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Three Tips to Make Workplace Giving a Year-round Opportunity for Nonprofits

Posted By Reed Alberg, RAZ Mobile, Wednesday, April 9, 2014

In a 2012 Time magazine article they shared a report from the brand consultant, Landor Associates who found  77% of consumers say it is important for companies to be socially responsible.

In addition, the same article states 70% of Millennials, those ages 18 to 34, say a company’s commitment to the community has an influence on their decision to work there. These findings point to a natural and mutually beneficial relationship with large and small businesses that all nonprofits of all sizes should be working to their advantage all year long, year after year.

Here are my 3 tips to help your nonprofit make corporate social responsibility and workplace giving a year-round benefit.  (Read more)

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New FREE CausePlanet Book Summary and Accompanying Interview

Posted By Kris H. Rutledge, CausePlanet, Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Check out CausePlanet's new Page to Practice™ book summary to revolutionize your brand: The Brand IDEA.

 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 The Brand Idea 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


And an interview with the authors of The Brand Idea to boot:

Join CausePlanet to discuss a new nonprofit brand framework with authors Nathalie Laidler-Kylander and Julia Shepard Stenzel on May 7 at 11:00 Central Time.
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.)

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National Survey Reveals Threats to Nonprofit Sector

Posted By Matthew Mullenix, Louisiana Association of Nonprofit Organizations, Monday, April 7, 2014

The Nonprofit Finance Fund's 2014 State of the Nonprofit Sector Survey, released today, finds demand for services up among 80% of 5,000 responding charities, the sixth straight year of reported increase, and that most (56%) were unable to meet that demand.

The report also finds revenue sources shifting, with nearly half of charities that receive public money reporting a decline in government funding over the past five years.

Achieving long-term financial stability was named a "top challenge" by many nonprofits, with almost one-third (28%) of respondents reporting a 2013 year-end deficit and a majority having three months or less of cash-on-hand to fund operations.

About one nonprofit in ten expects improvement in the coming year.

For more information on the survey, its findings and implications, click here.

Those interested may also join a live webinar broadcast on April 24th at 2pm EST to explore key survey trends. Click here to register.


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President / CEO Kelly Pepper Joins Panel on Nonprofit Impact

Posted By Matthew Mullenix, Louisiana Association of Nonprofit Organizations, Monday, April 7, 2014

LANO's Kelly Pepper spoke earlier today on statewide nonprofit sector issues and impact as part of an expert panel convened by the University of Louisiana at Lafayette's B.I. Moody III College of Business Administration

The event, titled Nonprofit Organizational Impact Seminar, featured panel presenters including Pepper, along with LANO Network members United Way of Acadiana President Margaret Trahan, and Scott Brazda, Executive Director of the Stuller Family Foundation.

Following the panel, UL Lafayette College of Business Administration faculty, including LANO member Dr. Lise Anne Slatten, led six table discussions on topics affecting nonprofits, such as the mission statement, website content and accounting rules.

The event's keynote speaker was Karey D. Dye, a managing director for investment banking firm Goldman Sachs, who spoke on current trends among foundations, endowments and charities.       

(Image 1: Ms. Kelly Pepper pictured in center)




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Upcoming Training: Promoting Excellent Board Leadership

Posted By Matthew Mullenix, Louisiana Association of Nonprofit Organizations, Sunday, April 6, 2014

Promoting Excellent Board Leadership, coming April 22 to Baton Rouge, is a hands-on session featuring three hour-long modules based on national models designed to strengthen your nonprofit's board leadership.

Topics include:

  • Structuring for Success
  • Recruiting and Orienting Board Members
  • Building Working Relationships

Participants will receive practical tools and information in each interactive session.

Board Chair and Executive Director teams in attendance will receive a discount on their registration and are encouraged to attend together in order to maximize session effectiveness.

