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LCTF Currently Accepting Grant Applications

Posted By Susan Shaffette, Team Dynamics LLC, Monday, January 6, 2014

2014 Grant Announcement

Apply Now! Deadline: February 14, 2014!

The forms needed for the 2014 grant application process are now available on the Louisiana Children's Trust Fund website. Click here to access them.

LCTF is also hosting short, free webinars to help you through the application on 2 dates. The dates and times for these webinars are:

• Thursday, January 16, 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
• Friday, January 24, 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

Please sign up for either one at the LCTF website. Each webinar session will be limited to 24 attendees. There is a question on the application form asking whether you attended either of these. If needed, a third session will be added on Friday, January 24 from 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm.

There will also be Q&A conference call on Friday, January 31st from 10 - 11 AM. It will address pre-submitted questions. After the webinar, if you have questions, you can submit your inquiry & it will be addressed during the conference call.

Tags:  Grant funding opportunity  grants 

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Support National Mentoring Month

Posted By Matthew Mullenix, Louisiana Association of Nonprofit Organizations, Sunday, January 5, 2014


Join members Big Buddy, Volunteer Louisiana, our regional United Ways and numerous other service organizations in recognizing National Mentoring Month.

To be a mentor, all you need is an ability to listen and to offer friendship, guidance and encouragement to a young person. You'll be amazed by how much you'll get out of the experience.

Mentoring can happen in any number of settings, including your neighborhood, schools, faith-based communities, businesses, and social networks like LANO's.

Access LANO's Volunteer Network to find organizations in need of your help, including opportunities for volunteering on behalf of a young person as a mentor.

Tags:  community  mentor  service  Volunteer 

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Funding Rural America: Finding New Grants for Small Communities

Posted By Ellen Mowrer,, Inc., Monday, December 30, 2013

When has it ever been easy to secure funding for rural communities? Is there a way to level the playing field so small towns and counties or boroughs without large metropolitan areas can compete for both government and private sector grants? What are the other options for financially supporting a rural project? Are collaborative efforts worth the effort?

And, of course the biggest question: who is funding rural America? These, and other relevant questions, along with current trends affecting rural funding will be addressed in this webinar presented by Cynthia Adams, CEO of GrantStation.

Click here to register.

Thursday January 30, 2014 2:00 PM Eastern Time (U.S.), 90 minutes
Fee: $89.00 per person, $150.00 per site

Tags:  development  grant  grant writing  training 

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Building a Powerful Grants Strategy for 2014

Posted By Ellen Mowrer,, Inc., Monday, December 30, 2013

This webinar will take participants through the process of establishing a grants calendar for the next 12 to 18 months. Fast-paced, and filled with action steps, Cynthia Adams will discuss how to design and adopt a Grant Decision Matrix before beginning the process of building a specific grants strategy for each project.

All participants will also receive a set of worksheets that they can use to create their own approach to building grants calendars and grants strategies for their organizations. This webinar will be held on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 and is for beginning, intermediate and advanced grant writers. Visit the link above to register.

Wednesday January 15, 2014 2:00 PM Eastern Time (U.S.), 90 minutes
Fee: $89.00 per person, $150.00 per site.  Click here to register.

Tags:  development  grant writing  grants  training 

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Rapid Response Pulse Poll on Government Contracts/Grants

Posted By Matthew Mullenix, Louisiana Association of Nonprofit Organizations, Sunday, December 29, 2013

LANO's national affiliate, the National Council of Nonprofits (NCN*), is conducting a state-by-state survey seeking the most current information regarding grant and contracting relationships between nonprofits and governments (federal, state, and local).  

If your nonprofit organization has government contracts or grants, please take a few moments to complete this Pulse Poll: Contracts and Grants regarding your recent experiences.

NCN is especially interested
in your stories and specific examples of how your government contracts or grant experiences have affected your organization or those you serve. All stories will be kept anonymous unless you grant permission to use your experience as an example in any discussions or documents produced regarding these issues.

Please complete this short survey at your earliest convenience.  LANO will share the Louisiana results at the end of January, 2014.


*LANO's General and Associate member dues help underwrite our annual membership in the National Council, which in turn provides all LANO members access to valuable national perspectives, nonprofit data, pass-through discounts and additional resources. 


