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Board Success: Fire the Lousy Members and Find the Right Ones

Posted By Kris H. Rutledge, CausePlanet, Monday, April 11, 2016

How can you prevent your board from keeping toxic people? How can you help your good board members succeed? These important, difficult questions are crucial to your board's success.


Simone Joyaux, author of Firing Lousy Board Members, guides you with specific examples on how to move your board toward excellence.


Webinar with Simone Joyaux


Join CausePlanet founder Denise McMahan and Simone Joyaux Wednesday, May 18, at 11:00 Central Time at a webinar interview at your desk.


Joyaux will touch on the following topics:

  • How can you monitor and fire "lousy board members"?
  • What is your governance committee's role in firing and keeping members?
  • How can you craft high expectations to prevent firing people in the first place?
  • How can you recruit quality board members?
  • How can a nonprofit staff empower its board members?




Register now for this FREE interview for all LANO members. (The link requires LANO network sign-in to register.)



See more


See more with the Page to Practice™ summary of Joyaux’s book:


·      Simply log in at the top right corner of CausePlanet’s home page ( and fill in your registered email with LANO and “Password1”.

·      Click on “Summary Library” to see Firing Lousy Board Members and more titles.


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Expand your network with LANO Connects-Lafayette!

Posted By Tasha L. Cooper, Louisiana Association of Nonprofit Organizations, Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Please join LANO Wednesday, April 13th at the Community Foundation in Lafayette as we host our annual networking event,

LANO Connects-Lafayette!


Eric Guidry, COO of  the Community  Foundation of Acadiana will welcome our guests as our evening of fellowship begins. LANO members, friends of LANO, nonprofit supporters and guests are welcome to attend.  Cocktails and light hors d'oeuvres will be served. Attendance is free.


When: Wednesday, April 13, 2016
4:30 PM
Where: Community Foundation
300 Main Street, Suite 100
  Lafayette, LA 70508







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AFP Greater New Orleans Fundraising Conference

Posted By Christy Himel, AFP New Orleans Chapter, Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Make plans now to attend the

 AFP Greater New Orleans Fundraising Conference

It's an excellent and inexpensive professional development opportunity for anyone working in philanthropy. 


Held at Boomtown Casino, the schedule includes 19 expert-led sessions.  


Tags:  conference  Fundraising  networking  New Orleans  training 

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LANO Change Fund Request for Proposals

Posted By Administration, Monday, April 4, 2016

LANO and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Louisiana have partnered this spring to teach LANO Community Leaders, a board training program to a group of their employees. An element of our nonprofit board training program is to teach participants in our program their board roles and responsibilities in fund development. Each participant is challenged with the task of giving and raising money for a nonprofit program in the Greater Baton Rouge area.


The intent of this fund is to make a monetary donation to a local non-profit organization. The exact amount of the donation is never finalized until the money is raised; however, the goal is to make an award of approximately $10,000.


To qualify, you must be a 501 c 3 organization in the Greater Baton Rouge area. To help us in our selection we are asking that you provide a brief proposal with the following:

a brief written description of your organization and its programs and mission'

a brief description of the program you want to fund and how the donation will be used

a project budget for the $10,000 donation

no more than 3 pages of material total

You may submit your request via mail to They must be marked Change Fund.

Your response must be received in the LANO office no later than 4:30 p.m., Monday, May 1, 2016. The top three agencies will be asked to give a 15-minute presentation to the Change Fund Group on Thursday, May 19 at 3:00 pm.

If you have questions or would like additional information, please feel free to call Kay Irby at 225.929.5266, Ext. 3.

****If you are interested in becoming a Community Leader, applications will be accepted in the fall for the 2016 program in Baton Rouge and Shreveport.

Visit our Community Leader's site at



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LA Special Session Tax Information

Posted By Kelly Pepper, Louisiana Association of Nonprofit Organizations, Thursday, March 31, 2016

Dear LANO Members,


As many of you are aware the special session of the Louisiana Legislature carried some changes for the sector regarding state sales tax. Some items that were previously classified as exclusions and exemptions are now actively taxable by HB 61 (Act 25) and HB 62 (Act 26).  Attached is the most recent communication from the Louisiana Department of Revenue.  Questions concerning the collection of state sales tax can be directed to

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Do you love Blues Music and Donations?

Posted By Tasha L. Cooper, Louisiana Association of Nonprofit Organizations, Thursday, March 24, 2016

Attention Clubs, Organizations, and Associations of the Greater Baton Rouge Area!

How would you like to make money for your group while supporting the blues in Baton Rouge? The Baton Rouge Blues Festival is seeking organizations to staff beverage stations at the Festival on Saturday, April 9th for 14 total hours and Sunday, April 10th for 12 total hours. 

