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Grantwriting for Beginners Workshop September 21st!

Posted By Nora Ellertsen, The Funding Seed, LLC, Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Grantwriting for Beginners
Thursday, September 21, 9am - 12pm
Ashe Cultural Arts Center
1712 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd.
New Orleans, LA 70113

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!

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 proposals and ways to make a program competitive for repeat funding.

Attendees will receive a certificate of participation after completing the workshop.
Registration $40 per person. Discounts available for students, AmeriCorps members and organizations registering two or more people.



For more on workshops and other services from The Funding Seed, visit Email to inquire about discount codes or to reserve your space and pay at the door.

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Fundraising Workshop: Intermediate Grantwriting - with special LANO member discount!

Posted By Nora Ellertsen, The Funding Seed, LLC, Monday, April 17, 2017

May Fundraising Workshop:

Intermediate Grantwriting

Thursday, May 18
1:30 p.m.- 4:30 p.m.
Ashe Cultural Arts Center
1712 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd., New Orleans


Details and registration

So you've written a few grants and feel like you've got the basics down.
Are you ready to take your grantwriting to the next level?

Intermediate Grantwriting will help you improve your grant proposals and raise more money for your nonprofit. Through this workshop, you'll learn specific ways to make your proposal more appealing to a funder, including how to make a compelling case to someone unfamiliar with your nonprofit's work and what kind of research and data to include.

Participants will receive a Certificate of Participation for completing the workshop.

Registration $40. LANO members using the discount code LANO2017 receive 15% off! Discounts also available for students, AmeriCorps members, and organizations registering two or more people.

For questions or to reserve your seat and pay at the door, email For more on workshops and other services from The Funding Seed, visit

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Grant Writing Seminar

Posted By David Kiviaho, kiisa Corporation, Thursday, September 15, 2016

Register Now...Course Fills...Must Register to Attend 

All grant information is updated prior to the course!

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register now


Presented By: David Kiviaho and Sharon Sandifer, M.Ed

LSU and kiisa corporation

Interactive Grant Writing Seminar
October 4th and 5th
 1.2 CEU'S - $395


 Pleasant Hall/LSU Campus

3438 Dalrymple Drive

Baton RougeLouisiana 70802 

Relevant, Informative, Highly Rated!

           Targets Any Level of Grant Writer - Phenomenal Seminar!

Laser Focused, Newest Information on Writing Grant Narrative, Goals and Objectives, Outcomes, Budgets, and more. 


As a corporate organization of the Louisiana Association of Non Profit Organizations (LANO), kiisa corporation provides a unique grant writing experience that explores all areas of grant writing. We help the writer to learn how to prepare stellar narratives, comprehensive budgets, develop proper evaluations, understand IRS requirements, identify funders, develop meaningful funder relationships, and much more.

Updated Data: Expert to Speak to Successful Grant Writing Participants on Frequently Asked Questions of the Funder. 

Updated Data: Listing of funders ready to provide dollars to non-profits, community groups, municipalities, faith-based organizations, and academia.

Updated Data: Techniques on Writing the Winning Narrative, Goals and Objectives, Outcomes, and Budget. 

Updated Data: Latest Internal Revenue Service (IRS) requirements. 990's and Financial Audit Requirements.

Updated Data: Latest Giving Trends...From Wall Street to Your Street

Updated Data: Latest Data Management Resources for narrative citations. Exploration of where to find data to reinforce the need for your funding request.

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LANO Community Leaders Raise $8,049.26 for YWCA RISE Program

Posted By Tasha L. Cooper, Louisiana Association of Nonprofit Organizations, Wednesday, August 10, 2016

For Immediate Release

August 10, 2016


Contact: Kay Irby



Baton Rouge- The Louisiana Association of Nonprofit Organizations (LANO) today announced an award of $8,049.26 to the YWCA of Baton Rouge as part of the Change Fund Grant provided by the LANO Community Leaders class of 2015.  This grant will go to fund the YWCA RISE program in the Greater Baton Rouge area.

The LANO Community Leaders Baton Rouge annual program is a series of workshops that trains 30 individuals the fundamentals of board service.  “The LANO Community Leaders program is a resource for community minded advocates serving or interested in serving on nonprofit boards.  Community Leaders are trained in board governance, financial management and fundraising – applying best practice to their roles as board members.  Our 2015 class worked diligently to promote the YWCA program and to raise money for a significant program in the Baton Rouge area,” said Kelly Pepper, President of LANO.

