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Louisiana Delta Service Corps Announces Partner Application Workshops in Baton Rouge and New Orleans

Posted By Lisa Teer, Louisiana Delta Services Corps Inc, Sunday, March 30, 2014

This is an informational workshop for organizations who are interested in learning more about hosting corps members for the upcoming 2014-15 service term (September 1-July 31st).

The Baton Rouge Application Workshop will be on April 9th from 1-3pm at the Baton Rouge Area Foundation (402 N 4th St. 70802) and our NOLA workshop will be on April 10th from 10am-12pm at the Keller Library (4300 S. Broad St. 70125).

We will discuss the application process and timeline as well as qualifications and expectations. We will also be available to help craft potential position descriptions and answer any questions about hosting members. Returning sites are encouraged to come as well to learn more about our new emphasis on Capacity Building within the realm of Healthy Communities. Capacity Building activities include volunteer recruitment and management, program systems improvement, providing outreach about programs, working on trainings, curriculum etc. all in an effort to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of the organization. 

The timeline for applying and recruiting members is as follows and all information may be found on our website  The application will be available for download from our website on April 4th and it will be due May 19th. 

RSVP by April 7th for one of the Application Workshops by emailing or calling 225.930.9949.


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One Day Left to Participate in State of Grantseeking Survey

Posted By Ellen Mowrer,, Inc., Sunday, March 30, 2014

The State of Grantseeking ™ Survey ends Monday, March 31, 2014. Below are the current respondent counts by state/province. We’d really love to hit 1,200 participants!  Be sure to help Louisiana's representation in the tallied results (due late April, 2014).





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Capital Area United Way Raises $8.9 Million in Campaign, Reverses Trend

Posted By Kendall Hebert, Capital Area United Way, Sunday, March 30, 2014

Capital Area United Way’s Board of Directors announced a milestone for the organization in raising $8,946,147 in the 2013 workforce campaign, an increase from 2012 and an end to a six-year fundraising slide.

"For the first time in several years, we have achieved a workforce campaign increase,” said CAUW Board Chair Scott Berg of Lee Michael’s Fine Jewelry. "The United Way workforce campaign provides an effective way for any person who wants to make a difference in the life of someone else to do so.”

See attached release in PDF for full details.


To learn how you can help improve lives in our 10-parish area, contact Capital Area United Way at 225.383.2643, email or visit 

Capital Area United Way

To improve lives by leveraging partnerships in our community to advance the common good through education, income stability, and healthy living Capital Area United Way works to advance the common good and create opportunities for a better life for all. This is done through our focus on education, income stability, and healthy lives. With your support, more than 110 programs that have measurable results in these three focus areas are currently being funded. These programs touch the lives of thousands in our 10-parish Capital Area and are making a positive impact on a daily basis. To give, advocate, or volunteer please visit



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Free Training Offered Through Workforce Commission Grant Provider

Posted By Matthew Mullenix, Louisiana Association of Nonprofit Organizations, Saturday, March 29, 2014

LANtec of Louisiana Corporate Training Centers in Baton Rouge and Lafayette are extending to all LANO network members and their staffs free computer software courses or professional development training as an introductory offer, a $250 value. 

To accept this limited-time opportunity, registrants must mention coupon code #LANO328 to receive free admission to any of the following classes, which must be taken by April 30, 2014. 


  • Microsoft Excel 2010 – Basic      
    • Baton Rouge      April 2, April 15 or April 22
    • Lafayette           April 7 or April 25
  • Managerial Leadership
    • Baton Rouge      April 2 or April 25
    • Lafayette           April 7
  • Organizational Skills
    • Baton Rouge      April 14
    • Lafayette           April 30


For more information or to reserve your seat, contact and mention code #LANO328



  • Student must be currently employed by a Louisiana nonprofit organization or business within the LANO network (General, Associate or Friend member) 
  • Subject to first come, first served seat availability
  • Limited to ONE free seat offer per organization
  • First-time clients only

LANtec is an approved LA Workforce Commission training provider of free training grants.


