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2018 Semaine de la Francophonie Creative Placemaking Summit

Posted By George Marks, NUNU Arts and Culture Collective, Thursday, April 12, 2018

Creative placemaking is a planning process that places arts at the center of shaping the character and vitality of neighborhoods, cities, towns, and regions. It is an innovative approach to advancing the planning objectives of livability, sustainability, and equity.

Join us. Gather information and return home empowered. Adapt to your community's unique and authentic character.


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Grow Your Individual and Major Gifts Fundraising

Posted By Sarah Cortell Vandersypen, CFRE, Philanthropic Partners, Monday, April 9, 2018

Did you know that donations from individuals make up 72% of all charitable giving in the US (Giving USA 2017)?


Is your individual fundraising performing well? Do you want to find new ways to grow your individual fundraising? Do you not know how to approach a face-to-face solicitation?


In the upcoming workshop, Individual & Major Gifts, on April 18, you will learn how to develop an individual donor program and moves management strategy. We'll close direct mail, annual fund, membership programs, and major gifts. A special focus on major gifts will help you secure transformational gifts for your organization.


Lunch and training materials are included in your workshop fee. Attendees will receive a Certificate of Participation for completing the workshop.


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


Register here:




About Philanthropic Partners

Sarah Cortell Vandersypen, CFRE is the founder of Philanthropic Partners, a Baton Rouge-based consulting firm servicing nonprofit organizations. She specializes in building a development program from the ground up, diversifying revenue streams, and enhancing a culture of philanthropy through board and staff training and coaching. More information about Philanthropic Partners can be found at


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Non-Profit Application Workshop

Posted By Katelyn Smith, Louisiana Association of Nonprofit Organizations, Monday, April 2, 2018

Serve Louisiana, formerly Louisiana Delta Service Corps is currently seeking non-profit organizations to partner with for the upcoming 2018-19 service term. The work that nonprofits, public schools, grassroots efforts and community initiatives do to improve lives across South Louisiana is critical. And since 1991, Serve Louisiana has helped a diverse group of organizations grow their mission and deepen their impact by partnering them with smart, energetic young leaders who have a passion for service.


Our AmeriCorps members serve full time for 11 months starting September 1st. They work on capacity building projects encompassing volunteer recruitment and management, technology and social media, community outreach and program design and evaluation.

Serve Louisiana is seeking organizations that will offer a meaningful service opportunity, provide excellent mentorship and training experiences and help develop the future leaders of our community.


Partner Organizations pay a one-time cash match of $10,000 per member. This helps offset the cost of the member’s living allowance ($14,000), health insurance, member training, and education award ($5,920).


If you are interested in learning more about hosting an AmeriCorps member please attend one of our application workshops in either Baton Rouge or New Orleans. We will review the entire application, the timeline for submission and corps member recruitment and the benefits and responsibilities for hosting a member. Please rsvp to if you are interested in attending. Applications will be available on our website starting April 9th and will be due to us on April 30th.


Baton Rouge

April 9th 1-3 Goodwood Library (room 102)


New Orleans

April 12th 10:30-12:30 Keller Library 

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2018 Semaine de la Francophonie Creative Placemaking Summit

Posted By George Marks, NUNU Arts and Culture Collective, Thursday, March 29, 2018


Be part of this regional endeavor to introduce neighboring communities to ongoing Creative Placemaking work throughout Acadiana, and to each other, and join in workshops that seek to assist with shaping projects that better YOUR community, town and/or city.
During these five days you will hear from leading experts in the study and practice of Creative Placemaking. You will participate in discussions designed to assist with a fuller and working understanding of how to implement Creative Placemaking.
Sunday, April 22 - NUNU Arts and Culture Collective, Arnaudville
Monday, April 23 – Sliman Performing Arts Center, New Iberia
Tuesday, April 24 – Abbey Players Theater, Abbeville
Wednesday, April 25 – St. John Episcopal Church, Washington
Thursday, April 26 – Acadiana Center for the Arts, Lafayette
Creative Placemaking is all about the transformation of communities and neighborhoods via art and/or culture centered projects that result in places where people want to live and visit. It is about inclusion and partnership building, and the want for an improved quality of life.
While this summit is certainly something that community and organizational leaders, public officials, decision makers, municipal and economic planners, and innovators in arts and culture would find beneficial - you need not be one who is considered a leader to affect change


For more information and/or to register, visit:



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Building Strong Donor Relationships - Special LANO Discount

Posted By Nora Ellertsen, The Funding Seed, LLC, Friday, March 23, 2018
Updated: Friday, March 23, 2018

Building Strong Donor Relationships
Thursday, April 12
1:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Ashe Power House Theater
1731 Baronne St., New Orleans

Build and strengthen relationships that will sustain your nonprofit!

