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Big Buddy's 17th Annual Day of the Mentor

Posted By Kristi LaMattery, Big Buddy Program, Sunday, September 20, 2015

The Big Buddy Program will host the 17th Annual Day of the Mentor, Friday, October 23, 2015 from 8:00am to 2:00pm @ Cortana Mall (Entrance 2, behind the Mall).


With lead sponsor ExxonMobil, Big Buddy is excited to present this rewarding event which matches individuals in the community with children who would benefit from establishing a relationship with a caring adult role model.  The day begins with breakfast, followed by a visit to the Mentor’s workplace, and concludes with an inspiring luncheon.  This year’s theme is “Unlock Potential”  According to Big Buddy Executive Director Gaylynne Mack, “Mentoring is the single most effect way to have an impact on the life of a child.  In the long run, mentoring is the fiscally responsible course of action. The cost of $1,500 per year to provide one youth with a caring adult role model equipped with the capacity, gained through training and support, to guide the youth successfully through the decision making process and through the transition of adolescence to adulthood is a mere drop in the bucket compared to the $88,000 per year it costs to incarcerate one juvenile.”


8:00 am           Mentors arrive for sign-in, packet pick-up and opening program

9:00 am            Mentees arrive and meet Mentors at breakfast

9:00-12:00 pm  Mentor workplace visit

12:00-1:30 pm  Pairs attend Day of the Mentor luncheon

1:30 pm            Mentors receive commitment cards and special recognition. Mentees say goodbye

1:30 – 2pm       Program wrap-up.  17th Annual Day of the Mentor comes to an end.



The Day of the Mentor was established in 1998 to bring heightened awareness to the service of mentoring and to motivate members of our community to get involved and make a difference in the life of a child.  Through this event, many in the community have stepped forward to make a commitment to share their wisdom and experience with a child in need.  Past Day of the Mentor participants have included Mayor Kip Holden, Southern Baseball Coach Roger Cador, EBR Sheriff Sid Gautreaux, State Senator Sharon Weston Broome, NFL players Barkevious Mingo, Odell Beckham, Jr., Zach Mettenburger, and Jarvis Lanrdy, athletes from both LSU and Southern AND local businesses such as ExxonMobil, The Shaw Group, Cox Communications, Chase Bank, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, The U.S. Army, Baton Rouge Coca-Cola, the LSU Champs program, and more.


The Big Buddy Program is a local non-profit (501(c)(3))youth services agency that provides positive role models and quality learning experiences to over 750 disadvantaged youth weekly.  For over 30 years the Big Buddy Program has provided children and youth with positive adult role models through the Big Buddy/Little Buddy mentoring programs; character education and leadership sessions; after school programs, holiday camps and summer enrichment programs; teen programs, and literacy skills.


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For more information call the Big Buddy Program at 225-388-9737, email or click here.

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Don't miss webinar with expert and author Jeff Brooks on irresistible fundraising communications on Sept. 24

Posted By Kris H. Rutledge, CausePlanet, Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Join expert Jeff Brooks, author of The Fundraiser’s Guide to Irresistible Communications: Real-World Field-Tested Strategies for Raising More Money, for this exclusive interview on Thursday, September 24, at 11:00 Central Time.


Find answers to these questions and more:

  • What kind of content should you include when asking donors for money?
  • What are some design techniques that help a donor read your communications?
  • How do you focus on donor-centric communication?


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 Jeff Brooks’ 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 The Fundraiser’s Guide to Irresistible Communications and other titles.

Tags:  author interviews  CausePlanet  Page to Practice  webinars 

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LANO Announces the Baton Rouge & Shreveport Community Leaders Participants

Posted By Kelly Pepper, Louisiana Association of Nonprofit Organizations, Tuesday, September 8, 2015


The staff and board of the Louisiana Association of Nonprofit Organizations (LANO) are proud to welcome 65 Baton Rouge & Shreveport/Bossier professionals to the 2015 class of the Community Leaders Program.


Celebrating its 10th anniversary in the Shreveport/Bossier area, the program began as a collaborative partnership between LANO and the Community Foundation of North Louisiana and now includes Capital One Bank as a funding partner. In Baton Rouge the program begins its inaugural  year as a result of a collaborative partnership between LANO, the Huey and Angelina Wilson Foundation and Capital One Bank.


