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Join us for our next author interview about the world's leading social entrepreneurs

Posted By Denise McMahan, CausePlanet, Wednesday, June 20, 2012

If your nonprofit business model is unsustainable, outdated or simply not making the difference you projected, gather inspiration and ideas from this author's numerous examples gleaned from all over the world. Find out why they all point to five consistent principles...

Read more and register for our next author interview with Beverly Schwartz about "Rippling: How Social Entrepreneurs Spread Innovation Throughout the World"

LANO Members: You can download this Page to Practice book summary for free in 2012 thanks to the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana Foundation.

Tags:  Beverly Schwartz  CausePlanet  creating change  innovation  Page to Practice  social entrepreneurs 

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Succession Planning 101 Workshop - June 27 at the Greater New Orleans Foundation

Posted By Ryan Crespino, The Greater New Orleans Foundation, Wednesday, June 20, 2012

This message is on behalf of Joann Ricci, VP of Organizational Effectiveness for the Greater New Orleans Foundation. 

Hello Nonprofit Colleagues, Over the past year the Greater New Orleans Foundation’s Organizational Effectiveness Initiative has offered numerous workshops and learning opportunities to the local nonprofit community.  Our newest offering is Succession Planning 101, and we are inviting you and a board member from your organization to attend. 

For Succession Planning 101 we will delve into a case study on a local nonprofit, Kids Rethink New Orleans Schools,  which is deep in the transition and succession process of their founder/executive director. We will explore the path they took in their planning and transition process and hear from a panel comprised of their founder and executive director, Jane Wholey, incoming director, Thena Robinson, and a board member, Pam Stevens. Additionally, we will share literature from the field on transitions and succession planning.  

After this initial convening, we will keep the discussion going during two to three follow-up conversations over the summer that will dive deeper into transition practices, approaches and concerns.  Dates TBD. 

We hope that you can join us on Wednesday, June 27 from 8:15 a.m. – noon at the Greater New Orleans Foundation for this learning event.  You may RSVP by sending an email to

Promising practice in leadership transitions suggest that the board of an organization be involved, so we are encouraging organization board leaders to be present. Let us know if you plan to bring a board member. (Please note: this invitation is not transferable to another staff member and is for Executive Directors only.)  Feel free to reach out with any questions. 



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Available Furniture and Technology from LANO BR Office

Posted By Kelly Pepper, Louisiana Association of Nonprofit Organizations, Monday, June 18, 2012

FINAL PIECES: Furniture, Phone System and Computer System hardware -

Available in Baton Rouge, 8281 Goodwood Blvd, Ste. A 70806

LANO is moving to new office space in Baton Rouge - we'd like our spare furniture to be used by our fellow nonprofits, entrepreneurs and partners! Call or email soon to let us know of your interest: or 225-931-9394. Listing with prices are below and pictures are attached.


  • One (1) Black metal two-drawer, vertical file cabinet storage: Image 017.jpg - $25


  • One (1) Black metal five-drawer, filing cabinet storage (finance room): Image 013.jpg - $60


  • One (1) Black metal four-drawer filing cabinet (legal room): Photo 4.jpg - $55


  • One (1) four-drawer, beige, metal file cabinet (policy): Image 18.20.31.jpg - $50


  • Two-drawer, lateral, file cabinets:\
      • a. One (1) is beige metal (finance): Image 025.jpg - $50
      • b. One (1) is cherry wood with brass drawer handles (policy): Image 004.jpg - $55
      • c. One (1) is light wood with drawer handles (policy): Image photo(2) - $50


  • Two (2) smaller, wooden bookshelf cases (finance & policy): 18.20.48.jpg - $25


  • One (1) tall, light wooden bookshelf unit (Fnd Ctr): Image narrow.bookcase.jpg- $35


  • Three (3) Office Desks ***All three - $135
      • a. Light Wooden desk (MW) with file cabinet drawers: Images 028.jpg and 029.jpg - $65
      • b. Light wooden desk with return (JM): Image photo 3.jpg and photo 5.jpg - $50
      • c. Dark wooden large desk with file cabinet drawers (GC) - $55


  • Metal work table and three large drawers supporting one end of the table with the other open: Image 15.57.45.jpg - $40


  • Toshiba networked phone system hardware: central system and 12+ phones all in working condition: Images 17.09.02.jpg and photo 10.jpg - $125


  • Dell Computer System storage cage: Image 17.10.06.jpg - $60


  • Servers and Back up Batteries for computer system: Images 17.09.35.jpg and 17.09.53.jpg – receptive to buyers' offer


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FFL to Host 2nd Community Training on the Citizen's Guide to Land Use and Urban Design

Posted By Bradley O'Neil, Foundation for Louisiana, Monday, June 18, 2012

Foundation for Louisiana to Host Second Community Training on the Citizen’s Guides to Land Use and Urban Design

When: Saturday, June 23rd (10:00 a.m.-1:30 p.m.)

