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Live author interview: Fearless advocacy with expert Christopher Kush

Posted By Denise McMahan, CausePlanet, Monday, April 30, 2012

This morning I had the pleasure of meeting our next featured author and chatting about our upcoming live interview on Thurs, May 17 at 11 a.m. CST for LANO members and friends. I couldn't help but share my excitement because advocacy expert Christopher Kush has that uncanny ability to make an intimidating subject sound so very doable.

Let's face it: the prospect of legislative relations at first glance feels a little daunting. But like most things, a closer look can send those butterflies packing. Our interview with Kush will have you ready to fight for the issues you care about before you can say the word "legislature.”

Kush is the President & CEO of Soapbox Consulting and author of three books about advocacy. His latest, The One-Hour Activist: The 15 Most Powerful Actions You Can Take to Fight for the Issues and Candidates You Care About is chock full of realistic advice for small and large, local and national nonprofits. Read more and register for the live author interview at the Page to Practice blog.

Tags:  advocacy  legistative relations  public policy 

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Is your sense of urgency working for or against you?

Posted By Denise McMahan, CausePlanet, Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Due to the overextended and under-resourced nature of the nonprofit sector, it's easy to look around your organization and misdiagnose your busy staff and hyperactive meeting schedule as having a sense of urgency. A Sense of Urgency author, John Kotter, argues otherwise.

Is your urgency true or false? Organizations that are truly inspiring transformative change don't suffer from endless busy work; the employees have a sense of purpose, an emotional attachment to the aspirational goal and shed low-priority activities in pursuit of meaningful milestones that mark progress. The social sector is a breeding ground for these false diagnoses of urgency, and nonprofit leaders must ... Read more


Don't forget: LANO members can download free Page to Practice™ book summaries and register for our popular author interviews at CausePlanet during 2012 thanks to underwriting from the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana Foundation.

Click here for book summary download instructions

Click on the "Read more" link above to register for the next author interview.

Tags:  A Sense of Urgency  CausePlanet  change management  John Kotter  leadership  Page to Practice 

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Financial Seminar a Huge Success!!

Posted By Erica Crenshaw, Execute Now!, Monday, April 23, 2012



877-504-0954, ext. 1

April 23, 2012

New Orleans, Louisiana

The Louisiana Association of Nonprofit Organizations hosted a leadership seminar, The Lessons of Hull House: Avoiding Failure Through Financial Leadership on April 23, 2012. Erica McGeachy Crenshaw, CEO of Execute Now! and Dr. Keith H. Liederman, CEO of Kingsley House spoke to an audience of primarily Executive Directors.

Mrs. Erica Crenshaw, with her 16+ years of experience in finance, explained why the Jane Addams Hull House collapsed.

She spoke of lessons learned from Hull House:

  • Lack of Leadership Stability
  • Lack of Urgency (form mergers or partnerships)
  • Lack of Financial Performance Monitoring
  • Debt-Ridden
  • Revenue Imbalance - 85% of total revenue from government funds

She further expounded by saying, "the crux of the issue came from the lack of good, honest and timely financial information." She went on to explain the difference between an audit and finance committee, and why it's important to have both.....


Tags:  execute now!  financial  leadership  seminar 

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Connect for a Cause launches! Open to all Nonprofits.

Posted By Connect for a Cause, LLC, Thursday, April 19, 2012

NEWS RELEASE from Connect for a Cause


Jason Nicosia

(ph.) 888-726-8128


New Orleans startup launches networking service for social good


NEW ORLEANS, LA — Today, April 19 New Orleans startup Connect For A Cause is making it possible for anyone to have lunch with business luminaries, executives, and even celebrities. Jason Nicosia, a local entrepreneur and Connect For A Cause founder, created the online auction platform to provide motivated networkers an opportunity to win meetings with hard-to-reach people while providing nonprofit organizations with a unique fundraising tool.

 "Part of our mission is to connect people who might otherwise not have the ability to reach those individuals who can have a big impact on their businesses and careers,” said Nicosia. "Often, success is all about who you know, and now we can provide that introduction while helping worthy causes at the same time.”

The process begins with a nonprofit getting local executives and VIP supporters to donate an hour of time for a lunch meeting. The VIP’s biography is then listed on, where anyone can register and bid. The high bidder wins the auction and gets to schedule lunch with the VIP or executive at an agreeable location. Proceeds from the auctions support the sponsoring nonprofits, helping them to better communities and be more effective in their missions.

"Connect For A Cause helps networkers make a personal connection with people they would typically be unable to access. Meeting the right people has always been the fastest way to get ahead. By helping innovators get their foot in the door, we can assist in that success for social good.”

Connect For A Cause has already gained interest in the community and raised $125,000 in startup funding. The site’s service has launched a live beta version, and registration is open for nonprofits and meeting-seekers across the country.

Nicosia says nonprofit organizations in 23 states have requested an invitation to take part in the service. With more than 1.5 million nonprofits in existence nationwide, he looks forward to seeing Connect For A Cause grow rapidly and create an ever-expanding network of VIPs, networkers and nonprofits working together to meet their individual goals.