The LANO: Community Leaders Program is designed to increase a legacy of civic engagement and philanthropy for the Greater Baton Rouge and Shreveport/Bossier areas by developing future nonprofit board members and engaged community leaders.


The 2015 class of the LANO: Community Leaders Program - Baton Rouge includes:


Carla Anyaele, MTK Consulting

Laquitta Bowers, Louisiana State University

Tammy Boyd, Capital One

Suzette Bryan, Blue Cross Blue Shield of LA

Nicole Carter, Louisiana Housing Corporation

Amanda Clark, Law Office of Amanda Clark

Francisca Comeaux, Phelps Dunbar

Landon Corbin, SSA Consultants

Carroll Devillier, Breazeale, Sachse & Wilson

Monique Edwards, The Edwards Law Group

Stephen Feazell, SSA Consultants

Michelle Garbiras, Hannis T. Bourgeois

Todd Gaudin, On Point Legal

Ann Hijuelos, The Water Institute of the Gulf

Johnathan Hill, Louisiana Department of Justin

Lee Ledet, Erlingson Banks

Christen Losey-Gregg, Losey, Ins. & Fin. Services

Ben Mahoney, Blue Cross Blue Shield of LA

Cheryl Michelet, BREC

Lisa Moore, Capital One

Anthony O’Connor, Lee Michaels Fine Jewelry

Tandra Perkins, Department of Children and Family Services

Kimberly Plant, CMFG Insurance

Cody Saucier, SSA Consultants

Mary Slayter, Reputation Capita Media Services 

Carli Thibodeaux, Covalent Logic

Eilleen Thompson, State of Louisiana

Traci Thompson, Breazeale, Sachse & Wilson

Christopher Waters, Elayn Hunt Correctional Center

Trey Williams, Latter & Blum/City Pork Hospitality Group

Stacie Williams, Office of the Mayor-President


The 2015 class of the LANO: Community Leaders Program - Shreveport/Bossier includes:


Jason Holland, Community Bank of LA

Ivy Johnson, The Philadelphia Center

Tania Lang, Common Ground Community

Erica Ledet, Bossier Parish Community College

Jamie Lopez, Po’ Folks Promos

Brett Malone, The Philadelphia Center

Crissy Malone-Golden, Moonbot Studios

Kevin May, May & Company

Leslie McCormack, Wildlife Education and Rehabilitation of LA

Gia Morgan, Wildlife Education and Rehabilitation of LA

Laura Ashley Overdyke, Community Foundation of North Louisiana

Jan Pou, Catholic Charities of North LA

Cole Rhodes, TEG Architects

Marisa Roberson, Blue Cliff College

Abbey Rubel, Common Ground Community

Bert Schmale, Bankcorp South Bank

Stacey Smith, Ayres, Williams, Shelton, Benson & Paine

Daniel Strickland, Gremillion & Pou Marketing

Miranda Warren, Shreveport Behavioral Health Clinic

Kamesha West, Walmart

Nodie Williams, Wildlife Education and Rehabilitation of LA


Throughout the year, participants in the program take part in hands-on nonprofit leadership training, establish a communication network in the community and develop a clear understanding of the region’s needs.


The LANO: Community Leaders program is made possible by the support of the Capital One Bank, the Community Foundation of North Louisiana and LANO.


LANO is a statewide member organization that advocates for the nonprofit community. For more information, contact LANO at 225-929-5266 or visit



Tags:  Baton Rouge  Community Foundation  Community Leaders  Kay Irby  Shreveport  Wilson Foundation 

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Thank You, Shell!

Posted By Kelly Pepper, Louisiana Association of Nonprofit Organizations, Monday, August 31, 2015

 Thank You, Shell!


On August 15th, LANO & Shell kicked off a capacity building program in our Gulf Parishes at the Terrebonne Parish Library North Branch. The program will develop core capacity for nonprofits in the parishes of Plaquemines, Lafourche, Terrebonne and St. Mary. Upon completion of this program, the participating board members and staff members will be equipped to develop, manage and evaluate a successful governance process. Organizations will be able to demonstrate to regional funders that they are working towards nonprofit organizational excellence and will be strong stewards of their investments. Participants will also receive a complimentary one-year organizational membership to LANO to further encourage long-term capacity building and sustainability.


