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Still time to apply for the Fundraising Intensive Program!

Posted By Nora Ellertsen, The Funding Seed, LLC, Thursday, May 11, 2017
Interested in applying for the Fundraising Intensive Program? Not sure if it's the right time or right fit? Explore the FAQ's below and submit your application by 5pm on May 19th!


1. What is the Fundraising Intensive Program?
The Fundraising Intensive Program is a 10-month training program that combines group learning and individual coaching to help bring your nonprofit's fund development to the next level.

During the program, participants meet once a month for a discussion on a shared topic and receive tools and homework assignments related to that topic.Following this, participants also receive a 90-minute individual coaching session each month to help them to apply that topic to their own unique organization.

Program description and application

2. Why do you have both group and individual sessions?
Combining group and individual learning means that participants can learn from each other in a safe, trusting environment while also getting support from a professional to trouble-shoot issues specific to their own organization.

Program description and application

3. What are the sessions like?
The group sessions are discussion based; there is no power-point and the feel is very un-lecture-like.The facilitator guides the conversation with questions and suggested best practices, and the participants are invited to talk about their own ideas and experiences.

The individual sessions are flexible and follow what the particular nonprofit needs that month.The session could be spent reviewing the month's homework assignment or talking more broadly about how this particular fundraising topic relates to their organization.

Program description and application

4. Why do you make us do homework?I thought I was done with school!
The Fundraising Intensive Program uses the saying, "Use it or lose it."It's not just about learning about fundraising theoretically; it's about actually making real change in your nonprofit's fund development program.The homework assignments are all practical and designed to help you truly ingrain the skills we discuss into your own actions and habits.

In addition, the program is designed to help you raise money as you go. For example, in the month dedicated to fundraising letters and emails, the homework is to write and send a fundraising letter and email.This means that, if you do your homework,you are actually raising money while the program is happening.

Program description and application

5. I've already been to a bunch of The Funding Seed's workshops, and it seems like a lot of the topics you cover in this program are the same.What would I get out of the Fundraising Intensive Program that I wouldn't get from the regular workshop series?
About half of the people who have participated in The Fundraising Intensive Program's first two graduating classes have participated in one or more of The Funding Seed's regular workshops.

The Fundraising Intensive Program provides an entirely different way to learn.Because participants receive a special individual coaching session every month, you have the opportunity to take the ideas and tools from the group session and work with a professional to help you implement them.This added accountability means you are more likely to actually do the things you need to do to make real progress.

In addition, because the same participants meet every month, you become a part of a genuine learning community, a group of people who are comfortable sharing ideas and experiences to help everyone fundraise better.

Program description and application

6. This seems pretty expensive. Can I justify spending the money for this program?
The Fundraising Intensive Program is an investment, both in terms of time and money.However, the $200 per month tuition (a second member from the same organization may also participate at a 50% discount) covers more than 40 hours of group and individual coaching, which is significantly less than the cost of similar coaching outside the structure of the program.In addition, remember that part of the intention of the program is that you will be actively working to raise funds as you go, not just spending money for something you may not ever get around to doing.

If your nonprofit does not have room in your professional development budget for this, consider applying for a professional development or capacity building grant.These are often designed for exactly this purpose.

Program description and application

7. Bottom line: Why should I consider doing this program?
If you are ready to make a real leap forward for your nonprofit's fund development efforts, The Fundraising Intensive Program is for you.Every nonprofit needs to know how to raise money.Whether you're an Executive Director, development staff,a board member, a program manager or a volunteer, having the skills to fundraise successfully and sustainably makes you an asset to your organization, and allows your nonprofit to serve your community even more effectively, to make the world an even better place for the future.

Have more questions? Email or call (504) 307-7220.
Or you can read the full program description and apply today!

For more on workshops and other services offered by The Funding Seed, visit

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Tired of the same ideas getting repurposed? Borrow fundraising practices from nonprofits around the globe

Posted By Amy Warner, CausePlanet, Monday, May 8, 2017




Tired of the same ideas getting repurposed? Borrow fundraising practices from nonprofits around the globe


While many philanthropists, nonprofit leaders and fundraisers have an eye on proven practices among the usual suspects in North America and Europe, numerous charities both giant and small, inside and outside these regions are exhibiting innovative methods worthy of global attention.


Authors Cagney and Ross have uncovered helpful case stories in countries that once were considered unlikely places for fundraising events. Contributing authors add to the discussion in detail, educating you on how major regions around world manage philanthropy, fundraising and nonprofits.


Ultimately, this book is for anyone who is curious about fund development and philanthropy practices that are working in other countries and who hopes to gain a fresh perspective for their own organization.


