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DATA - It's The Impact

Posted By Susan Shaffette, Team Dynamics LLC, Tuesday, March 18, 2014
How many times do you collect numbers for your project and wonder why you are bothering?

How can you use that data to grow your organization?


Data – It’s the Impact!

SPEAKER:   Nicholas Auck, Director of Volunteer Outreach for the Volunteer Louisiana Commission

Participants will review the uses of data that is collected from volunteers, as well as ways of collecting data through technology and personal interaction.  Many of these methods can be done with a minimum of staff time, but provide the basis for programmatic changes from the ‘tweak’ to the paradigm shift.  Finally, understanding the different types of reports that demonstrate your program’s impact is vital to developing the proper report for funders, grant writing and oversight reports.

For Speaker BIO:  Click here


Webinars are free to DOVIA New Orleans members. There will be a participant fee for others to attend. For more information on the DOVIA New Orleans organization, go to:

Tags:  Staff  technology  training  volunteers  webinar 

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Kids' Orchestra Partners with Manners of the Heart on Community Event

Posted By Jody Hanet, Kids' Orchestra, Monday, March 17, 2014


In the spirit of our community’s current focus on "collective impact” LANO members Kids' Orchestra and Manners of the Heart® will collaborate on a premiere fundraising event to support and advance our work in nearly 30 schools across East Baton Rouge Parish.


Manners & Melodies

on Sunday, April 13th
from 1-3 PM
at the City Club
355 North Blvd.
Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70801

Through music and character education our organizations are positioning elementary children of varied cultures and socio-economic backgrounds for academic and life success by building character, teamwork, and respectfulness and by teaching them to be the best they can be.




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Speakers Announced for April Child Well-being Summit

Posted By Kathleen Richey,, Monday, March 17, 2014


Join the child welfare, legal, medical, mental health, and law-making communities as we converge on the Louisiana State Capital to share scientific knowledge, address the need for increased public awareness, and propose changes in policies and practices that can counteract the high level of risk for Louisiana’s children in order to socially and economically benefit the State.


  • Joy D. Osofsky, Ph.D., Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center in New Orleans, "Trauma and its Effects on Young Children”
  • Judy Cameron, Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, "Early Childhood Experiences and Brain Development: Implications for Public Policy”
  • Brenda Jones Harden, Ph.D., University of Maryland College Park, "Developmental and Mental Health Interventions for Infants and Young Children in Child Welfare”
  • Michael Jellinek, MD., Harvard Medical School, "Role of Physicians in Recognition/ Prevention of Child Maltreatment”


For more information, view the

Agenda and Summit Brochure.



 Student rates available



Tags:  Baton Rouge  Child welfare  conference 

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Grantseeking Survey Deadline Approaches; Response to Date

Posted By Ellen Mowrer,, Inc., Sunday, March 16, 2014

With just over two weeks left in the Spring 2014 State of Grantseeking™ Survey, we wanted to give you an update on respondents by mission focus.

As you know, fifty respondents are the minimum required for a mission-specific focus report; if your area of interest is still a little light, please help to spread the word about the survey.

Here is the survey link:

And, here is the respondent by mission focus count-to-date:


Please encourage your friends and partners to take part in this survey; the resulting reports are free and will be distributed by LANO, and can be of great value to those interested in evaluating and expanding their own grants program.

Next week I’ll send an update on respondents by state/country, to keep all in the loop!




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Fundraising: How Much Do You Know?

Posted By Denise McMahan, CausePlanet, Sunday, March 16, 2014

CausePlanet & LANO Partner on Book Summary Bundles

First in Series: Fundraising

Fundraising Series--Volume One is a comprehensive look at fundraising 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. 

In the first volume of the CausePlanet Fundraising Series, you'll find spot-on wisdom, critical points, details and quotes, and an insightful author Q&A relating to the following titles:  

  • The End of Fundraising: Raise More Money by Selling Your Impact by Jason Saul is an innovative approach that helps you create powerful value propositions to increase your leverage and improve the success of your pitches to funders. This book flips the fundraising paradigm and will have you identifying new prospects you may have originally dismissed.
  • In Storytelling for Grantseekers: A Guide to Creative Nonprofit Fundraising by Cheryl Clarke, you'll learn why crafting a persuasive summary, packaging a compelling narrative story, and using a short story approach with letters of inquiry are the keys to securing your grant. Clarke also explores how storytelling can be applied to other forms of fundraising.
  • Donor-Centered Planned Gift Marketing by Michael Rosen is a thoughtful examination of who makes planned gifts, how to assess your organization's potential for planned giving, and how to integrate planned gift marketing into your existing efforts.