Did you know that getting donors to give to your nonprofit is not just about what you say when you are asking for a gift, but what you are doing when you are NOT asking?

This workshop will give you best practices and practical tools to get your donors excited to give to you. Having great donor relationships means that you raise more money, with less stress and less work.

Participants will learn:
-The Donor Cultivation Cycle- a simple way to think about the process of identifying prospects, building great relationships, and asking donors to give in the right way.
-The right balance of asking and not asking.
-What to do with your donors who have the capacity to give the most.
-Attendees will receive a Certificate of Participation for completing the workshop.

Registration $40. Special LANO discount available - enter code LANO2018 at checkout for 15% off!



For questions, to inquire about discount codes or to reserve your seat and pay at the door, email

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Does Your Management Team Measure Up?

Posted By Celeste Viator, Hannis T. Bourgeois, LLP, Friday, March 23, 2018

Part of a good management structure means that key leaders not only get the job done but they also encourage staff members and volunteers. That involves praising them properly, inspiring their trust, and providing them with the information needed to do their jobs and understand their roles in the organization.

Often it's more a question of attitude than skill. We all have the ability to communicate and motivate people to do their best. 

Here's a checklist of questions to ask about your organization. How does your management team stack up? If you have too many "no" answers, it's time to examine the attitude of your organization's supervisors.


The Good Manager's Guide:

  • When problems arise, do managers separate the issues from the people? Employees are more comfortable bringing up issues without fear of retribution.
  • Does the management team approach mistakes in a constructive manner? Coaching an employee or a volunteer how to fix an error is a positive experience. When the issue is made into a personal failing, rather than a task oriented mistake, it creates a negative atmosphere.
  • Do senior managers create a team atmosphere? Good managers take a personal interest in their team and participate in social events.
  • Do supervisors regularly offer praise for jobs well done? People respond to comments of appreciation. But don't turn it into a ritual by praising every little thing. That will have little effect.
  • Are managers effectively communicating their expectations? People feel that they are being penalized for not reaching goals of which they aren't aware.
  • Do managers have an adequate number of people reporting to them? Supervisors lose their effectiveness and cannot give proper attention when they handle too many employees or volunteers. 
  • Do managers listen and do staff members think their suggestions are appreciated? Good supervisors listen to the relevant ideas, opportunities, needs and problems of subordinates.

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Complete the 2018 State Nonprofit Salary Survey !

Posted By Katelyn Smith, Louisiana Association of Nonprofit Organizations, Thursday, March 22, 2018
Updated: Thursday, March 22, 2018


The Louisiana Association of Nonprofit Organizations has partnered with publisher Columbia Books & Information Services to conduct a large scale nonprofit compensation survey for Louisiana nonprofits. Participation is FREE and members of the Louisiana Association of Nonprofit Organizations are eligible to receive a free copy of the report if you participate in the survey.  The survey will go live March 26th, 2018 and close May 31st, 2018. Members who do not participate in the survey can purchase a copy of the report at a discounted price. To register to participate in the 2018 survey please visit and click “Register”.


  • If you are unsure whether your organization is a member of the Louisiana Association of Nonprofit Organizations, please contact Katelyn Smith, Member Services Manager at


What is the 2018 Louisiana Nonprofit Compensation Survey?

Prepared and produced by experts with over 30 years of experience conducting compensation reports, this annual salary survey is designed specifically for nonprofits. It is the fastest and easiest-to-use salary survey available. With over 100 job descriptions, a quick and easy interface and a robust support team behind it, taking the survey is easy, and the resulting report will be a tremendous help to your nonprofit.


Why participate?

         It’s fast, easy, and FREE. Clear job descriptions make matching your positions simple and straightforward.

        The survey is specific to nonprofits like yours.  You can compare your organization’s staff salary levels to those of similar organizations.

        The more participants we have, the better the data will be. High participation produces robust results, benefiting both nonprofits and those seeking to work in the nonprofit sector in our state.

        The results will help you and your organization set fair and competitive compensation – the key to hiring and maintaining valuable employees.


What will the final report include?

         Hard data to use to analyze your nonprofits’ salary structure

         Specific market salary information for over 100 positions. Easy-to-read charts include median     salaries, average salaries and more

        Changes in nonprofit pay levels from one year to the next

        Salary differences by non-profit type, budget, and staff size

        All-new enhanced benefits section



Your Questions Answered:

        Who fills out the survey? Primarily HR or finance executives at associations and nonprofits, but if you don’t have a dedicated HR or finance staff person, your executive director would be the most appropriate person to complete the survey.