Learn more about this book and our summary


Questions? Email us at


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Red Stick Project Spruce-up

Posted By Evelyn Ware-Jackson, The Red Stick Project, Thursday, May 4, 2017

A Call to Artists and Volunteers


Join us in the Melrose East Neighborhood for a Spring spruce-up and mural painting on Saturday May 6, 2017 from 9 am–1 pm.

6942 Titian Ave. off North Donmoor

Refreshments provided


Neighborhood volunteers and community partners are sprucing up the neighborhood and painting French impressionistic murals. In the process, Math in the mural is highlighted to demonstrate the practical use of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math). Community Partners include MECA, MCRA, City Year, Aramark, BREC, and the Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge.


The Red Stick Project is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization with a “STEAM” focus. It is a Field of Interest Fund of the Baton Rouge Area Foundation. This program is supported in part by a Decentralized Arts Funding Grant from the Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge in cooperation with the Louisiana Division of the Arts, Office of Cultural Development, Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism, and Louisiana State Arts Council.


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Evelyn Ware-Jackson



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Inject soul into your use of technology

Posted By Amy Warner, CausePlanet, Tuesday, May 2, 2017


Inject soul into your use of technology 


Leroux Miller’s comprehensive guide to curating content is the cornerstone to creating a climate of followers engaged in your organization’s fundraising and brandraising.


The author’s vast number of nonprofit examples and specific guidance on why it’s important to create your content identity, build a plan based on your constituents’ preferences, and map out a functional timeline are only a few of the passage highlights in this book.


You’ll have answers to some of the most popular questions like, “What are the benefits and drawbacks of each online channel?” “What three questions should my homepage answer?” and “How do I allow for content surprises in a pre-planned editorial calendar?”


The secret in Leroux Miller’s sauce is she practices what she prescribes. She has worked out the kinks in all the methods and tools she recommends and has done so single-handedly. So, if you’re wondering if your small or sophisticated shop can implement her approach, wonder no more. 


Click this link to learn more:


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United Against Child Hunger Food Drive

Posted By Tasha L. Cooper, Louisiana Association of Nonprofit Organizations, Monday, May 1, 2017

The Law Center of Southwest Louisiana Law Center, the United Way of Southwest Louisiana, and the Calcasieu Parish Police Jury are teaming up for this year’s Summer Feeding Program. 


If you happen to be in downtown Lake Charles this week, please drop off one or two non-perishables to the lobby of the Magnolia Building - 1011 Lakeshore Drive.


Food items that will be collected include:

Bottled Water

Sunflower Seeds


Granola Bars

Juice Boxes


Pudding/Yogurt Cups

Peanut Butter Crackers

No cook, pop-top meals (beans and franks, beefy mac, etc.)

Individually packaged snacks


See flyer for more details.

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Attract More Donors with Effective Content Marketing

Posted By Amy Warner, CausePlanet, Tuesday, April 25, 2017



Attract More Donors with Effective Content Marketing


The number of tools and the amount of noise around us grow by the day. With choice comes complexity, and our environment changes constantly, due to technological, generational and marketing shifts.


Redefine your audience for today’s current climate with the help of author Kivi Leroux Miller. Content Marketing for Nonprofits: A Communications Map for Engaging Your Community, Becoming a Favorite Cause, and Raising More Money delivers on the title and much more.


Without the benefit of a multichannel communications plan like Leroux Miller’s, your organization pushes out mass-messaging in a variety of unplanned channels and hopes that a few calls to action land in receptive hands.


But with Leroux Miller’s guidance, you will develop a solid marketing plan and implement a dynamic content strategy, step by step, that will attract generous donors.



Click this link to learn more:



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LANO’s April 25th Governance Fundamentals Event is just around the corner. Arm yourself with additional, helpful knowledge. ​

Posted By Amy Warner, CausePlanet, Thursday, April 20, 2017


Transformational Governance focuses on the change process itself, with emphasis on the journey rather than the destination. The authors, Beth Gazley and Katha Kissman, recognize a need for focusing on the processes designed to help nonprofit leaders through the stages of change that lead to better performance.


Gazley and Kissman also focus on diagnostic help. They explain, “We know boards are asked to achieve a strategic orientation, but what has to change within the organization ­­­­­– and how do we change it – to become ‘strategic’?”


The authors use real stories to illustrate how to create that sought-after change. The authors also present an unbiased approach to using a variety of tools. Rather than advocating for using a specific model they’ve devised, Gazley and Kissman’s book transcends specific models in favor of applying all models that fit the situation.


