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Preparing for Growth: How Strategic Planning Can Lead to Better Fundraising

Posted By Jeremy Hunnewell, EMH Strategy, Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Updated: Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Is your nonprofit in need of a strategic plan, but unsure where to begin? Do you struggle to stand out among the competition to secure grants and donations?

EMH Strategy is pleased to offer a workshop that helps solve these two problems that many nonprofits face.

EMH President and Co-Founder Jeremy Hunnewell will share how your nonprofit can develop a comprehensive strategic plan to improve internal processes and attract external funds. During the course of the presentation, you will learn the importance of a developing a strategic plan for both internal and external purposes, receive step-by-step instructions for immediate implementation, and ultimately understand how strategic planning can lead to better fundraising for your nonprofit.


Date: Tuesday, May 21st

Time: 8:30-10:00am

Place: 1441 Canal Street, New Orleans, LA 70112

Price: $10

Coffee and a light breakfast will be served.



EMH Strategy is a strategy and management consulting firm that offers customized solutions to assist businesses and organizations experiencing periods of profound change or grappling with complex and ambiguous issues. To learn more about EMH’s work with non-profits like the Emeril Lagasse Foundation and the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts (NOCCA), click here.

Please email if you have additional questions.




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Introducing Execute Now!'s Jody Deffes

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


Jody Deffes, senior staff accountant  

"I have a small problem—I can't do anything halfway,” confesses Jody Deffes.

Deffes is a senior staff accountant with Execute Now! and has been assisting nonprofits with their financials for the past year. The nonprofits who've worked with Deffes during the past year have no doubt experienced his tenacious approach to financial management and his passion for educating his clients.

His first job as a teenager was in a bank performing the now extinct position of Coin Room Teller. "Twenty years ago, they would find a kid like me who wanted to work in a bank, wasn't afraid of ...



Read more about Deffes and the Execute Now! team in the Finance Fundamentals blog


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Community Calendar Now Color-coded

Posted By Matthew Mullenix, Louisiana Association of Nonprofit Organizations, Monday, April 15, 2013
Updated: Sunday, May 5, 2013


LANO's Community Calendar, a public information resource available as a promotional tool for General and Associate Members, now features color-coded entries that provide a quick view of upcoming dates in six categories: Community Events, Networking Opportunity, Public Notice, Training Opportunity, Funding Opportunity and Volunteer Opportunity. 

See below for more info on each category:





(Month View)

Detail: April 14-27, 2013

  Community Events: e.g., fundraisers, art shows, concerts, advocacy rallies; other gatherings attended or hosted by your organization
  Networking Opportunity: Any convening with a purpose or format that promotes meeting and sharing information between individuals for professional advancement or community projects, etc.
  Public Notice: Announcements of a public service nature, not specifically related to an individual organization or special interest group
  Training Opportunity: Nonprofit professional development or topic-specific education, delivered in lecture, seminar, webinar or other format 
  Funding Opportunity: Requests for grant or project proposals (RFPs); donation notice, class actions, tax refund notice or other fund-acquisition opportunity
  Volunteer Opportunity: Events or other activities posted by members for which volunteers are needed and requested.


LANO members wishing to add events to the Community Calendar can submit the relevant information via webform and may include the ir posting in one or more of the above categories.  Users may filter viewing of calendar events by any category or by all at once, the default setting.

All calendared events will be included in social media posts and the LANO Weekly Planner email, sent each Monday morning to the entire statewide network.  Additionally, headlines from the previous week's Member News & Events blog and updates from the Career and Volunteer Center will be included in the weekly communication. All LANO members, including the Friends of LANO free membership category, are eligible to receive the Weekly Planner.

For more information, contact Matt Mullenix, LANO Vice President for Public Relations.



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New Training Series on Nonprofit Compensation

Posted By James Stodd, JT Stodd & Associates, Friday, April 12, 2013

In today’s "no margin…no mission” environment it is critically important that nonprofit organizations get the most "bang” for each dollar spent on staff compensation. 

This is achieved by rewarding and retaining those who best contribute to attaining the organization’s mission while minimizing unnecessary fixed-cost and administrative overhead. 

This new series (to be held in both Baton Rouge and New Orleans) includes three modules, each approximately 90 minutes in length, designed to cover the gamut of compensation issues challenging nonprofits today.


MODULE ONE: This first module in the series will focus on the foundations of base pay/salary management programs and be of tremendous value to senior executives, HR leaders and those responsible for salary administration. The objective of this session will be to equip you with the necessary knowledge to establish, maintain and strategically alter your base pay/salary program to best achieve your nonprofit’s unique objectives regarding cost management, market competitiveness and equitable compensation amongst your workforce.

Baton Rouge, April 23, 10:30AM


New Orleans, April 25, 10:30 AM




This series of three workshops will be led by James T Stodd, SPHR who is the Principal and Managing Director of JT Stodd & Associates. Jim has over 30 years of experience in designing and managing compensation programs for nonprofit organizations. His experience includes serving with leading consulting firms such as Ernst & Young, LLP and the Hay Group as well as serving as the chief human resource officer of three large nonprofit organizations where he was responsible to the CEO and the Board for all compensation and employee benefit practices.