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The State of Grantseeking Fall 2013 Report

Posted By Ellen Mowrer,, Inc., Friday, December 20, 2013

The State of Grantseeking Fall 2013 Report is here, with additional details presented at a more granular level, including benchmarking tools, median award size, staff size, grant activity pattern and more based on organizational mission, budget, and service area.


GrantStation is pleased to share the survey results with you.


Highlights from the Fall 2013 Report:
  • In the first six months of 2013, 80.0% of organizations that applied for grants won awards.
  •  In this survey, 31% of respondents reported receipt of larger awards than during the same period in the prior year.
  •  Compared to the Fall 2012 survey, the median award size decreased by 8%.
  •  Funding from all levels of government decreased between 5% and 9% compared to last year, yet government at all levels increased as the source of the largest grant award.

We hope that this information is helpful to you in your good work, and wish everyone a Happy New Year!

Tags:  grants  Statistics 

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Suggest a book and enter to win a Nook!

Posted By Denise McMahan, CausePlanet, Friday, December 13, 2013



December is Read a New Book Month!



Join CausePlanet in encouraging one another to delve in a new book that will have you leading your nonprofit with fresh ideas.

Simply suggest a book and enter to win a Nook e-reader! Post a relevant business or nonprofit title that you wish to read or recommend on our Facebook page and earn a chance to win a Nook e-reader! (Can't think of any titles? Hint: Visit our summary store for ideas! ) Deadline: 4 p.m. CST on Dec 31.

by Denise McMahan, CausePlanet Founder

Tags:  CausePlanet 

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Great financial management: the road to smart growth

Posted By Erica Crenshaw, Execute Now!, Friday, December 13, 2013


Christy Ross is like so many of us who are drawn to the nonprofit sector. A connection to something greater than ourselves is what spurs us on every day. Ross was compelled to apply for her new position because she wanted to be part of an incredibly powerful purpose. Last year, she accepted a position as executive director for ...


Read more at the Finance Fundamentals Newsletter


Tags:  Execute Now!  Finance Fundamentals 

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Now Post Volunteer Opportunities to the Community Calendar

Posted By Matthew Mullenix, Louisiana Association of Nonprofit Organizations, Friday, December 13, 2013


LANO's members posted more than 280 events to the Community Calendar in 2013, nearly doubling last year's number!   

Did you know? All General and Associate members may add events to the Community Calendar and promote them to the entire network free of charge! 

How? Simply submit the relevant information via our members-only webform, and the event will soon appear on the Community Calendar as well as in LANO's numerous social media and email announcements.

[Video on How To Promote Events at LANO]  

What kinds of events are posted? Members and the general public can search and filter Community Calendar events to find local fundraisers, training and networking opportunities, grant announcements, and now (starting in Dec., 2013) opportunities for volunteering in their community

Events are color-coded in the Month View and searchable in every view, past and future, by the following categories:


  Community Events: e.g., fundraisers, art shows, concerts, advocacy rallies; other gatherings attended or hosted by your organization
  Networking Opportunity: Any convening with a purpose or format that promotes meeting and sharing information between individuals for professional advancement or community projects, etc.
  Public Notice: Announcements of a public service nature, not specifically related to an individual organization or special interest group
  Training Opportunity: Nonprofit professional development or topic-specific education, delivered in lecture, seminar, webinar or other format 
  Funding Opportunity: Requests for grant or project proposals (RFPs); donation notice, class actions, tax refund notice or other fund-acquisition opportunity
  Volunteer Opportunity: Events or other activities posted by members for which volunteers are needed and requested.


Who sees this?  All submitted member events are included in our daily social media posts and each week in LANO's Monday morning email, the Weekly Planner.  At the time of this writing, LANO's member network includes more that 12,700 (growing by more than 100 each month), and our social media reach an additional 3,000 followers.

Also included in this all-network newsletter are linked headlines from the previous week's Member News & Events blog as well as job announcements and other updates from LANO's Career and Volunteer Center.  

Don't stay in the dark about nonprofit sector opportunities! For more information on promoting your events and learning about others near you, contact us!


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Impress Your "Suitors" with Financial Information

Posted By Karen Corkern, Hannis T. Bourgeois, LLP, Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Attracting funding organizations and large individual contributors to donate money to your nonprofit is a little like finding a spouse--you want to create the best impression during the courtship in the hope that the other person will find you to be a "good catch" and make a commitment.

The financial information on your nonprofit has the potential to create a great first impression.

Here are some things to keep in mind.  Click here for full article.





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