        Is it difficult? No. The user interface is designed for easy input of compensation information. A support team will be available for troubleshooting.

        Is it secure? Absolutely. The user interface is encrypted and password protected.

        What if I filled this out last year? If you participated since 2014, the survey will “remember” your responses from the last time, which will make filling the survey out much easier!

        Is there a cost? It is 100% free to fill out the survey, and as a member of your State Association you will receive a free copy of the report.

Here are what other participants have said about the survey:


"As a participant I found the survey was easy to take and didn't consume a lot of my time. The resulting report is going to be a valuable tool for myself and our board of directors"

-          Linda Elliot, President, Hawaii Wildlife Center


"The survey contained so many options under job positions - it was easy to find and list our staff salaries"

-          Bryce Chitwood, Director of Operations, Central Christian Camp


We hope that you will contribute to this vital study. Participation is free and all results are confidential. We encourage you to forward this information to other organizations you think might be interested.


When will the report be available and how much will it cost? The report will be available in August from Louisiana Association of Nonprofit Organizations. The full report is free for any participating members, $75 for members who did not participate, $75 for non-members who participated and $150 for non-members who did not participate.


To register to participate in this year’s survey, opening March 26th, please visit and choose “Register”.


Feel free to contact Katelyn Smith, with any questions.

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Mutual of America Community Partnership Award

Posted By Katelyn Smith, Louisiana Association of Nonprofit Organizations, Thursday, March 22, 2018

The Mutual of America Community Partnership Award annually honors the outstanding contributions that nonprofit organizations, in partnership with public, private and other social sector organizations, make to society.

Each year, the Mutual of America Foundation sponsors a national competition in which hundreds of organizations demonstrate the value of their partnership to the communities they serve, their ability to be replicated by others and their capacity to stimulate new approaches to addressing significant social issues. From this group of applicants, an independent committee selects 10 organizations for a Community Partnership Award and produces a documentary video of the national award-winning program. The video serves as a valuable tool in the partnership’s efforts to expand public awareness of their crucial work and help them attract additional partners and new sponsors.

Since its inception in 1996, the Community Partnership Award has recognized 220 partnerships from cities and towns all across America.

The website address is:


We also have a YouTube page of the past winners at:

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Free health screening in Jefferson Parish-a first!

Posted By J. B. Hunt, AAAneurysm Outreach, Friday, March 2, 2018

Free Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Screenings on March 29, 2018


KENNER, LA — Blue Cross Blue Shield of Louisiana and AAAneurysm Outreach are working in partnership with Jefferson Council on Aging and Endologix to provide free lifesaving abdominal aortic aneurysm screenings March 29 from 8 a.m. to noon during the annual Senior Expo at the Pontchartrain Center in Kenner.


“This quick, easy ultrasound of the abdomen is painless,” according to Claudie Sheahan, MD, Associate Professor of Clinical Surgery at LSU Health Sciences Center. “We will be able to determine whether or not an aneurysm is present. If the aneurysm is found early, it can be treated to prevent rupturing.”


This event is the first AAA screening in Jefferson Parish, and is expected to reach hundreds of people who attend the expo. “We are glad to be able to provide this free service to Jefferson Parish residents, at a convenient location,” said AAAneurysm Outreach board member and University of New Orleans healthcare professor Don Zimmerman, a Jefferson Parish resident and AAA survivor.


“The Senior Expo is such a fun way to meet new people, catch up with the ones you know and learn about what your community has to offer you! Whether with friends or on your own, please consider stopping by for a fast and easy AAA (abdominal aortic aneurysm) screening. It is a perfect opportunity to save yourself an office visit and get a wonderful, potentially lifesaving service for FREE! “– Cynthia Lee-Sheng, Councilwoman at Large, Division B, Jefferson Parish


An abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) is a ballooning of the abdominal aorta, the artery that carries blood to the lower part of the body. This type of aneurysm rupture is the third leading cause of sudden death in men 60 and older in the United States. It is estimated that more than 1 million people are living today with an undiagnosed AAA. There are no symptoms. Risk factors for AAA include a history of smoking, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and hardening of the arteries.



Founded in 1999 in Louisiana, AAAneurysm Outreach is the nation’s only non-profit that provides education, free health screenings and awareness of abdominal aortic aneurysms, and provides comprehensive outreach for at-risk individuals –-typically smokers, men and women over the age of 60, those with hypertension and people with a family history of the condition.

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Intermediate Grantwriting

Posted By Nora Ellertsen, The Funding Seed, LLC, Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Intermediate Grantwriting
Thursday, March 15, 1:30pm - 4:30pm
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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