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Volunteers Needed for Cancer Services, LSO Foundation Hat Run

Posted By Sarah R. Lomax, Cancer Services of Greater Baton Rouge, Sunday, April 13, 2014

Join Cancer Services and the LSO Foundation on Saturday, May 3rd, at the Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Baton Rouge for the 8 Am till Noon Hat Run for Skin Cancer Awareness.

Volunteers will be needed for assistance around the race course, water stations, registration, food tent, and May 1 & 2 assistance with packet pick-up.

To contact us and volunteer at this fun and important event, email: 





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Show us a grateful donor and we'll show you the money

Posted By Erica Crenshaw, Execute Now!, Thursday, April 10, 2014

During this time of year, high school seniors across the country are weighing which one of the nearly 4,500 degree granting colleges or universities they're going to send a deposit check for the fall enrollment--a daunting prospect since the decision will have much to do with their success and fulfillment as adults.   


Since highly competitive universities can cost as much as a quarter of a million dollars, the question everyone must ask is "Which school can provide the best long-term return on my investment or ROI?" 


The Grateful Grad Index


Matt Schifrin of Forbes magazine has developed "the Grateful Grads Index. The measure simply ranks colleges by the median amount of private donations per student over a ten-year period. The idea is that the best colleges are the ones that produce successful people who make enough money during their careers to be charitable and feel compelled to give back to the schools that contributed to their success," explains Shifrin.


After Schifrin created the index a year ago, he updated it this year to account for an institution's alumni participation rate because many of his readers argued that alumni consistently give but don't necessarily earn high incomes.

The Grateful Donor Index

Colleges and universities aren't alone in this snowballing race to demonstrate a return on tuition investment. Other nonprofits throughout the sector are equally focused on answering...


by Erica McGeachy Crenshaw, CEO of Execute Now!

Tags:  Execute Now!  Finance Fundamentals 

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Three Tips to Make Workplace Giving a Year-round Opportunity for Nonprofits

Posted By Reed Alberg, RAZ Mobile, Wednesday, April 9, 2014

In a 2012 Time magazine article they shared a report from the brand consultant, Landor Associates who found  77% of consumers say it is important for companies to be socially responsible.

In addition, the same article states 70% of Millennials, those ages 18 to 34, say a company’s commitment to the community has an influence on their decision to work there. These findings point to a natural and mutually beneficial relationship with large and small businesses that all nonprofits of all sizes should be working to their advantage all year long, year after year.

Here are my 3 tips to help your nonprofit make corporate social responsibility and workplace giving a year-round benefit.  (Read more)

Tags:  fundraising  mobile  nonprofit  sponsors 

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New FREE CausePlanet Book Summary and Accompanying Interview

Posted By Kris H. Rutledge, CausePlanet, Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Check out CausePlanet's new Page to Practice™ book summary to revolutionize your brand: The Brand IDEA.

 It's available FREE for LANO's General and Associate (dues-paying) members thanks to the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana Foundation.

Follow these steps to download The Brand Idea and more than 100 other 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


And an interview with the authors of The Brand Idea to boot:

Join CausePlanet to discuss a new nonprofit brand framework with authors Nathalie Laidler-Kylander and Julia Shepard Stenzel on May 7 at 11:00 Central Time.
REGISTER NOW for this author interview webinar at your desk. (All LANO Members and Friends are invited: link requires LANO network sign-in to register.)

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National Survey Reveals Threats to Nonprofit Sector

Posted By Matthew Mullenix, Louisiana Association of Nonprofit Organizations, Monday, April 7, 2014

The Nonprofit Finance Fund's 2014 State of the Nonprofit Sector Survey, released today, finds demand for services up among 80% of 5,000 responding charities, the sixth straight year of reported increase, and that most (56%) were unable to meet that demand.

The report also finds revenue sources shifting, with nearly half of charities that receive public money reporting a decline in government funding over the past five years.

Achieving long-term financial stability was named a "top challenge" by many nonprofits, with almost one-third (28%) of respondents reporting a 2013 year-end deficit and a majority having three months or less of cash-on-hand to fund operations.

About one nonprofit in ten expects improvement in the coming year.

For more information on the survey, its findings and implications, click here.

Those interested may also join a live webinar broadcast on April 24th at 2pm EST to explore key survey trends. Click here to register.


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President / CEO Kelly Pepper Joins Panel on Nonprofit Impact

Posted By Matthew Mullenix, Louisiana Association of Nonprofit Organizations, Monday, April 7, 2014

LANO's Kelly Pepper spoke earlier today on statewide nonprofit sector issues and impact as part of an expert panel convened by the University of Louisiana at Lafayette's B.I. Moody III College of Business Administration

The event, titled Nonprofit Organizational Impact Seminar, featured panel presenters including Pepper, along with LANO Network members United Way of Acadiana President Margaret Trahan, and Scott Brazda, Executive Director of the Stuller Family Foundation.

