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Engaging Millennial Donors

Posted By Gretchen Carter, Greater Giving, Thursday, February 20, 2014

No surprise, millennials are the most connected and technological generation yet, but with that comes huge competition for their attention. Here are tips to help your organization stand out from the crowd and turn a young potential donor into a life-long supporter.

Three factors tend to work against nonprofit organizations seeking to engage and mobilize younger donors:

  1. Organizations need to access the same technological channels millennials are using in their own day-to-day lives in order to reach them.
  2. Younger donors have less capital available for charity.
  3. Millennials are more technologically connected than ever before, so they are bombarded with causes asking for their time and resources.

To engage successfully, organizations need to speak the language of younger donors, connect with them on their preferred mediums, and offer options for involvement that require less capital, more spreading information digitally, and more tangible activism.

Getting a young donor involved with your organization, even at the volunteer level, is an investment in a long-term relationship...

Read full article with tips for message delivery, language and engagement...




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Member News Now Visible on LANO Homepage

Posted By Matthew Mullenix, Louisiana Association of Nonprofit Organizations, Thursday, February 20, 2014

LANO's community blog, "Member News & Events," provides a free venue for General and Associate members to promote their programs, call for volunteers, announce grant or partnership opportunities, and more, to the association's 13,000 network members and friends and more than three thousand followers on social media. 

A linked headline for each member-submitted post goes out every Monday morning as part of our all-network Weekly Planner email. To date, LANO members have posted more than four hundred news items and reached hundreds of thousands of readers through our network and beyond.

Now, as an additional promotional benefit, member-submitted news will appear in a new section of our homepage titled Community News.  This section, which displays prominently on LANO's public website, will list and link to the most recent member news stories as they're published.

For more about how to take advantage of the Member News & Events Blog and other promotional benefits of LANO membership, please contact us at or visit:



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Digital Marketing For The Future Of Your Business Seminar

Posted By Christina Riviere, DezinsInteractive, Wednesday, February 19, 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.

It's not good enough to just have a website that links to a Facebook page. It 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 5, 2014

Time: 10:30 am-12:30 pm

Where: dezinsINTERACTIVE

10311 Jefferson Highway, Suite B1

Baton Rouge, LA 70809



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Call for Applications: The Fundraising Intensive Program

Posted By Nora Ellertsen, The Funding Seed, LLC, Tuesday, February 18, 2014
Now accepting applications for enrollment in the 2014-2015 class of

The Fundraising Intensive Program

a comprehensive fundraising training opportunity presented by The Funding Seed!


The Funding Seed's Fundraising Intensive Program is a 10-month course that gives you tools to raise funds for your nonprofit. Through a combination of group learning and one-on-one coaching, participants will learn best practices and practical skills related to a range of fundraising activities.
Over the course of the program, the nonprofit staff, board members and volunteers involved will learn about:

Fundraising Planning
Individual Donor Development
Major Donors
Fundraising Events: House Parties
Fundraising by Mail and Email
Grant Research and Writing
Corporate and Business Sponsorship

Participation is limited and applications are required.

If you are interested in joining The Funding Seed's Fundraising Intensive Program's Class of 2014-2015, visit and complete the program application by Tuesday, April 29 at 5:00 p.m.

For questions, please call (504) 307-7220 or email

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NCCAN in New Orleans and Seeking Volunteers

Posted By Susan Shaffette, Team Dynamics LLC, Monday, February 17, 2014

The 19th National Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect is the nation’s premier training and technical assistance event for the child maltreatment field.  Check back frequently for updates on the exciting educational and networking opportunities that are part of this biannual event. The event will be on April 30th to May 2nd. It is in Jazz Fest time, so there will be some issues finding hotels if you are coming from outside New Orleans or commuting distance. It is being held at the Hyatt Regency in New Orleans on the corner of Loyola and Poydras.

Conference Cost

There is no registration fee to attend the Conference. 


The Louisiana Host Team is a collaborative group of volunteers from many sectors who are working to develop the volunteer teams needed for a major conference. We are seeking more volunteers to help us - primarily with the moderating roles. Do you want to hear national speakers on key issues impacting children and families? If you do, we need you! You can sign up at There are over 1400 registrations for the conference already – we need our Louisiana folks to help us with manpower.


