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FREE Financial Wellness Workshop

Posted By Collis B. Temple, III and Associates - Primerica Financial Services, Friday, March 22, 2013


LANO member Collis Temple III and Associates will be holding a COMPLIMENTARY Financial Workshop for LANO network members on Tuesday, April 2 at 6:30 PM. 

Take this opportunity to learn about these important financial topics and more:

  • Saving for your Child's College Education
  • Ways to Eliminate Debt
  • Strategies for Saving for Retirement
  • How My Life Insurance REALLY Works
  • The High Cost of Waiting to Save

Space is limited.  Please RSVP.  More info in attached file. 

 

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Tags:  employee benefit  financial wellness  personal finances 

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Office Furniture Available

Posted By Matt Nunez, Foundation for Louisiana, Friday, March 22, 2013

 

The Foundation for Louisiana is selling four sets of desks and credenzas for $400 per set, with a rolling secretarial chair for each set priced at $50.

See photos attached.  Inquiries, please send to Matt Nunez.

 

 

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New Foundation Website Celebrates Louisiana Partnerships

Posted By Karen Boles, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana Foundation, Friday, March 22, 2013

 

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The Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana Foundation’s latest Corporate Social Responsibility Report is now live at http://www.ourhomelouisiana.org/csrreport/

Please take a moment to visit the report, share your thoughts and pass along the link to others.

We hope you enjoy this exciting report, which includes photos, videos, interactive features and more — all about our partnerships with organizations across Louisiana.

If you promote the report on Twitter, please use #BlueLuvsLou so others can follow the conversation and we can retweet your comments. You can also share the report on Facebook, and please be sure to like the Foundation Facebook page.

In addition, you may want to email your constituents and include a link to the section of the report that features your organization.

Thanks so much for your help in spreading the word about this great new website. We look forward to our continued partnership to build a healthier Louisiana!

__________________________________________________
Christy Oliver Reeves
Director, Community Relations and
Executive Director of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana Foundation

Tags:  BCBS  BCBSLA  community improvement  foundations  grants  health 

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BP Nonprofit Claims Luncheon Seminar Series

Posted By Michael Swick, Kahn Swick & Foti, LLC, Wednesday, March 20, 2013
Updated: Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Kahn Swick & Foti, LLC Reports on BP Nonprofit Claims Luncheon Seminar Series, Baton Rouge Event; and Announces Metropolitan New Orleans Event Scheduled for April 5, at Andrea's Restaurant in Metairie LA.

On March 15, 2013, Kahn Swick & Foti, LLC's hosted its' first BP Nonprofit Claims Luncheon Seminar at Gino's restaurant, in Baton Rouge.  

Over fifteen LANO members from the Baton Rouge area and as far away as Shreveport, joined us at the first of what will be a continuing series of luncheon seminars, informing Louisiana nonprofits of their ability to take part in the $8 billion BP Settlement.

The event was well attended and in addition to having a lovely lunch served by the gracious staff at Gino's Restaurant, attendees received a wealth of important information about the BP settlement claims process.   Attorney and KSF Managing Partner, Lewis Kahn, led the presentation, after which the floor was opened to questions by attendees.

Universally, the reception by attendees was positive and everyone left with a much greater understanding of their rights under the claims process and their ability to potentially file a claim on behalf of their own organization.

The next event in the series will be hosted by KSF on April 5, 2013 at 12:30 at Andrea's Restaurant, 3100 19th Street, Metairie, LA.

[http://www.lano.org/event/KSF_BPClaims]

Seating is limited to the first 25 registrants, so please watch for the listing of our event on the LANO Community Calendar in the next few days, and please register on the RSVP link.

We look forward to seeing you at our next event in the metropolitan New Orleans area, or at any one of the events that we plan to host, locally in your area.  

Until then, 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 via email to Lewis.Kahn@ksfcounsel.com.

 

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A healthy dose of kindness weakens our financial position

Posted By Erica Crenshaw, Execute Now!, Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Why is everyone in the nonprofit sector so darn nice to one another?

Albert Rugesa, president of the Greater New Orleans Foundation, says the constant kindness in our sector is going to be what kills our causes in the end. Caroline Preston's Chronicle of Philanthropy article," Some Nonprofit Leaders Ask: Is Philanthropy Killing Itself with Kindness?” does an excellent job of tackling this surprisingly persistent issue from a variety of angles.

This article caught my attention because kindness is having a direct effect on the financial management of running a...

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

 

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Louisiana Housing Alliance 2013 State Housing Conference

Posted By Marla Newman, Louisiana Housing Alliance, Monday, March 18, 2013

Please join Louisiana Housing Alliance (LHA) at its two-day State Housing Conference themed:

"Unintended Consequences: the Impact of Tax & Fiscal Policies on Affordable Housing.”

 

This year’s Conference will be two days – April 23 and April 24 in Baton Rouge.

 Featured Speakers Include:

  • Barry Irwin, Council for a Better Louisiana (CABL)
  • Jan Moller, Louisiana Budget Project
  • Monika Gerhart, Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center
  • Steve Bradberry, The Alliance Institute
  • Brad Sweazy, Louisiana Housing Corporation
  • Nancy Montoya, Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta
  • Brian Lawlor, City of New Orleans
  • Chris Estes, President and CEO of the National Housing Conference

 

The Conference will provide critical policy discussions, powerful trainings, community building resources, and networking, with statewide peers.

