policy, demographic, technology or other changes in your sector by adopting customer listening and rapid iteration techniques.



  • The Key to Unlocking Innovation
  • A Road Map to Understanding your Customer
  • Business Modeling for Impact and Scale
  • Building a Community of Innovators
  • Lean Customer and Product Development


Click hereto learn what Houston area leaders had to say about our rapid innovation summit - Innovate Houston. (Spoiler alert, they loved it.)


Read why the Atlanta startup community was excited about our Rapid Innovation Summit - Innovate Atlanta.



December 10-11
9:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m.


4035 Washington Ave,
New Orleans, LA 70125




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Successful Grant Writing Workshop - Slidell, LA

Posted By David Kiviaho, kiisa Corporation, Tuesday, November 10, 2015
Successful Grant Writing - 1.2 CEU'S - Slidell, LA - Northshore Harbor Center


Click this link to Register and/or Review Course Outline

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Instructors: Seasoned Grant Writers - Sharon Sandifer, M.Ed & David Kiviaho

Interactive Grants Seminar provided by LSU Continuing Education and kiisa corporation
December 1st and 2nd
Must Register to Attend
Register Early as Course Fills Quickly! DEADLINE TO REGISTER IS NOON ON NOVEMBER 17, 2015


  •  Relevant, Informative, Highly Rated!
  •  Targets Any Level of Grant Writer
  •  Phenomenal Workshop!

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.

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

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

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

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

New Data: Latest Giving Trends…From Wall Street to Your Street

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

Instruction Provided By:  


                                                                         Sharon Sandifer, M.Ed                      David Kiviaho

Tags:  foundations  fundraising  funds  grant writing  grants  money 

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Advocacy 101 - Framing Your Message for Effective Communications

Posted By Cindy Bishop, Checkmate Strategies, Wednesday, November 4, 2015
We would like to offer your non profit association an opportunity to provide an advocacy training program to your members or stakeholders.  We can customize our three (3) hour presentation to meet the needs of your Association and its' members.  
Advocacy 101: The Basics of Communicating Effectively with Public Policy Makers teaches how to frame your message to influence public policy makers.

  • Topics include the composition of the state legislature  
  • who to call
  • when to call
  • what to say to get your message across effectively

About l/3 of the Louisiana Legislature will change in January when the term limited and retiring legislators leave office and the newly elected lawmakers are sworn in  

Considering the state is facing a tremendous budget deficit and we are getting a new administration in January, the time is now to gear up for the regular and special legislative sessions.  We predict that the new governor will call one, possibly two, special sessions of the state legislature between January through June. If your association retains a lobbyist,  we can work with them to optimize this presentation. 
Attached is more information about Checkmate Strategies  as well as information on our Advocacy Training 101.  With the new Administration coming in January 2016,   we can work with you to schedule a customized presentation.
My contact information is (225) 933-5435 or  


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Tags:  advocacy  communication  legislation  lobbying 

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Nonprofit workshop: Quick Year-End Fundraising

Posted By Nora Ellertsen, The Funding Seed, LLC, Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Nonprofit workshop:
Quick Year-End Fundraising

Thursday, November 12
2:00-4:30 p.m.
Ashe Cultural Arts Center
1712 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd., New Orleans 


The end of the year is the busiest time for charitable giving!
Did it sneak up on you?  
Are you ready to raise the most money for your nonprofit in all of 2015?

The clock is ticking!  Don't miss this hands-on workshop, which offers simple tools you can use to raise funds during these essential last weeks of the year. Our November workshop, Quick End-of-Year Fundraising will set you up for success.

Click here to register

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

Registration $35 per person.  Discounts available for students, AmeriCorps and organizations registering two or more people.

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

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Smaller nonprofits: Join us for an author webinar about raising major gifts in only five hours per week

Posted By Kris H. Rutledge, CausePlanet, Monday, November 2, 2015

Have you asked yourself this question: “Can we run a successful major gifts effort when we’re so much smaller?”


Amy Eisenstein, author of Major Gift Fundraising for Small Shops, can help with the nuts and bolts of a major gift program working only five hours per week.


