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Nonprofit workshop: Grantwriting for Beginners

Posted By Nora Ellertsen, The Funding Seed, LLC, Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Nonprofit workshop:
Grantwriting for Beginners
Thursday, June 12
2:00-4:30 p.m.
Ashe Cultural Arts Center
1712 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd., New Orleans
Register at

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.

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.

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LSU Foundation / Museum of Art Seeks Assoc. Dir. of Development

Posted By Pinki Diwan, Monday, June 2, 2014

The LSU Foundation, in conjunction with the LSU Museum of Art, is seeking an Associate Director of Development with the creativity, vision, and talent for increasing marketing and philanthropic giving outcomes.

This position reports directly to the Executive Director of the LSU Museum of Art and works in conjunction with the LSU Foundation’s Vice President of Development within the strategic development environment of the LSU Foundation.

The ideal candidate will:

  • Cultivate and expand current corporate, foundation, and individual support through stewardship, other giving opportunities, and by moving donors up the giving ladder.
  • Build current relationships, develop new relationships, and identify new opportunities for support, draft proposals and donor relations materials.
  • Work closely with the Executive Director to establish development and fundraising budget goals and ensure financial goals are being met on a monthly, quarterly, and annual basis, as well as soliciting major donors and exhibition sponsors.
  • Grow the Museum’s endowments by developing a planned giving program to obtain support through wills, bequests, and other forms of estate planning.
  • Analyze and research grant-making opportunities, evaluate them for funding potential, develop a detailed annual calendar with grant deadlines and activities, and write and submit proposals in collaboration with the Curator, Educator, and Executive Director.
  • Oversees membership program with input from Membership Coordinator
  • Prepare development reports to the Museum’s Advisory Board and other Boards and committees as needed.
  • In association with the Coordinator of Events and Marketing of Facility Rentals, works on high ROI fundraising and membership events that have been approved by the Executive Director, including but not limited to the Museum’s annual fundraiser.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

See attached PDF for full description and application information.  

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Tags:  job announcement  LSU Foundation 

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Leaders With Vision Celebrates Life of John Maginnis

Posted By Jean B Armstrong, Leaders With Vision, Sunday, June 1, 2014

John Maginnis

(March 17, 1948 – May 25, 2014)

John Maginnis was a Leaders With Vision member, a political analyst/pundit and a world class journalist, who engaged every person who was interested and helped them understand both the policy and the personalities in Louisiana politics.

A treasured friend and colleague for over 40 years, Louisiana has lost a champion of freedom of information for the people.

John's sharp insight and wit were professionally delivered both in print and as an original speaker at our annual Reality Check Luncheon nineteen years ago. Beneath his humor, John Maginnis genuinely cared about the people of our state.

Leaders With Vision extends our heartfelt condolences to his wife, Jackie, his family, and to Jeremy Alford and the staff of LA Politics.

Truly the Dean of Louisiana politics, John and his syndicated columns will be sorely missed by all ... John Maginnis will live on through his books about Louisiana politics.


Jean Armstrong CPC, CED, President
Leaders With Vision, Inc.
"Never underestimate the power of knowledge & passion"

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CAUW Infuses $6.4M into Area Programs

Posted By Kendall Hebert, Capital Area United Way, Sunday, June 1, 2014

Capital Area United Way (CAUW) Board of Directors announced an investment of $6,401,232.15 million to the community Thursday.

Approximately $5.7 million will be invested into 108 programs through 46 Community Partner Agencies, which stabilize individuals, youth and families—the foundation of our work, as well as strengthen our communities—the focus of our work. In addition, $614,144 will be invested in community initiatives and services, which includes the Dolly Parton Imagination Library, Help Me Grow Louisiana, United Way 2-1-1, Summer Learning Loss, Volunteer Income Tax Assistance, Financial ABC and the Youth Volunteer Corps initiatives.

The organization’s Board of Directors approved a one-time increase to six community programs, which totals an additional $120,000 to programs that exceeded expectations through the annual volunteer-led program evaluation process. Those programs and Community Partner Agencies are: Children’s Development Center at The Emerge Center (formerly Baton Rouge Speech and Hearing Foundation); Residential Program at O’Brien House; Individual and Family Counseling at Livingston Youth and Family Counseling; Housing First at Volunteers of America Greater Baton Rouge; Children’s Advocacy Center at Baton Rouge Children’s Advocacy Center; and Out of School Time at Boys and Girls Club of Greater Baton Rouge.

"These six programs demonstrated strong collaboration to leverage resources and increase impact, utilizing best practice models, and strong data measurements that show how clients are better off,” said Steve Windham, Community Impact Cabinet Chair.


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Seats Filling for June 10th and 11th Grants Seminar

Posted By David Kiviaho, kiisa Corporation, Friday, May 30, 2014
1.2 CEU's - Two Days - $395 per person - June 10th and 11th in Slidell, LA at the Northshore Harbor Center

Interactive, Informational, Hands-On Writing Workshop led by experienced grant writers! 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 and how to acquire funding. All materials provided.

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.

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Tags:  fund development  funding  grants  grantwriting  LANO Network  louisiana  New Orleans  nonprofit sector  non-profits  workshop 

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Grants: Writing to Inspire!

