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4th Annual Active for Autism 5K Run/Walk and Fun Fest

Posted By Heather Otten, Boys & Girls Club of Greater Baton Rouge, Monday, March 11, 2013


The Active for Autism Run/Walk & Fun Fest is an awareness event and development initiative that provides community education and generates partnerships with families and organizations across the Greater Baton Rouge eight parish area. The Active for Autism Run/Walk & Fun Fest is on Saturday, April 13th, 2013, in conjunction with National Autism Awareness Month. Proceeds from this event support the Resource Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders (RCASD). The RCASD provides individualized services, information, and support needed to positively enhance the independence, productivity, and inclusion of people with Autism Spectrum Disorders.






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Tags:  advocacy  Autism  disabilities  FamiliesHelpingFamilies  fundraising 

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State Holding Funds for Nonprofit Organizations

Posted By Matthew Mullenix, Louisiana Association of Nonprofit Organizations, Sunday, March 10, 2013

Posted by LANO as a member service on behalf of:

Amber King, Louisiana Department of the Treasury, 225-219-9384

The Louisiana Treasury holds $517 million in Unclaimed Property waiting to be claimed by nonprofit organizations, residents, schools and businesses.

If you work for a nonprofit organization, volunteer for a charity, or just want to support your community, there is one quick task you can do to help: Search the Louisiana Unclaimed Property database to see if there is money out there waiting for your favorite cause.

Nonprofit groups have many ties to the community which gives them a higher potential for funds to get misplaced. A simple error in a mailing address can send funds owed to a nonprofit back to the sender as undeliverable. If the funds are not claimed within the State of Louisiana’s required holding period, the money is turned over to the Louisiana Treasury.

Lost checks could come from any source, like a fundraiser banquet facility deposit, a vendor refund, rebates, insurance proceeds, or a donation willed to a charity.

The Louisiana Treasury is currently holding $517 million in Unclaimed Property that is waiting to be claimed by Louisiana nonprofit organizations, residents, schools and businesses. Throughout the year, the Unclaimed Property Program collects lost funds from businesses and agencies nationwide and holds them indefinitely in the Treasury.

State Treasurer John Kennedy urges you to search the Unclaimed Property database periodically for local nonprofit organizations, your friends, family and yourself.

You can search variations of names and addresses in the Unclaimed Property online database 24 hours a day at

If you find holdings for yourself, simply fill out and submit the online claim form, or call toll-free 1-888-925-4127 weekdays between 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. for personalized assistance with your claim.

A claim for a nonprofit organization can be made following the same procedures by someone in the organization with authority to act on their behalf. There is never a charge for this service!

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The Potential Benefit of the BP Claims Process

Posted By Michael Swick, Kahn Swick & Foti, LLC, Sunday, March 10, 2013

Earlier this year, my business partner Lewis Kahn and I were invited to speak at a local gathering of a small nonprofits out here in St. Tammany Parish.


The topic of our talk was the potential benefit to nonprofits in filing a claim with BP under this year's limited opportunity program to reimburse charities for expenses incurred while responding to the oil spill disaster of 2010.  

The event was attended by 10-12 local nonprofit representatives. One nonprofit in particular didn't necessarily think they had a claim but agreed to let our firm review their historical finances, just to be sure.

Because the claims process is so complex, we're still analyzing the full potential of their claim, but it looks like they could well claim over one million dollars, and possibly several times that amount.

Millions of dollars to one nonprofit... Not only is the size of the potential award staggering, but it’s shocking that but for our efforts to educate nonprofits to what is available, they might never have known.

I don’t think there is anything more important to any nonprofit in the Gulf South right now than having these potential claims reviewed. No other program is going to have such a high probability of substantial award and such a low opportunity cost: effectively the cost of e-mailing a few years' of tax returns and P/L statements.

The amount of money available to LANO members could have an historic effect on nonprofits in this region.

Please join us coming Friday in Baton Rouge for a free 'lunch & learn' to find out more about this program.  Space is limited so please register early.  

[Lunch & Learn on BP Claims] 

-Michael Swick

LANO Member, the Law Firm of Kahn, Swick & Foti


Tags:  BP Settlement 

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232-HELP Announces New Board, Officers and Executive Director

Posted By Mona Gobert-Cravins, 232-HELP, INC., Friday, March 8, 2013

For more information contact:

Rae Logan, 337-205-6008, 985-705-1205 (cell) or

A new board of directors and executive committee have been announced to lead 232-Help, an education and referral center based in Acadiana to identify, catalogue and better connect those who need social service support to providers of those services. The newly-selected board brings a collection of unique qualifications to further the organization’s mission of helping those in crisis return to healthy and productive lives, and once again become contributing members of the community. Board members include Kathy Ashworth, Dr. Paul "Buddy” Azar, Janice Beyt, Dr. Shirley Covington, Richard D’Aquin, Angela Granberry Davis, Tyler Davis, Randy Haynie, Dr. John Hendry, William "Dud” Lastrapes, Robert Lowe, James McLemore, Dr. Jim Nichols, Dr. Ronald Padgett, Ronald Prejean, Jerry Boustany Ramsay, James Roy and Rev. Gary Schexnayder.

