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LANO Force for Good Awards - Call for Nominations

Posted By Jessica A. Erwin, Louisiana Association of Nonprofit Organizations, Tuesday, September 9, 2014



Nominations Now Open for LANO's

2014 Force for Good Awards


LANO is delighted to announce its 2014 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 October 6, 2014. Award recipients will be announced at the Force for Good Awards Luncheon during LANO's Annual Conference on November 6. 
Please direct questions to Jessica Erwin at 225-925-2605 or

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What You Need to Know About Obamacare and More...

Posted By Edward McNorton, Academic Resource Solutions, Sunday, September 7, 2014


Ed McNorton, HR Solutions PresidentI hope you've had a restful, relaxing summer. To help you stay informed about the latest news and changes affecting nonprofit and small business operations and HR, we're starting a monthly email newsletter.

We hope this newsletter is helpful for you and ask that you please forward it to colleagues who may also find it helpful. 

I'd love to hear your feedback. Let me know what you think.



Ed McNorton

President and CEO, HR Solutions


What Small Businesses Need to Know About Obamacare
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act -- also known as PPACA, ACA or Obamacare -- has brought a lot of confusion since it became law in 2010. Here’s what small-business owners with fewer than 50 employees need to know now. 
Employee Handbooks: 7 Potentially Costly Mistakes
When you put an employee handbook together, you need to ensure that you’re not setting your company up for legal problems down the road. Consider these seven common employee handbook mistakes you should work to avoid. 
The Health Care Employer Mandate: What You Need to Know
The PPACA employer mandate goes into effect in 2015 for companies with 100 or more employees. Learn what the employer mandate means for you, no matter how many employees you have on the payroll. 


About HR Solutions

HR Solutions is a full-service human resource and risk management outsourcing company. We specialize in offering a comprehensive and cost-effective approach to assisting nonprofit and for-profit companies manage their back-room functions. We are industry experts in legal and regulatory compliance, benefits and retirement administration, employee relations, and payroll administration. 

Our goal is to help our clients streamline HR functions, improve employee relations and protect them from regulatory missteps that could expose them to employee and regulatory liabilities.


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Nonprofit workshop: Grantwriting for Beginners

Posted By Nora Ellertsen, The Funding Seed, LLC, Friday, September 5, 2014

Nonprofit workshop:

Grantwriting for Beginners

Thursday, September 18
2:00-4:30 p.m.
Ashe Cultural Arts Center
1712 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd., New Orleans

Details and registration 

Are you involved with a non-profit?  
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.


Click to register

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

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

Email to inquire about discount codes or to reserve your space and pay at the door.

For more on this workshop and other services offered by The Funding Seed, visit

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STAR Hosts 2nd Annual Hunks in Heels

Posted By Racheal Hebert, Sexual Trauma Awareness and Response Center, Thursday, September 4, 2014
re you ready for year 2? We promise to bring back your favorite Hunks for a hot opening number, along with fresh faces, loaded biceps, and smooth dance moves to rock your runway! As an added accessory, we will be partnering with local artists to bedazzle the heels of our beloved Hunks! Tickets go on sale 9/8/14 and can be purchased at 

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Fundraising Training with Simone P. Joyaux, ACFRE

Posted By Christy Himel, AFP New Orleans Chapter, Thursday, September 4, 2014
One Day, Two Great Sessions!

Choose One or SAVE When You Reserve Both!

Thursday, September 11, 2014

MORNING SESSION (Breakfast Include) - 8:00 am - 11:00 am - Session for Fundraising Professionals, Executive Directors and Board Members

Putting Stuff Together and Making It Work
Fundraising...Leaders and Leadership...Planning:   How's it Going at Your Place?

Presented by:  Simone P. Joyaux, ACFRE

 Is your development office located in its own silo, disconnected from program and planning and other important stuff?  

Are you welcome at the right tables in your organization?

Does your CEO (and do your staff colleagues) understand fundraising?

Ah, the sad truth:  Sometimes bosses disconnect connections and deny facts.  Too many colleagues see fundraising as distasteful.  And maybe you're too chicken (or too tired) to fight them all. 

Join this hard-hitting, truth-telling workshop.

  • Together we'll outline what bosses need to know about fundraising - and how to tell them (Better yet, bring them along to the workshop!)
  • We will explore how to destroy silos, build connections, and get at the right tables, including the institutional strategic planning table.
  • We will fight the good fight as leaders partnering with other true leaders.

P.S.  You'll leave with a great handout to use back at the office!


LUNCH SESSION - 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM AFP Greater New Orleans Chapter Luncheon - Session for AFP Members and Guests

Creating a Fund Development Plan that Produces Ownership and Results

Presented by Simone P. Joyaux, ACFRE

  How (and who) creates your plan   is as important as the resulting     plan. 

  Remember!  Fundraising is a        team sport - and an effective  process builds ownership and accountability among staff and board. 

Your fund development plan includes donor centrism and relationship building and loyalty and solicitation and measures and accountabilities and...Well, you get the picture!

This session will help you re-think how you create your fund development plan and what should be included in the plan.  (And, by the way, body of knowledge and best practice trumps any personal opinions from people who don't know their stuff.)

Join us for ths one-of-a-kind opportunity to interact with one of the world's most sought-after speakers on professional fundraising!

  Space is limited!

No registrations after Monday, September 8th!  

Reservations Required -

Sorry we are not able to accept Walk-Ins! 