Following the panel, UL Lafayette College of Business Administration faculty, including LANO member Dr. Lise Anne Slatten, led six table discussions on topics affecting nonprofits, such as the mission statement, website content and accounting rules.

The event's keynote speaker was Karey D. Dye, a managing director for investment banking firm Goldman Sachs, who spoke on current trends among foundations, endowments and charities.       

(Image 1: Ms. Kelly Pepper pictured in center)




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Upcoming Training: Promoting Excellent Board Leadership

Posted By Matthew Mullenix, Louisiana Association of Nonprofit Organizations, Sunday, April 6, 2014

Promoting Excellent Board Leadership, coming April 22 to Baton Rouge, is a hands-on session featuring three hour-long modules based on national models designed to strengthen your nonprofit's board leadership.

Topics include:

  • Structuring for Success
  • Recruiting and Orienting Board Members
  • Building Working Relationships

Participants will receive practical tools and information in each interactive session.

Board Chair and Executive Director teams in attendance will receive a discount on their registration and are encouraged to attend together in order to maximize session effectiveness.

The session's team of content experts consists of:

  • Michael Acaldo, CEO of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul of Baton Rouge
  • Barbara Auten, Executive Director of Alzheimer’s Services of the Capital Area
  • Christy Reeves, Executive Director of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Louisiana Foundation
  • Dr. Cory Sparks, Director of the LANO Institute for Nonprofit Excellence

Limited spaces still available, with discounted member and leadership team pricing.





The LANO Institute for Nonprofit Excellence wants to thank the Irene W. and C.B. Pennington Foundation and the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Louisiana Foundation for their support.

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Essential Resources on Board Governance from CausePlanet

Posted By Denise McMahan, CausePlanet, Sunday, April 6, 2014

Governance Series--Volume One: Fundraising for Boards, Ethics, Governance as Leadership and Conversations that Matter

Governance Series--Volume One: Fundraising for Boards, Ethics, Governance as Leadership and Conversations that Matter

Governance Series--Volume One is a comprehensive look at governance from a variety of strategies and perspectives. This bundle of summaries contains four (4) Page to Practice™ book summaries in one (1) set so you can compare and contrast thought leadership on this topic.

  • A Fundraising Guide for Nonprofit Board Members by Julia Ingraham Walker is a thorough look at how boards and staff work together to reach fundraising goals. You'll find this book especially helpful in describing how both small and large agencies can work effectively with boards and coordinate with each other.
  • Ethical Fundraising: A Guide for Nonprofit Boards and Fundraisers by Janice Gow Pettey is a helpful exploration of how your organization can take proactive steps to avoid the appearance of impropriety, test the board and staff on their understanding of ethical issues, and know why ethics in fundraising is critical to your sustainability.


LANO's General and Associate members receive free access to these and more than 100 other current titles, thanks to a generous grant from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Louisiana Foundation.

And now with this new offering, Friends of LANO can download the same essential nonprofit management resources at an exclusive discount rate.



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Member Networking Event To Be Held in New Orleans, April 23

Posted By Matthew Mullenix, Louisiana Association of Nonprofit Organizations, Friday, April 4, 2014

LANO has partnered with member Solid Ground Innovations to host Networking Events across Louisiana!

We loved mingling with our Baton Rouge members over wine and jambalaya back in March! 

The next event will take place in New Orleans on April 23, 2014 from 5:30 p.m.–7:30 p.m. at the Walk-On’s Rampart Room on Poydras Street.             

This LANO Networking Event will be a unique opportunity for nonprofits and corporations in the New Orleans area to foster relationships with each other to further their respective missions. It will be a chance for business leaders and nonprofits to come together and create strategic partnerships to increase long-term funding and profitability.

Come learn how to use these partnerships to generate publicity and spark community engagement.            

LANO’s new President and CEO, Kelly Pepper, Vice President Matt Mullenix and Dr. Cory Sparks, Director of the LANO Institute for Nonprofit Excellence, will be on hand to network and answer any questions about LANO services.




Registration is FREE and open to ALL LANO Network Members!


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Member Opens $8M Center for Communication, Behavior & Development

Posted By Matthew Mullenix, Louisiana Association of Nonprofit Organizations, Friday, April 4, 2014

LANO Member Baton Rouge Speech & Hearing Foundation celebrated the opening today of its new Emerge Center for Communication, Behavior & Development at the LSU Innovation Park.

Many community friends and supporters of the Foundation, including Baton Rouge Mayor-President Kip Holden, along with numerous local LANO members were on hand to watch the ceremonial ribbon cutting and tour the new 26,000 square-foot facility. 

The Emerge Center replaces the foundation's much smaller former home on West Roosevelt Street, and opens as demand for its services is on the rise, according to staff.

Read more about the Emerge Center.




Pictured: Melissa Juneau, Executive Director, addresses gathered audience and introduces cast of supporters and funders; the ribbon cutting; a beautiful new playground built with help in part from volunteers within the LANO Network.

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