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Nonprofit workshop: Grantwriting for Beginners

Posted By Nora Ellertsen, The Funding Seed, LLC, Monday, June 10, 2013
Nonprofit workshop:
Grantwriting for Beginners
Thursday, June 20
Ashe Cultural Arts Center
1712 O.C. Haley Blvd., New Orleans
Details & registration at


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 $35 per person. Discounts available for students, AmeriCorps and organizations registering two or more people.

Email to inquire about discount codes or to reserve your space and pay at the door.

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Donated Printers and Copiers Available

Posted By Renee Barbier, Alliance Safety Council, Friday, June 7, 2013

The Alliance Safety Council would like to donate the following office printers/copiers to a fellow nonprofit organization. 

Interested parties can please send an email to Renee Barbier.  


  • Canon Black/White ImageRunner 5065
  • Canon Color ImageRunner C3380i Dadf/ufr/pcl/univ.
  • Canon ImageRunner 1025if



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2013 National Council of La Raza Annual Conference

Posted By Richad Martinez, Greater New Orleans Foundation, Friday, June 7, 2013

Join fellow leaders at the 2013 NCLR Annual Conference, the most important gathering of the Latino community in the nation.

Taking place for the first time in New Orleans, this conference will feature four days of riveting conversation, exciting entertainment and unparalleled exchanges focused on the growth, successes, and needs of the U.S. Latino community.




Join us from July 20-23 at the Morial Convention Center for:

  • More than 50 cutting-edge workshops on topics including: social media, community health, k-12 education, wealth-building, jobs, housing, the Latina perspective and much more
  • Numerous networking receptions and opportunities
  • Interactive town halls on today's issues
  • Keynote addresses from our nation's leaders and civil rights pioneers
  • Access to dynamic experiences and exhibitors at the National Latino Family Expo®

EXCLUSIVE DISCOUNT For Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama residents only: Register for Conference at and use promotional code "NCLR2013” to take advantage of a deeply discounted registration rate. Receive a full, regular registration for only $350. Your registration provides you with access to all Conference meal events/general sessions, workshops, town halls and unlimited networking opportunities.

For more information please contact



Also, don't miss the 2013 National Latino Family Expo, taking place during the same time and in the same venue as the Conference. The NCLR National Latino Family Expo® is one of the largest events in the country focused on resources and activities for the Latino family, with more than 200 exhibitors showcasing their products and services.

From live entertainment and giveaways to free health screenings and informative demonstrations, everyone will discover something new in a fun and exciting environment that the entire family will enjoy. The Expo is open to all, and attendance is free of charge!




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LANO's Website Instruction Video Series Starts with 'Become a Volunteer'

Posted By Matthew Mullenix, Louisiana Association of Nonprofit Organizations, Thursday, June 6, 2013






LANO's effort to promote volunteerism within the member network continues with today's release of the first in our "How-To" series of instructional videos.

Titled Become a Volunteer, this short video tutorial will show LANO members (including Friends) how to adjust a setting in their member profiles to opt-in to our Volunteer Network, a new directory of hundreds of willing volunteers and organizations in need of help across the state.

In partnership with Volunteer Louisiana, LANO is proud to offer this service to the thousands of nonprofit professionals in our network.

We hope you'll sign in today and make this small change to your online profile that can mean a big change for a charity near you!











LANO thanks the talented public relations professional Ms. Linden Uter of Baton Rouge for her volunteer service in the creation of our How-To video series.  





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Organizational and financial strategy alignment is a must

Posted By Erica Crenshaw, Execute Now!, Thursday, June 6, 2013

"Few things inspire terror in the hearts of administrators and board members as much as an unanticipated shortfall near the end of the fiscal year.

"Yet deficits happen—and often to groups that do not deserve them,” asserts author and consultant Richard Linzer. This quotation couldn't be more accurate, yet I am still amazed by the common practice of ...

By Erica McGeachy Crenshaw, President of Execute Now!  


Read more about aligning organizational and financial strategy in the Finance Fundamentals Blog

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Capital Area United Way Announces Program Investments

Posted By Kendall Hebert, Capital Area United Way, Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Last week, Capital Area United Way (CAUW) announced 2013-2014 community investments of $8,056,849, a total exceeding last year's investments by more than $166,000.

Program investments (focused in education, income, and health) are determined by a committee of more than 70 volunteers from across the community assessing programs and outcomes.

These volunteers include representatives from companies with workplace campaigns, retirees from local businesses, community leaders and concerned citizens. Their collective input guides investments on a program-by-program basis to address the greatest needs in our community.

This year's distributions by program category will be as follows:

  • Education: $3,104,025.57
  • Income: $1,981,641.97
  • Health: $2,971,181.46

In the coming year, over $7.3 million will be invested directly back into the community through community partner programs and impact initiatives. This amount includes 113 programs managed by 47 Community Partner Agencies.

While these investments will improve lives throughout our capital region, we could do more.

"Declining campaign revenues continue to mean hardships for people in our 10-parish service area,” said Richard Williams, interim President/CEO for Capital Area United Way.

"There are meaningful programs that make a real difference in peoples’ lives that we are unable to fund unless we are able to generate additional revenue. That’s where we seek help from the public to step up in this next campaign season.”

Capital Area United Way received $8,938,110.63 in pledges, donations, sponsorships, and event revenue for the 2012 campaign. This represents $1.3 million less than the previous year’s total.

