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Recognizing New LANO Members in 2014

Posted By Glinda Causey, Louisiana Association of Nonprofit Organizations, Friday, February 14, 2014

LANO's growing network is "owned and operated" by our members.

YOU drive the content and communications and make new connections that benefit your cause. 

We're proud of each new member organization, business, agency or individual and continually strive to help promote their services and meet their needs.

Starting in 2014, we'll be adding a weekly post to LANO's Member News & Events Blog that provides a brief introduction to the newest General and Associate members and those who are returning after a time away.  

We would like to start with the following groups that have recently joined LANO's network of more than 13,000 members.

 Sign in with your LANO network credentials to learn more and connect directly with these new members.  Just a quick glance suggests a number of potential partnerships waiting to be made...!

Welcome All!   

Glinda Causey, LANO Membership Manager


Bastion – Dylan Tete, New Orleans

Bastion is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with a vision to build an intentional, intergenerational community for wounded veterans, surviving families, and purposeful boomers that will sustain a thriving recovery from the wounds and casualties of war.

 

French Quarter Citizens – Catherine Hill, New Orleans

The Mission of French Quarter Citizens, Inc., is to enhance the residential quality of life in the French Quarter, its historical character and architecture; to educate the public and to focus attention on the problems confronting the French Quarter, contribute to their resolution, and to work with other entities in achieving these goals.

 

Lafayette Bar Association - Heather Broussard, Lafayette

The Lafayette Bar Association is a professional membership organization composed of about 930 attorneys in the Lafayette area. It is our mission to serve the profession, its members and the community by promoting justice, professional excellence, respect for the rule of law and fellowship amongst attorneys and the Court.

 

League of Women Voters of Louisiana - Sandra Slifer, Covington

The League of Women Voters, a nonpartisan political organization, encourages the informed and active participation of citizens in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy.

 

Learning Forward Louisiana - Holly Howat, Lafayette

Learning Forward Louisiana provides access to innovative resources that expand professional learning so every educator advances in effectiveness and every student achieves.

 

Natchitoches Fuller Center for Housing – Glenrose Pitt, Natchitoches

A volunteer organization that strives to provide adequate shelter for people in need in the Natchitoches area.   

 

Neighborhood Housing Services of New Orleans - Linda Santi, New Orleans

Our mission is to revitalize communities by increasing the number of homeowners and transforming vacant or substandard properties into sustainable homeownership, and to improve quality of life through informed community building initiatives, leadership development, education, outreach and collaboration.

 

NOLA Green Roots – Joseph Brock, New Orleans

"Building Sustainable Communities Through Gardens"

 

Pamoja Art Society – Jameelah El-Amin, Shreveport

A non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization that is dedicated to celebrating African-American culture, serving artists, and building a stronger community. Thirty-eight years ago the organization was founded by a talented group of artists from Northwest Louisiana. The name "Pamoja” is an East African word meaning "coming together.”

 

Success Insite – Jeremy Fusco, Bossier City

A community based behavioral health agency that serves children, adolescents, & families.

 

The Mission Possible Foundation – Tyra Banks, Baton Rouge

Mission Possible was founded on the principle that we live in a world where every mission is possible when we work together. If anyone wants to make a positive difference in the world today, they can. They can start by simply making the decision to do so.

 

Baton Rouge Epicurean Society – Rene Molbert, Baton Rouge

Bringing Louisiana culture to the table.

 

kiisa Corporation – David Kiviaho, Slidell

kiisa Founders, Sharon Sandifer, M.Ed and David Kiviaho have spent the last several years providing training seminars throughout the state of Louisiana. Some of the topics covered have been customer service and management, sales, professional development, life management skills, team dynamics, and supervision and management. Grant writing is also very important to kiisa corporation. As experienced grant writers for over 25 years, kiisa has provided grant writing seminars, since 2011, for LSU.

 

Kicks 4 Kids – Cedric Bloxson, Slidell

Our mission is to readily assist the youth of single parent households in purchasing school shoes through the current school year and summer months. K4K will inspire students to set higher goals and achieve success as a result of their hard work. Through mentoring and positive reinforcement K4K will encourage students to become leaders and in turn impact the lives of other youth by building self esteem and the confidence that comes from wearing quality footwear.

