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Solving today's complex problems with technology

Posted By Denise McMahan, CausePlanet, Monday, January 2, 2012

According to "Twitter for Good” author Claire Diaz-Ortiz, we live in a world where more individuals have access to mobile phones than clean water. "This truth shapes the greatest challenge of our age: How can technology solve today's most complex problems? The answer lies in the individual,” says Diaz-Ortiz. She and her Twitter camp say their open real-time information network allows individuals to share minute-by-minute information about what is happening in their lives, their communities and the world.

Not only does Twitter allow one to share from anywhere, but it also allows one to share with anyone. Technology is changing us, and we now have the unique opportunity to find innovative ways to use technology to help change the world. Twitter cofounder Biz Stone has said the real triumph of Twitter is one of humanity, not technology.

Because Diaz-Ortiz's position at Twitter is focused on helping nonprofits use Twitter effectively, she has spent thousands of hours and conducted hundreds of presentations on just that. This framework is the result of her research and work in the field alongside nonprofits like American Red Cross, Room to Read, the Skoll Foundation, Kiva and many more. The author explores each of the goals within the acronym T.W.E.E.T. Read more

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Employee recognition: Slow drip trumps the fire hydrant

Posted By Denise McMahan, CausePlanet, Wednesday, December 21, 2011

You all know how it feels to have someone in your personal life tell you about a conflict they've been harboring long after it's happened. You feel ambushed. More importantly, you feel powerless to correct events from the distant past, where any amount of explanation feels like a Herculean effort.

The same can be said of annual performance reviews, if they exist in isolation of any other strategic feedback and coaching expectations or formal reward and recognition processes. If the annual review is your only plan for recognizing or coaching your employees, then authors Eric Mosley and Derek Irvine would like to intervene. In their book, Winning with a Culture of Recognition, the authors weave in what they call MYTH BUSTERS to address common misunderstandings about recognition in the workplace.

Here is Mosley and Irvine's MYTH BUSTER about performance appraisals:

The annual or biannual performance appraisal process is not ... Read more

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City Year Martin Luther King, Jr. Physical Service Day

Posted By Maggie Mahoney, Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Come join City Year New Orleans for a large-scale Physical Service Event celebrating the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day on January 16th, 2012 in Mid-City.

Projects include painting murals, restoring monuments, children's projects, planting, and other beautification

WHERE: Success Preparatory Academy @ 2011 Bienville Street 70112
WHEN: 9:30am-2pm


See flyer for more details!

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Foundation for Louisiana Invests in State Nonprofits

Posted By Flozell Daniels, Foundation for Louisiana, Monday, December 19, 2011

Inaugural round of funding supports small businesses, affordable housing and strategies to fight poverty, blight statewide

Foundation for Louisiana this month announced grant awards totaling $843,000 to 22 nonprofits, including the Louisiana Association of Nonprofit Organizations and several of its members.

In its first grant cycle, Foundation for Louisiana continues the work of its predecessor, the Louisiana Disaster Recovery Foundation, to assist Louisiana nonprofits, support citizen engagement, and create affordable housing and economic opportunity in low-wealth communities.

Aimee Smallwood, CEO of Louisiana Cultural Economy Foundation (LCEF), a LANO member, expressed her gratitude to Foundation for Louisiana for its matching support of nine cultural agency partnerships across the state that provide assistance to self-employed individuals, nonprofits and businesses within their local arts communities.

Said Smallwood, "We believe the goals of this project parallel those of the Foundation in trying to remove institutional and structural barriers to economic well-being, increase access to opportunity, and cultivate local leadership.”

On behalf of the Louisiana Association of Nonprofit Organizations, President & CEO Ann S. Williamson said, "We are so pleased to receive Foundation support for important public policy work that assists nonprofits to provide affordable housing, build community wealth, expand economic opportunity and empower the underserved across the state."

Other LANO member organizations in receipt of Foundation grants include the Urban Restoration Enhancement Corporation to support the Urban Gardens Project in Baton Rouge, and Project Build A Future, for its Homebuyer Restoration Initiative providing Lake Charles families with homebuyer counseling services.

To learn more about Foundation for Louisiana's mission, values and initiatives, visit us at





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New Grants Available

Posted By Volunteer Louisiana, Friday, December 16, 2011


These advertised grant opportunities came our way yesterday, and I thought others might like to know!  Please feel free to share this post link!

