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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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Capital Area United Way Seeks CEO

Posted By Capital Area United Way, Saturday, January 19, 2013

The Capital Area United Way is seeking a dynamic and visionary CEO with proven leadership and management experience.

The selected candidate will demonstrate a passion for the CAUW mission and have a minimum of 7 years of management experience as a high level executive. She/he will be a proven leader with the willingness to take calculated risks in forming innovative, collaborative efforts both within the CAUW and the communities served.

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.

Applicants must demonstrate a minimum of 7 years of management experience in nonprofit management preferred, including a broad knowledge of all aspects of financial management, fundraising, personnel management, and grant compliance. Bachelor's degree required, graduate degree preferred.


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New Way to Fund-raise Ready to Launch

Posted By Connect for a Cause, LLC, Friday, January 18, 2013

Connect for a Cause will launch nationwide in the next few weeks.  But our new website is up and running now and ready start working for you.  Stop in to claim your nonprofit in our registry.  Get your board members and supporters involved in a fun new way to raise funds for your mission! 

Connect for a Cause helps people get ahead by giving back. We’re a social fundraising platform that lets anyone auction off or bid on meetings to benefit charity. The higher the winning bid for each meeting, the more money goes to the selected nonprofit.


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A new year and a new business model

Posted By Erica Crenshaw, Execute Now!, Tuesday, January 8, 2013


It's no coincidence our sector is looking at redefining its business models when 88% of nonprofits in 2012 were faced with increases in the demand for their services despite 57% barely having enough cash on hand to last them three months. 1

In "Pride & Prejudice: (What) Can Nonprofits Learn From the For-Profit World?” by Richard Dare last May in The Huffington Post, I was intrigued by his challenge to fellow nonprofits...

Read more of this post in Finance Fundamentals


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

Tags:  Blue Ocean Strategy  business models  Execute Now!  The End of Fundraising 

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Are you measuring what really matters?

Posted By Denise McMahan, CausePlanet, Tuesday, January 8, 2013


Having just led a lively author interview with social media measurement gurus, Beth Kanter and Katie Paine, about their latest book, Measuring the Networked Nonprofit , you can imagine what a timely surprise it was to read this headline on the next day: "Why your social media metrics are a waste of time” by Ivory Madison in the Harvard Business Review blog...


Read more of this post and download a free book summary in the Page to Practice blog. Don't forget to register for the next live author interview on Jan 31 when we'll discuss leveraging pro bono services.


by Denise McMahan, CausePlanet


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


Tags:  age to Practice  ausePlanet  easuring the Networked Nonprofit  social media 

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Nonprofit workshop: Creating a Powerful Fundraising Plan

Posted By Nora Ellertsen, The Funding Seed, LLC, Thursday, January 3, 2013
Nonprofit workshop:

Creating a Powerful Fundraising Plan
Friday, January 11

9:30 a.m. -12:00 p.m.

Ashe Cultural Arts Center

1712 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd.
Registration $35; student & group discounts available
Details & registration at

Start the New Year right with a powerful fundraising plan!

What would happen at your organization if you never had to worry about your funding?  If you knew how much you needed to raise, and how you were going to raise it?

This workshop will help you make that a reality.  You'll learn ways to assess your resources, to set fundraising goals, and to create a calendar that will keep you on track.  Participants will receive tools they can take back to their organizations and put to work immediately.   

Register online at  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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March of Dimes Requests Proposals for Model Program

Posted By Makesha Judson, March of Dimes-Louisiana Chapter, Wednesday, December 19, 2012

March of Dimes Louisiana Chapter, a LANO Member, is pleased to announce the March of Dimes Request for Proposals to implement a Smoking Cessation Program for Pregnant Women.

March of Dimes Louisiana Chapter is seeking eligible and qualified nonprofit organizations to implement a model smoking cessation program for pregnant women entitled, "Baby & Me - Tobacco Free.” The "Baby & Me – Tobacco Free” model is an incentive-based program utilizing the 5As counseling approach to assist pregnant women in quitting smoking and to help them stay tobacco-free after the birth of their baby.

The mission of the March of Dimes is to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth, and infant mortality. Founded in 1938, the March of Dimes funds programs of research, community services, education, and advocacy to save babies.

If interested, please visit the March of Dimes Louisiana Chapter Website: All questions regarding the March of Dimes Smoking Cessation Request for Proposals should be directed to Makesha Judson, State Director of Program Services at (225) 249-5080 or via email at

All Applications must be received on or before 4:00pm on Friday, February 1, 2013. Late Applications will not be accepted. Proposals should be sent to:

Makesha Judson, Director of Program Services

March of Dimes Louisiana Chapter

12015 Justice Avenue

Baton Rouge, LA 70816

This funding opportunity is made possible through LaCare, a Medicaid managed care plan serving Louisiana citizens and a member of AmeriHealth of Louisiana, Inc. and part of the AmeriHealth Family of Companies.

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Pro bono services: Make up 20% of your budget

Posted By Denise McMahan, CausePlanet, Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Author Aaron Hurst says there are people in the world who love what they do and do it exceedingly well, people who want to use their skills to give back to the community. This is pro bono. By definition, pro bono is Latin, meaning "for the public good.” Hurst defines it as free, donated professional services to a nonprofit to further its mission.

Hurst's goal in publishing Powered by Pro Bono is to revitalize a time-honored tradition as well as give the pro bono partnership a field-tested structure so you can expect reliable outcomes...

Find out how great nonprofits save 20% of their budget using Hurst's winning framework for pro bono at the Page to Practice blog.

by Denise McMahan, CausePlanet




Special thanks to the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana Foundation for providing every LANO member with access to CausePlanet's summary library and author interviews.


Tags:  Aaron Hurst  CausePlanet  Page to Practice  Powered by Pro Bono 

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50% Discount for LANO members - Workshop for Nonprofits - Performance Improvement

Posted By Lori Leal, Path2 Better Performance, Monday, December 17, 2012


Improving Strategy and Performance in the Non-Profit Organization


This workshop covers the fundamentals of developing and leading nonprofit organizations such as those classified as 501c3 (charitable, educational, public safety, etc.) and 501c6 (business leagues, chambers of commerce, etc.) with a focus board membership and governance structures and industry best practices for strategic planning, financial management, and operations.

This workshop will provide a high level understanding of the financial and accounting principles for non-profit organizations and allow participants to apply whatthey'velearned using their own financial and organizational information.

LANO Members will receive a 50% discount on seminar fee.


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Tags:  and measurable objectives  financial management  setting goals  strategic planning 

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Shell Oil Donates Furniture to Nonprofits

Posted By LANO Network, Monday, December 17, 2012

UPDATE 19 Dec: Only one item remaining!

Shell Oil Co. at the Robert Training and Conference Center in Robert, Louisiana has the following items to donate to any nonprofit willing to pick them up.  Offer is good through January 18th, 2013. 

Interested members may contact Qi Wiggings, at:

  • 3 round wood tables (estimated value: ~$75/each)
  • 14 wood w/upholstered seat chairs (estimated value: ~$50/each)
  • Foosball table – slightly damaged (estimated value: ~$30)
  • 4 upholstered chairs (estimated value: ~$50/each)
  • Upholstered sofa (estimated value: ~$125)
  • Large Upholstered chair (estimated value: ~$75)
  • 4 end tables (estimated value: ~$40/each)
  • Coffee table (estimated value: ~$50)
  • Small Lamp (estimated value: ~$20)

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