 

The SoFAB Institute – Joe Sunseri, New Orleans

Celebrate the food culture of the South --- The Southern Food and Beverage Museum is a nonprofit living history organization dedicated to the discovery, understanding and celebration of the food, drink, and culture of the world through the eyes of the South!

 

 

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Six Smart Reasons to Keep Scrupulous Records

Posted By Celeste Viator, Hannis T. Bourgeois, LLP, Thursday, February 13, 2014

In order to qualify as a tax-exempt entity, a nonprofit organization must comply with certain federal income tax laws.  To prove compliance, you must maintain records.

There is no required recordkeeping system.  Your organization can choose any system that suits its activities and clearly shows income and expenses.

It is prudent for nonprofit organizations to keep scrupulous financial records for more than just tax purposes.  Here are six basic reasons cited by the IRS.

 

 

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Leverage the benefits of recognized financial models

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

 

 

Words can inform our mind, thrill our spirit or destroy our self confidence. Some call language a "tool of transformation." No matter the intent behind your words, leading nonprofit thinkers agree the power of language is evident in every aspect of the sector. The influence of language couldn't be more obvious than in the article introduced by Foster, Kim and Christiansen, coauthors of "Ten Nonprofit Funding Models."

Foster, Kim and Christiansen argue nonprofit leaders face greater financial challenges due to the lack of... 

Read more at the Finance Fundamentals Newsletter

 

By Erica McGeachy Crenshaw, CEO of Execute Now!


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LANO Welcomes 13,000th Member!

Posted By Matthew Mullenix, Louisiana Association of Nonprofit Organizations, Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Marvin McGraw of Baton Rouge

LANO Member 13,000

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Quote: "You are never too old to set another goal or dream a new dream."

When Mr. Marvin McGraw of Baton Rouge signed up with LANO, he had no idea how happy we were to see him.

Marvin, who joined this morning as a Friend of LANO, was the thirteen-thousandth (13,000) member of our fast-growing, statewide network!

 

WELCOME MARVIN!

 

Who is Marvin McGraw? 

Marvin is a communications, marketing and media relations professional with experience developing multi-platform campaigns designed to elevate community awareness and perception.

He is also an award-winning former broadcast journalist with expert news judgment and deep understanding of inner workings of print, broadcast, digital and social media.

Marvin is a civic-minded volunteer with his church, local scouting groups and with other community efforts that help those less fortunate.  He has added his profile to the LANO Volunteer Network directory, and can be contacted for assistance in Broadcast Communications by organizations in need.

In his free time, Marvin enjoys cycling and other outdoor activities and is a student of early Louisiana history.  A good friend recommended him the LANO Network, and we're glad he did!

The Friends of LANO

LANO's free membership category grows by more than 100 new profiles every month and provides numerous benefits that will never expire.  Join us for:  

For more information on the benefits of Friend and Full LANO membership, contact Glinda Causey, Membership Manager.

 

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Capital One Bank Accepting Applications for Nonprofit Training Series

Posted By Lydia Jackson, Capital One Bank, Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Capital One Bank is partnering with the Louisiana Association of Nonprofit Organizations (LANO) to provide community based organizations with training and tools to strengthen their capacity for increased mission delivery and greater sustainability.

Topics Include:

  • Governance 101: Board Roles and Responsibilities;
  • Basic Financial Management for Nonprofits;
  • Fund Development: Diversifying Your Portfolio

When & Where: Training sessions will be held beginning in March in Monroe and Lake Charles. Sessions will be held from 3 pm-6 pm to allow for board member participation in the training.  

  • March 11 - Governance- Lake Charles
  • March 13 - Governance - Monroe
  • March 25 - Fund Development and Cyber Grant - Lake Charles
  • March 27 - Fund Development and Cyber Grant – Monroe
  • April 8 - Financial Management - Lake Charles
  • April 10 - Financial Management - Monroe

Organizations successfully completing the training will receive a certificate of completion and be eligible for a special grant opportunity to continue their organizational development.

