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Nonprofit fundraising workshop: Major Donor Development 101

Posted By Nora Ellertsen, The Funding Seed, LLC, Friday, October 5, 2012
Nonprofit fundraising workshop:

Major Donor Development 101

Thursday, October 18
Ashe Cultural Arts Center
1712 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd., New Orleans
Details & registration at

Asking someone for a large donation can make a huge difference for your nonprofit- and it can also be scary!
This workshop covers the basics of major donor development: how to identify your donors, ways to build strong relationships with prospects, and what to say (and not say!) when asking for a big donation. 

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

Discounts available for students and for organizations registering two or more people.

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

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Nonprofit workshop: Fundraising Events 101

Posted By Nora Ellertsen, The Funding Seed, LLC, Tuesday, September 11, 2012
Nonprofit workshop: Fundraising Events 101
Thursday, September 20, 4:00-6:30pm
Ashe Cultural Arts Center
1712 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd., New Orleans
Learn to create events that raise money for your nonprofit!

This fun, hands-on workshop covers:
  • Choosing what kind of event is best for you
  • Working with volunteers
  • Identifying event sponsors,
  • and much more!
Attendees will receive a certificate of participation for completing the workshop.
Registration $35 per person.  Discounts available for students and for organizations registering two or more people.
Register online at For questions or to reserve your space and pay at the door, email

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Adventures of a Startup in Nonprofit Fundraising

Posted By Jason Nicosia, Connect for a Cause, LLC, Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Greetings LANO Members and Friends!

It's been awesome to meet so many great nonprofits through Connect for a Cause in these last 3 months since we've launched.

I'm proud to announce that we've already helped nonprofits all around the country raise over $20,000 to further their missions! 

Never did I think I'd be learning about the inner workings of nonprofit fundraising, or the amazing causes that exist in our state, and I just wanted to write this post to you and to LANO to say thanks for the encouragement and support! 

I can't wait to see who the nonprofits in Louisiana will auction lunch with next! We've already had local business executives, community leaders, and even a few local celebrities participate, and hope to see many more in the coming months. 

OPPORTUNITY FOR YOU: Next month, we'll be advertising our service here in Louisiana, and if you want to take advantage of some free PR and Marketing for your nonprofit, get your organization and key board members or supporters registered at and start hosting your own VIP lunch auctions!

If your nonprofit runs more than 5 lunch auctions in the month of July, we'll cut the administrative fee in half!*   

I personally look forward to learning more about and promoting the great work that nonprofits do in our state. Talk to you again soon and hope to hear from you!


Jason Nicosia, President, Connect for a Cause and Proud LANO Member!



*LANO Member nonprofits receive this discount, equal to 50% of our administrative fee, on all auctions as a benefit of membership.

Tags:  Baton Rouge  community leaders  education reform  fund raising  Fundraising  leadership  New Orleans 

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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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Adoption Awareness Conference

Posted By Katherine Stiel, St. Elizabeth Foundation, Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Want to learn more about adoption awareness? Need CEU's? Come check out this great opportunity to both, while promoting adoption as a positive option in the Baton Rouge community.

The conference, to be held on Friday, March 23, 2012, will offer 6.5 Continuing Education Unit’s by the Louisiana State Board of Social Workers.

The seminar is designed as an educational community outreach program for professionals and lay persons interested in adoption.  The conference is sponsored by St. Elizabeth Foundation, a local, full-service adoption agency, and will introduce an overview of adoption- how adoption has changed over the years, where it is now and why it is important to look at again.

St. Elizabeth Foundation is a local, nonprofit organization based in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, licensed by the Department of Children and Family Services. The conference will include expert training in all areas of adoption. Among these nationally recognized speakers are Professor of Law, Robert Destro and Licensed Clinical Social Worker Robin Marerro.

WHAT: Nationally acclaimed speakers will cover all aspects surrounding adoption. Among the conference topics are "Understanding the Adoption Process,” "Questions Adolescents have about Adoption,” and "Pregnancy Counselors and Adoption.” The LSB of Social Workers has approved 6.5 CEU’s and 6 LLPC CEU’s for the seminar. The seminar is $35/person and free for students.

WHEN: Friday March, 23 from 8:30 am – 4 pm

WHERE: LOD Cook Conference Center, 3838 West Lakeshore Drive, Baton Rouge, LA.

Tags:  advocacy  Baton Rouge  cause marketing  civic engagement  Community Foundations  community leaders  culture  education  education reform  events  Health  lano  leadership  louisiana  New Orleans  non-profits  parents  public  services  special offer  Volunteer 

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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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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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Tags:  Canal  City Year  January 16th  Jr.  Martin Luther King  MLK Day  New Orleans  Volunteer 

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