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16th Annual Reality Check Luncheon at the City Club

Posted By , Friday, June 10, 2011

The League of WoMen Voters of Baton Rouge will sponsor the 16th Annual Reality Check Luncheon at the City Club of Baton Rouge on Friday, June 24th from 11:30 to 1:30.

The Reality Check Luncheon is the first review and analysis of the 2011 LA Legislative Session.

Panelists are:

  • Glenn Koepp, Secretary of the LA Senate
  • John Maginnis, Syndicated Political Columnist and Publisher of LA Politics Weekly
  • Dr. Albert Samuels, Political Scientist and Author, Southern University
  • Robert Travis Scott, President, Public Affairs Research Council, and
  • Alfred "Butch" Speer, Clerk of the LA House of Representatives.

Each panelists will give an eight (8) minute presentation of their unique prospective of the Legislative activities: the good, the bad, and sometimes the humorous. After the panel presentations, the audience is encouraged to ask questions of the presenters.

The public and the legislators are invited to attend the 1st report of the 2011 Legislative session to become informed voters for the fall elections.

Tickets are Thirty-five Dollars per person. All reservations/tickets must be made and paid by June 20th at 4 p.m.

Reservation/Tickets can be purchased by either: Check made payable to LWVBR, and mailed to LWVBR, Attn: Reality Check, 728 North Boulevard, Baton Rouge, LA 70802 or On-line by Credit Card for a small convenience fee at:

Reality Check Tickets (

This is the League of WoMen Voters of Baton Rouge Only Annual Fund Raiser. Please support your Capitol City League of WoMen Voters. Call 225/927-2255, if you have any questions.

Tags:  League of Women Voters  Member Event  vote 

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The Turnaround Mindset: A Panel Discussion

Posted By Argentum Consulting, LLC, Tuesday, June 7, 2011

The Turnaround Mindset: A Panel Discussion

A panel of experts will discuss the turnaround mindset in Louisiana and the initiative to align leadership for student achievement.

Featured speaker, Dr. Tierney Fairchild is the former executive director of the Darden/Curry Partnership for Leaders in Education and served as the lead consultant for EduLead, the developer of the blueprint for the Louisiana School Turnaround Specialist program, which began implementation in 2010. Dr. Fairchild is the co-author of The Turnaround Mindset: Aligning Leadership for Student Achievement.

Experts are:

WALTER LEE - Superintendent, Desoto Parish Schools and Louisiana BESE Board Member

KATHY OʼNEILL - Director, Learning Centered Leadership Program, Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) 

IRA SOCKOWITZ - President, HFG Enterprises, Washington, DC 

ANDREW VAUGHAN - Director, Division of Certification & Preparation, Louisiana Department of Education 

Date: June 28, 2011

Time: 8 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Location: LSU's Energy, Coast, and Environment Auditorium, at the corner of Nicholson Dr. and Nicholson Extension

Questions? Contact Advance Innovative Education at or 225-922-9123.

Download File (PDF)

Tags:  education  education reform 

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Three Steps of Succesful Grant Writing

Posted By Nora Ellertsen, The Funding Seed, LLC, Friday, May 20, 2011
Three Steps of Successful Grant Writing

Find success in grant writing!
This fun and informative workshop will help you save time and energy and improve your skills as a grant writer by teaching you about the "before, during and after" of writing a proposal.

Tuesday, June 14, 9:00-11:00am
Longue Vue House and Gardens (Playhouse Building)
7 Bamboo Road, New Orleans
$65 per person

Beginners and experienced grant writers welcome.

To register, visit
or email to reserve your space and pay at the door.

The Funding Seed is a New Orleans-based company that teaches people how to raise money for non-profits.

Tags:  fund development  grants  grantwriting  workshop 

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Project Purr, Baton Rouge: Foster Photo Op at Millerville Petsmart

Posted By Project Purr BR, Friday, April 22, 2011

Project Purr Baton Rouge will hold a photo op event for foster animals and their owners this Saturday, April 23, at the Millerville Rd PetsMart in Baton Rouge.

Contact for more information.

Project Purr Baton Rouge is a nonprofit that was formed in 2010 to support the Companion Animal Alliance of Baton Rouge in stopping the euthanasia of hundreds of adoptable cats each year by East Baton Rouge Parish Animal Control.

Tags:  Member Event 

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2 Good 2 Be True Raffle and Telethon

Posted By Kacee Thompson, Hospice of Acadiana Foundation, Inc., Wednesday, April 20, 2011
Updated: Wednesday, April 20, 2011

It's our annual vehicle raffle and Telethon to benefit Hospice of Acadiana. Join us on June 5 at Mall of Acadiana (Lafayette) or view the Telethon broadcast on KATC-TV 3! Learn more about hospice and palliative care and Hospice of Acadiana, Acadiana's oldest and only nonprofit hospice care provider, AND learn if you or someone you know is the grand prize winner of our annual vehicle raffle!

