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Organizational and financial strategy alignment is a must

Posted By Erica Crenshaw, Execute Now!, Thursday, June 6, 2013

"Few things inspire terror in the hearts of administrators and board members as much as an unanticipated shortfall near the end of the fiscal year.

"Yet deficits happen—and often to groups that do not deserve them,” asserts author and consultant Richard Linzer. This quotation couldn't be more accurate, yet I am still amazed by the common practice of ...

By Erica McGeachy Crenshaw, President of Execute Now!  


Read more about aligning organizational and financial strategy in the Finance Fundamentals Blog

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Capital Area United Way Announces Program Investments

Posted By Kendall Hebert, Capital Area United Way, Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Last week, Capital Area United Way (CAUW) announced 2013-2014 community investments of $8,056,849, a total exceeding last year's investments by more than $166,000.

Program investments (focused in education, income, and health) are determined by a committee of more than 70 volunteers from across the community assessing programs and outcomes.

These volunteers include representatives from companies with workplace campaigns, retirees from local businesses, community leaders and concerned citizens. Their collective input guides investments on a program-by-program basis to address the greatest needs in our community.

This year's distributions by program category will be as follows:

  • Education: $3,104,025.57
  • Income: $1,981,641.97
  • Health: $2,971,181.46

In the coming year, over $7.3 million will be invested directly back into the community through community partner programs and impact initiatives. This amount includes 113 programs managed by 47 Community Partner Agencies.

While these investments will improve lives throughout our capital region, we could do more.

"Declining campaign revenues continue to mean hardships for people in our 10-parish service area,” said Richard Williams, interim President/CEO for Capital Area United Way.

"There are meaningful programs that make a real difference in peoples’ lives that we are unable to fund unless we are able to generate additional revenue. That’s where we seek help from the public to step up in this next campaign season.”

Capital Area United Way received $8,938,110.63 in pledges, donations, sponsorships, and event revenue for the 2012 campaign. This represents $1.3 million less than the previous year’s total.

While the need in the community has become greater because of hard economic times, Capital Area United Way campaigns have declined over the past 5 years.  The real heroes are the companies and individuals who continue to contribute to Capital Area United way to meet the unmet needs in our community.

Please help your Capital Area United Way to expand the support it gives to essential programs that help people in our community have a better life.



Capital Area United Way

Mobilizing our community through collaborative efforts to advance the common good                                                                                           

Capital Area United Way works to advance the common good and create opportunities for a better life for all. To give, advocate, or volunteer please visit

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Cheers for Andrea: Foundation Supporter Runs in NYC Marathon

Posted By Trey Bowman, Bella Bowman Foundation, Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Andrea Bonnette

Running for Bella

The Bella Bowman Foundation, supporting research initiatives and patient care for pediatric brain cancer, wishes to recognize long-time supporter Andrea Bonnette, a young woman whose passion for running is rivaled only by her dedication to the cause of children in need of help.

Andrea has been selected as one of 25 runners in the nation to represent the Leukemia & Lymphoma society in the prestigious New York City Marathon on November 3, 2013. 

Leukemia is the #1 disease killer of children and young adults under the age of twenty.

This will be Andrea's fifth marathon, and as she writes to us, our daughter Bella who succumbed to ependymoma brain tumor in 2011, will be on her mind every mile. 

Andrea writes, "I have always run in honor of our precious Bella Bowman and will be running NYC in memory of her. I know we were all touched in one way or another by her tenacious spirit, and her life will continue to touch many more in the future."

Please support Andrea as she supports Bella and thousands of children like her with cancer and other serious illnesses.  You can help Andrea reach her goal by following her journey to New York online and making a tax-deductible donation:


Donations to Andrea's chosen cause will further medical research on Leukemia & Lymphoma and also provide financial support with medical bills that are incurred by families during treatments. 

Thank you, Andrea, for your long-time support of the Bella Bowman Foundation and other children's causes. Now we're cheering you on!



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Execute Now!'s Erica Crenshaw hosts new “Finance Fundamentals” radio segment on “Eyes Open with Tony Brown”

Posted By Erica Crenshaw, Execute Now!, Friday, May 31, 2013

Execute Now! President, Erica McGeachy Crenshaw, announces a new radio segment on "Eyes Open with Tony Brown” every other Monday, beginning June 3, 2013 at 7:10 a.m. on KAYT-FM. Crenshaw's show is aptly named "Finance Fundamentals,” and covers essential financial management matters for nonprofits and business leaders alike...

by Erica McGeachy Crenshaw, President, Execute Now!


Read more details about the Finance Fundamentals bi-weekly radio broadcast 



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Kahn Swick & Foti, LLC to Present at Florida's Planet Philanthropy 2013

Posted By LeeAnn Yesse, Law Firm of Kahn Swick & Foti, Friday, May 31, 2013

The law firm of Kahn, Swick & Foti, LLC will continue its BP Nonprofit Claims educational speaking tour as a sponsor and exhibitor at Florida's Planet Philanthropy Fundraising Conference to be held in Sarasota, FL. Planet Philanthropy is the annual statewide conference presented by the Association of Fundraising Professionals Florida Caucus. The 2013 event will be June 9-11, 2013 at the Ritz Carlton® in Sarasota, FL.

