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Down to the wire with Joe Waters and new FREE book summary available

Posted By Kris H. Rutledge, CausePlanet, Monday, March 24, 2014

Don't miss your opportunity to talk to Joe Waters, author of Fundraising with Businesses: 40 New and Improved Strategies for Nonprofits, this Thursday, March 27.

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.)

New CausePlanet Page to Practice™ book summary available for FREE: The Nonprofit Leadership Transition and Development Guide.

Initiate or revisit your succession plan and leadership development with author Tom Adams' expertise. Thanks to the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana Foundation, LANO's General and Associate (dues-paying) members can download this summary and others for FREE at CausePlanet.

Follow these steps to download:

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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New Background Check & Volunteer Management Benefit Partnership

Posted By Matthew Mullenix, Louisiana Association of Nonprofit Organizations, Sunday, March 23, 2014


LANO's membership in the National Council of Nonprofits provides our own General Members access to valuable pass-through benefits that can save hundreds or thousands of dollars for their organizations. 

The newest offering from the National Council is its partnership with Coeus Global, a company that provides an up-to 60% discount for LANO Members on background screening and volunteer management services.

Their nationally recognized Volunteer Management System (VMS) will allow your organization to affordably conduct new employee screenings and to track volunteer and staff applicants quickly and easily.


[Click here for more info]


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Jitasa Introduces Nonprofit Accounting Support Center

Posted By Steve Doud, Jitasa, Sunday, March 23, 2014


Happy Spring--or almost spring! Whether through a free webinar or an overview of our new Accounting Support Center, we hope you'll take advantage of our newest resources, tailored specifically to nonprofit needs.

From the latest Jitasa Partner Newsletter:

Accounting support is now just a phone call away

The first resource of its kind, The Nonprofit Accounting Support Center places the knowledge of our accounting specialists within easy reach.

The nuances of nonprofit accounting can be bewildering. We have the answers you're looking for and are here when you need us. With no long-term contract or ongoing fees, you get help when it matters at an affordable rate.

Clients can ask us anything, and we'll give them an accurate answer backed by years of experience. Questions include subjects such as:

  • Nonprofit accounting concepts
  • Assistance with accounting procedures in Quickbooks
  • Best practices for separation of duties, month end close, and expense approvals
  • IRS and state filing requirements
  • Year-end procedures, including 1099, W-9, and 990 processes
  • The accounting nuances of grant tracking, special events, and contributions



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Bridge The Age Gaps in Nonprofit Human Resources: a New Tool

Posted By Kris H. Rutledge, CausePlanet, Sunday, March 23, 2014

CausePlanet now offers Multi-Gen Series--Volume One: Working Across Generations, From Woodstock to Wikipedia, Fundraising with the Next Generation and Engaging Millennials

Multi-Gen Series--Volume One is a comprehensive look at multigenerational subjects 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.

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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Upcoming LANO Training Highlights Board Structure

Posted By Cory Sparks, Louisiana Association of Nonprofit Organizations, Sunday, March 23, 2014


The next training opportunity from the LANO Institute for Nonprofit Excellence, "Promoting Exceptional Board Leadership" (April 22, 2014 in Baton Rouge), will feature three one-hour long modules designed to strengthen governance in your organization.

The first module, Structuring for Success, will focus on aligning board operations with priorities. Board structure varies by context. It’s critical that organizations identify the committees and leadership that will enable them to succeed.

The module will begin with an overview of tools to:

1. Determine the right structure for your organization

2. Manage the work of the board and committees

3. Ensure that committees are goal oriented and aligned with priorities.

In an interactive session, participants will share their own experiences and promising practices and conclude the module with planning time devoted to their own boards.





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New CausePlanet Newsletter for LANO Features Hiring Considerations

Posted By Denise McMahan, CausePlanet, Sunday, March 23, 2014


Our March newsletter for LANO network subscribers is now available.

One of the featured articles this month is by Raylene Decatur, titled, "Hiring talent: how nonprofit lifecycles impact culture and results."  Here's a preview (click here for full article).


"...Considerations when hiring

"Whether hiring a new CEO or filling other senior leadership positions, the odds of making the correct hire are dramatically increased by applying lifecycle analysis while developing key performance indicators. The success of the hiring process is dependent on understanding the outcomes the individual is expected to accomplish and the range of experience, skill sets and attributes required to achieve these results. Often there is a bias toward identifying and hiring the skills required to successfully produce the position outcomes.

"However, it is the personal attributes that determine how effectively an individual works within the organization's culture. Individuals with outstanding skill sets are often hired and then are unable to perform because they lack the characteristics to function effectively within the organization's established culture. The current and anticipated next stage of the nonprofit's lifecycle shapes culture and therefore must be fully analyzed to define the most important characteristics for a new leader..."  [full article]




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Public Affairs Research Council Now Offers Popular Resources Free of Charge

Posted By Matthew Ray, Public Affairs Research Council, Sunday, March 23, 2014



The Public Affairs Research Council of Louisiana is pleased to announce that the popular PAR Guide to the Legislature and other PAR resources are now available as a FREE mobile app for the iPhone, iPad and Android devices.

