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2017 Nominations OPEN; National Philanthropy Day Luncheon

Posted By Tasha L. Cooper, Louisiana Association of Nonprofit Organizations, Monday, May 15, 2017

 

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 10, 2017 

 

CONTACT  
Sarah Cortell Vandersypen, CFRE 
Vice President of Communications 
(440) 832-1261, s.vandersypen@gmail.com

 

 

2017 Nominations OPEN; National Philanthropy Day Luncheon 
The Greater Baton Rouge Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals 
celebrates the generous spirit of giving in our community. 

 

The Greater Baton Rouge Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals hosts an annual event to celebrate the generous spirit of philanthropists and volunteers in our community. We invite you to join us in recognizing the outstanding people in our community that contribute to true change by nominating individuals, foundations, and corporation for their work. Winners will be honored at the National Philanthropy Day Luncheon at Renaissance Baton Rouge on Tuesday, November 14, 2017 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. 


The 2017 AFP Award Categories: 


Outstanding Leadership in Corporate Philanthropy Award goes to a business or corporation that demonstrates outstanding long-term financial support of one or more charitable causes. In addition, they may also offer consistent employee volunteer service to one or more non-profit organizations, and serve as an example of commitment to philanthropy. 


Outstanding Philanthropist Award goes to an individual who demonstrates outstanding civic responsibility through financial support with personal contributions or through family foundation or donor-advised funds. A nominee must have a proven record of exceptional generosity over a number of years and have actively solicited and encouraged other individuals, companies, or foundations to follow their example.  


Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser Award goes to an individual who demonstrates exceptional leadership skills in coordinating groups of volunteers for one or more major fundraising projects. In addition, there is evidence of an obvious commitment to the advancement of philanthropy in general.  


Outstanding Philanthropic Foundation Award goes to a Foundation that demonstrates outstanding financial support over a period of time to one or more charitable causes. This Foundation sets an example for others to follow.  


Outstanding Philanthropic Service Organization Award goes to a non-profit organization that demonstrates ongoing significant financial support and volunteer involvement in one or more charitable causes over a period of time.  


Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy Award goes to either an individual or a group of young people, age 21 and under, who show a genuine commitment to service and financial support of a charitable cause or causes over a period of time. 

 

Outstanding Professional Fundraiser Award goes to an outstanding member of the AFP Greater Baton Rouge Chapter who consistently practices his/her profession in an exemplary manner. Only current AFP members may be nominated. Current NPD Chairperson or members of the Award Selection Committee are not eligible for nomination. 


Baton Rouge Legacy Award goes to an individual, couple, or family who has made a significant impact on Baton Rouge organizations through a charitable planned gift. Based on the selection committee’s preference, more than one award may be awarded in this category a year. 
Spirit of Giving Lifetime Achievement Award goes to an individual whose exceptional leadership in philanthropy, extraordinary civic responsibility, and overall generosity has a measurable impact in our community. The nominee of this award may be living or recently deceased. The narrative should outline the nominee’s lifetime of philanthropic accomplishments. This is a special award and the judges may choose not to present this award every year. 


The deadline for nominations is June 6, 2017. Find more information and the nomination packet at http://afpbatonrouge.afpnet.org/.  


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About Association of Fundraising Professionals: Since 1960, AFP has inspired global change and supported efforts that generated over $1 trillion. AFP’s nearly 34,000 individual and organizational members raise over $115 billion annually, equivalent to one-third of all charitable giving in North America and millions more around the world. For more information or to join the world's largest association of fundraising professionals, visit www.afpnet.org.  

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Association of Fundraising Professionals Greater New Orleans Conference is June 15!

Posted By Christy Himel, AFP New Orleans Chapter, Thursday, May 11, 2017

Are you involved in fundraising for your nonprofit?
Are you looking for ways to become more effective at your job?
Do you like the idea of a local, inexpensive conference?


Join the Association of Fundraising Professionals Greater New Orleans Chapter Conference on June 15!
New Orleans Center for Creative Arts- 2800 Chartres Street, New Orleans
Details and registration

Hear keynote speaker Dr. Adrian Sargeant, recognized worldwide as the leading authority on the psychology of giving!
Incredible breakout sessions on topics including:

  • Identifying your best prospects and determining what motivates each prospect to consider major gifts
  • Nonprofit entrepreneurship:  Generating earned income while staying on mission
  • Lessons on creating a winning development program in public and private schools
  • 20 Years of events: Here's What I've Learned
  • Extreme Makeover: Board Edition

Limited seating. Small-shop, group, and student rates available.  Register today!

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Still time to apply for the Fundraising Intensive Program!

Posted By Nora Ellertsen, The Funding Seed, LLC, Thursday, May 11, 2017
Interested in applying for the Fundraising Intensive Program? Not sure if it's the right time or right fit? Explore the FAQ's below and submit your application by 5pm on May 19th!