The session's team of content experts consists of:

  • Michael Acaldo, CEO of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul of Baton Rouge
  • Barbara Auten, Executive Director of Alzheimer’s Services of the Capital Area
  • Christy Reeves, Executive Director of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Louisiana Foundation
  • Dr. Cory Sparks, Director of the LANO Institute for Nonprofit Excellence

Limited spaces still available, with discounted member and leadership team pricing.





The LANO Institute for Nonprofit Excellence wants to thank the Irene W. and C.B. Pennington Foundation and the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Louisiana Foundation for their support.

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Essential Resources on Board Governance from CausePlanet

Posted By Denise McMahan, CausePlanet, Sunday, April 6, 2014

Governance Series--Volume One: Fundraising for Boards, Ethics, Governance as Leadership and Conversations that Matter

Governance Series--Volume One: Fundraising for Boards, Ethics, Governance as Leadership and Conversations that Matter

Governance Series--Volume One is a comprehensive look at governance from a variety of strategies and perspectives. This bundle of summaries contains four (4) Page to Practice™ book summaries in one (1) set so you can compare and contrast thought leadership on this topic.

  • A Fundraising Guide for Nonprofit Board Members by Julia Ingraham Walker is a thorough look at how boards and staff work together to reach fundraising goals. You'll find this book especially helpful in describing how both small and large agencies can work effectively with boards and coordinate with each other.
  • Ethical Fundraising: A Guide for Nonprofit Boards and Fundraisers by Janice Gow Pettey is a helpful exploration of how your organization can take proactive steps to avoid the appearance of impropriety, test the board and staff on their understanding of ethical issues, and know why ethics in fundraising is critical to your sustainability.


LANO's General and Associate members receive free access to these and more than 100 other current titles, thanks to a generous grant from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Louisiana Foundation.

And now with this new offering, Friends of LANO can download the same essential nonprofit management resources at an exclusive discount rate.



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Member Networking Event To Be Held in New Orleans, April 23

Posted By Matthew Mullenix, Louisiana Association of Nonprofit Organizations, Friday, April 4, 2014

LANO has partnered with member Solid Ground Innovations to host Networking Events across Louisiana!

We loved mingling with our Baton Rouge members over wine and jambalaya back in March! 

The next event will take place in New Orleans on April 23, 2014 from 5:30 p.m.–7:30 p.m. at the Walk-On’s Rampart Room on Poydras Street.             

This LANO Networking Event will be a unique opportunity for nonprofits and corporations in the New Orleans area to foster relationships with each other to further their respective missions. It will be a chance for business leaders and nonprofits to come together and create strategic partnerships to increase long-term funding and profitability.

Come learn how to use these partnerships to generate publicity and spark community engagement.            

LANO’s new President and CEO, Kelly Pepper, Vice President Matt Mullenix and Dr. Cory Sparks, Director of the LANO Institute for Nonprofit Excellence, will be on hand to network and answer any questions about LANO services.




Registration is FREE and open to ALL LANO Network Members!


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Member Opens $8M Center for Communication, Behavior & Development

Posted By Matthew Mullenix, Louisiana Association of Nonprofit Organizations, Friday, April 4, 2014

LANO Member Baton Rouge Speech & Hearing Foundation celebrated the opening today of its new Emerge Center for Communication, Behavior & Development at the LSU Innovation Park.

Many community friends and supporters of the Foundation, including Baton Rouge Mayor-President Kip Holden, along with numerous local LANO members were on hand to watch the ceremonial ribbon cutting and tour the new 26,000 square-foot facility. 

The Emerge Center replaces the foundation's much smaller former home on West Roosevelt Street, and opens as demand for its services is on the rise, according to staff.

Read more about the Emerge Center.




Pictured: Melissa Juneau, Executive Director, addresses gathered audience and introduces cast of supporters and funders; the ribbon cutting; a beautiful new playground built with help in part from volunteers within the LANO Network.

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What We See Regarding the Size of Mobile Donations

Posted By Reed Alberg, RAZ Mobile, Thursday, April 3, 2014

As the below graphic from NPEngage shows, online donations have hovered in the $60 range for the last 3 years. They’ve also grown in size as the economy has rebounded from the 2008 recession. Online giving is also the only giving channel that grew in 2013-by over 13% in 2013 according to Blackbaud.

