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Grant Writing Seminar - Slidell, LA

Posted By David Kiviaho, kiisa Corporation, Monday, November 10, 2014

The Northshore Harbor Center in Slidell, LA hosts the upcoming December 2nd and 3rd LSU Successful Grant Writing Seminar.

You Must Register to Attend! This course is offered by the experienced grant writers of kiisa corporation. All participants will receive 1.2 CEU's. Register by November 15 to reserve your seats!

Register visiting this link, Or, call LSU's Christie Englade at 225-578-1263 to register. 

Successful Grant Writing will teach you the essentials of researching, writing, obtaining, and maintaining grants. You will learn from experienced grant writers how to write grants effectively, how to format your proposal, how to acquire funding, and have the opportunity to review a list of regional funders. This seminar is highly interactive and receives stellar evaluations, and outcomes from participants.

Successful Grant Writing will benefit anyone seeking funding through state and federal grants, corporate grants, foundation grants and more. This seminar is ideal for beginning and experienced grant writers from any organization, government agency, educational institution or corporate entity interested in diversifying their revenue stream.

Major topics to be presented include:

- Local, Regional & Federal Grants
Gain in-depth insight into the world of state and federal grants. Provide definitions and requirements local, regional, and federal grants.
- Organizational Funding & Community Needs
Learn to review organization’s budget and understand where grants fit into budgetary projections and portfolio. Understand how the grant will impact or provide positive outcomes in the community.
- Grant Proposal & Application Requirements
Develop the proposal by learning to ask the subjective and objective questions from the grantor point of view.
- Improving Grant Writing Skills
Increase knowledge of the language involved in a grant to better prepare the writer, or the writing team.
- Data Research & Collection
Explore various types of online data repositories, research tools, and how to expertly collect, analyze and report the data necessary for a successful grant award.
- Effective Proposal Writing: Narrative, Budget, Objectives, Goals, Impact Measurements, Quality Assurance & Evaluations
Learn through interactive activities how to appropriately write each section of a grant.
- Building Effective Relationships with the Funder
Learn how to insure the relationship is relevant to organizational or corporate entity needs. 


Tags:  fund development  funding  grant writing  grants  workshop 

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Affordable Principal Certification Program Invites Applicants

Posted By Michael Eskridge, Advance Innovative Education, Wednesday, November 5, 2014

AIE is currently recruiting members for the incoming RLRP Cohort. 

Redesigning Lessons, Re-envisioning Principals (RLRP) is AIE’s principal certification program that develops social entrepreneurs ready to operate schools as successful nonprofit organizations while always focusing on student achievement. 

Please complete an application and electronically submit it to if you are interested in participating. Please note: Limited number of slots available.  


Candidates undergo a four-step interview and screening process with RLRP. Group interviews with leadership simulations, phone interviews, writing samples, and a comprehensive application package ensure candidate quality and commitment.

All RLRP participants work as a full-time employee during the program. The academic school year is considered a full-time administrative residency, for all purposes of the program, and includes 125+ days of in-school experiences and cohort based learning seminars. Trained coaches and mentors provide support for RLRP Participants.

AIE demonstrates its strong commitment to expanding the flexibility and adaptable changes requested of aspiring leaders with the following advantages:

  • Individually Customized Program Design
  • Web-based and In-person Support
  • Lower Participant Cost than Traditional Pathways
  • Flexible Payment Plans
  • Assistance in Searching for Leadership Placement
  • Access to AIE’s National Network of Education and Business Professionals
  • Customized Cohort Social Networking
  • Support Documents
  • State-Wide and Regional Programs
  • Cohorts provide clear program structure and course sequencing, a supportive peer group, and increased contact with instructors
  • Extensive Coaching and Staff Support Network During Program and Post-Certification
  • Test Prep for the SLLA Certification Exam!


AIE is dedicated to investing its care, resources and hard work in identifying and recruiting school leaders and teachers, offering high quality professional development at all levels, and designing engaging lessons to prepare all students for life in the 21st century.

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LANO members: FREE webinar on November 20 about how talent (not money) will transform your organization

Posted By Kris H. Rutledge, CausePlanet, Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Discover another way to leverage your budget from the abundance movement:

Don’t miss this chance to talk to coauthor Lynda Gerty of The Abundant Not-for-Profit: How Talent (Not Money) Will Transform Your Organization.

