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LANO Members: Download the latest free book summary about board fundraising

Posted By Denise McMahan, CausePlanet, Thursday, October 18, 2012

Raising more money in an extremely competitive environment means tapping every resource you have, beginning with your board members.

A Fundraising Guide for Nonprofit Board Members is the most comprehensive guide for best practices in fundraising and the involvement of board members we've recommended to date. Author Julia Walker covers all levels of fundraising, real world examples, tips and techniques for the browser and the engagement of board members throughout ...

 

Download the latest free book summary about board fundraising at CausePlanet's Page to Practice blog

 

Special thanks to the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana Foundation for providing every LANO member with access to CausePlanet's Page to Practice summary library, author interviews and archives during 2012.

 

Tags:  boards  CausePlanet  fundraising  Julia Walker  Page to Practice 

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So you want more for your nonprofit but do you know why?

Posted By Denise McMahan, CausePlanet, Monday, September 24, 2012

According to La Piana and his coauthors, a nonprofit needs a business plan just as much as a business does. "Perhaps more so given the narrower room for experimentation and the high consequences of failure—both of which can be traced back to often narrow operating margins and lack of adequate capital.”

 

Read more, register for our live & in-person author interview, and download this free Page to Practice summary

by Denise McMahan

Special thanks to the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Lousiana Foundation for underwriting access to CausePlanet's Page to Practice book summary library for all LANO members in 2012.

Tags:  CausePlanet  La Piana Consulting  Page to Practice  The Nonprofit Business Plan 

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Get your business model questions answered at LANO's annual conference

Posted By Denise McMahan, CausePlanet, Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Many of us recall David La Piana's Nonprofit Strategy Revolution, which pushed past our traditional notion of strategic planning and brought more time-sensitive, relevant thinking to the forefront. La Piana acknowledges that even while Revolution was being published, clients began to raise the common questions surrounding the economic and operational implications of strategic decisions. Specifically, how could they effectively connect their strategy with an execution plan that would truly grow the organization? Answering this question involved developing a rigorous methodology for connecting mission, strategy and execution.

The methodology described in The Nonprofit Business Plan roots strategic decision making in a strong financial analysis. Known as "DARE2 Succeed,” the principles in the methodology have been repeatedly tested in La Piana's consulting practice to ensure the book represents practical and workable approaches to improving your organization's outcomes. I asked coauthor, Lester Olmstead-Rose, about the most common reasons for pursuing a new business model. I loved his answer so I'm sharing it with you...

Don't miss our live interview with Nonprofit Business Plan coauthor, Heather Gowdy, at LANO's annual conference. Send us your questions now about nonprofit business models for Heather at mail@causeplanet.org and we'll answer them on Oct 3 in our session!

Read more, download this Page to Practice book summary for free at CausePlanet's blog

 

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Special thanks to the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana Foundation for underwriting LANO members' all access pass to CausePlanet's library of Page to Practice book summaries in 2012. Visit us at www.causeplanet.org/lano.

Tags:  business models  CausePlanet  Page to Practice  The Nonprofit Business Plan 

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Don’t make cold calls; make tepid calls instead

Posted By Denise McMahan, CausePlanet, Monday, September 10, 2012
In our recent live interview with "Insider's Guide to Winning Foundation Grants,” author, Marty Teitel, we asked all of you on the webinar, "How many of you have received a grant?” A surprising 30 percent had never been a grantee. I would have confidently guessed 90 percent or more of you had earned the support of a foundation.

 

It's a good reminder there are many organizations still in their founding years or perhaps securing a mix of earned income and other funds that makes cultivating foundations less critical. For the rest of you aspiring to be among the 70 percent who call foundations their friends, author Marty Teitel is anxious to share...

Click here to read more at the Page to Practice blog, download this Page to Practice book summary for free or register for next live author interview.

 

Special thanks to the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana Foundation for underwriting a Page to Practice subscription for all LANO members in 2012.

by Denise McMahan

Tags:  CausePlanet  Martin Teitel  Page to Practice  Winning Foundation Grants 

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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.

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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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12 tips for starting your fundraising committee

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

In light of our recent Page to Practice™ feature of Emily Davis' "Fundraising and the Next Generation,” I thought you'd enjoy her recent blog about the twelve steps involved with starting a fundraising committee.

Frequently, I'm asked about steps nonprofits can take in starting a nonprofit fundraising committee. Below are some ways that you can start out in organizing a team of volunteer fund raisers for your organizational mission.

1. Have a committee description. How can volunteers know what you need them to do without instruction? Start with a committee description that includes as much detail as possible like committee activities, meeting times and length, preferred skills and qualifications, and any other logistics you would want to know if you were joining the committee.

2. Be clear about your ...

 

Read more, download a FREE summary of Emily Davis' book or register for our next live author interview with former foundation CEO, Martin Teitel.

Special thanks to the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Foundation of Louisiana for providing LANO members access to CausePlanet's book summary library and live author interviews.

Tags:  CausePlanet  Emily Davis  fundraising  Fundraising and the Next Generation  Page to Practice 

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Managing outcomes requires a leap of reason

Posted By Denise McMahan, CausePlanet, Friday, July 13, 2012

Rather than take a blind leap of faith based on intuition or anecdotal information, author Mario Marino asks us to take a leap of reason when managing to outcomes. Why? Because our causes deserve it and social markets increasingly will fund only the nonprofits that demonstrate results.

Unfortunately, nonprofits aren't great at managing to outcomes for a variety of reasons Marino explains in ...

 

LANO Members: Read more and download a free Page to Practice summary of "Leap of Reason" thanks to Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana Foundation.

Tags:  CausePlanet  evaluation  Leap of Reason  Mario Marino  outcomes  Page to Practice 

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Free Page to Practice book summary of "Rippling"

Posted By Denise McMahan, CausePlanet, Wednesday, June 27, 2012
Though your tax status may read "not-for-profit,” you're running a business where the community must profit in social ways. The product you're selling is change. But how much social change are you really creating? Our rapidly changing world has experienced progress economically, politically and socially. However, author Beverly Schwartz argues while progress mitigates some problems, it exacerbates others. Our planet requires more sophisticated solutions that are produced by effective organizations in the social sector.

 

Your business models must be relevant and every program clearly connected to outcomes that matter. Whether you are part of a large nonprofit or small one-person agency, you have the power to be a changemaker. Just take a look at the world's small but mighty examples in Schwartz's book, Rippling: How Social Entrepreneurs Spread Innovation Throughout the World. ...

 

LANO MEMBERS: Click here to read on, download a free Page to Practice book summary of Schwartz's book and register for the live author interview!

 

Special thanks to the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana Foundation for underwriting the Page to Practice service for LANO members.

Tags:  Beverly Schwartz  CausePlanet  innovation  Page to Practice  social entrepreneurs 

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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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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.

Tags:  CausePlanet  Emily Davis  fundraising  Gen X  Gen Y  Page to Practice 

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