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Webinar: Get the best leadership and fundraising results from your board

Posted By Denise McMahan, CausePlanet, Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Did you know that respect for your organization's leadership is among the top factors affecting where major donors decide to make their gifts?

Help your organization succeed with the ultimate board.

International board development and organizational management expert, Kay Grace, joins CausePlanet for a lively interview to help you:

• Discover what kind of board members you need to operate at maximum effectiveness.

• Find out what the core attributes are of fundraising boards.

• Learn from the author's "real world” experiences in all aspects of board performance--from how to de-enlist members to effective recruiting.

• Ensure that all members—novice and veteran alike—are "on the same page” with respect to roles and responsibilities.

Date:Tue, Apr 17, 2012
Time:11:00 AM CDT

Don't miss this terrific opportunity to ask expert and author of The Ultimate Board Member's Book about board fundraising and performance.


Tags:  board  fundraising  leadership 

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Is your nonprofit running like a business?

Posted By Erica Crenshaw, Execute Now!, Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Funders often want nonprofits to operate more like businesses. Aspiring grantees are often accused of having lofty goals but no solid plan backed by financial realities.

"Where's your business model?" they may ask.

Nonprofits, for their part, are often underfunded and can't afford to keep senior or other highly-qualified employees who can run the organization in a businesslike manner. The problem remains cyclical; therefore, solutions are rarely reached.

Absolute transparency is something else funders say is lacking when nonprofits ask for a specific grant or donation amount. The need for the funding is explicitly communicated, but exactly how the dollars will be spent is not so clearly expressed.

There's a reason for this....  [Click to read more at Finance Fundamentals]

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Nonprofit Fundraiser as Entreprenuer

Posted By Connect for a Cause, LLC, Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Greetings fellow LANO Members and Friends!

I'm pleased to introduce to you Connect for a Cause, a new LANO member and (we hope!) a new and vital resource to you.

We are a Louisiana startup company whose goal is to help nonprofits raise money and awareness while connecting people who might otherwise not have the opportunity to meet.  It's networking with a net gain.


LANO's Vice President for Public Relations, Matt Mullenix says: "Connect for a Cause fills a niche so new you may not know it exists.  Nonprofit board members are often high-profile community leaders, influential and much in demand as networking contacts. Here's a way to harness that power directly to the benefit of the nonprofits they support."

If your Board of Directors needs an easy way to help your organization raise money, here's how it works:

The process begins with nonprofits asking their top executives, Board members and VIP supporters to donate an hour of time to participate in a lunch meeting (their choice of time and place). The executive's bio is then listed on, where the public can register and place a bid on that meeting.

The high bidder wins the auction and gets to take your VIP to lunch---a great way for them to pitch a new product or partnership, or just angle for a job. The higher the winning bid, the more money goes to the sponsoring nonprofit. It's a fun and easy way to fund-raise for your organization, and Connect for a Cause is proud to make it a reality.

Roll the commercial!



Our new service will be launching at the end of March, 2012, and I want to invite Louisiana nonprofits and LANO members to learn more about our company by visiting or find us on Facebook at

We look forward to hearing from you!

-Jason Nicosia, CEO/Founder- Connect for a Cause

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Adoption Awareness Conference

Posted By Katherine Stiel, St. Elizabeth Foundation, Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Want to learn more about adoption awareness? Need CEU's? Come check out this great opportunity to both, while promoting adoption as a positive option in the Baton Rouge community.

The conference, to be held on Friday, March 23, 2012, will offer 6.5 Continuing Education Unit’s by the Louisiana State Board of Social Workers.

The seminar is designed as an educational community outreach program for professionals and lay persons interested in adoption.  The conference is sponsored by St. Elizabeth Foundation, a local, full-service adoption agency, and will introduce an overview of adoption- how adoption has changed over the years, where it is now and why it is important to look at again.

St. Elizabeth Foundation is a local, nonprofit organization based in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, licensed by the Department of Children and Family Services. The conference will include expert training in all areas of adoption. Among these nationally recognized speakers are Professor of Law, Robert Destro and Licensed Clinical Social Worker Robin Marerro.

WHAT: Nationally acclaimed speakers will cover all aspects surrounding adoption. Among the conference topics are "Understanding the Adoption Process,” "Questions Adolescents have about Adoption,” and "Pregnancy Counselors and Adoption.” The LSB of Social Workers has approved 6.5 CEU’s and 6 LLPC CEU’s for the seminar. The seminar is $35/person and free for students.

WHEN: Friday March, 23 from 8:30 am – 4 pm

WHERE: LOD Cook Conference Center, 3838 West Lakeshore Drive, Baton Rouge, LA.

Tags:  advocacy  Baton Rouge  cause marketing  civic engagement  Community Foundations  community leaders  culture  education  education reform  events  Health  lano  leadership  louisiana  New Orleans  non-profits  parents  public  services  special offer  Volunteer 

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Advocacy: Begin with an approach that fits your nonprofit

Posted By Denise McMahan, CausePlanet, Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Engaging in advocacy is one of the most effective ways for your nonprofit to achieve its mission. By augmenting the services and programs you provide with an active voice for change, you can meet the need while working to affect the systems creating the need. Although it can seem daunting, advocacy programs complement and enhance the work you already accomplish. There is a range of ways for your nonprofit to create change in your community or state. When deciding which advocacy strategy is the best fit for your organization, consider these three approaches as a starting place...Read more 


This article is the second in a series on legislative relations and offers relevant Page to Practice™book summaries and articles at the end. Click here for the first article.

