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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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"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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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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Get to Know Alzheimer's Services of the Capital Area

Posted By PR Coord, Alzheimer's Services of the Capital Area, Inc., Monday, February 16, 2015

Alzheimer's Services of the Capital Area

invites you to join us for

A Cause to Remember


Please join us for a tour of Charlie's Place, our award winning activity and respite center, and a one-hour informational session designed to inform and increase awareness of our programs and services. We offer the most comprehensive array of programs and support to professionals and families affected by the disease in the ten-parish area served.

You will not be asked for a donation.

All Friday sessions begin at noon and end at 1:00 p.m. (Reservations required - complimentary lunch served)


2015 Sessions

January 9

July 17

February 13

August 14

March 13

September 11

April 10

October 16

June 12

November 13


Tags:  Alzheimer's  education  tours  volunteer 

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Alzheimer's Services Hosts Lunch-N-Learn

Posted By PR Coord, Alzheimer's Services of the Capital Area, Inc., Monday, February 16, 2015

Alzheimer's Services of the Capital Area



Lunch-N-Learn is an opportunity for caregivers and healthcare professionals to be educated about many different topics related to dementia. All Lunch-N-Learn sessions are held on Wednesdays from 12:00 - 1:00 PM. The session is free and includes a light lunch. Registration is required and will be available online at the beginning of each month. Please take a moment to review the Lunch-N-Learn guidelines. Alzheimer's Services aims to provide a quality experience for attendees while remaining good stewards of donor funds. Your cooperation and understanding are appreciated.



Lunch-N-Learn: Baton Rouge is held at Alzheimer’s Services of the Capital Area, 3772 North Blvd., Baton Rouge, LA. Each session is held once a month with a different caregiver-requested topic each month.

Each Lunch-N-Learn: Baton Rouge session is approved for one social work continuing education unit.


Lunch-N-Learn: Outreach is held once a month in another parish and features the same topic and speaker as the Lunch-N-Learn: Baton Rouge for that month.

Each Lunch-N-Learn: Outreach session is approved for one social work continuing education unit.


Lunch-N-Learn: Ascension is presented quarterly by St. Elizabeth Hospital, 1125 Louisiana 30, Gonzales, LA, with a different caregiver-requested topic each month.



  • Doors to the conference room will close at 12:10.
  • Lunch will only be available to registered participants.
  • Call to cancel your registration to allow those on the waiting list to attend.





Tags:  education  training  workshop 

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Competing for Federal Grants

Posted By PR Coord, Alzheimer's Services of the Capital Area, Inc., Monday, February 16, 2015

Competing for Federal Grants

Alzheimer's Services of the Capital Area

Baton Rouge, LA

Mar 2- Mar 6, 2015

Training Hours

Class begins at 8:30 AM each day and ends by 5:30 PM, except Fridays when class ends at 1 PM. On Wednesdays, groups have the option to work until 7 PM.



Host Organization:
Alzheimer's Services of the Capital Area

Training Site:
Alzheimer's Services of the Capital Area
Conference Room
3772 North Blvd.
Baton Rouge, LA 70806

Local Host Contact:

Barbara Auten
(225) 334-7494 x201 Host

Kristi Mellion Host
(225) 334-7494 x203

Registration Questions:
Program Registrar
The Grantsmanship Center
(800) 421-9512
(213) 482-9860

Get ready to win federal grants!

Despite budget cuts, the federal government continues to award billions of dollars in grants each year. Competition for federal dollars was always tough, and now it’s even tougher. To succeed with federal grants, you need to meet the stepped-up challenges and you need to plan ahead—as much as a year before a grant competition is opened.

Get a running start for success. Learn how to position your organization to secure federal awards!


Take advantage of an expert guide 

Competing for Federal Grants takes you through the federal grants process step by step—from finding funding opportunities and understanding application guidelines to developing and writing winning proposals. This training helps you build an effective, proactive approach to federal funding and to avoid common mistakes.

During the training, you:

  • Use recent grant application guidelines and real funded proposals to examine what works, what doesn’t, and why
  • Develop a work-plan for proposal development
  • Write key proposal sections
  • Review proposals drafted by your peers
  • Have your own work reviewed by others

You do all of this with expert guidance. Every one of The Grantsmanship Center’s Competing for Federal Grants trainers is an active and prolific proposal writer who has won millions of dollars in some of the toughest federal competitions. They know what’s happening in the field right now.

"Thanks for this excellent training! Two months later I applied for my first federal grant. Our college was one of only 10 awardees in the nation and will receive nearly $750,000 over three years. I really appreciate the encouragement and instruction. "
Melissa Vermillion, Grant Writer
Hazard Community & Technical College
Hazard, KY


Who should take this training?