Please call Susan Delle Shaffette at 985-624-3514 or send an email to

Tags:  April  child abuse  conference  neglect  New Orleans  volunteers 

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2014 Tri-State VOAD Conference

Posted By Jessica Vermilyea, Louisiana VOAD, Monday, February 17, 2014

2014 Tri-State VOAD Conference

Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD) is a nonprofit association where members share knowledge and resources regarding all stages of a disaster – preparation, response, recovery, and mitigation – in order to build more resilient communities.

The Tri-State VOAD Conference was established to develop a formal partnership between Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana that facilitates a collaborative approach to building the capacity of the VOAD’s along the Gulf Coast, utilizing current strategies and best practice to address the needs of communities in the area of disaster preparedness, response, and recovery. 

You do not need to be a member of a VOAD to participate in the conference and we welcome those interested in learning more about our collaborative work to join us.

Register now and join us in Baton Rouge March 24-26, 2014!

Click here to view the conference agenda and register 

Renaissance Baton Rouge Hotel  Baton Rouge, LA 

Early Bird Rate through February 28, 2014 - $130

Registration Fee: $150.  Registration deadline is March 15, 2014

After March 15, you must register on-site. On-site registration is $200)








Keynote Speakers:

  • David L. Myers, Director of the Department of Homeland Security’s Center for Faith-Based & Neighborhood Partnerships
  • Michael Hecht, President & CEO of Greater New Orleans, Inc.
  • Daniel Stoecker, President & CEO of National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster


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Recognizing New LANO Members in 2014

Posted By Glinda Causey, Louisiana Association of Nonprofit Organizations, Friday, February 14, 2014

LANO's growing network is "owned and operated" by our members.

YOU drive the content and communications and make new connections that benefit your cause. 

We're proud of each new member organization, business, agency or individual and continually strive to help promote their services and meet their needs.

Starting in 2014, we'll be adding a weekly post to LANO's Member News & Events Blog that provides a brief introduction to the newest General and Associate members and those who are returning after a time away.  

We would like to start with the following groups that have recently joined LANO's network of more than 13,000 members.

 Sign in with your LANO network credentials to learn more and connect directly with these new members.  Just a quick glance suggests a number of potential partnerships waiting to be made...!

Welcome All!   

Glinda Causey, LANO Membership Manager

Bastion – Dylan Tete, New Orleans

Bastion is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with a vision to build an intentional, intergenerational community for wounded veterans, surviving families, and purposeful boomers that will sustain a thriving recovery from the wounds and casualties of war.


French Quarter Citizens – Catherine Hill, New Orleans

The Mission of French Quarter Citizens, Inc., is to enhance the residential quality of life in the French Quarter, its historical character and architecture; to educate the public and to focus attention on the problems confronting the French Quarter, contribute to their resolution, and to work with other entities in achieving these goals.


Lafayette Bar Association - Heather Broussard, Lafayette

The Lafayette Bar Association is a professional membership organization composed of about 930 attorneys in the Lafayette area. It is our mission to serve the profession, its members and the community by promoting justice, professional excellence, respect for the rule of law and fellowship amongst attorneys and the Court.


League of Women Voters of Louisiana - Sandra Slifer, Covington

The League of Women Voters, a nonpartisan political organization, encourages the informed and active participation of citizens in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy.


Learning Forward Louisiana - Holly Howat, Lafayette

Learning Forward Louisiana provides access to innovative resources that expand professional learning so every educator advances in effectiveness and every student achieves.


Natchitoches Fuller Center for Housing – Glenrose Pitt, Natchitoches

A volunteer organization that strives to provide adequate shelter for people in need in the Natchitoches area.   


Neighborhood Housing Services of New Orleans - Linda Santi, New Orleans

Our mission is to revitalize communities by increasing the number of homeowners and transforming vacant or substandard properties into sustainable homeownership, and to improve quality of life through informed community building initiatives, leadership development, education, outreach and collaboration.


NOLA Green Roots – Joseph Brock, New Orleans

"Building Sustainable Communities Through Gardens"


Pamoja Art Society – Jameelah El-Amin, Shreveport

A non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization that is dedicated to celebrating African-American culture, serving artists, and building a stronger community. Thirty-eight years ago the organization was founded by a talented group of artists from Northwest Louisiana. The name "Pamoja” is an East African word meaning "coming together.”


