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Apply for Funding Through Louisiana State Combined Charitable Campaign

Posted By Robin Taylor, Louisiana Association of United Ways, Tuesday, January 21, 2014

This year, Louisiana will launch its inaugural state combined charitable campaign for its employees.

State employees will be given the opportunity this fall to contribute to qualified health and human service nonprofits. The Louisiana Association of United Ways is proud to be the Principal Combined Fundraising Organization (PCFO) for this campaign and will be working in coordination with the Office of State Uniform Payroll (OSUP).

All qualifying health and human service nonprofits operating within the state of Louisiana are eligible to apply.

The application process has begun with a deadline for application of March 3, 2014. All qualified non-profit agencies will be reviewed and notified of eligibility on or before June 30, 2014.

To receive application information, visit, email or call (225) 218-2613


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Audits Are Essential to Your Organization's Health

Posted By Celeste Viator, Hannis T. Bourgeois, LLP, Friday, January 17, 2014

Audits have become more important due to increased public and government scrutiny of nonprofit organizations, their management and their boards.

Audits not only provide you with a fair assessment of your organization's financial health, but also can reveal vulnerabilities such as weak internal controls, insufficient cash reserves and poor investment policies.  

Perhaps most important, regular audits reassure your donors, members and other stakeholders that you run a fit organization.    

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Does Your Board Receive the Full Financial Picture of Your Nonprofit?

Posted By Steve Doud, Jitasa, Friday, January 17, 2014

In the article "Do you equip your board for financial strategy?” by Kate Barr, she provides perhaps the best, or at least the simplest, analogy explaining the importance of financial analysis that I've heard.

She says, "Would you serve your friends a bowl of cake batter and then wonder why they don't rave about your beautiful cake? Probably not. You'd pour the batter in a pan, then bake and frost it before you serve the cake at a party.”

So what does cake, or its beginnings, have to do with your nonprofit's financial position and strategy? Barr continues saying, "Too often, nonprofits give their board members the financial information equivalent of the bowl of batter rather than the finished cake. Sure, the ingredients are all in the bowl, but many financial reports need to be baked and frosted before they can be served.”

Click the below link to read more about proper presentation of your nonprofit financials and how to avoid leaving your board ill-equipped to assess the situation in your organization.

[Jitasa Blog: January 15




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SAVE THE DATE: 2014 Disability Rights Rally

Posted By Keokah T. Sanders, Louisiana Developmental Disabilities Council, Friday, January 17, 2014
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Jump Start Your New Year with the Double Your Personal and Professional Productivity Workshop

Posted By Howard White, Team TOP Choice, Thursday, January 16, 2014

Team TOP Choice is proud to present the DYP3 (Double Your Personal and Professional Productivity) workshop, on January 28, 2014 at 1:00pm.

This workshop was in such high demand the first time we did on New Years Eve, so we are doing it again! A three and a half hour workshop packed with the tools you need to determine the Dream, set the Goal, and manage the Time to double your productivity and profitability.

Topics will cover strategies to help you determine your dream, strategic goal setting, lesson in effective time management, how to control your calendar, and ways to rebound and bounce back from setbacks and roadblocks.

You will not want to miss this great opportunity to learn, grow, and be empowered. So join us at 7249 Florida Blvd., Baton Rouge, La 70806, in the Bon Carre Executive Suites, and prepare yourself for a year better than any other.


For more information call our office at (225) 924-3700 or (225) 907-6593.

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Tags:  Empowerment  Motivation  Seminar  Team TOP Choice  TOP Choice  Training  Workshop 

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Greater New Orleans Foundation Upcoming Learning Opportunities

Posted By Mandi Cambre, Thursday, January 16, 2014

· Nonprofit Workshops

The Organizational Effectiveness initiative is pleased to offer some of our most popular and complimentary 101 workshops over the next several weeks, including Board Governance 101, Fundraising 101, and Advocacy 101. Board Governance 101 is just two weeks away, so be sure to get your spot! Even if you have attended Board Governance 101 before, this is a great learning opportunity for any new board members you might have.

In the spring, save the dates for Fundraising with Individual Donors and Board Recruitment. For advanced workshops, registration is $20 for each grantee participant and $25 for each non-grantee participant.

Click here for workshop descriptions and registration.

· Emerging Leaders

The Organizational Effectiveness Initiative of the Greater New Orleans Foundation in partnership with CompassPoint Nonprofit Services is now accepting applications for Emerging Leaders, a leadership program for managers working in southeast Louisiana nonprofit human service organizations. This program is made possible through the generous support of The Kresge Foundation.

