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The NAACP: from relic to rejuvenation

Posted By Erica Crenshaw, Execute Now!, Wednesday, October 30, 2013


It's hard not to marvel at the transformation that has taken place within the NAACP
over the last five years under the direction of 
Benjamin Todd Jealous, a 40-year-old
Columbia University graduate who has grassroots advocacy experience, knowledge
of the news media and an impressive track record for collaborating with other
worthwhile causes.

At 35 years old in 2008, Ben Jealous was the youngest president hired to date and a controversial ...


Read more in the Finance Fundamentals Newsletter



By Erica McGeachy Crenshaw, CEO of Execute Now!

Tags:  Execute Now!  Finance Fundamentals  NAACP 

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CACRC Annual Halloween Sale

Posted By Lluvia Peveto, Capital Area Corporate Recycling Council, Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Dear Boils and Ghouls,

Get into the spooky swing of things by shopping at the CACRC this week! We're all treats (including free candy) and no tricks: your savings will have everyone "green" with envy.

                                         CACRC Annual Halloween Sale

Wednesday, Oct. 30 - Thursday, Oct. 31

8:30 A.M. - 3:30 P.M.

1400 Main Street, Baton Rouge, LA 70802

                                         $10 off Purchases of $50 or more
Get an EXTRA $5 off your total purchase if you wear a Halloween costume while shopping with us! Sale offer limited one per person, per day. Sales reduction can be applied to items purchased through "Computers for Louisiana's Families" or the reduced-price nonprofit program.

Our "Computers for Louisiana's Families" Program:

In order to qualify for this reduced-price program, participants complete their application into the program by bringing a current Louisiana ID or driver's license, in addition to either:

A free/reduced lunch letter

A food stamp card

A Medicaid card

Unemployment or disability paperwork


Come in today to get top-quality, tested and refurbished laptops AND desktops. All of our computer systems - whether desktops or laptops - come with Open Office, Windows 7, anti-virus protection and a 60-day warranty. We accept credit, debit and money order.

Call us at (225) 379-3577 or visit us as 1400 Main Street in Baton Rouge for more information! Click on the link for our online sale flyer:



Desktop Only:

CLF PRICE: $90.00; NOW ONLY: $79.10

PUBLIC PRICE: $119.90; NOW ONLY: $109.00

*15" Desktop LCD system:

CLF PRICE: $105.00; NOW ONLY: $94.10

PUBLIC PRICE: $136.25; NOW ONLY: $125.35

*17" Desktop LCD system:

CLF PRICE: $120.00; NOW ONLY: $109.10

PUBLIC PRICE: $152.60; NOW ONLY: $141.70

*19" Desktop LCD system:

CLF PRICE: $140.00; NOW ONLY: $129.10

PUBLIC PRICE: $174.40; NOW ONLY: $163.50

*Complete system includes LCD screen, computer tower, keyboard, mouse, power cords and VGA cable.

Laptop Prices:

CLF PRICE: $175.00; NOW ONLY: $164.10

PUBLIC PRICE: $200.00; NOW ONLY: $189.09

CLF customers: Get a"Microsoft Office Home and Business 2010" package (includes Outlook, Word, Excel, Powerpoint and One Note 2010) added for only $30.00 plus tax (regular retail value of $200.00).

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Prevent Fraud by Envisioning How it Could Occur at Your Organization

Posted By Karen Corkern, Hannis T. Bourgeois, LLP, Friday, October 25, 2013

Every year, millions of dollars are donated to nonprofit organizations. The money that is supposed to go to an organization's causes can be diverted to thieves. Nonprofits are not immune to the threat of fraud from their own employees.

Preventing internal fraud within a nonprofit organization requires many of the same approaches that for-profit companies employ, but there are several unique issues.

Here is a list of eight best practices to consider: Click for full article.