 

1. What is the Fundraising Intensive Program?
The Fundraising Intensive Program is a 10-month training program that combines group learning and individual coaching to help bring your nonprofit's fund development to the next level.

During the program, participants meet once a month for a discussion on a shared topic and receive tools and homework assignments related to that topic.Following this, participants also receive a 90-minute individual coaching session each month to help them to apply that topic to their own unique organization.


Program description and application

2. Why do you have both group and individual sessions?
Combining group and individual learning means that participants can learn from each other in a safe, trusting environment while also getting support from a professional to trouble-shoot issues specific to their own organization.

Program description and application

3. What are the sessions like?
The group sessions are discussion based; there is no power-point and the feel is very un-lecture-like.The facilitator guides the conversation with questions and suggested best practices, and the participants are invited to talk about their own ideas and experiences.

The individual sessions are flexible and follow what the particular nonprofit needs that month.The session could be spent reviewing the month's homework assignment or talking more broadly about how this particular fundraising topic relates to their organization.


Program description and application

4. Why do you make us do homework?I thought I was done with school!
The Fundraising Intensive Program uses the saying, "Use it or lose it."It's not just about learning about fundraising theoretically; it's about actually making real change in your nonprofit's fund development program.The homework assignments are all practical and designed to help you truly ingrain the skills we discuss into your own actions and habits.

In addition, the program is designed to help you raise money as you go. For example, in the month dedicated to fundraising letters and emails, the homework is to write and send a fundraising letter and email.This means that, if you do your homework,you are actually raising money while the program is happening.


Program description and application

5. I've already been to a bunch of The Funding Seed's workshops, and it seems like a lot of the topics you cover in this program are the same.What would I get out of the Fundraising Intensive Program that I wouldn't get from the regular workshop series?
About half of the people who have participated in The Fundraising Intensive Program's first two graduating classes have participated in one or more of The Funding Seed's regular workshops.

The Fundraising Intensive Program provides an entirely different way to learn.Because participants receive a special individual coaching session every month, you have the opportunity to take the ideas and tools from the group session and work with a professional to help you implement them.This added accountability means you are more likely to actually do the things you need to do to make real progress.

In addition, because the same participants meet every month, you become a part of a genuine learning community, a group of people who are comfortable sharing ideas and experiences to help everyone fundraise better.


Program description and application

6. This seems pretty expensive. Can I justify spending the money for this program?
The Fundraising Intensive Program is an investment, both in terms of time and money.However, the $200 per month tuition (a second member from the same organization may also participate at a 50% discount) covers more than 40 hours of group and individual coaching, which is significantly less than the cost of similar coaching outside the structure of the program.In addition, remember that part of the intention of the program is that you will be actively working to raise funds as you go, not just spending money for something you may not ever get around to doing.

If your nonprofit does not have room in your professional development budget for this, consider applying for a professional development or capacity building grant.These are often designed for exactly this purpose.

Program description and application

7. Bottom line: Why should I consider doing this program?
If you are ready to make a real leap forward for your nonprofit's fund development efforts, The Fundraising Intensive Program is for you.Every nonprofit needs to know how to raise money.Whether you're an Executive Director, development staff,a board member, a program manager or a volunteer, having the skills to fundraise successfully and sustainably makes you an asset to your organization, and allows your nonprofit to serve your community even more effectively, to make the world an even better place for the future.


Have more questions? Email info@thefundingseed.com or call (504) 307-7220.
Or you can read the full program description and apply today!

For more on workshops and other services offered by The Funding Seed, visit www.thefundingseed.com.

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Tired of the same ideas getting repurposed? Borrow fundraising practices from nonprofits around the globe

Posted By Amy Warner, CausePlanet, Monday, May 8, 2017

 

 

 

Tired of the same ideas getting repurposed? Borrow fundraising practices from nonprofits around the globe

 

While many philanthropists, nonprofit leaders and fundraisers have an eye on proven practices among the usual suspects in North America and Europe, numerous charities both giant and small, inside and outside these regions are exhibiting innovative methods worthy of global attention.

 

Authors Cagney and Ross have uncovered helpful case stories in countries that once were considered unlikely places for fundraising events. Contributing authors add to the discussion in detail, educating you on how major regions around world manage philanthropy, fundraising and nonprofits.

 

Ultimately, this book is for anyone who is curious about fund development and philanthropy practices that are working in other countries and who hopes to gain a fresh perspective for their own organization.

 

Learn more about this book and our summary

 

Questions? Email us at Support@CausePlanet.org.

 

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Red Stick Project Spruce-up

Posted By Evelyn Ware-Jackson, The Red Stick Project, Thursday, May 4, 2017

A Call to Artists and Volunteers

 

Join us in the Melrose East Neighborhood for a Spring spruce-up and mural painting on Saturday May 6, 2017 from 9 am–1 pm.