This training is a good fit for all types of organizations that compete—or plan to compete—in the federal arena: state, county, and local agencies, educational institutions, hospitals, private nonprofit organizations, and even for-profit organizations that are eligible for specific federal funding programs. This fast-paced, intensive training is not recommended for those new to the grant development field. (For those new to the field, start with either Grantsmanship Training Program® or Essential Grant Skills.)


What you learn

  • Find federal funding opportunities that match the mission and priorities of your organization
  • Scope-out upcoming competitions to get a head start—before the funding guidelines are released
  • Interpret application guidelines and decipher what they’re really asking for
  • Assess whether it makes sense to enter a particular competition
  • Assemble a work-plan for developing a powerful proposal
  • Develop an effective, well-documented case for funding
  • Assemble proposals that follow guidelines and respond to the funder's requirements


Why this learning lasts

Competing for Federal Grants uses our Listen & Discuss, Do & Review® curriculum, combing presentations, discussions, and practical, hands-on exercises to take you step-by-step through planning a program and developing a grant proposal. You immediately put new knowledge into practice, build powerful skills, and retain what you learn. This curriculum is based on best practices for adult learners where concepts are actually practiced—the information sticks with you.


You’re not alone when class is over

As a graduate of Competing for Federal Grants, you receive 12 months of full membership in The Grantsmanship Center’s Membership Program at no additional cost. This helps you:

  • Strengthen a proposal. You have a full year after the training to submit a proposal to one of our trainers for advice on how to improve it.
  • Find funders. Receive a full year of access to GrantDomain, our user-friendly, continuously updated database of foundation, corporate, and federal grantmakers. GrantDomain helps you target appropriate funders, while saving aggravation, time, and money.
  • Build your own skills or those of your team. After you complete the Competing for Federal Grants training, you or one other person from your organization may attend our 5-day Grantsmanship Training Program® for 50% off the regular tuition fee!
  • Enjoy other discounts on publications, consulting services, and more.
  • Find the answers you need. Ask The Center! Need help untangling application guidelines or handling tricky situations? Contact us. We're here to help our alumni find answers.



Tuition for the 5-day Competing for Federal Grants training is $1,195. This fee includes everything you need: a binder loaded with information and a flash drive with even more plus follow-up support through The Grantsmanship Center’s Membership Program for 12 months—at no additional cost!


Details and logistics

  • Once your payment (or purchase order) is received, we email your confirmation, including directions to the training location plus parking info.
  • Dress for comfort.
  • If possible, bring a laptop computer and a flash drive (thumb drive).
  • If you plan to work on a specific federal grant application, please bring the guidelines and other relevant information.
  • Training begins each day at 8:30 am and ends by 5:30 pm on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday. On Wednesday, you’ll be working on a project with your team and may choose to stay later. On Friday, the class ends by 1:00 pm.
  • Morning and afternoon refreshments are provided. Lunch is on your own--choose a local spot from list provided.
  • You receive a complete manual of training materials when you arrive at the training.



Tags:  education  financial  funding sources  Fundraising  grants  grants management tools  grantwriting  training 

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Technology in the Classroom: a Seminar on Sept. 6 with AIE

Posted By Michael Eskridge, Advance Innovative Education, Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Is technology in the classroom always an enhancement to education? 

According to author and innovative educator Marc Prensky, writing in the journal Educational Technology (read full article), “Technology does not, and cannot, support the old pedagogy of telling / lecturing, except in the most minimal ways…In fact, when teachers are using the old ‘telling’ paradigm, adding technology, more often than not, gets in the way.”

For the sake of our students, we must do better with these potentially powerful teaching tools than simply "get in the way!"

Please join us for a FREE seminar on Saturday, September 6, from 1-3 PM at LRCE in Baton Rouge, where we'll explore the pros, cons and caveats of technology in teaching and in the classroom. 

This event is designed for teachers, school administrators and anyone with an interest in education and the future of today's students.  See and share flyer in PDF, attached.

For more information and to RSVP, please email:


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Tags:  classroom  education  teaching  technology 

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Public School Advocacy Group to Discuss Alternative Principal Certification

Posted By Michael Eskridge, Advance Innovative Education, Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Dr. Michael Eskridge, executive director of the nonprofit Advance Innovative Education, will join Baton Rouge City Councilwoman Ronnie Edwards (Dist. 5) on local television program "Spotlight on 5” to discuss new opportunities for state educators to qualify as principals through a unique certification process.