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Government-Nonprofit Contracting Survey Responses Needed

Posted By Matthew Mullenix, Louisiana Association of Nonprofit Organizations, Wednesday, April 10, 2013

The Urban Institute sent out in February the latest government-nonprofit contracting survey to a scientifically selected group of nonprofits in Louisiana.

Results of the survey will follow up on the Urban Institute's 2010 report on contracting problems and guides the work of the Government-Nonprofit Contracting Reform Project of the Council of Nonprofits, a national advocacy group representing state Associations of nonprofits and other nonprofit sector supporters.

If your organization received the survey, we encourage you to please contribute your responses soon so that analysis may begin and Louisiana be represented in results and future reports.  The data collected will be used to help identify ongoing nonprofit-government contracting issues and improve where possible these important public/private partnerships.

Any question related to this survey may be sent to Beth Bowsky of the Council of Nonprofits at:




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Live author interview and free book summary of "Storytelling for Grantseekers"

Posted By Denise McMahan, CausePlanet, Tuesday, April 9, 2013


"Nonprofit seeks captivating storyteller…” instead of "Nonprofit seeks grant writer…” is the kind of job posting our latest featured author,
Cheryl Clarke, would highly approve of.

Clarke recently released the second edition of her popular book Storytelling for Grantseekers: A Guide to Creative Nonprofit Fundraising . It's chock full of useful techniques for nonprofit communications of any kind—from newsletters and appeals to annual reports and, of course, grants.

No one wants to read a horrible grant proposal. Why should...


Read more, download the free book summary or register for our next live author interview about winning grants with proven storytelling techniques.

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 summary library and author interviews.


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2013/14 AmeriCorps Partner Org Application Open

Posted By Lisa Teer, Monday, April 8, 2013

The Louisiana Delta Service Corps is pleased to share our 2013-14 application with you!

Now available on our website and attched to this post. 

Application workshops are scheduled for next week.

Applications will be due to us by May 17th. 

The biggest change to our application this year will be our specific focus on health education. We are looking for applicants who can provide our members with direct service educating youth in positive health behaviors in the areas of nutrition, fitness, mental health and HIV/AIDS prevention.

Examples would be teaching nutrition classes to school aged children, starting an after school sports program, teaching a cooking class or working in a garden with children. We are also looking for rural projects, specifically in the river parishes (Pointe Couppee, Concordia,Tensas, Ascension, St. Charles etc.)

Projects must be full-time starting September 1st and last through July 31st. Organizations must pay a cash match of $9,000 per member and provide a supervisor/mentor, site specific training and the tools to adequately fulfill the project’s goals. Please sign up for one of our workshops to ask questions and review the application. Email or call 225-930-9949.

Baton Rouge
April 9th 1-2:30 pm
American Red Cross, South Louisiana Region
4655 Sherwood Common Boulevard
Baton Rouge, LA  70816
(225) 456-5606

April 10th 1-2:30pm
New Orleans Public Library
Rosa F. Keller Library and Community Center
4300 S. Broad Street
New Orleans, LA  70125
(504) 596-2660

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Nonprofit fundraising workshop: Annual Fund Campaigns 101

Posted By Nora Ellertsen, The Funding Seed, LLC, Wednesday, April 3, 2013
Nonprofit fundraising workshop:
Annual Fund Campaigns 101

Friday, April 19, 9:30am-12:00pm

Ashe Cultural Arts Center
1712 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd., New Orleans

Details and registratiom at

Annual fund campaigns are a great way to jumpstart a nonprofit's fundraising.  But how do you get started?  How can you help your campaign raise more money?

This workshop will walk you through the process of running your annual fund campaign, from Day One to the Victory Party.  
Registration $35.  Discounts available for students, AmeriCorps and organizations registering two or more people.

For questions, to inquire about discount codes or to reserve your seat and pay at the door, email

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

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Posted By Michael Swick, Kahn Swick & Foti, LLC, Tuesday, April 2, 2013
Updated: Friday, April 5, 2013


As an executive officer or board member of a nonprofit organization, you have a fiduciary duty to act in good faith, with diligence and in furtherance of your organization’s objectives.  

Following the settlement of the BP oil spill civil litigation in April 2012, this duty also includes determining if your organization is due money under the almost $8 billion compensation program set up to pay nonprofits and businesses in the Gulf South for lost revenue during 2010.   

Important deadlines for filing claims under the settlement program exist, so fiduciaries must act expediently to determine if your organization qualifies for a claim award.



On Friday April 5, 2013, the law firm of Kahn Swick & Foti, LLC, will be hosting another in its series of free BP Nonprofit Claims Luncheon Seminars at Andrea's Restaurant (12:30-2pm) in Metairie, La.




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New survey reveals nonprofits are adapting to a new reality

Posted By Erica Crenshaw, Execute Now!, Tuesday, April 2, 2013


"Nonprofits are changing the way they do business because they have to: government funding is not returning to pre-recession levels, philanthropic dollars are limited, and demand for critical services has climbed dramatically,” asserts Antony Bugg-Levine, CEO of Nonprofit Finance Fund (NFF).

The NFF has released the results of its 2013 State of the Nonprofit Sector Survey, which has gathered financial information from more than 5900 nonprofits throughout the country. One of the noteworthy outcomes is ...

Read more at the Finance Fundamentals Blog


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

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