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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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What We See Regarding the Size of Mobile Donations

Posted By Reed Alberg, RAZ Mobile, Thursday, April 3, 2014

As the below graphic from NPEngage shows, online donations have hovered in the $60 range for the last 3 years. They’ve also grown in size as the economy has rebounded from the 2008 recession. Online giving is also the only giving channel that grew in 2013-by over 13% in 2013 according to Blackbaud.

As online giving grows, the ways to give online are also expanding to include mobile giving. One sentiment that we have heard from some nonprofits we’ve talked to is they believe that mobile gifts will be small with some even going so far as to seemingly not want $5-$10 donations.



Chief among the data points we have seen is that mobile gifts are averaging around $60--basically the same as online PC donations. We regularly see donations of $1000 or higher.


I’m not sure if this sentiment among nonprofits is due to the situation with text-to-give being almost synonymous with mobile giving and text-to-give donations being limited to $10 per donation. It may be that many nonprofits have had few mobile donations, if any, since 84% of nonprofits do not have mobile-optimized donation pages. Sadly, many rely on their PC pages to be their mobile experience. I also expect that the nonprofit gurus and experts have tied mobile giving to the millennial generation and they think  millennials are cash-strapped and that their donations will therefore be small.

What’s funny to me is that the growth in mobile internet traffic, mobile commerce and all other things mobile isn’t able to grow at the rates they grow at just being limited to millennials.

I never thought when we created RAZ Mobile that the gifts would be small. If anything, I thought they would be about the same size and that a service like ours that makes it super easy to give in the moment via the device that’s always with you would increase the frequency of giving.

And, with our two biggest success stories we have seen some great data regarding mobile giving. Chief among the data points we have seen is that mobile gifts are averaging around $60-basically the same as online PC donations. We regularly see donations of $1000 or higher.

It’s too early to tell if frequency of giving has gone up and frequency is also dependent on outbound communication frequency.

There will still be the naysayers who will say that mobile donations are just PC donations made on a phone so it’s just the same gift made on a phone instead of a PC. True. But a gift is a gift no matter where it comes from. In today’s multi-channel world it’s always important to be there when a donor feels like giving and again, their mobile phone is at arms length 91% of the time.

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Big Buddy to Host Afternoon of Bowling in Baton Rouge

Posted By Laurie Hardison, RSVP Southeast Louisiana sponsored by the AARP Foundation, Thursday, April 3, 2014

The Big Buddy Program will host Bowling with Big Buddy, Saturday, April 5, 2014, 4-6 p.m. at Circle Bowl, corner of Airline and Florida in Baton Rouge.   Bowling for Big Buddy is the official kickoff of the Big Buddy Legacy Campaign, which seeks to celebrate the legacy the program has had on the youth of Baton Rouge over the past 35 years.




Bowling for Big Buddy is open to the public.  Those interested can register online at  Registration for individuals planning to bowl is $20, while those who plan to watch the competition and cheer on their favorite teams, may purchase an admission ticket on the website or at the door for $5.  

All proceeds from Bowling with Big Buddy will go toward the purchase of and one year’s operational expenses for a new Big Buddy bus, which will allow Big Buddy to transport youth to and from tutoring programs and after school activities.  

According to Big Buddy Executive Director, Gaylynne Mack, "We are excited to reconnect with our Legacy Buddies, hear what is happening in their lives and discover the people they have become.”

Bowling with Big Buddy is being hosted by Capital City Communications, a student-run communications agency out of the Manship School of Mass Communication at Louisiana State University (LSU).  A group of seven public relations seniors have been working with the Big Buddy program as a service-learning component to their public relations campaigns course at LSU.   "We have enjoyed working with the Big Buddy program this semester and are very excited to host the event this weekend,” said Julie Rapp, Event Director for Capital City Communications. "We are expecting a great crowd of Big Buddy supporters and are thrilled our agency was able to help plan such a phenomenal event.” 

The Big Buddy Program is a local non-profit (501(c)(3))youth services agency providing positive role models and quality learning experiences to over 700 underserved youth weekly.  For over 30 years the Big Buddy Program has provided children and youth with positive adult role models through the Big Buddy/Little Buddy mentoring programs, character education and leadership sessions, after school programs, holiday camps, summer enrichment programs, teen programs, and workforce development programs

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LANO to Promote Nonprofit Sector Jobs at LSU Career Symposium

Posted By Matthew Mullenix, Louisiana Association of Nonprofit Organizations, Tuesday, April 1, 2014

LANO staff will attend the 2014 LSU Career Symposium held tonight at the Cox Communications Academic Center for Student-Athletes at LSU in Baton Rouge.