Success Insite – Jeremy Fusco, Bossier City

A community based behavioral health agency that serves children, adolescents, & families.


The Mission Possible Foundation – Tyra Banks, Baton Rouge

Mission Possible was founded on the principle that we live in a world where every mission is possible when we work together. If anyone wants to make a positive difference in the world today, they can. They can start by simply making the decision to do so.


Baton Rouge Epicurean Society – Rene Molbert, Baton Rouge

Bringing Louisiana culture to the table.


kiisa Corporation – David Kiviaho, Slidell

kiisa Founders, Sharon Sandifer, M.Ed and David Kiviaho have spent the last several years providing training seminars throughout the state of Louisiana. Some of the topics covered have been customer service and management, sales, professional development, life management skills, team dynamics, and supervision and management. Grant writing is also very important to kiisa corporation. As experienced grant writers for over 25 years, kiisa has provided grant writing seminars, since 2011, for LSU.


Kicks 4 Kids – Cedric Bloxson, Slidell

Our mission is to readily assist the youth of single parent households in purchasing school shoes through the current school year and summer months. K4K will inspire students to set higher goals and achieve success as a result of their hard work. Through mentoring and positive reinforcement K4K will encourage students to become leaders and in turn impact the lives of other youth by building self esteem and the confidence that comes from wearing quality footwear.


The SoFAB Institute – Joe Sunseri, New Orleans

Celebrate the food culture of the South --- The Southern Food and Beverage Museum is a nonprofit living history organization dedicated to the discovery, understanding and celebration of the food, drink, and culture of the world through the eyes of the South!



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Six Smart Reasons to Keep Scrupulous Records

Posted By Celeste Viator, Hannis T. Bourgeois, LLP, Thursday, February 13, 2014

In order to qualify as a tax-exempt entity, a nonprofit organization must comply with certain federal income tax laws.  To prove compliance, you must maintain records.

There is no required recordkeeping system.  Your organization can choose any system that suits its activities and clearly shows income and expenses.

It is prudent for nonprofit organizations to keep scrupulous financial records for more than just tax purposes.  Here are six basic reasons cited by the IRS.



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Leverage the benefits of recognized financial models

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



Words can inform our mind, thrill our spirit or destroy our self confidence. Some call language a "tool of transformation." No matter the intent behind your words, leading nonprofit thinkers agree the power of language is evident in every aspect of the sector. The influence of language couldn't be more obvious than in the article introduced by Foster, Kim and Christiansen, coauthors of "Ten Nonprofit Funding Models."

Foster, Kim and Christiansen argue nonprofit leaders face greater financial challenges due to the lack of... 

Read more at the Finance Fundamentals Newsletter


By Erica McGeachy Crenshaw, CEO of Execute Now!

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LANO Welcomes 13,000th Member!

Posted By Matthew Mullenix, Louisiana Association of Nonprofit Organizations, Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Marvin McGraw of Baton Rouge

LANO Member 13,000

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Quote: "You are never too old to set another goal or dream a new dream."

When Mr. Marvin McGraw of Baton Rouge signed up with LANO, he had no idea how happy we were to see him.

Marvin, who joined this morning as a Friend of LANO, was the thirteen-thousandth (13,000) member of our fast-growing, statewide network!




Who is Marvin McGraw? 

Marvin is a communications, marketing and media relations professional with experience developing multi-platform campaigns designed to elevate community awareness and perception.

He is also an award-winning former broadcast journalist with expert news judgment and deep understanding of inner workings of print, broadcast, digital and social media.

Marvin is a civic-minded volunteer with his church, local scouting groups and with other community efforts that help those less fortunate.  He has added his profile to the LANO Volunteer Network directory, and can be contacted for assistance in Broadcast Communications by organizations in need.

In his free time, Marvin enjoys cycling and other outdoor activities and is a student of early Louisiana history.  A good friend recommended him the LANO Network, and we're glad he did!

The Friends of LANO

LANO's free membership category grows by more than 100 new profiles every month and provides numerous benefits that will never expire.  Join us for:  

For more information on the benefits of Friend and Full LANO membership, contact Glinda Causey, Membership Manager.


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