LANO and the participating organizations are beyond grateful to Shell in their generosity to make this program a possibility!


Recipient organizations include:

·       Alcohol and Drug Abuse for South Louisiana (Terrebonne)

·       Bayou Country Children’s Museum (Lafourche)

·       Chez Hope (St. Mary)

·       MacDonnell UMC Children’s Services (Terrebonne)

·       Plaquemines CARE (Plaquemines)

·       Plaquemines Animal Welfare Society (Plaquemines)

·       South Louisiana Wetlands (Terrebonne)

·       Terrebonne Education for Academic Excellence (Terrebonne)

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Nonprofit workshop: Grantwriting for Beginners

Posted By Nora Ellertsen, The Funding Seed, LLC, Friday, August 21, 2015

Nonprofit workshop:
Grantwriting for Beginners 
Thursday, September 10
2:00-4:30 p.m.
Ashe Cultural Arts Center
1712 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd., New Orleans

Details and registration


Are you involved with a non-profit?  
Does your job require you to raise funds for your department or position?  
Do you want to add a valuable skill to your resume?


Consider grantwriting!


Click to register

Grantwriting for Beginners is an engaging workshop that gives you the basic tools you need to start writing grants.  Participants will learn how to find funding opportunities, tools and tips for writing proposals and ways to make a program competitive for repeat funding.

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.

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

Tags:  donations  donors  fund development  fund raising  funding  Fundraising  grants  grantwriting  louisiana  New Orleans  nonprofit  non-profits  sustainability  training  workshop  workshop. grants 

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FREE webinar on how to make your fundraising communications irresistible

Posted By Kris H. Rutledge, CausePlanet, Tuesday, August 18, 2015

LANO members:


How do you include stories and calls to action in your fundraising appeals? How should you adjust your writing style to really engage donors? 


Find answers to these questions and more when you have a chance to interview fundraising communications expert Jeff Brooks. Here are some other areas he will cover:

  • What kind of content should you include when asking donors for money?
  • What are some design techniques that help a donor read your communications?
  • How do you focus on donor-centric communication?

Join us!

Join CausePlanet founder Denise McMahan and expert Jeff Brooks, author of The Fundraiser’s Guide to Irresistible Communications: Real-World Field-Tested Strategies for Raising More Money, for this exclusive interview on Thursday, September 24, at 11:00 Central Time.


Register now for this FREE webinar for all LANO members. (The link requires LANO network sign-in to register.) This opportunity is generously provided thanks to the support of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana Foundation.


See more


See more with the Page to Practice™ summary of Brooks’ 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 The Fundraiser’s Guide to Irresistible Communications and other titles.


Tags:  author interview  CausePlanet  Page to Practice  webinar 

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"An Evening with Superintendent Drake"

Posted By Kali Johnson, Solid Ground Innovations, Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Our Schools...Our Excellence (OSOE) is a community-led movement with a single purpose: to foster an environment that creates excellent educational outcomes for children attending schools in North Baton Rouge.


Our philosophy is clear. We believe every child, regardless of location or socioeconomic status, deserves an excellent education. Further, the best way to have a real and measurable impact on student achievement is for community members, parents and students to come together and develop shared goals and create a comprehensive strategy that is specific to the needs of North Baton Rouge.


Thus, on Thursday, August 27th, OSOE is hosting “An Evening with Superintendent Drake” at Star Hill Church from 6pm until 7:15pm. This event is  purposed to give us, the community, great insight on Superintendent Drake's vision for our North Baton Rouge schools and students. On several occasions, Superintendent Drake has spoken about increasing the quality of education at every school and placing top talent in every classroom, both mandates in OSOE’s Community Compact. Thus, we believe this meeting is both a necessary and beneficial opportunity for us to learn how we can work together to see this collective vision come to pass.

Please make plans to attend and also share this opportunity with your network. Let's begin this school year with a bang! RSVP to

Tags:  Baton Rouge  community  education  education reform  educators  excellence  family  schools  students  teachers  youth 

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Volunteer Management Traning Series

Posted By SusanDelle Shaffette, DOVIA New Orleans, Thursday, August 13, 2015

DOVIA New Orleans is hosting a Volunteer Management Training Series on the Northshore. Volunteer directors, staff coordinators, team leaders, faith based groups and more can benefit from this exceptional opportunity in September 2015.