Click this link to learn more:



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5 Upcoming GAAP Changes Not-for-Profits Should Know

Posted By Don Engler, Wegmann Dazet & Company, Wednesday, April 19, 2017
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Decipher the Form 990 Sections on Compensation Reporting

Posted By Celeste Viator, Hannis T. Bourgeois, LLP, Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Most tax-exempt organizations must file Form 990 with the IRS. This form, titled Return of Organization Exempt from Income Tax, has significant implications for not-for-profit organizations. The compensation of officers, directors, trustees, key employees and others in tax-exempt organizations has always been scrutinized by the IRS. That is why compensation reporting is so important on Form 990.

Relevant data is reported in three places:

  • "Officers, Directors, Trustees, Key Employees, and Highest Compensated Employees;"

  • "Statement of Functional Expenses," lines 5, 7, 8, and 9; and

  • Schedule J, "Compensation Information for Certain Officers, Directors, Trustees, Key Employees, and Highest Compensated Employees."

    In each instance, there are significant differences in the amounts and details included. As a result, properly reporting compensation is one of the more difficult tasks in preparing Form 990.

    Note: Determining exactly who should be listed in Part VII, Section A and Schedule J can be complex. This article only covers some compensation reporting issues for those listed. Consult with your not-for-profit adviser to help identify the individuals who should be listed.

Definition of a Related Organization

An organization, including a nonprofit organization, a stock corporation, a partnership or limited liability company, a trust, and a governmental unit or other government entity, that stands in one or more of the following relationships to the filing organization at any time during the tax year.

· Parent: an organization that controls the filing organization.

· Subsidiary: an organization controlled by the filing organization.

· Brother/Sister: an organization controlled by the same person or persons that control the filing organization. However, if the filing organization is a trust that has a bank or financial institution trustee that is also the trustee of another trust, the other trust is not a Brother/Sister related organization of the filing organization on the ground of common control by the bank or financial institution trustee.

· Supporting/Supported: an organization that claims to be at any time during the tax year, or that is classified by the IRS at any time during the tax year, as (i) a supporting organization of the filing organization within the meaning of section 509(a)(3), if the filing organization is a supported organization within the meaning of Section 509(f)(3); (ii) or a supported organization, if the filing organization is a supporting organization.

· Sponsoring Organization of a VEBA: an organization that establishes or maintains a section 501(c)(9) voluntary employees' beneficiary association (VEBA) during the tax year. A sponsoring organization of a VEBA also includes an employee organization, association, committee, joint board of trustees, or other similar group of representatives of the parties which establish or maintain a VEBA. Although a VEBA must report a sponsoring organization as a related organization, a sponsoring organization should not report a VEBA as a related organization, unless the VEBA is related to the sponsoring organization in some other capacity described in this definition.

· Contributing Employer of a VEBA: an employer that makes a contribution or contributions to the VEBA during the tax year. Although a VEBA must report a contributing employer as a related organization, a contributing employer should not report a VEBA as a related organization, unless the VEBA is related to the contributing employer in some other capacity described in this definition. The organization must determine its related organizations for purposes of completing Form 990, Parts VI (Governance), VII (Compensation), VIII (Statement of Revenue) and X (Balance Sheet), Schedule D (Form 990), Schedule J (Form 990), and Schedule R (Form 990). See instructions for those parts and schedules for related organization reporting requirements.

-- Source: IRS Instructions for Form 990


What Is the Period for Reporting Compensation?


The compensation reported in Part VII, Section A and in Schedule J should be for the calendar year ending with or within the organization's tax year. The amounts reported in Part IX are based on the organization's tax year. Therefore, fiscal year organizations must keep dual sets of compensation data.


What Compensation Must Be Reported?


Part VII and Schedule J both ask for the compensation reported on an employee's Form W-2, box 1 or 5 (whichever is greater), and an independent contractor's (i.e., director or trustee) Form 1099-MISC, box 7. This "reportable compensation" is shown by its source -- the filing organization or a related organization. (The IRS definition of a "related organization" is in the right-hand box.)


Schedule J further requires that reportable compensation be identified as base compensation, bonus/incentive compensation, or other reportable compensation. Examples of other reportable compensation included on Schedule J are current year payments earned in a prior year, severance payments, and longevity of service awards.


What about Retirement and Deferred Compensation?


Schedule J (but not Part VII) requires that all types of deferred compensation be reported in a separate column. This includes deferrals under both qualified and nonqualified retirement plans maintained by the filing organization or by a related organization, and the annual increase or decrease in actuarial value of a defined benefit plan (but not the earnings or losses accrued on deferred amounts in a defined contribution plan). Deferred compensation may be funded or unfunded, vested or subject to a substantial risk of forfeiture.