The board elected officers to serve as its executive committee. James Roy was elected president, Robert Lowe is immediate past president, Dr. Paul Azar is vice president - medical liaison, Dr. John Hendry is vice president - dental liaison, Kathy Ashworth is vice president for community affairs and secretary, and William Lastrapes is vice president for development and treasurer. Randy Haynie was appointed by the President as deputy vice president – legislative affairs. The new board also announced that Rae Logan will serve as executive director of the organization.

In July 2000, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) reserved the 211 dialing code to provide for rapid information and referrals to health and human service organizations. 232-HELP became the first agency in Louisiana and the fourth in the country to become a designated 211. The 232-HELP/211 coverage area was expanded from a seven-parish area to 10 parishes. Today, 232-HELP/211 serves 737,782 people in Acadia, Avoyelles, Evangeline, Iberia, Lafayette, St. Landry, St. Martin, St. Mary, Terrebonne and Vermilion Parishes.

232-HELP has given birth to more than 30 different nonprofit organizations including the Rape Crisis Center, the Child Protection Agency, the Community Health Clinic, the Epilepsy Support Group, the Down Syndrome Foundation and others.

Current in-house services provided directly by 232-HELP include: the Medical Appliance Loan Program, Project Rx, Medical Transportation Assistance, Christmas Program and Enhanced Information & Referral/211 Services. One of its flagship programs is the 232-HELP Donated Dental Program. Since its early years, 232-HELP has had a group of dentists who volunteer their time and services whenever asked to treat the elderly and disabled without funds or insurance for their dental needs. The program has grown to 49 dentists and, since 1988, has provided more than 1.937 million dollars of in-kind services.

Our Mission 232- HELP/211 exists to help those in crisis return to being healthy and productive members of the community and to empower and strengthen individuals and families by connecting those in need with community and social services that address their needs.

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$5M Available to Support School Turn-around Efforts

Posted By Volunteer Louisiana, Thursday, March 7, 2013


Last week, the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), in a collaborative effort with the US Department of Education (ED), released a Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for $5 million in CNCS/ED funds to conduct a School Turnaround AmeriCorps initiative. 

This initiative seeks to use AmeriCorps members to increase educational achievement, high school graduation rates, and college readiness for students in out nations lowest performing elementary, middle and high schools, and is targeted specifically to schools that receive School Improvement Grant (SIG) funds from the federal government. 

Grants will be awarded to organizations that implement programs that utilize AmeriCorps members to engage in evidence-based interventions to increase educational achievement, high school graduation rates, and college readiness for students in our nation’s lowest-performing elementary, middle, and high schools.

Grants will fund projects that address multiple student needs and are aligned with comprehensive school turnaround plans.   


The NOFO and Application Instructions may be found at this site.


The Volunteer Louisiana Commission in the Office of the Lt. Governor encourages all eligible organizations to strongly consider this opportunity to bring much-needed funding to our state. 

This is a very short application window and there are two important deadlines to note:

  • A Notice of Intent to Apply is due Tuesday, April 2, 2013 at 5 pm EST. Failure to submit a Notice of Intent to Apply will render an applicant ineligible to apply.
  • Applications are due Tuesday, April 23, 2013 at 5 pm EST.

Successful applicants will be notified no later than mid-July.  Applicants will apply directly to the CNCS through its eGrants web-based application system. 

eGrants may be accessed at, and applicants will choose the AmeriCorps State Competitive Direct NOFO option. While Volunteer Louisiana will not have a direct role in the application process, we are committed to giving Louisiana applicants the best possible chance for success.  We will be hosting two informational webinars about the NOFO, key details and a brief overview of how to access eGrants. 

These dates are:Tuesday, March 19 at 1 pmMonday, March 25 at 9 am 

The links to participate will be posted on our website within the next 24 hours at

Staff is also available to answer any questions you may have as you complete your application.  Questions should be submitted by email to

All questions will be posted to at




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A merger story rooted in financial motivations

Posted By Erica Crenshaw, Execute Now!, Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Moviegoers might say this nonprofit story has a plot twist. If I were to share the two main characters are organizations entering into a discussion about a merger, you probably could guess how it turns out, right? Get ready for a surprise ending.

