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Jazz Fest overcomes harrowing debt through leadership, collaboration and sustainability

Posted By Erica Crenshaw, Execute Now!, Thursday, May 8, 2014

The details of the last decade for the
New Orleans Jazz Fest read like a famous story. There are villains, heroes and a lot of drama in between. But nothing other than dramatics would be fitting for this remarkably entertaining event that has become a steadfast and beloved tradition.

Stories of financial success in the midst of dreadful circumstances are understandably captivating for nonprofit leaders, and this...

by Erica McGeachy Crenshaw, CEO of Execute Now!

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Hunter Erwin in Concert at Jefferson United Methodist

Posted By Carroll L. Morgan, Faith Employees' Employment Data, Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Jefferson United Methodist Church and Faith Employees' Employment Data (F.E.E.D.), a 501 (c) 3 non-profit charity, presents award winning cowboy gospel singer and Evangelist Hunter Erwin in a love offering Country-Gospel Concert May 16, 2014 at 6:30 P. M.  at Jefferson United Methodist church, 10328 Jefferson Hwy., Baton Rouge, LA. 

This is to benefit the unemployed by helping to fund the F.E.E.D.'s database that allows churches to minister to the unemployed by allowing them free access to the F.E.E.D. database.


Hunter Erwin is a southern country boy born September 29, 1978 and raised in a small town in Tickfaw, Louisiana.

Hunter has been a singer/songwriter of Christian country music since 1998. With his rich, baretone voice, he dedicates his talents to serving God and has had his share of success in the radio industry with 2 radio releases, both hitting the christian country charts, as well as award winning music videos.

Hunter has been blessed to have shared the stage in Nashville with such artists as Del Way, Mike Hammock, Mike Manuel, Tommy Brandt, Branded, The Fox Brothers, Charlie Daniels and Lonestar to name a few.


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Blondes vs. Brunettes® Baton Rouge

Posted By Tricia Ory, The Alzheimer's Association, Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Help us "Tackle Alzheimer's" by joining us on June 14, 2014 at The Dunham School field (located at Chapel in the Oaks on Siegen Lane) for our first Blondes vsBrunettes flag football game for women in the Capitol area. If you're not quite ready to hit the field, mark your calendars to cheer on your favorite blonde or brunette for 10 a.m. kickoff.  
Please visit to sign up to play or donate and "like" us on!
If you are interested in our volunteer or sponsorship opportunities, please contact Tricia at 225.910.2835 or

Alzheimer's Association 
The Alzheimer’s Association is the world’s leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer’s care, support and research. Our mission is to eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health. Our vision is a world without Alzheimer’s. For more information, call our 24/7 Helpline at 800.272.3900 or visit 

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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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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...

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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.


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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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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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