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Space for Lease

Posted By Katelyn Smith, Louisiana Association of Nonprofit Organizations, Thursday, January 31, 2019

The Fuller Center for housing of Northwest Louisiana Inc. has office space for lease in their headquarters at 4221 Linwood Ave. Shreveport LA  71108.


First floor office space available.

4 offices available at  $9.00sf.  includes parking (128 square fee; 129 square feet ; 131 square feet and 135 square feet.)

use of 1,519sf conference room for leased tenants.

Wi-fi available.

Security cameras on site (interior and exterior coverage).

Parking available with lease.'

limited free color copier and fax machine available.

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Professional Development Training - REIMBURSABLE! Informative and Interactive!

Posted By David Kiviaho, kiisa Corporation, Monday, January 28, 2019
Updated: Monday, January 28, 2019


 “The only thing worse than training employees and losing them

is not training them and keeping them.” 


Zig Ziglar


Any organization's bottom line is affected by poor customer service, a lack of appropriate communications, non-engaged employees, the lack of a team environment in the workplace, and not addressing the advancement of employee's soft skills. So many variables come into play that affect the workplace's overall health. Many of those variables are in play due to the need for increased employee development.


kiisa corporation provides workplace training, assessments, and curriculum's that speak directly to the many issues realized in the workplace. kiisa works with thousands of employees in the corporate, non-profit, academic, municipal, healthcare, and retail sectors. Our presentation and facilitation style is innovative, interactive, fun, and performance-based. kiisa focuses on outcomes that are relevant to the organization and its employees. For a complimentary assessment of your training needs simply connect with us to book that assessment.


In addition to kiisa's standard training pricing services for clients, we also offer Reimbursable Training via the Louisiana Incumbent Training Program-Small Business Employee Training (IWTP-SBET). kiisa is a Training Provider for IWTP-SBET. And, yes, this state program will reimburse your training costs at a level of 100% for a full- day training.


Here is what you need to know and to do:


 1) Be an organization that has been in business in Louisiana for three years


 2) Have 50 or less employees and pay into Unemployment Insurance (UI)/possess a UI number

 (visit for more information)


 3) Contact kiisa for an assessment of your training needs (again, kiisa tailors all courses to fit your organizational needs)


So, whether you want to take advantage of the IWTP-SBET Reimbursable Training, or kiisa's standard pricing services for training, we ask that you think about retaining kiisa corporation to assist you in addressing your workplace training needs.


If your are interested in learning more about the training services of kiisa corporation, please email or visit our website.

At kiisa corporation, "Training Your Staff is Our Business!"




David Kiviaho, COO

[email protected]



Tags:  customer service  sale  staff training  training  w 

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Should You Outsource Your Accounting Functions?

Posted By Celeste Viator, Hannis T. Bourgeois, LLP, Thursday, January 24, 2019

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 umbrella. But wait: You'll need to weigh the pros and cons before making this important decision.

What Are the Potential Advantages?

Not-for-profit organizations often outsource work in areas that require specialized knowledge or a significant number of hours, such as payroll processing and payroll tax preparation. Outsourcing some or all accounting functions also can provide benefits — if it matches up with your organization's needs and its budget.

One potential benefit is accessing a higher level of expertise and greater resources than you could if you hired your own accountant. Outsourcing allows you to work with financial professionals of varying levels of experience and expertise tailored to the functions they'll perform. These responsibilities could include:

•  Processing payables, receivables and cash transactions,

•  Reconciling accounts at each month-end,

•  Preparing financial statements, budgets and forecasts,

•  Assisting with tax and grant reporting requirements, and

•  Adequately communicating financial matters to your board.


But you don't have to outsource all of these functions. Depending on your needs and budget, you can outsource only the ones that make sense for your organization. You also may benefit from occasionally using other firm experts — investment advisers, HR and IT support, and valuation specialists, as necessary.

Some CPA firms offer outsourced CFO services, while others work closely with small firms that provide general accounting services. And there are now cloud-based services that can perform some of the more repetitive tasks such as order entry, vendor invoice processing and bill payment.

