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Take a tour of LANO's newest benefit!

Posted By Denise McMahan, CausePlanet, Monday, January 23, 2012

Yesterday, we announced that the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana Foundation has granted all LANO members individual subscriptions to CausePlanet's Page to Practice™ service for the 2012 calendar year.

What is Page to Practice™ and how do I access it?

This is one-of-a-kind professional development tool that keeps you informed about great books and best practices in the nonprofit world.

Searchable by topic, each book record includes an executive summary, nonprofit interpretations, highlighted passages and an original author interview. Informed subscribers make better management choices and save time and money for their mission.

Improve your personal performance, compare the views of leading nonprofit thinkers and respond to emerging trends with Page to Practice™.

Join CausePlanet founder, Denise McMahan, for this lively tour of LANO's newest membership service. With Page to Practice™ book summaries, you can:

  • improve your personal performance,
  • compare the views of leading nonprofit thinkers,
  • and respond to emerging trends.

Can I get a guided, personal tour?

Yes! LANO members and friends are welcome to learn more about this time-saving tool for professional advancement:

Wed, Jan 25 at 9:30 a.m. by clicking here, or

Wed Feb 1 at 2 clicking here.

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Streamline your tweets and consider geolocation

Posted By Denise McMahan, CausePlanet, Thursday, January 19, 2012

If you haven't taken a closer look at Twitter for Good by Claire Diaz-Ortiz, look again. This book is the definitive guide for all innovative leaders in the nonprofit and corporate sectors who want to use Twitter to achieve their cause-related goals.

The author says, "there's no magic bullet to excelling on Twitter but there are clear, measurable ways to reach success.” By applying the author's T.W.E.E.T. model, you can watch your community grow and your nonprofit reap the rewards. This week, we're highlighting the author's tips on streamlining your tweeting and determining whether to geotag your tweets.

Streamlining is an essential part of the tracking plan, says Diaz-Ortiz. For some, that will mean creating a dashboard of the metrics we've explored in this framework; for others, it will mean outsourcing it. Either way, don't let ... Read more

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Annual Meeting, Louisiana Partnership for Children and Families

Posted By Sherry Guarisco, Louisiana Partnership for Children & Families, Friday, January 13, 2012

The Louisiana Partnership for Children and Families is holding its annual meeting on Friday January 27th at the West Baton Rouge Conference Center from 10am - 2pm.

Click here to Register

In addition to the annual meeting, an update on BrightStart, the Governor's Early Childhood Advisory Council, will be given.

The keynote speaker, Harriet Dichter, is the National Director for the First Five Years Fund. Harriet is widely recognized for her work in Pennsylvania in the development of a national model for bringing together early learning programs into one integrated approach.

The meeting will conclude with a panel of foundation leaders who will discuss the current funding environment.

If you wish to become a member of the Partnership, there are two levels of membership: organizational and individual.

  • Organizational memberships are $100/year and members can bring up to 4 individuals to the annual meeting at no charge.
  • Individual memberships are $25/year and include registration for one individual to attend the annual meeting. The link to join or renew membership and to attend the annual meeting is below.

Membership is not a requirement to attend the annual meeting. Anyone can attend by registering as a non-member for the event at a fee of $15.

The membership and registration link:

A flyer announcing the meeting is also attached. Special thanks to the Louisiana Children's Trust Fund for supporting this event.

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Finding influencers on Twitter

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

I'm a big fan of our Page to Practice™ feature this month, Twitter for Good, because author Claire Diaz-Ortiz boosts readers with essential advice about Twitter and managing your social media strategy. I remember participating in a workshop last year with one of my statewide association partners where attendees were exclaiming that they couldn't possibly find the time for social media in their schedule. You would think, by the look in their eyes, we were asking them to boil an ocean. (Read last week's blog to find out how Diaz-Ortiz answers the "find-the-time” question.)

This week, I wanted to highlight the author's answer to "How do I find the influencers and what's the best way to contact them?” Many aspiring Twitter users think they need to mimic celebrity ... Read more

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Fundraising Events 101

Posted By Nora Ellertsen, The Funding Seed, LLC, Wednesday, January 11, 2012
Fundraising Events 101

Tuesday, February 24
3:30-6:00 p.m.
The New Orleans Healing Center
2372 Saint Claude Avenue

Learn to create events that raise money for your non-profit!  This fun, hands-on workshop will cover:

* choosing what kind of event is best for you
* working with volunteers
* identifying event sponsors
* and much more!

