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Improving Strategy and Performance in the Nonprofit Organization

Posted By Lori Leal, Path2 Better Performance, Monday, February 18, 2013

It's not too late to take part in this workshop!

IMPROVING STRATEGY AND PERFORMANCE IN THE NONPROFIT ORGANIZATION

1515 Poydras St., Suite 1010 (New Orleans Chamber of Commerce) New Orleans, Louisiana
Friday, February 22, 2013

Attendees will learn the fundamentals of developing a high performing nonprofit organization and will receive hands-on training, including tools that they can use to improve the performance of their organization. This workshop will focus on board governance, operational best practices and the strategic planning process.

This full day workshop is a great value and LANO members will receive 50% discount.

Learn more about this opportunity and register at http://www.b-pconsulting.com/event-registration.html.

Tags:  board governance  financial management  performance improvement  strategic planning 

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Atlanta Fed Wants to Hear from Nonprofits Working in Lower Income Communities

Posted By Matthew Mullenix, Louisiana Association of Nonprofit Organizations, Monday, February 11, 2013

PUBLIC NOTICE: Invitation to Participate

The Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta is looking to assess the needs and opportunities faced by nonprofit organizations working with lower income communities in the Southeast.

They are now administering a poll to collect information from nonprofit organization leaders about the current and anticipated opportunities and challenges their organizations face. 

A statement about the project from Fed staff reads:

Add your voice by taking a poll asking questions about the needs and opportunities faced by nonprofit organizations working with lower income communities in the Southeast. As a participant, you will receive project results so you can learn more about approaches others are taking to serve their communities and improve their organization's sustainability.

[Click here to take the poll]

 

The poll closes on February 26, 2013.

 

 

 

 

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What's all the fuss about culture?

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

So what's all the fuss about culture? Why does promoting a good culture feel like something that can be pushed down on the priority list after board recruitment, fundraising, and filling that vacant position?

Though you can't see it, and it's even harder to describe, experts prove again and again how a healthy, toxic, or even ignored culture can make or break every aspect of your efforts—yes, that includes productivity and your bottom line.

Now that I have your attention, turn your focus to our upcoming live author interview with Michael Stallard...

Read more, register for our live author interview & download a free book summary here

 

by Denise McMahan

 

 

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

 

Tags:  Culture  Fired Up or Burned Out?  Michael Stallard 

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Nonprofits Need to Think About Succession Planning

Posted By Jeremy Hunnewell, EMH Strategy, Thursday, February 7, 2013
Updated: Thursday, February 7, 2013


Is it too early to start thinking about an exit strategy from your leadership position?

If you are nearing retirement age or looking to make a change in your career, you might wonder how you can prepare for a transition of your organization's leadership and the preservation of your important mission.

Thinking about your organization’s future does not need to be nerve-wracking.

In fact, preparing for succession, even if years away, can improve your operations today. 

Learn three basic but vital things you need to know to preserve a bright future for your organization.

Read more at The Nonprofit Strategist, EMH Strategy's LANO Member blog...

 

 

 

 

 

Tags:  strategic planning 

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Four trends will impact your financial management

Posted By Erica Crenshaw, Execute Now!, Tuesday, February 5, 2013
Updated: Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Many of us wish we had a crystal ball for strategic planning and financial forecasting.

Marc Chardon, CEO of nonprofit software provider Blackbaud, came close to this wish in his article last month, "Peering into the Nonprofit Crystal Ball.” He identified four key trends that will have the strongest impact on the nonprofit sector this year based on his observations and conversations with leaders in the nonprofit sector.

These trends were also formed by conducting research at Blackbaud. At Execute Now!, my staff is often in the position of helping nonprofits forecast their...

 

Read about four nonprofit trends for 2013 in Finance Fundamentals

 

by Erica McGeachy Crenshaw, CEO of Execute Now!

Tags:  Execute Now!  Finance Fundamentals  Marc Chardon 

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Nonprofit fundraising workshop: Creating & Managing an Individual Donor Program

Posted By Nora Ellertsen, The Funding Seed, LLC, Thursday, January 31, 2013
Nonprofit fundraising workshop:
Creating & Managing an Individual Donor Program
Thursday, February 21
1:00-3:30 p.m.
Ashe Cultural Arts Center
1712 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd.
 
$35 per person; student & group discounts available
Details & registration at www.thefundingseed.com


Individual donors give three quarters of all private charitable donations- more than foundation grants and corporate gifts combined.

How can your nonprofit find individual donors to support your work?

