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CPA or CFO: The Eternal Question....

Posted By Erica Crenshaw, Execute Now!, Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Too often, companies confuse the roles of a CPA and a CFO, a mistake that leaves most with great "books” but no financial plan.

Trust me: Both the books and the plan are important, and in a good business will work hand in hand.

Learn how to tell the difference between the CFO and the CPA--and which one you really need for your nonprofit--in the latest issue of our members-only blog Finance Fundamentals.

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12 tips for starting your fundraising committee

Posted By Denise McMahan, CausePlanet, Wednesday, July 18, 2012

In light of our recent Page to Practice™ feature of Emily Davis' "Fundraising and the Next Generation,” I thought you'd enjoy her recent blog about the twelve steps involved with starting a fundraising committee.

Frequently, I'm asked about steps nonprofits can take in starting a nonprofit fundraising committee. Below are some ways that you can start out in organizing a team of volunteer fund raisers for your organizational mission.

1. Have a committee description. How can volunteers know what you need them to do without instruction? Start with a committee description that includes as much detail as possible like committee activities, meeting times and length, preferred skills and qualifications, and any other logistics you would want to know if you were joining the committee.

2. Be clear about your ...


Read more, download a FREE summary of Emily Davis' book or register for our next live author interview with former foundation CEO, Martin Teitel.

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

Tags:  CausePlanet  Emily Davis  fundraising  Fundraising and the Next Generation  Page to Practice 

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Is your organization thirsty for overhead support?

Posted By Erica Crenshaw, Execute Now!, Tuesday, July 17, 2012

If you were desperately thirsty for a drink of water, you wouldn't fill a funnel; you would fill a glass.

The same theory applies to your organization. While fundraising is paramount in any nonprofit, filling the glass in your nonprofit involves the equally important task of financial accounting and management...

In the latest Finance Fundamentals blog, available free to LANO Members and Friends, learn to avoid the vicious cycle that prompts nonprofits to under-report administrative costs and therefore request too little to keep themselves afloat. 

In the current series of Finance Fundamentals posts, see how you can:   

1) Recognize that your fundraising results are only as good as your diligence.

2) Analyze your true overhead costs.

3) Legitimize funding for programs and overhead.


[Click here to go to Finance Fundamentals...]






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

Tags:  admin cost  financial management  fund development 

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Volunteer Louisiana Commission 2012 Listening Tour

Posted By Volunteer Louisiana, Saturday, July 14, 2012

This summer, LANO member Volunteer Louisiana is hosting a statewide listening tour to ask citizens to evaluate volunteering and service in their communities.

The tour begins July 26 in New Orleans and will continue through September in a city or town near you.

Comments made at each listening session will be used in the development of Volunteer Louisiana's three-year State Service Plan to guide the state in designing programs and services to help communities and organizations engage citizens for a greater impact.

"In these difficult economic times, the role of volunteers in our communities is taking on even greater importance," Lt. Governor Jay Dardenne said. "As Volunteer Louisiana works to create the plan for state service, it is important to hear from as many citizens as possible about what volunteering and service look like locally."

"Everyone is important to this conversation," Chris Gorman, Volunteer Louisiana commission chairman said. "We hope that volunteers, nonprofits, board members, faith-based groups, universities, schools, neighborhood associations, grant makers, business leaders and elected officials will attend and share their views."

Attend a Session Near You:

  • New Orleans: July 26, 9 a.m. - 11a.m. at Tulane University's Lavin-Bernick Center, 201 Biggs
  • Baton Rouge: Aug. 3, 10 a.m. - noon at the Capitol Park Museum, 660 N. 4th St.
  • Lafayette: Aug. 8, 1 p.m. - 3 p.m. at Fairfield Inn & Suites, 1606 W. Pinhook
  • Lake Charles: Aug. 10, 1 p.m. - 3 p.m. at the Carnegie Branch Library, 411 Pujo St.
  • Alexandria: Aug. 14, 10 a.m. - noon at the Westside Regional Library, 5416 Provine Place
  • Monroe: Aug. 16, 1 p.m. - 3 p.m. at the United Way of Northeast Louisiana, 1201 Hudson Lane
  • Shreveport: Aug. 23, 1 p.m. - 3 p.m. at the Municipal Auditorium, 705 Elvis Presley Ave.
  • Mandeville: Aug. 24, 1 p.m. - 3 p.m. at St. Tammany Parish Library Causeway Branch, 3457 Hwy. 190
  • Houma: Aug. 27, 1 p.m. - 3 p.m. at Terrebonne Parish Library Main Branch, 151 Library Drive
  • September dates for St. Martinville, Zachary, Covington, Vidalia, Slidell, New Iberia, Hammond, Ruston, Natchitoches, and East and West Carroll Parishes coming soon.


About Volunteer Louisiana

Volunteer Louisiana was established as the Louisiana Serve Commission in the Office of the Lt. Governor in 1993 to foster and expand citizen service in Louisiana. Its mission is to build and sustain high-quality programs that meet the needs of Louisiana's citizens and to promote an ethic of service. In 2012, The Louisiana Serve Commission officially changed to Volunteer Louisiana.


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Managing outcomes requires a leap of reason

Posted By Denise McMahan, CausePlanet, Friday, July 13, 2012

Rather than take a blind leap of faith based on intuition or anecdotal information, author Mario Marino asks us to take a leap of reason when managing to outcomes. Why? Because our causes deserve it and social markets increasingly will fund only the nonprofits that demonstrate results.

