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LANO Seeks Member Services Director

Posted By Kelly Pepper, Louisiana Association of Nonprofit Organizations, Sunday, April 13, 2014

Do you have a sociable disposition and an eye for detail? 

A competitive spirit? 

Do you face your days with optimism and enthusiasm?

then join the LANO team!


LANO is a statewide member organization that advocates for the nonprofit community and strengthens the effectiveness of groups and individuals committed to improving the lives of all Louisianans.

The Member Services Director is responsible for identifying and enrolling new LANO Members and nurtures relationships with existing LANO Members so that they understand and make full use of Association benefits.The Member Services Director supervises and effects the Member enrollment process, maintains Member profile information and tracks retention and recruitment trends. 

In addition, s/he generates a sales and marketing plan to achieve strategic goals.  The Membership Director is an advocate and ambassador of LANO and understands the critical role that Membership plays in the success of the organization and strength of the LANO network.



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BRAC Announces 'Around the Table' Community Event, May 1

Posted By Julie Laperouse, Emergent Method, Sunday, April 13, 2014

The Baton Rouge Area Chamber presents Around the Table, a community-wide event that will place 225 participants in twenty different homes for an evening of conversation and connections in the intimate setting of home dinner parties.

Community connectors ranging from King Alexander, Chancellor of LSU, to Casey Phillips of the BR Walls Project, to Whitney Vann and Robert Schneckenburger of WBRZ and Chase Bank have agreed to open their homes on the night of May 1 to host these dinners.

We're hoping these events will connect newcomers with locals and encourage engaging conversation. Each home will host a mix of locals and newcomers with each location focusing on a pre-assigned topic such as "What would you do if you knew you could not fail?” or "Finding new solutions to old problems.”

Participants will be selected at random for each location and will not know the host of their dinner until the week of the event.

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CFA Now Accepting Leaders In Philanthropy Awards Nominations

Posted By Farrah Reyna, Community Foundation of Acadiana, Sunday, April 13, 2014

Community Foundation of Acadiana (CFA) is now accepting nominations for its 2014 Leaders in Philanthropy (LIP) Awards. Electronic applications will be accepted from the community from April 9 to close of business on May 7.

Leaders In Philanthropy Awards are presented annually to outstanding individuals or couples from each of the eight parishes of CFA’s primary service area who have made a philanthropic impact in their communities through substantial charitable contributions or by attracting substantial contributions. An award recipient will be chosen from each of the eight parishes if nominations allow.

This year, a Corporate Award will also be presented to a corporation that has made a philanthropic impact, through substantial charitable contributions, in at least one of the eight parishes of CFA’s primary service area. (The Corporate Award winner need not be headquartered in Acadiana.)

Applications should be completed online at and will be accepted until close of business on Wednesday, May 7.




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Families Helping Families of GBR Newsletter Now Available

Posted By Jamie Tindle, Families Helping Families Of Greater Baton Rouge, Sunday, April 13, 2014


We are proud to release our Spring Newsletter, and we hope you are just as excited to receive it. 

Full of information, summer camp listings, free workshops and more--this may just be the most comprehensive and beautiful newsletter we have published.

You may click here to be taken to our info-packed newsletter.

Happy Reading!



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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!

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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)

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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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