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2015 LANO Conference, Force for Good Awards Luncheon, and Annual Meeting

Posted By Jessica A. Erwin, Louisiana Association of Nonprofit Organizations, Monday, August 3, 2015


The Louisiana Association of Nonprofit Organizations (LANO) is pleased to announce its 2015 Conference on October 22 and 23 at Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Baton Rouge. Keynote Steven D. Zimmerman, CPA, MBA will lead this intensive, two-day conference focused on financial management. Steve is the Principal of Spectrum Nonprofit Services and the author of of the book Nonprofit Sustainability: Making Strategic Decisions for Financial Viability. Steve also writes the Finance and Strategy column for Blue Avocado, an online magazine for nonprofits. Steve's full bio is available here.


In additional to Steve's facilitated discussions and workshops, the conference includes the Force for Good Awards Luncheon recognizing Louisiana’s outstanding nonprofits and nonprofit leaders; breakout sessions covering a variety of topics beyond financial management; and LANO’s Annual Meeting


October 22
9:00-10:00 a.m.            Networking, registration and breakfast
10:00-10:15 a.m.          Welcome remarks; sponsor recognition
10:15 a.m.-12:00 p.m.   Opening session facilitated by Steve Zimmerman
12:00-1:00 p.m.            LANO 
Force for Good Awards Luncheon*
1:30-2:30 p.m.              Breakout sessions I
2:45-3:45 p.m.              Breakout sessions II
4:00-5:00 p.m.              LANO Annual Meeting
5:00-6:00 p.m.              Cocktail Reception

October 23
8:30-9:00 a.m.              Networking and breakfast
9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.    General Session featuring Steve Zimmerman
12:00-1:00 p.m.            Lunch to go or optional LANO 101 Session 


Members: $185 (includes awards luncheon)
Non-members: $250 (includes awards luncheon)
Luncheon only: $35 (registration link at bottom of page)

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Preferred Hotel

LANO is delighted to partner with the Crowne Plaza Hotel to offer discounted room rates to our members. To reserve your room, use the group code ANO (note: no L) on the hotel's website - or call 1-800-678-4065. 


Venue and Directions
Pennington Biomedical Research Center is located at 6400 Perkins Road, Baton Rouge. The conference will be held inside the C.B. Pennington, Jr. Building. Enter the campus through the Kenilworth entrance. Follow the driveway  and parking lot signs to the C.B. Pennington, Jr. Building.


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Tags:  annual meeting  conference  financial management  Force for Good  LANO conference  Steve Zimmerman 

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Change Brings New Opportunities at LANO

Posted By Kelly Pepper, Louisiana Association of Nonprofit Organizations, Friday, July 31, 2015


Dear Friends,

As a nonprofit leader it can be challenging to find really exceptional people to fill positions within your organization. At LANO we consider ourselves very lucky to have had amazing people throughout these sixteen years do outstanding work on behalf of the nonprofit sector in Louisiana.

It’s important that we support great talent to find or create new opportunity – it only strengths our community.  And we are very excited that our LANO team member Fairleigh Cook Jackson (Director of Member Services) has accepted the Executive Director position with LANO member organization Foundation for Historical Louisiana.

With this announcement comes an opportunity to reshape LANO to further meet the needs of our members. We have completed a strategic restructuring and are adding the full time position of Business Development Manager and part time position of Operations Manager to support our members and the Director of Member Services.

If you know of anyone who might be a great addition to our team, please encourage them to look at the LANO Career Center for more information.




Kelly Pepper, President & CEO



Tags:  career center  jobs  LANO  member services 

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Best Practices for Appealing Magellan Claims

Posted By Lois Rogers, LMC Dynamics, LLC, Tuesday, July 28, 2015
Updated: Tuesday, July 21, 2015


Best Practices for Appealing Magellan Claims

 July 21, 2015

     Now that the Louisiana Behavioral Health Partnership LBHP is coming to an end, it is imperative that Providers with past due receivables move forward in the Recovery process.  After several submissions to Magellan, and constant denials, providers at some point must APPEAL!  Many of these cases can be paid by Magellan if the APPEALS are effective. 

      LMC Dynamics can assist providers with the appeals process by:

  • Scrubbing all paper files and reviewing all electronic claim records
  • Communicating effectively with key personnel at Magellan
  • Making  compelling cases on Appeals which will drive positive outcomes for the Providers


Contact Information:

LMC Dynamics, LLC

Attn:   Lois Rogers


ph:  985-774-7320







Tags:  Adjudication  Appeals  Claims  Electronice Claim Files  LBPH  LMC Dynamics  Magellan 

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A Checklist of Duties with Tax and Governance Implications

Posted By Celeste Viator, Hannis T. Bourgeois, LLP, Monday, July 27, 2015


Managing a not-for-profit organization can be very rewarding, but few people will say it's easy.  The list of tasks to perform and areas that require strict oversight never seem to end.  Here is a chart to help you organize and monitor some key tax and governance points your organization can't afford to overlook.




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Foundations of Philanthropic Diversity

Posted By Tammy Abshire, Association of Fundraising Professionals LA-Baton Rouge Chapter, Friday, July 3, 2015
Updated: Monday, June 29, 2015

This year's workshop will include perspectives on diversity within philanthropy -- whether a diverse donor base or diverse clientele and services.

