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Connect for a Cause invite requests open!

Posted By Connect for a Cause, LLC, Monday, October 1, 2012

A huge thank you to everyone who has supported us up to this point, and we can’t wait to see where you’ll take the site over the next few months. Our beta was a huge success, and we’re really looking forward to releasing Version 1.0 of Connect for a Cause in just a few short months. We’ve put together an amazing team to build out the platform and help our users get ahead while giving back.

Until then, We’ll be posting a few lessons learned and funny stories from our early days as fledgling venture for good. Stay tuned!

You can register for an invite at and we’ll let you know when we’re ready. Sign up before the launch and get early access.

Thanks again for your continued support and generosity. By using our platform, you are truly making the world a better place.


Jason, Matt, and Brian

Be sure to keep up with us on Twitter: @connect4cause

Tags:  social fundraising  ventures for good 

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Economic logic makes your business model more durable

Posted By Erica Crenshaw, Execute Now!, Tuesday, September 25, 2012

There's a lot of discussion about business models today because nonprofits realize they operate in a fierce economy just like corporations. Nonprofits shoulder the incredible task of doing more with less despite increasingly competitive resources. They tackle more business-like practices while not losing sight of their imperative...

Test your business model's durability at the Finance Fundamentals Blog


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


Tags:  Execute Now!  Finance Fundamentals 

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So you want more for your nonprofit but do you know why?

Posted By Denise McMahan, CausePlanet, Monday, September 24, 2012

According to La Piana and his coauthors, a nonprofit needs a business plan just as much as a business does. "Perhaps more so given the narrower room for experimentation and the high consequences of failure—both of which can be traced back to often narrow operating margins and lack of adequate capital.”


Read more, register for our live & in-person author interview, and download this free Page to Practice summary

by Denise McMahan

Special thanks to the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Lousiana Foundation for underwriting access to CausePlanet's Page to Practice book summary library for all LANO members in 2012.

Tags:  CausePlanet  La Piana Consulting  Page to Practice  The Nonprofit Business Plan 

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Get your business model questions answered at LANO's annual conference

Posted By Denise McMahan, CausePlanet, Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Many of us recall David La Piana's Nonprofit Strategy Revolution, which pushed past our traditional notion of strategic planning and brought more time-sensitive, relevant thinking to the forefront. La Piana acknowledges that even while Revolution was being published, clients began to raise the common questions surrounding the economic and operational implications of strategic decisions. Specifically, how could they effectively connect their strategy with an execution plan that would truly grow the organization? Answering this question involved developing a rigorous methodology for connecting mission, strategy and execution.

The methodology described in The Nonprofit Business Plan roots strategic decision making in a strong financial analysis. Known as "DARE2 Succeed,” the principles in the methodology have been repeatedly tested in La Piana's consulting practice to ensure the book represents practical and workable approaches to improving your organization's outcomes. I asked coauthor, Lester Olmstead-Rose, about the most common reasons for pursuing a new business model. I loved his answer so I'm sharing it with you...

Don't miss our live interview with Nonprofit Business Plan coauthor, Heather Gowdy, at LANO's annual conference. Send us your questions now about nonprofit business models for Heather at and we'll answer them on Oct 3 in our session!

Read more, download this Page to Practice book summary for free at CausePlanet's blog


by Denise McMahan





Special thanks to the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana Foundation for underwriting LANO members' all access pass to CausePlanet's library of Page to Practice book summaries in 2012. Visit us at

Tags:  business models  CausePlanet  Page to Practice  The Nonprofit Business Plan 

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Nonprofit workshop: Fundraising Events 101

Posted By Nora Ellertsen, The Funding Seed, LLC, Tuesday, September 11, 2012
Nonprofit workshop: Fundraising Events 101
Thursday, September 20, 4:00-6:30pm
Ashe Cultural Arts Center
1712 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd., New Orleans
Learn to create events that raise money for your nonprofit!

