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Executive Director Sought for CASA of Iberia-St. Martin-St. Mary Parishes

Posted By Kathleen Richey,, Wednesday, February 12, 2014

CASA of the 16th JDC is currently seeking qualified candidates for the position of Executive Director.

The program serves Iberia, St. Martin, and St. Mary parishes.

To apply please send resume with a cover letter including salary requirements to

WHO ARE WE? The mission of CASA of the 16th JDC, Inc. is to recruit and train community volunteers to be a powerful voice for all abused and neglected children in the 16th judicial district court system.




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Interview with Joe Waters: 40 new and improved strategies to fundraise with businesses

Posted By Denise McMahan, Founder/Publisher, CausePlanet, Monday, February 10, 2014

Nine themes for fundraising success: Author Joe Waters


Joe Waters, cause marketing expert, gives 40 specific, practical strategies in his new book that you can implement now to further your profitable relationships with businesses.


These strategies fall into nine categories or themes:

  • point-of-sale
  • physical go-tos
  • social media
  • online deals
  • direct gifts from businesses
  • money from employees
  • required actions from consumers
  • nonprofit celebrations and
  • special opportunities


Join us to learn more from author Joe Waters!




Join me for a lively discussion via webinar on Thursday, March 27, with Joe Waters about his innovative strategies designed to do more with corporations.


LANO members and friends can register for FREE, thanks to the generous support of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana Foundation.



LANO members: Visit to download the free book summary by logging in with your email address and Password1.




Tags:  CausePlanet  Fundraising with Businesses  Page to Practice 

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2014 Angel Award Nominees Sought by Blue Cross Foundation

Posted By Tristi Charpentier, Huey and Angelina Wilson Foundation, Monday, February 10, 2014


2014 marks the program's 20th year of support for state’s children.

Nominations for the Angel Award, which recognizes and rewards exceptional volunteer work for the benefit of Louisiana children, have been opened by the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana Foundation.  Now in its 20th year, the Angel Award will honor eight individuals.

Deadline for nominations is April 4, 2014.

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.

There is no age limit, upper or lower, imposed on potential nominees.  They 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 non-profit 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. Learn more on the company’s website a
t or visit our social media hub to connect with us via Facebook, Twitter and more.

Tags:  Angel Award  award  BCBSLA Foundation  grant  louisiana  volunteers 

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Louisiana Child Well-Being Summit: Early Bird Registration Now Open

Posted By Kathleen Richey,, Monday, February 10, 2014

EVENT DATES: Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at 11:00 AM - Thursday, April 17, 2014 at 4:00 PM (CDT) Baton Rouge, LA

Join the child welfare, legal, medical, mental health, and law-making communities as we converge on the Louisiana State Capital to share scientific knowledge, address the need for increased public awareness, and propose changes in policies and practices that can counteract the high level of risk for Louisiana's children in order to socially and economically benefit the State. 

Early Bird Registration now open, extends to Feb. 28!  

Special Pricing: $125




For more information, view the Agenda and Summit Brochure.



Tags:  child welfare  conference  registration 

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Haiti Mission, Inc (HMI) Seeks Technical, Fundraising Assistance

Posted By Lloyd Duplantis, Haiti Mission Inc, Sunday, February 9, 2014
Updated: Monday, February 10, 2014

Haiti Mission, Inc., of Thibodaux, Louisiana has as its primary focus a commitment to provide basic humanitarian aid to numerous villages in the region of Jeremie, Haiti. The first and foremost goal is to provide potable water within 500 feet of every family in this area. Other projected activities include initiatives in the fields of education, health, improved housing, and other basic material needs.

A long range vision is to help the villagers to establish independent economic development by providing them with agricultural business opportunities utilizing their own native resources, which may include no-interest business loans and vocational skills that will enable them to lead a worthy life on the material, social, cultural, and spiritual level.

We are currently seeking individuals familiar with grant writing and the range of potential funding sources, such as organizations, businesses and foundations that would be interested to support the type work HMI does in Haiti, which consists of:

a. Drilling fresh water wells

b. Building houses

c. Elementary education

d. School children feeding programs

e. Various types of animal husbandry

In addition, we are looking for a willing and qualified web development volunteer to upgrade the HMI website and maximize its search engine optimization.

All interested volunteers or donors, please contact Joanna Cooley at:


Tags:  grants  Haiti  Volunteers  website development 

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New Seminar Series Opens with LinkedIn Social Networking Tutorial

Posted By Christina Riviere, DezinsInteractive, Friday, February 7, 2014

Things move fast in today's marketplace.

