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232-HELP Announces New Board, Officers and Executive Director

Posted By Mona Gobert-Cravins, 232-HELP, INC., Friday, March 8, 2013

For more information contact:

Rae Logan, 337-205-6008, 985-705-1205 (cell) or rae@232-help.org

A new board of directors and executive committee have been announced to lead 232-Help, an education and referral center based in Acadiana to identify, catalogue and better connect those who need social service support to providers of those services. The newly-selected board brings a collection of unique qualifications to further the organization’s mission of helping those in crisis return to healthy and productive lives, and once again become contributing members of the community. Board members include Kathy Ashworth, Dr. Paul "Buddy” Azar, Janice Beyt, Dr. Shirley Covington, Richard D’Aquin, Angela Granberry Davis, Tyler Davis, Randy Haynie, Dr. John Hendry, William "Dud” Lastrapes, Robert Lowe, James McLemore, Dr. Jim Nichols, Dr. Ronald Padgett, Ronald Prejean, Jerry Boustany Ramsay, James Roy and Rev. Gary Schexnayder.

The board elected officers to serve as its executive committee. James Roy was elected president, Robert Lowe is immediate past president, Dr. Paul Azar is vice president - medical liaison, Dr. John Hendry is vice president - dental liaison, Kathy Ashworth is vice president for community affairs and secretary, and William Lastrapes is vice president for development and treasurer. Randy Haynie was appointed by the President as deputy vice president – legislative affairs. The new board also announced that Rae Logan will serve as executive director of the organization.

In July 2000, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) reserved the 211 dialing code to provide for rapid information and referrals to health and human service organizations. 232-HELP became the first agency in Louisiana and the fourth in the country to become a designated 211. The 232-HELP/211 coverage area was expanded from a seven-parish area to 10 parishes. Today, 232-HELP/211 serves 737,782 people in Acadia, Avoyelles, Evangeline, Iberia, Lafayette, St. Landry, St. Martin, St. Mary, Terrebonne and Vermilion Parishes.

232-HELP has given birth to more than 30 different nonprofit organizations including the Rape Crisis Center, the Child Protection Agency, the Community Health Clinic, the Epilepsy Support Group, the Down Syndrome Foundation and others.

Current in-house services provided directly by 232-HELP include: the Medical Appliance Loan Program, Project Rx, Medical Transportation Assistance, Christmas Program and Enhanced Information & Referral/211 Services. One of its flagship programs is the 232-HELP Donated Dental Program. Since its early years, 232-HELP has had a group of dentists who volunteer their time and services whenever asked to treat the elderly and disabled without funds or insurance for their dental needs. The program has grown to 49 dentists and, since 1988, has provided more than 1.937 million dollars of in-kind services.

Our Mission 232- HELP/211 exists to help those in crisis return to being healthy and productive members of the community and to empower and strengthen individuals and families by connecting those in need with community and social services that address their needs.


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$5M Available to Support School Turn-around Efforts

Posted By Volunteer Louisiana, Thursday, March 7, 2013

 

Last week, the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), in a collaborative effort with the US Department of Education (ED), released a Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for $5 million in CNCS/ED funds to conduct a School Turnaround AmeriCorps initiative. 

This initiative seeks to use AmeriCorps members to increase educational achievement, high school graduation rates, and college readiness for students in out nations lowest performing elementary, middle and high schools, and is targeted specifically to schools that receive School Improvement Grant (SIG) funds from the federal government. 

Grants will be awarded to organizations that implement programs that utilize AmeriCorps members to engage in evidence-based interventions to increase educational achievement, high school graduation rates, and college readiness for students in our nation’s lowest-performing elementary, middle, and high schools.

Grants will fund projects that address multiple student needs and are aligned with comprehensive school turnaround plans.   

 


The NOFO and Application Instructions may be found at this site.

 


The Volunteer Louisiana Commission in the Office of the Lt. Governor encourages all eligible organizations to strongly consider this opportunity to bring much-needed funding to our state. 

This is a very short application window and there are two important deadlines to note:

  • A Notice of Intent to Apply is due Tuesday, April 2, 2013 at 5 pm EST. Failure to submit a Notice of Intent to Apply will render an applicant ineligible to apply.
  • Applications are due Tuesday, April 23, 2013 at 5 pm EST.