This fun, hands-on workshop covers:
  • Choosing what kind of event is best for you
  • Working with volunteers
  • Identifying event sponsors,
  • and much more!
Attendees will receive a certificate of participation for completing the workshop.
Registration $35 per person.  Discounts available for students and for organizations registering two or more people.
Register online at For questions or to reserve your space and pay at the door, email

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Tags:  development  donations  donors  events  fund  fund development  fund raising  funding  fundraiser  fundraising  funds  grant  grant writing  grants  grantwriting  louisiana  New Orleans  nonprofit  non-profits  workshop 

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Government funding: Overcoming too little and too late

Posted By Erica Crenshaw, Execute Now!, Tuesday, September 11, 2012

According to the Nonprofit Finance Fund's 2012 Survey Results, more than 75 percent of nonprofits depend on federal or state funds. Yet, these contracts often fail to cover the full cost of the program but also over half these contracts are paid behind schedule. If the majority of nonprofits depend on resources that are too little and too late, there are several strategies you should put to work in your organization.

While rural nonprofits are particularly affected by these sobering funding statistics, my team at Execute Now! has actually observed this problem across the board with virtually all organizations that tap state government resources. If you plan to make federal or state funding part of your funding mix, we'd like to offer the following strategies...

Read recommended strategies at the Finance Fundamentals blog


By Erica McGeachy Crenshaw, President/CEO of Execute Now!, Inc.

Tags:  Execute Now!  Finance Fundamentals  government funding 

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Don’t make cold calls; make tepid calls instead

Posted By Denise McMahan, CausePlanet, Monday, September 10, 2012
In our recent live interview with "Insider's Guide to Winning Foundation Grants,” author, Marty Teitel, we asked all of you on the webinar, "How many of you have received a grant?” A surprising 30 percent had never been a grantee. I would have confidently guessed 90 percent or more of you had earned the support of a foundation.


It's a good reminder there are many organizations still in their founding years or perhaps securing a mix of earned income and other funds that makes cultivating foundations less critical. For the rest of you aspiring to be among the 70 percent who call foundations their friends, author Marty Teitel is anxious to share...

Click here to read more at the Page to Practice blog, download this Page to Practice book summary for free or register for next live author interview.


Special thanks to the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana Foundation for underwriting a Page to Practice subscription for all LANO members in 2012.

by Denise McMahan

Tags:  CausePlanet  Martin Teitel  Page to Practice  Winning Foundation Grants 

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BRAC Recommends Coordination After Storm

Posted By Baton Rouge Area Chamber, Saturday, September 1, 2012

The Baton Rouge Area Chamber is encouraging businesses to register with the Louisiana Business Emergency Operations Center as the state assesses damage following Hurricane Isaac.

The center is a partnership of the Louisiana economic development department, the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness, the National Incident Management Systems and Advanced Technologies Institute at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and Stephenson Disaster Management Institute at LSU.

The center helps coordinate the activities and resources of businesses and volunteer organizations in Louisiana with the state’s Emergency Operations Center. By registering and completing a company profile, businesses can describe their products and services that can assist the state during a disaster.

To register, go to

The chamber also listed resources businesses can tap for information or assistance. They include:

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Offering Free IT to Storm Affected Baton Rouge Nonprofits

Posted By Trust IT, Friday, August 31, 2012

Dear LANO Network:

Trust IT will be donating free consulting services to Baton Rouge area nonprofits who were affected by Hurricane Isaac, starting today and extending through the month of September.

If area nonprofits are having any issues getting their IT systems back up or have sustained damage to their IT equipment, we would like to provide them free assistance.  We also have access to used IT equipment that can be donated.

Please contact me if we may be of any assistance to you!

Jeff Hanson
President | Trust IT (a LANO Corporate Member)
235 Marilyn Dr. #15741, Baton Rouge, LA 70815
Direct Line
(225) 573-0391| Fax (225) 410-3630


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Part two: Build a financially strong nonprofit with cash flow management

Posted By Erica Crenshaw, Execute Now!, Tuesday, August 28, 2012

As we discussed in the first installment on this subject, financial vulnerability isn't something we readily discuss with one another. Yet, it's one of the most important core competencies in leading your nonprofit organization.

In my last post, we explored the importance of understanding and legitimizing your overhead expenses with donors and funders. Low levels of overhead funding leave nonprofits financially vulnerable, which directly impacts the quality of your programming. Setting cash flow goals, acknowledging the factors that may impact cash flow and monitoring your cash flow position are a few of the most important strategies for building your...

Read more at the Finance Fundamentals blog


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


Tags:  cash flow  Execute Now!  Finance Fundamentals 

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