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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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Louisiana's Second Special Session of 2016 to Address Taxes Imposed to Louisiana Nonprofits during First Special Session

Posted By Tasha L. Cooper, Louisiana Association of Nonprofit Organizations, Thursday, June 2, 2016

On May 27th, Governor Jon Bel Edwards issued an agenda for a Second Special Session staring July 1, 2016 to address the $600 million budget shortfall for FY 2017 and the unintended tax consequences created during the First Special Session of 2016 which affected nonprofit organizations and schools in Louisiana.


HB 61 (Act 25) and HB 62 (Act 26) enacted during the First Special Session of 2016 carried big changes for the nonprofit sector and made previous exclusions and exemptions for the sector taxable. Governor Edwards’ proposes to address these acts during this Second Special Session. Items to be addressed include but are not limited to:

Tickets to school athletic and entertainment events.
Food sales by youth serving organizations (such as Girl Scouts).
Sales and donations to food banks.
Room rentals at non-profit camp and retreat facilities, and certain homeless shelters.
Non-profit organization’s sales of donated goods when the organization uses 75% or more of the revenue to employ or train persons with disabilities.
Purchases, leases or rentals by hospitals that provide free care to all patients. 
Membership fees or dues of non-profit civic organizations. 
Non-profit fundraiser/entertainment events and musicals; Little Theatre organizations’ events; fairs and festivals; and certain non-profit admissions, parking fees, and sales.
School lunches and meals furnished by various educational, religious, or medical organizations. 


To read Governor Edwards’ full plan, click here.


While we understand the purpose of this session is budget stabilization, we are pleased that the Governor and our Legislators appreciate the impact these taxes have imposed on the nonprofit sector and are addressing the acts during this second special session. LANO is carefully monitoring movement of the Governors 2016 Second Special Session Plan and continue to have conversations to ensure the sector’s needs are heard. Any additional information will be shared through the LANO network.


Please see the attached document from the National Council of Nonprofits, their partnership with LANO provides guidance and education on advocacy for the nonprofit sector.

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Tags:  community  financial  LANO Network  louisiana  nonprofit  nonprofit sector 

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Posted By Kali Johnson, Solid Ground Innovations, Friday, October 9, 2015

In less than 30 days, an engaging group of individuals will gather in Baton Rouge to co-identify ideas and co-create untapped responses to our daily work of impacting low-income communities. 

Here are 3 reasons you should be a part of the conversation: 


1. Doug Rauch- The Daily Table 

The man who helped grow Trader Joe's from a small South California chain, to a national retail success has begun a new venture, The Daily Table. Doug Rauch is bridging the gap between hunger and food waste, and on October 30th, we're giving you lessons from the table through a live one-on-one interview. Here’s a sneak peak of his work.


2. Dr. Leonard Moore- International Speaker and Urban Change Agent 

Our guest speaker, Dr. Leonard N. Moore of UT Austin will lead us in a challenging, yet engaging discussion around the often unrecognized wealth of the communities we serve.

Dr. Moore is a well- sought after orator well-known for igniting a crowd through his thought-provoking delivery. Take a look at his profile here.     

3. Change the Way you Work

Quite candidly, we believe your experience at Social Innovation Summit 6 will change the way you think, operate and innovate. 


So, gather members of your staff and register here for this invaluable opportunity.

For more information on Social Innovation Summit 6 visit or call 225.330.4924.

Tags:  collective impact  community  community development  community leaders  impact  low-income  nonprofit  social innovation  underserved  urban  wealth 

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"An Evening with Superintendent Drake"

Posted By Kali Johnson, Solid Ground Innovations, Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Our Schools...Our Excellence (OSOE) is a community-led movement with a single purpose: to foster an environment that creates excellent educational outcomes for children attending schools in North Baton Rouge.


Our philosophy is clear. We believe every child, regardless of location or socioeconomic status, deserves an excellent education. Further, the best way to have a real and measurable impact on student achievement is for community members, parents and students to come together and develop shared goals and create a comprehensive strategy that is specific to the needs of North Baton Rouge.