For more information, see:


Sodexo Youth Grants
Deadline: January 17
YSA will award 100 Sodexo Youth Grants of $500 each to support youth-led service projects in the United States that address the issue of childhood hunger on Global Youth Service Day (April 20-22, 2012). We're looking for projects that engage your peers, friends, families, neighbors, Sodexo employees, and other community members in creative, youth-inspired solutions to ending childhood hunger in your community. Over 17 million children in the United States - 1 in 5 children - live at risk of hunger. YSA and Sodexo are calling on young people, ages 5-25, to help make sure your peers don't have to worry about where their next meal will come from. Learn more at:


YSA List: The 25 Most Powerful and Influential Young People
Deadline: January 31
YSA is launching the inaugural YSA List of "The 25 Most Powerful and Influential Young People" in celebration of our 25th Anniversary. Since our founding, we have seen young people pass laws, engage thousands of volunteers, found organizations, and develop sustainable solutions - all changing the world for the better. The YSA List will recognize 25 young people (ages 5 - 25) around the world that have made significant, large-scale change in five categories - Health, Education, Human Service, Human Rights, and the Environment. We will announce the YSA List on Global Youth Service Day 2012 (April 20-22). The 25 winners will receive $1,000 awards to support their ongoing efforts to change the world. Learn more and nominate a young person at


Case Foundation #GoodSpotting Sweepstakes
Deadline: December 23
This holiday season, YSA is joining the Case Foundation in #GoodSpotting! Together, we're catching people (or organizations) in the act of doing good. Snap a pic of your friend, neighbor, coworker (or it could be you!) doing something good, and share it online using the hashtag "#GoodSpotting." You can also upload it directly from the Case Foundation Facebook page. Then enter the #GoodSpotting sweepstakes to win up to $500 in holiday spending money and $5,000 in grants for your favorite charity. Let's go #GoodSpotting! Submit all #GoodSpotting pictures by 12/23. Learn more at: or on Facebook at or on YouTube at


Whole Kids Foundation & FoodCorps School Garden Grants
Deadline: December 31
The Whole Kids Foundation and partner FoodCorps offer $2,000 grants, along with curriculum, resources and mentorship, to 1,000 schools. FoodCorps' expertise in gardening, and its ongoing support will help schools build and sustain their gardens to ensure long-term success. All schools and garden-related nonprofit organizations are eligible to apply for grants to support the launch or expansion of school gardens that will help children engage with fresh fruits and vegetables. Garden projects may be at any stage of development; planning, construction or operation.


Splashlife Lincoln Awards for US Military Veteran Entrepreneurs
Deadline: January 15
Identifying, honoring and supporting the next wave of entrepreneurs to help them take charge of America's future. As announced at the White House Youth Entrepreneur Summit, Splashlife is giving out $2,500 Lincoln Awards to support entrepreneurs aged 35 or younger. All US Military Veterans aged 35 or younger are invited to apply for a $2,500 Lincoln Award to get started on a business idea. You've made a huge sacrifice for our nation, now Spalshlife wants to help you by supporting your brightest ideas and ambitions.

J-Serve 2012 Micro-Grants
Deadline: Ongoing
Grants are available for J-Serve 2012 - April 22, 2012. J-Serve is the International Day of Jewish Youth Service. Since 2005, J-Serve has been a part of YSA's Global Youth Service Day. A limited number of J-Serve micro-grants of up to $500 will be awarded to community projects committed to creating service opportunities that bring Jewish teens together to participate in a J-Serve project. Projects that are creative and innovative, especially those that will be first time events in a community, as well as projects conceived and planned by teen project leaders will receive preferential reviews. Micro-grants will be accepted on a rolling basis, and grants will continue to be awarded as long as funding remains available.

State Farm Good Neighbor Scholarship Program
Deadline: January 25
Applicants to the State Farm Good Neighbor Scholarship Program must be a high school senior who will graduate at the end of the 2011-12 school year, plans to enroll in full time undergraduate study at an accredited two or four year college, university or vocational-technical school for the entire 2012-2013 academic year, has a cumulative grade point average of 2.50 to 3.20 on a 4.00 scale, is a U.S. citizen, and demonstrate financial need. Up to twenty-six (26) selected recipients will receive a $2,500 award. Only the first 360 applications received will be accepted.

