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Nominate a Young Hero Today!

Posted By Katelyn Smith, Louisiana Association of Nonprofit Organizations, Thursday, February 8, 2018
A Young Hero can be defined in many ways, but to those who know them they are exceptional students who devote their time, talents, and energy to make a difference! 

Now in its 23rd year, the LPB Louisiana Young Hero Awards, in partnership with the Rotary Club of Baton Rouge, annually honors students in grades 7-12 who excel in the classroom, serve their local communities, and sometimes demonstrate great personal courage in overcoming adversity. 

Nominations are now being accepted for our 2018 Louisiana Young Heroes (Click here to nominate.)! Students must be enrolled in a Louisiana school (public, private or parochial) or home-schooled, and cannot be older than 19 years of age. Nomination forms can be downloaded and filled out or submitted through the online form at 

Letters of recognition, newspaper articles, and other supporting materials should be sent to support the nomination. The selection panel relies solely on the material submitted with the application, to learn about each student. (A maximum of ten pages please – no transcripts, text scores, or binders.) Students who have been nominated in past years who meet the criteria may be re-nominated for this year’s awards. Previous winners are not eligible. 

EXTENDED: The deadline for entries is February 12, 2018. Winners will be announced on LPB’s weekly news and public affairs program Louisiana the State We’re In, on the Louisiana Young Heroes Facebook page, and at Louisiana Young Heroes Day will be April 9, 2018. (Dates subject to change.) 

The Young Heroes will be treated to a day full of activities including breakfast at LPB’s studios, lunch at the Governor’s Mansion, and a number of surprises. The day will culminate with a banquet that night in Baton Rouge. 

The awards are co-presented by the Baton Rouge Rotary Club. For more information, call Margaret Schlaudecker at 225-767-4276 or email

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Successful Grant Writing - Slidell, LA and Baton Rouge, LA

Posted By David Kiviaho, kiisa Corporation, Wednesday, January 31, 2018


kiisa corporation and LSU announces two Successful Grant Writing Courses -  in Slidell, LA and Baton Rouge, LA!


The Successful Grant Writing course in Slidell will be offered on February 27th and 28th at the Slidell Regional Education Center, in partnership with LSU and UNO.

The address for this location is 1050 Gause Boulevard, Slidell, LA 70458. The course is $395.00 and participants must pre-register at This course offers 1.2 CEU's.

A guest speaker, Mrs. Carla Mouton, from the Northshore Community Foundation, will speak on grants available, working with a foundation, requirements of granting, other grant topics, and will also field questions from participants.


The Successful Grant Writing Course in Baton Rouge will be offered on March 12th and 13th at the LSU Continuing Education Building, 1225 Pleasant Hall, Baton Rouge, LA. The course is $395 and participants must pre-register at course offers 1.2 CEU's. A guest speaker, Ms. Lois Smyth, from the Baton Rouge Area Foundation (BRAF) will speak on grants available, working with a foundation, requirements of granting, other grant topics and will field questions from participants.


The Successful Grant Writing Course has become a staple for Louisiana non-profits. This is a very interactive course, and has been described by many participants as phenomenal. Some areas covered in this course are how to develop the project description/narrative, how to effectively write all aspects of the grant, how/where to identify grants/funding, how to create an organizational and project budget, learning about grant information that helps participants to understand when/why/how to apply for grants, and much more.


Facilitators for this course are Sharon Sandifer, M.Ed and David Kiviaho, founders and owners of kiisa corporation. They not only provide instruction for grant courses, but are in the field writing grants for several of their Louisiana clients. Their style of facilitation is fun and interactive. This team is well researched and presents up to date, relevant, grant information.


Please, register early as these courses do fill quickly.



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When Not-for-Profit Organizations Join Hands

Posted By Celeste Viator, Hannis T. Bourgeois, LLP, Friday, January 26, 2018

It doesn't happen often, but sometimes not-for-profit organizations merge or are incorporated into one another. For example, your not-for-profit may be contemplating an acquisition of a smaller organization or perhaps you may be merged into a larger organization. In either event, this represents a significant change for managers both personally and professionally.

