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Shell Will Underwrite a Capacity Building Scholarship Program Including Board Governance Assessments; Training in Board Governance, Financial Management, Fund Development and Human Resources; and Executive Coaching for 10 Nonprofit Organizations
The Louisiana Association of Nonprofit Organizations (LANO) is pleased to announce a significant grant from Shell to increase nonprofit capacity in Louisiana’s Gulf Coast region.
LANO is a statewide member organization that advocates for the nonprofit community and strengthens the effectiveness of those committed to improving Louisiana. The organization currently provides services to more than 600 member organizations and more than 13,000 individual members.
The program will develop core capacity for nonprofits in the parishes of Plaquemines, Lafourche, Terrebonne and St. Mary. In partnership with Shell, LANO will conduct organizational Board Governance assessments; training in Board Governance, Financial Management, Fund Development and Human Resources; and Executive Coaching in the area of governance for 10 nonprofit organizations accepted into the Shell Capacity Building Scholarship Program. The program will run from May to November 2015.
As the nonprofit sector in Terrebonne, Lafourche, St. Mary, and Plaquemines continues to meet the growing needs of its respective communities, the gap between nonprofit income and expenditures continues to grow. Years of recession and natural disasters have diminished resources available to these nonprofits while increasing demand for services. Tax reform and budget cuts promise to compound these effects in the coming years. Current trends impede nonprofits’ strategic planning and the sustainable growth of this essential sector, which is why the Shell Capacity Building Scholarship Program will be so impactful in this area of Louisiana.
LANO will hold public interest meetings in the Gulf region May 26 and 27. A complete list of sessions and registration information can be found at www.lano.org/shell. Organizations with any area of focus may apply, although particular interest will be given to organizations with missions relative to road safety, workforce development, education and the environment. Participating organizations will be chosen based on applications due to LANO June 11. Organizations must commit to approximately 30 hours of training, demonstrate significant commitments of their board president, executive director, executive committee and board members. Organizations must have 501(c)(3) status and be in good standing with the IRS and the Louisiana Secretary of State. Of course, organizations must also be domiciled in at least one of the following parishes: Plaquemines, Lafourche, Terrebonne, and St. Mary.
Upon completion of this program, the participating board members and staff members will be equipped to develop, manage and evaluate a successful governance process. Organizations will be able to demonstrate to regional funders that they are working towards nonprofit organizational excellence and will be strong stewards of their investments. Participants will also receive a complimentary one-year organizational membership to LANO to further encourage long-term capacity building and sustainability.
For more information about the Shell Capacity Building Scholarship Program, please visit www.lano.org/shell or call (318) 865-5510, ext. 1.
“I've participated in many different training sessions on fund development. This is the first program that immediately resulted in additional income for our organization.” -Sue Ellen Stewart, Northshore Families Helping Families
Fundraising Intensive Program Class of 2014
"The Fundraising Intensive Program was a great foundation piece for building our nonprofit...Having this practical fundraising theory in place will help us in all of our operations as we continue to grow." -Teddy Nathan, NetWork Voluntours
Fundraising Intensive Program Class of 2015
“[This] was a great experience for my partner and I…We were able to create a culture of fundraising at our organization and on the board. Additionally, we are more confident, efficient and effective. I highly recommend this course.”
-Ameca Reali, Justice and Accountability Center of Louisiana
Fundraising Intensive Program Class of 2014
The Fundraising Intensive Program is a 10-month training program that gives you tools to raise funds for your nonprofit. Over the last two years, 20 nonprofit staff, board members and volunteers have graduated from the program, raising thousands of additional dollars for their organizations in the process.
This year's program runs from June 2015 through March 2016. Applications are due by Friday, May 1 at 5:00 p.m.
Do you have questions about what your nonprofit will gain from participating, or whether it's worth the investment?
Are you trying to decide who from your organization should apply?
Join The Funding Seed and members of this year's graduating class for a free information session about the Fundraising Intensive Program. You'll receive an overview on the program, learn details on how to apply and have time for Q&A with a panel of this year's participants.
The Fundraising Intensive Program is a 10-month course that gives you tools to raise funds for your nonprofit. Through a combination of group learning and one-on-one coaching, participants learn best practices and practical skills related to a range of fundraising activities.
The Fundraising Intensive Program is an exclusive, 10-month course offered by The Funding Seed that combines group learning and individual coaching to help you bring your nonprofit's fund development to the next level.
