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LANO members - Webinar: Maximum Media Exposure for Nonprofits 11/7

Posted By Debby Roth-Bush, Greater Giving, Thursday, October 18, 2012

11/07/2012 - Webinar notice

Get your message out to the masses via TV, radio, print and social media
Many nonprofits today communicate their message by only using their in-house website, social media sites, emails and newsletters- thinking that other media outlets are out-of-reach or too expensive. However, the most successful and well-known nonprofits understand what the media is like today, and create relationships with them to effectively get their message out to the masses at little or no cost.

At this webinar, you will learn how to:Broadcast yourself and get free advertising.Create relationships with the media.Understand what the media is like today.Develop an attention-grabbing press release.Be pro-active with video coverage of your event.

Bill Menish, Benefit Auctioneer Specialist, of Bill Menish Auctioneers brings a very unique skill set to his auctions. As a former broadcast journalist of almost 20 years, Bill was awarded 15 Emmy’s, the prestigious Edward R. Murrow Award and 2 Golden Mike Awards. Bill honed his craft, becoming just the 67th person to receive the Benefit Auctioneer Specialist Designation through the National Auctioneers Association (NAA). In addition, Bill has earned the most distinguished accreditation an Auctioneer can earn; the Certified Auctioneer Institute designation (CAI). Bill has also earned the Accredited Auctioneer of Real Estate designation (AARE).
Disneyland turned to Bill Menish to conduct their D23 Auction, selling 50 items from the Disney Vault. Bill has also been the featured auctioneer on nationally televised auctions such as CBS-TV’s Celebrity Skifest, The Kathy Hilton Wishing Tree Auction, Battlestar Galactica Props Auction for Universal Studios and Propworx, and The Art by Animals Auction, benefiting the nation’s zoos and aquariums.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012
11-12 p.m. Central

Cost: Complimentary To register, visit

When you register, you will receive an Outlook invitation containing an audio PIN that is unique to you. If you forward that invitation to a colleague, they will not be able to access the video portion of the webinar. To invite colleagues to attend the webinar, forward this email, so a unique audio PIN can be assigned to each registrant.

Tags:  education  Fundraising 

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LANO Members: Download the latest free book summary about board fundraising

Posted By Denise McMahan, CausePlanet, Thursday, October 18, 2012

Raising more money in an extremely competitive environment means tapping every resource you have, beginning with your board members.

A Fundraising Guide for Nonprofit Board Members is the most comprehensive guide for best practices in fundraising and the involvement of board members we've recommended to date. Author Julia Walker covers all levels of fundraising, real world examples, tips and techniques for the browser and the engagement of board members throughout ...


Download the latest free book summary about board fundraising at CausePlanet's Page to Practice blog


Special thanks to the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana Foundation for providing every LANO member with access to CausePlanet's Page to Practice summary library, author interviews and archives during 2012.


Tags:  boards  CausePlanet  fundraising  Julia Walker  Page to Practice 

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LaSTEM GCP Kick-Off & Design Squad Nation Conference

Posted By NM2C, LLC, Thursday, October 11, 2012

Boosting Girls’ Interest in STEM: Louisiana STEM Girls Collaborative Project Kick-Off Conference with PBS’ Design Squad Nation

October 27, 2012

9:00 AM-4:00 PM

Baton Rouge, LA

The newly formed Louisiana Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math Girls Collaborative Project (LaSTEM GCP) offers the chance for all those committed to informing, motivating and inspiring girls in the state of Louisiana to pursue careers in STEM to come together to share exemplary practices, develop new collaborations, and share resources. The economic future of Louisiana is tied to increased participation of all students in careers that rely on STEM skills and competencies.

All informal educators, after-school providers,school administrators, engineers, technical professionals, business partners, members of professional organizations, K-12 educators, and university staff are encouraged to join us!

In addition, the LaSTEM GCP and the Emmy award-winning PBS’ Design Squad Nation will host a hands-on breakout session to discuss how together we can boost girls’ interest in engineering using multimedia resources and activities from PBS’ Design Squad Nation. When participants leave the training, they will have a clear sense of purpose and several collaborative opportunities penciled into their calendar – and the resources to inspire girls’ interest! 

Travel scholarships are available to a limited number of participants. Contact Lou Papai at for more information.

[To register and for more information]

(Posted by NM2C, LLC on behalf of the Louisiana STEM Girls Collaborative Project)

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Tags:  education  math  science  technology  youth 

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Nonprofit Folds, Offers Furniture for Sale to Other Nonprofits

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, October 10, 2012

The nonprofit K-Bar-B Youth Home's residential program closed it's doors in May, 2012 after almost 40 years of service. They now wish to sell a vehicle, furniture, office supplies, and otjher items, and they invite nonprofit organizations to purchase inventory before they offer it to the general public.

Please contact Donna for appointment at office number (985) 641-1425 or cell (985) 445-3142.

A sample of items available for sale:

• 2009 Kia Sedona Van
• Office furniture including conference tables
• Office equipment
• Office supplies
• Lockers
• Art supplies
• Hygiene supplies
• School supplies
• Library of books
• Bedroom furniture (beds, bunk beds, dressers, desks, nightstands)
• Kitchen ware (utensils, dishes, glasses, cups)
• Small kitchen appliances, (toasters, coffee pots, microwaves, etc)
• Cafeteria equipment
• Electronics (TVs, DVD players, VCR players)
• Living room furnishing (couches, coffee tables)
• Home and Holiday Decorations
• Misc. items (trash cans, clocks, water coolers)
• Linen (sheets, towels, pillows, pillow cases, comforters, etc.)

