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A Charity's Financial Management Starts in the Home

Posted By Erica Crenshaw, Execute Now!, Thursday, April 24, 2014

April is financial literacy month so it's the perfect time to reflect on how much Americans know about their finances. As you can imagine, this knowledge translates directly to your ability to exercise proactive financial habits at the nonprofits you manage.

Some of the statistics I'll explore below will surprise you while some may be uncomfortably familiar. More importantly...

Tags:  Execute Now!  Finance Fundamentals 

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RAZ Mobile Offers Online Fundraising Demo

Posted By Reed Alberg, RAZ Mobile, Wednesday, April 23, 2014

RAZ Mobile provides an immediate capability for nonprofit organizations to communicate with, reach out to, and raise funds from new and existing supporters by leveraging the anywhere, anytime connection created by the smart phone. 

We recently had a local arts client raise over $10,000 in a single day fundraising event.  Imagine being able to send a text message to over 100 (or more) supporters telling them you need something and have them respond immediately.  That’s the power of mobile engagement.

Click here to sign up for a free online demo

RAZ Mobile is a mobile-optimized engagement platform, that we feel will help organizations engage their supporters and friends in the causes that they find important, but more importantly, opening communication to them with the one thing that is with them all the time – their smartphone.

We give the client the power to engage donors in the mobile space.  You can put a QR code on marketing material, facebook, twitter, just about anywhere you want, that brings your friends and supporters to a truly mobile site for information, engagement, and support.   Companies that promote social awareness have already come to grips with the fact that it’s time to engage a tech savvy generation that is willing to give. 

Visit our web page for more information

Our goal it to provide organizations with the tools and technology to deal with the mobile wave at a price that is quite low and with a DIY feel.  I think we have accomplished that and I would love to speak with you about it.

We have had great success locally and nationally with about 75 customers on the platform.  You can see some of them here.  

Call with questions
Reed Alberg

[email protected]

Tags:  fundraising  mobile  nonprofit  social media 

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Office for Citizens with Developmental Disabilities Seeks Intern

Posted By Keokah T. Sanders, Louisiana Developmental Disabilities Council, Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Are you interested in empowering people? 

The Department of Health and Hospitals, Office for Citizens with Developmental Disabilities (OCDD) has a wonderful opportunity just for you!

Individuals with developmental disabilities may qualify for waiver services which allow them to receive supports and services in their home rather than in an institution. Currently, when an individual is approved for a waiver, he or she is given a list of service providers; however detailed information about the types and quality of services for each provider may not be included. Federal law requires that Medicaid recipients can choose from any provider qualified to perform the services required and who is willing to provide such services. This is known as Freedom of Choice.

In order to assist individuals with developmental disabilities and families in making informed choices about the most appropriate provider for their situation, the Office for Citizens with Developmental Disabilities is researching and compiling provider data such as whether the provider is in compliance with health standards, consumer satisfaction, grievance processes, years of experience, etc.

Job Description The intern is responsible for supporting waiver program staff in develop Freedom of Choice resources for individuals with developmental disabilities and families. Specific duties may include but are not limited to:

  •  Researching and compiling data on current providers in Louisiana
  •  Researching how other states are meeting the Freedom of Choice requirement
  •  Developing a Freedom of Choice brochure for new waiver recipients
  •  Assisting with the development of a survey for current waiver recipients
  •  Assisting with the development of resources that individuals with    developmental disabilities and families can use to make informed choices about providers
  •  Other duties as necessary

The intern will report to the Waiver Program Director.

This internship is unpaid. The intern will work 15-20 hours per week.


Candidates must be graduate level students.

  •  Mastery in computer skills including use of Microsoft Office products is required.
  •  The ability to take initiative to achieve goals and well-developed time management skills.
  •  Experience collecting and organizing data is a plus.

Organization Description The Office for Citizens with Developmental Disabilities (OCDD) serves as the Single Point of Entry (SPOE) into the developmental disabilities services system. The OCDD is committed to ensuring quality services and supports, information and opportunities for choice to people of Louisiana with developmental disabilities and their families.

OCDD is an agency within the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals.

How to Apply?Those interested in applying should submit a letter of interest, resume and three references via email to [email protected] with the subject line OCDD Intern. No phone calls please. Specific information about this job will be provided to you in the interview process, should you be selected. This position will remain open until filled.

Tags:  internships; disability 

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April Newsletter from dezinsINTERACTIVE: SEO, Workshops, More

Posted By Orhan Mc Millan, dezinsINTERACTIVE, Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Happy Spring! I hope that you have had a chance to get outside and enjoy the beautiful weather we have been having.

There is nothing quite like the color green in Spring. I wanted to do a little Spring Sharing with you with two things that were offered to me that really made me smile.

I recently had the pleasure of listening to a Ted Talk by Sherry Turkle titled Are We Plugged-In, Connected, But Alone? This one really hit home with me because it had to do with technology and being connected with our smart phones, texting and social media and how if not used properly, can result in us actually becoming isolated, alone and unable to relate to each other on a basic human level.

I encourage you to listen to it and share your thoughts. "We have conversations with each other to learn how to have conversations with ourselves." Dynamic!