Tags:  Free training  IT  soft skills  Workforce Commission 

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Storytelling has a new name: the earnings call

Posted By Erica Crenshaw, Execute Now!, Thursday, March 27, 2014

We've heard about the importance of storytelling repeatedly over the past few years-almost to the point of excess. Perhaps because nonprofits still need to hear it since so many have yet to apply this wildly successful strategy.

You can imagine my surprise when I recently read about GuideStar taking a page out of the corporate handbook to adopt one of the private sector's best ...

by Erica McGeachy Crenshaw, CEO of Execute Now!

Tags:  Execute Now!  Finance Fundamentals 

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Deadline Approaching: 2014 Angel Award Nominees Sought

Posted By Tristi Charpentier, Huey and Angelina Wilson Foundation, Thursday, March 27, 2014

The deadline for nominations for the Angel Award, which recognizes and rewards exceptional volunteer work for the benefit of Louisiana children, is Friday, April 4, 2014. 

Now in its 20th year, the Angel Award presented by the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana Foundation will honor up to eight individuals.

Each winner will name a 501(c)(3) organization to receive a grant of $20,000.  In the two decades since its inception in 1995, more than 150 individuals from all across the state have been chosen for the honor.  With this year’s grants, the total going to support organizations enriching and improving life for Louisiana children will top $1.8 million.


Previous Angels have run the gamut from students to retirees, with a wide range of vocations in between.  They were all chosen for the time and effort they spent away from or in addition to their studies, their jobs or their retirement activities to be an "Angel.”


An online nomination form and more details on the program are available at the Blue Cross website,


Nomination packets are also available by calling toll-free 1-888-219-BLUE (1-888-219-2583) or emailing Nominators are encouraged to send supplemental information in support of the nomination, including testimonial letters, brochures, news articles, photos and videos. (Please note: These materials cannot be returned.)


Individuals who themselves have been honored as "Angels” make up the committee that will decide this year’s winners.  The following are the criteria they consider and nominators are asked to carefully consider this list:


  • NEED: Did the nominee contribute a needed service to Louisiana children? 
  • ACTION: Was the nominee active, not just a figurehead?
  • INITIATIVE: Did the nominee initiate new programs or activities and use new methods to solve problems?
  • ACHIEVEMENT: Has the nominee accomplished desired results?
  • IMPACT: Has the activity or service provided by the nominee produced positive changes and provided examples for other groups?
  • TIME: Was the amount of time devoted to the activity or service significant?
  • CHALLENGE: Did the nominee have to overcome any unusual challenges, such as limited resources or public misperception of the problem?

A nominee may be recognized for work performed individually or through churches, schools or civic organizations, but a group cannot be nominated. The volunteer work must have been performed in the state of Louisiana with Louisiana children as the primary beneficiaries. The volunteer effort can be focused on enhancing any aspect of a child’s life, including physical, emotional, creative and spiritual. Individuals who are paid for their services are eligible, but their efforts must be considered to go above and beyond their job descriptions. Work done on work-release time and/or for student course credit may also be considered. Individuals may not be nominated posthumously.


The Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana Foundation will award grants to the honorees’ chosen charities that qualify as Louisiana-based nonprofit charitable organizations with tax-exempt status under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.


About the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana Foundation
The Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana Foundation is building a healthier Louisiana through community outreach and charitable giving. Its two signature programs are The Angel Award®, an annual statewide recognition program that awards funds to outstanding Louisianians working to improve the quality of life of the state's children, and Smart Bodies®, an interactive education program to prevent childhood obesity. In addition, Blue Cross contributes nearly $2 million annually in financial aid to various nonprofit organizations throughout the state that contribute to health, education and the overall quality of life in our communities. When we put dollars into Blue Cross communities, it makes Louisiana a better place for everyone. The Foundation is funded solely through Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana.

About Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana
Founded in New Orleans in 1934,
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana is the oldest and largest Louisiana-based health insurance company. Blue Cross is a private, fully taxed mutual company, owned by policyholders—not shareholders—and governed by a local Board of Directors. It is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association...