The program will air Tuesday, July 29 at 8:00 PM and again at same time Sunday, August 3 on Metro 21, a 24 hour cable channel that reaches 150,000 households in East Baton Rouge Parish. The segment will also be available on YouTube after July 25.

Mrs. Monique Burdett, an assistant principal and alumnus of the alternative professional certification known as Re-designing Lessons, Re-envisioning Principals (RLRP), will provide additional perspective on the value and need for this professional development program.

Topics discussed will include the qualifications, cost and coursework required by the RLRP program and how graduates receive assistance with placement in school leadership positions.

An additional opportunity to learn about Advance Innovative Education and its mission will be available July 22 at noon during a Citizens Advisory Council Meeting held at United Christian Faith, located at 9229 N. Ridgewood Drive in Baton Rouge.

More info, see:

Tags:  certification  Education  principal  teacher 

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Get on Board Training Program

Posted By Kathleen Ramsey, Junior League Of New Orleans Inc, Friday, September 20, 2013

Board Member Training October 26 & November 2


Is your organization looking to add qualified leaders to its Board of Directors? Would your current board members benefit from a training program designed to develop and enhance their leadership skills?

The Junior League of New Orleans (JLNO) invites your organization to participate in its award-winning Get on Board program. 

In this multi-day workshop, current and future nonprofit board members will learn how to become more effective leaders and deepen their understanding of a board's roles and responsibilities, financial policies and fiduciary duties, legal considerations and strategic planning.

At the end of each course, JLNO can match program non-board affiliated participants with local nonprofit organizations for a board of director's position or board internship.

Registration Information

If you would like your organization to be matched with a participant trained through Get on Board, please complete the Organization Application

To register your organization's current board members for the Get on Board training program, please review this important information and complete the Participant Application.

All applications are due October 11, 2013.  

Session Information

The 2013 Fall Session of Get on Board begins with a kick-off event, and training takes place on two Saturdays.  

Kick-off event:  Wednesday, October 16, 2013 (6:00 pm - 7:30 pm) 

Workshops:  Saturday, October 26th and November 2nd, 2013 (8:00 am - 4:00 pm) 

Participants must attend both workshops to successfully complete the program.  

JLNO appreciates your continued support in making a positive impact on Metropolitan New Orleans, and we look forward to seeing you and your board members in October.

Should you have any questions, please email or call 504-891-5845.

Tags:  board of directors  education  leadership  nonprofit  workshop 

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LANO members - Webinar: Maximum Media Exposure for Nonprofits 11/7

Posted By Debby Roth-Bush, Greater Giving, Thursday, October 18, 2012

11/07/2012 - Webinar notice

Get your message out to the masses via TV, radio, print and social media
Many nonprofits today communicate their message by only using their in-house website, social media sites, emails and newsletters- thinking that other media outlets are out-of-reach or too expensive. However, the most successful and well-known nonprofits understand what the media is like today, and create relationships with them to effectively get their message out to the masses at little or no cost.

At this webinar, you will learn how to:Broadcast yourself and get free advertising.Create relationships with the media.Understand what the media is like today.Develop an attention-grabbing press release.Be pro-active with video coverage of your event.

Bill Menish, Benefit Auctioneer Specialist, of Bill Menish Auctioneers brings a very unique skill set to his auctions. As a former broadcast journalist of almost 20 years, Bill was awarded 15 Emmy’s, the prestigious Edward R. Murrow Award and 2 Golden Mike Awards. Bill honed his craft, becoming just the 67th person to receive the Benefit Auctioneer Specialist Designation through the National Auctioneers Association (NAA). In addition, Bill has earned the most distinguished accreditation an Auctioneer can earn; the Certified Auctioneer Institute designation (CAI). Bill has also earned the Accredited Auctioneer of Real Estate designation (AARE).
Disneyland turned to Bill Menish to conduct their D23 Auction, selling 50 items from the Disney Vault. Bill has also been the featured auctioneer on nationally televised auctions such as CBS-TV’s Celebrity Skifest, The Kathy Hilton Wishing Tree Auction, Battlestar Galactica Props Auction for Universal Studios and Propworx, and The Art by Animals Auction, benefiting the nation’s zoos and aquariums.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012
11-12 p.m. Central

Cost: Complimentary To register, visit

When you register, you will receive an Outlook invitation containing an audio PIN that is unique to you. If you forward that invitation to a colleague, they will not be able to access the video portion of the webinar. To invite colleagues to attend the webinar, forward this email, so a unique audio PIN can be assigned to each registrant.

Tags:  education  Fundraising 

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