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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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Child & Family Focused Legislative Wrap-Up on June 18th

Posted By Susan Shaffette, Team Dynamics LLC, Wednesday, June 10, 2015

The Louisiana Partnership for Children & Families will host the only scheduled post-session legislative review focused exclusively on children & families.  The meeting will feature recognized professionals discussing the impact of the legislative decisions on children & families. The panel will include:

· Budget - Jan Moller, Louisiana Budget Project

· Child Welfare - Carmen Weisner, NASW-LA Chapter/Partnership Board Member

· Child Health - Sandra Adams, Retired Health Care Lobbyist/Partnership Board Member

· Juvenile Justice - Josh Perry, Louisiana Center for Children’s Rights

· Vulnerable Families - Ashley Shelton, One Voice Louisiana

· Early Care & Education - Sherry Guarisco, Louisiana Partnership

Jim Engster, a well-known political analyst, journalist and host of “The Jim Engster Show”, will give the keynote presentation following lunch. He will discuss the upcoming 2015 Louisiana Elections and offer suggestions for successfully engaging the media on behalf of children and families.

The Louisiana Partnership for Children and Families is a non-profit policy and advocacy organization dedicated to improving the well being of children and their families in our state. Download a flyer.

The Legislative Wrap-Up and Annual Meeting will be held at the West Baton Rouge Conference Center in Port Allen. It will be held on Thursday June 18th, from 10:00am to 1:30pm, with registration beginning at 9:30am. Members can attend without fee and the non-member rate is $35.00.  All attendees must pre-register at There is no on-site registration for this event. Questions can be directed to

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Webinar: Understanding The Power of Collective Work

Posted By Jason Nicosia, CommitChange, Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Understanding The Power of Collective Work


Join our webinar on Thursday, June 11th, 2015 at 1PM CST.

Donors don’t all think of themselves as philanthropists.

At least, not yet...

What has stood in the way of millions of individuals counting themselves as philanthropists has been the misperception that they don’t give enough to make a difference like those big foundations do. For any single person, that is mostly true. Aggregated, however, the individual is mighty. Aggregated, the crowds can do things even the large foundations cannot do.

Join CommitChange and Next in Nonprofit's
Steve Boland for a discussion on how you can turn your donors into your biggest advocates and mission communicators. Donation processing sites can help bring tools to encourage purposeful donors across charities, but both sides of the giving equation need to promote the benefits of millions of engaged philanthropists instead of millions of disconnected donors.

Register For Our Webinar Here


About Steve Boland
Steve Boland is a nonprofit veteran with over 20years of experience helping charities grow. Steve haspresented over 100 learning sessions on topicssuch as crowdfunding, engaging corporatephilanthropy, and social media strategy fornonprofits.
Steve writes leading-edge industry opinions for organizations such asNonprofit Quarterly, Community Tech Knowledge, and the Minnesota Council onFoundations. Steve is the Managing Partner of Next in Nonprofits, a consulting andwriting firm based in Saint Paul.

Tags:  donor management  donor retention  donors  Fundraising  nonprofit  non-profits  philanthropy  webinar  webinars 

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Millions of Philanthropists, Guest Blog by Steve Boland

Posted By Jason Nicosia, CommitChange, Thursday, June 4, 2015

A lot of the communication about supporting social good comes from organizations and is directed to individuals. And a great deal of that communication never gets seen by the individuals it seeks to impress.

Gmail shuffles it off to a “promotions” tab, lumped into the same category as sales on movie rentals. Facebook structures the newsfeed to hide posts from organizations, trying to keep posts from friends in the fore even if users have asked for updates from a favorite charity. Getting heard as a nonprofit is getting harder with these changes, but there is an army of allies who can help turn this picture around.


Donors, as it turns out, are largely people. Yes, nonprofits consistently chase grants from foundations, governments and other still bigger nonprofits because it feels great to catch a large sum of money. But the majority of giving in the United States comes from individuals. Giving USA reports at least $335 billion in charitable giving in 2013. 72% of that number comes from individuals. Those donors don’t all think of themselves as philanthropists and mission communicators.

At least, not yet.


Learn more about the power of collective work on our blog

Tags:  Fundraising  nonprofit  nonprofit sector  non-profits  philanthropy  technology 

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Find out why virtual volunteers are essential to your nonprofit

Posted By Kris H. Rutledge, CausePlanet, Monday, June 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 experts Susan Ellis and Jayne Cravens, coauthors 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 coauthors Susan Ellis and Jayne Cravens 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.

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Engage your Community with Peer-to-Peer Fundraising

Posted By Jason Nicosia, CommitChange, Tuesday, May 26, 2015

In the past few years, peer-to-peer fundraising has been one of the most powerful tools in the fundraising toolbox. Peer-to-peer fundraising is a great way to more actively engage your current supporters and for them to take part in some of the work required for your organization to be able to make an impact.

As any other of your fundraising campaigns, a peer-to-peer fundraising program requires plenty of planning before you allow supporters to fundraise on your behalf. Most importantly, you will need a good pitch and the appropriate tools in place to get them to create a campaign of their own.

Peer-to-Peer Nonprofit Fundraising Goals

Although peer-to-peer requires more internal planning and continuous support, it is definitely a great way for your current donors to continue to be engaged and involved with your organization. Peer-to-peer fundraising is a win-win for any nonprofit as it will also grow your online giving network, without your staff having to manage it.

