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Wings for Autism Event- We Need Your Input!

Posted By The ARC of Baton Rouge, Monday, March 14, 2016

We all look forward to taking vacations and visiting family and friends.  However, for many people with  disabilities, the experience of air travel can be overwhelming and difficult.   


Wings for Autism™ program is an airport ‘rehearsal’ program specifically designed for individuals on the autism spectrum or similar conditions.  The program gives families the chance to experience the process of taking a flight.  Families arrive at the airport, check in at the ticket counter, receive their boarding pass, go through TSA security and board a plane. 


The original program was designed for a family that had a negative experience while attempting to travel.  Their story prompted the Charles River Center (CRC), a Boston Chapter of The Arc, to reach out to other families to better understand their experiences and challenges with air travel.  They soon learned that hundreds of families in the area were interested in an air travel training program, and as a result the Wings for Autism™ program developed.


We are delighted to bring Wings for Autism™ to Baton Rouge Metropolitan Airport for a second time, and along with ExpressJet/American Airlines, would like to know before confirming a May 2016 date if you would likely plan to attend.  It will be a Saturday morning from 7 til 9am.  There is no cost to participate, but because of the smaller size of the airport and the aircraft available, space is limited to 50 participants plus 2 family members each.  The event will also include a private reception and an opportunity to meet and greet the flight crew and airport staff.  Sponsorships are also available to help offset the cost of event fee, t-shirts, signage, gift bags and refreshments.


Follow this link to learn more about this unique event.


You may contact us at The Arc Baton Rouge if you have additional questions.  We look forward to sharing this valuable experience with you and your loved ones!                  


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Call for Applications: The Fundraising Intensive Program

Posted By Nora Ellertsen, The Funding Seed, LLC, Friday, March 4, 2016

Applications are now open for the Fundraising Intensive Program's
2016-2017 class!

Read the program description and apply!

The Fundraising Intensive Program is an eight month course that helps your nonprofit develop practical skills and raise more money.

Over the course of the program, participants meet monthly for group discussions on specific fundraising topics, receiving hands-on homework assignments designed to put skills and ideas to work.  Following the group session, each participating group receives individual coaching that helps to put those ideas into action.

Learn more here!

Topics covered during the program include:
Creating a Fundraising Plan
Telling a Powerful Story
Individual Donor Development
Major Donors
Fundraising by Mail and Email
Fundraising Events: House Parties

The course is designed so that you will learn by doing, and actively raise funds while you complete the coursework.  
Past participants report a marked increase in the funds raised during the course of the program.

If you would like to speak with someone about your organization's participation in the Fundraising Intensive Program, email or call (504) 307-7220

For a complete program description and to submit your application, click here.  To learn more about services offered by The Funding Seed, visit

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The Fundraising Intensive Program's Class of 2016 Graduation!

Posted By Nora Ellertsen, The Funding Seed, LLC, Friday, March 4, 2016

The Fundraising Intensive Program's
Class of 2016 Graduation!
Thursday, March 17, 2016
6:00-8:00 p.m.
Swirl Wines
3143 Ponce De Leon Street, New Orleans
Details and RSVP


You're invited!

Join ten graduates representing nonprofits from across Greater New Orleans as we celebrate their completion of the Fundraising Intensive Program, the ten-month training program from The Funding Seed!

The Fundraising Intensive Program's Class of 2016 graduates:

Logan Atkinson Burke, Alliance for Affordable Energy
Julia Takada, Collegiate Academies
Ashley Salmen, Freedom Sailing International
Kathleen Sullivan, Jefferson RISE Charter School
Kristen Chawla, KIPP New Orleans Schools
Tamah Yisrael, Neo Jazz School of Music
Lindsey Jakiel Diulus, Nunez Community College
Julia Ramsey, Orleans Public Education Network (OPEN)
Margaret Reynolds, STAR 
Aaron Frumin, unCommon Construction

Admission is free.
Cash bar.
Light hors d'oeuvres from 2015 program graduate Cafe Hope.
Music from 2016 graduate the Neo Jazz School of Music, featuring the Yisrael Trio.
Kindly RSVP by March 16.

We look forward to seeing you there!

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Reserve your spot now for the Louisiana Delta Service Corps Partner Organization Application Workshops

Posted By Tasha L. Cooper, Louisiana Association of Nonprofit Organizations, Tuesday, March 1, 2016

If your organization would like more information about hosting AmeriCorps members please plan on attending one of our Application Workshops to be held in early April. Learn about the timeline and application process as well as what capacity building activities our members can do for your organization. Workshops will be held in Baton Rouge and New Orleans. You only need to attend one and current partners need not attend unless there is a new application writer or whole new management.


