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Download CausePlanet's latest free book summary

Posted By Denise McMahan, CausePlanet, Friday, August 24, 2012
Is your business model broken or in need of repair? CausePlanet is pleased to announce our latest Page to Practice book summary of "The Nonprofit Business Plan: The Leader's Guide to Creating a Successful Business Model by David La Piana, Heather Gowdy, Lester Olmstead-Rose, and Brent Copen.


You can download this summary for free, thanks to generous underwriting from the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana Foundation during 2012.

The Nonprofit Business Plan helps you:

· Understand the method for assessing the health of an organization's current business model.

· Learn about the important differences between strategic planning and business planning and how the two efforts should interact with one another.

· Find out what six questions every planning team should answer at the beginning of the business planning process.

· Determine what the basic framework is for creating your plan and discover the specific financial tools nonprofit leaders can use.

Visit CausePlanet's Page to Practice blog at LANO for summary download instructions of The Nonprofit Business Plan and other titles.

by Denise McMahan

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Author describes the best grantor/grantee partnerships

Posted By Denise McMahan, CausePlanet, Monday, August 20, 2012
Rarely do I come across a book where the author, who's been on the inside of a foundation, is sharing the grant maker's perspective like Martin Teitel does. His sense of humor and quick wit make The Ultimate Insider's Guide to Winning Foundation Grants a fast and informative read. New and seasoned nonprofit leaders alike will find the author's insights immensely practical.


This book contains insider information no one before has revealed and Teitel does it with complete transparency. Teitel wrote this book with the goal of leveling the playing field. Enjoy this interview excerpt with Teitel about the best partnerships he's observed and the single most important idea he wants you to take away from his book...

Read more of this post, download the free Page to Practice book summary and register for the author interview at this link.

by Denise McMahan




Special thanks to the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana Foundation for generously underwriting a CausePlanet subscription for all LANO members in 2012. Click here to learn more.

Tags:  CausePlanet  Martin Teitel  Page to Practice  Winning Foundation Grants 

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Build a financially strong nonprofit with cash flow management

Posted By Erica Crenshaw, Execute Now!, Tuesday, August 14, 2012

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 discussed 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.

Below are a few of the most important strategies for building your financial stability:

1) Set cash flow goals

2) Acknowledge the factors that may impact cash flow

3) Monitor your cash flow position


Click here to read more in the Finance Fundamentals blog


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



Tags:  Execute Now!  Finance Fundamentals 

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Laughter is the Best Medicine

Posted By Judy Ginsburgh, Central Louisiana Arts & Healthcare, Inc., Monday, August 13, 2012

On Sat., Oct. 20, 2012, Arts & Healthcare, Inc. will host a fundraising event featuring Alexandria native and stand up comic/author, Christee Gabour Atwood. 

The event will be held at Spirits Food and Friends located at 1260H Texas Ave. in Alexandria.  There will be 2 seatings - one at 6 pm and the other at 8:30 pm.  Tickets are $50 each and include the comedy show, dinner and a cash bar.  All proceeds go to continue the mission of Arts & Healthcare, Inc. to provide innovative arts experiences in healthcare settings.

Tickets may be purchased at:

For more info, contact or leave a message at 318 769=7602 and we will call you back.

Tags:  comedy  comic  food  fun  laughter 

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Paint Pink Art Exhibit

Posted By Judy Ginsburgh, Central Louisiana Arts & Healthcare, Inc., Monday, August 13, 2012

During the month of October, 2012, Arts & Healthcare, Inc. will feature the art of local artists at both hospital galleries in a Paint Pink exhibit. 

All art will be dedicated to National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  Galleries are located at Rapides Regional Medical Center in the South Tower between the lobby and the ER and at CHRISTUS St. Frances Cabrini Hospital in the Outpatient Center on the 1st floor across from Radiology.  Exhibit is free and open to the public.  All art is for sale with proceeds going to continue the therapeutic arts programs of Arts & Healthcare in our local cancer centers.

Tags:  art  awareness  breast cancer  cancer  exhibit  pink 

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Blue Cross Foundation Healthy Challenge Update

Posted By Karen Boles, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana Foundation, Sunday, August 12, 2012

The Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana Foundation has announced the 12 Louisiana programs that will be awarded grants through its Challenge for a Healthier Louisiana.

The 12 programs selected will receive $10.2 million in Foundation grants, which have sparked $16.8 million in matching funds from other community organizations. As a result, the Challenge for a Healthier Louisiana is putting $27 million into programs that improve the health of Louisiana communities.

