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Using Facebook as an advocacy tool

Posted By Denise McMahan, CausePlanet, Wednesday, May 16, 2012

While it's natural to assume that social media has permeated all aspects of business, nothing rivals face-to-face meetings in grassroots advocacy, says "The One-Hour Activist” author Christopher Kush. I caught up with Kush in our interview and asked about the popularity of email and other social media. He cited one client in particular that used Facebook to generate interest in face-to-face advocacy events. Here's the excerpt:


CausePlanet: In Part Two, you present several helpful sections on writing an effective letter or email to your legislator so it gets read and circulated versus simply counted. Additionally, you cover skillful phone calls. Since the book was published, have communication preferences changed at all with the prevalence of email? (All coming in second to face-to-face, of course.)...

Read more and click here to register for our next author interview with advocacy expert, Christopher Kush, on Thursday, May 17 at 11 a.m. CST.

Don't forget, LANO Members: You can download free Page to Practice book summaries at CausePlanet during 2012 thanks to the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Foundation of Louisiana. Start with "The One-Hour Activist" - Click here for download instructions.

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LA Budget Featured at Lunch with the League

Posted By , Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Lunch With the League
at Drusilla Seafood,
3482 Drusilla Lane, Baton Rouge, LA 70809
May 17, 2012 Networking: 11:30 a.m. Program at Noon

RESERVATIONS REQUIRED - The menu item will be selected when you arrive

The Louisiana Budget: Tax cuts, exemptions, and rebates; Can Louisiana taxpayers afford them this year?"

The LWVBR's goal is to present all points of view and to have the panelists' present solutions on each issue presented, so that the audience can leave informed and in position to make up their own minds.Confirmed presenters are:

  • Kevin Kane, President, The Pelican Institute,
  • Jan Moller, Director, LA Budget Project, LANO
  • John Bel Edwards, Democratic Party Representative
  • Woody Jenkins, Republican Party Representative

It is very important that the citizens of this State learn about the LA Budget as it affects everyone in Louisiana and the reasons for tax cuts, tax exemptions and tax rebates when serious cuts are being made to vital state services, i.e. Education, Health care, etc/ with employee layoffs. LA Citizens need to hear solutions and alternatives that are being considered, which address LA financial crisis and demonstrate a concern for the average citizen, who is struggling to pay the taxes, get an education/job training for themselves and/or their children to earn a livable wage, and provide for themselves and their families.

The luncheon will be held Thursday, May 17, at Drusilla Seafood, 3482 Drusilla Lane, Baton Rouge. Doors open at 11:30 with registration and networking until the program begins at Noon. Reservations are HIGHLY RECOMMENDED as this LWL will be held in the smaller Bayou Room inside the restaurant.
Tickets are $25.00 per person. LWVBR Members receive a 20% member discount.

Tickets for the luncheon may be purchased online with a credit card at WWW.LWVBR.ORG/LWL.html and going to "Pay for Lunch Here"
Reservations may be made by calling
(225) 927-2255or by e-mail at Cash or checks are accepted at the door.
Watch for notices for the "Reality Check" event, which will be the luncheon on June 5th, 2012, less than 24 hours after the close of the 2012 Legislative Session.
Informed and involved, we can make a difference.
Sharing the Spirit of League,
Jean Armstrong

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Eight must-know grassroots concepts

Posted By Denise McMahan, CausePlanet, Tuesday, May 8, 2012

For every position there is an opposition. It's what makes our democracy work. If you lead a nonprofit organization, there's no doubt an issue or candidate can influence how effectively you raise money or advocate for systemic change. Some even argue an investment in advocacy is an "upstream solution” and preferable to isolated direct service downstream.

The One-Hour Activist: The 15 Most Powerful Actions You Can Take to Fight for the Issues and Candidates You Care About presents a nonpartisan, thorough checklist of tactical best practices for engaging in advocacy on behalf of issues and candidates you care about.

Author Christopher Kush has distilled the essential activities that will help you understand how your letter, email or request for a face-to-face meeting with your lawmaker can be heard above the noise. He covers nuances in relating to your elected officials, leveraging the ...

Read more and click here to register for our next author interview with advocacy expert, Christopher Kush, on Thursday, May 17 at 11 a.m. CST.

