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Nonprofits Sought for Model Smoking Cessation Program

Posted By Matthew Mullenix, Louisiana Association of Nonprofit Organizations, Monday, July 22, 2013

The March of Dimes Louisiana Chapter is seeking eligible and qualified nonprofit organizations to implement a model smoking cessation program for pregnant women entitled, "Baby & Me - Tobacco Free.” The "Baby & Me – Tobacco Free” model is an evidenced-based, incentive-based program utilizing the 5As counseling approach to assist pregnant women in quitting smoking and to help them stay tobacco-free after the birth of their baby.

Baby & Me – Tobacco Free uses a unique approach, combining cessation support specific to pregnant women, offering practical incentives, targeting low-income women (the largest group of smokers during pregnancy), and monitoring success.

All questions regarding the March of Dimes Smoking Cessation Request for Proposals should be directed to Makesha Judson, State Director of Program Services at (225) 249-5080 or via email at

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State Folklife Program Seeks Traditional Artists in BR

Posted By Matthew Mullenix, Louisiana Association of Nonprofit Organizations, Monday, July 22, 2013

The Baton Rouge Folklife Survey is an initiative of the Louisiana Division of the Arts Folklife Program, a state agency. Since 1979, the Prgram has initiated projects to identify and document Louisiana's traditional cultures and art forms and share information about their traditions and art forms with the general public. Very little research has focused on Baton Rouge, so it is our current project.

Funded in part with a new NEA grant, folklorists will document community traditions, art forms, and events and then provide essays and photographs to be added to the Folklife in Louisiana website (

They will also help identify the following:

  • Organizations: groups that may want to apply for a grant to support arts activities or other cultural endeavors.
  • Tradition-bearers: people who are maintaining traditions that have been in their community or family for many years, such as music, crafts, sacred traditions, occupational traditions, foodways, celebrations, or holidays.
  • Community spokespeople: people who might like to participate in the statewide arts network or receive information about resources and opportunities.
  • Artifacts: items or displays that could be featured in a temporary museum exhibit in the future. The item might be loaned or recreated, such as an altar or handmade crafts.


For more information, please contact Maida Owens, Louisiana Folklife Program.




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Seasoned Leader Sought for Regional Director, Single Stop USA

Posted By Administration, Thursday, July 18, 2013

A seasoned leader, preferably with experience taking growing organizations to the next level of reach and impact. S/he will have a proven record of success in fundraising and building relationships with institutional, corporate, and individual donors.

The Regional Director will forge a close working relationship with regional partners to establish a strong presence not only in Louisiana but throughout the South. S/he will establish a local Advisory Board and will foster strategic partnership with a wide array of stakeholders needed to advance Single Stop's vision including existing funders, prospective funders, college presidents, administrators and trustees, state officials, and community based service providers.

ABOUT SINGLE STOP USA: One of the fastest growing and most successful organizations promoting economic mobility in the nation, Single Stop USA (Single Stop) uniquely combines the power of technology and the ingenuity of community organizations to help low-income families draw down billions of existing tax credits, work supports and services that go unused each year.

Single Stop's "one-stop shop” model connects students to thousands of dollars of untapped supports—taking existing resources and turning them into a new form of financial aid. Founded in 2001 in New York City, Single Stop sites have already helped over 700,000 families access $2 billion in benefits, services and financial aid for themselves and their communities.


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How To Subscribe to the Member News Blog: Instructional video series continues

Posted By Linden O. Uter, Thursday, July 18, 2013
LANO members have a wealth of information to share. 

Stay current with the latest news and event information from LANO members by subscribing to the Member News and Events Blog. 


In this short video, learn how to subscribe to LANO's Member News and Events blog, a community resource that helps members keep in touch and stay informed.
Once subscribed, you'll receive a short email notification with a summary and link to new blog entries as they are posted. You may unsubscribe at any time.
Be the first to know about training opportunities, grant proposal requests, nonprofit management tips and special events near you!
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Four Ways Nonprofits Can Increase their Competitive Advantage

Posted By Jeremy Hunnewell, EMH Strategy, Wednesday, July 17, 2013


When most people think of competition, they think of the private sector. Family businesses, large corporations, and nascent start-ups all have to compete for a limited customer base.

In the not-for-profit space, competition is not typically considered as much. One organization tackling a complex social issue does not (seemingly) limit the ability of other non-profits to do the same.