What causes not-for-profit organizations to join forces? After all, groups generally start off with a distinct mandate and a commitment from its supporters. Of course, the reasons vary according to actual circumstances, but most mergers and acquisitions in the not-for-profit world can be traced to one of these two reasons:

1. Duplication of effort - In these cases, both not-for-profits have essentially the same mission with the same basic objectives. Their collaboration is logical, especially when considering the economies involved. One may not be able to compete financially. Together, they can accomplish more at a lower overall cost. 

2. Image concerns
- An organization that has been rocked by a highly-public scandal or some other event may find it difficult to recover. In this situation, a "white knight" may ride to the rescue in the form of another not-for-profit. Through acquisition, the organization can continue to grow and evolve.

At this point, it is worth noting that there are technical differences between a "merger" and "acquisition." Essentially, a merger occurs when one not-for-profit joins with another to create a separate entity.

On the other hand, an acquisition is slightly more complicated. Typically, one not-for-profit will incorporate the other into its charter. If certain requirements are met, an acquisition may even involve a for-profit activity.

The Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) issued proposed guidelines in this area (see right-hand box). Under the FASB guidelines, two not-for-profits may consolidate when one owns more than 50 percent of the other entity's outstanding voting stock or it controls a majority of the voting interests of the other governing board and has an economic interest in the entity. In this situation, an "economic interest" may be represented by a subsidiary organization set up to protect the nonprofit or when the entity's charter states that it will dissolve upon acquisition.

To effect a consolidation, the not-for-profit organization must remove from its balance sheet account balances, transactions and losses on assets remaining in the consolidated entity. For this purpose inter-organization investments and net assets of the subsidiary are not counted. If the organization does not completely own the other entity, it must report the minority interests.

Potential Risks of Joining Together

There are a number of risks that can arise in not-for-profit M&A transactions:

Inheriting financial problems. Many organizations that are looking to merge or be acquired are deteriorating. Financially viable not-for-profits aren't usually looking for these opportunities.

Culture clashes. Do the two organizations have similar philosophies and missions? Are their services complementary?

The fate of the executive director. Will he or she be forced to leave the organization?

The composition of the board. Will the two boards combine or will a limited number from each organization be allowed on the new board?

This is just a general overview of the complexities involved in a not-for-profit merger or acquisition. If the possibility arises at your organization, consult with your accountant to help steer you down the right path. The due diligence process is critical so you can uncover the opportunities and liabilities involved in potential transactions.


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New Workshop Series, Fundraising Fundamentals

Posted By Sarah Cortell Vandersypen, CFRE, Philanthropic Partners, Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Philanthropic Partners, a Baton Rouge-based nonprofit consulting firm, launches a new workshop series, Fundraising Fundamentals.


Fundraising 101: The Basics and More

February 28, 9:00 am -4:00 pm

This course will provide you with everything you need to know about fundraising. From donor motivation to identifying audiences and strategies, you'll walk away with new ideas and an annual fund development plan template.

Grants: Research, Writing, and Reports

March 28, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

This deep dive into grants will cover prospecting, proposal writing, relationship building, and reporting. After this course, you'll know how to write a compelling proposal and build fruitful partnerships with foundations and corporations.


Individual & Major Gifts

April 18, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Individual donations provide two thirds of contributions. Through this course, you will learn how to develop an individual giving program and moves management strategy. A special focus on major gifts will help you secure transformational gifts for your organization.



All workshops will be held at Capital Area United Way, 700 Laurel Street, Baton Rouge.


Lunch and training materials are included in your $90 workshop fee. Attendees will receive a Certificate of Participation for completing the workshop.

Discounts are available for students and organizations registering two or more people. Please contact Sarah for more information.


Visit Philanthropic Partners to learn more about its consulting and training offerings!

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Interested in being a 2018 LA SCCC Charity?

Posted By Robin Taylor, Louisiana Association of United Ways, Monday, January 22, 2018


Join us and be a participating charity of the 2018 Louisiana State Combined Charitable Campaign! 

All qualified, health and human service non-profits can apply. Deadline to apply is March 1, 2018. 