Now through June 5, purchase a $20 raffle ticket and you might be in the enviable position of choosing between a 2011 Ford F150 (4x2) Super Crew Truck,
Platinum Package in Silver Ingot Metallic OR a 2011 Ford Explorer, Limited in
White Platinum Tri-Coat.

To purchase a $20 raffle ticket, go to or call 337-706-3809. Proceeds benefit Hospice of Acadiana, Inc.

Tags:  fundraiser  hospice  raffle  telethon  tickets 

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Parenting for Academic Success: Community Resource Hall and Panel Discussion

Posted By Argentum Consulting, LLC, Wednesday, April 20, 2011


The Pelican Educational Foundation is hosting a panel discussion and community resource hall on Thursday, May 12, 2011, from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

  • 100+ attendees are expected to attend, from parents and teachers to school administrators and community leaders.
  • Organizations offering parent/family resources, youth services, and educational services are  welcome to have a representative on-site and to display materials.
  • Tables are available free of charge to non-profit organizations. Organizations must bring their own tablecloths, signs, and power strips. For-profit organizations must pay $25 for a table.

Event location: Location: Kenilworth Science and Technology School, 7600 Boone Ave., Baton Rouge, LA

Contact Carrie Peña to reserve your table by May 2, 2011.

Tel: 225-810-2398 - EM:

Tags:  community leaders  education  parents  public 

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Velo des Artes

Posted By Matthew Mullenix, Louisiana Association of Nonprofit Organizations, Tuesday, April 19, 2011
WHO: LANO Member, Baton Rouge Advocates for Safe Streets (B.R.A.S.S.)

WHAT: Velo des Artes a group bike ride in conjunction with Fest For All 

WHEN: Sunday, May 01, 8:30 AM

WHERE: The Louisiana State Museum (4th Street and Spanish Town Road, Baton Rouge—

HOW: Starting at the Louisiana State Museum, 8.30 AM, we'll ride in the vicinity of the capitol campus looking at public art, then head out to visit a working artist’s work space, stop at Magnolia Cemetery to talk about the symbolism of grave art, then head downtown to end at the BRASS Bike Corral at Fest For All

Tags:  Member Event 

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Community Foundation of North Louisiana Funds Graduation Research

Posted By Matthew Mullenix, Louisiana Association of Nonprofit Organizations, Saturday, March 5, 2011
Promising Practices for Promoting High School Graduation, a new issue brief released by the Promising Practices Network, summarizes research-based approaches for improving high school graduation rates. This brief, prepared with support by a grant from The Community Foundation of North Louisiana, reviews the importance of graduating from high school; discusses recent trends in high school graduation rates; and presents strategies for promoting high school graduation. [Read full story at the LANO News tab.]  

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TOPS a Struggle for Those at Bottom

Posted By Matthew Mullenix, Louisiana Association of Nonprofit Organizations, Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Report finds the popular state scholarship program benefits most those who need it least; recommends policy changes to TOPS and full funding for needs-based Go Grants scholarships

A new report [download in PDF here] by the Louisiana Budget Project takes a close look at the Taylor Opportunity Program for Students, or TOPS, which provides tuition assistance to Louisiana residents seeking higher education at state schools.

The report concludes the popular scholarship fund, having nearly tripled in size since 1998, has outgrown its intended purpose as an aid for economically disadvantaged scholars and become a de-facto entitlement for middle and upper-income students.
An evolution of the former Louisiana Honors Scholarship, TOPS is named for Louisiana businessman Patrick F. Taylor, whose guiding inspiration in 1988 was that access to college education be "based on the ability to learn, not the ability to pay."
In its original form, the Tuition Assistance Plan, or TAP, was restricted to low- and moderate-income students who met academic requirements including a GPA of 2.5.

Legislative changes in 1997 removed the mandated family income cap of $35,000, thus opening the scholarship fund to all academically qualifying students regardless of financial status. Since then, the taxpayer-funded program ballooned in cost from $54 million to $139 million and shifted its recipient base into the upper income brackets: Today 72 percent of all TOPS recipients come from families that make over $50,000 annually, and nearly 40 percent of TOPS scholars come from those with income over $100,000 a year.

According to analyst Tim Mathis of the Budget Project, which monitors state spending on behalf of Louisiana’s low- and moderate-income families: "This is a questionable allocation of scarce [public] resources in a state in which 56 percent of households make less than $50,000, while only 16 percent make more than $100,000."

"It’s very discouraging," said Budget Project Director Edward Ashworth. "What began as a helping hand to bright scholars of modest means has become more like a helping hand-out to kids who could probably pay their own way to school."
To reduce the overall cost of TOPS and allow for greater needs-based scholarship support, the Budget Project report makes several recommendations, including a phased-in increase of academic requirements for TOPS, with a plan to funnel resulting cost savings into the under-funded Go Grants scholarship program.
For a complete list of Budget Project recommendations and more on the TOPS program in Louisiana, go to:

Tags:  Louisiana Budget Project  TOPS 

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