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Call for Applications: The Fundraising Intensive Program

Posted By Nora Ellertsen, The Funding Seed, LLC, Tuesday, April 22, 2014
Interested in joining the Fundraising Intensive Program's Class of 2015?

The deadline to apply is Tuesday, April 29.  
Click here for a full program description and application!


The Fundraising Intensive Program is a 10-month training program that combines group learning and one-on-one coaching to provide practical tools and best practices on a range of fundraising activities.  

Participants meet monthly in New Orleans for a group discussion focused on a single funding topic.  Then, each participating nonprofit receives 90 minutes of individual coaching to help them apply the skills and tools from the group session to their own unique organization.


Program details and application


Over the course of the program, the nonprofit staff, board members and volunteers involved will learn about:

Fundraising Planning
Telling Your Story
Individual Donor Development
Major Gifts
Fundraising Events: House Parties
Fundraising by Mail and Email
Researching and Writing Grant Proposals


 Here's what some of this year's graduates are saying about the
Fundraising Intensive Program:
   
"[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...We are more confident, efficient and effective. I highly recommend this course."
- Ameca Reali, The Justice and Accountability Center of Louisiana


"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

"This program...truly supports you and allows you to gain access to people and information that helps you grow."
- Kim Dudek, Dag's House



Participation is limited and applications are required.  If you'd like to be considered for the Fundraising Intensive Program's Class of 2015, complete the program application by Tuesday, April 29.  
For questions or to find out more about services offered by The Funding Seed, visit www.thefundingseed.com or email info@thefundingseed.com.


** Please note: Due to applicant requests, The Funding Seed is now accepting up to three applicants per organization.  Applicants may include staff, board members or volunteers. **




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Nonprofit workshop: Fundraising Events 101

Posted By Nora Ellertsen, The Funding Seed, LLC, Monday, April 21, 2014

May nonprofit fundraising workshop:

Fundraising Events 101

Thursday, May 8
2:00-4:30 p.m.

Ashe Cultural Arts Center
1712 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd., New Orleans
Details and registration


Learn to create events that raise money
for your non-profit!  

 

This fun, hands-on workshop covers:

* choosing what kind of event is best for you

* working with volunteers

* identifying event sponsors

* and much more!


Attendees will receive a Certificate of Participation for completing the workshop.


Discounts available for students, for AmeriCorps and for organizations registering two or more people.


For discount codes or to reserve your space and pay at the door, email info@thefundingseed.com.

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Annual Fund Campaigns: The Essentials

Posted By Nora Ellertsen, The Funding Seed, LLC, Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Nonprofit fundraising workshop
Annual Fund Campaigns: The Essentials
Thursday, April 17
9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Ashe Cultural Arts Center
1712 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd., New Orleans
Register at www.thefundingseed.com

Annual fund campaigns are a great way to jumpstart a nonprofit's fundraising.  But how do you get started?  And what can you do to make sure your campaign raises more money?

This workshop will walk you through the process of running your annual fund campaign, from Day One to the Victory Party. 

Registration $35.  Discounts available for students, AmeriCorps and organizations registering two or more people.

For questions, to inquire about discount codes or to reserve your seat and pay at the door, email info@thefundingseed.com.

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

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Deadline Approaching: 2014 Angel Award Nominees Sought

Posted By Tristi Charpentier, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana Foundation, Thursday, March 27, 2014

The deadline for nominations for the Angel Award, which recognizes and rewards exceptional volunteer work for the benefit of Louisiana children, is Friday, April 4, 2014. 

Now in its 20th year, the Angel Award presented by the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana Foundation will honor up to eight individuals.

Each winner will name a 501(c)(3) organization to receive a grant of $20,000.  In the two decades since its inception in 1995, more than 150 individuals from all across the state have been chosen for the honor.  With this year’s grants, the total going to support organizations enriching and improving life for Louisiana children will top $1.8 million.

 

Previous Angels have run the gamut from students to retirees, with a wide range of vocations in between.  They were all chosen for the time and effort they spent away from or in addition to their studies, their jobs or their retirement activities to be an "Angel.”