Please RSVP to LisaTeer at by April 3rd.


April 8th New Orleans

Keller Library (4300 S Broad St, New Orleans, LA 70125)

10:30 am-12:30 pm


April 11th Baton Rouge

Main Library Room 102

10 am-12 pm

Louisiana Delta Service Corps- Partner Organization Checklist

LDSC has changed the nature of how our corps members provide service. Starting this past year our members have focused on capacity building activities in order to strengthen and improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the organizations in which they serve.  This differs from the prior emphasis on direct service. We believe this will open up great opportunities to promote intentional growth and sustainability in our partner organizations. We will continue to focus on programs which build healthy communities by selecting projects promoting nutrition, physical fitness, mental health resourcing, homelessness, HIV/AIDS education and prevention as well as environmental issues. Members will serve no more than 1/3 of their time in direct service. This checklist is designed to help potential partner organizations assess their fit with LDSC’s programs and goals.
Your organization meets our eligibility requirements if:
They are a 501c3 and a small to midsized nonprofit, grassroots, faith based, government organization or public school.
They do not currently receive any other AmeriCorps funding.
They are an equal opportunity employer.
They comply with the “drug free workplace” federal grant recipient requirements.
They can provide a non-refundable cash match of $9,000 per member and cover liability insurance.

Your project meets our eligibility requirements if:
It is a new or fledgling project or program within your organization or a redirection of services offered.
The position is new and is not replacing a paid staff position.
The position requires no more than 33% of the member’s service time in direct service and no more than 10% fundraising (for the project NOT the overall funds of the organization).
The project will expand services, help leverage resources such as volunteers or community partners or increases the effectiveness and/or the efficiency of the organization.
The project is aimed at building healthy communities by promoting nutrition, fitness, mental health resourcing, homelessness or HIV/AIDS prevention. 
A full-time supervisor will provide mentorship and leadership development to the corps member(s).
The project does not include religious instruction, influence legislation, register voters or provide direct service to a for-profit entity.
The project will provide a meaningful service opportunity for at least 40 hours per week for 11 months (September 1-July 31).
The corps member will be highlighted as an LDSC/AmeriCorps member on your website, newsletters, social media and to board members as well as other media outlets and community partners

This checklist does not represent the full scale of eligibility requirements. Other considerations will be made such as past performance if you are a returning site and the level of commitment to the leadership development of the corps members. We are also looking for sites that expand services to rural communities in the southeastern delta region of Louisiana. 

Capacity Building Projects

The Corporation for National and Community Service considers capacity building activities to be indirect services that enable the organizations they support to provide more, better and sustained direct services. The activities of the corps member(s) are intended to support or enhance the program delivery model, respond to the organization’s goal of increasing, expanding or enhancing services and enable the organization to provide a sustained level of more or better direct services after the corps member’s term has ended. It is with these goals in mind that we have crafted the following position descriptions. The position(s) you eventually adopt may incorporate one or more elements from each other to better fit your program’s needs. Other capacity building activities not identified below may also be considered. We are committed to meeting our partner organization needs.  
1) Volunteer Coordinator- CM may recruit and manage volunteers; create volunteer position descriptions; create volunteer training curriculum; train volunteers; set up (design, implement) systems to track and manage volunteers and volunteer hours; supervise and communicate timely with volunteers; oversee volunteer service projects, organize reward celebrations of volunteers and evaluate volunteer impact etc.
2) *Technology and Social Media Coordinator- CM may design informational/educational material for social media, email (ie. constant contact), and web platforms; train staff and volunteers on maintaining web site, facebook page etc. once the systems are set up. Research and implement technology systems to increase the efficiency of the program or service the program provides. 
3) Program Outreach & Community Awareness Coordinator- CM may design and implement informational/educational materials and tools to increase outreach to potential community beneficiaries (ie. press releases, marketing materials); create/implement annual outreach plan; cultivate relationships with potential community partners to assess outreach opportunities and maintain existing ones; convene partners and stakeholders; facilitate focus groups; develop systems to track outreach effectiveness; plan, organize, and implement informational outreach events and community service projects, fairs, workshops, etc.
4) Program Development Coordinator- CM may develop guidelines, curriculum, timelines, policies and procedures and tracking systems etc. to pilot a new or fledgling program within the organization. CM may also test what they have developed and assess effectiveness. CM may offer recommendations for improvement of the program.  The intention of this role is to design a program which provides long-term, on-going service, not an episodic project or event. 
All corps members will evaluate their capacity building activities quarterly and will develop strategies to further improve their effectiveness.
*The Technology and Social Media Coordinator could easily be collapsed into one of the other positions if it would not be a full time position in itself. Keep in mind that corps members have 11 months to serve and must serve an average of at least 40 hours per week (excluding holidays and 10 personal days). 