The Career Symposium brings together all junior and senior student-athletes at LSU, a diverse group, the majority of whom them are ready to enter their academic fields as interns or new employees. This event will serve as an opportunity for them to network with career professionals within their fields of interest as well as seek information about internships and jobs.

LANO's popular Career Center has helped to fill more than 300 jobs for member nonprofits and companies since opening in 2011.  The number of annual postings, job subscribers and submitted resumes on file has grown steadily every year with projected growth to continue through 2014.


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Louisiana Delta Service Corps Announces Partner Application Workshops in Baton Rouge and New Orleans

Posted By Lisa Teer, Sunday, March 30, 2014

This is an informational workshop for organizations who are interested in learning more about hosting corps members for the upcoming 2014-15 service term (September 1-July 31st).

The Baton Rouge Application Workshop will be on April 9th from 1-3pm at the Baton Rouge Area Foundation (402 N 4th St. 70802) and our NOLA workshop will be on April 10th from 10am-12pm at the Keller Library (4300 S. Broad St. 70125).

We will discuss the application process and timeline as well as qualifications and expectations. We will also be available to help craft potential position descriptions and answer any questions about hosting members. Returning sites are encouraged to come as well to learn more about our new emphasis on Capacity Building within the realm of Healthy Communities. Capacity Building activities include volunteer recruitment and management, program systems improvement, providing outreach about programs, working on trainings, curriculum etc. all in an effort to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of the organization. 

The timeline for applying and recruiting members is as follows and all information may be found on our website  The application will be available for download from our website on April 4th and it will be due May 19th. 

RSVP by April 7th for one of the Application Workshops by emailing or calling 225.930.9949.


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One Day Left to Participate in State of Grantseeking Survey

Posted By Ellen Mowrer,, Inc., Sunday, March 30, 2014

The State of Grantseeking ™ Survey ends Monday, March 31, 2014. Below are the current respondent counts by state/province. We’d really love to hit 1,200 participants!  Be sure to help Louisiana's representation in the tallied results (due late April, 2014).





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Capital Area United Way Raises $8.9 Million in Campaign, Reverses Trend

Posted By Kendall Hebert, Capital Area United Way, Sunday, March 30, 2014

Capital Area United Way’s Board of Directors announced a milestone for the organization in raising $8,946,147 in the 2013 workforce campaign, an increase from 2012 and an end to a six-year fundraising slide.

"For the first time in several years, we have achieved a workforce campaign increase,” said CAUW Board Chair Scott Berg of Lee Michael’s Fine Jewelry. "The United Way workforce campaign provides an effective way for any person who wants to make a difference in the life of someone else to do so.”

See attached release in PDF for full details.


To learn how you can help improve lives in our 10-parish area, contact Capital Area United Way at 225.383.2643, email or visit 

Capital Area United Way

To improve lives by leveraging partnerships in our community to advance the common good through education, income stability, and healthy living Capital Area United Way works to advance the common good and create opportunities for a better life for all. This is done through our focus on education, income stability, and healthy lives. With your support, more than 110 programs that have measurable results in these three focus areas are currently being funded. These programs touch the lives of thousands in our 10-parish Capital Area and are making a positive impact on a daily basis. To give, advocate, or volunteer please visit



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Free Training Offered Through Workforce Commission Grant Provider

Posted By Matthew Mullenix, Louisiana Association of Nonprofit Organizations, Saturday, March 29, 2014

LANtec of Louisiana Corporate Training Centers in Baton Rouge and Lafayette are extending to all LANO network members and their staffs free computer software courses or professional development training as an introductory offer, a $250 value. 

To accept this limited-time opportunity, registrants must mention coupon code #LANO328 to receive free admission to any of the following classes, which must be taken by April 30, 2014. 


  • Microsoft Excel 2010 – Basic      
    • Baton Rouge      April 2, April 15 or April 22
    • Lafayette           April 7 or April 25
  • Managerial Leadership
    • Baton Rouge      April 2 or April 25
    • Lafayette           April 7
  • Organizational Skills
    • Baton Rouge      April 14
    • Lafayette           April 30


For more information or to reserve your seat, contact and mention code #LANO328



  • Student must be currently employed by a Louisiana nonprofit organization or business within the LANO network (General, Associate or Friend member) 
  • Subject to first come, first served seat availability
  • Limited to ONE free seat offer per organization
  • First-time clients only

LANtec is an approved LA Workforce Commission training provider of free training grants.