Posted By David Kiviaho, kiisa Corporation, Tuesday, May 27, 2014

In the world of grant writing, fear of placing the right words within a narrative often holds prospective grant applicants back. For the non-writer, that fear may translate into a mentality of, “I cannot write well enough to obtain a grant.” In most instances, this fear is unjustified. The larger question for grant writers should be, “So, how do I start the grant writing process?” That question is more easily answered than even the most fearful grant writer may think. Writing well first takes being inspired about the project for which you are writing; then you must inspire the reader...the potential funder, with your written narrative.

One of the first steps is to find out exactly what the funder wants to see in your writing. Though you may have an enormously worthwhile project in mind, the funder has laser-specific requirements for their targeted funds. You must consider these in order to write the most effective narrative possible for that funder. The only way to satisfy these requirements, and to better understand the funder’s perspective, is to speak with them to discuss all of the grant’s specifics. Before making the call, be sure and write a list of questions and items to discuss. Some of those questions may include, but certainly are not limited to:

  • What projects will be funded?
  • Is your project a mission fit with their funding stream?
  • What areas of their funding will meet your project needs?
  • Do they have data suggestions for your grant narrative?

Let’s get back to writing to inspire. Once you have completed your due diligence, garnering all information and data for your project in preparation for writing and speaking directly with the potential funder, it is time to write the grant narrative. The best advice is to always write from the heart. Then back up your writing with meaningful citations from knowledgeable sourcing relative to the validity of your project. Let others evaluate your narrative prior to submission. Objective input is always helpful. Finally, go back over your narrative as many times as it takes to ensure that it not only represents all of the project facts correctly, but inspires the funder to grant the award to your project.

Everything in life that creates meaningful change requires inspiration. Think of the innovative projects that matter most to people. For example, there are those who devise pure water systems for Africa and India. They do so to counter drought, disease, and death. Their successful outcomes are born from their inspiration to save lives. So, whether it is clean water, or another life-affirming project that promotes human dignity, your project must be written to inspire.

David Kiviaho and Sharon Sandifer, M.Ed, a brother and sister team, are the creators of kiisa corporation, a workplace training firm. They are also adjunct instructors with LSU Continuing Education and lead their Successful Grant Writing Courses, one of many business and non-profit courses/seminars offered by kiisa corporation. To learn more about the upcoming June 2014 Successful Grant Writing Course in Slidell, LA, visit:

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Dialogue on Race Louisiana Announces Next Series

Posted By Maxine Crump, Dialogue on Race Louisiana, Sunday, May 25, 2014

DIALOGUE ON RACE – Original Series

An educational process for the elimination of racism


WHEN: Wednesdays, June 4- July 9, from 6-8 PM

WHERE: McGlynn Glisson & Mouton, 340 Florida Street, Baton Rouge, LA 70801

WHAT: The Dialogue series is a structured two hour weekly series limited to 15 participants.  The sessions are led by trained facilitators. Participants prepare for the discussions by reading short articles before each session.  The facilitators set a safe environment for open honest discussion around three topic questions with one 10 minute break during each session. All sessions begin and end on time.

Understanding what racism is and how it operates in our system is the core of this education process.

The Dialogue recognizes that racism is not an “us versus them” issue in communities.  Racism is an institutional construct that was built into our system and much of it exist today unintentionally and indirectly.  However as long as racism exists, our institutions will tend to operate to the advantage of one race over another instead of with full access for all equally.

Limit of 15 Applicants, all must participate in at least 5 sessions and attend session 1 on June 4th.

CONTACT: Maxine Crump (225) 274-6902

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Tax Clutter? Here's What You Can Toss

Posted By Celeste Viator, Hannis T. Bourgeois, LLP, Thursday, May 22, 2014

Once you file your 2013 tax return, you can clear away some of the paper clutter from your files. But keep essential records that can protect you if the IRS decides to conduct an audit. Some documents will help you collect a future refund or assist you with filing next year.

Read on for an outline of the documents you should keep--for how long--and the papers you can throw away...

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Cost per outcome: The new crystal ball for nonprofit success

Posted By Erica Crenshaw, Execute Now!, Thursday, May 22, 2014

Nonprofits are constantly looking for new ways to demonstrate impact to funders, particularly to foundations that have less to invest and apply increased scrutiny to their grantees. So you can imagine why "How to predict the success of a nonprofit program before it starts" captured my attention in the Chronicle of Philanthropy.

The nonprofit sector has traditionally demonstrated progress on a social issue with custom reports that invent the wheel each time and are difficult to compare with equally unique reports about families saved, children fed or forests preserved. But what if there was a standard measurement that could forecast the potential success of a program before it started and be used to...

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Free Webinar: How to Captivate and Engage Constituents with Your Website

Posted By Lori Kadavy, Firespring, Tuesday, May 20, 2014


(watch for registration at LANO Community calendar)

How to Captivate and Engage Your Constituents with Your Website

The nonprofit industry is constantly evolving—especially from a technological standpoint. Now more than ever, having an effective website is the single most crucial component of an effective communications plan. Learn from more than 10 years of focus group research with nonprofit constituents and donors on how you can captivate and engage your audience. Join Jay to discover:

  • The 5 required elements of an engaging website.
  • The 3 biggest mistakes nonprofits make with their websites.
  • 5 proven methods for promoting your organization online.
  • The #1 factor nonprofits should consider regarding search engine optimization.
  • Real-world examples of nonprofit organizations that have mastered their online presence.

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  online fundraising  online presence  website 

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