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Shell Partners with LANO to Build Nonprofit Capacity in Louisiana's Gulf Region

Posted By LANO, Thursday, May 14, 2015



Shell Will Underwrite a Capacity Building Scholarship Program Including Board Governance Assessments; Training in Board Governance, Financial Management, Fund Development and Human Resources; and Executive Coaching for 10 Nonprofit Organizations


The Louisiana Association of Nonprofit Organizations (LANO) is pleased to announce a significant grant from Shell to increase nonprofit capacity in Louisiana’s Gulf Coast region.


LANO is a statewide member organization that advocates for the nonprofit community and strengthens the effectiveness of those committed to improving Louisiana. The organization currently provides services to more than 600 member organizations and more than 13,000 individual members.


The program will develop core capacity for nonprofits in the parishes of Plaquemines, Lafourche, Terrebonne and St. Mary. In partnership with Shell, LANO will conduct organizational Board Governance assessments; training in Board Governance, Financial Management, Fund Development and Human Resources; and Executive Coaching in the area of governance for 10 nonprofit organizations accepted into the Shell Capacity Building Scholarship Program. The program will run from May to November 2015.


As the nonprofit sector in Terrebonne, Lafourche, St. Mary, and Plaquemines continues to meet the growing needs of its respective communities, the gap between nonprofit income and expenditures continues to grow. Years of recession and natural disasters have diminished resources available to these nonprofits while increasing demand for services. Tax reform and budget cuts promise to compound these effects in the coming years. Current trends impede nonprofits’ strategic planning and the sustainable growth of this essential sector, which is why the Shell Capacity Building Scholarship Program will be so impactful in this area of Louisiana.


LANO will hold public interest meetings in the Gulf region May 26 and 27. A complete list of sessions and registration information can be found at Organizations with any area of focus may apply, although particular interest will be given to organizations with missions relative to road safety, workforce development, education and the environment. Participating organizations will be chosen based on applications due to LANO June 11. Organizations must commit to approximately 30 hours of training, demonstrate significant commitments of their board president, executive director, executive committee and board members. Organizations must have 501(c)(3) status and be in good standing with the IRS and the Louisiana Secretary of State. Of course, organizations must also be domiciled in at least one of the following parishes: Plaquemines, Lafourche, Terrebonne, and St. Mary.


Upon completion of this program, the participating board members and staff members will be equipped to develop, manage and evaluate a successful governance process. Organizations will be able to demonstrate to regional funders that they are working towards nonprofit organizational excellence and will be strong stewards of their investments. Participants will also receive a complimentary one-year organizational membership to LANO to further encourage long-term capacity building and sustainability.


For more information about the Shell Capacity Building Scholarship Program, please visit or call (318) 865-5510, ext. 1.

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Reward wisdom and work, not just wealth

Posted By Denise McMahan, CausePlanet, Monday, October 21, 2013

"Why do nonprofit organizations go to such great lengths to recruit the best and brightest as trustees, but then permit them to languish collectively in an environment more intellectually inert than alive, with board members more disengaged than engrossed?” 

Chait, Ryan and Taylor's question raises the important conundrum nonprofit leaders must reconcile if their organizations are to flourish. The coauthors' question also prompted them to write Governance as Leadership, which introduced a groundbreaking trimodal approach to ...

Read more, register for our next author interview with governance expert Cathy Trower and download the free book summary of "The Practitioner's Guide to Governance..."

by Denise McMahan, Founder/Publisher, CausePlanet

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


Tags:  boards  Cathy Trower  CausePlanet  governance  Page to Practice  The Practitioner's Guide to Governance as Leadersh 

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Nonprofit Workshop: Engaging Board Members & Volunteers in Fundraising

Posted By Nora Ellertsen, The Funding Seed, LLC, Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Is your board of directors expected to raise money for your nonprofit?

Are they performing the way you need them to?

Do your most dedicated volunteers help grow the funds for your organization?

This workshop will provide you with simple tools to help your board members and volunteers become engaged, excited and successful in fundraising.




Registration $35 per person. Discounts available for students, AmeriCorps and organizations registering two or more people.

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

For questions, to inquire about discount codes, or to reserve your space and pay at the door, email [email protected].

While it is not required, we recommend that both a staff member and a board member from your organization attend this workshop for maximum effectiveness. Discounts are available.

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Board fundraising: Everyone plays a role

Posted By Denise McMahan, CausePlanet, Wednesday, April 11, 2012

When I read Kay Grace's The Ultimate Board Member's Book, I was reminded of some very gratifying as well as excruciating moments in my service as a nonprofit board member. An example of the less than stellar was, you guessed it, board fundraising. I happened to be on the receiving end of the ask as a board member and was excited to make my commitment. I knew it would make for easier solicitations in the community if I could demonstrate that my personal gift had already Read more.



Don't forget to register for the next free live

author interview with board fundraising expert Kay Grace

on Tues, April 17 at 11 a.m. CST

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER @ The Page to Practice Blog

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Next live author interview topic: Donations follow high performing boards

Posted By Denise McMahan, CausePlanet, Wednesday, April 4, 2012

According to board member, Chris Boskin, "A U.S. Trust study found that among high net-worth donors–those with $5 million or more in assets–one of the top four determinants of where they contribute money is respect for the organization's leadership.”

Stability, growth and impact: Think of the board members you know and the organizations they serve. Now ask yourself who's raising more money. In the nonprofit world, contributions are king. Donations follow the high performing boards. These boards have core attributes that author Kay Grace underscores in her book, The Ultimate Board Member's Book, below. When these competencies are in place, Grace says there is stability, the opportunity for growth and the potential for impact. In her words...Read more


Don't forget to register for our next live author interview with board fundraising expert Kay Grace on Tuesday, April 17 at 11 a.m. CST.

Free Page to Practice book summary for LANO members: You can download a free Page to Practice book summary of The Ultimate Board Member's Book thanks to the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Foundation of Louisiana. Click here and follow the log-in instructions.

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Need Board Members? Get on Board!

Posted By Leigh Thorpe, Junior League Of New Orleans Inc, Tuesday, January 31, 2012

The Junior League of New Orleans is once again hosting its successful "Get on Board" nonprofit board training program.

February 29th, March 7th, 14th, 21st and 28th


Upon successful completion of the course, JLNO will match participants with a local nonprofit for a board position, board internship or committee placement in a field that aligns with the interests of the graduate.

We hope you will apply for new board members, board interns or committee volunteers and encourage your current board leadership to participate in the program.

You will immediately see a positive change in your board and in your nonprofit!

To apply, visit

The deadline for applications is Friday, February 10th.

Questions? Email [email protected].

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Evaluating the executive director

Posted By Denise McMahan, CausePlanet, Wednesday, November 16, 2011
This week, we posted a terrific article called "Evaluating the executive director by Jan Masaoka. While I consider myself lucky to have served on boards where the ED review was faithfully executed every year, I know many colleagues who have experienced otherwise. Unfortunately, many executive directors go "un-reviewed” for long periods of time, according to Masaoka. She also shares that the most important reason to conduct a review of your executive director is...Read more

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