·   Melissa Juneau, Emerge Center, presenting on the new Emerge Center and their donor base

·   Darrin Goss, Capital Area United Way, diverse service and donor base and how this affects their fundraising

·   Mike Manning, Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank, the new Food Bank and how diversity plays a part in  fundraising

·   Racheal Hebert, STAR, challenges and joys of raising money for a difficult subject



Tuesday, July 7

Broadmoor United Methodist Church

8:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.


Registration opens at 8:30 a.m. with a light continental breakfast. The workshop begins at 9:00. Presenters represent organizations such as STAR (Sexual Trauma Awareness & Response), The Emerge Center, Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank and Capital Area United Way. Lunch will be served.


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Launch Media Announces Free Video Recipients

Posted By Fairleigh C. Jackson, Louisiana Association of Nonprofit Organizations, Thursday, July 2, 2015



Launch Media, in partnership with LANO and in celebration of their 10th anniversary, conducted a competitive application process to select two LANO organizational members to be the recipients of $25,000 of free video services.

LANO would like to join Launch Media in congratulating the Baton Rouge Crisis Intervention Center and the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities on receiving the awards.

We know these videos help to tell your important stories. We can't wait to see them!

For more information, click here!

Tags:  Launch Media; video  Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities; Baton Roug 

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Don't miss FREE author interview on July 23 on incorporating online volunteers

Posted By Kris H. Rutledge, CausePlanet, Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Why virtual volunteering matters

The lines between onsite and online volunteers are becoming blurred. As technology and social media become completely embedded in our culture, volunteers are expecting and migrating toward more flexible opportunities. A comprehensive volunteer program includes both with similar management techniques.

Author interview

Talk to virtual volunteering expert Susan Ellis, coauthor of The Last Virtual Volunteering Guidebook, in CausePlanet’s upcoming author interview to uncover answers to these questions:

  • Why are virtual volunteers essential to your organization?
  • How do you overcome objections to virtual volunteering?
  • How do you design virtual volunteering assignments?
  • How do you screen, interview and orient online volunteers?
  • How do you evaluate and recognize virtual volunteers?

Join us!

Join CausePlanet founder Denise McMahan and coauthor Susan Ellis for this exclusive interview on Thursday, July 23, at 11:00 Central Time.


Register now for this FREE interview 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 new Page to Practice™ summary of Ellis and Cravens’ 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 Last Virtual Volunteering Guidebook and other titles.


Tags:  author interviews  CausePlanet  Page to Practice 

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Standards for Accountability

Posted By Celeste Viator, Hannis T. Bourgeois, LLP, Thursday, June 18, 2015

When deciding whether to give to a particular organization, potential donors are seeking more information today, according to the Better Business Bureau.  So it has developed standards of accountability to inform donors about the operations, governance and fund-raising practices of organizations.  Click below to learn more about the program.



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Raising your board's and volunteers' performance

Posted By Kris H. Rutledge, CausePlanet, Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Raising your board performance

Does your board just not get it? How do you get your board members to think as visionaries and work together? This ideal board is hard to find but can be fostered.

Cathy Trower, author of The Practitioner’s Guide to Governance as Leadership: Building High-Performing Nonprofit Boards, offers ways to cover three modes with your board: fiduciary, strategic and generative. If a board can address all these areas, it will be high-functioning and will get it.

See this free Page to Practice summary generously provided thanks to the support of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana Foundation.

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 Trower’s book and other titles.

Looking at all volunteers beyond your board

Looking for ways to engage all volunteers, not just board members? We’re featuring an exciting new topic about online volunteers who help your organization at all levels.

Join CausePlanet founder Denise McMahan and Susan Ellis and Jayne Cravens, coauthors of The Last Virtual Volunteering Guidebook: Fully Integrating Online Service into Volunteer Involvement, for an exclusive interview on Thursday, July 23, at 11:00 Central Time. See more details and register here.

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Tags:  author interviews  CausePlanet  Page to Practice 

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Are You Leading or Luring?

Posted By Matt Mullenix, Mission Media, Sunday, June 14, 2015



Motivation is your most important human resource.  It’s the motivated employee who spots the whale in the distance or lands the next big fish.  You can hire qualified people and pay them well—offer every incentive and perquisite you can imagine to get them on board—but without their willingness to pull the oars, your project is dead in the water.

Most bosses try to get their people moving in positive ways.

For some this means diving in with the crew, setting direction and pace and inspiring performance with their own.  Others prefer to "chum the waters" from above and see who rises to the bait.

The first group let’s call captains of industry, participant leaders willing to grab an oar and pull their own weight. The others we’ll call anglers: bosses who lure their people into action with tasty rewards.

If you think the difference between these approaches is so much small fry, consider the following leadership roles and ask which one you’d rather work for, captain or angler?

  • AS A RESOURCE MANAGER: The angler baits his hooks lightly.  He never offers more incentive than he thinks will get results. But the captain puts herself on the hook every time. She holds nothing back she thinks can help her crew succeed.
  • AS A TEAM PLAYER: The angler tosses his lines in the water from a position of relative safety.  He won’t get his feet wet if he doesn’t have to. But the captain jumps in (sharks? what sharks?) and puts herself in line for whatever faces those who follow her.
  • AS THE EXEMPLAR: The angler prefers to be invisible, a mysterious force who gives or withholds his gifts at a whim and always keeps you guessing. But all eyes are on the captain who keeps herself in view.  She accepts her role as an example to follow and never hides from her crew when she’s needed.

In Louisiana almost everyone likes to fish.  But for nonprofit leaders who care for their crewmates and their mission, I say leave the bait and tackle at home!


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market research and partnership development

Tags:  Fishing  Leadership 

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