This workshop will help your organization to raise money from the best funding source: people.


Attendees will receive a Certificate of Participation for completing the workshop.

For questions, to inquire about discount codes, or to reserve your space and pay at the door, email info@thefundingseed.com

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Meet P & N Promos: Marketing, Events, Employee Recognition

Posted By Phyllis Meyer, P & N Promos, Tuesday, January 29, 2013
Updated: Wednesday, January 30, 2013

As a new LANO member and service provider to nonprofits, I'd like to introduce myself and share with you some of what P & N Promos can do for your nonprofit.

We help nonprofits make their fundraising events more successful and more fun. More importantly, with our help, those events effectively enhance sustainability, donor loyalty and strengthen your team--vital qualities in any organization event.

I'd like to share a little more with you through the new P & N Promos Blog, a source for useful tips and insight on event promotion and nonprofit marketing from our experienced industry professionals. 

Come visit and subscribe through the LANO network! 

-Phyllis Meyer

 

Post One: The Power of the Pen

Several years ago when I first got into this business, my banker (who is also a part-time pastor of a small church) shared the following story with me. I've used it ever since simply to demonstrate the power of what we do.

..."A small church was in need of a sound system. Week after week they passed the collection plate, but week after week they fell seriously short of the mark.

One Sunday a stranger arrived...a young man they had never seen before. His presence aroused some curiosity in the small congregation. Despite the novelty, the service proceeded as was customary...."

 

Post Two: Marketing Communication-Do You Know the Rules of Engagment?

"...Nonprofits offer great value to their community. While most may not provide a product, all provide a beneficial service. It's not something about which to be shy or insecure. Just like a commercial enterprise, nonprofits have something to offer. I hesitate to say this, and many of you will be hesitate to believe it, but --like it or not--you are a saleman for your organization...."

 

 

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Better Than Ezra Foundation Seeks Executive Director

Posted By Delery Rice, Better Than Ezra Foundation, Tuesday, January 29, 2013

The story behind the foundation:

The Better Than Ezra Foundation story starts with the band itself. The talented and accomplished trio of Kevin Griffin, Tom Drummond and Travis McNabb are the driving force behind this nationally renowned recording group, Better Than Ezra.

Their passion for the music they provide is equally exemplified in the drive they have for giving back to the community they love and call home, New Orleans, Louisiana.

The combination of their talents and passion has led to the creation of the Better Than Ezra Foundation, whereby the group annually brings together the power of music along with the power of community.

The Foundation needs an exceptional leader...

The BTE Foundation is currently accepting qualified applicants for Executive Director, a unique and exciting full-time position in the city of New Orleans.  Sign in to LANO's Career Center to view and print the full job description, here: http://bit.ly/X71L9F

Completed application packets must be sent via email before March 1, 2013, to: careercenter@lano.org with subject line: BTE Foundation.

 


 

Position Summary: The Executive Director is the primary advocate for the mission and values of The Foundation and has lead responsibility for its efficient and compliant management and operations. The Executive Director works in concert with the Executive Committee of the Better Than Ezra Foundation and Foundation Board Members to represent the Foundation and its programs to donors, foundations, and the public and to raise the necessary funds to carry out the functions of the BTE Foundation...

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Charity Case: Are nonprofits operating under a separate rule book?

Posted By Denise McMahan, CausePlanet, Monday, January 28, 2013

Charity Case author Dan Pallotta explains the number of nonprofit organizations that have crossed the $50 million annual revenue barrier since 1970 is 144. He adds, the number of for-profits that have crossed it is 46,136, and as many as 80 percent of nonprofit organizations in the U.S. have budgets under $500,000. Finally, only one percent have ...

Read more, register for the next live author interview and download a free summary of Charity Case at the Page to Practice blog

by Denise McMahan

 

 

Special thanks to the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana Foundation for providing all LANO members with free access to CausePlanet's book summary library and live author interviews.

Tags:  Charity Case  Dan Pallotta  Uncharitable 

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Take competition out of your financial equation

Posted By Erica Crenshaw, Execute Now!, Tuesday, January 22, 2013

In my last post, we discussed how reexamining your business model today involves strategizing about new ways to level off the peaks and valleys of fundraising with alternative revenue sources (e.g. side ventures, earned revenue and innovative partnerships). Today I want to continue this important discussion because these alternative revenue strategies represent a successful approach we endorse at Execute Now! This approach was created by...

 

Find out how to take competition out of your business model equation

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

Tags:  Blue Ocean Strategy  Execute Now!  Finance Fundamentals 

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