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Intermediate Grantwriting

Posted By Nora Ellertsen, The Funding Seed, LLC, Thursday, September 28, 2017
Updated: Thursday, September 28, 2017

Intermediate Grantwriting
Thursday, October 19, 9am - 12pm
Ashe Power House Theater
1731 Baronne St.
New Orleans, LA 70113

So you've written a few grants and feel like you've got the basics down.

Are you ready to take your grantwriting to the next level?

Intermediate Grantwriting will help you improve your grant proposals and raise more money for your nonprofit. Through this workshop, you'll learn specific ways to make your proposal more appealing to a funder, including how to make a compelling case to someone unfamiliar with your nonprofit's work and what kind of research and data to include.



Registration $40 per person. Discounts available for students, AmeriCorps members, and organizations registering two or more people.

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

For more on services offered by The Funding Seed, visit To reserve your space and pay at the door, or for any questions, please email

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Keep Your Database Clean

Posted By Celeste Viator, Hannis T. Bourgeois, LLP, Tuesday, September 26, 2017
This is one of those Believe It or Not stories: Years ago, a charity generated solicitation letters from a computerized database. One letter addressed to a state Humane Society stated: "Dear Miss Society."

Whoops! On the surface, member or database management may seem like an impersonal clerical function, but how it's handled can have a profound impact on your relationship with donors.

You have probably not seen most of the people listed in your database. But these faceless members and potential donors deserve to be valued, respected and protected. You don't want to drive anyone away with sloppy database management.

Here are some tips to prevent problems:

1. Review the role of your database manager. Is the person an integral part of your organization - or consulted only when a donor calls to complain about a triplicate mailing? How do you communicate complaints that come via phone, e-mail or regular mail?

If your method is to hand the manager a message in the break room, or stick notes on the person's chair, it's time to develop a more systematic approach and communicate to everyone who needs to know.

2. Update mailing lists. Regularly have a licensee of the National Change of Address (a department of the U.S. Post Office) process your lists to find the names of people who have moved or passed away. It is estimated that at least eight percent of all U.S. mail is undeliverable because of incorrect addresses. This means lost donations and wasted money.

Moreover, when someone receives a letter from you addressed to a person who hasn't lived there for years or one that contains misspellings, your reputation may start to suffer. The recipients may start to think your organization is careless and wonder if that lack of attention spills into the way you handle your finances. You can see how easy it is for sloppy database management to erode relationships.

3. Turn complaints to your advantage. When a member makes a request or complaint, follow up with a phone call or personal e-mail message. If a donor complains about mailings in triplicate, wait a month or so, then call to find out if the problem has been corrected.

4. Respect their wishes. If donors ask to be removed from your mailing list, inactivate the file but don't purge their names and addresses. Perhaps they'll start supporting you again in the future. You certainly don't want to send them the letters that go to current members. But by leaving the history of their past donations in your database, you'll have a record of their past support.

Relationship building is one of the most important functions of member database management.

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Change Fund Grant Opportunity

Posted By Emilie E. Bowman, Louisiana Association of Nonprofit Organizations, Monday, September 25, 2017

One week to go before Change Fund Grant Applications are due for LANO Change Fund.  This is an easy opportunity for nonprofits in the Shreveport/Bossier and Greater Baton Rouge areas to apply for a $10,000 grant to be awarded in the Spring of 2018. 


The Change Fund is an element of LANO's Community Leader  nonprofit board training program that teaches participants board roles and responsibilities in  fund development. Each participant is challenged with the task of giving and raising money for a nonprofit program (selected by the class) in the Greater Baton Rouge and Shreveport area.


The intent of this  fund is to make a monetary donation to a local nonprofit organization. The exact amount of the donation is never finalized until the money is raised; however, the goal is to make an award of approximately $10,000.


To qualify, you must be a 501c3 organization in the Greater Baton Rouge or Shreveport/Bossier area.


To help us in our selection we are asking that you provide:

·        a brief written description of your organization and its programs and mission

·        a brief description of the program you want to fund and how the donation will be used

·        a project budget for the $10,000 donation


For more information on the Change Fund and to Apply please click here. If you have any questions please contact Kay Irby,

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Posted By David Wellmeyer, Deutsches Haus, Friday, September 15, 2017

Hi all


I'm David Wellmeyer, on the Board at Deutsches Haus and we are excited to

return to New Orleans for Oktoberfest this year. It's been six years since we

had to move to Metairie for our base and move to Kenner for Oktoberfest.

The city of Kenner was very supportive and we thank them for their hospitality.

But it's time to move back to New Orleans and we have begun construction

on our permanent home at 1700 Moss Street.

Oktoberfest will take place on the first 3 weekends in October and we are 

anticipating large crowds. So we are looking for friends who are interested

in volunteering to help us. Our  mission is to preserve and foster Germanic

heritage and culture in the Gulf South.

Please see below links for Oktoberfest and volunteer sing up.

Thanks, looking forward to seeing you at the fest either as a volunteer

or a visitor to our future home.



