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May workshop: Fundraising Events 101

Posted By Nora Ellertsen, The Funding Seed, LLC, Wednesday, May 6, 2015

May nonprofit fundraising workshop:

Fundraising Events 101

Details and registration

Thursday, May 14

Ashe Cultural Arts Center
1712 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd., New Orleans

Learn to create events that raise money for your non-profit!  


This fun, hands-on workshop covers:

* choosing what kind of event is best for you

* working with volunteers

* identifying event sponsors

* and much more!


Click to register

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

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

Visit to learn more about workshops and other services offered by The Funding Seed.  For discount codes or to reserve your space and pay at the door, email

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Exciting Update from CommitChange...

Posted By Jason Nicosia, CommitChange, Monday, May 4, 2015

Data and Relationships Made Easy

Supporter Management Plan Now Available. 

At CommitChange, we've always been focused on providing best in class fundraising tools for your nonprofit. Now you can connect those tools to a robust database to manage donors, cultivate relationships, and much more.
We're excited to announce the Supporter Management Plan for nonprofits!
Some Features Include:
- Donor Database
- Intelligent Social Data
- Advanced Reporting
- Email Integration
- Retention Scoring
- Relationship Tracking
- Volunteer Registration
- Custom Fields
Limited discounts available for our existing nonprofit users and early adopters, so reach soon out if you'd like a demo or call: 888-726-8128
Learn More about Supporter Management

Tags:  donor management  donor retention  donors  nonprofit  non-profits  software 

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Posted By Jenny Byrd, Coalition To Restore Coastal Louisiana, Monday, May 4, 2015


The Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana (CRCL) is excited to be returning to Holly Beach on Saturday, May 16th! The goal of this project is to enhance our previous work completed in August 2014. We will be planting a 1 mile stretch of newly constructed beach with 6,000 plugs of dune grass. We will be increasing soil retention along the newly constructed beach, promoting dune growth, providing critical habitat for nesting birds, and enhancing protection to the coastal communities of Cameron parish. 

Project Details:

When: Saturday, May 16, 2015
9:00 a.m. to no later than 4:00 p.m.

Where: Holly Beach, LA 

Important information: 

  • Directions and additional details will be provided to registered volunteers via e-mail a few days prior to the event
  • Due to the logistics of this event, registration will close promptly at 9:30 am.
  • Please note the minimum age for volunteers is 7 and must be accompanied by an adult.
  • Planting along the beach is a strenuous activity, so physical fitness is necessary.
  • All equipment (dibbles, gloves, etc) and lunch and drinks (with vegetarian options) will be provided to all volunteers.

We require that all volunteers please register to let us know if you plan to attend.  If any additional members of your family/friends are attending, then they must also registerYou can register to volunteer on Saturday, May 16 on our website.

Volunteering on our coast is wonderful way to spend a day and we would like to ensure that everyone gets a chance to have a great experience.

  • If, after registering, you find you are unable to attend, please notify us of your cancellation.
  • If the event registration is full, you can be added to a waiting list.
  • If you'd like to bring out a group, please let us know and we'll try our best to accommodate you.

For any of the above inquiries, you can contact our Habitat Restoration Program Coordinator, Jenny Byrd at

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FREE author interview on how to build a donor cultivation plan to maximize your fundraising

Posted By Kris H. Rutledge, CausePlanet, Thursday, April 30, 2015

LANO members:

What is your donor cultivation plan?

If that’s a tough question to answer or you need more ideas, then join us when we'll explore the topics below and more in our upcoming conversation with cultivation expert, Dr. Deborah Kaplan Polivy.

  • How can you cultivate all levels of donors and retain them?
  • What are the three goals of cultivation?
  • What is the most commonly ignored segment of donors and how can you push them forward?
  • What are the most useful personal and nonpersonal cultivation tools and how do you decide when to utilize them?
  • What kind of foundation must you build to successfully cultivate donors?

Author interview

Dr. Deborah Kaplan Polivy, author of Donor Cultivation and the Donor Lifecycle Map, can inspire you with these answers and more. She will introduce the Donor Lifecycle Map that will shift the way you cultivate donors long-term and move them toward an ultimate gift. This Map and perspective can transform your development shop into a diversified, successful fundraising operation.