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

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

Registration is required. Space is limited, but a second workshop date may be added if there is sufficient demand.

For questions or to inquire about discount codes, email  To register, visit

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Tags:  development  event planning  events  fund raising  fundraising 

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Solving today's complex problems with technology

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

According to "Twitter for Good” author Claire Diaz-Ortiz, we live in a world where more individuals have access to mobile phones than clean water. "This truth shapes the greatest challenge of our age: How can technology solve today's most complex problems? The answer lies in the individual,” says Diaz-Ortiz. She and her Twitter camp say their open real-time information network allows individuals to share minute-by-minute information about what is happening in their lives, their communities and the world.

Not only does Twitter allow one to share from anywhere, but it also allows one to share with anyone. Technology is changing us, and we now have the unique opportunity to find innovative ways to use technology to help change the world. Twitter cofounder Biz Stone has said the real triumph of Twitter is one of humanity, not technology.

Because Diaz-Ortiz's position at Twitter is focused on helping nonprofits use Twitter effectively, she has spent thousands of hours and conducted hundreds of presentations on just that. This framework is the result of her research and work in the field alongside nonprofits like American Red Cross, Room to Read, the Skoll Foundation, Kiva and many more. The author explores each of the goals within the acronym T.W.E.E.T. Read more

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Employee recognition: Slow drip trumps the fire hydrant

Posted By Denise McMahan, CausePlanet, Wednesday, December 21, 2011

You all know how it feels to have someone in your personal life tell you about a conflict they've been harboring long after it's happened. You feel ambushed. More importantly, you feel powerless to correct events from the distant past, where any amount of explanation feels like a Herculean effort.

The same can be said of annual performance reviews, if they exist in isolation of any other strategic feedback and coaching expectations or formal reward and recognition processes. If the annual review is your only plan for recognizing or coaching your employees, then authors Eric Mosley and Derek Irvine would like to intervene. In their book, Winning with a Culture of Recognition, the authors weave in what they call MYTH BUSTERS to address common misunderstandings about recognition in the workplace.

Here is Mosley and Irvine's MYTH BUSTER about performance appraisals:

The annual or biannual performance appraisal process is not ... Read more

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City Year Martin Luther King, Jr. Physical Service Day

Posted By Maggie Mahoney, Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Come join City Year New Orleans for a large-scale Physical Service Event celebrating the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day on January 16th, 2012 in Mid-City.

Projects include painting murals, restoring monuments, children's projects, planting, and other beautification

WHERE: Success Preparatory Academy @ 2011 Bienville Street 70112
WHEN: 9:30am-2pm


See flyer for more details!

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Tags:  Canal  City Year  January 16th  Jr.  Martin Luther King  MLK Day  New Orleans  Volunteer 

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Foundation for Louisiana Invests in State Nonprofits

Posted By Flozell Daniels, Foundation for Louisiana, Monday, December 19, 2011

Inaugural round of funding supports small businesses, affordable housing and strategies to fight poverty, blight statewide

Foundation for Louisiana this month announced grant awards totaling $843,000 to 22 nonprofits, including the Louisiana Association of Nonprofit Organizations and several of its members.

In its first grant cycle, Foundation for Louisiana continues the work of its predecessor, the Louisiana Disaster Recovery Foundation, to assist Louisiana nonprofits, support citizen engagement, and create affordable housing and economic opportunity in low-wealth communities.

Aimee Smallwood, CEO of Louisiana Cultural Economy Foundation (LCEF), a LANO member, expressed her gratitude to Foundation for Louisiana for its matching support of nine cultural agency partnerships across the state that provide assistance to self-employed individuals, nonprofits and businesses within their local arts communities.

Said Smallwood, "We believe the goals of this project parallel those of the Foundation in trying to remove institutional and structural barriers to economic well-being, increase access to opportunity, and cultivate local leadership.”

On behalf of the Louisiana Association of Nonprofit Organizations, President & CEO Ann S. Williamson said, "We are so pleased to receive Foundation support for important public policy work that assists nonprofits to provide affordable housing, build community wealth, expand economic opportunity and empower the underserved across the state."