The Emerging Leaders program supports the development of mid-managers to move to the next level of leadership using a multicultural framework that examines cultural dimensions in managing people and organizational finances. This program focuses on these two areas, deepening the management and leadership capabilities of individual participants, while increasing the overall health and sustainability of their current and future organizations of employment.

The deadline to submit your application for Emerging Leaders is Friday, February 14, 2014.

For more information click here.






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LSU Student Group Seeks Capital Area Nonprofits in Need of Volunteers

Posted By LANO Volunteer Network, Thursday, January 16, 2014

Geaux BIG Baton Rouge is a one-day event (March 22, 2014) that unites LSU students and Baton Rouge residents through service to strengthen the university’s relationship with the community. Volunteers' efforts focus on real needs by working on projects identified by Baton Rouge residents in areas including Old South Baton Rouge, Mid-City, and North Baton Rouge.

Geaux BIG, an LSU student organization, is looking for homeowners and nonprofit organizations in the Baton Rouge area that need assistance with yard work, minor house repairs, painting, moving furniture, and other tasks that volunteers could be utilized for in an effort to say 'thank you' for the work you do in the community.

There is no cost associated with submitting a Job Request.  Deadline extended to Jan 24, 2014.

If you think this is something your organization would be interested in participating in, please complete the Job Request Form or click the link below to complete the electronic form. Please also feel free to share this form with other organizations or community members who could benefit from the volunteers.





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Lesson Learned: A reflection of nonprofits in 2013

Posted By Erica Crenshaw, Execute Now!, Thursday, January 16, 2014
"There were pivotal moments during the last decade when the board should have made different, tougher decisions but didn't," explained Stephen Saunders, former director of the Hull House.
As I've shared in prior posts and in my Monday radio segments, the Hull House is emblematic of so many similar nonprofits that waited too long before reaching out for help. Consequently, I've used their significant story and others to constructively share about how you can avoid similar challenges.
Last fall, I had the opportunity to present to a group of nonprofit leaders in Michigan on the common themes I've observed over the past 12 months in our sector, relating to financial nonprofit leadership. It was a terrific exercise because it allowed me to look at the entire year as a composite of nonprofit decisions and behaviors rather than singular events each week.
Together in our Finance Fundamentals newsletter, we explored difficulties experienced by Goliath-sized nonprofits like the Girl Scouts, New York City Opera, Georgetown University, AARP, New York University, Legal Aid Bureau and Youth Service America. Some of the themes we observed were...

Read more in the Finance Fundamentals Newsletter


by Erica McGeachy Crenshaw, CEO of Execute Now!


Tags:  Execute Now!  Finance Fundamentals 

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Big Brothers Big Sisters of SWLA Celebrates National Mentoring Month

Posted By Erin Davison, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwest Louisiana, Thursday, January 16, 2014

This January is National Mentoring Month, and Big Brothers Big Sisters of SWLA is inviting the community to treat our Bigs as the celebrities they are in the eyes of their Littles.

Friends, families, staff members and friends of Big Brothers Big Sisters of SWLA can show their support throughout the month with a special Big Brothers Big Sisters Mentoring Month social media badge, which can be used, among other things, as a Facebook and Twitter profile picture (click image at right to download).

The organization is encouraging its celebrity ambassadors and other national and local public figures to mention Big Brothers Big Sisters on their Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram accounts, while everyone should also take the time to recognize the Bigs in their community through their own social media channels.

About Big Brothers Big Sisters: Big Brothers Big Sisters, the nation’s largest donor and volunteer-supported mentoring network, holds itself accountable for children in its program to achieve measurable outcomes, such as educational success, avoidance of risky behaviors, higher aspirations, greater confidence and better relationships.

Members: Learn more and contact us at our LANO profile...


Tags:  Children  Mentoring  Volunteer 

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Water Institute of the Gulf Seeks Grants Accountant

Posted By LANO Career Center, Monday, January 13, 2014

The Water Institute of the Gulf is seeking a Grants Accountant to assist with the financial and programmatic grant processes of the Institute from pre-award through post-award and closeout.

The Grants Accountant works closely with program staff and Institute directors to ensure accurate financial reporting and procedural compliance on all grants and contracts.This position reports to the Director of Grants & Contracts.

The Water Institute is an independent 501(c)3 not-for-profit research organization governed by a board of directors. Funding for the Institute comes from state, federal, non-profit, foundation and corporate sources through cooperative endeavor agreements, grants and contracts. The Water Institute of the Gulf was designed to serve clients from Louisiana and the Gulf Coast, eventually moving to share lessons learned nationally and globally.


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Tags:  Career Center  Grants 

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