Registration Fee:

Morning Session Only
AFP Members $59.00   Non-Member $79.00

Luncheon Only 
AFP Members $40.00  Non-Member $50.00

Both Sessions
 AFP Members $80.00  Non-Members $105.00

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LANO members: Gather solutions for your most pressing board issues with Bill Mott

Posted By Kris H. Rutledge, CausePlanet, Thursday, September 4, 2014

Would you like to hear how consultant and author Bill Mott deals with some of the most pressing board issues? Join us on September 24 as we continue our author interview series sponsored by the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana Foundation.

In our Q & A format, we’ll cover:


·      ripple effects of recruitment

·      board bullies and trust issues

·      executive sessions

·      getting your board and CEO working together

·      transitioning and onboarding chairs

·      CEO and board evaluations


Author interview

If you’re experiencing any of these pressing issues or would like to improve your board practices, don’t miss CausePlanet’s author interview with Bill Mott, author of The Board Game and Super Boards. He will bring his in-depth knowledge to the webinar table and discuss case studies surrounding these topics and more. Your own questions are also welcome!

Join CausePlanet founder Denise McMahan and Bill Mott Wednesday, September 24, at 11:00 Central Time. 


Register now for this FREE interview for all LANO members and friends. This workshop is generously provided thanks to the support of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana Foundation.

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Louisiana Healthy Communities Coalition Second Annual Summit

Posted By Earl Benjamin, Louisiana Public Health Institute, Wednesday, September 3, 2014
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Greater New Orleans Foundation Pitch It! The Innovation Challenge - Applications Open!

Posted By Mandi Cambre, Thursday, August 14, 2014

The Greater New Orleans Foundation, in partnership with the Kresge Foundation and Chevron, is pleased to announce Pitch It! The Innovation Challenge 2014 to support breakthrough ideas in the nonprofit field. “Nonprofit organizations must continue to seek innovations that improve efficiencies in order to keep pace with the ever-changing economic landscape,” said Joann Ricci, vice president of Organizational Effectiveness at the Greater New Orleans Foundation.  “Thriving organizations are ones that re-think, re-frame, and re-imagine how they do business.” 

The Pitch It! The Innovation Challenge will fund a novel approach, an innovative product, a new process, or an inventive service that supports a new way of doing business in the nonprofit field. The top prize is $25,000 with second and third place winners receiving $7,500 and $5,000. Ideas can be submitted that solve a particular challenge whether it pertains to management, finance, governance, technology, or programs. All 501(c)(3) nonprofit  organizations within the region are eligible to apply.

“The Challenge is a way to reward organizations that are willing to take a risk, act on a hunch, or think outside the box,” said Ricci. “Innovation is also about sharing. Ideas that surface here may flourish within in human services field and beyond.”

Applications are NOW OPEN and the deadline to submit your idea is August 22, 2014. The application is available at  Three finalists will be selected to further develop their concept. They will present their ideas in a public pitch to a panel of judges on Friday, October 17th at 9:00 am at the New Orleans Museum of Art.

For more information on Pitch It!, please visit or email Mandi Cambre at 

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CommitChange's Early Adopter period ending

Posted By Jason Nicosia, CommitChange, Wednesday, August 13, 2014

CommitChange announces paid features, Core technology to remain free.

CommitChange, a company that provides online fundraising tools to nonprofits, will launch its first paid features on August 31st.  The company has decided to offer its entire core fundraising toolset at no cost. All users that have been implemented prior to August 31st will be "grandfathered” in for free as a thank you for early adoption.

The free version will include a donation page, access to campaigns, and event hosting without website integrations. The first paid features will be $75 per month, and include a donate button integration on the nonprofit’s website, campaign and events widgets, and detailed analytics on donor data. CommitChange is currently processing tens of thousands of dollars in monthly donations for nonprofits in 18 states.

Interested nonprofits can create their profile and begin accepting donations in about 5 minutes. "It was important to us to offer our basic tools for free.” Said Chief Marketing Officer Jason Nicosia. "There are over a million nonprofits in the U.S., but many have a small budget, and simply can’t afford the tools currently in the market.” CommitChange says that it will be releasing donor management tools and a full CRM by the end of the year.

"The widgets that a nonprofit can embed onto their websites made perfect sense as our first paid feature.” Says CEO Roderick Campbell. "We modeled our donation button after the record-breaking success of the Obama online fundraising campaign, and built our tools to seamlessly integrate into a nonprofit’s website. Our full suite of features makes it much easier for a nonprofit to consolidate its data into one location, and use that data to have more sophisticated interactions with its supporters.”

 CommitChange recently closed a $700,000 seed round led by Tim Draper, Mark Cuban, and 500Startups to reinvent digital philanthropy.

Until the end of the month, early adopters can create a profile on, and upgrade packages for free. Beginning August 31st, paid features will be $75 monthly. 

Visit for more info

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LANO Institute: Promoting Strategic Financial Management

Posted By Fairleigh C. Jackson, Louisiana Association of Nonprofit Organizations, Monday, August 11, 2014

How do you manage your finances to maximize your mission?

Promoting Strategic Financial Management is a training based on national models that focuses on strategies and tactics that are working today. It consists of three modules:

·         Budgeting

·         Reporting

·         Monitoring and Adapting

Participants will receive practical tools in an interactive session. Board Chair/Executive Director teams will be given a discount on their registration and are encouraged to attend together in order to maximize session effectiveness. During the event participants will begin implementation planning designed to strengthen their organizations.

Please visit our calendar event to register


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