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Last chance to register for Fundraising Events 101

Posted By Nora Ellertsen, The Funding Seed, LLC, Wednesday, May 7, 2014
The Funding Seed's monthly workshop series continues on Thursday, May 8 with Fundraising Events 101!  Details and registration are at

Fundraising Events 101
Thursday, May 8, 2:00-4:30 p.m.
Ashe Cultural Arts Center
1712 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd., New Orleans

Many nonprofits- maybe yours included!- incorporate special events into their fundraising efforts.  But as common as events are, most people seem to agree that they are expensive and time consuming, and many organizations have experienced the worst case scenario: spending more money on their event than they raise.

Fundraising Events 101 guides your nonprofit through the process of planning and executing a successful fundraising event, from working with volunteers to securing sponsors to organizing silent auctions to making sure things go smoothly on the big day.  

Registration is $35 per person, with discounts available for students, AmeriCorps and organizations registering two or more people.  To register online, visit  To inquire about discount codes or to reserve your seat and pay at the door, email

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Last chance to register for interview about branding framework

Posted By Kris H. Rutledge, CausePlanet, Monday, May 5, 2014

You can't let your brand lie dormant any longer. Revolutionize your brand to reflect your mission with a groundbreaking book on nonprofit brands based on two years of research supported by the Rockefeller Foundation.

You get the opportunity to talk to the authors of this book, The Brand Idea, in a
FREE author interview thanks to the generous support of the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Louisiana Foundation.

Register now for CausePlanet's interview this Wednesday, May 7, at 11:00 with Nathalie Laidler-Kylander and Julia Shepard Stenzel to learn about their IDEA framework.

Download the Page to Practice™ summary of The Brand Idea and more than 100 other summaries by following these steps:

1. Log in at on the left panel, using your email address on file with LANO and "Password1".

2. Click on the "Summary Library" tab and download any title you like.

3. Questions? Email us at

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Tags:  author interview  CausePlanet  Page to Practice 

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Five Reasons You Might Be Missing Repeat Donors

Posted By Reed Alberg, RAZ Mobile, Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Earlier this month, npENGAGE reported that three out of four first-time donors to nonprofits never make a second gift. 

The article suggests that the reason for this is that these first-time donors are treated as spectators and not as investors. The report also tells us that first-time donors also "low-ball” their donations.

I imagine that there’s no secret, single reason for this low rate of repeat gifts, but from my point-of-view I see 5 reasons for why this may be happening. Again, just my point-of-view on this issue of low repeat donations.  Read more...

Tags:  Fundraising  mobile  nonprofit  social media 

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BRAC's Signature Speaker: Advancing to the Top- May 6, 2014

Posted By Rebecca Harris, Baton Rouge Area Chamber, Monday, April 28, 2014

Featuring Roberta Zenn Phillips, Executive Director, Center for Women in Business, U.S. Chamber of Commerce

BRAC's first Signature Speaker of 2014 will include a presentation by Roberta Zenn Phillips, followed by a panel discussion. Hear about best practices of Fortune 1,000 companies and their advancement of women, as well as advice and personal experiences from regional leaders. Our panel of regional business leaders include:

  • Del Dugas, Project Development Manager and Business Planner, ExxonMobil
  • Teri Fontenot, CEO, Woman’s Hospital
  • Kimberly Robinson, Partner, Jones Walker
  • Terrie Sterling, COO, Our Lady of the Lake
  • Elizabeth "Boo" Thomas, CEO, Center for Planning Excellence

Business leaders and those aspiring to be business leaders should not miss this event.

  • Date: Tuesday, May 6, 2014
  • Location: Manship Theatre, Baton Rouge
  • Parking: A parking garage is located at Convention Street and Third Street
  • Time: 10:15am registration (in the Jones Walker Foyer), 11:00am-11:45am lunch (in the Hartley/Vey Theatres), 11:45am introductions, and 12:00pm-1:15pm program (in the Manship Theatre)
  • Cost: $35 for BRAC investors, $45 for non-investors (includes lunch provided by Bonano’s Fine Catering)
  • Information: Contact Nancy Little at 225-381-7135 or
  • Registration:

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LANO President Named to Gov.'s Children's Cabinet Advisory Board

Posted By Matthew Mullenix, Louisiana Association of Nonprofit Organizations, Sunday, April 27, 2014


Governor Bobby Jindal announced appointments on April 25 to the Children's Cabinet Advisory Board that include LANO President and CEO, Kelly Pepper.

The Children’s Cabinet Advisory Board provides information and recommendations from the perspective of advocacy groups, service providers, and parents to the Children’s Cabinet.

The purpose of the Cabinet is to facilitate and require coordination of policy, planning, and budgeting affecting programs, and services for children and their families. The cabinet carries out its functions in order to assure the most efficient and effective use of resources, particularly through programs for intervention and prevention and through services that assist and support children.

As stated in the April 25 release: Kelly Pepper, of Baton Rouge, is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Louisiana Association of Nonprofit Organizations. Pepper previously served as the Director of Organization Services and Community Development. Pepper will be appointed to serve as a representative of the Louisiana Association of Nonprofit Organizations, as required by statute.


See for further information.

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Don't forget to register for branding interview and new book summary available

Posted By Kris H. Rutledge, CausePlanet, Sunday, April 27, 2014
Updated: Sunday, April 27, 2014
CausePlanet May 7 author interview:

How do you manage your brand more effectively as not just a fundraising/marketing tool but as the messenger for your mission?

