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Create a Powerful Fundraising Plan in New Orleans Workshop

Posted By Nora Ellertsen, The Funding Seed, LLC, Wednesday, January 8, 2014
January nonprofit workshop:

Creating a Powerful Fundraising Plan

Tuesday, January 21
9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Ashe Cultural Arts Center
1712 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd.

Start the new year right with a powerful fundraising plan!

What would happen at your organization if you never had to worry about your funding?  If you knew how much you needed to raise, and how you were going to raise it?

What would happen at your organization if you never had to worry about your funding?  If you knew how much you needed to raise, and how you were going to raise it?

This workshop will help you make that a reality.  You'll learn ways to assess your resources, to set fundraising goals, and to create a calendar that will keep you on track.  Participants will receive tools they can take back to their organizations and put to work immediately.   

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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LANO Board Names New President & CEO

Posted By Matthew Mullenix, Louisiana Association of Nonprofit Organizations, Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Concluding a nationwide search for our next leader, LANO's Board of Directors announced today the hire of nonprofit management and fund development expert, Kelly Pepper, to serve as the Association's fourth President & CEO. 

A veteran of executive, grantmaking, fundraising and communications roles within the arts community, Pepper is currently Director of Organization Services & Community Development for Louisiana's Division of the Arts, where she administers the Decentralized Arts Funding Program, the State's competitive grant system that supports the work of arts organizations, community groups, individual artists and local government agencies in every parish.


Serving the Division since 2006, Pepper set grant policy, oversaw compliance and provided training, strategic planning and program evaluation for recipient organizations.  A recognized expert in nonprofit fundraising, Pepper has been a member of the Adjunct Faculty of Louisiana State University, instructing on Advanced Strategies in Development.

"I am honored to be selected for this unique opportunity to expand my support of outstanding nonprofit organizations throughout Louisiana," said Pepper.  "I look forward to applying the experience and knowledge I've gained to help LANO meet and exceed members' expectations."

Previously, Pepper directed fund development, marketing and public relations for arts organizations in Baton Rouge, New Orleans, New York, and Nashville, and served as Executive Director of the Center for The Arts in Murfreesboro, Tennessee.

LANO Board Chair, Tony Frey, cites Pepper's extensive nonprofit management and supervisory experience, statewide program administration and demonstrated fundraising expertise as compelling reasons for her hire.  "Kelly brings the perfect mix of skills and experience to this role," said Frey, "at a time when the demand for LANO's services and unique mission has never been greater."

LANO has enjoyed consecutive years of growth in its statewide membership of more than 12,000 volunteers and professionals from nonprofit, business, government, and education spheres. 

Operating since 1999, LANO provides a host of in-person and online trainings, nonprofit board development, event promotion, career and networking services and recently launched the Institute for Nonprofit Excellence to bring national speakers and the latest organizational development tools to Louisiana's nonprofits.

Kelly Pepper will succeed former President & CEO, Ann S. Williamson, who now serves as Executive Director of Utah's Department of Human Services.  Pepper's employment at LANO will begin January 27.  Vice President Matt Mullenix will represent the organization in the interim. 

Contact: Matt Mullenix

Tags:  Board of Directors  LANO  President 

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LCTF Currently Accepting Grant Applications

Posted By Susan Shaffette, Team Dynamics LLC, Monday, January 6, 2014

2014 Grant Announcement

Apply Now! Deadline: February 14, 2014!

The forms needed for the 2014 grant application process are now available on the Louisiana Children's Trust Fund website. Click here to access them.

LCTF is also hosting short, free webinars to help you through the application on 2 dates. The dates and times for these webinars are:

• Thursday, January 16, 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
• Friday, January 24, 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

Please sign up for either one at the LCTF website. Each webinar session will be limited to 24 attendees. There is a question on the application form asking whether you attended either of these. If needed, a third session will be added on Friday, January 24 from 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm.

There will also be Q&A conference call on Friday, January 31st from 10 - 11 AM. It will address pre-submitted questions. After the webinar, if you have questions, you can submit your inquiry & it will be addressed during the conference call.

Tags:  Grant funding opportunity  grants 

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Support National Mentoring Month

Posted By Matthew Mullenix, Louisiana Association of Nonprofit Organizations, Sunday, January 5, 2014


Join members Big Buddy, Volunteer Louisiana, our regional United Ways and numerous other service organizations in recognizing National Mentoring Month.

To be a mentor, all you need is an ability to listen and to offer friendship, guidance and encouragement to a young person. You'll be amazed by how much you'll get out of the experience.

Mentoring can happen in any number of settings, including your neighborhood, schools, faith-based communities, businesses, and social networks like LANO's.

Access LANO's Volunteer Network to find organizations in need of your help, including opportunities for volunteering on behalf of a young person as a mentor.