Tags:  books  CausePlanet  fund development  fundraising  training 

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LANO Member Networking Event a Success

Posted By Matthew Mullenix, Louisiana Association of Nonprofit Organizations, Sunday, March 16, 2014

LANO held its first Member Networking Reception of 2014 on Friday, March 14, at the Association's offices at SpringBoard Baton Rouge.

The two-hour gathering attracted nearly eighty members of LANO's statewide network, including representatives from Baton Rouge and surrounding area nonprofit, corporate, government and foundation organizations. 

The evening provided an engaging opportunity to meet potential partners and strengthen existing connections between members.

Catering was provided by Capital City Grill with event support from SpringBoard Baton Rouge. 

LANO intends to continue this series of informal member networking events in the cities of Lafayette, Shreveport and New Orleans on upcoming dates in April, June and September, 2014. 

Stay tuned to the LANO Community Calendar and Weekly Planner emails for more information.



LANO members, staff and Board mingle in first Association networking reception of 2014


Capital City Grill

SpringBoard Baton Rouge

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Tri-state Conference Seeks Sponsors

Posted By Twanda Lewis for VOAD, Sunday, March 16, 2014

VOAD (Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster) is a coalition of nonprofit organizations that respond to disasters as part of their overall mission.

The Tri-State VOAD Conference (March 24-26, 2014) was established to develop a formal partnership between Alabama, Louisiana and Mississippi to facilitate a collaborative approach to building the capacity of the VOADs along the Gulf Coast through ongoing partnerships, strategic initiatives, annual convenings and trainings.

Sponsorship opportunities for this high-profile event in Baton Rouge are still available. 

For more information, please contact organizer Twanda Lewis or download 2014 Exhibitor and Sponsor Prospectus.




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Compelling ROI stories are rooted in your financials

Posted By Erica Crenshaw, Execute Now!, Thursday, March 13, 2014

     Access to information and technology has not only compressed our timelines at work, it has cast a laser focus on nonprofits' obligation to demonstrate a return on investment (ROI) for funders. The social sector is quickly becoming familiar with ROI thanks primarily to foundations that are experiencing a higher volume of requests combined with tighter giving budgets. An interest in programs and services is now taking a backseat to a keen awareness of ...

by Erica McGeachy Crenshaw, CEO of Execute Now!

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Tags:  Execute Now!  Finance Fundamentals 

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Facebook: Even If You Don't Like It, You Gotta To Love It Seminar

Posted By Christina Riviere, DezinsInteractive, Thursday, March 13, 2014
Updated: Friday, February 7, 2014

Things are moving faster than ever in today's marketplace.

Now, it's more important than ever to have a clear marketing plan that focuses on the future of your company.

Facebook pages enable companies to communicate with their customers and respond to feedback. It is an easy medium to post sales, deals and business news. Let us show you how to use your page to your greatest benefit.

Effective digital marketing requires having a clear understanding of how all of the available tools revolve together to get the market to respond to you.

Join us in an informative, no-cost seminar that will offer you the opportunity to look at the larger marketing landscape and determine where you are and where you want to go.

Date: Wednesday, March 27, 2014

Time: 10:30 am-12:30 pm 

Where: dezinsINTERACTIVE

10311 Jefferson Highway, Suite 1

Baton Rouge, LA 70809 



Learn more about our seminar series:

Tags:  dezinsINTERACTIVE  Facebook  Facebook page  seminar 

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Nonprofit workshop: Grantwriting for Beginners

Posted By Nora Ellertsen, The Funding Seed, LLC, Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Nonprofit workshop:
Grantwriting for Beginners
Thursday, March 20
2:00-4:30 p.m.

Ashe Cultural Arts Center
1712 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd., New Orleans
Details and registration at

Are you involved with a non-profit?  
Does your job require you to raise funds for your department or position?  
Do you want to add a valuable skill to your resume? 

Consider grantwriting!

Grantwriting for Beginners is an engaging workshop that gives you the basic tools you need to start writing grants.  Participants will learn how to find funding opportunities, tools and tips for writing proposals and ways to make a program competitive for repeat funding.

Attendees will receive a certificate of participation after completing the workshop.

Registration $35 per person.  Discounts available for students, AmeriCorps and organizations registering two or more people.

Email to inquire about discount codes or to reserve your space and pay at the door.

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