A session on Capital One Bank funding opportunities and the Cybergrants application and reporting process will be held following the training series.

Nonprofit Training Requirements:

Assign teams of 2 to attend the training series, including an Executive Level staff member and the appropriate Board Member for the topic.

Organizations will be expected to attend the entire training series. 

Groups without paid staff members are still eligible to participate.

Have 501(C)3 status or demonstrated intent of seriously pursuing 501(C)3 status. 

Fifteen organizations in each location will be selected to participate through an application process.

Return completed applications by MONDAY, February 24, 2014, to: kay@lano.org with the name of your organization in the subject line. Please save and title your application with the name of your organization.

 


 

[APPLICATION FORM]

Fill out and return to kay@lano.org by February 24, 2014

 


 

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Executive Director Sought for CASA of Iberia-St. Martin-St. Mary Parishes

Posted By Kathleen Richey, LouisianaChildren.org, Wednesday, February 12, 2014

CASA of the 16th JDC is currently seeking qualified candidates for the position of Executive Director.

The program serves Iberia, St. Martin, and St. Mary parishes.

To apply please send resume with a cover letter including salary requirements to info@louisianachildren.org.

WHO ARE WE? The mission of CASA of the 16th JDC, Inc. is to recruit and train community volunteers to be a powerful voice for all abused and neglected children in the 16th judicial district court system.
      

 

 

 

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Interview with Joe Waters: 40 new and improved strategies to fundraise with businesses

Posted By Denise McMahan, Founder/Publisher, CausePlanet, Monday, February 10, 2014

Nine themes for fundraising success: Author Joe Waters

 

Joe Waters, cause marketing expert, gives 40 specific, practical strategies in his new book that you can implement now to further your profitable relationships with businesses.

 

These strategies fall into nine categories or themes:

  • point-of-sale
  • physical go-tos
  • social media
  • online deals
  • direct gifts from businesses
  • money from employees
  • required actions from consumers
  • nonprofit celebrations and
  • special opportunities

 

Join us to learn more from author Joe Waters!

 

REGISTER NOW!

 

Join me for a lively discussion via webinar on Thursday, March 27, with Joe Waters about his innovative strategies designed to do more with corporations.

 

LANO members and friends can register for FREE, thanks to the generous support of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana Foundation.

  

 

LANO members: Visit www.causeplanet.org/lano to download the free book summary by logging in with your email address and Password1.

  

 


 

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2014 Angel Award Nominees Sought by Blue Cross Foundation

Posted By Tristi Charpentier, Huey and Angelina Wilson Foundation, Monday, February 10, 2014

 

2014 marks the program's 20th year of support for state’s children.

Nominations for the Angel Award, which recognizes and rewards exceptional volunteer work for the benefit of Louisiana children, have been opened by the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana Foundation.  Now in its 20th year, the Angel Award will honor eight individuals.

Deadline for nominations is April 4, 2014.

Each winner will name a 501(c)(3) organization to receive a grant of $20,000.  In the two decades since its inception in 1995, more than 150 individuals from all across the state have been chosen for the honor.  With this year’s grants, the total going to support organizations enriching and improving life for Louisiana children will top $1.8 million.

There is no age limit, upper or lower, imposed on potential nominees.  They have run the gamut from students to retirees, with a wide range of vocations in between.  They were all chosen for the time and effort they spent away from or in addition to their studies, their jobs or their retirement activities to be an "Angel.”

An online nomination form and more details on the program are available at the Blue Cross website, www.bcbsla.com/angelaward.

Nomination packets are also available by calling toll-free 1-888-219-BLUE (1-888-219-2583) or emailing Angel.Award@bcbsla.com. Nominators are encouraged to send supplemental information in support of the nomination, including testimonial letters, brochures, news articles, photos and videos. (Please note: These materials cannot be returned.)