Where: Norman Mayer Branch Library, 3001 Gentilly Blvd., New Orleans,

LA 70122

Why: Provide residents with knowledge of land use planning, urban design issues, and information on how to participate in the planning process. The following topics will be covered:

How to read a land use map, understand the basics of land use categories, the difference between density and intensity, and how changes in land use can impact a community

How urban design elements contribute to neighborhood character and functionality, and what to look for when reading design documents such as renderings

Residents’ role in the planning process and how to participate effectively

How to develop proactive urban design and land use strategies for a community,

including setting an agenda and effectively distributing information.

Copies of the Guides will be available at the event. Due to limited quantities, if you have already received a copy, please bring it with you.

Please RSVP tocitizensguides@foundationforlouisiana.orgor call225-772-1510 or 504-309-0468 by Thursday, June 21st if you plan on attending.

The guides are also available for free download here.

The trainings are free and open to all, so please pass this on to your neighbors and community members. Refreshments will be provided. For those who are interested but unable to attend, look out for future trainings, dates TBA.


We look forward to seeing you there!

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Families Helping Families Receives $10,000 Grant from Summit Holding

Posted By Tonja Foil, Families Helping Families of Greater Baton Rouge, Friday, June 15, 2012

Families Helping Families of Greater Baton Rouge has received a $10,000 grant from the Liberty Mutual Foundation, which will help fund programs for families with individuals with disabilities.

Jamie S. Tindle, Executive Director for Families Helping Families of Greater Baton Rouge said, "We are sincerely grateful for the support and involvement of our communities and local businesses in the Greater Baton Rouge area. They support our center so that we may continue to support the growing number of families and individuals affected with a disability.”

The grant presented to Families Helping Families was one of $1 million dollars in grants distributed to non-profit organizations as part of Liberty Mutual Insurance's 100th anniversary celebration. Liberty Mutual created the "100 Gifts” program as a way to commemorate the company's long-standing tradition of supporting the communities in the U.S. and around the world in which its employees live and work.


Families Helping Families is a family-driven resource center directed and staffed by family members of individuals with a disability. Families Helping Families of Greater Baton Rouge (FHFGBR) is committed to helping families who have members with disabilities as well as self-advocates. FHFGBR provides information, referral, education, training, and parent-to-parent support for disability issues to individuals living in the parishes of East Baton Rouge, West Baton Rouge, Ascension, Iberville, East Feliciana, West Feliciana, Point Coupee and Livingston. A disability may be physical, mental, emotional, behavioral and/or academic. For additional information on Families Helping Families of Greater Baton Rouge or the Resource Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders, a program of FHFGBR, or to schedule an interview, contact Kayley Williams at (225) 216-7474or at

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Emerging Philanthropists of New Orleans (EPNO): Deadline Nears on RFP

Posted By Ryan Crespino, The Greater New Orleans Foundation, Friday, June 15, 2012


Emerging Philanthropists of New Orleans (EPNO), an initiative of LANO member the Greater New Orleans Foundation, announces its 2012 grantmaking focus areas and Requests for Proposals.

Letters of Intent can be submitted online at until June 22, 2012 at 5 p.m.

The EPNO Class of 2012 has five grantmaking teams that will award up to $8,000 in each of the following areas:

  • Crime Prevention & Public Safety
  • Economic Development
  • Education & Youth Development
  • Environment
  • Healthcare

(Full RFP attached to this post)

How to Apply:
Please submit a Letter of Intent online by June 22, 2012 at 5 p.m. at

You may apply to one area only. The Letter of Intent should include a description of the following (Please limit to one page):

  • The organization and its mission
  • The project for which you are seeking funding
  • How the funds will be used

All applicants will receive an email by July 9 indicating if they are invited to submit a full proposal.