Join us!

Join CausePlanet founder Denise McMahan and author Dr. Deborah Kaplan Polivy for this exclusive interview on Thursday, May 28, 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 Page to Practice™ summary of Polivy’s 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 Donor Cultivation and the Donor Lifecycle Map and other titles.

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Fundraising Intensive Program Class of 2015 Graduation!

Posted By Nora Ellertsen, The Funding Seed, LLC, Friday, April 24, 2015

Join us as we celebrate
the Fundraising Intensive Program's
Class of 2015!


Tuesday, April 28
7:00-9:00 p.m.
Swirl Wines
3143 Ponce De Leon Street, New Orleans


Join eleven graduates representing seven nonprofits from the Greater New Orleans region as we celebrate their completion of the Fundraising Intensive Program, the ten-month training program from The Funding Seed!

Admission is free.
Cash bar.
Light hors d'oeuvres provided by program graduate Cafe Hope.
Kindly RSVP by April 27.

We look forward to seeing you there!


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Here's What People are Saying About the Fundraising Intensive Program

Posted By Nora Ellertsen, The Funding Seed, LLC, Friday, April 24, 2015

Here's what people are saying about their experience with the
Fundraising Intensive Program


“I've participated in many different training sessions on fund development. This is the first program that immediately resulted in additional income for our organization.
-Sue Ellen Stewart, Northshore Families Helping Families
Fundraising Intensive Program Class of 2014

"The Fundraising Intensive Program was a great foundation piece for building our nonprofit...Having this practical fundraising theory in place will help us in all of our operations as we continue to grow."
-Teddy Nathan, NetWork Voluntours
Fundraising Intensive Program Class of 2015

“[This] was a great experience for my partner and I…We were able to create a culture of fundraising at our organization and on the board. Additionally, we are more confident, efficient and effective. I highly recommend this course.”
-Ameca Reali, Justice and Accountability Center of Louisiana
Fundraising Intensive Program Class of 2014


The Fundraising Intensive Program is a 10-month training program that gives you tools to raise funds for your nonprofit.  Over the last two years, 20 nonprofit staff, board members and volunteers have graduated from the program, raising thousands of additional dollars for their organizations in the process.

This year's program runs from June 2015 through March 2016.  Applications are due by Friday, May 1 at 5:00 p.m.

Click here to read the full program description and submit your application.  For more on other services offered by The Funding Seed, visit

Questions?  We're happy to help.  Email or call (504) 307-7220.

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Connect With Your Donors Through Storytelling

Posted By Jason Nicosia, CommitChange, Thursday, April 16, 2015
Updated: Friday, April 10, 2015

The internet and its vast online tools have allowed us to be able to track and monitor the impact of our fundraising efforts closely and accurately. Data and metrics can also easily pinpoint the impact of a nonprofit. However, it is important that we do not forget that although data can allow us to convey plenty of things, it is the people behind the data who are actually creating our nonprofit’s impact. Donors, volunteers and staff are the ones who are allowing us to taking our fundraising efforts further. Which is why there is one key thing that we should always be thinking about and trying to improve: how we tell our nonprofit’s stories.

Much of the work that your organization is doing is not necessarily relatable to the average donor. To counteract this, you can share the stories of the people you serve, your supporters, and anyone else that will allow you to hopefully create that human connection to your nonprofit. Not using storytelling would translate into simply telling prospective or current donors a bullet point list of your programs. Some of these they might not even understand, and they will most definitely will not get the longterm impact of these services.

In simple terms, Stories are what give meaning to data and facts. These stories are what allow a donor to emotionally connect to your nonprofit’s impact.

The art of storytelling is not one that is easy to master, but once you begin to understand why it’s important and how you should be telling these, you’ll be able to tell better stories that will keep donors connected to your organization.

 Read more on our blog!

Tags:  nonprofit  nonprofits  non-profits  Storytelling for Grantseekers 

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LANO members: Download new free book summary to take your fundraising to the next level

Posted By Kris H. Rutledge, CausePlanet, Friday, April 10, 2015

Thanks to the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana Foundation, LANO members can access this new book summary and others by CausePlanet.