Individuals who themselves have been honored as "Angels” make up the committee that will decide this year’s winners.  The following are the criteria they consider and nominators are asked to carefully consider this list:

  • NEED: Did the nominee contribute a needed service to Louisiana children?
  • ACTION: Was the nominee active, not just a figurehead?
  • INITIATIVE: Did the nominee initiate new programs or activities and use new methods to solve problems?
  • ACHIEVEMENT: Has the nominee accomplished desired results?
  • IMPACT: Has the activity or service provided by the nominee produced positive changes and provided examples for other groups?
  • TIME: Was the amount of time devoted to the activity or service significant?
  • CHALLENGE: Did the nominee have to overcome any unusual challenges, such as limited resources or public misperception of the problem?

A nominee may be recognized for work performed individually or through churches, schools or civic organizations, but a group cannot be nominated. The volunteer work must have been performed in the state of Louisiana with Louisiana children as the primary beneficiaries. The volunteer effort can be focused on enhancing any aspect of a child’s life, including physical, emotional, creative and spiritual. Individuals who are paid for their services are eligible, but their efforts must be considered to go above and beyond their job descriptions. Work done on work-release time and/or for student course credit may also be considered. Individuals may not be nominated posthumously.

The Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana Foundation will award grants to the honorees’ chosen charities that qualify as Louisiana-based nonprofit charitable organizations with tax-exempt status under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. 

About the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana Foundation
The Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana Foundation is building a healthier Louisiana through community outreach and charitable giving. Its two signature programs are The Angel Award®, an annual statewide recognition program that awards funds to outstanding Louisianians working to improve the quality of life of the state's children, and Smart Bodies®, an interactive education program to prevent childhood obesity. In addition, Blue Cross contributes nearly $2 million annually in financial aid to various non-profit organizations throughout the state that contribute to health, education and the overall quality of life in our communities. When we put dollars into Blue Cross communities, it makes Louisiana a better place for everyone. The Foundation is funded solely through Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana. 

About Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana
Founded in New Orleans in 1934, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana is the oldest and largest Louisiana-based health insurance company. Blue Cross is a private, fully taxed mutual company, owned by policyholders—not shareholders—and governed by a local Board of Directors. Learn more on the company’s website a
t
www.bcbsla.com or visit our social media hub to connect with us via Facebook, Twitter and more.

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Louisiana Child Well-Being Summit: Early Bird Registration Now Open

Posted By Kathleen Richey, LouisianaChildren.org, Monday, February 10, 2014

EVENT DATES: Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at 11:00 AM - Thursday, April 17, 2014 at 4:00 PM (CDT) Baton Rouge, LA

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. 

Early Bird Registration now open, extends to Feb. 28!  

Special Pricing: $125

 

[REGISTER]

 

For more information, view the Agenda and Summit Brochure.

 

 

Tags:  child welfare  conference  registration 

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Haiti Mission, Inc (HMI) Seeks Technical, Fundraising Assistance

Posted By Lloyd Duplantis, Haiti Mission Inc, Sunday, February 9, 2014
Updated: Monday, February 10, 2014

Haiti Mission, Inc., of Thibodaux, Louisiana has as its primary focus a commitment to provide basic humanitarian aid to numerous villages in the region of Jeremie, Haiti. The first and foremost goal is to provide potable water within 500 feet of every family in this area. Other projected activities include initiatives in the fields of education, health, improved housing, and other basic material needs.

A long range vision is to help the villagers to establish independent economic development by providing them with agricultural business opportunities utilizing their own native resources, which may include no-interest business loans and vocational skills that will enable them to lead a worthy life on the material, social, cultural, and spiritual level.

We are currently seeking individuals familiar with grant writing and the range of potential funding sources, such as organizations, businesses and foundations that would be interested to support the type work HMI does in Haiti, which consists of:

a. Drilling fresh water wells

b. Building houses

c. Elementary education

d. School children feeding programs

e. Various types of animal husbandry

In addition, we are looking for a willing and qualified web development volunteer to upgrade the HMI website and maximize its search engine optimization.

All interested volunteers or donors, please contact Joanna Cooley at: cajunmudbugjo@gmail.com

  

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