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No-Fee Fundraising Site CommitChange Lures Shark Tank’s Mark Cuban

Posted By Jason Nicosia, CommitChange, Friday, June 27, 2014


Billionaire investor Mark Cuban of ABC’s "Shark Tank” now backs LANO member CommitChange, a new online fundraising platform that refuses to skim profits from charitable donations.

LANO member CommitChange, a new online platform for nonprofit fundraising, has closed a $700,000 seed round led by Mark Cuban of the popular ABC television show "Shark Tank.”

Cuban, along with prominent investment firms Draper Fisher Jurvetson, 500 Startups and others, looks to reinvent digital philanthropy with an innovative suite of free fundraising tools that focus heavily on the donor experience.

As a comprehensive fundraising tool for nonprofits, CommitChange seeks to unseat dominant industry player Blackbaud (BLKB - $1.7B), along with a host of existing online donor portals that earn revenue by keeping as much as one tenth the amount of each processed donation.

According to Roderick Campbell, CEO and Co-Founder of CommitChange, the company is dedicated to "eliminating donation skimming as a business model and . . . will never profit by taking a percentage of donations."

The site’s core technology is available for free to all 501(c)(3) nonprofits.

After a brief registration process, the site accepts and routes online donations to participating charities and manages fundraising campaigns through a private dashboard. Event ticketing and donor management features will be released later in 2014. Larger nonprofit organizations can access advanced versions of these tools and other services for a fixed monthly subscription, the company’s planned strategy for generating revenue.

Already in use by nonprofits and their supporters across the country, the platform is well reviewed and performing better than competitors in several categories.

CommitChange cites the following current figures:

• Average donor gift of $162 (vs $146 national average)

• Average recurring gifts of $44/mo (vs $19/mo national average)

• 11.7% of all donations are recurring

• 32 second average donation time

For more information about CommitChange, visit, subscribe to the company blog at its LANO member profile or contact Jason Nicosia at


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“Charter School 101” Workshop To Be Held July 19 in Baton Rouge

Posted By Michael Eskridge, Advance Innovative Education, Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Advance Innovative Education is proud to host a one-day workshop specifically designed to assist new charter school applicants in submitting successful charter school applications and planning for future success.


When:Saturday, July 19, 2014

Time: 9:00am – 3:00pm

Where:Louisiana Resource Center for Educators (LRCE)

5550 Florida Blvd., Baton Rouge, LA70806



In addition, this workshop offers a vendor fair for participants to network with charter school vendors and explore their support services.


The registration fee of $100.00 allows participants to bring a team of four individuals and lunch is provided.


For vendor and participant registration information go to our website or contact Dr. Michael Eskridge at or 225-301-8141.


Click image (above right) to download flyer.







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Good news for nonprofits seeking operating grants

Posted By Erica Crenshaw, Execute Now!, Thursday, June 19, 2014

Few of us have the chance to ask program officers or foundation board members to tell it like it is. And if they do, how often must their answer be filtered to protect their foundations and positions?
If you don't have a foundation officer you can ask to be a truth teller, Foundation Source's recent annual report on private foundations is your next best thing--especially if you're a nonprofit seeking elusive operating support. Tune in to some interesting and encouraging statistics...

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LANO Welcomes New Member Services Director, Fairleigh Cook Jackson

Posted By Kelly Pepper, Louisiana Association of Nonprofit Organizations, Wednesday, June 18, 2014


Fairleigh Cook Jackson, LANO's New Member Services Director, begins Monday, June 23
The Louisiana Association of Nonprofit Organizations and its more than 13,000 members will soon benefit from the addition of nonprofit professional and Louisiana native Fairleigh Cook Jackson as our new member services director.

Jackson, most recently the director of museum advancement for the LSU Museum of Art, brings extensive public relations, member management and fund development experience to her new role. As member services director, she will be an advocate and ambassador for LANO statewide and will help convey the critical role that members play in the association’s overall impact and influence.

The newly-created position will also assure the ease of member enrollment and pursue retention and recruitment goals consistent with association growth and member satisfaction.

A seasoned and effective nonprofit advocate, Fairleigh is the past director of the Community Fund for the Arts at the Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge, which raised more than $1 million for arts organizations under her leadership. As director of development for Boys and Girls Club of Greater Baton Rouge, Jackson managed a successful annual campaign and secured important sponsorships and grant revenue for the charity.

Jackson is a Baton Rouge Area Chamber leadership graduate of the class of 2010 and served on BRAC’s 2012 Canvas Committee as organizer of the Arts & Parks workshop held in Louisville, Kentucky. She also co-led efforts to establish the Mid-City Cultural Arts Designation and currently serves on the boards of directors of the Mid City Redevelopment Alliance and the Baton Rouge Leadership Alumni.

Jackson will begin at LANO on June 23 and will work from our Baton Rouge office at 447 Third Street.

For more information about LANO’s new member services director or the association’s mission and membership benefits, contact President and CEO, Kelly Pepper at (225) 929-8739 or visit


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Exclusive FREE Fundraising Workshop Coming Up!

Posted By Kris H. Rutledge, CausePlanet, Monday, June 16, 2014
Would you like the words "predictable, consistent and measurable" to describe your fundraising results?

Ellen Bristol, author of Fundraising the SMART Way™, is providing a special workshop webinar at your desktop on Thursday, July 10, to give you techniques to meet these descriptors.

