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Free info session: The Fundraising Intensive Program

Posted By Nora Ellertsen, The Funding Seed, LLC, Thursday, April 2, 2015

Free information session on
The Fundraising Intensive Program
Thursday, April 16, 3:00-4:00 p.m.
Propeller Incubator, 4035 Washington Ave., New Orleans
Details and registration

** Attendees will receive an exclusive discount code for $200 off program tuition. **

Are you thinking about applying for the Fundraising Intensive Program?

Do you have questions about what your nonprofit will gain from participating, or whether it's worth the investment?

Are you trying to decide who from your organization should apply?

Fundraising Intensive Program Group Session

Join The Funding Seed and members of this year's graduating class for a free information session about the Fundraising Intensive Program.  You'll receive an overview on the program, learn details on how to apply and have time for Q&A with a panel of this year's participants. 

The Fundraising Intensive Program is a 
10-month course that gives you tools to raise funds for your nonprofit. Through a combination of group learning and one-on-one coaching, participants learn best practices and practical skills related to a range of fundraising activities.

Full program description and application available here. For more on services offered by The Funding Seed, visit

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Master the Art of Email for Your Nonprofit

Posted By Jason Nicosia, CommitChange, Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Master the Art of Email for Your Nonprofit

Join our webinar on Thursday, April 9th, 2015 at 1PM CST.

Most nonprofits have adopted email marketing as a main area of their marketing activities. Email marketing is not only good to maintain your supporters informed and engaged with your organization, but it is also great for raising funds! If your nonprofit is still using Outlook or Gmail to send plain text newsletters, you are missing out on the great opportunities of good email marketing.

From choosing a platform to including effective call-to-actions, learn everything you need to know about building successful email campaigns to keep your supporters engaged.

Register For Our Webinar Here
Can't Attend? Follow the conversation online#Email4NP

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2015 LANO Force for Good Awards - Call for Nominations

Posted By Jessica A. Erwin, Louisiana Association of Nonprofit Organizations, Tuesday, March 31, 2015


Nominations Now Open for LANO's

2015 Force for Good Awards


LANO is pleased to announce its 2015 Force for Good Awards which will recognize one outstanding organization and one visionary nonprofit leader. Nominations for both awards are now open!

The Nonprofit of the Year Award will be presented to a LANO member whose exceptional delivery of services to the community sets a high standard of quality and impact. While the organization serves as an exemplary model overall, particular focus may be given to board excellence, programmatic evaluation and impact, fundraising, innovation, vision and collaborations with other entities. The organization demonstrates ways in which they set the bar for effective nonprofit strategy, execution and lasting community impact.

The Leadership Award will honor a LANO member who has demonstrated the capacity to make decisions consistent with the mission and scope of the nonprofit organization. This leader rallies people and maximizes the potential of staff and volunteers. This individual continuously achieves mission-consistent results.
The full nomination guidelines and instructions, as well as the application, are available for download below. Nominations are due by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, August 14, 2015. Award recipients will be announced at the Force for Good Awards Luncheon during LANO's Annual Conference on October 22. 
Please direct questions to Jessica Erwin at 225-925-2605 or

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Save the Date! 2015 LANO Conference featuring Steve Zimmerman

Posted By Jessica A. Erwin, Louisiana Association of Nonprofit Organizations, Friday, March 27, 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

Please add the following events to your calendar:

Thursday, October 22
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. - Conference Activities and Events
12:00 - 1:00 p.m. - Force for Good Awards Luncheon
5:00 - 6:00 p.m. - LANO Annual Meeting

Friday, October 23
8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. - Conference Activities and Events

Registration will soon be available through the LANO website. For more information, please contact Jessica Erwin


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Top 5 Reasons to Apply for the Fundraising Intensive Program

Posted By Nora Ellertsen, The Funding Seed, LLC, Thursday, March 26, 2015
The Fundraising Intensive Program is an exclusive, 10-month course offered by The Funding Seed that combines group learning and individual coaching to help you bring your nonprofit's fund development to the next level.

You can read the full program description and application here.


Top 5 Reasons to Apply for the Fundraising Intensive Program
1. Your nonprofit needs money.
Okay, yes: every nonprofit needs money.  It's the one thing that unifies all nonprofit organizations: everyone needs to be able to confidently, successfully raise funds.