Tapping talent

Gerty will discuss how to utilize “knowledge philanthropists,” highly skilled volunteers, to meet your mission without dipping into your budget more. Every nonprofit has people waiting to help with their expertise. You need a way to find them and match them with your needs. Tune into this free interview, thanks to the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana Foundation.


Register now for Gerty’s interview on Thursday, November 20, at 11:00 a.m. Central Time. Join us at your desk.

LANO members can download the free book summary

See the Page to Practice summary of Gerty’s book and other titles by taking these steps:

1.     Log in at the top right corner of CausePlanet’s home page ( with your registered email with LANO and “Password1”.

2.     Click on “Summary Library” to see all the titles you want.

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Nonprofit workshop: Quick Year-End Fundraising

Posted By Nora Ellertsen, The Funding Seed, LLC, Thursday, October 30, 2014

Nonprofit workshop: 

Quick Year-End Fundraising
Thursday, November 13
9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Ashe Cultural Arts Center
1712 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd.

Details and registration


Nearly one third of all annual giving to nonprofits in the United States happens in the month of December, and 10% of annual gifts are sent in the last two days of the year alone!


Is your nonprofit ready for your year-end fundraising?

Register for Quick Year-End Fundraising

The clock is ticking!  Don't miss this hands-on workshop, which offers simple tools you can use to raise funds during those essential last weeks of the year.


Registration $35.  Student, AmeriCorps & group discounts available.

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

For questions or to inquire about discount codes, email  Visit to learn more about this workshop and other services offered by The Funding Seed.

Tags:  boards  development  donations  donors  fund  fund development  fund raising  funding  Fundraising  louisiana  Member Event  New Orleans  nonprofit  nonprofit sector  non-profits  sustainability  training  workshop 

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h♥pe & heART show and fundraiser

Posted By Lucy Ann Gossett, Warrick Dunn Charities, Inc., Tuesday, October 28, 2014


Join us for

Warrick Dunn Charities Betty’s Hope Inaugural

hpe & heART show and fundraiser

Thursday, November 20, 2014 

5:30pm – 7:00pm 

The evening will include :

Remarks from community leaders

Silent auction of art from local artists and sports memorabilia

♥ Light hors d’oeuvres provided by Triumph Kitchen

 Lighted balloon release.

♥ Artworks completed by students of our Betty’s Hope program will also be

         displayed & available for purchase.


Family and Youth Services Center

1120 Government Street

Baton Rouge, LA 70802


Sonnee Stanley, Betty’s Hope Program Manager



Tickets available at:


Tags:  Baton Rouge  events  Fundraising  Grief  nonprofit 

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Free Webinar: Online Fundraising Best Practices for Nonprofits

Posted By Lori Kadavy, Firespring, Wednesday, October 22, 2014



Online Fundraising
Best Practices for Nonprofits

Thursday, November 13, 2014 - 1:30 p.m. CST

In this educational session, you will discover the best practices for successful fundraising by tapping into the expertise of Firespring—a company that has completed more than 10 years of focus group research with nonprofit constituents and donors. Join Jay to discover:

  • The importance of an engaging website as your fundraising foundation.
  • The advantages of raising funds online.
  • Key reasons for donor abandonment.
  • How to build a strong donor retention plan.
  • The specific action steps necessary to achieving online fundraising success.
  • The 3 biggest mistakes nonprofits make with email marketing appeals.
  • Real-world examples of nonprofit organizations that have mastered online fundraising.

Don’t miss this nonprofit-changing session led by Jay Wilkinson, one of America’s top-rated speakers on websites and marketing for nonprofits.


Jay Wilkinson is a lifelong entrepreneur and longtime business owner. He sits on the board of several nonprofits and is an avid supporter of programs that provide leadership and enrichment programs for America’s youth. He speaks regularly on the topic of nonprofits and the web throughout the United States. He has appeared on CNN and other news outlets discussing how emerging technologies are shaping our future and is considered a leading authority on the impact of marketing on the web for nonprofits.



Tags:  Firespring  Fundraising  Jay Wilkinson  nonprofit  online fundraising  online presence 

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Louisiana Job Connection Hosts Webinars for Nonprofit HR Staff

Posted By Jamie Nakamoto, Louisiana Job Connection, Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Want to clear the clutter of resumes that reach your inbox after every job posting?

