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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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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)

Coming soon!


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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