Now, it's more important than ever for nonprofits and businesses alike to have a clear marketing plan that focuses on the future of your organization. It's not good enough to just have a website that links to a Facebook page or a stale, boring Twitter feed.

You need a LinkedIn page as well: LinkedIn is more than connections, it has great benefits that will help you succeed. 

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: Thursday, February 27, 2014

Time: 3:00 pm-5:00 pm 

Where: dezinsINTERACTIVE

10311 Jefferson Highway, Suite B1, Baton Rouge, LA 70809





Learn more about our seminar series:

Tags:  dezinsINTERACTIVE  LinkedIn  seminar 

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

Posted By Lori Kadavy, Firespring, Wednesday, February 5, 2014


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How to Captivate and Engage

Constituents with Your Website

Thursday, February 13, 2014 1:30 PM  -  3:00 PM CST

In this session, you will learn from more than 10 years of focus group research with nonprofit constituents and donors how to captivate and engage your audience. Join Firespring CEO/Founder Jay Wilkinson to discover:

• How your organization can raise awareness about your mission in the community.
• The 3 biggest mistakes nonprofits make with their website.
• Proven methods for promoting your organization online.
• The 5 critical elements of a viable website.
• Real-world examples of nonprofit organizations that have mastered their online presence.

You won’t want to miss this opportunity to learn how to take your organization’s web presence to the next level from one of America’s top-rated experts on websites and marketing for nonprofits.


Register Now


Jay Wilkinson

Tags:  cause marketing  Firespring  fundraising  Jay Wilkinson  online fundraising  online presence  website 

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Louisiana Healthy Communities Coalition Seeks Advisory Board Members

Posted By Earl Benjamin, Louisiana Public Health Institute, Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Louisiana Healthy Communities Coalition, a statewide coalition that strives to improve the health and quality of life for Louisianans by building healthy communities, will be forming an advisory board comprised of 12 to 20 members from across the state.

The advisory board will provide expertise on improving health outcomes, serve as a link to community members, provide programmatic input, increase community participation and awareness, and assist in strategic planning.

We are seeking applicants with experience in one or more of the following areas:

  • chronic disease
  • school health
  • rural health
  • insurance
  • mental health
  • social justice
  • infectious disease
  • maternal and child health policy
  • minority health
  • LGBTQ issues

Applications for the advisory board are due electronically by February 28, 2014. Board members will be announced on March 14, 2014. Please contact the Healthy Communities Executive Committee at or visit for additional information.



Louisiana Healthy Communities Coalition Executive Committee

 Attached Files:
HCC Advisory.pdf (116.03 KB)

Tags:  Healthy Communities 

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LSU and kiisa Announce Seminar: 'Successful Grant Writing'

Posted By David Kiviaho, kiisa Corporation, Wednesday, February 5, 2014


Successful Grant Writing will teach you the essentials of researching, writing, obtaining, and maintaining grants.

1.2 CEU's | $395

March 18, 2014 and March 19, 2014



You will learn from experienced grant writers how to write grants effectively, how to format your proposal and how to acquire funding. 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 FunderLearn how to insure the relationship is relevant to organizational or corporate entity needs.



Tags:  Baton Rouge  Blue Cross Blue Shield  fund development  grantwriting  LANO Network  New Orleans  The Capital Area Corporate Recycling Council  training  workshop. grants 

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Jefferson Dollars for Scholars Month Declared in Jefferson Parish

Posted By Lisa Conescu, Jefferson Dollars for Scholars, Sunday, February 2, 2014

The Jefferson Parish Council has proclaimed the month of February 2014 as Jefferson Dollars for Scholars Month!

By way of this Proclamation, the Council expresses its support of Jefferson Dollars for Scholars for:

  • Outstanding service to the community
  • Guiding thousands of students from Jefferson Parish through college graduation
  • Bringing positive educational attention to Jefferson Parish
  • Launching its grassroots, resident participation campaign, Power of a Dollar in Jefferon Parish

Community participation in the Power of a Dollar helps the organization lead the way in spearheading new and innovative ways to engage and improve the quality of life in in Jefferson Parish through the continuing education of its children. And Jefferson Dollars for Scholars leverages every single $1 into $4. Jefferson Dollars for Scholars invites every one to believe in the Power of a Dollar!





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