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Recognizing the Impact of Community Foundations

Posted By Ryan Crespino, The Greater New Orleans Foundation, Saturday, November 12, 2011
Updated: Saturday, November 12, 2011

Greater New Orleans Foundation Participates in National Effort to Highlight Collaboration and Innovation in Philanthropy

During the week of November 12-18, 2011, the Greater New Orleans Foundation will join more than 700 community foundations across America celebrating Community Foundation Week.

For more than 20 years, the effort has raised awareness about the increasingly important role of these philanthropic organizations in fostering local collaboration and innovation to address civic and economic challenges.


The challenges that local nonprofit organizations face in addressing our region’s greatest challenges are outlined in the Foundation’s Needs Scan Report, the first report of its kind that takes an in-depth look at the organizational needs of the nonprofit sector in the Greater New Orleans area.

The report’s findings are based on survey results from 175 nonprofit organizations and 80 group and one-on-one conversations with representatives from the region’s nonprofits. The Report can be accessed at gnof.org or by calling the Greater New Orleans Foundation at (504) 598-4663.


"Community foundations impact lives, solve problems, and improve futures,” said Albert Ruesga, president & CEO of the Greater New Orleans Foundation. "In a down economy, with limited resources and a growing need for services to help families in need, we are more determined than ever to bring our community partners together to find innovative and effective solutions to some of our most challenging social problems.”

Community foundations are independent, public entities that steward philanthropic resources from institutional and individual donors to local nonprofits that are the heart of strong, vibrant communities. For example, the Greater New Orleans Foundation’s work on affordable housing is a national model that has attracted national investors who bring additional capital and other resources to the area. Its housing work, conducted through the Community Revitalization Fund, helped to house 9,500 families. In 2010, the Foundation attracted $150 million in national, private, and public funding to our region, and in partnership with the Ford Foundation, the Foundation is creating a holistic approach to revitalization on a regional scale.

Community foundations represent one of the fasting growing forms of philanthropy. Every state in the United States is home to at least one community foundation that is advancing solutions to a wide range of social issues. The 2010 Columbus Survey found that despite the recession, giving by the nation’s 100 largest community foundations actually increased slightly in 2010 to $3.7 billion and exceeded pre-recession levels seen in 2006 and 2007.

About the Greater New Orleans Foundation

The Greater New Orleans Foundation is the community foundation serving the 13-parish Greater New Orleans metropolitan area. We design and lead initiatives that improve the region, connect donors to community needs, identify and support great nonprofits, and strengthen civil society. For more information, visit http://www.gnof.org/.  

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Rewrite your nonprofit’s future by enlisting coauthors

Posted By Denise McMahan, CausePlanet, Thursday, November 10, 2011
Statistical evidence shows that most change efforts fail. The reason for this is that regardless of the management interventions attempted, the default futures of employees and leaders are still in place. The more things change, the more they stay the same. "Whatever you resist, persists,” say co-authors Zaffron and Logan in Three Laws of Performance. However, when everyone in your organization gets involved in rewriting the future, you rewire everyone's perceptions of how their performance rolls into the overall fulfillment of that new future. Once you realize how the Laws are changing people's ingrained views about their roles in the organization, you begin to embrace the potential of how much you can ... Read more

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Twitter ideas

Posted By Stafford Kendall, Covalent Logic, Monday, November 7, 2011
I thought this was a pretty tasty article about Twitter for nonprofits. Hopefully, it'll get you thinking:

http://socialtimes.com/5-great-examples-of-how-nonprofits-should-use-twitter_b81333

Stafford

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Override your "default future"

Posted By Denise McMahan, CausePlanet, Wednesday, November 2, 2011

If you've ever been in a situation where you have an stretch goal on the horizon and a doubtful or disillusioned team, I found The Three Laws of Performance particularly suited for nonprofit leaders seeking an "about face” for everyone involved. Though I've used the term nonprofit leader in this case, the authors emphasize that anyone in the organization can use these Laws to create greater performance among the ranks. In fact, I asked this question in my interview with Steve Zaffron and Dave Logan:

CausePlanet: Several of your examples seemed to share a turning point characterized by the CEO or leadership team engaging the employees in a startling and participatory conversation that marked the beginning of new attitudes and performance. It seems as if the "about face” from the CEO is what helped employees redefine how the situation occurred to them. Have you ever seen the Three Laws successfully initiated by someone other than the CEO or leadership team? Read the author's answer

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PeaceFest

Posted By Nora Ellertsen, The Funding Seed, LLC, Wednesday, November 2, 2011
First Annual PeaceFest

Saturday, November 5, 11:30 a.m.

Martin Luther King Statue on Claiborne Ave.



(Central City, New Orleans)  The first annual PeaceFest will be held on November 5, 2011 in Central City, New Orleans. 

The event will feature a peace march followed by a festival at the park on the corner of S. Liberty and Martin Luther King Blvd.  The festival will include performances from Lucky Lou, Y.Luck and the Rap Pack, and Dee-1.  PeaceFest 2011 is being produced by a partnership between United for Peace, Unified Nonprofits, ReConnect Nola, and the Orleans Public Defenders.  It is being sponsored by Entergy New Orleans, Inc. and the Greater New Orleans Foundation.