If you haven't watched any of the Action Movie Kid episodes, then you are really missing out. A video effects editor named Hashi took these videos of his son and then added the special effects. This is just extreme creativity and talent at its best.



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Call for Applications: The Fundraising Intensive Program

Posted By Nora Ellertsen, The Funding Seed, LLC, Tuesday, April 22, 2014
Interested in joining the Fundraising Intensive Program's Class of 2015?

The deadline to apply is Tuesday, April 29.  
Click here for a full program description and application!

The Fundraising Intensive Program is a 10-month training program that combines group learning and one-on-one coaching to provide practical tools and best practices on a range of fundraising activities.  

Participants meet monthly in New Orleans for a group discussion focused on a single funding topic.  Then, each participating nonprofit receives 90 minutes of individual coaching to help them apply the skills and tools from the group session to their own unique organization.

Program details and application

Over the course of the program, the nonprofit staff, board members and volunteers involved will learn about:

Fundraising Planning
Telling Your Story
Individual Donor Development
Major Gifts
Fundraising Events: House Parties
Fundraising by Mail and Email
Researching and Writing Grant Proposals

 Here's what some of this year's graduates are saying about the
Fundraising Intensive Program:
"[This] was a great experience for my partner and I...We were able to create a culture of fundraising at our organization and on the board...We are more confident, efficient and effective. I highly recommend this course."
- Ameca Reali, The Justice and Accountability Center of Louisiana

"I've participated in many different training sessions on fund development. This is the first program that immediately resulted in additional income for our organization."
- Sue Ellen Stewart, Northshore Families Helping Families

"This program...truly supports you and allows you to gain access to people and information that helps you grow."
- Kim Dudek, Dag's House

Participation is limited and applications are required.  If you'd like to be considered for the Fundraising Intensive Program's Class of 2015, complete the program application by Tuesday, April 29.  
For questions or to find out more about services offered by The Funding Seed, visit or email [email protected]

** Please note: Due to applicant requests, The Funding Seed is now accepting up to three applicants per organization.  Applicants may include staff, board members or volunteers. **

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Blondes vs. Brunettes® Baton Rouge

Posted By Tricia Ory, The Alzheimer's Association, Monday, April 21, 2014
Help us "Tackle Alzheimer's" by joining us on June 14, 2014 for our first Blondes vs. Brunettes flag football game for women in the Capitol area. If you're not quite ready to hit the field, mark your calendars to cheer on your favorite blonde or brunette for our 10 a.m. kickoff.  
Please visit to sign up to play or donate and "like" us on!
If you are interested in our volunteer or sponsorship opportunities, please contact Tricia at 225.910.2835 or [email protected]
The funds raised through Blondes vs. Brunettes® benefit the care, support and research efforts of the Alzheimer's Association. We hope that you join us in supporting the mission of the Association: 
• Help families across the country by continuing to provide and enhance programs focusing on education and support 
• Advance critical research studies into methods of treatment, prevention and ultimately, a cure 
• Speak up for the needs and rights of those facing Alzheimer’s through our public policy initiatives
Company Overview
The Alzheimer's Association is the world's leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer's care, support and research

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Nonprofit workshop: Fundraising Events 101

Posted By Nora Ellertsen, The Funding Seed, LLC, Monday, April 21, 2014

May nonprofit fundraising workshop:

Fundraising Events 101

Thursday, May 8
2:00-4:30 p.m.

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

Learn to create events that raise money
for your non-profit!  


This fun, hands-on workshop covers:

* choosing what kind of event is best for you

* working with volunteers

* identifying event sponsors

* and much more!

Attendees will receive a Certificate of Participation for completing the workshop.

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

For discount codes or to reserve your space and pay at the door, email [email protected].

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Free Webinar: How to Captivate and Engage Constituents with Your Website

Posted By Lori Kadavy, Firespring, Thursday, April 17, 2014

How to Captivate and Engage Constituents with Your Website

How to Captivate and Engage Constituents with Your Website

When: Wednesday, April 30, 2014 - 9:30am CST

The nonprofit industry is constantly evolving—especially from a technological standpoint. Now more than ever, having an effective website is the single most crucial component of an effective communications plan. Learn from more than 10 years of focus group research with nonprofit constituents and donors on how you can captivate and engage your audience. Join Jay to discover:

  • The 5 required elements of an engaging website.
  • The 3 biggest mistakes nonprofits make with their websites.
  • 5 proven methods for promoting your organization online.
  • The #1 factor nonprofits should consider regarding search engine optimization.
  • Real-world examples of nonprofit organizations that have mastered their online presence.

Don’t miss this nonprofit-changing session led by Jay Wilkinson, one of America’s top-rated speakers on websites and marketing for nonprofits.



Jay Wilkinson is a lifelong entrepreneur and longtime business owner. He sits on the board of several nonprofits and is an avid supporter of programs that provide leadership and enrichment programs for America’s youth. He speaks regularly on the topic of nonprofits and the web throughout the United States. He has appeared on CNN and other news outlets discussing how emerging technologies are shaping our future and is considered a leading authority on the impact of marketing on the web for nonprofits.

Tags:  fundraising  online fundraising  online presence  website 

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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 [email protected]

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

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