Successful applicants will be notified no later than mid-July.  Applicants will apply directly to the CNCS through its eGrants web-based application system. 

eGrants may be accessed at http://www.nationalservice.gov/egrants/index.asp, and applicants will choose the AmeriCorps State Competitive Direct NOFO option. While Volunteer Louisiana will not have a direct role in the application process, we are committed to giving Louisiana applicants the best possible chance for success.  We will be hosting two informational webinars about the NOFO, key details and a brief overview of how to access eGrants. 

These dates are:Tuesday, March 19 at 1 pmMonday, March 25 at 9 am 

The links to participate will be posted on our website within the next 24 hours at http://volunteerlouisiana.gov/americorps/329/

Staff is also available to answer any questions you may have as you complete your application.  Questions should be submitted by email to strahan@crt.la.gov

All questions will be posted to VolunteerLouisiana.gov at http://volunteerlouisiana.gov/americorps/329/.

 

 

 

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A merger story rooted in financial motivations

Posted By Erica Crenshaw, Execute Now!, Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Moviegoers might say this nonprofit story has a plot twist. If I were to share the two main characters are organizations entering into a discussion about a merger, you probably could guess how it turns out, right? Get ready for a surprise ending.

The story of two relatable characters with financial pains

More Than Wheels, a group Terri Steingrebe runs, helps people in New England find low-interest car loans. Jeffrey Faulkner is the president of Ways to Work, a much larger car-loan group with headquarters in Milwaukee.

More Than Wheels was experiencing growing pains and desperately needed to expand to meet the needs of its growing clientele. Ways to Work has 53 affiliate offices in 23 states ...

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

 

Read about this merger story in the Finance Fundamentals blog

Tags:  Execute Now!  Finance Fundamentals  mergers 

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Nonprofit BP Claims Information Luncheon Series

Posted By Michael Swick, Kahn Swick & Foti, LLC, Monday, March 4, 2013

A REVENUE OPPORTUNITY

BP has set aside billions of dollars to pay nonprofit organizations in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama, as well as in certain areas of Florida and Texas, for any decline in revenues suffered during 2010. LANO members do not have to prove that any declines in revenue was actually caused by BP. For example, nonprofits do not have to prove that the oil spill prevented their members from attending events, or any other "causal" connection. All that nonprofits must demonstrate is that their revenues declined in 2010, compared to prior periods during 2007 - 2009, and as compared to later periods in 2011.

 

FIND OUT IF YOUR ORGANIZATION QUALIFIES

Starting in mid-March 2013, the law firm of Kahn Swick & Foti, LLC, will begin hosting a series of free luncheons, designed to provide information to LANO members regarding the BP Oil Spill Claims process. We will be posting the day and location of these events on the LANO Community Calendar, and alerting members in the local meeting areas via email.  The first event is scheduled for March 15, 2013 in Baton Rouge, at Gino’s Restaurant at 12:30. [Registration link]

 

ABOUT US

KSF is a nationally recognized law firm, with a proven record of success. KSF has dedicated substantial resources to analyzing, filing and fighting appeals related to BP Oil Spill Claims by nonprofits and businesses in the gulf south. KSF provides its services on a contingent fee basis and it covers all costs and expenses related to the claims filing process. If KSF is not successful in obtaining an award for its client(s), it receives no payment, including no reimbursement of expenses. 

Please watch for our notices of these luncheon events and please register if you would like to attend. Seating is limited so please register early. However, don't worry if an event is full, as KSF will be adding more dates as is required to meet the needs of the LANO community. If you can not attend our events, please feel free to call us at any time to discuss your possible claim. You can reach Lewis Kahn, the managing partner of the firm, toll free at 1-877- 427-2524 or at 504-455-1400. 

And thank you LANO and all its members for allowing KSF to contribute to the LANO community!

 

Tags:  BP Settlement 

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Nonprofit workshop: Grantwriting for Beginners

Posted By Nora Ellertsen, The Funding Seed, LLC, Monday, March 4, 2013
 
 
 
 
Nonprofit Workshop:
Grantwriting for Beginners
Friday, March 15
9:30 a.m.- 12:00 p.m.
Ashe Cultural Arts Center
1712 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd., New Orleans
Details & registration at www.thefundingseed.com.

Are you involved with a non-profit?  
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 for completing the workshop.

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

Email info@thefundingseed.com to inquire about discount codes or to reserve your space and pay at the door.