Ready to start your nonprofit’s peer-to-peer fundraising program? Learn how on our blog!

Tags:  fund raising  fundraising  nonprofit  nonprofit sector  online fundraising  peer-to-peer  technology 

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Grant Writing Seminar - Slidell, LA on June 9th and 10th!

Posted By David Kiviaho, kiisa Corporation, Tuesday, May 19, 2015
Updated Grants Seminar - June 9th and 10th, 2015 - Slidell, LA
1.2 CEU'S - Must Register by May 26th to Attend!


Interactive, Informative, Innovative for all Levels of Grant Writers. Perfect Refresher Course for Seasoned Grant Writers.


Laser Focused, Updated Information on Writing Narrative, Goals and Objectives, Outcomes, and Budgets. Led by Experienced Grant Writers, Sharon Sandifer, M.Ed., and David Kiviaho!!

As a corporate organization of the Louisiana Association of Non Profit Organizations (LANO), kiisa corporation provides a unique grant writing experience that explores all areas of grant writing. We help the writer to learn how to prepare stellar narratives, comprehensive budgets, develop proper evaluations, understand IRS requirements, identify funders, develop meaningful funder relationships, and much more.

New Data: 
Expert to Speak to Successful Grant Writing Participants on Frequently Asked Questions of the Funder. New Data: Listing of funders ready to provide dollars to non-profits, community groups, municipalities, faith-based organizations, and academia. New Data: Techniques on Writing the Winning Narrative, Goals and Objectives, and Budget. New Data: Latest Internal Revenue Service (IRS) requirements. 990’s and Financial Audit Requirements.  New Data: Latest Giving Trends…From Wall Street to Your Street. New Data: Latest Data Management Resources for Narrative Citations. Exploration of where to find data to reinforce the need for your funding request.

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Don't miss FREE author interview on how to build a donor cultivation plan to maximize your fundraising

Posted By Kris H. Rutledge, CausePlanet, Friday, May 15, 2015

LANO members:

Look at new ways to build a donor cultivation plan

Dr. Deborah Kaplan Polivy, author of Donor Cultivation and the Donor Lifecycle Map, will cover these questions and more in her upcoming webinar interview:

  • 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?

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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Shell Partners with LANO to Build Nonprofit Capacity in Louisiana's Gulf Region

Posted By LANO, Thursday, May 14, 2015



Shell Will Underwrite a Capacity Building Scholarship Program Including Board Governance Assessments; Training in Board Governance, Financial Management, Fund Development and Human Resources; and Executive Coaching for 10 Nonprofit Organizations


The Louisiana Association of Nonprofit Organizations (LANO) is pleased to announce a significant grant from Shell to increase nonprofit capacity in Louisiana’s Gulf Coast region.


LANO is a statewide member organization that advocates for the nonprofit community and strengthens the effectiveness of those committed to improving Louisiana. The organization currently provides services to more than 600 member organizations and more than 13,000 individual members.


The program will develop core capacity for nonprofits in the parishes of Plaquemines, Lafourche, Terrebonne and St. Mary. In partnership with Shell, LANO will conduct organizational Board Governance assessments; training in Board Governance, Financial Management, Fund Development and Human Resources; and Executive Coaching in the area of governance for 10 nonprofit organizations accepted into the Shell Capacity Building Scholarship Program. The program will run from May to November 2015.


As the nonprofit sector in Terrebonne, Lafourche, St. Mary, and Plaquemines continues to meet the growing needs of its respective communities, the gap between nonprofit income and expenditures continues to grow. Years of recession and natural disasters have diminished resources available to these nonprofits while increasing demand for services. Tax reform and budget cuts promise to compound these effects in the coming years. Current trends impede nonprofits’ strategic planning and the sustainable growth of this essential sector, which is why the Shell Capacity Building Scholarship Program will be so impactful in this area of Louisiana.


LANO will hold public interest meetings in the Gulf region May 26 and 27. A complete list of sessions and registration information can be found at Organizations with any area of focus may apply, although particular interest will be given to organizations with missions relative to road safety, workforce development, education and the environment. Participating organizations will be chosen based on applications due to LANO June 11. Organizations must commit to approximately 30 hours of training, demonstrate significant commitments of their board president, executive director, executive committee and board members. Organizations must have 501(c)(3) status and be in good standing with the IRS and the Louisiana Secretary of State. Of course, organizations must also be domiciled in at least one of the following parishes: 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.


For more information about the Shell Capacity Building Scholarship Program, please visit or call (318) 865-5510, ext. 1.

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Webinar: Let's Talk About Donation Processing

Posted By Jason Nicosia, CommitChange, Thursday, May 7, 2015

Let's Talk About Donation Processing


Join our webinar on Thursday, May 14th, 2015 at



Nonprofits raise over $20 billion every year from individual donors and that number is growing rapidly as internet usage becomes ubiquitous and smartphones proliferate, even among older supporters.

In the midst of this cultural upheaval, it’s critical that nonprofits have the tools and skills they need to adapt to a changing fundraising environment.

Join Roderick Campbell, CEO of CommitChange, for a discussion on the basics of donation processing and how to maximize gifts.

Register For Our Webinar Here


Can't Attend? Follow the conversation online#CommitChange


Tags:  donation  donations  nonprofit  nonprofit sector  non-profits  online fundraising  webinar  webinars 

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