The story of two relatable characters with financial pains

More Than Wheels, a group Terri Steingrebe runs, helps people in New England find low-interest car loans. Jeffrey Faulkner is the president of Ways to Work, a much larger car-loan group with headquarters in Milwaukee.

More Than Wheels was experiencing growing pains and desperately needed to expand to meet the needs of its growing clientele. Ways to Work has 53 affiliate offices in 23 states ...

by Erica McGeachy Crenshaw, President/CEO of Execute Now!


Read about this merger story in the Finance Fundamentals blog

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Nonprofit BP Claims Information Luncheon Series

Posted By Michael Swick, Kahn Swick & Foti, LLC, Monday, March 4, 2013


BP has set aside billions of dollars to pay nonprofit organizations in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama, as well as in certain areas of Florida and Texas, for any decline in revenues suffered during 2010. LANO members do not have to prove that any declines in revenue was actually caused by BP. For example, nonprofits do not have to prove that the oil spill prevented their members from attending events, or any other "causal" connection. All that nonprofits must demonstrate is that their revenues declined in 2010, compared to prior periods during 2007 - 2009, and as compared to later periods in 2011.



Starting in mid-March 2013, the law firm of Kahn Swick & Foti, LLC, will begin hosting a series of free luncheons, designed to provide information to LANO members regarding the BP Oil Spill Claims process. We will be posting the day and location of these events on the LANO Community Calendar, and alerting members in the local meeting areas via email.  The first event is scheduled for March 15, 2013 in Baton Rouge, at Gino’s Restaurant at 12:30. [Registration link]



KSF is a nationally recognized law firm, with a proven record of success. KSF has dedicated substantial resources to analyzing, filing and fighting appeals related to BP Oil Spill Claims by nonprofits and businesses in the gulf south. KSF provides its services on a contingent fee basis and it covers all costs and expenses related to the claims filing process. If KSF is not successful in obtaining an award for its client(s), it receives no payment, including no reimbursement of expenses. 

Please watch for our notices of these luncheon events and please register if you would like to attend. Seating is limited so please register early. However, don't worry if an event is full, as KSF will be adding more dates as is required to meet the needs of the LANO community. If you can not attend our events, please feel free to call us at any time to discuss your possible claim. You can reach Lewis Kahn, the managing partner of the firm, toll free at 1-877- 427-2524 or at 504-455-1400. 

And thank you LANO and all its members for allowing KSF to contribute to the LANO community!


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Nonprofit workshop: Grantwriting for Beginners

Posted By Nora Ellertsen, The Funding Seed, LLC, Monday, March 4, 2013
Nonprofit Workshop:
Grantwriting for Beginners
Friday, March 15
9:30 a.m.- 12:00 p.m.
Ashe Cultural Arts Center
1712 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd., New Orleans
Details & registration at

Are you involved with a non-profit?  
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 for 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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Adult Literacy Advocates Looking for New Home

Posted By Gary Robertson, Adult Literacy Advocates, Monday, March 4, 2013


Adult Literacy Advocates of Greater Baton Rouge is seeking new space in downtown Baton Rouge. We are a non-profit United Way volunteer organization that has been serving community residents for 45 years.

We currently occupy about 1,400 square feet of space, which is mostly used for conducting our adult education classes. We would be interested in sharing space with another non-profit or company, or occupying our own unit. We have a budget for a lease, but we would also be happy to take any free space off your hands.

Interested members may contact our Executive Director, Gary Robertson (





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Live author interview includes free book copy on 3/6

Posted By Denise McMahan, CausePlanet, Thursday, February 28, 2013

Don't forget to register for our free live author interview on Wednesday, Mar 6 at 11 a.m. CST with culture expert, Michael Stallard, and author of Fired Up or Burned Out: How to Reignite Your Team's Passion, Creativity and Productivity. Stallard has generously offered a free digital copy of his book for everyone who registers for the interview. Bring questions about how to improve your nonprofit's culture to this CausePlanet interview.

Here is a sampling of some question topics we'll discuss:

· External pressures on internal culture

· Making the best of disliked tasks

· Getting from good to great on culture

· Turning around negative or resentful employees

· What to do about disconnected producers

· Managing up on good culture


Register for the interview and book copy here.

(at the end of the Page to Practice post in the link above).


by Denise McMahan



Special thanks to the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana Foundation for generously providing every LANO member with access to CausePlanet book summaries and author interviews in 2012 and 2013.



Special thanks to Michael Stallard at E Pluribus Partners for providing every author interview registrant with a free digtial copy of his book. You can find more about Stallard at

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