 

An online nomination form and more details on the program are available at the Blue Cross website, www.bcbsla.com/angelaward.

 

Nomination packets are also available by calling toll-free 1-888-219-BLUE (1-888-219-2583) or emailing Angel.Award@bcbsla.com. Nominators are encouraged to send supplemental information in support of the nomination, including testimonial letters, brochures, news articles, photos and videos. (Please note: These materials cannot be returned.)

 

Individuals who themselves have been honored as "Angels” make up the committee that will decide this year’s winners.  The following are the criteria they consider and nominators are asked to carefully consider this list:

 

  • NEED: Did the nominee contribute a needed service to Louisiana children? 
  • ACTION: Was the nominee active, not just a figurehead?
  • INITIATIVE: Did the nominee initiate new programs or activities and use new methods to solve problems?
  • ACHIEVEMENT: Has the nominee accomplished desired results?
  • IMPACT: Has the activity or service provided by the nominee produced positive changes and provided examples for other groups?
  • TIME: Was the amount of time devoted to the activity or service significant?
  • CHALLENGE: Did the nominee have to overcome any unusual challenges, such as limited resources or public misperception of the problem?
  

A nominee may be recognized for work performed individually or through churches, schools or civic organizations, but a group cannot be nominated. The volunteer work must have been performed in the state of Louisiana with Louisiana children as the primary beneficiaries. The volunteer effort can be focused on enhancing any aspect of a child’s life, including physical, emotional, creative and spiritual. Individuals who are paid for their services are eligible, but their efforts must be considered to go above and beyond their job descriptions. Work done on work-release time and/or for student course credit may also be considered. Individuals may not be nominated posthumously.

 

The Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana Foundation will award grants to the honorees’ chosen charities that qualify as Louisiana-based nonprofit charitable organizations with tax-exempt status under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

 



About the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana Foundation
The Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana Foundation is building a healthier Louisiana through community outreach and charitable giving. Its two signature programs are The Angel Award®, an annual statewide recognition program that awards funds to outstanding Louisianians working to improve the quality of life of the state's children, and Smart Bodies®, an interactive education program to prevent childhood obesity. In addition, Blue Cross contributes nearly $2 million annually in financial aid to various nonprofit organizations throughout the state that contribute to health, education and the overall quality of life in our communities. When we put dollars into Blue Cross communities, it makes Louisiana a better place for everyone. The Foundation is funded solely through Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana.

About Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana
Founded in New Orleans in 1934,
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana is the oldest and largest Louisiana-based health insurance company. Blue Cross is a private, fully taxed mutual company, owned by policyholders—not shareholders—and governed by a local Board of Directors. It is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association...

Learn more on the company’s website at www.bcbsla.com or visit our social media hub to connect with us via Facebook, Twitter and more.

 

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Nonprofit workshop: Grantwriting for Beginners

Posted By Nora Ellertsen, The Funding Seed, LLC, Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Nonprofit workshop:
Grantwriting for Beginners
Thursday, March 20
2:00-4:30 p.m.

Ashe Cultural Arts Center
1712 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd., New Orleans
Details and registration at www.thefundingseed.com

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 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 info@thefundingseed.com to inquire about discount codes or to reserve your space and pay at the door.

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Why Not Learn to Write the Winning Grant?

Posted By David Kiviaho, kiisa Corporation, Wednesday, March 05, 2014

Many worthwhile projects exist in our communities. Stellar programs, life saving services, and long standing, or start up, organizations exist to change, even save lives. But, are they funded properly? Is yours funded properly?

If you are seeking information on how to diversify your financial portfolio, kiisa and LSU developed a Successful Grant Writing Seminar that you need to attend.

For over twenty years, the experienced grant writer with kiisa has raised, and worked in team environments to raise millions of dollars. It is not easy to obtain grants, but it is very possible to learn to be a stellar grant writer to provide you with that edge to succeed, and kiisa will help you in this endeavor.

Having a dream and a very worthwhile project is no longer a guarantee that your project will secure funding. People must arm themselves with practical, innovative grant writing knowledge and skillsets in order to stand taller than their competition. kiisa understands how to build effective, lasting relationships with potential funders. Moreover, kiisa and LSU have created this grant writing program to address the practical needs of the organization seeking funds, and this program works.

