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Free Webinar: Online Fundraising Best Practices for Nonprofits

Posted By Lori Kadavy, Firespring, Wednesday, October 22, 2014



Online Fundraising
Best Practices for Nonprofits

Thursday, November 13, 2014 - 1:30 p.m. CST

In this educational session, you will discover the best practices for successful fundraising by tapping into the expertise of Firespring—a company that has completed more than 10 years of focus group research with nonprofit constituents and donors. Join Jay to discover:

  • The importance of an engaging website as your fundraising foundation.
  • The advantages of raising funds online.
  • Key reasons for donor abandonment.
  • How to build a strong donor retention plan.
  • The specific action steps necessary to achieving online fundraising success.
  • The 3 biggest mistakes nonprofits make with email marketing appeals.
  • Real-world examples of nonprofit organizations that have mastered online fundraising.

Don’t miss this nonprofit-changing session led by Jay Wilkinson, one of America’s top-rated speakers on websites and marketing for nonprofits.


Jay Wilkinson is a lifelong entrepreneur and longtime business owner. He sits on the board of several nonprofits and is an avid supporter of programs that provide leadership and enrichment programs for America’s youth. He speaks regularly on the topic of nonprofits and the web throughout the United States. He has appeared on CNN and other news outlets discussing how emerging technologies are shaping our future and is considered a leading authority on the impact of marketing on the web for nonprofits.



Tags:  Firespring  Fundraising  Jay Wilkinson  nonprofit  online fundraising  online presence 

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Louisiana Job Connection Hosts Webinars for Nonprofit HR Staff

Posted By Jamie Nakamoto, Louisiana Job Connection, Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Want to clear the clutter of resumes that reach your inbox after every job posting?

Want to hire THE PERFECT MATCH for your advertised position?  

Then Louisiana Job Connection is for you!

The Louisiana Job Connection is a unique and FREE online resource using a sophisticated matching algorithm and intuitive interface to quickly connect Louisiana nonprofit employers with qualified job seekers.
We've scheduled three free webinars for LANO members designed to train HR directors, administrators and board members how to optimize the LJC platform for their organization's specific hiring needs.
Sign up for any of the following presentations and learn how LJC can revolutionize your nonprofit recruiting:



Tags:  hiring  HR  job posting  nonprofit careers 

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HALLOWEEN Special Event: Ghostbusters @ The Manship Theatre!

Posted By Bettsie Norton, LANO, Tuesday, October 21, 2014




All LANO member organizations are invited to attend a FREE screening of Ghostbusters at the Manship Theatre on Friday, October 31st (Halloween!) beginning at 1 p.m.

COSTUME CONTEST-- The nonprofit with the best creative collective costume will win a $500 donation to their organization!

There will also be 20 awesome raffle items, including a LANO Conference registration and iPads! Please bring canned goods for raffle ticket entries.

Please RSVP here!

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School Leaders Licensure Assessment Test Prep: Nov. Seminar

Posted By Michael Eskridge, Advance Innovative Education, Tuesday, October 14, 2014


Educators: Please join us on November 8th at the Peabody Magnet High School in Alexandria for a four hour SLLA test prep led by expert, Ms. Desiree Alexander, Ed.S.  Ms. Alexander is the 2014-2015 Teacher of the Year for Zachary Career and Technical Center at Port Hudson, where she serves as Library Media Specialist and District Technology Liaison.

This seminar will cover the following aspects of SLLA test prep:

  • SLLA Test General Information
  • Testing strategies
  • Multiple Choice Information
  • Time management for improved performance
  • Constructed Response Information

Please click on the flyer image at right to download PDF.


Event Hosted by Advance Innovative Education

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Funding Opportunities Remain in BP Oil Spill Settlement

Posted By Lewis Kahn, Law Firm of Kahn Swick & Foti, Monday, October 13, 2014


The law firm of Kahn Swick & Foti has dedicated significant resources to handle the evolving BP claims process. KSF attorneys work closely with Certified Public Accountants who have valuable experience with the claims process. KSF is a national law firm based in Madisonville LA that has recovered over $200 million in complex commercial litigation in recent years.

KSF has the skill and ability to help your organization receive the highest possible BP Nonprofit Claim.

NEED AN EVENT SPONSOR?  KSF would like to hear from you!  We proudly support nonprofit events and are always looking for opportunities to share news about the potential of the Settlement process to help nonprofits.


Supporting AFP of Greater New Orleans on December 11!

Charities across the Gulf Coast were among the first to respond to the historic human and environmental disaster that was the 2010 BP Oil Spill.

Hundreds of organizations bore immediate, unexpected expenses, and thousands suffered from the region-wide economic decline that followed.


As a result of a settlement in the BP Oil Spill civil action, almost $8 billion has been put into a fund to pay nonprofits that suffered a decline in their business during 2010 compared to earlier years. 

Financial impact from the spill was broad-based and evidenced in every sector. Even if your organization was not directly linked to the spill, any decline in 2010 may mean it is eligible for a claim. All types of nonprofits are included in the BP Settlement.


