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Change Fund Grant Opportunity

Posted By Emilie E. Bowman, Louisiana Association of Nonprofit Organizations, Monday, September 25, 2017

One week to go before Change Fund Grant Applications are due for LANO Change Fund.  This is an easy opportunity for nonprofits in the Shreveport/Bossier and Greater Baton Rouge areas to apply for a $10,000 grant to be awarded in the Spring of 2018. 


The Change Fund is an element of LANO's Community Leader  nonprofit board training program that teaches participants board roles and responsibilities in  fund development. Each participant is challenged with the task of giving and raising money for a nonprofit program (selected by the class) in the Greater Baton Rouge and Shreveport area.


The intent of this  fund is to make a monetary donation to a local nonprofit organization. The exact amount of the donation is never finalized until the money is raised; however, the goal is to make an award of approximately $10,000.


To qualify, you must be a 501c3 organization in the Greater Baton Rouge or Shreveport/Bossier area.


To help us in our selection we are asking that you provide:

·        a brief written description of your organization and its programs and mission

·        a brief description of the program you want to fund and how the donation will be used

·        a project budget for the $10,000 donation


For more information on the Change Fund and to Apply please click here. If you have any questions please contact Kay Irby,

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Posted By David Wellmeyer, Deutsches Haus, Friday, September 15, 2017

Hi all


I'm David Wellmeyer, on the Board at Deutsches Haus and we are excited to

return to New Orleans for Oktoberfest this year. It's been six years since we

had to move to Metairie for our base and move to Kenner for Oktoberfest.

The city of Kenner was very supportive and we thank them for their hospitality.

But it's time to move back to New Orleans and we have begun construction

on our permanent home at 1700 Moss Street.

Oktoberfest will take place on the first 3 weekends in October and we are 

anticipating large crowds. So we are looking for friends who are interested

in volunteering to help us. Our  mission is to preserve and foster Germanic

heritage and culture in the Gulf South.

Please see below links for Oktoberfest and volunteer sing up.

Thanks, looking forward to seeing you at the fest either as a volunteer

or a visitor to our future home.



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Grant Writing Workshop. All Levels! October 10th and 11th. LSU and kiisa's Successful Grant Writing Workshop

Posted By David Kiviaho, kiisa Corporation, Tuesday, September 12, 2017
Updated: Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Successful Grant Writing, only offered by LSU and kiisa, has served Louisiana's organizations for over seven years. Information presented is updated every quarter, is interactive, and is fun. Donor leads, funding relationships, and the how to's on writing the narrative, formulating the budget and many other pertinent  areas of grantwriting are explored. This workshop is for every level, beginning grant writer to expert. This phenomenal course wastes no time in providing relevant, critical data on every aspect of a foundation grant or a federal bid response. No funding opportunity is left 'unturned.'


The instructors, Sharon Sandifer, M.Ed and David Kiviaho are also successful grant writers. They have a client base of clients that have benefitted from their grant writing efforts. 


Register today, our graduates actually succeed in grant writing efforts, and attaining funding awards.  We look forward to seeing you on October 10th and 11th! 



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KSLA News 12 Partners with Local Organizations to Raise Money for Hurricane Harvey Relief

Posted By Emilie E. Bowman, Louisiana Association of Nonprofit Organizations, Tuesday, September 5, 2017



SHREVEPORT — KSLA News 12 has partnered with The Community Foundation of North Louisiana to collect and distribute money to organizations directly helping victims of Hurricane Harvey.


On Wednesday, September 6, KSLA News 12 and volunteers with The Warrior Network will be collecting donations at the KSLA News 12 studios on Fairfield Avenue in Shreveport and at John Harvey Toyota on Benton Road in Bossier City.


KSLA News 12 will be live on air and online from both locations in all newscasts from 6:00 AM – 7:00 PM to encourage the community to donate, interview representatives from both organizations, and highlight the local donors.


In addition to donating in person, you can make an online donation by going to


All money raised will go directly to nonprofit organizations aiding in Harvey relief efforts. Checks should be made payable to The Community Foundation of North Louisiana.


For more information please call Blane Skiles at (318) 677-6757, email, or go to

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Grantwriting for Beginners Workshop September 21st!

Posted By Nora Ellertsen, The Funding Seed, LLC, Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Grantwriting for Beginners
Thursday, September 21, 9am - 12pm
Ashe Cultural Arts Center
1712 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd.
New Orleans, LA 70113

Are you involved with a nonprofit?
Does your job require you to raise funds for your department or position?
Do you want to add a valuable skill to your resume?

Consider grantwriting!

Grantwriting for Beginners is an engaging workshop that gives you the basic tools you need to start writing grants. Participants will learn how to find funding opportunities, tools and tips for writing proposals and ways to make a program competitive for repeat funding.

