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March Workshop: Grantwriting for Beginners

Posted By Nora Ellertsen, The Funding Seed, LLC, Tuesday, March 6, 2012
Are you involved with a nonprofit?  
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!

Details & registration at

Grantwriting for Beginners is an engaging workshop that gives you the basic tools you need to start writing grants.  Participants will learn how to find funding opportunities, tools and tips for writing your proposal and ways to make your program competitive for repeat funding. 

Who should attend:
Nonprofit staff, board members and volunteers
Students and people in academic fields
Activists and community organizers
Religious leaders
Anyone who wants to learn about the exciting world of grantwriting! 

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

Registration $35 per person.  Discounts available for students and organizations registering two or more people.

Email to inquire about discount codes or to reserve your space and pay at the door.

Tags:  fund raising  fundraising  grant writing  grants  grantwriting  workshop 

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LANO Member Named Young Businessperson of the Year!

Posted By Matthew Mullenix, Louisiana Association of Nonprofit Organizations, Thursday, March 1, 2012

Baton Rouge's Stafford Kendall, a LANO member and co-owner of the marketing and corporate strategy firm Covalent Logic, has been named 2012 Young Businessperson of the Year by the Baton Rouge Business Awards & Hall of Fame.

Kendall is a longtime supporter of nonprofits, serving on several local Boards and volunteering her time and expertise with organizations through LANO seminars and conferences. 

Under her leadership, Covalent Logic has garnered a stellar international reputation among its clients and peers. Working with a variety of public, private and nonprofit organizations, Kendall has helped develop numerous award-winning advertising and branding campaigns.

Covalent Logic recently won the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Blue Ribbon Small Business Award, one of only 75 businesses nationwide to do so.  Last year, Kendall's company received the 2011 Bulldog Award for Excellence in Media and Public Relations Campaigns for 

An award ceremony honoring Stafford Kendall and honorees in other categories will be held Tuesday, March 20.  Click here for more information.

To connect with Stafford online through her LANO Member profile, click here.


Tags:  member award baton rouge business 

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Are your donors the solution or on the sidelines?

Posted By Denise McMahan, CausePlanet, Wednesday, February 29, 2012

According to author, consultant and nonprofit leader, Jerold Panas, the case for support "is the mother ship of all other material.” It is the basis for annual giving, planned giving, corporate giving and foundation gifts. If you are fundraising at all, your organization must have a case for support.

In his book, "Seeing Through a Donor's Eyes,” Ahern says, "A case consolidates your messages for common reference by staff and board, putting every potential voice, writer and advocate on the same page.”


Who is responsible? Sometimes the internal process of creating a source document from which your organization bases all of their fundraising strategies can derail how external-centric or donor-centric your case is. Ahern challenges you to answer the question, "Have you put your donor in the position of responsibility?” Donors want this role.

Read more and register for lively interview with fundraising expert Tom Ahern.

Tags:  CausePlanet  communications  fundraising  Page to Practice  Tom Ahern 

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Reconcile New Orleans, Inc. Looking for Visionary Leader

Posted By Gerald Duhon, Reconcile New Orleans, Inc., Thursday, February 23, 2012

LANO Member Reconcile New Orleans, Inc., the nonprofit organization that operates Café Reconcile, is seeking a visionary Chief Executive Officer with proven community leadership combined with a strong business background who is looking to guide a dynamic social enterprise.

Please refer to the LANO Career Center posting for more details.



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Tags:  New Orleans  position opening 

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Do you know why you're raising money?

Posted By Denise McMahan, CausePlanet, Tuesday, February 21, 2012

If you haven't written a general case for support recently, Tom Ahern argues you really don't know why you're raising money.

Writing a compelling case forces you to think about your organization's promise, your organization's proof and how the donor fits into your world.

Join a lively interview with Tom Ahern and led by CausePlanet publisher Denise McMahan to find out:

  • What three essential questions you must answer in your case
  • Why you need to "get stupid,” and
  • How to write for "browsers" when creating your appeals

Click here to


Tags:  CausePlanet  communications  fundraising  Tom Ahern 

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Tips to Beat Bank Fraud in Newsletter Finance Fundamentals

Posted By Administration, Saturday, February 18, 2012

A new, twice-monthly newsletter offers LANO members advice and trends on key financial management issues. 

