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Consensus Among the Ranks

Posted By Denise McMahan, CausePlanet, Wednesday, December 14, 2011

One of the fascinating aspects of publishing CausePlanet is learning about the numerous perspectives each author has about what makes you a successful nonprofit leader. Even more compelling is when two or more authors, with completely different backgrounds, align in their thinking. I love to point out these moments because there's nothing like consensus to instigate change.

In our December feature from 2009, 12: The Elements of Great Managing by Rodd Wagner and James Harter, the authors draw from The Gallup Organization's database—which now includes 10 million employee and manager interviews—to give real-life examples of how managers from around the world epitomize each of the 12 Elements.

In addition to the Gallup data, the authors use the latest insights from brain-imaging studies, genetics, psychology, behavioral economics and other scientific disciplines to reveal what drives good managers.

Wagner and Harter's 4th element is the power of...Read more

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Test Your Knowledge

Posted By Stafford Kendall, Covalent Logic, Monday, December 12, 2011
The Wall Street Journal has a quiz in this morning's Journal Report section:

It includes fun questions like:

Individuals accounted for what percentage of the $290.89 billion in charitable donations last year?
A. 29%
B. 41%
C. 52%
D. 73%

Some of the answers might surprise you... even you, Matt Mullenix!


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Grantsmanship Training Program Coming to Baton Rouge

Posted By Barbara Auten, Alzheimer's Services of the Capital Area, Inc., Thursday, December 8, 2011

Alzheimer’s Services of the Capital Area is pleased to welcome the Grantsmanship Training Program to Baton Rouge. We would like to invite you to participate in this one-of-a-kind workshop, widely recognized as the "gold standard" of grants training. It will be held January 23 - 27, 2012 at 3772 North Blvd., Baton Rouge, LA 70806.

This program comes to us from The Grantsmanship Center, the world's oldest and largest fund development training organization. Since 1972, The Grantsmanship Center has trained more than 1l0,000 staff members of nonprofit and government agencies around the world.

Designed for both novice and advanced grantseekers, the Grantsmanship Training Program is a comprehensive, hands-on workshop that covers the complete grant development process, from researching funding sources to writing and reviewing grant proposals.

During this intensive, five-day workshop, you will learn The Grantsmanship Center's groundbreaking proposal writing format, the most widely used such format in the world. You will also learn how to locate new funding sources for your organization and you will work with a team to prepare an actual proposal for funding.

Upon completion of the workshop, graduates receive a full year of free follow-up services through the exclusive Membership Program. These include professional proposal review and access to comprehensive online databases of foundation, corporate and government funding sources.

Alzheimer’s Services is hosting this program as a community service. We know the
funding challenges facing
Louisiana nonprofits, and we believe that well-planned programs-like those that The Grantsmanship Center training emphasize are the key to increased grant support for groups like ours.

Alzheimer’s Services decided to host this workshop for a fourth time as our staff has doubled funding from grants written by myself and Julie Brewer who attended a Grantsmanship Training program. It is the single best grant writing training I ever taken and Julie has acquired the skills necessary to develop proposals that get funded.

Tuition for this top-quality training program is $895. (A limited number of half-tuition scholarships are available for organizations with annual budgets of less than $300,000.)

To ensure personalized attention, enrollment is limited to 30 participants. These workshops often fill to capacity, so we encourage you to enroll early. To register, or to apply for a scholarship, call The Grantsmanship Center directly at (800) 421-9512 or (2l3) 482-9860. Or you may enroll online at For more information about the training site, contact Debbie Little, Development Director at 225-334-7494 or

We hope you'll be able to join us for this special training opportunity on January 23-27, 2012.

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Discover the power of real-time performance management

Posted By Denise McMahan, CausePlanet, Thursday, December 8, 2011

Many of you are wrapping up your fundraising goals this month. If you are on a fiscal year, you're at the halfway point. While your eye may be on the waffling donor who's considering their year-end tax-deductible gift, don't forget to take this opportunity to recognize your staff. Winning with a Culture of Recognition demonstrates how important authentic recognition is to your team loyalty, productivity, and bottom line. Co-author Derek Irvine had this to say when I asked him why he wrote Winning with Eric Mosley.