To be eligible, applicants must:

  • Have 501c3 status. If you are an individual with an innovative idea, you must find a sponsoring 501c3
  • Be located within the Greater New Orleans area

Please note: EPNO has aConflict of Interest policy posted on its website, which may prohibit an organization at which, an EPNO member or immediate family member is employed from applying to this year's grant cycle. EPNO will notify you after your letter of intent is received if there is a conflict.

Important Dates:

June 22:Letter of Intent due online by 5 p.m.
July 9: All applicants will receive an email indicating if they are invited to submit a full proposal.
August 6: Full proposals due online (by invitation only).
August 21: Those who submitted full proposals will receive an email indicating if they are a finalist. Finalists will be invited to participate in a Site Visit or Interview.
October 5:Finalists will be notified of the final award decisions.
October 17:Grant Awards Ceremony.

About EPNO:

EPNO is an initiative to engage young leaders in New Orleans in philanthropy. Members participate in asix-month programwhere theypool funds, collaborate on teams and allocate grants to impact issues they care about. Member contributions are matched dollar for dollar through the generosity of outside sponsorships.


  • Inspire and educate young leaders to become effective, lifelong philanthropists
  • Impact positive change in the New Orleans region
  • Retain local talent by allowing emerging leaders to connect with each other and their community


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Adventures of a Startup in Nonprofit Fundraising

Posted By Jason Nicosia, Connect for a Cause, LLC, Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Greetings LANO Members and Friends!

It's been awesome to meet so many great nonprofits through Connect for a Cause in these last 3 months since we've launched.

I'm proud to announce that we've already helped nonprofits all around the country raise over $20,000 to further their missions! 

Never did I think I'd be learning about the inner workings of nonprofit fundraising, or the amazing causes that exist in our state, and I just wanted to write this post to you and to LANO to say thanks for the encouragement and support! 

I can't wait to see who the nonprofits in Louisiana will auction lunch with next! We've already had local business executives, community leaders, and even a few local celebrities participate, and hope to see many more in the coming months. 

OPPORTUNITY FOR YOU: Next month, we'll be advertising our service here in Louisiana, and if you want to take advantage of some free PR and Marketing for your nonprofit, get your organization and key board members or supporters registered at and start hosting your own VIP lunch auctions!

If your nonprofit runs more than 5 lunch auctions in the month of July, we'll cut the administrative fee in half!*   

I personally look forward to learning more about and promoting the great work that nonprofits do in our state. Talk to you again soon and hope to hear from you!


Jason Nicosia, President, Connect for a Cause and Proud LANO Member!



*LANO Member nonprofits receive this discount, equal to 50% of our administrative fee, on all auctions as a benefit of membership.

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Three strategies generate more gifts from Gen X and Y

Posted By Denise McMahan, CausePlanet, Tuesday, June 12, 2012

According to Fundraising and the Next Generation author, Emily Davis, nonprofits should be cultivating Millennials and Gen X because of their sheer size and long-term potential for philanthropy. Wealthy Gen X donors give more and are increasingly more aware of charitable causes than earlier generations when...

Click here to read more, register for the interview with Davis and download the Page to Practice book summary.

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HOPE Ministries of Baton Rouge selects New President and CEO

Posted By Janet Simmons, HOPE Ministries of Baton Rouge, Thursday, June 7, 2012

Laura Poche’, HOPE Ministries Board Chair, announced this morning that Janet Simmons has accepted the position of President and CEO, HOPE Ministries of Baton Rouge.

Said Poche’, "In Janet we bring a recognized face, a visionary, a hard worker, and a proven eight year HOPE veteran to the top position at HOPE Ministries of Baton Rouge. I’ve known Janet for a long time and expect her to hit the ground running."

Simmons succeeds Renee Craft who for nine years led an organization resulting from the merger of Friends of Families and United Methodist HOPE Ministries. Simmons joined HOPE Ministries in 2004 as Volunteer Director, was promoted to Director of Programs in 2005 and lastly promoted Director of Operations and Social Enterprise in 2008.

Simmons will assume her new position beginning July 1, 2012.


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Grantwriting for Beginners

Posted By Nora Ellertsen, The Funding Seed, LLC, Thursday, June 7, 2012
Grantwriting for Beginners 

Thursday, June 14, 4:00 to 6:30 p.m.

Ashe Cultural Arts Center

1712 O.C. Haley Blvd., New Orleans

Registration $35; student and group discounts available.
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 will give you the tools you need to start writing grants.
Attendees will receive a certificate of participation for completing the workshop.
To register online, visit
For questions, to inquire about discount codes or to reserve your space and pay at the door, email

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