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Jump Start Your New Year with the Double Your Personal and Professional Productivity Workshop

Posted By Howard White, Team TOP Choice, Thursday, January 16, 2014

Team TOP Choice is proud to present the DYP3 (Double Your Personal and Professional Productivity) workshop, on January 28, 2014 at 1:00pm.

This workshop was in such high demand the first time we did on New Years Eve, so we are doing it again! A three and a half hour workshop packed with the tools you need to determine the Dream, set the Goal, and manage the Time to double your productivity and profitability.

Topics will cover strategies to help you determine your dream, strategic goal setting, lesson in effective time management, how to control your calendar, and ways to rebound and bounce back from setbacks and roadblocks.

You will not want to miss this great opportunity to learn, grow, and be empowered. So join us at 7249 Florida Blvd., Baton Rouge, La 70806, in the Bon Carre Executive Suites, and prepare yourself for a year better than any other.


For more information call our office at (225) 924-3700 or (225) 907-6593.

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Tags:  Empowerment  Motivation  Seminar  Team TOP Choice  TOP Choice  Training  Workshop 

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Greater New Orleans Foundation Upcoming Learning Opportunities

Posted By Mandi Cambre, Thursday, January 16, 2014

· Nonprofit Workshops

The Organizational Effectiveness initiative is pleased to offer some of our most popular and complimentary 101 workshops over the next several weeks, including Board Governance 101, Fundraising 101, and Advocacy 101. Board Governance 101 is just two weeks away, so be sure to get your spot! Even if you have attended Board Governance 101 before, this is a great learning opportunity for any new board members you might have.

In the spring, save the dates for Fundraising with Individual Donors and Board Recruitment. For advanced workshops, registration is $20 for each grantee participant and $25 for each non-grantee participant.

Click here for workshop descriptions and registration.

· Emerging Leaders

The Organizational Effectiveness Initiative of the Greater New Orleans Foundation in partnership with CompassPoint Nonprofit Services is now accepting applications for Emerging Leaders, a leadership program for managers working in southeast Louisiana nonprofit human service organizations. This program is made possible through the generous support of The Kresge Foundation.

The Emerging Leaders program supports the development of mid-managers to move to the next level of leadership using a multicultural framework that examines cultural dimensions in managing people and organizational finances. This program focuses on these two areas, deepening the management and leadership capabilities of individual participants, while increasing the overall health and sustainability of their current and future organizations of employment.

The deadline to submit your application for Emerging Leaders is Friday, February 14, 2014.

For more information click here.






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LSU Student Group Seeks Capital Area Nonprofits in Need of Volunteers

Posted By LANO Volunteer Network, Thursday, January 16, 2014

Geaux BIG Baton Rouge is a one-day event (March 22, 2014) that unites LSU students and Baton Rouge residents through service to strengthen the university’s relationship with the community. Volunteers' efforts focus on real needs by working on projects identified by Baton Rouge residents in areas including Old South Baton Rouge, Mid-City, and North Baton Rouge.

Geaux BIG, an LSU student organization, is looking for homeowners and nonprofit organizations in the Baton Rouge area that need assistance with yard work, minor house repairs, painting, moving furniture, and other tasks that volunteers could be utilized for in an effort to say 'thank you' for the work you do in the community.

There is no cost associated with submitting a Job Request.  Deadline extended to Jan 24, 2014.

If you think this is something your organization would be interested in participating in, please complete the Job Request Form or click the link below to complete the electronic form. Please also feel free to share this form with other organizations or community members who could benefit from the volunteers.