Top 5 Reasons to Apply for the Fundraising Intensive Program
1. Your nonprofit needs money. Okay, yes: every nonprofit needs money. It's the one thing that unifies all nonprofit organizations: everyone needs to be able to confidently, successfully raise funds.
Through this program, your nonprofit gets hands-on help that allows you to raise money more effectively than ever before. Plus, the program is designed so that you raise money as you go. That means you're not just learning some nice theories to keep in a drawer for the future; you're helping your nonprofit immediately become more financially successful.
2. You've done some workshops and webinars here and there, but never seem to be able to get motivated to use the things you've learned. It happens to the best of us...you invest a few hours in a great training event, walk away invigorated with some exciting new ideas for how to make your fund development program better than ever...and then you never get around to actually doing anything with them.
Here's the thing: for a lot of us, it's really hard to make time for the things that we know we should do when we've got so much else going on.
With the Fundraising Intensive Program, you have 10 months of working with a professional coach and with a group of other nonprofit staff, volunteers and board members, all of whom help keep you accountable to your goals. That can make a difference during the program itself, and also help you to create great habits that allow you to be successful long after the program ends!
3. You want more training and support with your fundraising, and you want to get the most bang for your buck. The monthly tuition covers more than 40 hours of group and individual coaching over the course of the ten month program, in addition to training materials that are yours to keep forever. That means you're saving a lot- the same amount of support and training would usually cost much more, but because you're sharing expenses with the other program participants, you end up paying a whole lot less.
Yes, the Fundraising Intensive Program is still a financial investment. But for the level of attention and guidance you receive, you end up getting a whole lot more bang for your buck.
4. You feel like the only one out there dealing with these challenges. The Fundraising Intensive Program brings together the same small group of people month after month to talk about how fundraising is working at their own nonprofits- both the stuff that's going great and the stuff that's more of a challenge. That means that, over time, the group becomes a trusted learning community.
By the end of the program, you'll have developed relationships with other nonprofit professionals and volunteers who can continue to support you- and you support them- long into the future.
5. You're ready to dedicate yourself, and your nonprofit, to fundraising success. If you're ready to make the commitment to your nonprofit's financial success, then don't wait any longer- apply to be a member of the Fundraising Intensive Program's Class of 2016. This program is created specifically to help people like you raise immediate funds while also making lasting change at their nonprofits. By joining the Fundraising Intensive Program, you have the opportunity to become the strongest fundraiser you can be, and to help your organization develop the resources it needs to make the largest impact possible.
Registration $35. Discounts available for students, AmeriCorps and organizations registering two or more people.
Attendees will receive a certificate of participation for completing the workshop.
For questions, to inquire about discount codes or to reserve your seat and pay at the door, email email@example.com. To learn more about workshops and other services offered by The Funding Seed, visit www.thefundingseed.com.
Why do you want to take another grant writing seminar! Because kiisa corporation has a proven track record of winning grant awards, as well as working with many foundations and funders that offer grant opportunities! Also, with kiisa corporation and LSU Continuing Education, you will be assured that all information and data presented is well researched and presented with up to date funder in formation, grant writing principles, and data research. This seminar is highly interactive and you will participate in practical writing and learning exercises which make the difference when trying to strengthen your skills at grant writing. You will also leave this course with interactive materials, which you may use in your daily funder activities within your organization.
kiisa corporation founders have written grants and worked in the field of grant writing for over 25 years. Organizations throughout the state of Louisiana have attended this course with stellar results. This seminar is created for all levels of grant writers, and is exceptional! The course dates are March 24th and 25th! Register now to save your seats. Please, click the registration button below to join this Successful Grant Writing Seminar.
The Grantsmanship Center
(213) 482-9860 Registrar@tgci.com
Get ready to win federal grants!
Despite budget cuts, the federal government continues to award billions of dollars in grants each year. Competition for federal dollars was always tough, and now it’s even tougher. To succeed with federal grants, you need to meet the stepped-up challenges and you need to plan ahead—as much as a year before a grant competition is opened.
Get a running start for success. Learn how to position your organization to secure federal awards!
Take advantage of an expert guide
Competing for Federal Grants takes you through the federal grants process step by step—from finding funding opportunities and understanding application guidelines to developing and writing winning proposals. This training helps you build an effective, proactive approach to federal funding and to avoid common mistakes.
During the training, you:
Use recent grant application guidelines and real funded proposals to examine what works, what doesn’t, and why
Develop a work-plan for proposal development
Write key proposal sections
Review proposals drafted by your peers
Have your own work reviewed by others
You do all of this with expert guidance. Every one of The Grantsmanship Center’s Competing for Federal Grants trainers is an active and prolific proposal writer who has won millions of dollars in some of the toughest federal competitions. They know what’s happening in the field right now.
