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Creating a Powerful Fundraising Plan

Posted By Nora Ellertsen, The Funding Seed, LLC, Monday, December 17, 2018

Creating a Powerful Fundraising Plan
Thursday, January 10, 2019

1:30 PM – 4:30 PM
Ashe Power House Theater
1731 Baronne St. New Orleans 70113

Grow your nonprofit's capacity 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.

Registration $40. Discounts available for students, AmeriCorps 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 [email protected]. Visit to learn more about the Funding Seed's other offerings!

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Save the Date - 2019 LA SCCC Applications available Jan 4th

Posted By Robin Taylor, Louisiana Association of United Ways, Monday, December 10, 2018



Save the Date 1/4/19 - 2019 LA SCCC Applications Available

Louisiana is getting ready for the 2019 State Combined Charitable Campaign (LA SCCC)!  Once again, state employees will be given the opportunity to contribute, through payroll deduction, to approved health and human service non-profit organizations. All qualifying health and human service non-profits operating within the state of Louisiana are encouraged to apply to be a participating charity.

Save the Date and don’t miss your chance to be part of the 2019 LA SCCC! 

2019 LA SCCC Applications will be available on January 4, 2019, at, and due by March 1, 2019. 

If you have any questions or need assistance, please e-mail [email protected] or call 225-218-2613.

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Raising Social Capital? An Analysis of Social Media Use & Nonprofit Fundraising in Louisiana

Posted By Katelyn Smith, Louisiana Association of Nonprofit Organizations, Tuesday, November 27, 2018

The purpose of this study is to understand nonprofit organizations’ social media use and its effect on their fundraising.

(To participate in this study, you have to be 18 years old or older.)


Click Here to Participate in Survey!

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Posted By Melissa Kemmerly, Louisiana Association of Nonprofit Organizations, Monday, November 19, 2018

Kids’ Orchestra is proud to present our Winter 2018 Neighborhood Concert Series. Join us for an evening of music and fun performed by our talented youths from 27 East Baton Rouge Parish schools. Our neighborhood concerts allow students to showcase their skills and celebrate the culmination of their hard work throughout the semester.


“Practicing instruments has become a family event. My oldest is in middle school, he played cello in Kids’ Orchestra when he was in elementary. My 5th grader has been in Kids’ Orchestra for 3 years and plays cello as well. My husband played the violin in middle school and helps them with tuning and fingering. The whole family takes turns practicing and criticizing,” said Christina Davis, student mother.


All performances begin at 5:30 pm and are FREE and open to the public.


December 3 – Mayfair Laboratory School

December 4 – Westdale Heights Academic Magnet

December 5 – Park Ridge Academic Magnet School (PRAMS)

December 5 – LaSalle Elementary

December 6 – The Dufrocq School

December 10 – Claiborne Elementary

December 10  – First United Methodist Church (Kids’ Choir)*

December 11 – Ryan Elementary

December 12 – Greenbrier Elementary

*Kids’ Choir performance begins at 6 p.m.


Jody Hanet, Executive Director of Kids’ Orchestra said. “There’s a big correlation between higher brain function and those who study music. We’re equipping them for the future by teaching them to play an instrument. We’re not trying to create 800 professional musicians, we’re trying to create great citizens.”


Performance opportunities are available to each student through our Winter and Spring Neighborhood Concert Series where classes present their semester-long work. Honors level students perform two annual concerts as participants of one of three ensembles – Wind Ensemble, String Orchestra, and Symphony Orchestra. Honors students also participate in additional community performance opportunities throughout the year.


About Kids’ Orchestra

Baton Rouge-based Kids’ Orchestra, a privately-funded nonprofit, is the largest after-school music program for elementary-age students in the Nation.  In its eighth year, the program provides nearly 800 students from public, private, and charter schools from all corners of East Baton Rouge Parish the opportunity to study an array of instruments, perform in an ensemble, and/or sing in a choir. To learn more visit

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Yes, You Need a Contract

Posted By Celeste Viator, Hannis T. Bourgeois, LLP, Monday, November 19, 2018

Whether you're an environmental organization raising funds for a lawsuit or a community group needing new equipment, you may want to sell something to raise money. 


You may not think it's necessary for product vendors and not-for-profit groups to have written agreements, but most professionals generally agree that some form of contract is prudent and accomplishes three objectives: 

1. Clarity. With all major decisions in writing, both parties can assume responsibility for complying with the terms and begin the fundraising project with a clear understanding of who must perform which tasks. 

2. A record. A signed agreement is important when questions come up. It serves to keep track of details and may help the not-for-profit group reach their target goal.