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Lesson Learned: A reflection of nonprofits in 2013

Posted By Erica Crenshaw, Execute Now!, Thursday, January 16, 2014
"There were pivotal moments during the last decade when the board should have made different, tougher decisions but didn't," explained Stephen Saunders, former director of the Hull House.
As I've shared in prior posts and in my Monday radio segments, the Hull House is emblematic of so many similar nonprofits that waited too long before reaching out for help. Consequently, I've used their significant story and others to constructively share about how you can avoid similar challenges.
Last fall, I had the opportunity to present to a group of nonprofit leaders in Michigan on the common themes I've observed over the past 12 months in our sector, relating to financial nonprofit leadership. It was a terrific exercise because it allowed me to look at the entire year as a composite of nonprofit decisions and behaviors rather than singular events each week.
Together in our Finance Fundamentals newsletter, we explored difficulties experienced by Goliath-sized nonprofits like the Girl Scouts, New York City Opera, Georgetown University, AARP, New York University, Legal Aid Bureau and Youth Service America. Some of the themes we observed were...

Read more in the Finance Fundamentals Newsletter


by Erica McGeachy Crenshaw, CEO of Execute Now!


Tags:  Execute Now!  Finance Fundamentals 

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Big Brothers Big Sisters of SWLA Celebrates National Mentoring Month

Posted By Erin Davison, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwest Louisiana, Thursday, January 16, 2014

This January is National Mentoring Month, and Big Brothers Big Sisters of SWLA is inviting the community to treat our Bigs as the celebrities they are in the eyes of their Littles.

Friends, families, staff members and friends of Big Brothers Big Sisters of SWLA can show their support throughout the month with a special Big Brothers Big Sisters Mentoring Month social media badge, which can be used, among other things, as a Facebook and Twitter profile picture (click image at right to download).

The organization is encouraging its celebrity ambassadors and other national and local public figures to mention Big Brothers Big Sisters on their Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram accounts, while everyone should also take the time to recognize the Bigs in their community through their own social media channels.

About Big Brothers Big Sisters: Big Brothers Big Sisters, the nation’s largest donor and volunteer-supported mentoring network, holds itself accountable for children in its program to achieve measurable outcomes, such as educational success, avoidance of risky behaviors, higher aspirations, greater confidence and better relationships.

Members: Learn more and contact us at our LANO profile...


Tags:  Children  Mentoring  Volunteer 

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Water Institute of the Gulf Seeks Grants Accountant

Posted By LANO Career Center, Monday, January 13, 2014

The Water Institute of the Gulf is seeking a Grants Accountant to assist with the financial and programmatic grant processes of the Institute from pre-award through post-award and closeout.

The Grants Accountant works closely with program staff and Institute directors to ensure accurate financial reporting and procedural compliance on all grants and contracts.This position reports to the Director of Grants & Contracts.

The Water Institute is an independent 501(c)3 not-for-profit research organization governed by a board of directors. Funding for the Institute comes from state, federal, non-profit, foundation and corporate sources through cooperative endeavor agreements, grants and contracts. The Water Institute of the Gulf was designed to serve clients from Louisiana and the Gulf Coast, eventually moving to share lessons learned nationally and globally.


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Tags:  Career Center  Grants 

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LAHC Extends Premium Payment Deadline to Jan. 31

Posted By Anisha V. Williams, Louisiana Health Cooperative, Sunday, January 12, 2014
Updated: Monday, January 13, 2014

LANO Member, Louisiana Health Cooperative, Inc. (LAHC), a nonprofit, member-governed health insurance company for individuals and small employers, is extending the payment deadline until January 31st for new members to pay their first month’s premium.

Individuals who signed up for coverage through the Federal Health Insurance Marketplace ( by Dec. 24, 2013 were eligible for health coverage as of Jan. 1, 2014.

Prior to this announcement, customers had until today, Jan. 10, but this 22-day extension will allow more customers to receive medical care and have prescriptions filled as an LAHC member. As long as members pay their premium by the last day of January, LAHC will retroactively cover their care.

Louisiana Health Cooperative, Inc. (LAHC) is the first and only health insurance company offering coverage statewide to extend the payment deadline for January premiums.