Other LANO member organizations in receipt of Foundation grants include the Urban Restoration Enhancement Corporation to support the Urban Gardens Project in Baton Rouge, and Project Build A Future, for its Homebuyer Restoration Initiative providing Lake Charles families with homebuyer counseling services.

To learn more about Foundation for Louisiana's mission, values and initiatives, visit us at





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New Grants Available

Posted By Volunteer Louisiana, Friday, December 16, 2011


These advertised grant opportunities came our way yesterday, and I thought others might like to know!  Please feel free to share this post link!

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Sodexo Youth Grants
Deadline: January 17
YSA will award 100 Sodexo Youth Grants of $500 each to support youth-led service projects in the United States that address the issue of childhood hunger on Global Youth Service Day (April 20-22, 2012). We're looking for projects that engage your peers, friends, families, neighbors, Sodexo employees, and other community members in creative, youth-inspired solutions to ending childhood hunger in your community. Over 17 million children in the United States - 1 in 5 children - live at risk of hunger. YSA and Sodexo are calling on young people, ages 5-25, to help make sure your peers don't have to worry about where their next meal will come from. Learn more at:


YSA List: The 25 Most Powerful and Influential Young People
Deadline: January 31
YSA is launching the inaugural YSA List of "The 25 Most Powerful and Influential Young People" in celebration of our 25th Anniversary. Since our founding, we have seen young people pass laws, engage thousands of volunteers, found organizations, and develop sustainable solutions - all changing the world for the better. The YSA List will recognize 25 young people (ages 5 - 25) around the world that have made significant, large-scale change in five categories - Health, Education, Human Service, Human Rights, and the Environment. We will announce the YSA List on Global Youth Service Day 2012 (April 20-22). The 25 winners will receive $1,000 awards to support their ongoing efforts to change the world. Learn more and nominate a young person at


Case Foundation #GoodSpotting Sweepstakes
Deadline: December 23
This holiday season, YSA is joining the Case Foundation in #GoodSpotting! Together, we're catching people (or organizations) in the act of doing good. Snap a pic of your friend, neighbor, coworker (or it could be you!) doing something good, and share it online using the hashtag "#GoodSpotting." You can also upload it directly from the Case Foundation Facebook page. Then enter the #GoodSpotting sweepstakes to win up to $500 in holiday spending money and $5,000 in grants for your favorite charity. Let's go #GoodSpotting! Submit all #GoodSpotting pictures by 12/23. Learn more at: or on Facebook at or on YouTube at


Whole Kids Foundation & FoodCorps School Garden Grants
Deadline: December 31
The Whole Kids Foundation and partner FoodCorps offer $2,000 grants, along with curriculum, resources and mentorship, to 1,000 schools. FoodCorps' expertise in gardening, and its ongoing support will help schools build and sustain their gardens to ensure long-term success. All schools and garden-related nonprofit organizations are eligible to apply for grants to support the launch or expansion of school gardens that will help children engage with fresh fruits and vegetables. Garden projects may be at any stage of development; planning, construction or operation.


Splashlife Lincoln Awards for US Military Veteran Entrepreneurs
Deadline: January 15
Identifying, honoring and supporting the next wave of entrepreneurs to help them take charge of America's future. As announced at the White House Youth Entrepreneur Summit, Splashlife is giving out $2,500 Lincoln Awards to support entrepreneurs aged 35 or younger. All US Military Veterans aged 35 or younger are invited to apply for a $2,500 Lincoln Award to get started on a business idea. You've made a huge sacrifice for our nation, now Spalshlife wants to help you by supporting your brightest ideas and ambitions.

J-Serve 2012 Micro-Grants
Deadline: Ongoing
Grants are available for J-Serve 2012 - April 22, 2012. J-Serve is the International Day of Jewish Youth Service. Since 2005, J-Serve has been a part of YSA's Global Youth Service Day. A limited number of J-Serve micro-grants of up to $500 will be awarded to community projects committed to creating service opportunities that bring Jewish teens together to participate in a J-Serve project. Projects that are creative and innovative, especially those that will be first time events in a community, as well as projects conceived and planned by teen project leaders will receive preferential reviews. Micro-grants will be accepted on a rolling basis, and grants will continue to be awarded as long as funding remains available.