Founded in 2011, Connect For A Cause’s mission is to give people the power to connect while making the world around them a better place. Anyone can signup for Connect For A Cause and create opportunities to meet mentors and decision makers who could impact their businesses and careers. Connect For A Cause is a privately held company headquartered in New Orleans, LA.  Learn more at

Tags:  auctions  Collaboration  communications  Fundraising  New Orleans  non-profits 

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Get better fundraising results from your board

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

We've all been there. And if you haven't been there, you've at least heard about someone who's been there. Yesterday, during our live author interview series with board fundraising expert, Kay Sprinkel Grace, we had a nonprofit leader ask, "What recommendations do you have for getting better fundraising results out of your board?”

Most commonly asked

How to get everyone involved in fundraising is the most common question Grace is asked and this author interview was no exception. In fact, Grace has written a book about her answer to this popular inquiry...

Read more for Grace's AAA fundraising program and instructions for downloading a free summary of The Ultimate Board Member's Book at CausePlanet thanks to the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana Foundation.

Tags:  boards  CausePlanet  fundraising  Kay Grace  Page to Practice 

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Foundation for Louisiana to host first Citizen's Guide Community Training

Posted By Bradley O'Neil, Foundation for Louisiana, Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Foundation for Louisiana is proud to host its first Community Training on the Citizens’s Guide to Land Use and Urban Design

When: Tuesday, April 24th from 6:00 p.m. to 8:15 p.m.

Where: American Red Cross Southeast LA Chapter Building, 2640 Canal St., New Orleans, LA 70119

Why: This training will help residents gain knowledge in land use planning, urban design issues and the participation process. It will include topics such as:

  1. How to read a Land Use map: Understanding the basics of each land use category, the difference between density and intensity and how changes in land use can impact a community.
  2. How Urban Design elements relate to neighborhood character and help neighborhoods work. What to look for when reading design documents such as renderings.
  3. Residents’ role in the planning process and how to participate effectively.
  4. How to develop a proactive Urban Design and Land Use strategy for a community, including setting an agenda and effectively distributing information.

Copies of the guides will be available at the event. However, due to limited quantities, if you have already received a copy please carry it with you.

Please RSVP to or call 225-772-1510 or 504-309-0468 by Saturday, April 21st.

The guides are also available for free download here




The trainings are free and open to all. Refreshments will be provided.  An additional training will be held in early June for those unable to attend on this date.

We look forward to seeing you there!


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New blog post at Finance Fundamentals

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

It’s Not What You Say, But How You Say It

Everyone has heard the expression "It’s not what you say, but how you say it,” but as I’m sure many of us have encountered not too many people subscribe to this way of communicating. People will often get caught up in the moment, their feelings or just sheer poor judgment and they effectively mar a wonderful opportunity to get their point across. This holds extremely true for nonprofits......

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National Low Income Housing Coalition Honors LHA

Posted By Administration, Monday, April 16, 2012

On March 24, Marla Newman, Executive Director of the Louisiana Housing Alliance, was elected to serve on the Board of Directors of the National Low Income Housing Coalition.

LHA is a membership organization with over 100 affiliates statewide, including housing consumers, advocates, producers, providers, state and local policymakers and local and state government officials.

Ms. Newman has a background in both economic development and housing development and was a 2011 Fellow of the Louisiana Effective Leadership Program.

"I am proud to welcome Marla Newman to the board of our organization,” said Sheila Crowley, President and CEO of the National Low Income Housing Coalition.

"She is a dynamic leader and a stalwart advocate for housing for the lowest income people in her state. I know she will be a powerful voice at the national level for socially just housing policy.”




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HOPE Ministries Seeks Executive Leader

Posted By Janet Simmons, HOPE Ministries of Baton Rouge, Thursday, April 12, 2012

A competitive nationwide search is underway for a permanent executive to lead HOPE Ministries to its next level of accomplishments.

HOPE Ministries, headquartered in zip code 70805 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, is a private community-based 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization resulting from a merger of United Methodist Mission Center and Friends of Families,with origins dating to 1988.

Our Mission: Prevent Homelessness. Promote Self-Sufficiency and Dignity.

HOPE serves individuals and families at risk for homelessness from an annual operating budget of approximately $500,000. Hope is a Capital Area United Way member agency and is also supported by government and local foundation grants and a strong network of donors.

HOPE Ministries has achieved Louisiana Standards for Excellence certification from the Louisiana Association of Nonprofit Organizations (LANO). Deadline for reception of materials required in the Position Description is Close of Business, May 8, 2012. The position is open until filled.


[For more information and to apply, see LANO's Career Center Posting]

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Board fundraising: Everyone plays a role

Posted By Denise McMahan, CausePlanet, Wednesday, April 11, 2012

When I read Kay Grace's The Ultimate Board Member's Book, I was reminded of some very gratifying as well as excruciating moments in my service as a nonprofit board member. An example of the less than stellar was, you guessed it, board fundraising. I happened to be on the receiving end of the ask as a board member and was excited to make my commitment. I knew it would make for easier solicitations in the community if I could demonstrate that my personal gift had already Read more.



Don't forget to register for the next free live

author interview with board fundraising expert Kay Grace

on Tues, April 17 at 11 a.m. CST

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER @ The Page to Practice Blog

Tags:  CausePlanet  governance  Kay Grace  Page to Practice 

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