Many not-for-profits turn to outsourcing accounting functions at times of significant personnel transition or workload increases. For the not-for-profit that can't afford the day-to-day expertise of a director of finance or CFO, outsourcing certain financial oversight functions, such as review of account reconciliations and reporting financial results to funders and the board, may enhance its system of internal controls.

When considering outsourcing any accounting function, consider working with a senior level professional who'll become familiar with your operations. This will help provide continuity of service as well as a resource to your senior management and board of directors. This manager or partner you'll work directly with also will supervise junior firm members, providing an added layer of oversight.

What About Cost?

Depending on your organization's size and complexity, the cost of outsourcing accounting functions might equal or even exceed what you'd pay an experienced accountant internally — or it may cost less. With an outside firm, you pay only for the amount and level of services you require. With an on-staff accountant, he or she may spend some time doing work that someone at a lower pay level could handle equally well. Outsourcing also will spare your not-for-profit the expenses associated with a regular employee, such as payroll taxes and health insurance.

A benefit that many smaller organizations derive in working with an accounting services firm is reduced fees for audit and tax services — because of the professional attention to accounting details you receive during the year. And most of the accounting questions that typically arise in an audit already will have been resolved.

What Are Other Considerations?

A common concern is that there won't be a CFO or business manager whose office you can walk into unannounced whenever a financial question arises. Meetings with the CPA firm will need to be planned and scheduled, although it's possible to arrange for your outsourced accountant to be on-site on a regular basis. It is important for everyone at your not-for-profit and the CPA firm to understand availability expectations.

You also need to determine how financial data will flow. For example, will your not-for-profit send information to the accounting firm, or will firm personnel come on-site to perform bookkeeping? Will your accounting software be available on a remote basis? If the firm is unfamiliar with your accounting processes and procedures, it may need to perform some tasks on-site, at least initially.

Finally, you must be prepared for some commitment of time during the transition. There will be a learning curve as the CPA firm familiarizes itself with your policies, procedures and systems.

The Final Word

Even with an outside firm handling your accounting functions, you won't be able to absolve yourself of financial decision making. Remember, while an external firm can assist and advise you on financial matters, those charged with governance at your not-for-profit (typically the board of directors) must continue to have the last word on making significant financial decisions.





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Apply to be a part of the 2019 LA SCCC today!

Posted By Robin Taylor, Louisiana Association of United Ways, Wednesday, January 23, 2019
Updated: Wednesday, January 23, 2019


Since 2014, state employees have raised over $1.1 million for this campaign, with proceeds benefiting more than 110 Louisiana charities!


As you can see this campaign is growing and you wouldn’t want to miss your chance to be part of the 2019 Louisiana State Combined Charitable Campaign. 

To learn more please visit -

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Baton Rouge Community College Evening Medical Assistant Class

Posted By Katreena Moses, Baton Rouge Community College Foundation, Tuesday, January 22, 2019
Updated: Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Grant Funding is available for Eligible Students!!! Students will be prepared to maintain the highest quality of patient care; take vital signs, run laboratory and diagnostic tests, all while utilizing your organizational, communications and management skills.  Topics that will be covered include:

  • Patient care and communication
  • Clinical assisting and pharmacology
  • Medical insurance, bookkeeping and health sciences
  • Cardiopulmonary procedures (including EKG)
  • Laboratory procedures
  • Endocrinology and reproduction
  • Therapeutic care


Classes start on February 12, 2019!

Days: Tuesday & Thursday

Time: 6:00pm - 9:00pm


Register here at:


For more information call (225)216-8239.


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Tags:  Baton Rouge Community College  BRCC  Medical Assistant  medical training  training 

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Grantwriting for Beginners

Posted By Nora Ellertsen, The Funding Seed, LLC, Sunday, January 20, 2019

Grantwriting for Beginners
Thursday, February 7

1:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Ashe Power House Theater
1731 Baronne St., New Orleans

Are you involved with a nonprofit?
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 $40 per person. Discounts available for students, AmeriCorps members and organizations registering two or more people.