Don't forget, LANO Members:

You can download free Page to Practice book summaries at CausePlanet during 2012 thanks to the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Foundation of Louisiana. Start with The One-Hour Activist - Click here for download instructions.

Tags:  advocacy  CausePlanet  civic engagement  Page to Practice  public policy 

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Nonprofit fundraising workshop: Creating & Managing an Individual Donor Program

Posted By Nora Ellertsen, The Funding Seed, LLC, Tuesday, May 1, 2012


Register today for this month's nonprofit fundraising workshop!

Creating & Managing an Individual

Donor Program

Thursday, May 10, 4:00-6:30 p.m.
Ashe Cultural Arts Center
1712 Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard, New Orleans

Individual donors give three quarters of all private charitable gifts- more than foundation grants and corporate donors combined.

How can your nonprofit find individual donors to support your work?  Once you find them, how will you ask them to give?

Register online today!


Registration $35 per person.  Student & group discounts available.

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

Attendees will receive a certificate of participation for completing the workshop.

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Live author interview: Fearless advocacy with expert Christopher Kush

Posted By Denise McMahan, CausePlanet, Monday, April 30, 2012

This morning I had the pleasure of meeting our next featured author and chatting about our upcoming live interview on Thurs, May 17 at 11 a.m. CST for LANO members and friends. I couldn't help but share my excitement because advocacy expert Christopher Kush has that uncanny ability to make an intimidating subject sound so very doable.

Let's face it: the prospect of legislative relations at first glance feels a little daunting. But like most things, a closer look can send those butterflies packing. Our interview with Kush will have you ready to fight for the issues you care about before you can say the word "legislature.”

Kush is the President & CEO of Soapbox Consulting and author of three books about advocacy. His latest, The One-Hour Activist: The 15 Most Powerful Actions You Can Take to Fight for the Issues and Candidates You Care About is chock full of realistic advice for small and large, local and national nonprofits. Read more and register for the live author interview at the Page to Practice blog.

Tags:  advocacy  legistative relations  public policy 

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Is your sense of urgency working for or against you?

Posted By Denise McMahan, CausePlanet, Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Due to the overextended and under-resourced nature of the nonprofit sector, it's easy to look around your organization and misdiagnose your busy staff and hyperactive meeting schedule as having a sense of urgency. A Sense of Urgency author, John Kotter, argues otherwise.

Is your urgency true or false? Organizations that are truly inspiring transformative change don't suffer from endless busy work; the employees have a sense of purpose, an emotional attachment to the aspirational goal and shed low-priority activities in pursuit of meaningful milestones that mark progress. The social sector is a breeding ground for these false diagnoses of urgency, and nonprofit leaders must ... Read more


Don't forget: LANO members can download free Page to Practice™ book summaries and register for our popular author interviews at CausePlanet during 2012 thanks to underwriting from the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana Foundation.

Click here for book summary download instructions

Click on the "Read more" link above to register for the next author interview.

Tags:  A Sense of Urgency  CausePlanet  change management  John Kotter  leadership  Page to Practice 

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Financial Seminar a Huge Success!!

Posted By Erica Crenshaw, Execute Now!, Monday, April 23, 2012



877-504-0954, ext. 1

April 23, 2012

New Orleans, Louisiana

The Louisiana Association of Nonprofit Organizations hosted a leadership seminar, The Lessons of Hull House: Avoiding Failure Through Financial Leadership on April 23, 2012. Erica McGeachy Crenshaw, CEO of Execute Now! and Dr. Keith H. Liederman, CEO of Kingsley House spoke to an audience of primarily Executive Directors.

Mrs. Erica Crenshaw, with her 16+ years of experience in finance, explained why the Jane Addams Hull House collapsed.

She spoke of lessons learned from Hull House:

  • Lack of Leadership Stability
  • Lack of Urgency (form mergers or partnerships)
  • Lack of Financial Performance Monitoring
  • Debt-Ridden
  • Revenue Imbalance - 85% of total revenue from government funds

She further expounded by saying, "the crux of the issue came from the lack of good, honest and timely financial information." She went on to explain the difference between an audit and finance committee, and why it's important to have both.....


Tags:  execute now!  financial  leadership  seminar 

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Connect for a Cause launches! Open to all Nonprofits.