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National Nonprofit Leadership Conference- LANO Discount

Posted By Tasha L. Cooper, Louisiana Association of Nonprofit Organizations, Monday, February 29, 2016

2016 National Nonprofit Leadership Conference

April 20-22, 2016 •Tysons, Virginia


Special LANO Network Pricing:$299 (Regular Fee $799)


The Center for Nonprofit Advancement will host the inaugural National Nonprofit Leadership Conference April 20-22, 2016.  The LANO network has a great opportunity to take advantage of a special rate of $299 through March 1st for this three-day session based conference. 


Create your own agenda and focus on the topics that matter to you and your organization with customized breakout sessions. Topics include:

  • Technology Trends
  • Board and Staff Leadership
  • Building Your Brand
  • Millennial Givers
  • Giving Days
  • Board Governance
  • Processes to Automate to Gain Efficiency
  • The Culture of Philanthropy
  • And more.....

Register Here!





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LANO members: New FREE Causeplanet book summary on how to turn your words into money and avoid "fundcrushing" mistakes

Posted By Kris H. Rutledge, CausePlanet, Monday, February 29, 2016

Importance of fundraising writing


In spite of all the attention new fundraising strategies attract, raising money via the written word is still one of the most effective strategies you wield. In fact, your messages are now played out in more ways than we ever dreamed. It’s never been more pressing to get a handle on your writing style and how it triggers a donor to give via mail or online.


Learn from an expert


Jeff Brooks’ How to Turn Your Words Into Money is your new ally with the latest tips for creating the best messaging to persuade your reader. Brooks explains what fundraising writing is not and what it should be. He does so in a way that tells you exactly what to avoid (“fundcrushing”) and what to try in your next attempt to sway your audience.


Brooks’ 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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Fundraising Workshop: Grantwriting for Beginners

Posted By Nora Ellertsen, The Funding Seed, LLC, Monday, February 29, 2016

Grantwriting for Beginners
Tuesday, March 8
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Ashe Cultural Arts Center
1712 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd, New Orleans

Details and registration

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.

Reserve your seat today!

Registration $40 per person.  Discounts available for students, AmeriCorps members, and organizations registering two or more people.

Email to inquire about discount codes or to reserve your space and pay at the door.  For more on workshops and other services from The Funding Seed, visit

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Deepening Donor Engagement

Posted By Cory Sparks, Louisiana Association of Nonprofit Organizations, Friday, February 26, 2016


charity:water is among the most dynamic nonprofits in the world. They’ve built their success on powerful marketing—marketing that creates a relationship and turns donors into champions of their work. An example is their birthday campaign, which encourages supporters to donate their birthday. Instead of getting gifts they give them to one of their favorite causes.

The birthday campaign is one of the case studies used in a significant study of relationship fundraising conducted by the Rogare Institute at Plymouth University in the U.K. The institute is associated with the Centre for Sustainable Philanthropy and has become one of the top fundraising think tanks in the world. Their four-part study, funded in part by LANO member Bloomerang, explored the way insights from social psychology and marketing might inform fundraising. The academic researchers partnered with leading fundraisers to ensure practical applicability.

The report has three key findings:


1)      Fundraisers should have a clearer understanding of donorcentrism.


A donor-focused approach is a relationship-focused approach. Fundraisers need to think of developing an ongoing relationship from the very start. The first gift comes because a donor has been inspired by a cause. There’s an immediate opportunity to provide an exemplary donor experience. That lays the groundwork, according to marketing research, for a relationship that increases in satisfaction and trust over time and leads to increased commitment and engagement.


The key to this relationship is genuine two-way communication. This isn’t just talking, and it’s not listening to glean information. It’s listening for deeper understanding, particularly with major gifts donors. Fundraisers must learn what motivates the donor to give and what they value and need in their lives. When this work is done, according to social psychology and fundraising practice, it’s possible to build a profound sense of connection and shared identity. The donor can see how working to advance the organization’s mission helps them become their best selves. 


2)      Fundraisers should be supported by a “culture of philanthropy” in the organization—and support it.