Click here to learn more:

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Grantwriting for Beginners

Posted By Nora Ellertsen, The Funding Seed, LLC, Sunday, January 21, 2018

Grantwriting for Beginners
Thursday, February 1
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 to inquire about discount codes or to reserve your space and pay at the door.

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Advocacy Training Available for Non Profit Board Members or Membership

Posted By Cindy Bishop, Checkmate Strategies, Tuesday, January 16, 2018



Are You Protected for 2018?   Nonprofit Organizations are essential to Louisiana because they provide needed services and allow citizens to have a voice in the public policy arena. Unfortunately, Louisiana is now facing a tremendous budget deficit and state funding is at risk.  This Friday the Joint Legislative Committee on the Budget will get to hear the Edwards Administration proposed budget for FY 2018-2019.


Checkmate Strategies can  help your nonprofit with advocacy training, if needed.


Advocacy 101 Training: Knowing the players is important one thing.

Knowing how to effectively influence their decisions is critical for your success is a whole other ball game.


Checkmate Strategies is available to provide an Advocacy 101 training program for you and your board of directors or your membership to provide tips on how to influence the Louisiana Legislature.


For more information,   please contact Cindy Bishop: (225) 933-5435

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Partner with Byronz Restaurant Family for Your Next Fundraiser!

Posted By Melissa Kemmerly, Louisiana Association of Nonprofit Organizations, Thursday, January 11, 2018
Updated: Thursday, January 11, 2018

Hello LANO!


My name is Chelsea and I’m the Marketing and Public Relations Director for Byronz Restaurant Family, including Bistro Byronz and Flambée Café. I wanted to reach out to you all about the fundraising opportunities at our restaurants and see if we might be a match for your organization.


Byronz Restaurant Family has always committed to giving back to the community through donations to various events and foundations, especially through our Bistro For Your Cause program. With the opening of Flambée Café, we have added French Fired Fundraisers as yet another way to bring awareness to local causes and aid them in their fundraising efforts.


Both events are held on either Monday or Tuesday nights and have the same structure: 20% of non-alcoholic in-house dinner sales and 10% of take-out orders go directly to the featured cause. Patrons simply fill out a short comment card when they sign their receipt and we take care of the rest! Plus, we have prix-fix menus created on WaitR that activate for give back events only and 10% of those sales will be donated. Shortly after the event, we tally the sums from each receipt and we cut you a check that you can pick up at your convenience or have it mailed to your organization.


We have revamped our structure to create more awareness for each cause and have seen unprecedented success with the new program. My personal goal for 2018 is to reach a point where we have at least one fundraiser scheduled per week across our organization. I can’t think of a better thing than helping 52+ local causes meet their needs and I would love for your organization to be part of this initiative. I personally work with each organization to create Facebook events, flyers, and graphics to help you promote the event and we promote on social media as well as emails to our 10,000+ patron database. All we ask is that you do your best to fill the room, and we will ensure they have an amazing experience!


Please let me know if you are interested in scheduling an event with either restaurant for 2018 and we can get started planning right away!




Chelsea Gidden

Marketing and Public Relations Director

Byronz Restaurant Family

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Creating a Powerful Fundraising Plan

Posted By Nora Ellertsen, The Funding Seed, LLC, Sunday, January 7, 2018
Updated: Thursday, January 11, 2018

Creating a Powerful Fundraising Plan
Thursday, January 18, 2018
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.


CLICK HERE TO REGISTER. The Funding Seed is glad to offer a special 15% discount for LANO members, simply enter the code LANO2018 at checkout to redeem.

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 Visit to learn more about the Funding Seed's other offerings!

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2018 LA SCCC Applications now Available!

Posted By Robin Taylor, Louisiana Association of United Ways, Friday, January 5, 2018
Updated: Friday, January 5, 2018



2018 Louisiana State Combined Charitable Campaign (LA SCCC) Application now Available!



Over the past four years, state employees have raised over $890,000 through the Louisiana State Combined Charitable Campaign (LA SCCC), with proceeds benefiting over 100 Louisiana charities. We will soon complete the 2017 campaign and are eager to confirm our final results.  


Louisiana is already gearing up for the 2018 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 2018 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, 2018. All charity applications will be reviewed and notified of eligibility no later than June 30, 2018.

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