Learn more and register today and begin your journey to effectively utilize grants to fund your dreams!

 

[REGISTER for SUCCESSFUL GRANT WRITING]

 

Many organizations continue to succeed after attending this course. Be a part of this group, register today. You may also contact kiisa at www.kiisacorporation.com.

At kiisa, we believe in creating programs to help you achieve your dreams. Successful Grant Writing is one of these performance based programs.


Learn more!

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Free info session: The Fundraising Intensive Program

Posted By Nora Ellertsen, The Funding Seed, LLC, Wednesday, February 26, 2014
Are you thinking about applying for the Fundraising Intensive Program?

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?

Free information session on
Wednesday, March 19, 4:00-5:00 p.m.
Propeller, 4035 Washington Ave.
RSVP by emailing info@thefundingseed.com,
or call (504) 307-7220

Join The Funding Seed and members of this year's inaugural 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. 

For more on services offered by The Funding Seed, visit
www.thefundingseed.com.

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Call for Applications: The Fundraising Intensive Program

Posted By Nora Ellertsen, The Funding Seed, LLC, Tuesday, February 18, 2014
Now accepting applications for enrollment in the 2014-2015 class of

The Fundraising Intensive Program

a comprehensive fundraising training opportunity presented by The Funding Seed!

 

The Funding Seed's 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 will learn best practices and practical skills related to a range of fundraising activities.
 
Over the course of the program, the nonprofit staff, board members and volunteers involved will learn about:

Fundraising Planning
Individual Donor Development
Major Donors
Fundraising Events: House Parties
Fundraising by Mail and Email
Grant Research and Writing
Corporate and Business Sponsorship

Participation is limited and applications are required.

If you are interested in joining The Funding Seed's Fundraising Intensive Program's Class of 2014-2015, visit www.thefundingseed.com and complete the program application by Tuesday, April 29 at 5:00 p.m.

For questions, please call (504) 307-7220 or email info@thefundingseed.com.

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Haiti Mission, Inc (HMI) Seeks Technical, Fundraising Assistance

Posted By Lloyd Duplantis, Haiti Mission Inc, Sunday, February 09, 2014
Updated: Monday, February 10, 2014

Haiti Mission, Inc., of Thibodaux, Louisiana has as its primary focus a commitment to provide basic humanitarian aid to numerous villages in the region of Jeremie, Haiti. The first and foremost goal is to provide potable water within 500 feet of every family in this area. Other projected activities include initiatives in the fields of education, health, improved housing, and other basic material needs.

A long range vision is to help the villagers to establish independent economic development by providing them with agricultural business opportunities utilizing their own native resources, which may include no-interest business loans and vocational skills that will enable them to lead a worthy life on the material, social, cultural, and spiritual level.

We are currently seeking individuals familiar with grant writing and the range of potential funding sources, such as organizations, businesses and foundations that would be interested to support the type work HMI does in Haiti, which consists of:

a. Drilling fresh water wells

b. Building houses

c. Elementary education

d. School children feeding programs

e. Various types of animal husbandry

In addition, we are looking for a willing and qualified web development volunteer to upgrade the HMI website and maximize its search engine optimization.

All interested volunteers or donors, please contact Joanna Cooley at: cajunmudbugjo@gmail.com

  

Tags:  grants  Haiti  Volunteers  website development 

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Nonprofit workshop: Creating and Managing an Individual Donor Program

Posted By Nora Ellertsen, The Funding Seed, LLC, Monday, January 27, 2014

 


WHEN: Thursday, February 6, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

WHERE: Ashe Cultural Arts Center, 1712 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd., New Orleans

Details and registration at www.thefundingseed.com.

 

Individual donors give three quarters of all private charitable donations- more than foundation grants and corporate gifts combined.

How can your nonprofit find individual donors to support your work?  What can you do to ensure that your individual donor program is as successful as possible?

Registration $35 per person.  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 space and pay at the door, email info@thefundingseed.com.

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