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In the board room with Walker and Grace: Part II

Posted By Denise McMahan, CausePlanet, Saturday, November 17, 2012
Last week we provided you with the first installment of blended observations about what makes an effective board in light of two recent Page to Practice™ book features at CausePlanet.

This week, we continue with compiling advice from two expert authors, Julia Walker (A Fundraising Guide for Nonprofit Board Members) and Kay Sprinkel Grace (The Ultimate Board Member's Book)...



Download these free CausePlanet book summaries and compare for yourself or read the rest of this article at the Page to Practice blog.

(LANO Members can visit for download instructions.)

by Denise McMahan, Founder/Publisher, CausePlanet




Special thanks to the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana Foundation for providing free access to CausePlanet's Page to Practice library and author interviews for LANO members in 2012.


Tags:  boards  CausePlanet  fundraising  Julia Walker  Kay Sprinkel Grace  Page 

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Jill Garner, Manners of the Heart, to Present at Global Parenting & New Media Summit

Posted By Debbie Charbonnet, Manners of the Heart, Monday, November 12, 2012

Nationally-recognized, local author and speaker, and nonprofit founder, Jill Rigby Garner will be presenting Raising Respectful Children in a Disrespectful World and Raising Unselfish Children in a Self-Absorbed World, through the FLOW platform; a bold new approach to life empowerment featuring online conferences that bring global experts and practical solutions right to your computer screen.

The first of many, the upcoming Global Parenting & New Media Summit 2012, will address the challenges of parenting in the new media age in a series of conferences themed "Parenting: Media, Technology and the Brave New World". Along with Jill, several prominent international speakers will provide parents with practical knowledge and tools needed to navigate the drastically changed landscape created by social media, online games and web 2.0 in general. Protect your children from the new ABC's: Cyber Addiction, Bullying & Crime. Get a parenting upgrade and stay ahead of the curve.

The summit starts on November 30, 2012, on your computer. Log in live or catch up later at your convenience.

Registration provides anytime access to all sessions for one year.

For a $50 discount register at and use discount code: mannersoftheheart.

The summit features 12 experts delivering more than 20 sessions. Other notable presenters include: Dr. Larry Rosen, international expert on the psychology of technology, Bob Waliszewski, expert on parenting & media discernment, and Dr. Marilyn Campbell, expert on cyber-bullying.

Log on to for additional information about all the experts who will be speaking and the specific topics they will cover like:

  • Practicing respectful online behavior. Ignoring disrespectful messaging.
  • Internet addiction. Gaming addiction.
  • The face of cyber bullying and cyber-crime. Motives and consequences. What parents can do about it.
  • Understanding and managing our obsession with technology.
  • Raising media-savvy kids with love not war. Tech-savvy parenting.
  • How the media is prematurely sexualizing our kids.

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Create a Viral Video to Drive Donations

Posted By Gretchen Carter, Greater Giving, Sunday, November 11, 2012

A new article in the monthly "Raise More Funds" resource library at the Greater Giving website is now available.

The article, Create a Viral Video to Drive Donations tells you how to get more parents and community members to attend your gala event, and encourage them to bid higher on your charity auction.

Want to drive online donations from those who cannot attend and engage supporters beyond the event? Create a fun music video that goes "viral!"

Find out how one school did so and reaped great rewards.

To read the full article, click here to quickly sign-in to our free resource library.

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Leading Educators to Hire Multiple Facilitators and National Manager

Posted By Julie Bourgeois, Leading Educators, Sunday, November 11, 2012

Leading Educators develops teacher-leaders in order to raise student achievement and retain talented educators in urban schools. We aim to ensure that public education successfully trains its middle managers, thus retaining our best teachers and bolstering the pipeline of future principals.

To date, Leading Educators has trained 41 teacher-leaders in its New Orleans pilot region. Building upon the New Orleans region and Teaching Leaders (UK), Leading Educators is now an independent 501c3 organization assembling an ambitious team to expand the program nationally. In New Orleans and the first national expansion site, Kansas City, we are currently working with 106 teacher-leaders across over 60 schools. Our expansion model aims to serve 12 regions by 2016.

Multiple new positions are now being advertised (click position titles to enter LANO Career Center for more information): 

National Program Manager: As Leading Educators continues to grow our impact nationally, we are seeking a National Program Manager (NPM) to support the National Program Team with the development and quality of the national training program design, as well as the integration of learning across various regions.

Session Facilitator Consultant: Leading Educators is recruiting outstanding facilitators to grow our facilitator pool and deliver leadership development training across our Leading Educators Fellowship and customized programs. Outstanding facilitation that challenges participants to openly reflect on their practice, learn new skills and concepts, and develop themselves and their teams is essential to achieving our mission by empowering participants and developing exceptional teacher-leaders.