Although court proceedings since the settlement have occasionally interrupted payment of claims, funding to nonprofit claimants within the affected Gulf Coast region is now resuming. Opportunity remains to confirm the extent of the spill's impact on your charity and to establish an official claim.

There is no charge and no obligation for claims assessment. If a positive determination is made from a brief review of your organization's financial documents, your claim can be included in the official settlement process.  

KSF's service fees constitute a small percentage of the determined claim amount, and no fees will be assessed until an award is successfully received by your organization.      


To participate in this limited-time opportunity, please visit our new Nonprofit BP Claims website and indicate your charity's interest in a free assessment.  Our staff will respond as soon as we receive your contact.

...KSF would like to thank all of the nonprofit professionals and volunteers who provided swift and selfless aid to the people, animals and environment endangered by this sadly preventable disaster. Please contact us today.

Tags:  BP Settlement  Funding 

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Nonprofit workshop: Major Donor Development 101

Posted By Nora Ellertsen, The Funding Seed, LLC, Friday, October 10, 2014

Does the idea of asking for a major gift make your skin crawl?  Are you terrified about what to say...or what your donor might say?  Do you wish someone would just tell you what this whole major gifts thing is about?

If any of this sounds like you, register today for

Major Donor Development 101!

A workshop presented by LANO member The Funding Seed

Thursday, October 16

9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Ashe Cultural Arts Center

1712 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd., New Orleans

Registration is $35, and discounts are available for students, AmeriCorps members and organizations registering two or more people. Email for discount codes or to reserve your seat and pay at the door.

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

For more on Major Donor Development 101, our monthly fundraising workshop series and other services offered by The Funding Seed, visit

Tags:  development  donations  donors  fund  fund development  fund raising  funding  Fundraising  grantwriting  louisiana  New Orleans  nonprofit  non-profits  sustainability  training  workshop 

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Your Donor Receipts: Do They Make the Grade?

Posted By Celeste Viator, Hannis T. Bourgeois, LLP, Friday, October 10, 2014

When handing out recipts to your organizations's supporters for tax purposes, make sure you follow the IRS rules.  Here's a rundown of the information that needs to be included.  Click below.

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Applications currently accepted for Land Donation!

Posted By Bettsie Norton, LANO, Friday, October 10, 2014

Applications are currently being accepted for one acre, waterfront property located along the Tangipahoa River.  All applicants must be a Louisiana nonprofit organization and willing to pay for a property appraisal.  The land is was originally purchased for $19,500.

If your organization is interested in applying for this donation, please email  Serious inquiries only.


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LANO members: Upcoming author interview will help you transform you organization by tapping a new resource

Posted By Kris H. Rutledge, CausePlanet, Thursday, October 9, 2014

Say “No more!” to a needs-based fundraising goal.

Need smarter ways to meet your mission without always turning to the budget? Wish you could afford more staff positions? You don’t have to keep massaging the budget or raise your fundraising goal.

Try the abundance movement.

Coauthor of The Abundant Not-for-Profit: How Talent (Not Money) Will Transform Your Organization Lynda Gerty gives you another way.

Tap talent through “knowledge philanthropists”

“Knowledge philanthropists,” highly skilled volunteers, share their expertise with your organization in addition to their hands. If you can match them with your needs, you have a win-win.

Author interview

Lynda Gerty will share how her organization, Vantage Point, utilizes over 200 knowledge philanthropists to implement its programs while decreasing its paid staff from 14 to eight employees from 1999 to 2012. 

Join CausePlanet founder Denise McMahan and Lynda Gerty Thursday, November 20, at 11:00 Central Time at a webinar interview at your desk.


Register now for this FREE interview for all LANO members and friends. (The link requires LANO network sign-in to register.) This opportunity is generously provided thanks to the support of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana Foundation.

See more

See more with the Page to Practice™ summary of Gerty’s book. Simply log in at the top right corner of CausePlanet’s home page ( and fill in your registered email with LANO and “Password1”. Click on “Summary Library” to see The Abundant Nonprofit and other titles.

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Nonprofit Communications Services Now Available

Posted By Matt Mullenix, Mission Media, Monday, October 6, 2014


Looking for full-time or temporary communications help? 

Mission Media is a Louisiana company with a unique perspective on the needs of the nonprofit sector. We provide a full range of communications services on an affordable, outsourced provider basis.  

Promote your mission and improve your public profile with effective messaging in monthly newsletters, social media, web content, correspondence and more. 

Now offering comprehensive monthly and annual contracts or select services as needed.  Available statewide; call or email for free consultation.

  • PROMOTION & CONTENT, including:
    • Press releases for events, new hires, program initiatives, etc.
    • Monthly newsletters in electronic or print format
    • Social media management
    • Revised and original online copy
    • Regular updates and changes
    • Improved usability and navigation
    • Official memos
    • Staff communications
    • Member correspondence
    • Organizational annual reports
    • Grant outcomes and narratives
    • Board meeting materials


Mission Media | (225) 505-1733 | 

447 Third Street, Suite 200, Baton Rouge 70802


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