The Nonprofit Fundraising Solution: Powerful Revenue Strategies to Take You to the Next Level by Laurence Pagnoni with Michael Solomon


How can you take your fundraising to the next level? Find out what organizational conditions are inextricably linked to your success as a fundraiser. Learn some of Pagnoni’s favorite revenue strategies.

Look at:

·Climate factors, such as leadership and measurement, that can improve your fundraising

·Advanced fundraising strategies, such as challenge and matching gifts, major gifts and social media.

·When to diversify your revenue sources

·How to build a strong donor constituency from scratch

Download this summary and others 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 

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How to Choose the Right Auditor

Posted By Celeste Viator, Hannis T. Bourgeois, LLP, Thursday, April 9, 2015

Organizations of all types and sizes often require an independent auditor to provide an objective examination of their accounting records and financial statements. Or sometimes, organizations may not be required to have an audit, but they choose to engage an auditor. This typically occurs when investors, lenders, shareholders and other stakeholders need a high level of assurance that the financial statements they are basing their decisions on accurately reflect the organization's financial condition and results of operations.


If you decide to hire an auditor, how do you go about choosing the right one for your organization? This article describes how you can create an effective audit procurement process to select the right auditor for your organization.

Click below for full articles.

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The Cost and Effect of Uncollected Past Due Receivables

Posted By Lois Rogers, LMC Dynamics, LLC, Wednesday, April 8, 2015

The Cost and Effect of Uncollected Past Due Receivables

LMC Dynamics LLC is a Claim and Risk Management Consulting Company as well as a Corporate Member of LANO. Our years of experience uniquely qualify us to understand how and why collecting your receivables from Magellan has been so difficult. Timeliness plays such an important role in the life of a claim. When you file your claim, the accuracy of the information you input and the follow-up all matter when it comes to getting the claim paid.

Regardless to whether your program is functioning now, or is no longer operating, there is still time to collect your funds.  The vast majority of non-profit organizations are not staffed to have dedicated employees handling claims.  Unlike in the past when the process and procedure only involved providing the service and sending in the bill, large corporations require the non-profit staff to do a lot more to get paid.  In order to recover your funds, you need a skilled team to deal with Magellan to recycle your funds.


Collecting your past due receivables has taken on a life of its own. At this juncture, you have already paid the counselors for providing the valuable services to the community.  The cost is not just in providing the services, but there are the costs of re-allocating resources from other departments to recover funds, as well as having to hire temporaries to properly prepare claims for code or re-code for re-submissions.  Taking staff from their assigned job and placing him/her with the additional task of chasing receivables amount to employees having to do their assigned jobs, plus the job of recovering monies from the payers.  Subsequently, their responsibilities to both suffer. Approximately 80% of their time will be spent on their regular tasks, and only 20% will be dedicated to re-submitting claims for payment.  The tasks of billing, re-billing, checking the adjudicated claim for denial reasons, and contacting the payer sometimes is still not enough to get a claim paid.



We opined that one of the mission statements of every organization is 'to serve the community'. Self-Generated Revenue allows non-profits to better serve the community and fund additional programs beyond your donor and fundraising base. When your programs are decreased, slowed, or dissolved, it diminishes your value add to the community.  Counselor’s hours are reduced or counselors maybe let go. This directly affects their lives and livelihoods. Overworked professionals on your staff now have to do more with less as they have to absorb additional workloads.  This can lead to the professional cutting corners on the services provided in order to do their jobs. 

But perhaps the biggest effect of not maximizing self-generated revenue in your organization is that the lack of service delivery hurt the very people it was designed to help, the client/participant.  When these participants cannot get the counseling and other services they need, they suffer and society suffers as a whole. It all starts with providing the services and keeping your programs thriving.  This is why recovering your funds as soon as possible is so very important.  Allowing payers to continue to deny claims does not maximize service to our communities. 

In conclusion, Kingsley House of New Orleans could wait no longer.  They were experiencing similar issues as majority of you all are with their non-paid receivables. Their Chief Financial Officer called us in to solve their problem.  After scrubbing their claims and coming up with various strategies, LMC Dynamics was able to successfully recover all 'recoverable' funds for Kingsley House.

Tags:  Accounts Receivables  LMC Dynamics  Magellan  Past Due Receivables  Strategy 

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