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Time Management and Board Meetings by Kay Irby, LANO Director of Organizational Development

Posted By Tasha L. Cooper, Louisiana Association of Nonprofit Organizations, Monday, February 8, 2016

Over the last ten years of working for LANO, I have heard the same comments from Executive Directors and Board Chairs about their board meeting.  “I hate getting ready for board meetings! My monthly panic attack is always the day before a board meeting.”  “It is a waste of time every month, no one ever comes to a meeting prepared and only a few people at the table are engaged.”

 

So…how do we set new expectations for board engagement?  As we start a new year, let’s get rid of some old habits.  Start with a better understanding of what it means to govern.   Good governance is not about protecting your board and setting or accepting low expectations.  Good governance does not ask board members to check their brain at the door so they can be fed a “rubber stamp” buffet of board reports to approve. Executive Directors believing that they need to come to board meetings with all the answers is not good governance, and neither is being afraid of hearing differing opinions at the board table.  Good governance can be messy! 

By calendaring the important fiduciary responsibilities of our work, there is more time for board member engagement.  We reframe a listening board into a conversational board, discussing the challenges and opportunities to further the mission of our organization. Board members become problem solvers.  Organizations need their brain power to consider new possibilities, identify new constituents, and help solve complex problems. That is good governance! Well planned meetings provide good stewardship of our board members’ time, and we find they have new respect and renewed interest in their commitment at the board table.  That is good governance! 

What if you walked out of the next LANO training session with a calendar of topics and committee tasks for the next year?  LANO’s Board Calendaring session will invigorate your meeting planning woes.  I promise you will not be disappointed! 

 

Kay M. Irby

Director of Organizational Development

 

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Don't miss your chance to be part of the 2016 LA State Combined Charitable Campaign (LA SCCC) - Applications DUE March 1, 2016!

Posted By Robin Taylor, Louisiana Association of United Ways, Tuesday, February 2, 2016

All qualifying health and human service non-profits operating within the state of Louisiana are encouraged to apply to be a participating charity. The application is available at www.lasccc.org/application  and is due by March 1, 2016. All charity applications will be reviewed and notified of eligibility no later than June 30, 2016.

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Fundraising workshop: Creating and Managing an Individual Donor Program

Posted By Nora Ellertsen, The Funding Seed, LLC, Friday, January 29, 2016

Fundraising workshop: 

Creating and Managing an Individual Donor Program

Tuesday, February 16

9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

 Ashe Cultural Arts Center

 1712 Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard, 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 $40 per person.  Discounts available for students, AmeriCorps members 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.

To learn mmore about workshops and other services offered by The Funding Seed, visit www.thefundingseed.com.

Tags:  board of directors  boards  development  donations  donor management  donor retention  donors  events  fund  fund development  fund raising  funding  Fundraising  funds  Member Event  New Orleans  nonprofit  nonprofit sector  non-profits  social fundraising  sustainability  training  workshop 

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Are You Protected for 2016 ?

Posted By Cindy Bishop, Checkmate Strategies, Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Are You Protected for 2016 ?


Non-Profit Organizations are essential to Louisiana in that they allow citizens to have a voice in the public policy arena. Unfortunately, Louisiana is facing a tremendous budget deficit and all state funding will be on the table.  Checkmate Strategies is here to work with you, to insure that your monies stays safe, so you can continue to provide high quality services and products to the citizens of our great state.  We understand the vitality of non-profits and believe that everyone should have the fairest chance possible to make a difference. Please look over some of the services we offer for your protection.  We love to fight for noble causes and to share our clients’ passion and commitment.  Checkmate Strategies can also help you put new public policies into place or change old policies.  With a new Administration comes new opportunities, but with a tremendous budget deficit looming ahead, we know the importance of putting a process in place now to protect your mission.


Legislative Bill Tracking, Monitoring and Communication:

During 2016, not counting special session(s), the Regular Session of the Louisiana Legislature will last for 85 days.  One of the utmost important items to guarantee protection is information. Checkmate Strategies will commit to giving you a weekly update on legislation impacting your Non-Profit organization. In this weekly enewsletter, we will include information on the status of legislation, how legislators voted on these bills and a schedule of when legislation of interest will be considered by the Louisiana Legislature. What you don’t know can hurt your organization.


Advocacy 101 Training:

Knowing the players is one thing. Knowing how to effectively influence their decisions is a whole other ball game. Checkmate Strategies has the ability to travel to your Association, or your conference to conduct an Advocacy 101 training seminar. This will teach your members how to influence the Louisiana Legislature.   Additionally we can conduct this training electronically through a webinar.