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Reward wisdom and work, not just wealth

Posted By Denise McMahan, CausePlanet, Monday, October 21, 2013

"Why do nonprofit organizations go to such great lengths to recruit the best and brightest as trustees, but then permit them to languish collectively in an environment more intellectually inert than alive, with board members more disengaged than engrossed?” 

Chait, Ryan and Taylor's question raises the important conundrum nonprofit leaders must reconcile if their organizations are to flourish. The coauthors' question also prompted them to write Governance as Leadership, which introduced a groundbreaking trimodal approach to ...

Read more, register for our next author interview with governance expert Cathy Trower and download the free book summary of "The Practitioner's Guide to Governance..."

by Denise McMahan, Founder/Publisher, CausePlanet

Special thanks to the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana Foundation for providing every LANO member with access to CausePlanet's book summary library and author interviews.


Tags:  boards  Cathy Trower  CausePlanet  governance  Page to Practice  The Practitioner's Guide to Governance as Leadersh 

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Opt-Out Deadline Approaching for State Unemployment

Posted By Matthew Mullenix, Louisiana Association of Nonprofit Organizations, Saturday, October 19, 2013

LANO has partnered with the Unemployment Services Trust (UST) since 2003 to help members lower the cost of unemployment at their nonprofit.

If you've been thinking about leaving the state unemployment insurance (UI) tax system, it's not too late. But time is ticking for 501(c)(3)s who want to save money by directly reimbursing the state for their unemployment claims in 2014.

Founded by nonprofits for nonprofits, UST is a grantor Trust, owned by its members, that has spent the past 30 years helping members carefully manage their claims costs through ongoing education, expert claims management, and reserve building.

LANO members who are eligible for this program save an average of $3,300 per year in unemployment costs.

Request a Savings Evaluation here and a UST Unemployment Cost Advisor will run a free 2-year savings projection for you.

Savings Evaluations due before November 15



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Registration Deadline for LANO Member Meeting and Institute Training, Oct. 25

Posted By Matthew Mullenix, Louisiana Association of Nonprofit Organizations, Saturday, October 19, 2013

The last day of open registration for LANO's 2013 Member Meeting and Institute training, featuring Collective Impact with FSG, will be Friday, October 25.


The two-day event, to be held in Baton Rouge on November 7-8, is designed to provide nonprofit and public sector professionals with an intensive look at successful models of collaboration between interest groups that result in positive social change and mutual benefit.   

Applications of Collective Impact in collaborative efforts toward shared goals in healthcare and education will be highlighted.

[Download Agenda]

Registration is available for both the full schedule of training on Thursday and Friday, as well as for the mid-day Friday luncheon and keynote address by FSG Managing Director, John Kania.  

[Meet the Presenters]

All registrations and luncheon reservations must be received through LANO's online event page to assure seats and meals.  Assistance with registration will be available by phone during business hours between the 21st and the 25th of October; please call 225.929.5266.

The 2013 LANO Member Meeting and Institute training is presented by the Louisiana Association of United Ways, with major support from the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Louisiana Foundation and Whitney Bank.




Tags:  Collective Impact  FSG  LANO Institute  Member Meeting 

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Office Cubicles Available Free to Nonprofits

Posted By Ali Castillo, Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Neighbors Federal Credit Union has 14-15 cubicles available to any nonprofit willing to pick them up on November 8, 2013 only.

Each cubicle has all parts for assembly and comes with wall panels, desk, file drawer and overhead storage bin. The panels may be assembled in an open floor plan (as shown in the pictures) or at right angles to allow for a private space.

Interested members should contact Ann Marie Erie at 225-819-5748 or

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Nonprofit workshop: Major Donor Development 101

Posted By Nora Ellertsen, The Funding Seed, LLC, Wednesday, October 16, 2013
Nonprofit fundraising workshop:
Major Donor Development 101
Tuesday, October 29
9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Ashe Cultural Arts Center
1712 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd., New Orleans
Details & registration at

Major donors can make a huge difference for your nonprofit.  This workshop covers the basics of major donor development: how to identify your donors, ways to build strong relationships with prospects, and what to say (and not say!) when asking for a big donation. 

