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Need Board Members? Get on Board!

Posted By Leigh Thorpe, Junior League Of New Orleans Inc, Tuesday, January 31, 2012

The Junior League of New Orleans is once again hosting its successful "Get on Board" nonprofit board training program.

February 29th, March 7th, 14th, 21st and 28th


Upon successful completion of the course, JLNO will match participants with a local nonprofit for a board position, board internship or committee placement in a field that aligns with the interests of the graduate.

We hope you will apply for new board members, board interns or committee volunteers and encourage your current board leadership to participate in the program.

You will immediately see a positive change in your board and in your nonprofit!

To apply, visit

The deadline for applications is Friday, February 10th.

Questions? Email

Tags:  governance  leadership  management 

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Rethink your renewal strategy with IRA donors

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

If your charity was the fortunate beneficiary of a large donation in 2011 thanks to the popular IRA provision, allowing 70+ year-olds to make a contribution up to $100,000 dollars, then you'll want to rethink your renewal strategy. "Now this benefit is gone, at least until Congress restores it,” according to the Wall Street Journal article by Laura Saunders last week.

While your typical donor incentives with traditional gifts (like a tax deduction) don't apply here, seniors do appreciate not having to count IRA distributions as income if they give it to charity. This saves them higher taxes on Social Security payments or higher Medicare premiums, says Saunders. This Individual Retirement Account (IRA) rule was one of sixty federal tax provisions that expired in 2011. Similarly in 2006, 2009 and 2010, the law expired but wasn't re-enacted until December, leaving seniors scrambling with their charitable plans and nonprofits in reactionary mode.

"Fortunately, there are ways of working with the current system this year,” says Erica Crenshaw, CEO of Execute Now!, a nonprofit financial services firm. Nonprofits are uniquely positioned to...Read more

Tags:  financial management  fundraising 

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Live author webcast with branding expert

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

What is a brand? "A brand is a collection of perceptions about an organization, formed by its every communication, action, and interaction,” say Jocelyne Daw and Carol Cone. "It's what people say, feel, and think about your organization. In short, it's your reputation, identity, and good will with stakeholders and in the community.”

What is a breakthrough nonprofit brand (BNB)? Join our live webcast and find out.

Attend CausePlanet's lively interview with consultant, Jocelyne Daw, and coauthor of "Breakthrough Nonprofit Branding: Seven Principles to Power Extraordinary Results."

Learn more about the seven principles that transformed eleven visionary nonprofits with vastly different characteristics and challenges. Understand why branding starts and the top and should be in everyone's job description.

We'll interview Daw about how to begin thinking like a breakthrough branding practitioner and welcome your questions. Don't miss this exclusive LANO member opportunity to ask questions you've always wanted to know about branding strategy.

Now LANO members can download the free Page to Practice book summary of"Breakthrough NonprofitBranding" before attending the interview.

When is the free live author webcast?

Thursday, February 16 at 2 p.m.

How do I register?

Members can click here for the link to register.

Not a LANO member yet?

Sign up with LANO so you can attend this exclusive event and receive many other resources and benefits.

Questions about the webcast or CausePlanet? Email

Special thanks to the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana Foundation for sponsoring CausePlanet's Page to Practice™ service for LANO members.

Tags:  branding  marketing 

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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.

Tags:  CausePlanet  Page to Practice 

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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

Tags:  fundraising  marketing  social media 

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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

Tags:  cause marketing  social media 

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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

Tags:  social media 

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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

Tags:  performance management 

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