CausePlanet: Hi, Derek. Thanks again for this interview for our readers. What inspired you to write this book?

Derek Irvine: This book was an opportunity for us (co-author Eric Mosley, CEO of Globoforce and me) to share recognition best practices we've seen working with some of the world's most successful and admired companies. Our ambition for this book is to change the way leaders think about recognition. With recognition, HR and business leaders today can elevate employee engagement, increase employee retention, manage company culture and discover the power of real-time performance management.

The authors weave insightful "Myth Busters” throughout their book. I'll do my best to share some of them this month in our weekly blog since there simply isn't enough room in our Page to Practice book summary to include them all. Here's the first of many memorable myth busters...Read more

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Fired up or burned out?

Posted By Denise McMahan, CausePlanet, Friday, December 2, 2011

You've all heard the phrase "You should never judge a book by its cover.” The truth is we all do. In this particular case, I looked at some of the great management books we've featured at CausePlanet over the years. One of them caught my eye because the cover's so great. (Insert "Caught you!” here.) But the more intelligent answer you're looking for is that it contains a terrific amount of sage advice for managers. The book is called Fired Up or Burned Out: How to Reignite Your Team's Passion, Creativity and Productivityby Michael Lee Stallard.

December feels like an appropriate time to take a pulse and see if you fall into one of these "fired up” or "burned out” camps. In either case, you'll find Stallard's approach worth your time. Stallard talks about the notion that... Read more

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"Critical Questions" Board Finance Webinar Now Available in Archive

Posted By Erica Crenshaw, Execute Now!, Wednesday, November 30, 2011


How much do you know about your organization's financial health?  Do you know how to explain it to your Board? 

A live webinar held earlier this month by financial back-office service provider Execute Now! provided LANO Members and Friends the answers to these questions and more.

As promised, we now have an archived version of the same presentation available for free viewing by all General and Associate Members, and Friends of LANO. 

To view this webinar, click here.

If you are prompted to download additional software allowing your computer to play the above archived presentation, go here for a free download of the GoToMeeting codec (software).


Tags:  execute now!  webinar 

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Grantwriting for Beginners

Posted By Nora Ellertsen, The Funding Seed, LLC, Monday, November 28, 2011

Grantwriting for Beginners

Are you involved with a non-profit?
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!


Grantwriting for Beginners is an engaging workshop that gives you the basic skills you need to start writing grants.

Who should attend:

  • Non-profit staff, board members and volunteers

  • Students and people in academic fields

  • Activists and community organizers

  • Religious leaders

  • Neighborhood association members

  • Anyone who wants to learn about the exciting world of grantwriting!

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

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


Register online at

For questions, to inquire about discount codes, or to reserve your space and pay at the door, email

Tags:  fundraising  grants  grantwriting  non-profits  workshop 

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Evaluating the executive director

Posted By Denise McMahan, CausePlanet, Wednesday, November 16, 2011
This week, we posted a terrific article called "Evaluating the executive director by Jan Masaoka. While I consider myself lucky to have served on boards where the ED review was faithfully executed every year, I know many colleagues who have experienced otherwise. Unfortunately, many executive directors go "un-reviewed” for long periods of time, according to Masaoka. She also shares that the most important reason to conduct a review of your executive director is...Read more

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Applied Literacy and Learning Fundraiser Event

Posted By Bobbie Clark, Applied Literacy and Learning, Inc., Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Make the right Call…

Join us for our




2380 Towne Center Blvd, 70806

great CHANCE TO PURCHASE Christmas gifts, required reading books, or books for your personal enjoyment


Representatives from APPLIED LITERACY and LEARNING will be there to greet you!

for more information, call 225-448-3599 or visit us at

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Tags:  Baton Rouge  fundraiser  literacy 

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Shaken or Stirred, 4th Annual CAUW Fundraiser

Posted By George Bell, Capital Area United Way, Saturday, November 12, 2011

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