2012 Wildlife Conservation Youth Engagement Grants
Deadline: February 1
Whether you're in a city, rural area or a suburb, wildlife is all around you. In many places, wildlife faces challenges. Are you a high school student with a creative idea for conserving and protecting wildlife and its habitat in your community? Planet Connect is offering high school students grants of $1,000 to implement their problem-solving projects and participate in a local internship focused on wildlife conservation Winners receive $500.00 to turn your project into a reality and an 80-hour wildlife conservation or natural resource internship with a $500 stipend in your local community during the summer of 2012.

Jenzabar Student Leadership Awards
Deadline: February 20
The Jenzabar Foundation has opened the nomination process for its fifth annual Student Leadership Awards, which recognize student groups that have made a difference in the world through service and philanthropic activities at the local, national, and international levels. The awards will honor ten student-led campus groups or activities that have made a significant impact beyond their own institution. Nominations are open for students enrolled in any accredited institution of higher education. Each award includes a $5,000 grant to support the student or group's future humanitarian endeavors The first step in the submission process is joining the online Jenzabar Foundation Community Network; please use referral code SLA2012. Once registered, applicants will be advised of the submission procedure.

Captain Planet Environment Grants
Deadline: January 15
The Captain Planet Foundation primarily makes grants to U.S.-based schools and organizations with an annual operating budget of less than $3 million. Grants are made for activities that promote and support high-quality educational programs that enable children and youth to understand and appreciate our world through learning experiences that engage them in active, hands-on projects to improve the environment in their schools and communities. Preferential consideration is given to requests seeking seed funding of $500 or less and to applicants who have secured at least 50% matching or in-kind funding.

2012 AmeriCorps Grants
Deadline: January 18
AmeriCorps awards grants to organizations to implement programs that utilize AmeriCorps members to engage in evidence-based interventions to strengthen communities. In the 2012 competition CNCS expects to invest a significant amount of available funding to programs working in the six Focus Areas of Disaster Services, Economic Opportunity, Education, Environmental Stewardship, Healthy Futures, and Veterans and Military Families. In particular, CNCS seeks to target its AmeriCorps grantmaking in the Education, Disaster Services and Veterans and Military Families Focus Areas.

Scholastic Book Grants
Deadline: Ongoing
The Scholastic Book Grants Program is a corporate in-kind giving initiative that provides high-quality reading materials to children in need. The Company's goal is to ensure that each of its book donations has a significant impact on fostering literacy. Small-scale (unsolicited) donations of 500-1,000 books are awarded to 501c3 or 170c literacy organizations. To read the unsolicited donations policies and procedures, and to download a donation application, visit:

Splashlife Lincoln Awards for Women Entrepreneurs
Deadline: February 14
Identifying, honoring and supporting the next wave of entrepreneurs to help them take charge of America's future. As announced at the White House Youth Entrepreneur Summit, Splashlife is giving out $2,500 Lincoln Awards to support entrepreneurs aged 35 or younger. Despite making up 46.3% of the workforce, women are underrepresented in positions of management, with just 2.4% of Fortune 500 companies being run by female CEOs. Splashlife wants to support a woman entrepreneur aged 35 or younger with a $2,500 Lincoln Award for her business idea.

2012 Do Something Awards
Deadline: March 1
Are you one of the nation's best young world-changers? Do Something Award nominees and winners represent the pivotal "do-ers" in their field, cause, or issue. In 2012 (up to) five finalists will be rewarded with a $10,000 community grant, media coverage and continued support from The grand prize winner will receive $100,000 during the nationally televised broadcast.


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Consensus Among the Ranks

Posted By Denise McMahan, CausePlanet, Wednesday, December 14, 2011

One of the fascinating aspects of publishing CausePlanet is learning about the numerous perspectives each author has about what makes you a successful nonprofit leader. Even more compelling is when two or more authors, with completely different backgrounds, align in their thinking. I love to point out these moments because there's nothing like consensus to instigate change.

In our December feature from 2009, 12: The Elements of Great Managing by Rodd Wagner and James Harter, the authors draw from The Gallup Organization's database—which now includes 10 million employee and manager interviews—to give real-life examples of how managers from around the world epitomize each of the 12 Elements.

In addition to the Gallup data, the authors use the latest insights from brain-imaging studies, genetics, psychology, behavioral economics and other scientific disciplines to reveal what drives good managers.

Wagner and Harter's 4th element is the power of...Read more

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Test Your Knowledge

Posted By Stafford Kendall, Covalent Logic, Monday, December 12, 2011
The Wall Street Journal has a quiz in this morning's Journal Report section:

It includes fun questions like:

Individuals accounted for what percentage of the $290.89 billion in charitable donations last year?
A. 29%
B. 41%
C. 52%
D. 73%

Some of the answers might surprise you... even you, Matt Mullenix!