3. Framework. The agreement sets the wheels in motion. Once all parties have signed on the dotted line, they can arrange for items such as brochures or catalogs and start lining up volunteers.


When hammering out the fundraising accord, here are a few pointers on what to include: 

Numbers. The material costs and expected profits should obviously be the same as the numbers you agreed to verbally. And be sure the agreement spells out who covers the costs of any services. 

Services. List all of the services you require, including packing, shipping, tallying, kick-off presentations and incentive programs. 

Materials. The contract should include all promotional materials that were reviewed and approved, such as take-home brochures, display kits and sample packs.

Dates. Make sure any important dates are included, such as delivery dates and schedules of payment. 

Returns. There should be a clause stating the procedure for handling damaged, unsold or returned merchandise, back orders and substitutions for popular items.

Signatures. You should have all the appropriate signatures (many groups require at least two people to sign). The contract should include a clause that the agreement is between two organizations, not between individuals.

Given the fact that fundraising drives can net thousands of dollars, it's important to have written safeguards. A fundraising agreement should be a prerequisite for doing business for any not-for-profit group.


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Entergy LA/Gulf States End of Year Blitz

Posted By Katelyn Smith, Louisiana Association of Nonprofit Organizations, Monday, November 19, 2018
This program will end on 12/31/18.

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Intermediate Grantwriting on December 5th

Posted By Nora Ellertsen, The Funding Seed, LLC, Friday, November 16, 2018
Updated: Friday, November 16, 2018

Intermediate Grantwriting
Wednesday, December 5
1:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Ashe Power House Theater
1731 Baronne St., New Orleans


So you've written a few grants and feel like you've got the basics down. 

Are you ready to take your grantwriting to the next level?

Intermediate Grantwriting will help you improve your grant proposals and raise more money for your nonprofit. Through this workshop, you'll learn specific ways to make your proposal more appealing to a funder, including how to make a compelling case to someone unfamiliar with your nonprofit's work and what kind of research and data to include.

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



Participants will receive a Certificate of Participation for completing the workshop.

For more on services offered by The Funding Seed, visit To reserve your space and pay at the door, or for any questions, please email [email protected]

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12-Month Employee Development Program - Growing Leaders

Posted By Anne Cucchiara, The Success Institute, Monday, October 29, 2018
Updated: Monday, October 29, 2018


If you are interested in growing as a leader, growing your people, attracting and retaining the best talent, and continually improving your results year over year then this 12-Month Employee Development Program is for you!! Each team member will receive their very own growth plan, 2 Live calls per month on John Maxwell leadership principles with actionable steps, a weekly accountability challenge and 2 live in-person workshops per year.  
Get on board for January 2019!!  
LANO Member Discount
*$3,000 for 12-month program (one fee includes entire staff) ($5,000 value)
*LANO members, also, receive a one-hour complimentary coaching session ($350 value) to be used by the Executive Director or another leader in the organization  

CONTACT:  Anne Cucchiara at [email protected] or 225-938-1735 to get your team signed up.  For more information, review the attached file on the program and give us a call.  Look forward to hearing from you.  

"Everything Rises & Falls on Leadership." John Maxwell  


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Posted By Lee Jeter, The Fuller Center for Housing of NW LA, Thursday, October 25, 2018


Fuller Center for Housing of Northwest Louisiana is partnering with Over The Edge to host an exciting fundraiser on April 27, 2019. This will mark the second time the event is being held in the Ark-La-Tex. The first 100 individuals who raise $1,000 or more are given the opportunity to rappel 232 feet down the Historic Beck Building in Downtown Shreveport. Fuller Center NWLA is asking the community and businesses to Take the Leap for Housing and support the mission of the organization.  Contact [email protected] for more information. 


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Discontinuation of #GiveBR and #GiveAcadiana

Posted By Katelyn Smith, Louisiana Association of Nonprofit Organizations, Monday, October 15, 2018

Dear LANO Membership,

It has been a great privilege to host regional #GivingTuesday events in both the Greater Baton Rouge and Acadiana regions, over the last two years.  Over 150 nonprofits in those regions participated and benefited from the generous donations from their communities.

Unfortunately, the cost of supporting these days (#GiveBR and #GiveAcadiana) with software platforms, advertising and events has outweighed the administrative expense budgeted each year and as a result we have decided to discontinue these programs.

We hope you will participate in other giving days in your region and also register at the national site - - to continue the momentum for end of year giving.  We continue to offer fund development resources on our site as well.


We believe the in the power of the sector and the opportunities that unite us – as well as the great things that continue to inspire our collaboration.


Yours in service,



Kelly Pepper

LANO President and CEO



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