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In the board room with Walker and Grace

Posted By Denise McMahan, CausePlanet, Friday, November 9, 2012

Since we've been talking about effective boards so much recently, I thought it would be helpful to compile some advice from two of our Page to Practice™ expert authors on boards. They complement each other well, reinforcing the main points and going deeper in different areas. With two lifetimes of experience, Julia Ingraham Walker in "A Fundraising Guide for Nonprofit Board Members” and Kay Sprinkel Grace in "The Ultimate Board Member's Book” give it to us straight...


Read more, download a free Page to Practice book summary and register for our next live author interivew with Julia Walker 

by Denise McMahan





Special thanks to the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana Foundation for underwriting access to CausePlanet's book summary library and author interviews for all LANO members in 2012.


Tags:  Blue Cross Blue Shield  boards  CausePlanet  Fundraising  Julia Walker  Kay Grace  Page to Practice 

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Execute Now! lends a financial hand to longstanding nonprofit

Posted By Erica Crenshaw, Execute Now!, Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Even longstanding pillars of our nonprofit community need a hand now and then. The YWCA of Baton Rouge was fortunate to have the combined strength of a veteran CEO and the expertise of a financial firm during the last year. "Execute Now! has been a perfect solution for us. Having Erica's team manage our finances and oversee reporting and projections has been a difference maker,” says YWCA Interim CEO, Judi Bishop...


Read about the YWCA's partnership with Execute Now! at the Finance Fundamentals Blog

Tags:  Execute Now!  Finance Fundamentals 

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What grade does your board earn in fundraising?

Posted By Denise McMahan, CausePlanet, Tuesday, October 30, 2012

More than 73 percent of the United States' charitable giving in 2010 came from individuals, according to Giving USA 2011. When coupled with BoardSource's report that asserts fundraising is the area most in need of improvement, nonprofit leaders can't afford to ignore this challenge any longer. In fact, when nonprofit CEOs were asked by BoardSource to rate board performance on a report card ...


Download a FREE Page to Practice book summary of A Fundraising Guide for Nonprofit Board Members and register for our next live author interview on this topic.


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






by Denise McMahan, Founder/Publisher, CausePlanet

Tags:  boards  CausePlanet  fundraising  Page to Practice 

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Nonprofit workshop: Grantwriting for Beginners

Posted By Nora Ellertsen, The Funding Seed, LLC, Monday, October 29, 2012
Nonprofit workshop: Grantwriting for Beginners!
Thursday, November 8
4:00-6:30 p.m.
Ashe Cultural Arts Center
1712 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd.
Details & registration at

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.

Attendees will receive a certificate of participation for completing the workshop.
Registration $35 per person.  Discounts available for students and organizations registering two or more people.
Register online at  Email to inquire about discount codes or to reserve your space and pay at the door.

Tags:  Community Foundations  development  donations  donors  fund  fund development  fund raising  funding  fundraiser  Fundraising  funds  grant  grant writing  grants  grantwriting  louisiana  New Orleans  nonprofit  non-profits  workshop  workshop. grants 

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Networking Night at Loyola Internship Fair

Posted By Valerie J. Andrews, Monday, October 29, 2012

Join Loyola’s School of Mass Communication and WWL-TV for the 2012 annual internship fair


Studio A/4th floor, Communications/Music Complex
Loyola University New Orleans
6363 St. Charles Ave. (corner of St. Charles and Calhoun)

Tuesday, Nov. 13  6:30-8:00 p.m.
Set up opens at 6:00 p.m.
Cocktail reception for participating organizations following at 8:00 p.m. in the SMC conference room C/M 332

Spaces are very limited.  To reserve yours, request a reservation form from

Completed forms and checks for $25 will reserve your organization a space.

You will receive an email confirmation upon receipt of your reservation with confirmation of your space. Spaces are allocated on a first come-first served basis.

*Proceeds benefit student development projects.

Watch for details at

Questions about Networking Night at Loyola?

Email or call 504-865-3427.

Valerie J. Andrews, M.J., Assistant Professor
Coordinator, Networking Night at Loyola

Tags:  internships 

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Nonprofit Finance Fund survey points to boards and funders

Posted By Erica Crenshaw, Execute Now!, Tuesday, October 23, 2012


More than 4,000 nonprofits responded to the Nonprofit Finance Fund (NFF) survey this spring about their financial affairs and the results were incredibly disheartening. NFF President and CEO Antony Bugg-Levine called the nonprofit sector "a system increasingly under pressure and one that will crack.” Only 43 percent of nonprofits have ...

Read more at the Finance Fundamentals blog


by Erica McGeachy Crenshaw, Execute Now!

Tags:  Alice Korngold  Execute Now!  Finance Fundamentals  Nonprofit Finance Fund 

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