Thus, on Thursday, August 27th, OSOE is hosting “An Evening with Superintendent Drake” at Star Hill Church from 6pm until 7:15pm. This event is  purposed to give us, the community, great insight on Superintendent Drake's vision for our North Baton Rouge schools and students. On several occasions, Superintendent Drake has spoken about increasing the quality of education at every school and placing top talent in every classroom, both mandates in OSOE’s Community Compact. Thus, we believe this meeting is both a necessary and beneficial opportunity for us to learn how we can work together to see this collective vision come to pass.

Please make plans to attend and also share this opportunity with your network. Let's begin this school year with a bang! RSVP to

Tags:  Baton Rouge  community  education  education reform  educators  excellence  family  schools  students  teachers  youth 

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Bike Baton Rouge Monthly Meeting.

Posted By Beaux Jones, Bike Baton Rouge, Sunday, November 23, 2014

On the eve of the Metro Council's Complete Street vote we will be holding our November Meeting at Chelsea's Cafe. (note: we will be on the non-food side)

If you can spare 10 mins, great! If you can stay for an hour, even better! We will be introducing our newest board members and hearing what they hope to bring to the table.

We will also be discussing:
-Complete Streets implementation Strategy
-Bike Racks around the city
-the Downtown Greenway
-the BREC 10 year Plan
-Statewide advocacy group
and most importantly our long-term strategic plan. 

Hope to see you there.

To learn more about Bike Baton Rouge, visit

Tags:  advocacy  community  complete streets 

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Support National Mentoring Month

Posted By Matthew Mullenix, Louisiana Association of Nonprofit Organizations, Sunday, January 5, 2014


Join members Big Buddy, Volunteer Louisiana, our regional United Ways and numerous other service organizations in recognizing National Mentoring Month.

To be a mentor, all you need is an ability to listen and to offer friendship, guidance and encouragement to a young person. You'll be amazed by how much you'll get out of the experience.

Mentoring can happen in any number of settings, including your neighborhood, schools, faith-based communities, businesses, and social networks like LANO's.

Access LANO's Volunteer Network to find organizations in need of your help, including opportunities for volunteering on behalf of a young person as a mentor.

Tags:  community  mentor  service  Volunteer 

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Share your vision for Lafayette Central Park

Posted By Todd McCormick, Community Foundation of Acadiana, Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Community Foundation of Acadiana invites you to share your vision for the
Park at the horse farm if you have not done so already, because "It's YOUR park."



Tags:  Community  Lafayette  Public spaces  Survey 

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BREC, Capital Area Corporation Recycling Council Partner for America Recycles Electronics Collections Event

Posted By Lluvia Peveto, Capital Area Corporate Recycling Council, Monday, November 11, 2013

In honor of America Recycles Day, BREC is asking local residents for all unused and unwanted electronics. The recreation and park department is partnering with the Capital Area Corporate Recycling Council Saturday, Nov. 16, for a collection day.

BREC will present the recycling awareness event as a way to inform the general public about local recycling and conservation resources. The event will take place from 10 a.m. to noon at City-Brooks Park, located at 1515 Dalrymple Drive in Baton Rouge.

The free electronics recycling collection will be open to all greater Baton Rouge-area residents.

Recyclables include computer hardware and accessories, monitors, laptops, audio equipment, and DVDs to name a few. Appliances, televisions and furniture cannot be recycled through the CACRC. All donated equipment will be refurbished or recycled via the CACRC’s Responsible Recycling Practices (R2) Program. For a complete list of items, go online to

For more information contact Amanda Nichols at (225) 273-6405 and; or Lluvia Peveto at (225) 379-3577 and


Tags:  America Recycles Day  Baton Rouge  BREC  CACRC  community  electronics  electronics recycling  event  family-friendly  free  Louisiana  nonprofit  recycle  refurbish  The Capital Area Corporate Recycling Council 

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