Talk to authors Julia Shepard Stenzel and Nathalie Laidler-Kylander to discover their new Brand IDEA framework on May 7 at 11:00 Central Time.
Register now for this CausePlanet author interview webinar at your desk. (All LANO Members and Friends are invited: link requires LANO network sign-in to register.)

New CausePlanet book summary:

Also check out CausePlanet's newly posted
Page to Practice™ summary of Austin and Seitanidi's book, Creating Value in Nonprofit-Business Collaborations, to learn how to leverage more value in your partnerships.

It's available FREE for LANO's General and Associate (dues-paying) members thanks to the
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana Foundation.

Follow these steps to download this new title and more than 100 other summaries:

  1. Log in at on the left panel, using your email address on file with LANO and "Password1".
  2. Click on the "Summary Library" tab and download any title you like.
  3. Questions? Email us at

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Tags:  author interview  CausePlanet  Page to Practice 

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Groundbreaking Ceremony for Impact Charter Elementary School

Posted By Chakesha Scott, Education Explosion, Inc., Friday, April 25, 2014

A groundbreaking ceremony will be held at 4815 Lavey Lane for the future campus of Impact Charter Elementary (ICE), on May 9th at 10am. 

The ceremony will mark the beginning of construction for a new 30,000 square foot school facility that will accommodate up to 480 students in grades K-5 from Baker and all surrounding areas.  Mayor Harold Rideau, Councilwoman Chauna Banks-Daniels, BESE Member Carolyn Hill, Baker School Board member Doris Alexander and ICE school leadership will be on program to remark on this incredible event.

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Tags:  Baker school  Charter school in Baker  groundbreaking  Impact Charter Elementary 

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Raise Funds for Your Charity with a Blue Dog Silkscreen Print!

Posted By Wayne Fernandez, GEORGE RODRIGUE FOUNDATION INC, Friday, April 25, 2014

Introducing the Print Donation Program from the George Rodrigue Foundation of the Arts.

Since 2009, the GRFA Print Donation Program has helped over 600 organizations raise over $1 million at their fundraising events through silent auctions, raffles and more!

GRFA allows the purchase of a Rodrigue Blue Dog silkscreen print of your choice from the Rodrigue Estate for $500. These prints have raised thousands of dollars at fund-raising events. As part of this unique program, if the print you purchase does not provide the organization with funds exceeding the original $500 investment, then GRFA will accept the print’s return and refund the $500.

These prints are specifically designed as a fundraising vehicle for non-profits to raffle or auction directly to their supporters. They are not for sale in any Rodrigue Gallery and are only accessible to the general public through this exclusive opportunity for non-profit and charitable organizations.

For more information about how to participate in this successful fundraising program, visit this page in the Foundation website.



Three of the nine prints currently available for this program. See here for the entire collection.


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Build Your Communication Skills – Working with Children with Disabilities Who May Be Child Abuse and/or Neglect Victims

Posted By Susan Shaffette, Team Dynamics LLC, Friday, April 25, 2014

The Children’s Justice Act Task Force is sponsoring two 2-day intensive training events in July for those who work with child victims of abuse and/or neglect. This specialized training will focus on child victims with disabilities.


July 28-29, 2014 in St. Martinville
July 31-August 1, 2014 in Alexandria


Studies have long established that children with developmental or other disabilities are disproportionately criminally victimized. One study found that among persons with developmental disabilities, as many as 83% of females and 32% of males are the victims of sexual assault. Victimization rates for persons with disabilities is highest for sexual assault (more than 10 times as high) and robbery (more than 12 times as high). There are a number of factors related to children with disabilities susceptibility to interactions with the criminal justice system. In addition to these factors, many significant barriers exist, both real and perceived, that limit investigation and prosecution of these cases.

Instructor: Scott J. Modell received his Ph.D. from the College of Education at Florida State University in 1997. Dr. Modell is currently serving as the Deputy Commissioner for the Tennessee Department of Children’s Services.  Most recently he has served as the Deputy         Commissioner for the Tennessee Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. Prior to moving to Tennessee, Dr. Modell spent 15 years as a Professor at California State   University, Sacramento. Over the last 5 years, he additionally served as Director of the university’s Autism Center for Excellence. He is an expert in disability etiology, characteristics, interview techniques, and abuse. He has authored five books and has over 100 published articles and abstracts.

Cost:  $100 for two-day training, includes lunch both days

Credits: Approved by NASW-LA for 11 hours CEU and Approved by LA Supreme Court for 10 hours CLE

Register today – space is limited!   Alexandria     St. Martinville

Questions? Contact Team Dynamics at 985-624-3514 or 



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LANO Hires New Director of Development

Posted By Matthew Mullenix, Louisiana Association of Nonprofit Organizations, Thursday, April 24, 2014

 Jessica Alleyne Erwin, incoming Development Director for the Louisiana Association of Nonprofit Organizations

Jessica Alleyne Erwin will join LANO's staff on April 28 to lead the nonprofit association in meeting its annual fundraising goals, strengthen donor relations and manage grant deliverables. 

An experienced fundraising professional, Erwin previously served as Director of Annual Giving for the Pennington Biomedical Research Foundation in Baton Rouge, where she led the Foundation's largest unrestricted funding effort, the Annual Fund for Excellence Campaign.

Erwin's experience includes key roles in development and volunteer and event management at successful local charities the Capital Area CASA Association, the Baton Rouge Ballet Theatre and the Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge, as well as the Center for Science and Industry in Columbus, Ohio.  

LANO President & CEO Kelly Pepper calls Erwin's hire an excellent opportunity to leverage her valuable experience and community relationships to furthering LANO's mission and statewide impact.


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