The AFP Florida Caucus is a coalition of 18 AFP Florida Chapters and the Puerto Rico Chapter. The AFP Florida Caucus is dedicated to advancing philanthropy by enabling people and organizations to practice ethical and effective fundraising through education, training, mentoring, research, credentialing and advocacy; and under an informal joint relationship, convene as a group to conduct statewide business of interest to the chapters as well as sponsor and conduct Planet Philanthropy.

Lewis Kahn, attorney and managing partner at KSF, a LANO member based in Madisonville, LA will be presenting to over 400 members of the Florida nonprofit community. The BP Nonprofit Claims speaking tour is a continuing education series of seminars intended to inform businesses and nonprofits of their ability to participate in the $8 Billion BP Oil Spill Settlement.

The next event in the series will be at the American Fundraising Professionals Greater New Orleans Chapter Fundraising Conference. The conference will take place June 13 - 14 at Holy Cross School in New Orleans, LA. For more information, please follow the link below.

Filing a BP Claim or at least taking action to determine if your organization has such a claim is an important fiduciary duty that executives and board members owe to their organization. If you have any questions or comments concerning the BP Nonprofit Settlement Claims process, please do not hesitate to call Lewis Kahn at 504-455-1400 or vial email to


PLEASE NOTE: As a LANO corporate member, but also as a member of the nonprofit community at large, we feel that it is our duty to alert nonprofits throughout the Gulf South of their ability to participate in this historic BP settlement. No matter what law firm you may choose to represent you, any reputable lawyer will not charge your organization to evaluate your claim. The burden of assembling the documents necessary to review your organization's claim is generally minimal.



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Furniture Available Free to Nonprofits

Posted By Administration, Sunday, May 19, 2013

Shell Oil Co. at the Robert Training and Conference Center in Robert, Louisiana has the following items to donate to any nonprofit willing to pick them up. Offer is good through May 31, 2013.

Interested members may contact Qi Wiggins, at:

· 1 Couch missing cushions

· 1 large outdoor table

· 1 Round Table with 14 Chairs, Some of the Chairs are broken but can be used.

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The Wilson Challenge

Posted By Jan Ross, Huey and Angelina Wilson Foundation, Friday, May 17, 2013


The Huey and Angelina Wilson Foundation announces a new donor match program in support of Hope Ministries of Baton Rouge.


Do you want to GIVE HOPE but never have before?  Now is the time. 

Take the Huey and Angelina Wilson Foundation Challenge!!  

For every dollar you donate, the Wilson Foundation will match it dollar for dollar up to $15,000. 

If you have never donated before to HOPE Ministries every dollar you donate today will double. 

But don't wait!  We have to make it to $15,000 by June 30, 2013.




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Donors can ask better financial questions and build sustainability

Posted By Erica Crenshaw, Execute Now!, Friday, May 17, 2013

"The sector has fallen into a trap we created. By focusing on what we DON'T spend, and not on what has been accomplished, we have completely missed the mark in our messaging."

"We are part of this problem and it's up to us to educate our way out of it,” asserted Paulette Maehara, former president of Fundraising Professionals in Dan Pallotta's groundbreaking book Charity Case (Jossey-Bass 2012).

I recently re-watched...


Read more in the Finance Fundamentals blog about

what questions donors need to ask


by Erica McGeachy Crenshaw, President/CEO of Execute Now!

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Louisiana Health Cooperative Granted Insurance License

Posted By Eve Lion, Louisiana Health Cooperative, Thursday, May 16, 2013

LANO member, Louisiana Health Cooperative, Inc., (LAHC) received its license on May 9 from the Louisiana Department of Insurance to provide health insurance coverage statewide beginning in January 2014 and to begin enrollment October 1, 2013.

Based in Louisiana, LAHC was selected by the United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) on September 28, 2012 to create and operate a Consumer Oriented and Operated Plan, or "CO-OP” statewide.

LAHC is Louisiana’s first nonprofit health insurance CO-OP and plans to provide a variety of health insurance options for individuals and employers throughout the state. 

"Louisiana Health Cooperative looks forward to providing Louisiana residents with a new choice of affordable insurance benefit options,” said Terry Shilling, LAHC Interim CEO. 

"We plan to promote community health and well-being by involving the members and providers that we serve in the delivery of high quality, integrated health care services.”

Enrollment in LAHC will begin October 1, 2013.

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Nonprofit workshop: Fundraising Events 101

Posted By Nora Ellertsen, The Funding Seed, LLC, Friday, May 10, 2013
Nonprofit workshop: Fundraising Events 101
Thursday, May 23
Ashe Cultural Arts Center
1712 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd.

Learn to create events that raise money for your non-profit!

This fun, hands-on workshop covers:

  • Choosing what kind of event is best for you
  • Working with volunteers
  • Identifying event sponsors
  • And much more!

Attendees will receive a certificate of participation for completing the workshop. Registration $35. Discounts available for students, for AmeriCorps and for organizations registering two or more people.

Visit for more information. For discount codes or to reserve your space and pay at the door, email

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