The report confirms the need for staff members and board members to understand the work of fundraising and how they can be part of it. Board members, in particular, play a critical role in major gifts fundraising and engaging donors. But many staff members---from the finance office to the front line—interact with contributors on at least an occasional basis. It’s important for them to know how to make the most of those encounters. Fundraisers should invest time in those relationships as well as those with donors and board members.


3)      Fundraisers should be evaluated based on donor satisfaction and the lifetime value of their work in addition to more common metrics.


The Fundraising Effectiveness Project has shown the relevance of donor loyalty to maximizing gifts. Nonprofits lose around 70% of their contributors between the first and second gifts, and donor loss is 30% year to year—a major challenge. Fundraisers should track donor retention for their organizations as a key measure of success. This report recommends two additional measures. First, it suggests fundraisers follow the example of marketers and measure donor satisfaction in order to identify potential issues with engagement. Second, the report argues for evaluating fundraisers based on the lifetime value (LTV) of contributions. LTV the best measure of return on fundraising investment and should be a part of evaluating fundraisers. Pursuant, another funder of the research project, has a free online lifetime value calculator.


LANO will offer two sessions on deepening donor engagement in upcoming weeks:


Monday, March 7, Shreveport

Tuesday, April 12, Baton Rouge

The training will provide concrete examples of building donor relationships to maximize the return on fundraising investment.

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Don't miss our Shreveport Double Header on March 7th!

Posted By Tasha L. Cooper, Louisiana Association of Nonprofit Organizations, Thursday, February 25, 2016

What can be better than one LANO event? That's right, TWO LANO EVENTS!


Please join us for our LANO double header on Monday, March 7th as we present our latest institute training: Deepening Donor Engagement.

 Cap off your afternoon with our community networking event, LANO Connects-Shreveport at Business First Bank.

**LANO Institute Training is not required to attend LANO Connects.**



LANO Institute: Deepening Donor Engagement- 2-4 p.m.

Community Foundation
401 Edwards Street, Suite 105
Shreveport, Louisiana  71101


What motivates your donors? How satisfied are they? How can you strengthen your relationship?

The latest fundraising research shows you should pay close attention to these questions if you want to maximize your fundraising effectiveness. In this session, you’ll learn practical ways to apply these findings to your own fundraising program.

Dr. Cory Spraks will lead this training session as we present ways to assess donor relationships. It will also offer helpful techniques to deepen donor engagement at every stage of the fundraising cycle—from acquisition through ongoing stewardship.

Registration fee: $120 non-member/ $60 LANO member. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER!



LANO Connects-Shreveport-4:30 p.m.

Business First Bank
800 Spring Street, Suite 120
Shreveprort, Louisiana  71101


"Everyone should build their network before they need it."- Dave Delaney, New Business Networking


Join us Monday, March 7th at Business First Bank in Shreveport as we host our annual networking event in Shreveport, LANO Connects!


Toya Graham, Executive Director for the Carolyn W & Charles T. Beaird Family Foundation 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: Monday, March 7, 2016
4:30 PM
Where: Business First Bank
800 Spring Street, Suite 120
 Shreveport, LA 71101


Contact: Tasha Cooper





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It's not too late to sign up for tomorrow's E. D. Round Table

Posted By Tasha L. Cooper, Louisiana Association of Nonprofit Organizations, Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Are you an Executive Director or CEO in the nonprofit sector?  Are you looking to build partnerships within your community? Then LANO's E.D. Round Tables are for you!


Executive Director's Round Tables are held every month in Shreveport, New Orleans, Baton Rouge and Lafayette. These monthly sessions provide Executive Directors and CEOs with a forum to learn best practices, discover new ways to build partnerships, and create collective impact as a nonprofit community.


Please see below for tomorrow's E.D. Round Tables in Shreveport, New Orleans and Baton Rouge.  Lafayette will host their next E.D. Round Table on Wednesday, March 16th.


Baton Rouge-

Thursday, February 25 from 8:30 to 10:00 a.m. at the Old Governor's Mansion,502 North Boulevard.


This month our topic is:  How to inspire and motive your nonprofit team!


Please make sure to RSVP:



Thursday, February 25 from 9:00 – 10:30 a.m. at First Presbyterian Church, 900 Jordan Street. 


Lindy Broderick, Executive Vice President of the Greater Shreveport Chamber of Commerce, will discuss how this special session is dealing with budget cuts and the impact it could have on the nonprofit sector. 

RSVP at:


New Orleans-

Thursday, February 25th from 4-5:30 p.m. at the Irish House, 1432 St. Charles Avenue.

Please RSVP:

Tags:  Baton Rouge  Executive Directors  New Orleans  nonprofit  nonprofit sector  Shreveport 

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