Emphasis will be placed on learning the steps to successful volunteer program development; developing volunteer recruitment and supervision skills; and planning ways to improve existing volunteer programs.

For more information and to register, please visit our website,

Tags:  event  nonprofit sector  non-profits  training  volunteers 

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Refelctions of the Storm - Forces for Good

Posted By Barbara Auten, Alzheimer's Services of the Capital Area, Inc., Saturday, August 8, 2015

It's been ten years since Katrina changed the landscape of Louisiana and all the lives of those who called it home.  I remember returning from the evacuation feeling lucky that my home was not significantly damaged but saw great suffering around me.  I still had a job at Christ the King Parish School and immediately went to work to help reopen the school.  It was one of the first schools to reopen and my greatest worry was that the families would not be able to cope with the stress ahead.  Many didn't ... one neighbor's dad hung himself after he lost everything, another neighbor committed suicide because she just couldn't cope, and my husband took the gun from yet another neighbor who was considering killing his family and himself after he and his wife both lost their jobs and could no longer afford their house.  

Everyone touched has a story and telling them remains therapeutic.  It was a surreal time for all of us but the reality that emerged was that the nonprofits serving nearly everyone were the heroes; the Forces for Good.  The Red Cross was there serving meals, providing evacuees with clothing, food, and funds for housing.  A multitude of human service nonprofits were assisting evacuees with the stresses of what had become daily life as well as filing paperwork and connecting them with resources.   St. Vincent DePaul and Goodwill were providing clothing, meals, and furniture. The Baton Rouge Area Foundation assisted the Greater New Orleans Foundation to mobilize resources.   Everywhere you turned there were nonprofits assisting in the recovery and responding more quickly than the state or federal government. They used every resource they had and more not knowing where the funds would come from, they just got it done.  Nonprofits across the state and southeast reached out to families that remained evacuated or had to start new lives outside of New Orleans. 

In remembering Hurricanes Katrina and Rita we need to honor these organizations.  They made it possible for so many to come home and rebuild. They are a Force for Good that I for one, am so grateful for their service to Louisiana's people.


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Reflections of the Storms – Force for Good Stories

Posted By Kelly Pepper, Louisiana Association of Nonprofit Organizations, Friday, August 7, 2015

Dear Friends, 

When I returned to Louisiana over thirteen years ago, I went in search of an apartment in New Orleans that was within walking distance of my job.  I looked at a lot of different places but one place that really interested me was a carriage house in the French Quarter.  As a girl from Baton Rouge, a little pied à terre in the Quarter was exciting.  I had just moved back from New York City so I was accustomed to “quaint” apartments. 

It was a beautiful space with lots of light, located on Dumaine – available for a great price!  The only conditions were that each night at 9:00pm, the voodoo walking tour presented by The New Orleans Historic Voodoo Museum gathered in the courtyard, and my neighbor was a world renowned voodoo priest, we'll call him JT, who lived with his collection of over 10 large python snakes.

Though I decided not to take the apartment, my visit with JT is one I will always remember for a number of reasons. As I left, JT told me that he was glad that I was able to come home to Louisiana but he thought it was important to tell me that things would be changing.  He told me that soon New Orleans would see a storm, a storm like we had never seen and that the city would never be the same…

In 2005, Louisiana suffered two great storms:  Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Rita.The impact of these storms was beyond what anyone could have foreseen.

So many individuals, nonprofit organizations and corporations came to the rescue and aid of the victims of the storms. There was not an area of our state untouched, or unchanged.

We would like the opportunity to hear about how some of the nonprofit organizations in Louisiana assisted you.  We want to celebrate the hope, compassion, service and dedication of these organizations.  Do you have a Force for Good Story?  Tell us. We will feature a new story each week on our home page and in our weekly planner through September 10th.

We are looking forward to hearing your Force For Good Stories. Click here to submit your story. 



President & CEO



 My dog, Frances Marie, a Katrina Rescue thanks to Capital Animal Welfare Society!


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