6942 Titian Ave. off North Donmoor

Refreshments provided

 

Neighborhood volunteers and community partners are sprucing up the neighborhood and painting French impressionistic murals. In the process, Math in the mural is highlighted to demonstrate the practical use of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math). Community Partners include MECA, MCRA, City Year, Aramark, BREC, and the Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge.

 

The Red Stick Project is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization with a “STEAM” focus. It is a Field of Interest Fund of the Baton Rouge Area Foundation. This program is supported in part by a Decentralized Arts Funding Grant from the Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge in cooperation with the Louisiana Division of the Arts, Office of Cultural Development, Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism, and Louisiana State Arts Council.

 

Please visit www.braf.org/redstickproject.

 

Contact:

Evelyn Ware-Jackson

redstickarts@gmail.com

225-571-6134

 

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Inject soul into your use of technology

Posted By Amy Warner, CausePlanet, Tuesday, May 2, 2017


 

Inject soul into your use of technology 

 

Leroux Miller’s comprehensive guide to curating content is the cornerstone to creating a climate of followers engaged in your organization’s fundraising and brandraising.

 

The author’s vast number of nonprofit examples and specific guidance on why it’s important to create your content identity, build a plan based on your constituents’ preferences, and map out a functional timeline are only a few of the passage highlights in this book.

 

You’ll have answers to some of the most popular questions like, “What are the benefits and drawbacks of each online channel?” “What three questions should my homepage answer?” and “How do I allow for content surprises in a pre-planned editorial calendar?”

 

The secret in Leroux Miller’s sauce is she practices what she prescribes. She has worked out the kinks in all the methods and tools she recommends and has done so single-handedly. So, if you’re wondering if your small or sophisticated shop can implement her approach, wonder no more. 

 

Click this link to learn more: http://www.causeplanet.org/summarystore/product_info.php?products_id=128

 

Questions? Email us at Support@CausePlanet.org.

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United Against Child Hunger Food Drive

Posted By Tasha L. Cooper, Louisiana Association of Nonprofit Organizations, Monday, May 1, 2017

The Law Center of Southwest Louisiana Law Center, the United Way of Southwest Louisiana, and the Calcasieu Parish Police Jury are teaming up for this year’s Summer Feeding Program. 

 

If you happen to be in downtown Lake Charles this week, please drop off one or two non-perishables to the lobby of the Magnolia Building - 1011 Lakeshore Drive.

 

Food items that will be collected include:

Bottled Water

Sunflower Seeds

Cereal

Granola Bars

Juice Boxes

Raisins

Pudding/Yogurt Cups

Peanut Butter Crackers

No cook, pop-top meals (beans and franks, beefy mac, etc.)

Individually packaged snacks

 

See flyer for more details.

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Attract More Donors with Effective Content Marketing

Posted By Amy Warner, CausePlanet, Tuesday, April 25, 2017

 

 

Attract More Donors with Effective Content Marketing

 

The number of tools and the amount of noise around us grow by the day. With choice comes complexity, and our environment changes constantly, due to technological, generational and marketing shifts.

 

Redefine your audience for today’s current climate with the help of author Kivi Leroux Miller. Content Marketing for Nonprofits: A Communications Map for Engaging Your Community, Becoming a Favorite Cause, and Raising More Money delivers on the title and much more.

 

Without the benefit of a multichannel communications plan like Leroux Miller’s, your organization pushes out mass-messaging in a variety of unplanned channels and hopes that a few calls to action land in receptive hands.

 

But with Leroux Miller’s guidance, you will develop a solid marketing plan and implement a dynamic content strategy, step by step, that will attract generous donors.

 

 

Click this link to learn more: http://www.causeplanet.org/pagetopracticelibrary/detail.php?id=121

 

 

Questions? Email us at Support@CausePlanet.org.

 

 

 

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LANO’s April 25th Governance Fundamentals Event is just around the corner. Arm yourself with additional, helpful knowledge. ​

Posted By Amy Warner, CausePlanet, Thursday, April 20, 2017


 

Transformational Governance focuses on the change process itself, with emphasis on the journey rather than the destination. The authors, Beth Gazley and Katha Kissman, recognize a need for focusing on the processes designed to help nonprofit leaders through the stages of change that lead to better performance.

 

Gazley and Kissman also focus on diagnostic help. They explain, “We know boards are asked to achieve a strategic orientation, but what has to change within the organization ­­­­­– and how do we change it – to become ‘strategic’?”

 

The authors use real stories to illustrate how to create that sought-after change. The authors also present an unbiased approach to using a variety of tools. Rather than advocating for using a specific model they’ve devised, Gazley and Kissman’s book transcends specific models in favor of applying all models that fit the situation.

 

Click this link to learn more: http://www.causeplanet.org/pagetopracticelibrary/detail.php?id=170

 

 

Questions? Email us at Support@CausePlanet.org.

 

 

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5 Upcoming GAAP Changes Not-for-Profits Should Know

Posted By Don Engler, Wegmann Dazet & Company, Wednesday, April 19, 2017
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