As online giving grows, the ways to give online are also expanding to include mobile giving. One sentiment that we have heard from some nonprofits we’ve talked to is they believe that mobile gifts will be small with some even going so far as to seemingly not want $5-$10 donations.



Chief among the data points we have seen is that mobile gifts are averaging around $60--basically the same as online PC donations. We regularly see donations of $1000 or higher.


I’m not sure if this sentiment among nonprofits is due to the situation with text-to-give being almost synonymous with mobile giving and text-to-give donations being limited to $10 per donation. It may be that many nonprofits have had few mobile donations, if any, since 84% of nonprofits do not have mobile-optimized donation pages. Sadly, many rely on their PC pages to be their mobile experience. I also expect that the nonprofit gurus and experts have tied mobile giving to the millennial generation and they think  millennials are cash-strapped and that their donations will therefore be small.

What’s funny to me is that the growth in mobile internet traffic, mobile commerce and all other things mobile isn’t able to grow at the rates they grow at just being limited to millennials.

I never thought when we created RAZ Mobile that the gifts would be small. If anything, I thought they would be about the same size and that a service like ours that makes it super easy to give in the moment via the device that’s always with you would increase the frequency of giving.

And, with our two biggest success stories we have seen some great data regarding mobile giving. Chief among the data points we have seen is that mobile gifts are averaging around $60-basically the same as online PC donations. We regularly see donations of $1000 or higher.

It’s too early to tell if frequency of giving has gone up and frequency is also dependent on outbound communication frequency.

There will still be the naysayers who will say that mobile donations are just PC donations made on a phone so it’s just the same gift made on a phone instead of a PC. True. But a gift is a gift no matter where it comes from. In today’s multi-channel world it’s always important to be there when a donor feels like giving and again, their mobile phone is at arms length 91% of the time.

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Big Buddy to Host Afternoon of Bowling in Baton Rouge

Posted By Laurie Hardison, RSVP Southeast Louisiana sponsored by the AARP Foundation, Thursday, April 3, 2014

The Big Buddy Program will host Bowling with Big Buddy, Saturday, April 5, 2014, 4-6 p.m. at Circle Bowl, corner of Airline and Florida in Baton Rouge.   Bowling for Big Buddy is the official kickoff of the Big Buddy Legacy Campaign, which seeks to celebrate the legacy the program has had on the youth of Baton Rouge over the past 35 years.




Bowling for Big Buddy is open to the public.  Those interested can register online at  Registration for individuals planning to bowl is $20, while those who plan to watch the competition and cheer on their favorite teams, may purchase an admission ticket on the website or at the door for $5.  

All proceeds from Bowling with Big Buddy will go toward the purchase of and one year’s operational expenses for a new Big Buddy bus, which will allow Big Buddy to transport youth to and from tutoring programs and after school activities.  

According to Big Buddy Executive Director, Gaylynne Mack, "We are excited to reconnect with our Legacy Buddies, hear what is happening in their lives and discover the people they have become.”

Bowling with Big Buddy is being hosted by Capital City Communications, a student-run communications agency out of the Manship School of Mass Communication at Louisiana State University (LSU).  A group of seven public relations seniors have been working with the Big Buddy program as a service-learning component to their public relations campaigns course at LSU.   "We have enjoyed working with the Big Buddy program this semester and are very excited to host the event this weekend,” said Julie Rapp, Event Director for Capital City Communications. "We are expecting a great crowd of Big Buddy supporters and are thrilled our agency was able to help plan such a phenomenal event.” 

The Big Buddy Program is a local non-profit (501(c)(3))youth services agency providing positive role models and quality learning experiences to over 700 underserved youth weekly.  For over 30 years the Big Buddy Program has provided children and youth with positive adult role models through the Big Buddy/Little Buddy mentoring programs, character education and leadership sessions, after school programs, holiday camps, summer enrichment programs, teen programs, and workforce development programs

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