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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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New LANO Member Benefit- Bookkeeping Services

Posted By Steve Doud, Jitasa, Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Jitasa is proud to be a new member of the Louisiana Association of Nonprofit Organizations and is pleased to offer LANO members a discount on select Jitasa services.

Founded in 2008, Jitasa is the first national provider of accounting and bookkeeping services dedicated solely to the nonprofit sector.  Jitasa works with over 200 nonprofits of all sizes throughout the sector.

The Jitasa Model

Jitasa solutions are designed to be flexible and work to meet your nonprofit's finance and accounting needs, whether as your full accounting solution or to work alongside your existing staff. 

  • As your full accounting solution, Jitasa can provide any level of bookkeeping, accounting, and financial analysis support your nonprofit may need.
  • When partnering with your staff, Jitasa can augment your existing team with a focused solution, such as zeroing in on accounts payable or detailed grant tracking.  From bank reconciliations to custom budgets, financial dashboards to audit support and 990 filings, Jitasa tailors solutions to free-up your team to get on with doing what they do best. 


Professional Controls, Security, and Consistency

Each client is assigned to work with a dedicated team, and Jitasa team members are insured and cross-trained to provide the controls and assurances that let you know your finances are being handled professionally. 

Affordable Support Options

Jitasa’s goal is to find the level of support that keeps your organization’s finances on track--month after month.  Whether through a cost-effective Prepaid, Flat-Rate Bookkeeping Package or a Monthly Support Option, Jitasa will craft a solution to meet your needs.

To learn more about Jitasa’s services and LANO discounts please visit or to request a quote  





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

Posted By Lori Kadavy, Firespring, Wednesday, December 4, 2013

How to Captivate and Engage Constituents with Your Website

Wed, Dec 18, 2013 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM CS

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.





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Tags:  Fundraising  nonprofit  online presence  training  Volunteers  webinar  website 

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LANO Members Featured in Baton Rouge's 225 Magazine

Posted By Administration, Sunday, December 1, 2013
Updated: Monday, December 2, 2013

LANO and its member organizations, Louisiana Delta Service Corps and the Sexual Trauma Awareness & Response Center (STAR), are featured in the November 27 edition of 225 Magazine, a Baton Rouge-based print and online publication. 

The article by Maggie Heyn Richardson, titled "Philanthropy under 40," highlights the charitable interests and energy of Millennials, the generation of young people born between the early 1980s and early 2000s and known for their dedication to service.

"This is a generation that has full agency with new media, is aware of what's going on in the world and can just as easily be moved by a typhoon in India as they can by hunger in their own community," says Matt Mullenix, interim president and CEO of the Louisiana Association of Nonprofit Organizations (LANO). "We see our member organizations trying to figure out how to effectively connect with young adults and tap their interests. It definitely requires new strategies, including better social media."


To read the full article, click here.

And read more about LANO member, STAR in the same issue, here! 



Tags:  Americorps  Delta Service Corps  Millennials  Public Relations  STAR  Volunteer 

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Part II: Millions diverted from nonprofit coffers

Posted By Erica Crenshaw, Execute Now!, Sunday, December 1, 2013
Updated: Monday, December 2, 2013
In my last post, I introduced a heartbreaking article in The Washington Post, "Inside the hidden world of thefts, scams, and phantom purchases at the nation's nonprofits." 


According to The Post, more than 1,000 nonprofits that filed 990 tax forms between 2008 and 2012 checked the box indicating they had discovered a "significant diversion” of assets attributed to theft, investment fraud, embezzlement and other unauthorized use of funds. Charities are required to report diversions in excess of $250,000 or five percent of the nonprofit's annual total assets. Even though these organizations are directed to explain the losses, they regularly omitted information either because they were not yet aware of the diversions or did not want to report it.

A blatant lack of oversight and spotty checks and balances are the common themes
among these organizations that discovered enormous losses in revenue. I discussed 
strategies to overcome these frequent pitfalls by instituting internal practices
in my last post. 

This week, I want to take a look at additional methods for nonprofit accountability through deeper partnerships between funders and grantees that may help to mitigate...


Read more at the Finance Fundamentals Newsletter


by Erica McGeachy Crenshaw, CEO of Execute Now!


Tags:  Execute Now!  Finance Fundamentals 

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Raise Money for Your Non-Profit at the Superdome

Posted By Rashidah Williams, Centerplate, Sunday, December 1, 2013

Fundraising is easy with LANO member, Centerplate!

Raise money for your nonprofit by taking ownership of a concessions stand at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans Arena, and/or Champions Square!

With a dependable group of volunteers, you will be on your way to exceeding your fundraising goals. 

Last season, the most profitable organization raised over $100,000.


Contact me today!


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Webinar: Online Fundraising Best Practices for Nonprofits

Posted By Lori Kadavy, Firespring, Wednesday, November 27, 2013

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Online Fundraising

Best Practices for Nonprofits

Wednesday, December 4, 2013 9:30 AM  -  11:00 AM CST

Discover how to harness the power of the internet for fundraising by tapping into the expertise of Firespring – a company that has conducted more than 10 years of focus group research with nonprofit constituents and donors. You’ll learn:

• the advantages of raising funds online;

• key reasons for donor abandonment;

• how to build a strong donor retention plan;

• specific action steps to achieving online fundraising success; and

• real-world examples of how nonprofits are succeeding with online fundraising.


You won’t want to miss this engaging and informative session led by Firespring CEO/Founder Jay Wilkinson, one of America’s top-rated speakers.


Register Now


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Nonprofit workshop: Grantwriting for Beginners

Posted By Nora Ellertsen, The Funding Seed, LLC, Friday, November 22, 2013
Nonprofit workshop:

Grantwriting for Beginners

Friday, December 13
Ashe Cultural Arts Center
1712 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd., New Orleans
Details and registration at

Are you involved with a nonprofit?  
Does your job require you to raise funds for your department or position?  
Do you want to add a valuable skill to your resume? 

Consider grantwriting!

Grantwriting for Beginners is an engaging workshop that gives you the basic tools you need to start writing grants.  Participants will learn how to find funding opportunities, tools and tips for writing proposals and ways to make a program competitive for repeat funding.

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

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

Register online at To inquire about discount codes or to reserve your space and pay at the door, email

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Share your vision for Lafayette Central Park

Posted By Farrah Reyna, Community Foundation of Acadiana, Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Community Foundation of Acadiana invites you to share your vision for the
Park at the horse farm if you have not done so already, because "It's YOUR park."



Tags:  Community  Lafayette  Public spaces  Survey 

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