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Financial factors a strong board embodies

Posted By Erica Crenshaw, Execute Now!, Tuesday, October 9, 2012


A recent article by governance guru and author of Leveraging Good Will Alice Korngold had me nodding my head vigorously. "The Role of the Nonprofit Board: Four Essential Factors for Effective Governance” is an essential reminder for nonprofit leaders and board members of the important relationship between executive director and board as well as their linked responsibility in moving the organization forward rather than maintaining the status quo. Korngold discusses the following four factors for superior governance...


Read about the four factors at Finance Fundamentals


by Erica McGeachy Crenshaw, Execute Now!

Tags:  Alice Korngold  Execute Now!  Finance Fundamentals 

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Nonprofit fundraising workshop: Major Donor Development 101

Posted By Nora Ellertsen, The Funding Seed, LLC, Friday, October 5, 2012
Nonprofit fundraising workshop:

Major Donor Development 101

Thursday, October 18
Ashe Cultural Arts Center
1712 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd., New Orleans
Details & registration at

Asking someone for a large donation can make a huge difference for your nonprofit- and it can also be scary!
This workshop covers the basics of major donor development: how to identify your donors, ways to build strong relationships with prospects, and what to say (and not say!) when asking for a big donation. 

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

Discounts available for students and for organizations registering two or more people.

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

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Tags:  board  boards  donations  donors  events  fund  fund development  fund raising  funding  Fundraising  funds  grant  grant writing  grants  grantwriting  louisiana  Member Event  New Orleans  nonprofit  non-profits  sustainability  workshop 

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Connect for a Cause invite requests open!

Posted By Connect for a Cause, LLC, Monday, October 1, 2012

A huge thank you to everyone who has supported us up to this point, and we can’t wait to see where you’ll take the site over the next few months. Our beta was a huge success, and we’re really looking forward to releasing Version 1.0 of Connect for a Cause in just a few short months. We’ve put together an amazing team to build out the platform and help our users get ahead while giving back.

Until then, We’ll be posting a few lessons learned and funny stories from our early days as fledgling venture for good. Stay tuned!

You can register for an invite at and we’ll let you know when we’re ready. Sign up before the launch and get early access.

Thanks again for your continued support and generosity. By using our platform, you are truly making the world a better place.


Jason, Matt, and Brian

Be sure to keep up with us on Twitter: @connect4cause

Tags:  social fundraising  ventures for good 

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Economic logic makes your business model more durable

Posted By Erica Crenshaw, Execute Now!, Tuesday, September 25, 2012

There's a lot of discussion about business models today because nonprofits realize they operate in a fierce economy just like corporations. Nonprofits shoulder the incredible task of doing more with less despite increasingly competitive resources. They tackle more business-like practices while not losing sight of their imperative...

Test your business model's durability at the Finance Fundamentals Blog


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


Tags:  Execute Now!  Finance Fundamentals 

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So you want more for your nonprofit but do you know why?

Posted By Denise McMahan, CausePlanet, Monday, September 24, 2012

According to La Piana and his coauthors, a nonprofit needs a business plan just as much as a business does. "Perhaps more so given the narrower room for experimentation and the high consequences of failure—both of which can be traced back to often narrow operating margins and lack of adequate capital.”


Read more, register for our live & in-person author interview, and download this free Page to Practice summary

by Denise McMahan

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

Tags:  CausePlanet  La Piana Consulting  Page to Practice  The Nonprofit Business Plan 

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Get your business model questions answered at LANO's annual conference

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

Many of us recall David La Piana's Nonprofit Strategy Revolution, which pushed past our traditional notion of strategic planning and brought more time-sensitive, relevant thinking to the forefront. La Piana acknowledges that even while Revolution was being published, clients began to raise the common questions surrounding the economic and operational implications of strategic decisions. Specifically, how could they effectively connect their strategy with an execution plan that would truly grow the organization? Answering this question involved developing a rigorous methodology for connecting mission, strategy and execution.

The methodology described in The Nonprofit Business Plan roots strategic decision making in a strong financial analysis. Known as "DARE2 Succeed,” the principles in the methodology have been repeatedly tested in La Piana's consulting practice to ensure the book represents practical and workable approaches to improving your organization's outcomes. I asked coauthor, Lester Olmstead-Rose, about the most common reasons for pursuing a new business model. I loved his answer so I'm sharing it with you...

Don't miss our live interview with Nonprofit Business Plan coauthor, Heather Gowdy, at LANO's annual conference. Send us your questions now about nonprofit business models for Heather at and we'll answer them on Oct 3 in our session!

Read more, download this Page to Practice book summary for free at CausePlanet's blog


by Denise McMahan





Special thanks to the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana Foundation for underwriting LANO members' all access pass to CausePlanet's library of Page to Practice book summaries in 2012. Visit us at

Tags:  business models  CausePlanet  Page to Practice  The Nonprofit Business Plan 

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