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Leadership Seminar Examines Hull House Collapse

Posted By Administration, Friday, April 6, 2012


Erica McGeachy Crenshaw, a former Wall Street equity research analyst with 16 years of finance experience, is CEO of accounting firm Execute Now!

Keith H. Liederman, Ph.D., is CEO of Kingsley House. Founded in 1896, Kingsley House has served the children and families of New Orleans through times of dramatic change for 116 years.


The Louisiana Association of Nonprofit Organizations is pleased to host an important leadership seminar, The Lessons of Hull House: Avoiding Failure Through Financial Leadership.

APRIL 20, 1-3PM at LANO New Orleans

Mrs. Erica McGeachy Crenshaw, CEO of Louisiana finance and accounting firm Execute Now!, will present, with additional commentary provided by Kingsley House CEO, Dr. Keith H. Liederman. LANO President & CEO Ann S. Williamson will introduce the speakers and moderate the session.

Join experts Crenshaw, Liederman and Williamson for an analysis and discussion of the recent collapse of historic nonprofit Jane Addams Hull House.

Registration is free to LANO Friends and Members.  Details at registration site below.



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Change of Venue! Please Note!

Posted By Nicole McGee, NAMI Louisiana, Thursday, April 5, 2012

Dear NAMI Louisiana Annual Conference Attendees,

Thank you for registering for the NAMI Louisiana Annual Conference. We are looking forward to an excellent event with lots of networking opportunities and information sharing.

Due to circumstances beyond our control, the conference has been moved from the Holiday Inn to St. Luke Simpson United Methodist Church, 1500 Country Club Road, Lake Charles 70605.

Again, thank you for your support of NAMI Louisiana! We look forward to seeing you soon! If you have any questions, need more information, or hotel suggestions, please call me at (225) 291-6262 or email me at


Jennifer N. Jantz

Executive Director

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Next live author interview topic: Donations follow high performing boards

Posted By Denise McMahan, CausePlanet, Wednesday, April 4, 2012

According to board member, Chris Boskin, "A U.S. Trust study found that among high net-worth donors–those with $5 million or more in assets–one of the top four determinants of where they contribute money is respect for the organization's leadership.”

Stability, growth and impact: Think of the board members you know and the organizations they serve. Now ask yourself who's raising more money. In the nonprofit world, contributions are king. Donations follow the high performing boards. These boards have core attributes that author Kay Grace underscores in her book, The Ultimate Board Member's Book, below. When these competencies are in place, Grace says there is stability, the opportunity for growth and the potential for impact. In her words...Read more


Don't forget to register for our next live author interview with board fundraising expert Kay Grace on Tuesday, April 17 at 11 a.m. CST.

Free Page to Practice book summary for LANO members: You can download a free Page to Practice book summary of The Ultimate Board Member's Book thanks to the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Foundation of Louisiana. Click here and follow the log-in instructions.

Tags:  boards  CausePlanet  fundraising  governance  Kay Grace  Page to Practice 

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LANO Offers New Resource for Nonprofit Excellence

Posted By Matthew Mullenix, Louisiana Association of Nonprofit Organizations, Saturday, March 31, 2012

Visit LANO's new resource page offering extensive tools and links to facilitate nonprofits adoption of best practices and principles of operation.

A new resource page available to LANO Friends and Members provides one-click access to the complete manual of Principles and Practices for Nonprofit Excellence (downloadable in PDF, courtesy the Minnesota Council on Nonprofits), along with a matrix of LANO products, discounts and services that correspond to each of ten major principles detailed in this popular model.

Additionally, the new LANO webpage links to complementary information provided by numerous state nonprofit associations, courtesy LANO's membership in the National Council of Nonprofits...


[CLICK HERE for full story]


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Fund Development Workshop in Shreveport

Posted By LANO Administration, Friday, March 30, 2012

Join LANO's VP of Programs, Kellie Chavez Greene (in Shreveport, April 12) for an essential workshop on how and why to diversify your nonprofit's funding strategies.

Nonprofit staff, board members, and other volunteers face the task of raising the resources needed to advance their missions and sustain their organizations.

The Fund Development: Diversifying Your Portfolio workshop provides an overview of the most common fund development strategies and trends in fundraising. Participants will learn best practices for fund development planning and engaging the Board of Directors and volunteers in fundraising.

[Click here for REGISTRATION and more information]

Tags:  fund development  fundraising  LANO North 

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Bridge the gap between your service and advocacy

Posted By Denise McMahan, CausePlanet, Thursday, March 29, 2012

Heather GrantThis post is the third in a series on advocacy and offers relevant Page to Practice™ book summaries and articles at the end of the first article and second article.

In our monthly virtual book club last week at, we had coauthor of Forces for Good: The Six Practices of High-Impact Nonprofits, Heather Grant, participate. One of our attendees said, "Nothing beats actually hearing the author explain his/her insights on a subject.”

I agree.

