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Deepwater Horizon Settlement Program for Nonprofits

Posted By Celeste Viator, Hannis T. Bourgeois, LLP, Friday, March 29, 2013

Image: Deepwater Horizon oilspill Source: Wikipedia

LANO member, Hannis T. Bourgeois, LLP (HTB), Certified Public Accountants, summarizes the highlights of the Deepwater Horizon Settlement Program.

On December 22, 2012, the U.S. Federal Court issued final approval of the BP settlement agreement, which entitles many businesses and nonprofits located in the entire state of Louisiana to receive compensation from BP.

This agreement referred to as the Deepwater Horizon Court-Supervised Settlement Program is a class action settlement and includes broad requirements to participate and deserves the attention of any business or nonprofit.

Read more about how your nonprofit may benefit.

HTB can provide assistance in gathering the required documentation, applying the various causation tests, calculating your claim under the appropriate framework and helping you to understand the tax implications of any settlement payments.

Please contact Celeste Viator at 225.928.4770 or if you would like more information or assistance in determining if you meet the parameters of the settlement.


[Further details on Qualifying Claims]




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Seminar: Effects of Proposed Tax Plan on Nonprofits on April 2

Posted By The Greater New Orleans Foundation, Friday, March 29, 2013
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Free live author interview about the board/CEO relationship

Posted By Denise McMahan, CausePlanet, Friday, March 22, 2013


Unengaged employees cost time and money. So why do we have molasses-like reflexes when it comes to cultivating a positive culture in the organizations we  lead? Billions of dollars are lost every year by corporations through turnover as well as legitimate and non-legitimate sick days. Tens of thousands are lost in productivity and and outcomes within a single position if it turns over or if the employee is unengaged in your nonprofit...

LANO MEMBERS: Play this author podcast about culture or register for our next FREE live author interview with Bill Mott about the board/CEO relationships.  

by Denise McMahan, Founder/Publisher, CausePlanet




Special thanks to the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana Foundation for providing every LANO member with free access to CausePlanet services.


Tags:  Bill Mott  CausePlanet  Michael Stalllard  The Board Game 

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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

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.


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


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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!


Read more at the Finance Fundamentals blog

Tags:  Execute Now!  Finance Fundamentals 

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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 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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