Posted By Connect for a Cause, LLC, Thursday, April 19, 2012

NEWS RELEASE from Connect for a Cause


Jason Nicosia

(ph.) 888-726-8128


New Orleans startup launches networking service for social good


NEW ORLEANS, LA — Today, April 19 New Orleans startup Connect For A Cause is making it possible for anyone to have lunch with business luminaries, executives, and even celebrities. Jason Nicosia, a local entrepreneur and Connect For A Cause founder, created the online auction platform to provide motivated networkers an opportunity to win meetings with hard-to-reach people while providing nonprofit organizations with a unique fundraising tool.

 "Part of our mission is to connect people who might otherwise not have the ability to reach those individuals who can have a big impact on their businesses and careers,” said Nicosia. "Often, success is all about who you know, and now we can provide that introduction while helping worthy causes at the same time.”

The process begins with a nonprofit getting local executives and VIP supporters to donate an hour of time for a lunch meeting. The VIP’s biography is then listed on, where anyone can register and bid. The high bidder wins the auction and gets to schedule lunch with the VIP or executive at an agreeable location. Proceeds from the auctions support the sponsoring nonprofits, helping them to better communities and be more effective in their missions.

"Connect For A Cause helps networkers make a personal connection with people they would typically be unable to access. Meeting the right people has always been the fastest way to get ahead. By helping innovators get their foot in the door, we can assist in that success for social good.”

Connect For A Cause has already gained interest in the community and raised $125,000 in startup funding. The site’s service has launched a live beta version, and registration is open for nonprofits and meeting-seekers across the country.

Nicosia says nonprofit organizations in 23 states have requested an invitation to take part in the service. With more than 1.5 million nonprofits in existence nationwide, he looks forward to seeing Connect For A Cause grow rapidly and create an ever-expanding network of VIPs, networkers and nonprofits working together to meet their individual goals.

Founded in 2011, Connect For A Cause’s mission is to give people the power to connect while making the world around them a better place. Anyone can signup for Connect For A Cause and create opportunities to meet mentors and decision makers who could impact their businesses and careers. Connect For A Cause is a privately held company headquartered in New Orleans, LA.  Learn more at

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Get better fundraising results from your board

Posted By Denise McMahan, CausePlanet, Wednesday, April 18, 2012

We've all been there. And if you haven't been there, you've at least heard about someone who's been there. Yesterday, during our live author interview series with board fundraising expert, Kay Sprinkel Grace, we had a nonprofit leader ask, "What recommendations do you have for getting better fundraising results out of your board?”

Most commonly asked

How to get everyone involved in fundraising is the most common question Grace is asked and this author interview was no exception. In fact, Grace has written a book about her answer to this popular inquiry...

Read more for Grace's AAA fundraising program and instructions for downloading a free summary of The Ultimate Board Member's Book at CausePlanet thanks to the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana Foundation.

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Foundation for Louisiana to host first Citizen's Guide Community Training

Posted By Bradley O'Neil, Foundation for Louisiana, Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Foundation for Louisiana is proud to host its first Community Training on the Citizens’s Guide to Land Use and Urban Design

When: Tuesday, April 24th from 6:00 p.m. to 8:15 p.m.

Where: American Red Cross Southeast LA Chapter Building, 2640 Canal St., New Orleans, LA 70119

Why: This training will help residents gain knowledge in land use planning, urban design issues and the participation process. It will include topics such as:

  1. How to read a Land Use map: Understanding the basics of each land use category, the difference between density and intensity and how changes in land use can impact a community.
  2. How Urban Design elements relate to neighborhood character and help neighborhoods work. What to look for when reading design documents such as renderings.
  3. Residents’ role in the planning process and how to participate effectively.
  4. How to develop a proactive Urban Design and Land Use strategy for a community, including setting an agenda and effectively distributing information.

Copies of the guides will be available at the event. However, due to limited quantities, if you have already received a copy please carry it with you.

Please RSVP to or call 225-772-1510 or 504-309-0468 by Saturday, April 21st.

The guides are also available for free download here




The trainings are free and open to all. Refreshments will be provided.  An additional training will be held in early June for those unable to attend on this date.

We look forward to seeing you there!


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