"Thanks for this excellent training! Two months later I applied for my first federal grant. Our college was one of only 10 awardees in the nation and will receive nearly $750,000 over three years. I really appreciate the encouragement and instruction. "
Melissa Vermillion, Grant Writer
Hazard Community & Technical College
Who should take this training?
This training is a good fit for all types of organizations that compete—or plan to compete—in the federal arena: state, county, and local agencies, educational institutions, hospitals, private nonprofit organizations, and even for-profit organizations that are eligible for specific federal funding programs. This fast-paced, intensive training is not recommended for those new to the grant development field. (For those new to the field, start with either Grantsmanship Training Program® or Essential Grant Skills.)
What you learn
Find federal funding opportunities that match the mission and priorities of your organization
Scope-out upcoming competitions to get a head start—before the funding guidelines are released
Interpret application guidelines and decipher what they’re really asking for
Assess whether it makes sense to enter a particular competition
Assemble a work-plan for developing a powerful proposal
Develop an effective, well-documented case for funding
Assemble proposals that follow guidelines and respond to the funder's requirements
Why this learning lasts
Competing for Federal Grants uses our Listen & Discuss, Do & Review® curriculum, combing presentations, discussions, and practical, hands-on exercises to take you step-by-step through planning a program and developing a grant proposal. You immediately put new knowledge into practice, build powerful skills, and retain what you learn. This curriculum is based on best practices for adult learners where concepts are actually practiced—the information sticks with you.
You’re not alone when class is over
As a graduate of Competing for Federal Grants, you receive 12 months of full membership in The Grantsmanship Center’s Membership Program at no additional cost. This helps you:
Strengthen a proposal. You have a full year after the training to submit a proposal to one of our trainers for advice on how to improve it.
Find funders. Receive a full year of access to GrantDomain, our user-friendly, continuously updated database of foundation, corporate, and federal grantmakers. GrantDomain helps you target appropriate funders, while saving aggravation, time, and money.
Build your own skills or those of your team. After you complete the Competing for Federal Grants training, you or one other person from your organization may attend our 5-day Grantsmanship Training Program® for 50% off the regular tuition fee!
Find the answers you need.Ask The Center! Need help untangling application guidelines or handling tricky situations? Contact us. We're here to help our alumni find answers.
Tuition for the 5-day Competing for Federal Grants training is $1,195. This fee includes everything you need: a binder loaded with information and a flash drive with even more plus follow-up support through The Grantsmanship Center’s Membership Program for 12 months—at no additional cost!
Details and logistics
Once your payment (or purchase order) is received, we email your confirmation, including directions to the training location plus parking info.
Dress for comfort.
If possible, bring a laptop computer and a flash drive (thumb drive).
If you plan to work on a specific federal grant application, please bring the guidelines and other relevant information.
Training begins each day at 8:30 am and ends by 5:30 pm on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday. On Wednesday, you’ll be working on a project with your team and may choose to stay later. On Friday, the class ends by 1:00 pm.
Morning and afternoon refreshments are provided. Lunch is on your own--choose a local spot from list provided.
You receive a complete manual of training materials when you arrive at the training.
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?
Grantwriting for Beginners is an engaging workshop that gives you the basic tools you need to start writing grants. Participants will learn how to find funding opportunities, tools and tips for writing proposals and ways to make a program competitive for repeat funding.
Attendees will receive a certificate of participation after completing the workshop.
Registration $35 per person. Discounts available for students, AmeriCorps and organizations registering two or more people.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org to inquire about discount codes or to reserve your space and pay at the door. For more on workshops and other services offered by The Funding Seed, visit www.thefundingseed.com.
Start the new year right with a powerful fundraising plan!
What would happen at your organization if you never had to worry about your funding?
If you knew how much you needed to raise, and how you were going to raise it?
This workshop will help you make that a reality. You'll learn ways to assess your resources, to set fundraising goals, and to create a calendar that will keep you on track. Participants will receive tools they can take back to their organizations and put to work immediately.
Registration $35. Discounts available for students, AmeriCorps and organizations registering two or more people. Attendees will receive a Certificate of Participation for completing the workshop.
For questions, to inquire about discount codes or to reserve your seat and pay at the door, email email@example.com. Visit thefundingseed.com to learn more about workshops and other services offered by The Funding Seed.