Attendees will receive a certificate of participation after completing the workshop.
Registration $40 per person. Discounts available for students, AmeriCorps members and organizations registering two or more people.



For more on workshops and other services from The Funding Seed, visit Email to inquire about discount codes or to reserve your space and pay at the door.

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NCPP Public Performance Conference

Posted By Terence Delaine Jr, Thursday, August 10, 2017

LANO has an ongoing partnership with the Rutgers School of Public Affairs and Administration that will grant two individual scholarships for LANO Members (Friend of LANO excluded) to attend the 10th Annual National Center for Public Performance Conference in Boston, Massachusetts from September 28th-29th.


This year’s NCPP Public Performance Conference marks the 10th year the nation’s top government and non-profit performance professionals and academics will come together to share stories of innovation, data-driven decisions, and organizational excellence. Every year, the event draws attendees from all over the world for two days of discussion and networking.


Founded in 1975, the National Center for Public Performance at the Rutgers University School of Public Affairs and Administration is a policy and practice advocacy organization that promotes the use of data and performance management to improve government operations. The center offers a wide array of resources and helps area governments with policy analysis and performance oriented reforms.

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Embody Progress Conference

Posted By Terence Delaine Jr, Tuesday, August 1, 2017

LANO is pleased to announce a new partnership with The Change Project that will grant two individual scholarships for LANO Members (Friend of LANO excluded) to attend the Embody Progress Conference at the Sheraton Birmingham in Birmingham, Alabama from August 24th-27th.


The Embody Progress Conference is an annual conference held in an area of the country that is traditionally under resourced with regard to LGBTQ issues, providing access for all individuals regardless of barriers, presenting up-to-date resources and information, relevant in trends and topics, and providing space for all voices to be uplifted in unison.

The Embody Progress Conference will act as a catalyst for unifying organizers, funders, and thought leaders on a national scale with grassroots community organizers, educators, health administrators, and everyday people in hopes to educate and mobilize around issues facing LGBTQ people on local, regional, and national levels.


If you or a member of your organization would like to attend with free registration, please apply below!


Scholarship applications are due Friday, August 9th by 12 p.m. and recipients will be announced Tuesday, August 15th.

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Johnson Amendment Update

Posted By Kelly Pepper, Louisiana Association of Nonprofit Organizations, Monday, July 17, 2017

The amendment to strike Section 116 related to Johnson Amendment enforcement failed by a vote of 24 to 28. The vote on nonpartisanship was not by party line as feared. Two Republicans, Charles Dent (R-PA) and Scott Taylor (R-VA) voted with all Democrats to remove the measure that would make it virtually impossible for the IRS to enforce the Johnson Amendment against even grievous violations of the Johnson Amendment.


We are attaching a link to the National Council of Nonprofits’ news release related to the amendment, “Nonprofits to Congress: Don't Politicize Houses of Worship” that we encourage you to share with your staffs and communities. We will update you with more information as it becomes available to us.

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Veterans to be Screened For AAA

Posted By J. B. Hunt, AAAneurysm Outreach, Friday, July 7, 2017

New Orleans-based non-profit AAAneurysm Outreach will partner with the Veterans of Foreign Wars to offer free screenings for abdominal aortic aneurysms at VFW’s national convention in New Orleans July 22-25.


As many as 2,000 veterans are expected to participate in this simple ultrasound screening sponsored by AAAneurysm Outreach, W. L. Gore Inc., the Society for Vascular Surgery, and the VFW, and provided by LSU Healthcare physicians and Philips medical equipment, with support from Blue Cross Blue Shield volunteers, Rouses Market and others. 

This is expected to be the largest mass screening event of its kind, and is a way for the sponsors to support military veterans.

 “This screening test is a simple ultrasound of the abdomen, takes only a few minutes and is painless,” according to Claudie Sheahan, MD, Associate Professor of Clinical Surgery at LSU Health Sciences Center, “The images help determine if an aneurysm is present, and when found can be treated to prevent rupturing.”

An abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) is a ballooning of the artery that carries blood to the lower part of the body. A “Silent Killer,” a ruptured aneurysm is fatal nearly 90% of the time, and there are no symptoms.

This type of aneurysm rupture is the third leading cause of sudden death in men over 60 and was a contributing factor in the recent deaths of actors Bill Paxton, Alan Thicke, and Tommy Ford.

The risk factors for AAA include a history of smoking, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, hardening of the arteries and family history. It’s estimated that more than 1 million people are living with an undiagnosed abdominal aortic aneurysm.  A screening is recommended every five years for those over age 60 or with risk factors.