Finance Fundamentals, a concise, independently researched publication sponsored by Association member and benefit provider Execute Now!, is free to all with active profiles in LANO's nonprofit social network.  

[Check your profile status here.]

The first issue of Finance Fundamentals details the dangers of bank fraud and the surprising ease with which nonprofits can become vulnerable.  Learn valuable tips about how to spot and avoid this potential disaster for your mission by reading and subscribing to Finance Fundamentals.

Click here for first issue.

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Prepare to be Browsed

Posted By Denise McMahan, CausePlanet, Thursday, February 16, 2012

I laughed out loud when I read this passage: "Here's the unvarnished truth: people do not want to read your stuff. Sure, they want to understand your stuff and absorb your stuff. But spend long stretches of time reading it? Not particularly. In our bustling world, if I understand your vision in 15 rather than 30 minutes, that's a good thing. If I understand your vision in five minutes rather than 15, that's even better. And if you could slip me a pill and I'd understand your vision instantly, that would be the best.”

Finally, someone had the courage to say it. Tom Ahern, the author of Seeing Through A Donor's Eyes,is responsible for this passage and is currently featured at CausePlanet. This book is a must read for anyone who raises money, works with someone who raises money or manages someone who raises money. Ahern is a three-time winner of the prestigious International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) Gold Quill awards, given each year to the best communications work worldwide. Beloved international trainer and highly successful consultant, his firm specializes in capital campaign statements, nonprofit communications audits, direct mail and donor newsletters.

So how do you get your direct mail, newsletters and proposals read? Having a good ... Read more

Tags:  communications  fundraising 

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Three branding experts converge on smart communications

Posted By Denise McMahan, CausePlanet, Wednesday, February 8, 2012

What do you get when you mix the expertise of Brandraising author, Sarah Durham, and Breakthrough Nonprofit Branding co-authors, Jocelyne Daw and Carol Cone? You have a wonderful blend of advice that's caffeinated with a triple shot of branding smarts.

When two books we've featured at CausePlanet converge on the same topic, I can't help but highlight where thought leaders intersect. It's like having two consultants in the room agree on how to give your communications a jumpstart (or espresso shot). What a luxury! Here are only a few of the many author intersections I discovered:

Read more of this article and don't forget that LANO members can now download these two Page to Practice book summaries for FREE, thanks to the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Louisiana Foundation. Click through for instructions.

Also at the "Read more" link above is a FREE registration link to attend the live webcast interview with branding expert and author Jocelyne Daw on Thurs, February 16 at 2 p.m. Join CausePlanet for this lively conversation Daw about the 11 visionary nonprofits that demonstrate breakthrough branding.

Tags:  branding  communications  marketing 

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Consultant Volunteering 40 Hours in February

Posted By L L Gibbs Consulting, Wednesday, February 1, 2012

LANO has been such a wonderful resource for me, and I wanted to do something to let them know how much I appreciate them. I thought about buying a small token gift and dropping it off, but then I had a better idea...

I remembered the movie "Pay It Forward.” If you haven’t seen it, go find and watch it. It’s a great story! Anyway, I decided that I would pass the favors along and "pay it forward."

I would like to donate 40 hours in February to LANO nonprofit member organizations. I have a background in Development with successful grants, fundraising events, and appeals. If you could use a little help this month, please let me know.

Many thanks to the staff at LANO!

Lisa Gibbs, LL Gibbs Consulting

Please contact me at my LANO member profile! 

Tags:  development  fund  grant  Member Event  Volunteer 

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Grantsmanship Training

Posted By L L Gibbs Consulting, Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Last week I had the opportunity to attend the Grantsmanship Training hosted by LANO member Alzheimer’s Services of the Capital Area. 

People came from several different states, and as far away as Panama and Barbados. It was an extraordinary experience, and everyone there came away with information and evaluations which will increase the chances of our proposals being funded. Our instructor, Mary Ruth Clowdsley, was fantastic! She offered years of experience as a grant writer, reviewer, and teacher.

Thanks to Barbara Auten and her staff at Alzheimer’s Services for hosting this training. They went above and beyond in making us feel welcome and supplying us with delicious snacks! We also had the chance to visit "Charlie’s Place,” and what they do there for Alzheimer patients and their families is awesome!

Tags:  fund  fund development  fund raising  funding  Fundraising  grant  grants  grantwriting 

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