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

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

Register online at  For questions or to reserve your space and pay at the door, email

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Affordable Care Act Workshop - Get your questions answered!

Posted By Heather Otten, Capital Area United Way, Monday, October 14, 2013

How will the Affordable Care Act affect you and your family?

On Tuesday, October 15, 2013, at 5:00pm, Families Helping Families of Greater Baton Rouge will be hosting a workshop at Baton Rouge First Church of the Nazarene to guide participants through the details of the Affordable Care Act.

This workshop, entitled "How Will the Affordable Care Act Affect Your and Your Family?” will be facilitated by Jamie Tindle, Executive Director of Families Helping Families of Greater Baton Rouge (FHFGBR), and features guest speaker, Michael Bertaut, Certified Health Consultant and Professional of the Academy of Healthcare Management.

Already 2 weeks into the open enrollment process, the Affordable Care Act is still wrought with questions and ambiguity. We hope to shed some light on questions that FHFGBR has received, including:

· What does the new law mean for me?

· Will my premium rates go up?

· What are my new benefits?

Though FHFGBR’s primary focus on workshops is always to help individuals with disabilities and their families, we are inviting all individuals of all abilities to this FREE workshop. RSVP is requested: or 225-216-7474.

Please share this with your members and constituents.  We are looking forward to providing an informative workshop to all of our community members!

Families Helping Families of Greater Baton Rouge serves as a valuable resource center in a statewide network of Families Helping Families located across Louisiana. FHFGBR is committed to helping families who have members with disabilities as well as self-advocates. FHFGBR provides information, referral, education, training and parent-to-parent support for disability issues to individuals living in the parishes of East Baton Rouge, West Baton Rouge, Ascension, Iberville, East Feliciana, West Feliciana, Point Coupee and Livingston. A disability may be physical, mental, emotional, behavioral and/or academic. Families Helping Families staff can answer questions and provide support, resources and referrals.

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LANO Announces President / CEO Candidate Search

Posted By Matthew Mullenix, Louisiana Association of Nonprofit Organizations, Friday, October 11, 2013


The LANO Board of Directors announced today its search for the next President / CEO of the 16 year-old statewide nonprofit association.  Applications will be accepted from October 11, 2013 until October 31, 2013. 

A position overview follows below, with link at bottom to full description and application website.

See related news: LANO's President/CEO to Lead Utah Department of Human Services



Reporting to the Board of Directors, the President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) will have overall strategic and operational responsibility for LANO's staff, programs, expansion and execution of its mission. She/he is expected to communicate a consistent mission-centered focus to all stakeholders. The President and CEO serves as the symbol of the organization's values and is expected to provide high quality leadership, assure sound financial operations and successfully engage membership in realizing LANO's goals.



The Louisiana Association of Nonprofit Organizations, LANO, is a 16 year-old 501(c)3, statewide, multi-sector member organization that advocates for the nonprofit community and strengthens the effectiveness of those committed to improving Louisiana.

LANO strengthens nonprofits to increase their impact in communities through:

  • A growing multi-sector network of over 12,000 members sharing resources, information & services
  • The LANO Institute for Nonprofit Excellence provides year round training, consulting and professional development seminars for nonprofit staff and board members
  • Annually, LANO hosts a statewide member gathering



The President and CEO reports to the LANO Board of Directors made up of multi-sector leaders from across Louisiana. LANO's by-laws, financial audits, IRS 990 forms and annual reports may all be found at

Location : Baton Rouge

Compensation: $80,000 - $120,000 depending on experience and qualifications. Benefits include health insurance, vision, dental, retirement, vacation and paid holidays.

LANO is proud to be an equal opportunity employer.

How to ApplyApplications accepted October 11, 2013 until October 31, 2013. Please read full job description and send cover letter, resume, and 3 references to application link found at No phone calls, please.


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