Lobbying Services:

What better way to guarantee success than having a lobbyist at the State Capitol every day looking out for you and your best interests.  Checkmate Strategies offers to be on retainer to your nonprofit organization to protect your interests.  With Checkmate Strategies, realize that you are investing in a team that has great personal relationships with those who directly impact the legislative process. We have advocated issues and successfully protected the interests of over 50 companies and nonprofit organizations in the last 20 years.


We would love to conduct a complimentary assessment for your nonprofit organization.

To schedule or if you have any questions, please contact Cindy Bishop:  (225) 933-5435

Cindy.bishop@checkmate-strategies.com 

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"Should You Outsource Your Accounting Functions?"

Posted By Celeste Viator, Hannis T. Bourgeois, LLP, Tuesday, January 19, 2016

 

 As your not-for-profit strives to use its resources as effectively as possible, you might at some point consider outsourcing the functions that fall under your accounting and financial umbrellas. But its important to weigh the pros and cons before making this important decision. Here are some issues to consider.

 

 

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LANO Members: New FREE CausePlanet Book Summary on Innovative Fundraising Techniques Around the World

Posted By Kris H. Rutledge, CausePlanet, Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Global Fundraising: How the World is Changing the Rules of Philanthropy looks at worldwide developments in philanthropy that are revolutionizing the fundraising world. Editors Cagney and Ross have compiled this book for fundraisers, CEOs, professional advisors and grant-making leaders who, recognizing the need for creativity and tested practices, are turning their attention to the philanthropic potential beyond their own borders. Cagney and Ross have uncovered helpful case stories in countries that once were considered unlikely places for fundraising achievements.

 

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

 

Download these summaries and more in 3 simple steps:

 

1.     Visit www.causeplanet.org.

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 Support@CausePlanet.org.

 

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Be Part of the 2016 Louisiana State Combined Charitable Campaign! Deadline - March 1, 2016

Posted By Robin Taylor, Louisiana Association of United Ways, Friday, January 8, 2016

This past year, employees of the State of Louisiana generated more than $237,000 through the 2015 LA SCCC campaign. 67 participating nonprofit organizations are anticipated to receive donations through this statewide effort.

 

Louisiana is already gearing up for the 2016 State Combined Charitable Campaign!  Once again, state employees will be given the opportunity to contribute, through payroll deduction, to approved health and human service non-profit organizations. The Louisiana Association of United Ways will continue to serve as the Principal Combined Fundraising Organization (PCFO) and will be working in coordination with the Office of State Uniform Payroll (OSUP).

 

All qualifying health and human service non-profits operating within the state of Louisiana are encouraged to apply to be a participating charity. The application is available at www.lasccc.org/application and is due by March 1, 2016. All charity applications will be reviewed and notified of eligibility no later than June 30, 2016.

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Ricoh Copy Machine Donation

Posted By Michele Beary, Barataria-Terrebonne Estuary Foundation, Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Crossroads Pregnancy Resource Center in Thibodaux, LA was recently blessed with the donation of a new copy machine and no longer has use for our old one.  We would like to donate it to an agency (preferably nonprofit agency) in need of one.  It is a Ricoh brand and has worked fine for us, we are just looking to pay it forward.  

 

If you or someone you know is interested, please contact Adrienne at 985-446-5004 or help@crossroadsprc.org.

 

Thank you!

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Nonprofit workshop: Creating a Powerful Fundraising Plan

Posted By Nora Ellertsen, The Funding Seed, LLC, Monday, January 4, 2016

January nonprofit workshop:
Creating a Powerful Fundraising Plan
Tuesday, January 12
2:00-5:00 p.m.
Ashe Cultural Arts Center
1712 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd., New Orleans
Details and registration


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.  

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

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Registration $40.  Discounts available for students, AmeriCorps members 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.  For more on workshops and other services, visit www.thefundingseed.com.

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LANO Members: New FREE Causeplanet Book Summary on How to See Your Culture to Create a Competitive Advantage: Culture Eats Strategy for Lunch

Posted By Kris H. Rutledge, CausePlanet, Thursday, December 10, 2015

Are you nurturing your culture?

 

Every organization has a culture, whether you cultivate it or not. The question is will you nurture your culture so it becomes your competitive advantage or choose to ignore it and hope for the best?

 

Three domains of culture

 

Culture Eats Strategy for Lunch authors Coffman and Sorensen recognize there are an infinite number of factors that affect a high performing culture. As a result, the authors have not only identified the key factors you should concentrate on, but they have also classified them in three primary domains: MicroCulture, BridgeCulture and MacroCulture. In each domain, the authors thoroughly explore how leaders, managers and employees can optimize their interactions and dispense with outdated practices that undermine outcomes and the alignment with your purpose.

 

Coffman and Sorensen’s summary is available FREE for dues-paying (General and Associate) members thanks to the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana Foundation.

 

Download these summaries and more in 3 simple steps:

 

1.     Visit www.causeplanet.org.

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 Support@CausePlanet.org.

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