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Adult Literacy Advocates Looking for New Home

Posted By Gary Robertson, Adult Literacy Advocates, Monday, March 4, 2013

 

Adult Literacy Advocates of Greater Baton Rouge is seeking new space in downtown Baton Rouge. We are a non-profit United Way volunteer organization that has been serving community residents for 45 years.

We currently occupy about 1,400 square feet of space, which is mostly used for conducting our adult education classes. We would be interested in sharing space with another non-profit or company, or occupying our own unit. We have a budget for a lease, but we would also be happy to take any free space off your hands.

Interested members may contact our Executive Director, Gary Robertson (gary@adultliteracyadvocates.org).

 

 

 

 

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Live author interview includes free book copy on 3/6

Posted By Denise McMahan, CausePlanet, Thursday, February 28, 2013

Don't forget to register for our free live author interview on Wednesday, Mar 6 at 11 a.m. CST with culture expert, Michael Stallard, and author of Fired Up or Burned Out: How to Reignite Your Team's Passion, Creativity and Productivity. Stallard has generously offered a free digital copy of his book for everyone who registers for the interview. Bring questions about how to improve your nonprofit's culture to this CausePlanet interview.

Here is a sampling of some question topics we'll discuss:

· External pressures on internal culture

· Making the best of disliked tasks

· Getting from good to great on culture

· Turning around negative or resentful employees

· What to do about disconnected producers

· Managing up on good culture

 

Register for the interview and book copy here.

(at the end of the Page to Practice post in the link above).

 

by Denise McMahan

 

 

Special thanks to the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana Foundation for generously providing every LANO member with access to CausePlanet book summaries and author interviews in 2012 and 2013.

 

 

Special thanks to Michael Stallard at E Pluribus Partners for providing every author interview registrant with a free digtial copy of his book. You can find more about Stallard at www.epluribuspartners.com.

Tags:  CausePlanet  Michael Stallard  Page to Practice 

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Improve your workplace interactions by understanding temperament

Posted By Denise McMahan, CausePlanet, Wednesday, February 20, 2013

 

We're quick to identify the things that really annoy us about our jobs or the workplace but slow to identify why and how it impacts the teams with whom we work.

I had the opportunity to connect with one of Louisiana's own authors, Brad Dude, about this topic and the book he coauthored with Jim Harden, What Makes You Tick & What Ticks You Off. Join me in my interview with Brad about the importance of understanding temperament in the workplace...

 

 

Read more, download free business book summaries and register for our next live author interview at CausePlanet's Page to Practice blog.

 

by Denise McMahan

 

 

Special thanks to the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana Foundation for providing every LANO member with free access to CausePlanet's business book summaries and author interviews in 2013.

Tags:  CausePlanet  Page to Practice  What Makes You Tick 

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Two thriving nonprofit economies with divergent stories

Posted By Erica Crenshaw, Execute Now!, Tuesday, February 19, 2013

 

Over the past two months I couldn't help but notice the convergence of several articles reporting positively about the nonprofit sector in both Indiana and Maryland. Each state has acknowledged the significant impact the sector has on their employment rate, the local economy and their respective abilities to meet growing social needs of their residents. Despite the good news they share in common, Indiana and Maryland face different outcomes...

Read more about their outcomes in Finance Fundamentals

by Erica McGeachy Crenshaw, CEO of Execute Now!

Tags:  Execute Now!  Finance Fundamentals  Indiana  Maryland 

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Deadline Nears for CAUW CEO Position Applications

Posted By LANO Career Center, Monday, February 18, 2013

Tomorrow is the last day to apply for the top job at one of the state's most influential nonprofit organizations, the Capital Area United WayApplications will be accepted until 5:00 PM (Close of Business) on Tuesday, February 19, 2013.  

 


Please send cover letter, resume and list of references in PDF to careercenter@lano.org with subject: Capital Area United Way CEO Search.

[Full Position Description at LANO Career Center]

 


 

Position Summary: The Chief Executive Officer provides vision and strategic leadership to the Capital Area United Way (CAUW) to ensure that the vision and mission are well understood; community needs are effectively identified; and that the organizational mission is communicated consistently to staff, board members and volunteers so that they can effectively support the advancement of the CAUW mission. The CEO serves as the symbol of the organization and is committed to providing the highest quality services and sound financial operations; working in collaboration with others in the communities served; and assuring that CAUW is a recognized leader as a premier model for social change through its funding allocations and programs.

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