While the need in the community has become greater because of hard economic times, Capital Area United Way campaigns have declined over the past 5 years.  The real heroes are the companies and individuals who continue to contribute to Capital Area United way to meet the unmet needs in our community.

Please help your Capital Area United Way to expand the support it gives to essential programs that help people in our community have a better life.



Capital Area United Way

Mobilizing our community through collaborative efforts to advance the common good                                                                                           

Capital Area United Way works to advance the common good and create opportunities for a better life for all. To give, advocate, or volunteer please visit

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Cheers for Andrea: Foundation Supporter Runs in NYC Marathon

Posted By Trey Bowman, Bella Bowman Foundation, Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Andrea Bonnette

Running for Bella

The Bella Bowman Foundation, supporting research initiatives and patient care for pediatric brain cancer, wishes to recognize long-time supporter Andrea Bonnette, a young woman whose passion for running is rivaled only by her dedication to the cause of children in need of help.

Andrea has been selected as one of 25 runners in the nation to represent the Leukemia & Lymphoma society in the prestigious New York City Marathon on November 3, 2013. 

Leukemia is the #1 disease killer of children and young adults under the age of twenty.

This will be Andrea's fifth marathon, and as she writes to us, our daughter Bella who succumbed to ependymoma brain tumor in 2011, will be on her mind every mile. 

Andrea writes, "I have always run in honor of our precious Bella Bowman and will be running NYC in memory of her. I know we were all touched in one way or another by her tenacious spirit, and her life will continue to touch many more in the future."

Please support Andrea as she supports Bella and thousands of children like her with cancer and other serious illnesses.  You can help Andrea reach her goal by following her journey to New York online and making a tax-deductible donation:


Donations to Andrea's chosen cause will further medical research on Leukemia & Lymphoma and also provide financial support with medical bills that are incurred by families during treatments. 

Thank you, Andrea, for your long-time support of the Bella Bowman Foundation and other children's causes. Now we're cheering you on!



To learn more and lend your support to the Bella Bowman Foundation, visit:


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Execute Now!'s Erica Crenshaw hosts new “Finance Fundamentals” radio segment on “Eyes Open with Tony Brown”

Posted By Erica Crenshaw, Execute Now!, Friday, May 31, 2013

Execute Now! President, Erica McGeachy Crenshaw, announces a new radio segment on "Eyes Open with Tony Brown” every other Monday, beginning June 3, 2013 at 7:10 a.m. on KAYT-FM. Crenshaw's show is aptly named "Finance Fundamentals,” and covers essential financial management matters for nonprofits and business leaders alike...

by Erica McGeachy Crenshaw, President, Execute Now!


Read more details about the Finance Fundamentals bi-weekly radio broadcast 



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Kahn Swick & Foti, LLC to Present at Florida's Planet Philanthropy 2013

Posted By LeeAnn Yesse, Law Firm of Kahn Swick & Foti, Friday, May 31, 2013

The law firm of Kahn, Swick & Foti, LLC will continue its BP Nonprofit Claims educational speaking tour as a sponsor and exhibitor at Florida's Planet Philanthropy Fundraising Conference to be held in Sarasota, FL. Planet Philanthropy is the annual statewide conference presented by the Association of Fundraising Professionals Florida Caucus. The 2013 event will be June 9-11, 2013 at the Ritz Carlton® in Sarasota, FL.

The AFP Florida Caucus is a coalition of 18 AFP Florida Chapters and the Puerto Rico Chapter. The AFP Florida Caucus is dedicated to advancing philanthropy by enabling people and organizations to practice ethical and effective fundraising through education, training, mentoring, research, credentialing and advocacy; and under an informal joint relationship, convene as a group to conduct statewide business of interest to the chapters as well as sponsor and conduct Planet Philanthropy.

Lewis Kahn, attorney and managing partner at KSF, a LANO member based in Madisonville, LA will be presenting to over 400 members of the Florida nonprofit community. The BP Nonprofit Claims speaking tour is a continuing education series of seminars intended to inform businesses and nonprofits of their ability to participate in the $8 Billion BP Oil Spill Settlement.

The next event in the series will be at the American Fundraising Professionals Greater New Orleans Chapter Fundraising Conference. The conference will take place June 13 - 14 at Holy Cross School in New Orleans, LA. For more information, please follow the link below.

Filing a BP Claim or at least taking action to determine if your organization has such a claim is an important fiduciary duty that executives and board members owe to their organization. If you have any questions or comments concerning the BP Nonprofit Settlement Claims process, please do not hesitate to call Lewis Kahn at 504-455-1400 or vial email to


PLEASE NOTE: As a LANO corporate member, but also as a member of the nonprofit community at large, we feel that it is our duty to alert nonprofits throughout the Gulf South of their ability to participate in this historic BP settlement. No matter what law firm you may choose to represent you, any reputable lawyer will not charge your organization to evaluate your claim. The burden of assembling the documents necessary to review your organization's claim is generally minimal.



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Furniture Available Free to Nonprofits

Posted By Administration, Sunday, May 19, 2013

Shell Oil Co. at the Robert Training and Conference Center in Robert, Louisiana has the following items to donate to any nonprofit willing to pick them up. Offer is good through May 31, 2013.

Interested members may contact Qi Wiggins, at:

· 1 Couch missing cushions

· 1 large outdoor table

· 1 Round Table with 14 Chairs, Some of the Chairs are broken but can be used.

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