Plan to choose from the following workshops:

  • Development Finance
  • Rural Development
  • Innovations in Affordable Housing
  • Community Engagement & Organizing
  • Homeless Continuum
  • Affordable Housing Development
  • Fair Housing and Consumer Protection.

Register online here.

Please share this invitation with your network. For additional information on the Conference, sponsorship, or exhibition information contact Ashley C. Lewis at alewis@lahousingalliance.org or 225-381-0041.

Conference attendees receive a special discounted room rate at Chase Suite Hotel for $99 nightly (mention LHA for the discount). Chase Suite Hotel is only 3.37 miles for the Conference.

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Get in the game and out of committee work

Posted By Denise McMahan, CausePlanet, Monday, March 11, 2013

If you're like me, you love a good story. And if you're not a business book reader, you may have found your match in our new feature: William Mott's The Board Game: A Story of Hope and Inspiration for CEOs and Governing Boards uses fictional characters to teach us about board leadership through great storytelling. The Board Game applies real life experiences to help you recognize red flags and employ useful tools when engaging the board, chair and CEO...

  

Register for our live author interview with Bill Mott and download the book summary at CausePlanet's Page to Practice blog.

 

by Denise McMahan, CausePlanet Founder/Publisher

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

Tags:  Bill Mott  CausePlanet  The Board Game 

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4th Annual Active for Autism 5K Run/Walk and Fun Fest

Posted By Heather Otten, Capital Area United Way, Monday, March 11, 2013

 

The Active for Autism Run/Walk & Fun Fest is an awareness event and development initiative that provides community education and generates partnerships with families and organizations across the Greater Baton Rouge eight parish area. The Active for Autism Run/Walk & Fun Fest is on Saturday, April 13th, 2013, in conjunction with National Autism Awareness Month. Proceeds from this event support the Resource Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders (RCASD). The RCASD provides individualized services, information, and support needed to positively enhance the independence, productivity, and inclusion of people with Autism Spectrum Disorders.

  

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Tags:  advocacy  Autism  disabilities  FamiliesHelpingFamilies  fundraising 

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State Holding Funds for Nonprofit Organizations

Posted By Matthew Mullenix, Louisiana Association of Nonprofit Organizations, Sunday, March 10, 2013

Posted by LANO as a member service on behalf of:

Amber King, Louisiana Department of the Treasury, 225-219-9384

The Louisiana Treasury holds $517 million in Unclaimed Property waiting to be claimed by nonprofit organizations, residents, schools and businesses.

If you work for a nonprofit organization, volunteer for a charity, or just want to support your community, there is one quick task you can do to help: Search the Louisiana Unclaimed Property database to see if there is money out there waiting for your favorite cause.

Nonprofit groups have many ties to the community which gives them a higher potential for funds to get misplaced. A simple error in a mailing address can send funds owed to a nonprofit back to the sender as undeliverable. If the funds are not claimed within the State of Louisiana’s required holding period, the money is turned over to the Louisiana Treasury.

Lost checks could come from any source, like a fundraiser banquet facility deposit, a vendor refund, rebates, insurance proceeds, or a donation willed to a charity.

The Louisiana Treasury is currently holding $517 million in Unclaimed Property that is waiting to be claimed by Louisiana nonprofit organizations, residents, schools and businesses. Throughout the year, the Unclaimed Property Program collects lost funds from businesses and agencies nationwide and holds them indefinitely in the Treasury.

State Treasurer John Kennedy urges you to search the Unclaimed Property database periodically for local nonprofit organizations, your friends, family and yourself.

You can search variations of names and addresses in the Unclaimed Property online database 24 hours a day at www.LATreasury.com.

If you find holdings for yourself, simply fill out and submit the online claim form, or call toll-free 1-888-925-4127 weekdays between 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. for personalized assistance with your claim.

A claim for a nonprofit organization can be made following the same procedures by someone in the organization with authority to act on their behalf. There is never a charge for this service!

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The Potential Benefit of the BP Claims Process

Posted By Michael Swick, Kahn Swick & Foti, LLC, Sunday, March 10, 2013

Earlier this year, my business partner Lewis Kahn and I were invited to speak at a local gathering of a small nonprofits out here in St. Tammany Parish.

 

The topic of our talk was the potential benefit to nonprofits in filing a claim with BP under this year's limited opportunity program to reimburse charities for expenses incurred while responding to the oil spill disaster of 2010.  

The event was attended by 10-12 local nonprofit representatives. One nonprofit in particular didn't necessarily think they had a claim but agreed to let our firm review their historical finances, just to be sure.

Because the claims process is so complex, we're still analyzing the full potential of their claim, but it looks like they could well claim over one million dollars, and possibly several times that amount.

Millions of dollars to one nonprofit... Not only is the size of the potential award staggering, but it’s shocking that but for our efforts to educate nonprofits to what is available, they might never have known.

I don’t think there is anything more important to any nonprofit in the Gulf South right now than having these potential claims reviewed. No other program is going to have such a high probability of substantial award and such a low opportunity cost: effectively the cost of e-mailing a few years' of tax returns and P/L statements.

The amount of money available to LANO members could have an historic effect on nonprofits in this region.

Please join us coming Friday in Baton Rouge for a free 'lunch & learn' to find out more about this program.  Space is limited so please register early.  

[Lunch & Learn on BP Claims] 

-Michael Swick

LANO Member, the Law Firm of Kahn, Swick & Foti

 

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