So what are we looking for, you may be asking? We want an organization that will take ownership of their assigned beverage station. You know, things like having it appropriately staffed, keeping track of money and inventory, and having a good time, both with the folks you’re working with and the folks who are buying what you’re selling. We have opportunities for both large and small bars. What’s the difference?


Large Bars (2 Beverage Stations Available Each Day):

1) Minimum Staffing: 16-18 people at peak periods

2) 6 folks working point of sale terminals (We provide training)

3) 8-12 Bar Card Holders to serve beverages (Bar Cards can be acquired online)

4) 8-12 bar backs, pourers, and stockers

5) 1-2 bar managers


Small Bars (2 Beverage Stations Available Each Day):

1) Minimum Staffing: 10-12 people at peak periods

2) 4 folks working point of sale terminals (We provide training)

3) 6-8 Bar Card Holders to serve beverages (Bar Cards can be acquired online)

4) 6-8 bar backs, pourers, and stockers

5) 1-2 bar managers


So what does an organization get in return for their partnership? Easy, here’s the goods:

1) 5% of revenue generated at the assigned beverage station will be paid to the organization. Depending on station size, we expect this to be from $250 to $750 per day.

2) The organization may keep all tips generated at the assigned beverage station. Based on past festivals, we expect this to be from $1,000 to $3,000 per day.

3) The organization may post signage at the assigned beverage station identifying themselves.

4) All organizational volunteers will receive the same benefits as general volunteers, including a Blues Festival t-shirt, a one year membership in the Baton Rouge Blues Foundation, and an invitation to an after-event thank you party.


Interested organizations should contact Slater McKay ( as soon as possible. Given the money that can be raised, we expect these to go soon.



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Do you Have an Outstanding Intern? Nominate Them for InternBR!

Posted By Tasha L. Cooper, Louisiana Association of Nonprofit Organizations, Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Do you hire summer interns?  Consider nominating them for InternBR. Through a series of workshops and training session, InternBR enables participants to develop professional communication and leadership skills and engage in the Baton Rouge community through after hours service and social events.  This program will complement the on-the-job training they receive while serving at your company.  


Our goal is to help you enrich future employees by giving them the skills needed for future success.  Additionally, our goal is to make them feel more at home by fostering a connection with the many professional and social organizations available in the Baton Rouge Area.  Specific info:

  • Students from any college with an internship this summer in the Baton Rouge Area may participate.
  • Training will take place each Friday of June and July during a lunch and learn workshop, so they won't be pulled away from work for long periods of time.
  • There are a limited number of spots open for the 2016 class, so nominate them today:

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LANO Members: New FREE CausePlanet Book Summary on How to Turn Around Bad Board Performance

Posted By Kris H. Rutledge, CausePlanet, Monday, March 21, 2016

Why it’s important


There are no quick fixes or silver bullets for turning around bad board member performance. The good news is there are answers. The first line of defense is excellent recruitment but not every process is perfect.


There will come a time when someone has to be thanked and released. Your mission deserves the gift of excellence and that only comes with a willingness to support greatness and retain superior board members by keeping them in good company.


New Resource


Firing Lousy Board Members…and Helping the Others Succeed is a candid resource manual for the board, committee, chair and executive staff who want to make changes in how their organizations are governed. Author Simone Joyaux addresses common fears and reasons why we have trouble firing board members who don’t meet expectations.


This book not only covers how to thank and release a board member but also thoroughly explores many meaningful strategies for avoiding that crossroad altogether. Recruitment, defining board member tasks and monitoring performance are among the welcome topics for steering clear of firing too often.


Joyaux’s summary is available FREE for dues-paying (General and Associate) members.


Download these summaries and more in 3 simple steps:


1.     Visit

2.     Click on “Subscriber Log-in” at the top right corner, using your email and “Password1”.

3.     Click on “Visit the Summary Library” and download any title you like.


Questions? Email us at


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PAR Commentary on Special and Regular Session

Posted By Kelly Pepper, Louisiana Association of Nonprofit Organizations, Tuesday, March 15, 2016

LANO Member PAR Louisiana has just released a commentary on special and regular sessions of the Louisiana legislature.  This is a resource for other member organizations who are looking for clarification and detail about how recent events will impact them and those they serve.  We appreciate your service and dedication to the people of Louisiana – you are A Powerful Force for Good!


To read the report, click here!


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March 14th-March 20th Weekly Planner Edit

Posted By Tasha L. Cooper, Louisiana Association of Nonprofit Organizations, Monday, March 14, 2016

The Fundraising Intensive Program's Class of 2016 was advertised as taking place on 3/16/16 on this week's weekly planner.


The correct date for the event is 3/17/16.  Please visit to register or for more information.

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