Participants in the Community Leaders training are challenged to raise $300 for the interactive fundraising component, The Change Fund, housed by the Baton Rouge Area Foundation (BRAF). A request for proposals from local nonprofits is announced annually and Community Leaders review and vote on an organization to be the recipient of The Change Fund.


The YWCA RISE (Reaching Impacting Strengthening & Empowering Women in the Fight Against HIV) program educates citizens on appropriate lifestyle choices and sexual responsibility through community outreach, free HIV testing, prevention and early detection, free supplies, and free pre-and post-counseling to all tested individuals.  In the Baton Rouge community, statistics reveal that a large percentage of new HIV cases occur among adolescents and young adults.  Given this fact, the YWCA not only provides connections for HIV testing, but also early intervention efforts for teen girls through its SIHLE (Sisters Informing Healing Living & Empowering) program. If you are interested in receiving more information about the RISE program, please contact the YWCA Office at 225.383.0681 or visit the website at


Applications for the 2016 LANO Community Leaders class are now being accepted. Find more information about the program at

The Louisiana Association of Nonprofit Organizations (LANO) is a member based nonprofit organization who strives to be the go-to source for Louisiana’s nonprofit organizations by providing high quality information, tools, resources and member benefits that deepen the impact of Louisiana nonprofits.


Photo from left to right: Diana Payton-CEO ,YWCA of Greater Baton Rouge; Kelly Pepper-CEO, LANO; Summer Steib- Board President, YWCA of Greater Baton Rouge



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Expand your network with LANO Connects-Lafayette!

Posted By Tasha L. Cooper, Louisiana Association of Nonprofit Organizations, Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Please join LANO Wednesday, April 13th at the Community Foundation in Lafayette as we host our annual networking event,

LANO Connects-Lafayette!


Eric Guidry, COO of  the Community  Foundation of Acadiana will welcome our guests as our evening of fellowship begins. LANO members, friends of LANO, nonprofit supporters and guests are welcome to attend.  Cocktails and light hors d'oeuvres will be served. Attendance is free.


When: Wednesday, April 13, 2016
4:30 PM
Where: Community Foundation
300 Main Street, Suite 100
  Lafayette, LA 70508







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Change Brings New Opportunities at LANO

Posted By Kelly Pepper, Louisiana Association of Nonprofit Organizations, Friday, July 31, 2015


Dear Friends,

As a nonprofit leader it can be challenging to find really exceptional people to fill positions within your organization. At LANO we consider ourselves very lucky to have had amazing people throughout these sixteen years do outstanding work on behalf of the nonprofit sector in Louisiana.

It’s important that we support great talent to find or create new opportunity – it only strengths our community.  And we are very excited that our LANO team member Fairleigh Cook Jackson (Director of Member Services) has accepted the Executive Director position with LANO member organization Foundation for Historical Louisiana.

With this announcement comes an opportunity to reshape LANO to further meet the needs of our members. We have completed a strategic restructuring and are adding the full time position of Business Development Manager and part time position of Operations Manager to support our members and the Director of Member Services.

If you know of anyone who might be a great addition to our team, please encourage them to look at the LANO Career Center for more information.




Kelly Pepper, President & CEO



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Free info session: The Fundraising Intensive Program

Posted By Nora Ellertsen, The Funding Seed, LLC, Thursday, April 2, 2015

Free information session on
The Fundraising Intensive Program
Thursday, April 16, 3:00-4:00 p.m.
Propeller Incubator, 4035 Washington Ave., New Orleans
Details and registration

** Attendees will receive an exclusive discount code for $200 off program tuition. **

Are you thinking about applying for the Fundraising Intensive Program?

Do you have questions about what your nonprofit will gain from participating, or whether it's worth the investment?

Are you trying to decide who from your organization should apply?

Fundraising Intensive Program Group Session

Join The Funding Seed and members of this year's graduating class for a free information session about the Fundraising Intensive Program.  You'll receive an overview on the program, learn details on how to apply and have time for Q&A with a panel of this year's participants. 

The Fundraising Intensive Program is a 
10-month course that gives you tools to raise funds for your nonprofit. Through a combination of group learning and one-on-one coaching, participants learn best practices and practical skills related to a range of fundraising activities.

Full program description and application available here. For more on services offered by The Funding Seed, visit

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LANO Force for Good Awards - Call for Nominations

Posted By Jessica A. Erwin, Louisiana Association of Nonprofit Organizations, Tuesday, September 9, 2014



Nominations Now Open for LANO's

2014 Force for Good Awards


LANO is delighted to announce its 2014 Force for Good Awards which will recognize one outstanding organization and one visionary nonprofit leader. Nominations for both awards are now open!