Unfortunately, nonprofits aren't great at managing to outcomes for a variety of reasons Marino explains in ...


LANO Members: Read more and download a free Page to Practice summary of "Leap of Reason" thanks to Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana Foundation.

Tags:  CausePlanet  evaluation  Leap of Reason  Mario Marino  outcomes  Page to Practice 

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Nonprofit Fundraising Workshop: Creating a Powerful Fundraising Plan

Posted By Nora Ellertsen, The Funding Seed, LLC, Tuesday, July 10, 2012
Nonprofit workshop: 
Creating a Powerful Fundraising Plan

Thursday, July 19
4:00-6:30 p.m.
Ashe Cultural Arts Center
1712 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd., New Orleans
Details & registration at
Attendees will receive a certificate of participation for completing the workshop.
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.   

Registration $35.  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 seat and pay at the door, email:

Tags:  fund  fund development  fund raising  Fundraising  nonprofit  nonprofit sector  non-profits 

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Recent Malware Alert Has Easy Solution

Posted By Trust IT, Friday, July 6, 2012

Hello LANO Community!

I wanted to pass on helpful information about the "DNS Changer Malware” that has been reported all over the Internet and on the news this week. There has been a lot of reporting on this issue, much of it exaggerated.

In fact, the risk to most members is very small and the solution very easy. 

What is the DNS Changer Malware?

Briefly: In November of 2011, the FBI, along with other organizations, arrested several cyber criminals in "Operation Ghost Click.” The criminals distributed a virus that changed DNS settings on infected computers. The virus would disrupt computers' access to desired websites and send viewers to unwanted commercial sites. 

In response, the FBI created a fix that has prevented infected sites from being disrupted.  But as of this coming Monday (July 9, 2012), that solution will no longer be in effect; thus, we've been hearing about this issue lately in the news. 

Though a real risk is there for thousands of machines worldwide, I don’t want to give the false impression of this as an "Internet doomsday,” as some in the media have.

"How do I know if my computer is infected?"

Many of the posted information sites are being overwhelmed by traffic. I did verify that the following site appears to have minimal traffic and should successfully test your system:

When the site opens, it will quickly indicate if you are infected. If you are infected, please let me know and I'll provide a quick fix before Monday's deadline.

My best to LANO Members and Friends!

Jeff Hanson

President, Trust IT (a LANO member)

235 Marilyn Dr. #15741, Baton Rouge, LA 70815

(225) 573-0391



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Use market forces to create social value

Posted By Denise McMahan, CausePlanet, Monday, July 2, 2012

This week I wanted to share one of the many compelling stories from Beverly Schwartz's "Rippling,” featuring a "changemaker” who uses market forces to create social value. "Far different from corporate social responsibility (CSR) programs, these partnerships create a hybrid adaptation that establishes a profitable business for the sole purpose of supporting, fueling growth, and sustaining a social purpose,” says Schwartz.



Profit isn't a dirty word

Schwartz adds "profit is not a dirty word—if profits are recycled back into the business or used to sustain or increase employment or wages and provide access to opportunities for those who are marginalized, impoverished, or in temporary need.” The following is one of the social entrepreneurs who illustrate how to use market forces to create a ripple effect in her community's pond.

Finding opportunities within the problem

Albina Ruiz is building a community-based solid waste management system that plays an ...

Read more, download a free Page to Practice book summary of "Rippling" or register for our next author interview by clicking here. Special thanks to the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Foundation of Louisiana for providing Page to Practice summary library access to LANO members.


Tags:  business models  innovation  social entrepreneurs 

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Free Page to Practice book summary of "Rippling"

Posted By Denise McMahan, CausePlanet, Wednesday, June 27, 2012
Though your tax status may read "not-for-profit,” you're running a business where the community must profit in social ways. The product you're selling is change. But how much social change are you really creating? Our rapidly changing world has experienced progress economically, politically and socially. However, author Beverly Schwartz argues while progress mitigates some problems, it exacerbates others. Our planet requires more sophisticated solutions that are produced by effective organizations in the social sector.


Your business models must be relevant and every program clearly connected to outcomes that matter. Whether you are part of a large nonprofit or small one-person agency, you have the power to be a changemaker. Just take a look at the world's small but mighty examples in Schwartz's book, Rippling: How Social Entrepreneurs Spread Innovation Throughout the World. ...


LANO MEMBERS: Click here to read on, download a free Page to Practice book summary of Schwartz's book and register for the live author interview!


Special thanks to the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana Foundation for underwriting the Page to Practice service for LANO members.

Tags:  Beverly Schwartz  CausePlanet  innovation  Page to Practice  social entrepreneurs 

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Join us for our next author interview about the world's leading social entrepreneurs

Posted By Denise McMahan, CausePlanet, Wednesday, June 20, 2012

If your nonprofit business model is unsustainable, outdated or simply not making the difference you projected, gather inspiration and ideas from this author's numerous examples gleaned from all over the world. Find out why they all point to five consistent principles...

Read more and register for our next author interview with Beverly Schwartz about "Rippling: How Social Entrepreneurs Spread Innovation Throughout the World"

LANO Members: You can download this Page to Practice book summary for free in 2012 thanks to the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana Foundation.

Tags:  Beverly Schwartz  CausePlanet  creating change  innovation  Page to Practice  social entrepreneurs 

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