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Grantsmanship Training Program Coming to Baton Rouge

Posted By Barbara Auten, Alzheimer's Services of the Capital Area, Inc., Thursday, December 8, 2011

Alzheimer’s Services of the Capital Area is pleased to welcome the Grantsmanship Training Program to Baton Rouge. We would like to invite you to participate in this one-of-a-kind workshop, widely recognized as the "gold standard" of grants training. It will be held January 23 - 27, 2012 at 3772 North Blvd., Baton Rouge, LA 70806.

This program comes to us from The Grantsmanship Center, the world's oldest and largest fund development training organization. Since 1972, The Grantsmanship Center has trained more than 1l0,000 staff members of nonprofit and government agencies around the world.

Designed for both novice and advanced grantseekers, the Grantsmanship Training Program is a comprehensive, hands-on workshop that covers the complete grant development process, from researching funding sources to writing and reviewing grant proposals.

During this intensive, five-day workshop, you will learn The Grantsmanship Center's groundbreaking proposal writing format, the most widely used such format in the world. You will also learn how to locate new funding sources for your organization and you will work with a team to prepare an actual proposal for funding.

Upon completion of the workshop, graduates receive a full year of free follow-up services through the exclusive Membership Program. These include professional proposal review and access to comprehensive online databases of foundation, corporate and government funding sources.

Alzheimer’s Services is hosting this program as a community service. We know the
funding challenges facing
Louisiana nonprofits, and we believe that well-planned programs-like those that The Grantsmanship Center training emphasize are the key to increased grant support for groups like ours.

Alzheimer’s Services decided to host this workshop for a fourth time as our staff has doubled funding from grants written by myself and Julie Brewer who attended a Grantsmanship Training program. It is the single best grant writing training I ever taken and Julie has acquired the skills necessary to develop proposals that get funded.

Tuition for this top-quality training program is $895. (A limited number of half-tuition scholarships are available for organizations with annual budgets of less than $300,000.)

To ensure personalized attention, enrollment is limited to 30 participants. These workshops often fill to capacity, so we encourage you to enroll early. To register, or to apply for a scholarship, call The Grantsmanship Center directly at (800) 421-9512 or (2l3) 482-9860. Or you may enroll online at For more information about the training site, contact Debbie Little, Development Director at 225-334-7494 or

We hope you'll be able to join us for this special training opportunity on January 23-27, 2012.

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Discover the power of real-time performance management

Posted By Denise McMahan, CausePlanet, Thursday, December 8, 2011

Many of you are wrapping up your fundraising goals this month. If you are on a fiscal year, you're at the halfway point. While your eye may be on the waffling donor who's considering their year-end tax-deductible gift, don't forget to take this opportunity to recognize your staff. Winning with a Culture of Recognition demonstrates how important authentic recognition is to your team loyalty, productivity, and bottom line. Co-author Derek Irvine had this to say when I asked him why he wrote Winning with Eric Mosley.

CausePlanet: Hi, Derek. Thanks again for this interview for our readers. What inspired you to write this book?

Derek Irvine: This book was an opportunity for us (co-author Eric Mosley, CEO of Globoforce and me) to share recognition best practices we've seen working with some of the world's most successful and admired companies. Our ambition for this book is to change the way leaders think about recognition. With recognition, HR and business leaders today can elevate employee engagement, increase employee retention, manage company culture and discover the power of real-time performance management.

The authors weave insightful "Myth Busters” throughout their book. I'll do my best to share some of them this month in our weekly blog since there simply isn't enough room in our Page to Practice book summary to include them all. Here's the first of many memorable myth busters...Read more

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Fired up or burned out?

Posted By Denise McMahan, CausePlanet, Friday, December 2, 2011

You've all heard the phrase "You should never judge a book by its cover.” The truth is we all do. In this particular case, I looked at some of the great management books we've featured at CausePlanet over the years. One of them caught my eye because the cover's so great. (Insert "Caught you!” here.) But the more intelligent answer you're looking for is that it contains a terrific amount of sage advice for managers. The book is called Fired Up or Burned Out: How to Reignite Your Team's Passion, Creativity and Productivityby Michael Lee Stallard.

December feels like an appropriate time to take a pulse and see if you fall into one of these "fired up” or "burned out” camps. In either case, you'll find Stallard's approach worth your time. Stallard talks about the notion that... Read more

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