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Grant Writing Workshop. All Levels! October 10th and 11th. LSU and kiisa's Successful Grant Writing Workshop

Posted By David Kiviaho, kiisa Corporation, Tuesday, September 12, 2017
Updated: Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Successful Grant Writing, only offered by LSU and kiisa, has served Louisiana's organizations for over seven years. Information presented is updated every quarter, is interactive, and is fun. Donor leads, funding relationships, and the how to's on writing the narrative, formulating the budget and many other pertinent  areas of grantwriting are explored. This workshop is for every level, beginning grant writer to expert. This phenomenal course wastes no time in providing relevant, critical data on every aspect of a foundation grant or a federal bid response. No funding opportunity is left 'unturned.'


The instructors, Sharon Sandifer, M.Ed and David Kiviaho are also successful grant writers. They have a client base of clients that have benefitted from their grant writing efforts. 


Register today, our graduates actually succeed in grant writing efforts, and attaining funding awards.  We look forward to seeing you on October 10th and 11th! 



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KSLA News 12 Partners with Local Organizations to Raise Money for Hurricane Harvey Relief

Posted By Emilie E. Bowman, Louisiana Association of Nonprofit Organizations, Tuesday, September 5, 2017



SHREVEPORT — KSLA News 12 has partnered with The Community Foundation of North Louisiana to collect and distribute money to organizations directly helping victims of Hurricane Harvey.


On Wednesday, September 6, KSLA News 12 and volunteers with The Warrior Network will be collecting donations at the KSLA News 12 studios on Fairfield Avenue in Shreveport and at John Harvey Toyota on Benton Road in Bossier City.


KSLA News 12 will be live on air and online from both locations in all newscasts from 6:00 AM – 7:00 PM to encourage the community to donate, interview representatives from both organizations, and highlight the local donors.


In addition to donating in person, you can make an online donation by going to


All money raised will go directly to nonprofit organizations aiding in Harvey relief efforts. Checks should be made payable to The Community Foundation of North Louisiana.


For more information please call Blane Skiles at (318) 677-6757, email, or go to

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Grantwriting for Beginners Workshop September 21st!

Posted By Nora Ellertsen, The Funding Seed, LLC, Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Grantwriting for Beginners
Thursday, September 21, 9am - 12pm
Ashe Cultural Arts Center
1712 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd.
New Orleans, LA 70113

Are you involved with a nonprofit?
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 $40 per person. Discounts available for students, AmeriCorps members and organizations registering two or more people.



For more on workshops and other services from The Funding Seed, visit Email to inquire about discount codes or to reserve your space and pay at the door.

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NCPP Public Performance Conference

Posted By Terence Delaine Jr, Thursday, August 10, 2017

LANO has an ongoing partnership with the Rutgers School of Public Affairs and Administration that will grant two individual scholarships for LANO Members (Friend of LANO excluded) to attend the 10th Annual National Center for Public Performance Conference in Boston, Massachusetts from September 28th-29th.


This year’s NCPP Public Performance Conference marks the 10th year the nation’s top government and non-profit performance professionals and academics will come together to share stories of innovation, data-driven decisions, and organizational excellence. Every year, the event draws attendees from all over the world for two days of discussion and networking.


Founded in 1975, the National Center for Public Performance at the Rutgers University School of Public Affairs and Administration is a policy and practice advocacy organization that promotes the use of data and performance management to improve government operations. The center offers a wide array of resources and helps area governments with policy analysis and performance oriented reforms.

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Embody Progress Conference

Posted By Terence Delaine Jr, Tuesday, August 1, 2017

LANO is pleased to announce a new partnership with The Change Project that will grant two individual scholarships for LANO Members (Friend of LANO excluded) to attend the Embody Progress Conference at the Sheraton Birmingham in Birmingham, Alabama from August 24th-27th.


The Embody Progress Conference is an annual conference held in an area of the country that is traditionally under resourced with regard to LGBTQ issues, providing access for all individuals regardless of barriers, presenting up-to-date resources and information, relevant in trends and topics, and providing space for all voices to be uplifted in unison.

The Embody Progress Conference will act as a catalyst for unifying organizers, funders, and thought leaders on a national scale with grassroots community organizers, educators, health administrators, and everyday people in hopes to educate and mobilize around issues facing LGBTQ people on local, regional, and national levels.


If you or a member of your organization would like to attend with free registration, please apply below!


Scholarship applications are due Friday, August 9th by 12 p.m. and recipients will be announced Tuesday, August 15th.

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Johnson Amendment Update

Posted By Kelly Pepper, Louisiana Association of Nonprofit Organizations, Monday, July 17, 2017

The amendment to strike Section 116 related to Johnson Amendment enforcement failed by a vote of 24 to 28. The vote on nonpartisanship was not by party line as feared. Two Republicans, Charles Dent (R-PA) and Scott Taylor (R-VA) voted with all Democrats to remove the measure that would make it virtually impossible for the IRS to enforce the Johnson Amendment against even grievous violations of the Johnson Amendment.


We are attaching a link to the National Council of Nonprofits’ news release related to the amendment, “Nonprofits to Congress: Don't Politicize Houses of Worship” that we encourage you to share with your staffs and communities. We will update you with more information as it becomes available to us.

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