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

Tags:  development  fund  fund development  fund raising  funding  Fundraising  funds  grant  grant writing  grants  grantwriting  New Orleans  nonprofit  nonprofit sector  non-profits  training  workshop  workshop. grants 

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Posted By Danielle Havnen, Belle Chasse Academy, Thursday, January 10, 2019



Belle Chasse Academy




LIGHTS, CAMERA, AUCTION! is our 3rd annual Gala and Silent Auction that benefits Belle Chasse Academy, a 501(c)3 Louisiana Public Charter.  Belle Chasse Academy is a K-8 located on Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base New Orleans with a mission to educate our military-dependent children of the Greater New Orleans Area.  Proceeds from our Gala will help support various programs affected by state educational budget cuts such as:  comprehensive guidance and counseling services, STEAM programming, robust fine arts, and an individually tailored academic remediation system.  This year’s fundraising goals also include 1:1 Chromebook Technology, an Outdoor Teaching Garden, and Athletic Department Transportation.


Join us for an evening filled with live music, food, drinks, and our silent auction!  The Gala is open to the public with tickets priced at $40/1 and $60/2 that include a New Orleans Style Buffet, open bar and an opportunity to view and bid on our top notch auction items. Come join us, we look forward to spending the evening with you!

Tags:  fundraiser  military  students 

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Grantwriting Workshop

Posted By Katelyn Smith, Louisiana Association of Nonprofit Organizations, Wednesday, January 9, 2019

You can expand your organization's budget with grant awards and make a larger impact in your community... but how do you start? By attending the industry’s leading five-day grant proposal training!


We're happy to announce the normal scholarship criteria has been expanded for our upcoming Baton Rouge class. If you work for a nonprofit organization with a budget under $1 million we encourage you to apply! There are a limited number available and selected organizations pay only $547.50, half of the standard $1,095 tuition!


Learn invaluable skills to share with your organization. Get funding and create change.


 The Grantsmanship Center is offering a great discount to LANO members!  They are now offering a $150 discount to LANO members discount: code LANO2019 and a half-price discount to orgs with budgets under $750,000.


Call Stephanie Dameron for a code. (213) 482-9860 ext. 251


SPECIAL:   To Baton Rouge area nonprofits only, with budgets under $1,000,000 they are offering a half-price discount: code 50PERCENTGTP* 

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2019 LA SCCC Charity Application - Now Available!

Posted By Robin Taylor, Louisiana Association of United Ways, Friday, January 4, 2019


2019 Louisiana State Combined Charitable Campaign (LA SCCC) Application now Available!


State employees have raised over $1.1 million throughout the past five years through the Louisiana State Combined Charitable Campaign (LA SCCC), with proceeds benefiting more than 110 Louisiana charities. We will soon complete the 2018 campaign and are eager to confirm our final results.  


Louisiana is already getting ready for the 2019 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).


 Don’t miss your chance to be part of the 2019 LA SCCC! 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  and is due by March 1, 2019. All charity applications will be reviewed and notified of eligibility no later than June 28, 2019.

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Protect Directors and Officers From Legal Liability

Posted By Celeste Viator, Hannis T. Bourgeois, LLP, Wednesday, December 19, 2018

It's an age of personal responsibility and legal liability can cause financial ruin for your organization's officers and board members.


Directors and officers of not-for-profit organizations can be personally responsible for managing the affairs of the organizations. (This can also be true for directors and officers of for-profit companies.)

Being an effective board member takes time, effort and diligence. Neglect or a disgruntled party can result in your directors being held individually liable for their actions in court.


Suppose you run a mentoring program and a parent sues because one of the mentors has a history of drug abuse. Your directors could be individually liable for not performing strict background checks on volunteers.

Here's a list of just some of the claims that have been filed against not-for-profits and their officers and directors:

• Employee discrimination,
• Wrongful termination,
• Sexual harassment,
• Hiring decisions,
• Promotions and compensation,
• Activities in which volunteers are injured, and
• Donors who feel their contributions have been misused or mismanaged.


The risks are particularly keen for not-for-profit organizations because many of them aren't wealthy enough to mount a legal defense and pay settlements, which can run $1 million or more. These sums can devastate your organization and the personal finances of its directors and officers.

To provide protection, buy "directors' and officers' insurance" or update your current coverage. This insurance can reimburse the organization for indemnification expenses; make payments to directors who aren't reimbursed for legal expenses; and — with careful planning — cover employment cases, which make up 50% of all claims against boards.



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