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Grantseeking Survey Deadline Approaches; Response to Date

Posted By Ellen Mowrer, GrantStation.com, Inc., Sunday, March 16, 2014

With just over two weeks left in the Spring 2014 State of Grantseeking™ Survey, we wanted to give you an update on respondents by mission focus.

As you know, fifty respondents are the minimum required for a mission-specific focus report; if your area of interest is still a little light, please help to spread the word about the survey.

Here is the survey link: http://linktrack.info/sog_spring2014

And, here is the respondent by mission focus count-to-date:

 

Please encourage your friends and partners to take part in this survey; the resulting reports are free and will be distributed by LANO, and can be of great value to those interested in evaluating and expanding their own grants program.

Next week I’ll send an update on respondents by state/country, to keep all in the loop!

-Ellen

 

 

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Fundraising: How Much Do You Know?

Posted By Denise McMahan, CausePlanet, Sunday, March 16, 2014

CausePlanet & LANO Partner on Book Summary Bundles

First in Series: Fundraising

Fundraising Series--Volume One is a comprehensive look at fundraising 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.

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. 

In the first volume of the CausePlanet Fundraising Series, you'll find spot-on wisdom, critical points, details and quotes, and an insightful author Q&A relating to the following titles:  

  • The End of Fundraising: Raise More Money by Selling Your Impact by Jason Saul is an innovative approach that helps you create powerful value propositions to increase your leverage and improve the success of your pitches to funders. This book flips the fundraising paradigm and will have you identifying new prospects you may have originally dismissed.
  • In Storytelling for Grantseekers: A Guide to Creative Nonprofit Fundraising by Cheryl Clarke, you'll learn why crafting a persuasive summary, packaging a compelling narrative story, and using a short story approach with letters of inquiry are the keys to securing your grant. Clarke also explores how storytelling can be applied to other forms of fundraising.
  • Donor-Centered Planned Gift Marketing by Michael Rosen is a thoughtful examination of who makes planned gifts, how to assess your organization's potential for planned giving, and how to integrate planned gift marketing into your existing efforts.

 

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Tags:  books  CausePlanet  fund development  fundraising  training 

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LANO Member Networking Event a Success

Posted By Matthew Mullenix, Louisiana Association of Nonprofit Organizations, Sunday, March 16, 2014

LANO held its first Member Networking Reception of 2014 on Friday, March 14, at the Association's offices at SpringBoard Baton Rouge.

The two-hour gathering attracted nearly eighty members of LANO's statewide network, including representatives from Baton Rouge and surrounding area nonprofit, corporate, government and foundation organizations. 

The evening provided an engaging opportunity to meet potential partners and strengthen existing connections between members.

Catering was provided by Capital City Grill with event support from SpringBoard Baton Rouge. 

LANO intends to continue this series of informal member networking events in the cities of Lafayette, Shreveport and New Orleans on upcoming dates in April, June and September, 2014. 

Stay tuned to the LANO Community Calendar and Weekly Planner emails for more information.

 

 

LANO members, staff and Board mingle in first Association networking reception of 2014

 

Capital City Grill

SpringBoard Baton Rouge

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Tri-state Conference Seeks Sponsors

Posted By Twanda Lewis for VOAD, Sunday, March 16, 2014


VOAD (Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster) is a coalition of nonprofit organizations that respond to disasters as part of their overall mission.

The Tri-State VOAD Conference (March 24-26, 2014) was established to develop a formal partnership between Alabama, Louisiana and Mississippi to facilitate a collaborative approach to building the capacity of the VOADs along the Gulf Coast through ongoing partnerships, strategic initiatives, annual convenings and trainings.

Sponsorship opportunities for this high-profile event in Baton Rouge are still available. 

For more information, please contact organizer Twanda Lewis or download 2014 Exhibitor and Sponsor Prospectus.

 

 

 

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Compelling ROI stories are rooted in your financials

Posted By Erica Crenshaw, Execute Now!, Thursday, March 13, 2014



     Access to information and technology has not only compressed our timelines at work, it has cast a laser focus on nonprofits' obligation to demonstrate a return on investment (ROI) for funders. The social sector is quickly becoming familiar with ROI thanks primarily to foundations that are experiencing a higher volume of requests combined with tighter giving budgets. An interest in programs and services is now taking a backseat to a keen awareness of ...



by Erica McGeachy Crenshaw, CEO of Execute Now!


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Tags:  Execute Now!  Finance Fundamentals 

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Facebook: Even If You Don't Like It, You Gotta To Love It Seminar

Posted By Christina Riviere, DezinsInteractive, Thursday, March 13, 2014
Updated: Friday, February 7, 2014

Things are moving faster than ever in today's marketplace.

Now, it's more important than ever to have a clear marketing plan that focuses on the future of your company.