Through this program, your nonprofit gets hands-on help that allows you to raise money more effectively than ever before.  Plus, the program is designed so that you raise money as you go.  That means you're not just learning some nice theories to keep in a drawer for the future; you're helping your nonprofit immediately become more financially successful.

Program description and application

2. You've done some workshops and webinars here and there, but never seem to be able to get motivated to use the things you've learned.
It happens to the best of invest a few hours in a great training event, walk away invigorated with some exciting new ideas for how to make your fund development program better than ever...and then you never get around to actually doing anything with them.

Here's the thing: for a lot of us, it's really hard to make time for the things that we know we should do when we've got so much else going on.  

With the Fundraising Intensive Program, you have 10 months of working with a professional coach and with a group of other nonprofit staff, volunteers and board members, all of whom help keep you accountable to your goals.  That can make a difference during the program itself, and also help you to create great habits that allow you to be successful long after the program ends!

Program description and application

3. You want more training and support with your fundraising, and you want to get the most bang for your buck.
The  monthly tuition covers more than 40 hours of group and individual coaching over the course of the ten month program, in addition to training materials that are yours to keep forever.  That means you're saving a lot- the same amount of support and training would usually cost much more, but because you're sharing expenses with the other program participants, you end up paying a whole lot less.

Yes, the Fundraising Intensive Program is still a financial investment.  But for the level of attention and guidance you receive, you end up getting a whole lot more bang for your buck.

4. You feel like the only one out there dealing with these challenges.
The Fundraising Intensive Program brings together the same small group of people month after month to talk about how fundraising is working at their own nonprofits- both the stuff that's going great and the stuff that's more of a challenge.  That means that, over time, the group becomes a trusted learning community.

By the end of the program, you'll have developed relationships with other nonprofit professionals and volunteers who can continue to support you- and you support them- long into the future.

5. You're ready to dedicate yourself, and your nonprofit, to fundraising success.
If you're ready to make the commitment to your nonprofit's financial success, then don't wait any longer- apply to be a member of the Fundraising Intensive Program's Class of 2016.  This program is created specifically to help people like you raise immediate funds while also making lasting change at their nonprofits.  By joining the Fundraising Intensive Program, you have the opportunity to become the strongest fundraiser you can be, and to help your organization develop the resources it needs to make the largest impact possible.

Program description and application

Applications for the Fundraising Intensive Program are open until Friday, May 1 at 5:00 p.m.  You can read the full program description and complete the application here.

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Nonprofit workshop: Annual Fund Campaigns: The Essentials

Posted By Nora Ellertsen, The Funding Seed, LLC, Thursday, March 26, 2015

April fundraising workshop!

Annual Fund Campaigns: The Essentials
Thursday, April 9
Ashe Cultural Arts Center
1712 Oretha C. Haley Blvd., New Orleans
Details and registration

Annual fund campaigns are a great way to jumpstart a nonprofit's fundraising.  But how do you get started?  How can you use your campaign to raise more money?

This workshop will walk you through the process of running your annual fund campaign, from Day One to the Victory Party. 

Click to register

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

Attendees will receive a certificate of participation for completing the workshop.

For questions, to inquire about discount codes or to reserve your seat and pay at the door, email  To learn more about workshops and other services offered by The Funding Seed, visit

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Posted By Jenny Byrd, Coalition To Restore Coastal Louisiana, Wednesday, March 25, 2015


TheCoalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana(CRCL) invites you to participate in a three day marsh grass planting April 9 - 11 at Big Branch National Wildlife Refuge. We will be planting nearly 13,000 plugs of marsh grass and we need your help! This project will assist in stabilizing the marsh soils with the intention of preventing future erosion and creating wildlife habitat.

Project Details:

When:Thursday-Saturday, April 9th-11th, 2015
9:00 a.m. to no later than 4:00 p.m.

Where:Big Branch National Wildlife Refuge

Volunteers may register for one or multiple days.

Due to the logistics of this event, we cannot accommodate volunteers arriving late or needing to return early.

Important information:

  • Directions and additional details will be provided to registered volunteers via e-mail a few days prior to the event.
  • Volunteers will be transported to the planting site by air boat. Please note theminimum age for volunteers is 18.
  • Planting in the marsh is a strenuous activity, so physical fitness is required. The site is very muddy so volunteers need to plan on gettingVERY Dirty!
  • All equipment (life vests, etc) and lunch and drinks (with vegetarian options) will be provided to all volunteers.

