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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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Nonprofit workshop: Major Donor Development 101

Posted By Nora Ellertsen, The Funding Seed, LLC, Friday, October 10, 2014

Does the idea of asking for a major gift make your skin crawl?  Are you terrified about what to say...or what your donor might say?  Do you wish someone would just tell you what this whole major gifts thing is about?

If any of this sounds like you, register today for

Major Donor Development 101!

A workshop presented by LANO member The Funding Seed

Thursday, October 16

9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Ashe Cultural Arts Center

1712 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd., New Orleans

Registration is $35, and discounts are available for students, AmeriCorps members and organizations registering two or more people. Email for discount codes or to reserve your seat and pay at the door.

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

For more on Major Donor Development 101, our monthly fundraising workshop series and other services offered by The Funding Seed, visit

Tags:  development  donations  donors  fund  fund development  fund raising  funding  Fundraising  grantwriting  louisiana  New Orleans  nonprofit  non-profits  sustainability  training  workshop 

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Your Donor Receipts: Do They Make the Grade?

Posted By Celeste Viator, Hannis T. Bourgeois, LLP, Friday, October 10, 2014

When handing out recipts to your organizations's supporters for tax purposes, make sure you follow the IRS rules.  Here's a rundown of the information that needs to be included.  Click below.

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Applications currently accepted for Land Donation!

Posted By Bettsie Norton, LANO, Friday, October 10, 2014

Applications are currently being accepted for one acre, waterfront property located along the Tangipahoa River.  All applicants must be a Louisiana nonprofit organization and willing to pay for a property appraisal.  The land is was originally purchased for $19,500.

If your organization is interested in applying for this donation, please email  Serious inquiries only.


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LANO members: Upcoming author interview will help you transform you organization by tapping a new resource

Posted By Kris H. Rutledge, CausePlanet, Thursday, October 9, 2014

Say “No more!” to a needs-based fundraising goal.

Need smarter ways to meet your mission without always turning to the budget? Wish you could afford more staff positions? You don’t have to keep massaging the budget or raise your fundraising goal.

Try the abundance movement.

Coauthor of The Abundant Not-for-Profit: How Talent (Not Money) Will Transform Your Organization Lynda Gerty gives you another way.

Tap talent through “knowledge philanthropists”

“Knowledge philanthropists,” highly skilled volunteers, share their expertise with your organization in addition to their hands. If you can match them with your needs, you have a win-win.

Author interview

Lynda Gerty will share how her organization, Vantage Point, utilizes over 200 knowledge philanthropists to implement its programs while decreasing its paid staff from 14 to eight employees from 1999 to 2012. 

Join CausePlanet founder Denise McMahan and Lynda Gerty Thursday, November 20, at 11:00 Central Time at a webinar interview at your desk.


Register now for this FREE interview for all LANO members and friends. (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 Gerty’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 The Abundant Nonprofit and other titles.

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Nonprofit Communications Services Now Available

Posted By Matt Mullenix, Mission Media, Monday, October 6, 2014


Looking for full-time or temporary communications help? 

Mission Media is a Louisiana company with a unique perspective on the needs of the nonprofit sector. We provide a full range of communications services on an affordable, outsourced provider basis.  

Promote your mission and improve your public profile with effective messaging in monthly newsletters, social media, web content, correspondence and more. 

Now offering comprehensive monthly and annual contracts or select services as needed.  Available statewide; call or email for free consultation.

  • PROMOTION & CONTENT, including:
    • Press releases for events, new hires, program initiatives, etc.
    • Monthly newsletters in electronic or print format
    • Social media management
    • Revised and original online copy
    • Regular updates and changes
    • Improved usability and navigation
    • Official memos
    • Staff communications
    • Member correspondence
    • Organizational annual reports
    • Grant outcomes and narratives
    • Board meeting materials


Mission Media | (225) 505-1733 | 

447 Third Street, Suite 200, Baton Rouge 70802


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Charter School Application Workshop in BR, October 18

Posted By Michael Eskridge, Advance Innovative Education, Monday, October 6, 2014


Advance Innovative Education will host the SECOND of four follow-up sessions to the "CHARTER SCHOOL 101" workshop series begun in July, 2014.


In this session, receive in-depth training from experts and meet the vendors and service providers available to become part of your new school operations team!


Focus on essential elements to include in your charter school application as relate to the following sections:  

  • Mission & Vision
  • Goals & Performance Standards
  • Theory of Change





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InRegister Gives $25,000 to Local Nonprofits

Posted By Bettsie Norton, LANO, Wednesday, October 1, 2014
In honor of our 25th anniversary, inRegister will be donating a total of $25,000—$5,000 each to five local area nonprofits. inRegister has always had a heart for the community and has been dedicated to supporting nonprofits in the area. We continue our support through this latest endeavor.

Please encourage local nonprofits to contact their members, volunteers and advocates to vote online. The five organizations with the most community votes between now and Nov. 19 will be selected to receive $5,000 and also be featured in our January issue.

You can vote and find out more information at Use the Share buttons in the left margin to share on social media. Voting is limited to one vote per person. Non-profits must be located in East Baton Rouge Parish. Voters from all nine parishes qualify to vote.

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Nonprofit workshop: Major Donor Development 101

Posted By Nora Ellertsen, The Funding Seed, LLC, Tuesday, September 30, 2014

October nonprofit fundraising workshop:
Major Donor Development 101
Thursday, October 16
9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Ashe Cultural Arts Center
1712 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd.
Register at

Asking someone for a large donation can make a huge difference for your nonprofit- and it can also be scary!

This workshop covers the basics of major donor development: how to identify your donors, ways to build strong relationships with prospects, and what to say (and not say!) when asking for a big donation. 

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

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

Details and registration at  For questions or to reserve your space and pay at the door, email

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

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Happy Hour with CommitChange

Posted By Jason Nicosia, CommitChange, Friday, September 26, 2014

Come join us for some networking and drinks at Propeller on October 9th. 

Click the link for details-

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