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Storytelling has a new name: the earnings call

Posted By Erica Crenshaw, Execute Now!, Thursday, March 27, 2014

We've heard about the importance of storytelling repeatedly over the past few years-almost to the point of excess. Perhaps because nonprofits still need to hear it since so many have yet to apply this wildly successful strategy.

You can imagine my surprise when I recently read about GuideStar taking a page out of the corporate handbook to adopt one of the private sector's best ...

by Erica McGeachy Crenshaw, CEO of Execute Now!

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Deadline Approaching: 2014 Angel Award Nominees Sought

Posted By Tristi Charpentier, Huey and Angelina Wilson Foundation, Thursday, March 27, 2014

The deadline for nominations for the Angel Award, which recognizes and rewards exceptional volunteer work for the benefit of Louisiana children, is Friday, April 4, 2014. 

Now in its 20th year, the Angel Award presented by the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana Foundation will honor up to eight individuals.

Each winner will name a 501(c)(3) organization to receive a grant of $20,000.  In the two decades since its inception in 1995, more than 150 individuals from all across the state have been chosen for the honor.  With this year’s grants, the total going to support organizations enriching and improving life for Louisiana children will top $1.8 million.


Previous Angels have run the gamut from students to retirees, with a wide range of vocations in between.  They were all chosen for the time and effort they spent away from or in addition to their studies, their jobs or their retirement activities to be an "Angel.”


An online nomination form and more details on the program are available at the Blue Cross website,


Nomination packets are also available by calling toll-free 1-888-219-BLUE (1-888-219-2583) or emailing Nominators are encouraged to send supplemental information in support of the nomination, including testimonial letters, brochures, news articles, photos and videos. (Please note: These materials cannot be returned.)


Individuals who themselves have been honored as "Angels” make up the committee that will decide this year’s winners.  The following are the criteria they consider and nominators are asked to carefully consider this list:


  • NEED: Did the nominee contribute a needed service to Louisiana children? 
  • ACTION: Was the nominee active, not just a figurehead?
  • INITIATIVE: Did the nominee initiate new programs or activities and use new methods to solve problems?
  • ACHIEVEMENT: Has the nominee accomplished desired results?
  • IMPACT: Has the activity or service provided by the nominee produced positive changes and provided examples for other groups?
  • TIME: Was the amount of time devoted to the activity or service significant?
  • CHALLENGE: Did the nominee have to overcome any unusual challenges, such as limited resources or public misperception of the problem?

A nominee may be recognized for work performed individually or through churches, schools or civic organizations, but a group cannot be nominated. The volunteer work must have been performed in the state of Louisiana with Louisiana children as the primary beneficiaries. The volunteer effort can be focused on enhancing any aspect of a child’s life, including physical, emotional, creative and spiritual. Individuals who are paid for their services are eligible, but their efforts must be considered to go above and beyond their job descriptions. Work done on work-release time and/or for student course credit may also be considered. Individuals may not be nominated posthumously.


The Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana Foundation will award grants to the honorees’ chosen charities that qualify as Louisiana-based nonprofit charitable organizations with tax-exempt status under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.


About the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana Foundation
The Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana Foundation is building a healthier Louisiana through community outreach and charitable giving. Its two signature programs are The Angel Award®, an annual statewide recognition program that awards funds to outstanding Louisianians working to improve the quality of life of the state's children, and Smart Bodies®, an interactive education program to prevent childhood obesity. In addition, Blue Cross contributes nearly $2 million annually in financial aid to various nonprofit organizations throughout the state that contribute to health, education and the overall quality of life in our communities. When we put dollars into Blue Cross communities, it makes Louisiana a better place for everyone. The Foundation is funded solely through Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana.

About Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana
Founded in New Orleans in 1934,
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana is the oldest and largest Louisiana-based health insurance company. Blue Cross is a private, fully taxed mutual company, owned by policyholders—not shareholders—and governed by a local Board of Directors. It is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association...

Learn more on the company’s website at or visit our social media hub to connect with us via Facebook, Twitter and more.


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