State Farm Good Neighbor Scholarship Program
Deadline: January 25
Applicants to the State Farm Good Neighbor Scholarship Program must be a high school senior who will graduate at the end of the 2011-12 school year, plans to enroll in full time undergraduate study at an accredited two or four year college, university or vocational-technical school for the entire 2012-2013 academic year, has a cumulative grade point average of 2.50 to 3.20 on a 4.00 scale, is a U.S. citizen, and demonstrate financial need. Up to twenty-six (26) selected recipients will receive a $2,500 award. Only the first 360 applications received will be accepted.

2012 Wildlife Conservation Youth Engagement Grants
Deadline: February 1
Whether you're in a city, rural area or a suburb, wildlife is all around you. In many places, wildlife faces challenges. Are you a high school student with a creative idea for conserving and protecting wildlife and its habitat in your community? Planet Connect is offering high school students grants of $1,000 to implement their problem-solving projects and participate in a local internship focused on wildlife conservation Winners receive $500.00 to turn your project into a reality and an 80-hour wildlife conservation or natural resource internship with a $500 stipend in your local community during the summer of 2012.

Jenzabar Student Leadership Awards
Deadline: February 20
The Jenzabar Foundation has opened the nomination process for its fifth annual Student Leadership Awards, which recognize student groups that have made a difference in the world through service and philanthropic activities at the local, national, and international levels. The awards will honor ten student-led campus groups or activities that have made a significant impact beyond their own institution. Nominations are open for students enrolled in any accredited institution of higher education. Each award includes a $5,000 grant to support the student or group's future humanitarian endeavors The first step in the submission process is joining the online Jenzabar Foundation Community Network; please use referral code SLA2012. Once registered, applicants will be advised of the submission procedure.

Captain Planet Environment Grants
Deadline: January 15
The Captain Planet Foundation primarily makes grants to U.S.-based schools and organizations with an annual operating budget of less than $3 million. Grants are made for activities that promote and support high-quality educational programs that enable children and youth to understand and appreciate our world through learning experiences that engage them in active, hands-on projects to improve the environment in their schools and communities. Preferential consideration is given to requests seeking seed funding of $500 or less and to applicants who have secured at least 50% matching or in-kind funding.

2012 AmeriCorps Grants
Deadline: January 18
AmeriCorps awards grants to organizations to implement programs that utilize AmeriCorps members to engage in evidence-based interventions to strengthen communities. In the 2012 competition CNCS expects to invest a significant amount of available funding to programs working in the six Focus Areas of Disaster Services, Economic Opportunity, Education, Environmental Stewardship, Healthy Futures, and Veterans and Military Families. In particular, CNCS seeks to target its AmeriCorps grantmaking in the Education, Disaster Services and Veterans and Military Families Focus Areas.

Scholastic Book Grants
Deadline: Ongoing
The Scholastic Book Grants Program is a corporate in-kind giving initiative that provides high-quality reading materials to children in need. The Company's goal is to ensure that each of its book donations has a significant impact on fostering literacy. Small-scale (unsolicited) donations of 500-1,000 books are awarded to 501c3 or 170c literacy organizations. To read the unsolicited donations policies and procedures, and to download a donation application, visit:

Splashlife Lincoln Awards for Women Entrepreneurs
Deadline: February 14
Identifying, honoring and supporting the next wave of entrepreneurs to help them take charge of America's future. As announced at the White House Youth Entrepreneur Summit, Splashlife is giving out $2,500 Lincoln Awards to support entrepreneurs aged 35 or younger. Despite making up 46.3% of the workforce, women are underrepresented in positions of management, with just 2.4% of Fortune 500 companies being run by female CEOs. Splashlife wants to support a woman entrepreneur aged 35 or younger with a $2,500 Lincoln Award for her business idea.

2012 Do Something Awards
Deadline: March 1
Are you one of the nation's best young world-changers? Do Something Award nominees and winners represent the pivotal "do-ers" in their field, cause, or issue. In 2012 (up to) five finalists will be rewarded with a $10,000 community grant, media coverage and continued support from The grand prize winner will receive $100,000 during the nationally televised broadcast.


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