We require that all volunteers please registerto let us know if you plan to attend.If anyadditional membersof your family/friends are attending, then theymust also register.You canregister to volunteer on Thursday, April 9 at the bottom of this page.

Planting 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 yourcancellation.
  • If the event registration is full, you can be added to awaiting list.
  • If you'd like to bring out agroup, please let us know and we'll try our best to accomodate you.

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

Additional project support provided by:

When Thursday, April 09, 2015
9 AM - 4 PM
Where Big Branch Marsh National Wildlife Refuge


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Points of Light Volunteer Program Management Training Offered

Posted By SusanDelle Shaffette, DOVIA New Orleans, Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Volunteer Program Management Training

Hosted by DOVIA New Orleans

VOLUNTEER APPRECIATION SPECIAL! Sign up for the 6-part Points of Light training at a super discount rate in gratitude for sharing your time and talents! $75 for members/non-members! This rate good through April 1st only. $125 for members after April 1st or $200 for non-members.

The six-part training series on volunteer program management was developed by the Points of Light Foundation. The training covers many topics that the leaders of volunteers need to accomplish their work in the field.

Course 1: Understanding Volunteering-volunteer trends in the U.S.; characteristics of effective volunteer programs; and volunteer motivation models.

Course 2: Planning a Volunteer Program-conducting basic needs assessments; creating volunteer position descriptions; and developing a purpose statement, policies and budget.

Course 3: Recruiting and Placing Volunteers-developing volunteer recruitment strategies and messages; accessing underutilized volunteers; and interviewing volunteers for optimal placement.

Course 4: Orienting and Training Volunteers-identifying training needs; building a training session; and effective training delivery.

Course 5: Supervising Volunteers-defining and communicating expectations; supervising and recognizing people with different motivations; and developing a recognition plan.

Course 6: Evaluating a Volunteer Program-deciding what to evaluate; assessing volunteer satisfaction, management and outcomes; and using evaluation information.

The six sessions are offered over 3 weeks with 2 courses presented per day. The upcoming dates are April 7, 14, and 21. It will be presented by Nicholas Auck, Director of Volunteer Outreach, Volunteer Louisiana (Lt. Governor's Office).  

Attendees can register for one or several sessions or the full series. Download the brochure. 

The course will be presented on the Northshore at the Louisiana Heart Hospital in Lacombe. For additional information, go to:  

For questions or additional information, contact Missy Vivien, DOVIA Community Outreach Coordinator.

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Launch Media to Give Away $25,000 in Video to LANO Members!

Posted By John Jackson, Launch Media, Thursday, March 19, 2015


In February, Launch Media proudly recognized its 10-year anniversary. To celebrate this milestone, Launch Media, in partnership with LANO, would like to collaborate with nonprofit organizations in our state. Video has proven to be an invaluable tool for nonprofits communicating their mission and their organization’s impact. Launch will select organizations from a pool of applicants (only existing LANO Organizational Members are eligible) and reward them with video services totaling $25,000 collectively.

John Jackson has led his business under the auspice that progress in our community and state depends on our for-profit and nonprofit sectors working together. Jackson’s love for the Baton Rouge Area coincides with the hard work he sees being tackled by our nonprofits throughout the city. Local support for Launch is inspiring, especially since the downtown opening of the Creative Bloc (a 11,500 square-foot collaborative workspace for visual and creative professionals) and this project will be a small thank you for the support the business has seen and for the big impact our nonprofits have on our community. Further, John's roots in Lake Charles and his wife's roots in New Orleans inspired him to extend this opportunity state wide. Organizations from all areas of the state are invited and encouraged to apply.

Let Launch Media help you tell your story. Gain support for your organization.

Make Louisiana stronger.

Deadline for applications is May 31, 2015.






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LANO members: Download two new FREE book summaries

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

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

1.   Fail Better: Design Smart Mistakes and Succeed Sooner by Anjali Sastry and Kara Penn

Everyone fails but how can you fail better so you prepare for failures and learn from them more efficiently? Find out more from this new summary.

2.   With Charity for All: Why Charities Are Failing and a Better Way to Give by Ken Stern

Where does the nonprofit sector most need improvement and how can you increase your impact? Ken Stern, former CEO of National Public Radio, gives invaluable insights for you.

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

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