Tags:  ACA  Health insurance 

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Nine Minutes on Monday with James Robbins

Posted By Denise McMahan, CausePlanet, Friday, January 10, 2014


Kick off the New Year with

celebrated author, motivational speaker and leadership trainer


Join our lively discussion via webinar on Thursday, January 23

about his exceedingly popular book

Nine Minutes on Monday

Nine Minutes on Monday is a simple system to help you raise productivity, boost morale, and increase employee engagement. The number one reason why managers fail to increase productivity, and get the best out of their people is they neglect to keep their leadership priorities in front of them.

 Robbins' book help transform your leadership in just minutes a week.

Register now!

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


Presented by:

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

Tags:  CausePlanet  James Robbins  Page to Practice 

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Create a Powerful Fundraising Plan in New Orleans Workshop

Posted By Nora Ellertsen, The Funding Seed, LLC, Wednesday, January 8, 2014
January nonprofit workshop:

Creating a Powerful Fundraising Plan

Tuesday, January 21
9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Ashe Cultural Arts Center
1712 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd.

Start the new year right with a powerful fundraising plan!

What would happen at your organization if you never had to worry about your funding?  If you knew how much you needed to raise, and how you were going to raise it?

What would happen at your organization if you never had to worry about your funding?  If you knew how much you needed to raise, and how you were going to raise it?

This workshop will help you make that a reality.  You'll learn ways to assess your resources, to set fundraising goals, and to create a calendar that will keep you on track.  Participants will receive tools they can take back to their organizations and put to work immediately.   

Registration $35.  Discounts available for students, AmeriCorps and organizations registering two or more people.

For questions, to inquire about discount codes or to reserve your seat and pay at the door, email

Attendees will receive a certificate of participation for completing the workshop.

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LANO Board Names New President & CEO

Posted By Matthew Mullenix, Louisiana Association of Nonprofit Organizations, Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Concluding a nationwide search for our next leader, LANO's Board of Directors announced today the hire of nonprofit management and fund development expert, Kelly Pepper, to serve as the Association's fourth President & CEO. 

A veteran of executive, grantmaking, fundraising and communications roles within the arts community, Pepper is currently Director of Organization Services & Community Development for Louisiana's Division of the Arts, where she administers the Decentralized Arts Funding Program, the State's competitive grant system that supports the work of arts organizations, community groups, individual artists and local government agencies in every parish.


Serving the Division since 2006, Pepper set grant policy, oversaw compliance and provided training, strategic planning and program evaluation for recipient organizations.  A recognized expert in nonprofit fundraising, Pepper has been a member of the Adjunct Faculty of Louisiana State University, instructing on Advanced Strategies in Development.

"I am honored to be selected for this unique opportunity to expand my support of outstanding nonprofit organizations throughout Louisiana," said Pepper.  "I look forward to applying the experience and knowledge I've gained to help LANO meet and exceed members' expectations."

Previously, Pepper directed fund development, marketing and public relations for arts organizations in Baton Rouge, New Orleans, New York, and Nashville, and served as Executive Director of the Center for The Arts in Murfreesboro, Tennessee.

LANO Board Chair, Tony Frey, cites Pepper's extensive nonprofit management and supervisory experience, statewide program administration and demonstrated fundraising expertise as compelling reasons for her hire.  "Kelly brings the perfect mix of skills and experience to this role," said Frey, "at a time when the demand for LANO's services and unique mission has never been greater."

LANO has enjoyed consecutive years of growth in its statewide membership of more than 12,000 volunteers and professionals from nonprofit, business, government, and education spheres. 

Operating since 1999, LANO provides a host of in-person and online trainings, nonprofit board development, event promotion, career and networking services and recently launched the Institute for Nonprofit Excellence to bring national speakers and the latest organizational development tools to Louisiana's nonprofits.

Kelly Pepper will succeed former President & CEO, Ann S. Williamson, who now serves as Executive Director of Utah's Department of Human Services.  Pepper's employment at LANO will begin January 27.  Vice President Matt Mullenix will represent the organization in the interim. 

Contact: Matt Mullenix

Tags:  Board of Directors  LANO  President 

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