Learn more on the company’s website at or visit our social media hub to connect with us via Facebook, Twitter and more.


Tags:  award  Blue Cross Blue Shield  children  grants  volunteers 

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Free Access to Foundation Center Online with Business First Bank Nonprofit Checking Account

Posted By Cynthia Wade, Business First Bank, Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Business First Bank’s mission for nonprofits is to be the financial institution of choice for you and your employees. We are deeply involved in the communities in which we live and work and make it our business to understand the special financial needs of nonprofits.

Business First Bank, a LANO member since 2010, offers specially designed business checking for LANO network members and their employees.

Because we know that finding new funding sources is critical to your mission, each new nonprofit business checking account comes with three (3) Months Free Membership to the Foundation Center Directory Online (a $60 Savings), the leading source of information about philanthropy and current funding opportunities worldwide.

Other unique features of our Nonprofit Business Checking accounts include:

  • $100 Minimum Opening Deposit
  • No Monthly Service Charge
  • First Order of Val Pack Checks at Cost ($20 Savings)
  • Fax Deposit Set-Up and Monthly Fee Waived ($35 set up fee and $18 monthly fee waived)
  • All employees of a LANO member organization with employee staff profiles at will be given a checking account with debit card at no charge.

Louisiana nonprofit professionals: You are committed to so much that gives life and hope to the people of Louisiana; Business First Bank is committed to you!

For more information, please download this brochure or call 225-248-7615 (or 877.614.7600 toll free) and ask about the Nonprofit Business Checking account. 

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Down to the wire with Joe Waters and new FREE book summary available

Posted By Kris H. Rutledge, CausePlanet, Monday, March 24, 2014

Don't miss your opportunity to talk to Joe Waters, author of Fundraising with Businesses: 40 New and Improved Strategies for Nonprofits, this Thursday, March 27.

Register now for this author interview webinar at your desk. (All LANO Members and Friends are invited; link requires LANO network sign-in to register.)

New CausePlanet Page to Practice™ book summary available for FREE: The Nonprofit Leadership Transition and Development Guide.

Initiate or revisit your succession plan and leadership development with author Tom Adams' expertise. Thanks to the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana Foundation, LANO's General and Associate (dues-paying) members can download this summary and others for FREE at CausePlanet.

Follow these steps to download:

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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New Background Check & Volunteer Management Benefit Partnership

Posted By Matthew Mullenix, Louisiana Association of Nonprofit Organizations, Sunday, March 23, 2014


LANO's membership in the National Council of Nonprofits provides our own General Members access to valuable pass-through benefits that can save hundreds or thousands of dollars for their organizations. 

The newest offering from the National Council is its partnership with Coeus Global, a company that provides an up-to 60% discount for LANO Members on background screening and volunteer management services.

Their nationally recognized Volunteer Management System (VMS) will allow your organization to affordably conduct new employee screenings and to track volunteer and staff applicants quickly and easily.


[Click here for more info]


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Jitasa Introduces Nonprofit Accounting Support Center

Posted By Steve Doud, Jitasa, Sunday, March 23, 2014


Happy Spring--or almost spring! Whether through a free webinar or an overview of our new Accounting Support Center, we hope you'll take advantage of our newest resources, tailored specifically to nonprofit needs.

From the latest Jitasa Partner Newsletter:

Accounting support is now just a phone call away

The first resource of its kind, The Nonprofit Accounting Support Center places the knowledge of our accounting specialists within easy reach.

The nuances of nonprofit accounting can be bewildering. We have the answers you're looking for and are here when you need us. With no long-term contract or ongoing fees, you get help when it matters at an affordable rate.

Clients can ask us anything, and we'll give them an accurate answer backed by years of experience. Questions include subjects such as:

  • Nonprofit accounting concepts
  • Assistance with accounting procedures in Quickbooks
  • Best practices for separation of duties, month end close, and expense approvals
  • IRS and state filing requirements
  • Year-end procedures, including 1099, W-9, and 990 processes
  • The accounting nuances of grant tracking, special events, and contributions



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