Start at the beginning. One of the six best practices we spent some time discussing with Grant was first on the list of high-impact nonprofits: bridging the gap between service and advocacy. Several EDs in the group commiserated with one another about how this was a neglected area which needed improvement.

Systemic change requires more. In Forces for Good, Crutchfield and Grant explain that great nonprofits realize that, in order to achieve higher levels of impact, they need to bridge the gap between advocacy and service. They may start out providing great programs, but eventually realize that they cannot make systemic change without also engaging in advocacy. Others start out doing advocacy and then add programs to catalyze their strategy.

Bridge the divide. Providing services helps meet immediate needs, such as feeding the hungry or housing the poor; advocacy helps reform larger systems by changing public behavior or creating governmental solutions. High-impact nonprofits bridge the divide between advocacy and service. Although policy advocacy can be an incredibly powerful tool for creating large-scale social change, many nonprofits shy away from it.

Create a virtuous cycle. Some of the reasons for their hesitation include the fact that advocacy is difficult to manage and requires different organizational skills than those needed to provide direct services. In addition, it is challenging to measure results of advocacy efforts. However, the authors discovered that simultaneously doing both creates a virtuous cycle. Instead of causing the organization to lose focus or lessening its impact, engaging in both service and advocacy can create an impact that is greater than the sum of its parts. It is no surprise, then, that all the organizations in the book have engaged in both.

Here are three ways to bridge the divide...

Read more at the Page to Practice blog.

Tags:  advocacy  CausePlanet  civic engagement  Heather Grant  Page to Practice  public policy 

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Don't be a Financial Statistic!

Posted By Erica Crenshaw, Execute Now!, Thursday, March 29, 2012

A new post at the LANO member blog Finance Fundamentals points to some alarming statistics about the business acumen and money savvy of nonprofit leaders.

The [Indiana University] survey revealed a disconnect between the leaders' perceived level of financial knowledge and what they actually knew: Of the financial literacy questions asked of over 500 leaders, only 36% were able to answer all three questions correctly; however 76% of the respondents considered themselves to be knowledgeable in financial principles and concepts.

We shouldn't be as surprised by that finding as by respondents' stated priorities, objectives, board involvement, and the reported cash levels of nonprofits with up to $5M in revenue. Those findings were surprising indeed...

Learn what we found so surprising and troublesome. And then learn how to keep your organization from being yet another sad statistic!

Click here to read the full post.



Does your organization need strategic financial leadership? Contact Execute Now! at 877-504-0954to find out how we help nonprofits develop, analyze, and monitor forward-looking financial goals. Execute Now! is a LANO member benefit provider, a proud Corporate Member and the preferred provider of outsourced financial management expertise.

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Deadline Nears for SENO Social Venture Accelerator Applications

Posted By Andrea Chen, Propeller: A Force for Social Innovation, Wednesday, March 28, 2012


Social entrepreneurs play a tremendous and critical role in solving New Orleans's biggest challenges.

Apply NOW for the SENO Social Venture Accelerator, which helps early-stage ventures become operational, reach financial sustainability, and meet social impact targets through hands-on support.


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Oyster Jubilation!

Posted By Gerald Duhon, Reconcile New Orleans, Inc., Sunday, March 25, 2012

What do you get when you add 5,500 Louisiana Oysters to 340 feet of fresh French bread? The Longest Oyster Po-Boy, of course!

On March 10th, Cafe Reconcile headed to the French Quarter for the 6th Annual Louisiana Oyster Jubilee festival of food and music.

Chefs from all over New Orleans united to celebrate Louisiana Oysters by creating the largest oyster po-boy in history.

Our General Manager, James Zelaya, was there with past graduate and current Floor Trainer, Ryan, to represent Cafe Reconcile. James created an incredible "Oysters Gone Baja" po-boy as a tribute to his favorite fish taco recipe. James folded a trio of peppers aji panca, ancho & chipotle, citrus, garlic, cilantro and flat leaf parsley into a house made Aioli of caramelized shallots, smoked tomatoes, and spices to create the instant favorite.

What a way to showcase local Louisiana oysters!

[Read our full March Newsletter here!] 

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Academic Institutions Now Eligible for LANO Membership

Posted By Matthew Mullenix, Louisiana Association of Nonprofit Organizations, Thursday, March 22, 2012

In response to growing interest in partnerships between academic institutions, nonprofits and community volunteers, LANO is offering a new membership category that makes available all our continuing education and networking opportunities, career building tools, and event and service discounts to academic institutions statewide.

LANO has long offered a low-cost ($25) Student membership that confers full benefits and networking access to enrolled students.

The new Academic Institution category now allows school faculty and staff to save thousands of dollars on individual memberships by joining as a group under one affordable institution membership fee of $250 annually.

Academic Institutions (and all General and Associate LANO Members) have access to:

Download PDF detailing LANO's network benefits

Interested to learn more? Contact Matt Mullenix or Glinda Causey at 225.929.5266or visit

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