The Nonprofit of the Year Award will be presented to a LANO member whose exceptional delivery of services to the community sets a high standard of quality and impact. While the organization serves as an exemplary model overall, particular focus may be given to board excellence, programmatic evaluation and impact, fundraising, innovation, vision and collaborations with other entities. The organization demonstrates ways in which they set the bar for effective nonprofit strategy, execution and lasting community impact.

The Leadership Award will honor a LANO member who has demonstrated the capacity to make decisions consistent with the mission and scope of the nonprofit organization. This leader rallies people and maximizes the potential of staff and volunteers. This individual continuously achieves mission-consistent results.
The full nomination guidelines and instructions, as well as the application, are available for download below. Nominations are due by 5:00 p.m. on October 6, 2014. Award recipients will be announced at the Force for Good Awards Luncheon during LANO's Annual Conference on November 6. 
Please direct questions to Jessica Erwin at 225-925-2605 or

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LANO Conference and Annual Meeting featuring Kay Sprinkel Grace - November 6 & 7, 2014

Posted By Jessica A. Erwin, Louisiana Association of Nonprofit Organizations, Friday, August 1, 2014


The Louisiana Association of Nonprofit Organizations (LANO) is pleased to announce its 2014 Conference to be hosted November 6 & 7 at Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Baton Rouge. Fundraising expert Kay Sprinkel Grace (bio) will lead this intensive, two-day conference focused on fund development. 

In additional to Grace's facilitated discussions and workshops, the conference includes: an awards luncheon recognizing Louisiana’s outstanding nonprofits; breakout sessions covering topics such as corporate giving, grantmaking, social media, and board giving; and LANO’s Annual Meeting. 


November 6
9:00-10:00 a.m.            Networking, registration and breakfast
10:00-10:15 a.m.          Welcome remarks; sponsor recognition
10:15-11:00 a.m.          Opening session facilitated by Kay Sprinkel Grace
11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.   Breakout sessions facilitated by Kay Sprinkel Grace
12:00-1:00 p.m.            LANO Force for Good Awards Luncheon
1:30-2:30 p.m.              Breakout sessions:
                                       • Social Media: Online Giving
                                       • Special Events
                                       • Corporate Social Responsibility
2:45-3:45 p.m.              Breakout sessions: 
                                       • Grantmaking
                                       • Annual Giving
                                       • Board Responsibility
4:00-5:00 p.m.              Cocktail reception
5:00-6:00 p.m.              LANO Annual Meeting

November 7
8:30-9:00 a.m.              Networking and breakfast
9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.    General Session featuring Kay Sprinkel Grace
12:00-1:00 p.m.            Lunch to go or optional LANO 101 Session

Members: $185 (includes awards luncheon)
Non-members: $250 (includes awards luncheon)
Luncheon only: $35 (registration link at bottom of page)

Click here to register today!
Please submit your registration form(s) prior to November 3.


Preferred Hotel

LANO is delighted to partner with the Crowne Plaza Hotel to offer discounted room rates to our members. To reserve your room, use the group code ANO on the hotel's website - - or call 1-800-678-4065.

Venue and Directions
Pennington Biomedical Research Center is located at 6400 Perkins Road, Baton Rouge. The conference will be held inside the C.B. Pennington, Jr. Building. Enter the campus through the Kenilworth entrance. Follow the driveway  and parking lot signs to the C.B. Pennington, Jr. Building.





 * To register for the LANO Force for Good Awards Luncheon ONLY, click here.

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LANO Seeks Director of Development

Posted By Kelly Pepper, Louisiana Association of Nonprofit Organizations, Friday, February 28, 2014

We're looking for a strategic innovator who is vigilant and conscientious – who can help us fuel the nonprofit sector in Louisiana!

LANO is currently seeking a Director of Development to oversee the vision-setting, strategy, donor research, and outreach that will increase sustainable investments in support of LANO’s core mission and strategic priorities.

LANO looks to hire a team member with the interest and ability to build donor relationships; increase the number of renewed and newly-cultivated partnerships; and support LANO’s progress toward an increasingly diverse revenue portfolio.

Job responsibilities:

  • Grant Records Management
  • Donor Relations
  • Prospect Research
  • Development Operations
  • Board Engagement
  • Volunteer Management
  • Special Events

Required skills and experience:

  • Demonstrated communications ability – will develop written materials & promotional communications for  funding
  • Organization– will support LANO’s efforts to remain on track with current grants and pursue additional donor relationships
  • Capacity to research, identify and efficiently brief LANO leadership on funding prospects
  • Disciplined, attentive to details and deadline oriented



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LANO is an equal opportunity employer.



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