Following are the 12 projects receiving awards, selected from 49 grant applications throughout the state:

  • Fresh Beginnings in Baton Rouge, which will receive $1 million to improve 61,000 residents' access to supermarkets and other outlets for fresh food.
  • The Capital Area Pathways Project and Mobile Playground in Baton Rouge, which will receive $1 million to build a four-mile trail and introduce a mobile recreation program.
  • Healthy Living Club in Lafayette, which will receive $1 million to add playground facilities, community gardens and faith-based fitness teams for two communities.
  • Live Lively LaSalle!, which will receive $1 million for initiatives from building skate parks and basketball courts to adding healthy items to restaurant menus.
  • West End Health and Wellness Project in New Iberia, which will receive $1 million to open a fresh seafood and farmer's market in the city's West End.
  • Fit NOLA Project in New Orleans, which will receive $999,991 to connect residents in three neighborhoods with underused parks and provide vouchers for fresh fruits and vegetables at area farmer's markets.
  • Ouachita Well in Monroe, which will receive $999,716 to help communities start programs for healthy eating and active living.
  • Generation K in New Orleans, which will receive $925,276 to develop two community hubs that engage children in physical activities and nutritional programs.
  • Dare to Be Healthy in Lake Charles, which was awarded $759,977 for new sidewalks, biking and walking trails, community gardens, health education and other programs for children and adults.
  • Healthy Green and Into the Outdoors Obesity Prevention Project in Shreveport, which will receive $588,485 to provide health education to children and teach families to sustain gardens and orchards.
  • Central Louisiana Local Food Initiative in Alexandria, which will receive $500,000 to increase consumption of fruits and vegetables while enhancing opportunities for local farmers.
  • Growing LA in New Orleans, which will receive $440,000 to build a 1.5-acre community garden to make fresh fruits and vegetables more accessible to low-income residents.

To learn more...


Tags:  Blue Cross Blue Shield  challenge grant  grants 

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Upcoming Announcement: Challenge for a Healthier Louisiana

Posted By Karen Boles, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana Foundation, Thursday, August 9, 2012

Dear Fellow LANO Members,

Last year we rolled out the Challenge for a Healthier Louisiana Grant Program.

Today we invite you to join us as we announce the recipients of our $10 million matching grant program for healthy living initiatives across our great state.

The Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana Foundation will announce its Challenge grant recipients via live video stream today, Thursday, August 9 at 2:30 p.m.

Please join us for this announcement by clicking here .

Feel free to also share this link with your colleagues and friends.

The Blue Cross Foundation is proud to have Pennington Biomedical as our partner on this project to serve as the coordinators and evaluators of the Challenge program.

Please join us in our efforts to create a healthier Louisiana. We look forward to your participation today!


Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana Foundation


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Free Advocacy Training for Your Nonprofit

Posted By Ashley Herad, Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Ashley Herad ( provides policy training and technical assistance throughout the state to nonprofits seeking to influence public policy, and works to build community coalitions around vital policy issues. She also advocates on behalf of the nonprofit sector during the legislative session. Previously Herad served as an intern for the Bureau of Governmental Research in New Orleans, then as a press aid and researcher in the Louisiana Governors’ Office.

As experts in our respective fields, the nonprofit sector can and should engage in advocacy that benefits the populations we serve. Policymakers need to hear from you to make informed decisions that affect us all.

Advocacy training is now available free of charge to nonprofit organization directors, staff, boards and volunteers in 20 parishes affected by the 2005 and 2008 storms.

LANO is offering advocacy trainings underwritten by the Office of Community Development that can help your nonprofit:

  • Demystify IRS guidelines on lobbying and advocacy by 501c3 nonprofits
  • Learn the basics and best practices of lobbying and advocacy
  • Understand the ins and outs of the Legislative Session and how to navigate it
  • Integrate nonpartisan voter engagement activities into what you already do

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Basics of Annual Fund Campaigns

Posted By Nora Ellertsen, The Funding Seed, LLC, Wednesday, August 8, 2012
Nonprofit fundraising workshop:

Basics of Annual Fund Campaigns
 Thursday, August 16
4:00-6:30 p.m.
Ashe Cultural Arts Center
1712 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd., New Orleans
Registration $35. Student & group discounts available.
Attendees will receive a certificate of participation for completing the workshop.
Details & registration at

Annual fund campaigns are a great way to jumpstart a nonprofit's fundraising.  But how do you get started?  How can you manage your campaign to raise more money?
This workshop will walk you through the process of running your annual fund campaign, from Day One to the Victory Party.  

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

Tags:  donations  donors  fund raising  fundraising  grants  grantwriting  nonprofit  non-profits 

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Download a free summary of "Winning Foundation Grants"

Posted By Denise McMahan, CausePlanet, Thursday, August 2, 2012

CausePlanet is pleased to announce our latest Page to Practice book summary of "The Ultimate Insider's Guide to Winning Foundation Grants" by Martin Teitel.

You can download this summary for free, thanks to generous underwriting from the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana Foundation during 2012.

Author and former foundation CEO, Martin Teitel, helps you:


  • Eliminate the smoke and mirrors of grant seeking and learn about inside practices you need to know.
  • Understand what the misguided myths are about foundations.
  • Discover the red flags, guidelines and common mistakes when developing your proposals.
  • Explore the author's insights about winning proposals, meeting the funder and making site visits.

Visit CausePlanet's Page to Practice blog for the free executive summary and author interview details.


by Denise McMahan, Founder & Publisher, CausePlanet



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