Tags:  community  mentor  service  Volunteer 

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Funding Rural America: Finding New Grants for Small Communities

Posted By Ellen Mowrer,, Inc., Monday, December 30, 2013

When has it ever been easy to secure funding for rural communities? Is there a way to level the playing field so small towns and counties or boroughs without large metropolitan areas can compete for both government and private sector grants? What are the other options for financially supporting a rural project? Are collaborative efforts worth the effort?

And, of course the biggest question: who is funding rural America? These, and other relevant questions, along with current trends affecting rural funding will be addressed in this webinar presented by Cynthia Adams, CEO of GrantStation.

Click here to register.

Thursday January 30, 2014 2:00 PM Eastern Time (U.S.), 90 minutes
Fee: $89.00 per person, $150.00 per site

Tags:  development  grant  grant writing  training 

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Building a Powerful Grants Strategy for 2014

Posted By Ellen Mowrer,, Inc., Monday, December 30, 2013

This webinar will take participants through the process of establishing a grants calendar for the next 12 to 18 months. Fast-paced, and filled with action steps, Cynthia Adams will discuss how to design and adopt a Grant Decision Matrix before beginning the process of building a specific grants strategy for each project.

All participants will also receive a set of worksheets that they can use to create their own approach to building grants calendars and grants strategies for their organizations. This webinar will be held on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 and is for beginning, intermediate and advanced grant writers. Visit the link above to register.

Wednesday January 15, 2014 2:00 PM Eastern Time (U.S.), 90 minutes
Fee: $89.00 per person, $150.00 per site.  Click here to register.

Tags:  development  grant writing  grants  training 

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Rapid Response Pulse Poll on Government Contracts/Grants

Posted By Matthew Mullenix, Louisiana Association of Nonprofit Organizations, Sunday, December 29, 2013

LANO's national affiliate, the National Council of Nonprofits (NCN*), is conducting a state-by-state survey seeking the most current information regarding grant and contracting relationships between nonprofits and governments (federal, state, and local).  

If your nonprofit organization has government contracts or grants, please take a few moments to complete this Pulse Poll: Contracts and Grants regarding your recent experiences.

NCN is especially interested
in your stories and specific examples of how your government contracts or grant experiences have affected your organization or those you serve. All stories will be kept anonymous unless you grant permission to use your experience as an example in any discussions or documents produced regarding these issues.

Please complete this short survey at your earliest convenience.  LANO will share the Louisiana results at the end of January, 2014.


*LANO's General and Associate member dues help underwrite our annual membership in the National Council, which in turn provides all LANO members access to valuable national perspectives, nonprofit data, pass-through discounts and additional resources. 


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The State of Grantseeking Fall 2013 Report

Posted By Ellen Mowrer,, Inc., Friday, December 20, 2013

The State of Grantseeking Fall 2013 Report is here, with additional details presented at a more granular level, including benchmarking tools, median award size, staff size, grant activity pattern and more based on organizational mission, budget, and service area.


GrantStation is pleased to share the survey results with you.


Highlights from the Fall 2013 Report:
  • In the first six months of 2013, 80.0% of organizations that applied for grants won awards.
  •  In this survey, 31% of respondents reported receipt of larger awards than during the same period in the prior year.
  •  Compared to the Fall 2012 survey, the median award size decreased by 8%.
  •  Funding from all levels of government decreased between 5% and 9% compared to last year, yet government at all levels increased as the source of the largest grant award.

We hope that this information is helpful to you in your good work, and wish everyone a Happy New Year!

Tags:  grants  Statistics 

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Suggest a book and enter to win a Nook!

Posted By Denise McMahan, CausePlanet, Friday, December 13, 2013



December is Read a New Book Month!



Join CausePlanet in encouraging one another to delve in a new book that will have you leading your nonprofit with fresh ideas.

Simply suggest a book and enter to win a Nook e-reader! Post a relevant business or nonprofit title that you wish to read or recommend on our Facebook page and earn a chance to win a Nook e-reader! (Can't think of any titles? Hint: Visit our summary store for ideas! ) Deadline: 4 p.m. CST on Dec 31.

by Denise McMahan, CausePlanet Founder

Tags:  CausePlanet 

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Great financial management: the road to smart growth

Posted By Erica Crenshaw, Execute Now!, Friday, December 13, 2013


Christy Ross is like so many of us who are drawn to the nonprofit sector. A connection to something greater than ourselves is what spurs us on every day. Ross was compelled to apply for her new position because she wanted to be part of an incredibly powerful purpose. Last year, she accepted a position as executive director for ...


Read more at the Finance Fundamentals Newsletter


Tags:  Execute Now!  Finance Fundamentals 

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