Want to hire THE PERFECT MATCH for your advertised position?  

Then Louisiana Job Connection is for you!

The Louisiana Job Connection is a unique and FREE online resource using a sophisticated matching algorithm and intuitive interface to quickly connect Louisiana nonprofit employers with qualified job seekers.
We've scheduled three free webinars for LANO members designed to train HR directors, administrators and board members how to optimize the LJC platform for their organization's specific hiring needs.
Sign up for any of the following presentations and learn how LJC can revolutionize your nonprofit recruiting:



Tags:  hiring  HR  job posting  nonprofit careers 

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HALLOWEEN Special Event: Ghostbusters @ The Manship Theatre!

Posted By Bettsie Norton, LANO, Tuesday, October 21, 2014




All LANO member organizations are invited to attend a FREE screening of Ghostbusters at the Manship Theatre on Friday, October 31st (Halloween!) beginning at 1 p.m.

COSTUME CONTEST-- The nonprofit with the best creative collective costume will win a $500 donation to their organization!

There will also be 20 awesome raffle items, including a LANO Conference registration and iPads! Please bring canned goods for raffle ticket entries.

Please RSVP here!

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School Leaders Licensure Assessment Test Prep: Nov. Seminar

Posted By Michael Eskridge, Advance Innovative Education, Tuesday, October 14, 2014


Educators: Please join us on November 8th at the Peabody Magnet High School in Alexandria for a four hour SLLA test prep led by expert, Ms. Desiree Alexander, Ed.S.  Ms. Alexander is the 2014-2015 Teacher of the Year for Zachary Career and Technical Center at Port Hudson, where she serves as Library Media Specialist and District Technology Liaison.

This seminar will cover the following aspects of SLLA test prep:

  • SLLA Test General Information
  • Testing strategies
  • Multiple Choice Information
  • Time management for improved performance
  • Constructed Response Information

Please click on the flyer image at right to download PDF.


Event Hosted by Advance Innovative Education

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Funding Opportunities Remain in BP Oil Spill Settlement

Posted By Lewis Kahn, Law Firm of Kahn Swick & Foti, Monday, October 13, 2014


The law firm of Kahn Swick & Foti has dedicated significant resources to handle the evolving BP claims process. KSF attorneys work closely with Certified Public Accountants who have valuable experience with the claims process. KSF is a national law firm based in Madisonville LA that has recovered over $200 million in complex commercial litigation in recent years.

KSF has the skill and ability to help your organization receive the highest possible BP Nonprofit Claim.

NEED AN EVENT SPONSOR?  KSF would like to hear from you!  We proudly support nonprofit events and are always looking for opportunities to share news about the potential of the Settlement process to help nonprofits.


Supporting AFP of Greater New Orleans on December 11!

Charities across the Gulf Coast were among the first to respond to the historic human and environmental disaster that was the 2010 BP Oil Spill.

Hundreds of organizations bore immediate, unexpected expenses, and thousands suffered from the region-wide economic decline that followed.


As a result of a settlement in the BP Oil Spill civil action, almost $8 billion has been put into a fund to pay nonprofits that suffered a decline in their business during 2010 compared to earlier years. 

Financial impact from the spill was broad-based and evidenced in every sector. Even if your organization was not directly linked to the spill, any decline in 2010 may mean it is eligible for a claim. All types of nonprofits are included in the BP Settlement.


Although court proceedings since the settlement have occasionally interrupted payment of claims, funding to nonprofit claimants within the affected Gulf Coast region is now resuming. Opportunity remains to confirm the extent of the spill's impact on your charity and to establish an official claim.

There is no charge and no obligation for claims assessment. If a positive determination is made from a brief review of your organization's financial documents, your claim can be included in the official settlement process.  

KSF's service fees constitute a small percentage of the determined claim amount, and no fees will be assessed until an award is successfully received by your organization.      


To participate in this limited-time opportunity, please visit our new Nonprofit BP Claims website and indicate your charity's interest in a free assessment.  Our staff will respond as soon as we receive your contact.

...KSF would like to thank all of the nonprofit professionals and volunteers who provided swift and selfless aid to the people, animals and environment endangered by this sadly preventable disaster. Please contact us today.

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