Find answers to these questions and more:

  • Why should you raise major gifts for your annual fund?
  • How do you set up your nonprofit's culture to encourage major gifts from board members and donors?
  • How do you target specific prospects from whom to solicit major gifts?
  • How do you meet, cultivate and ask your prospects?
  • How do you steward donors to give increasing amounts and major gifts?

Join us!


Join CausePlanet founder Denise McMahan and principal and owner of Tri Point Fundraising Amy Eisenstein on Thursday, November 19, at 11:00 Central Time for an exclusive author webinar. You can ask your own questions!


LANO Members: Registration is FREE thanks to the support of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana Foundation. (Simply log in using your email address on file with LANO and “Password1”.)


Not a LANO Member? Guests welcome! Register here.


Download this book summary and other titles!


Thanks to the Foundation, you can download a free Page to Practice™ summary of Amy Eisenstein’s book and other titles for free!


Simply log in at CausePlanet’s home page ( and enter your registered email with LANO and “Password1”. Click on “Summary Library” to see Major Gift Fundraising for Small Shops and other titles.


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Scene Rouge - A New Baton Rouge Young Professionals Networking Circle

Posted By Jessica Ottaviano, Arts Council Of Greater Baton Rouge, Thursday, October 29, 2015

The Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge is excited to announce its newest membership circle - Scene Rouge! Young professionals and newcomers to Louisiana's capital city are invited to become members at a $35 level, giving them access to discounted tickets for music, dance, theater, and visual arts events around Baton Rouge each month. Participating organizations for the 2015-16 season include - 


Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge

Paquito D'Rivera

Nov. 10, 2015, 7:30pm 

Baton Rouge Gallery


Nov. 13, 2015, 7pm 


Manship Theatre
Dec. 7, 2015, 7:30pm
Baton Rouge Ballet Theatre
The Nutcracker
Dec. 20, 2015, 6pm


Louisiana Sinfonietta
Bach, Schubert, Eccles, Faure, local talent
Feb. 21, 2016, 2pm
Theatre Baton Rouge
Into the Woods
Mar. 10, 2016, 7:30pm
Swine Palace
Vieux Carre
Apr. 21, 2016, 7:30pm
New Venture Theatre


An exclusive social component will accompany each event, such as a pre-concert reception available just for Scene Rouge members, giving those individuals an opportunity to network with like-minded peers. A dual mission of Scene Rouge is to support the wonderful work of arts organizations in Baton Rouge, helping them to grow a population of new, young patrons. 

For more information on Scene Rouge, contact Arts Council Development Director Jessica Ottaviano -, (225)344-8558 - and visit to join! 

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Tags:  art  Baton Rouge  capital city  networking  young professionals 

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2015 Nonprofit Employee Engagement & Retention Report

Posted By Bettsie Norton, LANO, Monday, October 26, 2015

2015 Nonprofit Employee Engagement & Retention Report
A Survey of Nonprofit Executives, Supervisors and Staff

Is your nonprofit savvy to what truly drives an employee's day-to-day happiness? How about which factors tend to push employees out the door?

UST decided to uncover the truth about what really motivates nonprofit employees and why—by surveying more than 1,300 individuals that work in the nonprofit sector.

In this report, you'll learn about employment trends as well as the leading variables that influence turnover, including culture, leadership and compensation.

Download the report and find out:

  • What factors are contributing to turnover / retention
  • What drives employee engagement or non-engagement
  • Which new approaches you can apply at your nonprofit

Make sure you're in-the-know about what keeps employees satisfied, and how you can implement impactful engagement and retention strategies. Download your complimentary copy today.

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American Advertising Federation-Baton Rouge Media & Creative Services Auction

Posted By Bettsie Norton, LANO, Monday, October 26, 2015

You are receiving a special invitation to attend this year's event as a premier bidder. Local media outlets, creative agencies, video production houses, printers and more have donated over $100,000 worth of media and creative services to the American Advertising Federation of Baton Rouge. This is an incredible opportunity to get outstanding deals on media and advertising industry-related services. Check out the deals in the attached PDF Bid Book.


Space is limited, so please RSVP early to ensure your spot.

This is the city’s only fundraiser of its kind. Monies raised go to support AAF-BR's student scholarship program, annual spring student conference, our annual Campaign for the Community that provides pro-bono creative services for a local nonprofit, our speaker series and professional development workshops for our members.

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