Yet just as companies must constantly innovate to maintain their competitive edge, non-profits competing for a limited amount of financial support from philanthropic donors must also maintain a distinct competitive advantage. Any non-profit should specifically focus on the following four areas to define its purpose and enhance its competitive advantage.

1. Articulate the Need: Donors want to invest in non-profits that meet serious needs. To give donors a clear understanding of why it is deserving of a grant...


...Read the full post at our LANO member blog, The Nonprofit Strategist

(blog open to all Members and Friends)


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Member Seeks Conference Space in BR, Mar/Apr 2014

Posted By David Precise, NAMI Louisiana, Tuesday, July 16, 2013


NAMI Louisiana is looking for a good, nonprofit-friendly (i.e., affordable) conference facility in Baton Rouge that can accommodate approximately 300 at a gathering scheduled for next March or April, 2014.

If you have any suggestions, leads or offers of space, please contact David Precise at: 


Thank you!

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The murky business of grantseeking

Posted By Erica Crenshaw, Execute Now!, Tuesday, July 16, 2013

In spite of how informed we've all become about how to run our nonprofits, how to measure our impact and how to update our business models, a recent study by the Center for Effective Philanthropy reports a variety of telling statistics that reveal we still don't know a lot about how foundations choose grantees. Close to 140 nonprofit leaders were surveyed by the Center. Some of the topics charity executives want to clarify include...

By Erica McGeachy Crenshaw, CEO of Execute Now!


Read more in the Finance Fundamentals Blog

Tags:  Center for Effective Philanthropy  Execute Now!  Finance Fundamentals 

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LANO Board Member to Lead Lafayette Chamber

Posted By Matthew Mullenix, Louisiana Association of Nonprofit Organizations, Monday, July 15, 2013


Jason El Koubi

Congratulations to Jason El Koubi, outstanding business leader and LANO Board member, recently chosen to head the Greater Lafayette Chamber of Commerce. 

From BATON ROUGE BUSINESS REPORT: Jason El Koubi, assistant secretary with LED and former BRAC policy director, has been selected as the new president and CEO of the Greater Lafayette Chamber of Commerce, The (Lafayette) Advertiser reports. He will begin work in September.

El Koubi was selected from among some 250 applicants, the chamber says in a prepared statement. As assistant secretary at LED, El Koubi leads initiatives and programs related to economic competitiveness, business research, small business services and the entertainment industry. El Koubi served as LED's director of state economic competitiveness prior to his elevation to assistant secretary...  [read full story]

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FREE Meals for Youth 18 and under, Thru Aug 9

Posted By Laurie Hardison, RSVP Southeast Louisiana sponsored by the AARP Foundation, Monday, July 15, 2013


As part of the Federal Government's Summer Feeding Program, FREE lunch is being offered from 11AM till 1PM to youth ages 18 and under at St. Francis Xavier School, 1150 South 12th Street in Baton Rouge. All youth ages 18 and under may eat for FREE.

The program will be active Weekdays through Friday, August 9, 2013.


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Summer Learning Loss is real – but very preventable

Posted By Laurie Hardison, RSVP Southeast Louisiana sponsored by the AARP Foundation, Sunday, July 14, 2013

Summer Learning Loss is real – but very preventable!

Big Buddy wants you to know: All young people experience learning losses when they do not engage in educational activities during the summer. (White, 1906; Heyns, 1978; Entwisle & Alexander 1992; Cooper, 1996; Downey et al, 2004).

Most students lose about two months of grade level equivalency in mathematical computation skills over the summer months. Low-income students also lose more than two months in reading achievement, despite the fact that their middle-class peers make slight gains (Cooper, 1996).

More than half of the achievement gap between lower and higher-income youth can be explained by unequal access to summer learning opportunities. As a result, low-income youth are less likely to graduate from high school or enter college (Alexander et al, 2007).

Children lose more than academic knowledge over the summer. Most children—particularly children at high risk of obesity—gain weight more rapidly when they are out of school during summer break (Von Hippel et al, 2007).

Parents consistently cite summer as the most difficult time to ensure their children have productive things to do (Duffett et al, 2004)……

Don’t let the youth in your life suffer from Summer Leaning Loss. Conduct simple experiments (this is easy to do while cooking), make a simple craft, use daily activities for math and writing opportunities, or just read daily to your children. All of this can make a difference in closing that achievement gap.

Big Buddy can help you combat Summer Learning Loss as well.

Click on link below to download the Big Buddy Summer Learning Calendar.


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