Tags:  advocacy  legistative relations  lobby  voter engagement 

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In session: Advocacy for the nonprofit leader

Posted By Denise McMahan, CausePlanet, Thursday, March 8, 2012

This article is the first of a series on advocacy and offers relevant Page to Practice™ book summaries and articles at the end of this post.

As many state legislatures are about to convene or already have for 2012, it's a good reminder for those of us who work in the social sector to roll up our advocacy sleeves and engage in the process. My friends at The Bell Policy Center tell me working at this level upstream can save an inordinate amount of time and resources downstream at the direct service level.

For example, The Center worked with a broad coalition of 40 nonprofits to enact a payday lending law in 2010 and preserve it in 2011. These nonprofits provided critical support by enlisting the testimony of their clients who use payday loans. Thanks to the successful collective efforts of this coalition and The Center, they estimate that payday borrowers will save more than $52 million annually in loan charges, which will have a lasting effect on the low-income people served by this coalition and will reduce the demand for services.

Nonprofit organizations are responsible for substantial economic and social impact. Of the 2 million+ organizations in the world, 1.5 million are in the U.S. alone. It's imperative we observe best practices when participating in advocacy and demonstrate exemplary leadership in this arena... Read more 

Tags:  advocacy  CausePlanet  civic engagement  public policy 

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March Workshop: Grantwriting for Beginners

Posted By Nora Ellertsen, The Funding Seed, LLC, Tuesday, March 6, 2012
Are you involved with a nonprofit?  
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!

Details & registration at

Grantwriting for Beginners is an engaging workshop that gives you the basic tools you need to start writing grants.  Participants will learn how to find funding opportunities, tools and tips for writing your proposal and ways to make your program competitive for repeat funding. 

Who should attend:
Nonprofit staff, board members and volunteers
Students and people in academic fields
Activists and community organizers
Religious leaders
Anyone who wants to learn about the exciting world of grantwriting! 

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

Registration $35 per person.  Discounts available for students and organizations registering two or more people.

Email to inquire about discount codes or to reserve your space and pay at the door.

Tags:  fund raising  fundraising  grant writing  grants  grantwriting  workshop 

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LANO Member Named Young Businessperson of the Year!

Posted By Matthew Mullenix, Louisiana Association of Nonprofit Organizations, Thursday, March 1, 2012

Baton Rouge's Stafford Kendall, a LANO member and co-owner of the marketing and corporate strategy firm Covalent Logic, has been named 2012 Young Businessperson of the Year by the Baton Rouge Business Awards & Hall of Fame.

Kendall is a longtime supporter of nonprofits, serving on several local Boards and volunteering her time and expertise with organizations through LANO seminars and conferences. 

Under her leadership, Covalent Logic has garnered a stellar international reputation among its clients and peers. Working with a variety of public, private and nonprofit organizations, Kendall has helped develop numerous award-winning advertising and branding campaigns.

Covalent Logic recently won the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Blue Ribbon Small Business Award, one of only 75 businesses nationwide to do so.  Last year, Kendall's company received the 2011 Bulldog Award for Excellence in Media and Public Relations Campaigns for 

An award ceremony honoring Stafford Kendall and honorees in other categories will be held Tuesday, March 20.  Click here for more information.

To connect with Stafford online through her LANO Member profile, click here.


Tags:  member award baton rouge business 

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Are your donors the solution or on the sidelines?

Posted By Denise McMahan, CausePlanet, Wednesday, February 29, 2012

According to author, consultant and nonprofit leader, Jerold Panas, the case for support "is the mother ship of all other material.” It is the basis for annual giving, planned giving, corporate giving and foundation gifts. If you are fundraising at all, your organization must have a case for support.

In his book, "Seeing Through a Donor's Eyes,” Ahern says, "A case consolidates your messages for common reference by staff and board, putting every potential voice, writer and advocate on the same page.”


Who is responsible? Sometimes the internal process of creating a source document from which your organization bases all of their fundraising strategies can derail how external-centric or donor-centric your case is. Ahern challenges you to answer the question, "Have you put your donor in the position of responsibility?” Donors want this role.

Read more and register for lively interview with fundraising expert Tom Ahern.

Tags:  CausePlanet  communications  fundraising  Page to Practice  Tom Ahern 

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Reconcile New Orleans, Inc. Looking for Visionary Leader

Posted By Gerald Duhon, Reconcile New Orleans, Inc., Thursday, February 23, 2012

LANO Member Reconcile New Orleans, Inc., the nonprofit organization that operates Café Reconcile, is seeking a visionary Chief Executive Officer with proven community leadership combined with a strong business background who is looking to guide a dynamic social enterprise.

Please refer to the LANO Career Center posting for more details.



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