If a deferred comp arrangement requires an employee to perform services for a period of time, the amount is treated as accrued or earned ratably over the service period, even though the amount is not funded and may be subject to a substantial risk of forfeiture until the end of the service period.


Compensation paid within 2 1/2 months after the end of the tax year is treated as current compensation rather than deferred compensation.


Which Benefits Are Not Taxable?

Benefits specifically excluded from tax under the Internal Revenue Code must be reported on Schedule J. However, to make matters more confusing, certain benefits are considered disregarded under IRC Section 132 and are not reported.


Disregarded Benefits. Common disregarded benefits include reimbursements pursuant to an accountable plan, no-additional cost services, qualified employee discounts, de minimis benefits, and working condition benefits.

An accountable plan is a reimbursement or other expense allowance arrangement that satisfies these three requirements:


  • The expenses covered under the plan must be reasonable employee business expenses.
  •  The employee must adequately account to the employer for the expenses within a reasonable period of time
  •  The employee must return any excess amount within a reasonable period of time.


 A de minimis fringe is a property or service of which the value (taking into account the frequency with which similar fringes are provided by the employer) is so small as to make accounting for it unreasonable or administratively impractical.

 A working condition fringe is any property or service provided to an employee to the extent that if the employee paid for it, the payment would be a deductible business expense. Common examples of a working condition fringe benefit are:


 1. The value of an employee's business use of an employer-provided automobile; and

2. The business use of a cell phone provided for an employee primarily for business purposes. (The personal use of such cell phone is considered a de minimis fringe.)


 Directors and trustees are treated as employees for purposes of the working condition fringe provisions.


 What Are Reportable Nontaxable Benefits?


 The following are examples of benefits that should be reported as nontaxable benefits in column D of Schedule J (unless they are reported as taxable compensation):


  • Most types of insurance, including health, life, disability, medical reimbursement programs, long-term care, and job-related liability insurance.
  •  Various types of assistance payments, such as for dependent care, adoption, tuition, and other items.


 The value of housing provided by the employer to an employee may be:


  • Taxable (for example, a cash housing allowance); 
  •  A nontaxable working condition fringe, statutorily nontaxable (for example, housing provided primarily for the convenience of the employer); or
  •  Partly taxable and partly excluded from tax (for example, the value of in-kind housing provided to certain school employees).


 Reporting Exceptions


 There are some compensation reporting exceptions for Part VII and Schedule J:


 The $10,000 Exception. Reportable compensation from related organizations [Part VII, Section A, column (E)] generally doesn't include payments from a single related organization if such payments are less than $10,000 for the calendar year ending with or within the organization's taxable year. However, there is no de minimis exception for payments to a former director or former trustee.


 Note: This exception doesn't apply to Schedule J reporting.


 The Volunteer Exception. An organization isn't required to report in column (E) or (F) of Part VII, Section A, compensation paid to a volunteer trustee, director, or officer of the filing organization if the related organization is a for-profit entity, is not owned or controlled directly or indirectly by the filing organization or one or more related tax-exempt organizations, and doesn't provide management services for a fee to the organization.


 Other Compensation - Part VII


 Don't be confused by a similar term -- "other reportable compensation" in Part II, column (B)(iii) of Schedule J, discussed previously, is not the same as "other compensation" used in column (F) in Part VII, Section A. Here, other compensation includes deferred compensation and nontaxable benefits, as discussed previously with respect to Schedule J reporting.


 Recommendation: Your organization should consider its compensation recordkeeping with these requirements in mind to determine the best way to capture the necessary information.

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Fundraising Workshop: Intermediate Grantwriting - with special LANO member discount!

Posted By Nora Ellertsen, The Funding Seed, LLC, Monday, April 17, 2017

May Fundraising Workshop:

Intermediate Grantwriting

Thursday, May 18
1:30 p.m.- 4:30 p.m.
Ashe Cultural Arts Center
1712 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd., New Orleans


Details and registration

So you've written a few grants and feel like you've got the basics down.
Are you ready to take your grantwriting to the next level?

Intermediate Grantwriting will help you improve your grant proposals and raise more money for your nonprofit. Through this workshop, you'll learn specific ways to make your proposal more appealing to a funder, including how to make a compelling case to someone unfamiliar with your nonprofit's work and what kind of research and data to include.

Participants will receive a Certificate of Participation for completing the workshop.

Registration $40. LANO members using the discount code LANO2017 receive 15% off! Discounts also available for students, AmeriCorps members, and organizations registering two or more people.

For questions or to reserve your seat and pay at the door, email For more on workshops and other services from The Funding Seed, visit

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