Search for "PAR Guide" at the Apple or Google app stores on your smart phone and download The PAR Guide 2014 today. This free app includes:

The Louisiana Legislature. State legislators' bio information, photo, sources of income, committee assignments and contact information, including touch dialing and email. No other legislative guide provides legislator income information.

  • Statewide offices. Bios, photos and staff contact information for Louisiana's statewide office-holders.
  • Congress. Bios, photos and staff contact information for Louisiana's Congressional delegation.
  • Guide to the Constitutional Amendments. A quick mobile version of PAR's indispensible guide to the proposals for state constitutional amendments that will appear on the ballot statewide in Fall 2014. This guide will update automatically if new amendment proposals are added during the Spring 2014 legislative session.
  • Citizen's Rights to open meetings and public records. Based on PAR's popular Citizen's Rights Card, this resource provides the essential information about Louisiana sunshine laws for state and local governments.
  • PAR News and Commentary. The latest policy insights, recommendations and news from PAR.

App content will be updated automatically throughout the year without the need for software application upgrades. Louisiana-based software developer hSoft Consulting developed the PAR app.

Ochsner Health System provided underwriting support for the PAR Guide 2014 app and the printed 2014 PAR Guide to the Louisiana Legislature.

Please pass along information about the PAR 2014 app to your friends, business colleagues and association networks. There is no cost for this useful resource!

The Public Affairs Research Council of Louisiana is a private, nonprofit, non-partisan public policy research organization focused on pointing the way toward a more efficient, effective, transparent and accountable Louisiana government. PAR was founded in 1950 and is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization supported by foundation and corporate grants and individual donations.

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The Isaiah Institute of New Orleans' 1st Annual Let Peace Begin with Me Gala

Posted By Joseph Givens, The Isaiah Institute, Thursday, March 20, 2014
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New Urban Leadership Initiative Seeks First Fellows

Posted By Raymond A. Jetson, MetroMorphosis, Thursday, March 20, 2014



"I am very excited about the Urban Leadership Development Initiative. This program is an opportunity to identify and engage emerging young leaders who are passionate about our inner city neighborhoods. Our goal is to equip them with the skills to make a meaningful difference."

  -Raymond A. Jetson, MetroMorphosis President and CEO




Improving our urban communities requires a strong pipeline of emerging and existing leaders dedicated to addressing and solving pressing issues.

To meet these challenges, MetroMorphosis is launching the Urban Leadership Development Initiative (ULDI). This year-long program will teach 12 select individuals how to identify opportunities, develop innovative solutions and build coalitions designed to foster positive, long-term change. 

ULDI fellows will be exposed to six months of engaging dialogue, dynamic guest speakers, and some of the daily challenges within the Baton Rouge community. Partnered with a local non-profit organization for the remaining six months of the program, ULDI fellows will develop and implement a personal project designed to improve and/or address a specific urban neighborhood's need.

Skills to be developed in the ULDI program are:

  • Sensing need and opportunity
  • Creative problem-solving
  • Communicating vision
  • Building coalitions
  • Overcoming challenges
  • Community engagement




Dates to Remember:

  1. Sunday, April 20, 2014- Applications will be accepted until 8:00 pm.
  2. May 9, 2014- Successful applicants will be notified by e-mail.
  3. June 13, 2014- 12-month program will begin. ULDI fellows will meet on the second Friday and Saturday of each month. 


METROMORPHOSIS: A non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, MetroMorphosis was founded in 2013. The mission of MetroMorphosis is to develop and mobilize a critical mass of engaged citizens in inner city neighborhoods to design and implement sustainable solutions to persistent community challenges.

MetroMorphosis has developed three "change agent-centered” programs to make a positive impact in North Baton Rouge and beyond: Urban Congregations, Urban Leadership Development Initiative, and Better Baton Rouge. The mission is supported by donations from individuals, corporations, grants and fundraising.


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Regional Networking - Children & Family Organizations

Posted By Susan Shaffette, Team Dynamics LLC, Wednesday, March 19, 2014
The Louisiana Partnership for Children & Families and Louisiana Children's Trust Fund are going to be visiting all the regions across Louisiana. They will be holding networking meetings with organizations who work with children and families in the next several weeks. The Partnership will bring advocacy information concerning the current legislative session and LCTF will bring information about prevention and protection for children. Information about upcoming events will also be shared. We hope you will join us when we are in your neighborhood!  Baton Rouge and Florida Parishes Regions were held this week. Want to download the statewide list

Upcoming Dates:

March 24 - Monroe  2-3:30pm
March 25 - Shreveport  10-11:30am
March 25 - Alexandria  2-3:30pm
March 31 - Metairie  10-11:30am
March 31 - Houma (Gray)  2-3:30pm
April 3 - Lafayette  10-11:30am
April 3 - Lake Charles  2-3:30pm

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