Facebook pages enable companies to communicate with their customers and respond to feedback. It is an easy medium to post sales, deals and business news. Let us show you how to use your page to your greatest benefit.

Effective digital marketing requires having a clear understanding of how all of the available tools revolve together to get the market to respond to you.

Join us in an informative, no-cost seminar that will offer you the opportunity to look at the larger marketing landscape and determine where you are and where you want to go.

Date: Wednesday, March 27, 2014

Time: 10:30 am-12:30 pm 

Where: dezinsINTERACTIVE

10311 Jefferson Highway, Suite 1

Baton Rouge, LA 70809 

[REGISTER]

 

Learn more about our seminar series: www.dezinsinteractive.com/seminars/

Tags:  dezinsINTERACTIVE  Facebook  Facebook page  seminar 

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Nonprofit workshop: Grantwriting for Beginners

Posted By Nora Ellertsen, The Funding Seed, LLC, Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Nonprofit workshop:
Grantwriting for Beginners
Thursday, March 20
2:00-4:30 p.m.

Ashe Cultural Arts Center
1712 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd., New Orleans
Details and registration at www.thefundingseed.com

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 info@thefundingseed.com to inquire about discount codes or to reserve your space and pay at the door.

Tags:  development  donations  donors  fund  fund development  fund raising  funding  Fundraising  funds  grant  grant writing  grants  grantwriting  louisiana  Member Event  New Orleans  nonprofit  nonprofit sector  non-profits  training  workshop  workshop. grants 

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Three Ways to Run Your Nonprofit like a Business

Posted By Jeremy Hunnewell, EMH Strategy, Tuesday, March 11, 2014

To most, there is a distinct delineation between the non-profit world and the private sector. Businesses focus on the bottom line, and non-profits work for some sort of social cause. In some ways, it is beneficial to separate these two worlds: a non-profit should always focus on maximizing the impact of its mission statement, and not satisfying shareholders, while a business cannot rely on philanthropic donations to keep the doors open. However, there are three fundamental principles critical to the success of any business that any non-profit should consider for its own organization.

Make Money

Non-profits often rely heavily on donations and grants to remain operationally functional. Although philanthropic income will always be a staple of the non-profit sector, an organization should also consider how it can supplement charitable income streams with revenue generated from commercial activity. Diversifying an organization’s revenue... more

Invest in the Organization

A common concern in the non-profit world is overhead: donors do not want to see valuable dollars spent on it, and non-profits are often forced to operate at a prohibitively lean level. Successful businesses invest in themselves, be it bringing in (and paying for) top talent, spending on employee training, or purchasing a productive and efficient piece of equipment. In order to grow.... more

Stand out from the competition

Non-profits—just like private companies—compete against one another for revenue. Although this competition is most often for revenue from philanthropic entities, it is competition just the same: one non-profit has to prove that it will be more effective with a donation than a non-profit working on a similar cause. Clearly defining the community need, measuring organizational impact, avoiding... more

 

 

 

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Another Chance to Join Virtual Book Club for Nonprofit Managers

Posted By Kris H. Rutledge, CausePlanet, Monday, March 10, 2014

 

We've extended the deadline!

We told you about a virtual book club where CausePlanet and The Nonprofit Cultivation Center are partnering to give you a unique opportunity to discuss Page to Practice™ summaries with fellow nonprofit managers.

Now, the first session of this Management Café starts on Thursday, April 3. It's available at your desk through facilitated webinar discussions.

The sessions will discuss the summaries of "

The Power of Collaborative Solutions" by Tom Wolff, "Rippling" by Beverly Schwartz and "A Sense of Urgency" by John Kotter.

Find out more about the Management Café and register
here.

 




Thanks to the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana Foundation, LANO General and Associate Members can download these and other summaries for FREE! Simply log in at www.CausePlanet.org using your email address on file with LANO and "Password1". Then, click  the "Summary Library" tab and download any title you like.

If you have any questions, email us at
Support@CausePlanet.org.

Also, don't miss our upcoming author interview with Joe Waters, author of "Fundraising with Businesses" on March 27 at 11 a.m. CST. Register here. (All LANO Members and Friends are invited; link requires LANO network sign-in to register.)

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Documents You Must Keep for Tax Purposes

Posted By Celeste Viator, Hannis T. Bourgeois, LLP, Monday, March 10, 2014

In our last nonprofit blog, we described why your organization needs to keep accurate records and how a good record-keeping system can prove that you are complying with various laws. 

However, there are probably stacks of documents that come through your organization, and you don't want to file away every slip of paper.  Fortunately, you don't have to. 

The IRS does require you to keep certain essential documents on file to back up accounting entries, reportable income, expenses and deductions.

Which are they?  Click here to read the entire blog.

 

 


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