About AAAneurysm Outreach

Founded in Prairieville in 1999, AAAneurysm Outreach is the nation’s only non-profit providing public awareness, education, outreach and free aneurysm health screenings for Abdominal Aortic Aneurysms, a leading cause of death in men and women.

AAAneurysm Outreach provides comprehensive education on this “Silent Killer” for the general population, at-risk individuals including those with hypertension, smokers; individuals age 60+, those with a family history of aneurysms, and clinical data for the medical community.

AAAneurysm Outreach has provided free life-saving health screenings for more than 11,000 people and outreach education programs for hundreds of social organizations, medical associations, non-profit organizations, senior community groups, and faith-based organizations throughout the country. 

Visit, or call 504-598-5241 for more information on AAAneurysm Outreach, abdominal aortic aneurysm risk factors, screening data, free public screening events calendar, and partnership program opportunities.


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Accountable Plans Save Employees Tax Dollars

Posted By Celeste Viator, Hannis T. Bourgeois, LLP, Tuesday, June 27, 2017

With salaries on a plateau or rising only slightly at most not-for-profit organizations, employers should be alert to other ways to give their employees a financial break. Having an accountable plan for business expense reimbursement is one way to save your employees some money.


Setting Up a Plan


A not-for-profit (or other employer) can't reimburse employees for their business expenses tax-free just because the employees submit expense records. If the not-for-profit also has a properly executed accountable plan in place, it need not report qualifying reimbursed expenses as earnings on the employees' W-2 forms. Thus, the employees won't be taxed on the reimbursed amounts.


While the accountable plan isn't required to be in writing, a formally established plan makes it easier for the not-for-profit to prove its validity to the IRS if ever challenged. A written plan also gives the organization a structure for describing its requirements for expense reimbursement.


The IRS stipulates that all expenses covered in the accountable plan have a business connection and be "reasonable." This begs the question "What isn't reasonable?" Let's say an organization reimburses an employee at 80 cents per mile, rather than the 54 cents per mile allowed by the IRS in 2016. The IRS would consider the extra 26 cents excessive and treat it as taxable income.



  • An employer can't reimburse the employee more than what he or she paid for any business expense.
  • The IRS requires that the employee account to an employer for his or her expenses and return any excess allowance within a reasonable period of time.

Following Reimbursement Rules

If an expense could otherwise qualify as a business deduction for an employee, it generally can qualify as a tax-free reimbursement under an accountable plan. For meals and entertainment, the plan may reimburse expenses at 100 percent that would be deductible by the employee at only 50 percent.


You must identify the reimbursement or expense payment and keep these amounts separate from other amounts, such as wages. The accountable plan must reimburse expenses in addition to an employee's regular compensation. No matter how informal your nonprofit, you can't substitute tax-free reimbursements for compensation employees otherwise would have received.


Assume, for example, that an employee receives $250 for a day's work -- whether traveling or not -- and on a business trip incurs $75 in reimbursable expenses. You can't treat $75 as tax-free reimbursement and report $175 as taxable income.


If you give your employees an advance for expenses and the funds aren't used for qualified expenses, they'll be considered to have been reimbursements under a nonaccountable plan and be taxable to the employee.


Accounting for Expenses


The IRS requires that the employer keep the following information for business expenses that are reimbursed:

    1. The amount of the expense and the date.

    2. The place of the travel, meal or transportation.

    3. The business purpose of the expense.

    4. The business relationship of the people entertained or fed.

Credit card statements may be used to provide key elements of documentation, such as the place and date of the expense, and employees must supplement the statement with documentation of other elements, which can be provided on a standard expense reporting form.


Require employees to submit receipts for any other expenses of $75 or more and for all lodging, unless your nonprofit uses a per diem plan. Such a plan can be used for lodging, meals and incidental expenses only when your employees are away from home on business.


The IRS has set standard per day amounts that taxpayers may use in lieu of actual amounts spent for meal expenses incurred while away from home on business travel. U.S. rates are available in IRS Publication 1542, Per Diem Rates, which also includes the IRS per day amounts for combined meal and lodging expenses. When using a per diem for travel — or mileage for vehicle usage — an employer may adopt a lower amount than the IRS maximum.


Speaking of mileage, employees need to keep track of that, too. An account book, diary, log, trip sheet or similar record may be used to substantiate a vehicle's business use. This is the best way for employees to maximize and protect this deduction. Keep in mind that commuting mileage generally doesn't qualify.


IRS Publication 463, Travel, Entertainment, Gift, and Car Expenses, provides more details on this topic.


Enjoy Full Tax Benefits


An accountable plan allows you and your employees to enjoy full tax benefits. If you don't have a plan in place, your CPA can assist you in setting one up that will hold up to IRS scrutiny.

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