Techniques include:
  • Ideal-funder profile and Scorecard to rank donors
  • Donor Moves
  • Pipeline targets
  • Consistent metrics

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

See CausePlanet's book summary of Fundraising the SMART Way™ for more information. This and over 100 other summaries are FREE for LANO's General and Associate (dues-paying) members, again thanks to the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana Foundation.

Follow these steps to download book summaries:

1. Log in at on the left panel, using your email address on file with LANO and "Password1".

2. Click on the "Summary Library" tab and download any title you like.

3. Questions? Email us at

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LANO Member Health Center Receives National Award

Posted By Administration, Sunday, June 15, 2014


SAINT GABRIEL, LA —The St. Gabriel Health Clinic, Inc.’s Monticello satellite office was awarded recognition today by the National Committee for Quality Assurance, or NCQA, an independent accrediting body that certifies a wide range of health care organizations.


The Patient-Centered Medical Home award combines input from the American College of Physicians, the American Academy of Family Physicians and other expert groups to recognize medical practices that provide high-quality, patient-centered, coordinated care, and support access, communication and patient involvement.

The NCQA recognition also highlights the vital role clinicians play in advancing quality health care. Linked to this award are nurse practitioners Lisa Robertson-Poitier, NP, a sixteen-year veteran who leads the office’s in-house clinical team, and clinical consultant Grace Dinvaut, FNP.

St. Gabriel Health Clinic CEO, Victor C. Kirk, M.Ed., praised the work of his entire staff in achieving the prestigious four-year recognition and noted the contributions of Chief Operations Officer, Marilyn Antwine, a health records and practice management expert.

NCQA President Margaret E. O’Kane said that by earning this recognition, clinicians Robertson-Poitier and Dinvaut "demonstrated that they provide effective, evidence-based care to their patients."

Added O'Kane, "Recognition shows that the St. Gabriel Health Clinic, Inc. has tools, systems and resources to provide its patients with the right care at the right time."

For more information about the St. Gabriel Health Clinic, Inc., and its satellite locations, contact Victor C. Kirk, M.Ed., at: (225) 642-9676.


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SGI Cares & LANO Invite Everyone to Northshore Networking Event

Posted By Kali Johnson, Solid Ground Innovations, Tuesday, June 10, 2014

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Free Webinar: Four Mobile Giving Myths Debunked!

Posted By Reed Alberg, RAZ Mobile, Monday, June 9, 2014

Join Us! Free Webinar on Tuesday June 17, 2014 1:00 EDT

Four Mobile Giving Myths Scaring Nonprofits from Better Fundraising

Third Sector Today will host mobile-giving mythbuster, Dale Knoop, as he debunks four common myths that are scaring nonprofits away from greater fundraising potential. Dale holds multiple patents and applications for patent in the mobile space including advertising, content optimization, geo-targeting and negative QOS. In 2005, Dale won an Emmy for delivering live TV to cell phones and has been quoted in the Wall Street Journal, USA TODAY and the LA Times.

Today, he is the CEO of Kansas City-based RAZ Mobile and his passion is leveraging his knowledge of mobile and the power of that medium for good!

You will learn more about:

· current mobile usage trends

· charitable giving trends

· SEO changes affecting mobile giving

· real-life examples of mobile giving campaigns

· steps required for success

Legal mumbo jumbo: By registering for this free webinar, you agree to allow this information, including email address, to be shared with the event co-sponsor. Third Sector Today will also send you updates on other free content to help you elevate your nonprofit’s cause. Your information will not be shared with any other parties and you may opt out at any time.

Click HERE to register for this free webinar!

Tags:  fundraising  mobile  nonprofit  social media  technology 

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CPA or CFO: What is the right solution for your organization?

Posted By Erica Crenshaw, Execute Now!, Thursday, June 5, 2014

At the beginning of this year, I highlighted some of the lessons learned and common themes related to how nonprofits fared throughout 2013. These observations were the result of a presentation I gave to a group of nonprofit leaders at a W.K. Kellogg Foundation convening this past April. Evaluating the entire year as a composite of nonprofit decisions and behaviors further confirmed that the ongoing question nonprofit executives ask themselves about their financial leadership still burns brightly: Do I need ...

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LPCA 1st Annual Medical Conference

Posted By Nakeisha R. Cleveland, Louisiana Primary Care Association Inc, Thursday, June 5, 2014

           Over the last couple of years, LPCA membership has indicated the desire to network and engage in a setting dedicated solely to clinical instruction.  Therefore, LPCA is excited to host its 1st Annual Medical Conference on June 27-28 at the Hyatt French Quarter in New Orleans, LA.

 This educational opportunity is offered to member Federally Qualified Health Centers, as well as to those who work outside of the community health center system.  Educational sessions will be offered for Primary Care, Behavioral Health, and Oral Health providers.  CMEs and CEUs are being requested for all sessions with courses intended for physicians, mid-level providers, dentists, social workers, counselors, and nurses.  The diverse range of topics will ensure that attendees have the opportunity to network with experts from across the provider spectrum.  You can access the conference agenda here.

Due to space limitation, participation will be on a first-come, first-served basis.  For more information and to register for the conference, please click herePlease contact Tonia at (225)927-7662 ext.204 or Shannon ext.201 for assistance.     

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