ReConnect Nola, who is coordinating entertainment for the event, has quickly become recognized for throwing great parties that also serve the community.  Wild Wayne, Chair of Reconnect Nola said, "There will be free food, activities, and an all-star line-up.  This is a great opportunity for us to partner with other organizations to do a festival of this scale.” 

Unified Nonprofits (UNP), who secured funding for the event, has tied the festival into its Juvenile Delinquency Prevention work.  "The young people in our city deserve the time and attention this event will give them.  They’ll have a great time and learn about resources available to them and hopefully be empowered to make good choices for themselves,” said Lisa Kaichen, chair of UNP.

"The Orleans Public Defenders is excited because we know that bringing resources to the youth where they need them the most is a vital part of keeping our communities safe,” said one of the event’s organizers, Johnetta Pressley.  PeaceFest will have service providers across the city providing information about the work their organizations do and include presentations from a number of youth-oriented organizations.  "Anytime you have the Youth Empowerment Project, Apex, and organizations like that coming out, you know it is going to be a good time and make positive change in our young peoples’ lives,” Johnetta continued.

Entergy New Orleans, Inc. is serving as one of the sponsors of the event. "We are proud to be a sponsor of this new event,” said Gary Silbert, director of Economic Development for Entergy New Orleans, Inc. "At Entergy, we take great pride in investing in the communities in which we serve. We think this festival can play an important role in celebrating the unique cultural fabric of New Orleans and we are happy to be a part of it.”

PeaceFest will begin with a peace pilgrimage at the stature of Martin Luther King Jr. on Claiborne Avenue at 11:30 am and continue with the festival, which will take place from 12 pm to 5 pm.  For more information about this event, contact Johnetta Pressley at (504) 827-8198.

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Grantwriting for Beginners

Posted By Nora Ellertsen, The Funding Seed, LLC, Thursday, October 27, 2011

GRANTWRITING FOR BEGINNERS
Tuesday, November 15, 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Dumas Auditorium
301 Tunnel Blvd., Houma

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!

The Funding Seed's Nora Ellertsen presents Grantwriting for Beginners, a fun workshop that gives you the basic skills you need to start writing grants. Participants will learn how to search for foundations and funding opportunities, tips and best practices for writing, and ways to make your program competitive for repeat funding.

Who should attend:

  • Non-profit 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!
Registration $35 per person
To register in advance or for questions, contact
hjwchouma@yahoo.com

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Are your employees happy or hunting?

Posted By Denise McMahan, CausePlanet, Wednesday, October 26, 2011

One of my CausePlanet contributors, Deborah Dale Brackney, submitted an article this week about employee retention and happiness. When I read her article, I knew Shawn Achor's ears were burning. Achor recently published The Happiness Advantage: Seven Principles of Positive Psychology that Fuel Success and Performance at Work. Shawn Achor is one of the world's leading experts on human potential, having researched and lectured in 42 countries, working to bridge the gap between the science of happiness and performance in our everyday lives.

Achor has written The Happiness Advantage because the success formula is broken.

We typically think that if we reach that sales goal or increase that fundraising margin, we'll be happy. Years of groundbreaking but rarely circulated research in positive psychology tells us that the reverse, in fact, is true. Happiness is actually the precursor to success. When you increase your happiness levels, you experience more successful outcomes and can work smarter and faster. Achor shares seven principles of positive psychology that fuel performance, as taught in Harvard's famed Happiness Course to companies worldwide. The link at the end of Brackney's article below provides more information about ... Read more

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Capital Area United Way Hosts Networking Social

Posted By Emily Guidroz, Capital Area United Way, Wednesday, October 19, 2011
Join other nonprofit professionals for a fun night of networking at The Roux House (Baton Rouge) on Thursday, October 20th.  

Complimentary wine and cheese for anyone who RSVP's!

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Online shopping to benefit nonprofits

Posted By Janet Simmons, HOPE Ministries Inc, Tuesday, October 18, 2011

From The Daily Reveille (LSU), By Meredith Will

Published: Monday, October 17, 2011


Louisiana nonprofit organization HOPE Ministries joined 29 other nonprofits to create an online shopping mall to benefit the local economy and community.

The site, called Louisiana Community Marketplace, allows more than 100 companies to sell their products through a single portal.

Janet Simmons, director of operations and social enterprise of HOPE Ministries, said the website is growing daily and includes companies like Target, Amazon and Expedia.

Simmons said more than $4 billion leaves Louisiana each year in online purchases. The goal of Louisiana Community Marketplace is to bring some of this money back into the community.

HOPE Ministries has been working on LCM since 2009 and launched the website Aug. 25 during the Louisiana Association of Nonprofit Organization's annual conference...

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Challenge Grant Program Overview Available in PDF

Posted By Karen Boles, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana Foundation, Tuesday, October 18, 2011
New information on the Challenge for a Healthier Louisiana challenge grant program from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Louisiana Foundation is now available.  

Please download the attached PowerPoint slide presentation on the program goals, approach, partnerships, examples and application information.

Contact:

Christy Reeves 
Director, BCBSLA Foundation
Foundation@bcbsla.com
888-219-2583


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