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Foundation Study Finds Communications a Critical Challenge for Policy Orgs

Posted By Matthew Mullenix, Louisiana Association of Nonprofit Organizations, Tuesday, April 15, 2014

A new report from the Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation shows a need for increased communications capacity among policy advocacy organizations. 

According to the Foundation report, grantors should consider taking steps to improve the communications reach, quality and capacity of the organizations they fund.  These steps include:

  • Updating organizational development tools available to grantees
  • Expanding grantees' access to communications networks
  • Providing organizational development grants for communications
  • Deepening the roles of foundation and grantee communications officers 

LANO understands this need is mirrored by nonprofits across the mission spectrum and works with funders and organizations to expand nonprofits' communications reach and access to organizational development tools.

The full report and recommendations can be downloaded here.



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Annual Fund Campaigns: The Essentials

Posted By Nora Ellertsen, The Funding Seed, LLC, Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Nonprofit fundraising workshop
Annual Fund Campaigns: The Essentials
Thursday, April 17
9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Ashe Cultural Arts Center
1712 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd., New Orleans
Register at

Annual fund campaigns are a great way to jumpstart a nonprofit's fundraising.  But how do you get started?  And what can you do to make sure your campaign raises more money?

This workshop will walk you through the process of running your annual fund campaign, from Day One to the Victory Party. 

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

For questions, to inquire about discount codes or to reserve your seat and pay at the door, email

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

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Taking Your Organization to the Next Level

Posted By Celeste Viator, Hannis T. Bourgeois, LLP, Tuesday, April 15, 2014
They say "No Pain, No Gain," and the expresssion applies to the life cycle of nonprofit organizations, as well as athletes who hit the gym, tennis court or golf course on weekends.

The point when the aches and growing pains of an organization begin are prompted less by age than by changes in leadership, size, budget or programming. 
To access the complete article click here.


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Big Buddy's Mentoring Moments, April 2014

Posted By Laurie Hardison, RSVP Southeast Louisiana sponsored by the AARP Foundation, Monday, April 14, 2014

Check out Big Buddy's Mentoring Moments newsletter for April 2014


Download File (PDF)

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LANO Network Unaffected by "Heartbleed" Internet Bug

Posted By Matthew Mullenix, Louisiana Association of Nonprofit Organizations, Monday, April 14, 2014

Recent news about the "Heartbleed" Internet virus has prompted numerous warnings about the safety of personal information on various social media and commercial websites.

The company that provides LANO's member network infrastructure,, through which users purchase event tickets, access member directories and download files and information, today affirmed that members' data are not at risk and that there is no need to change passwords or take other precaution when using the LANO website.

According to their press release on 4/14/2014:


"Last week a group of security experts and researchers uncovered and disclosed a significant security flaw named Heartbleed that can make certain Website users’ personal information vulnerable to attack. Up to two-thirds of Websites utilize the affected technology, called OpenSSL, and the flaw has many of them working diligently to fix the problem and restore security.

"We’ve heard from many of our customers and understand that there’s a high level of anxiety due to the Heartbleed bug and the potential vulnerability of data. We have conducted due diligence on our systems and are sure that those using the platform are not at risk..."


Please continue to use all LANO's electronic services and website features with full confidence, and thank you for your membership!


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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.

For more information see:


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CFA Now Accepting Leaders In Philanthropy Awards Nominations

Posted By Todd McCormick, 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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