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Call for Applications: The Fundraising Intensive Program

Posted By Nora Ellertsen, The Funding Seed, LLC, Tuesday, April 22, 2014
Interested in joining the Fundraising Intensive Program's Class of 2015?

The deadline to apply is Tuesday, April 29.  
Click here for a full program description and application!


The Fundraising Intensive Program is a 10-month training program that combines group learning and one-on-one coaching to provide practical tools and best practices on a range of fundraising activities.  

Participants meet monthly in New Orleans for a group discussion focused on a single funding topic.  Then, each participating nonprofit receives 90 minutes of individual coaching to help them apply the skills and tools from the group session to their own unique organization.


Program details and application


Over the course of the program, the nonprofit staff, board members and volunteers involved will learn about:

Fundraising Planning
Telling Your Story
Individual Donor Development
Major Gifts
Fundraising Events: House Parties
Fundraising by Mail and Email
Researching and Writing Grant Proposals


 Here's what some of this year's graduates are saying about the
Fundraising Intensive Program:
   
"[This] was a great experience for my partner and I...We were able to create a culture of fundraising at our organization and on the board...We are more confident, efficient and effective. I highly recommend this course."
- Ameca Reali, The Justice and Accountability Center of Louisiana


"I've participated in many different training sessions on fund development. This is the first program that immediately resulted in additional income for our organization."
- Sue Ellen Stewart, Northshore Families Helping Families

"This program...truly supports you and allows you to gain access to people and information that helps you grow."
- Kim Dudek, Dag's House



Participation is limited and applications are required.  If you'd like to be considered for the Fundraising Intensive Program's Class of 2015, complete the program application by Tuesday, April 29.  
For questions or to find out more about services offered by The Funding Seed, visit www.thefundingseed.com or email info@thefundingseed.com.


** Please note: Due to applicant requests, The Funding Seed is now accepting up to three applicants per organization.  Applicants may include staff, board members or volunteers. **




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Nonprofit workshop: Fundraising Events 101

Posted By Nora Ellertsen, The Funding Seed, LLC, Monday, April 21, 2014

May nonprofit fundraising workshop:

Fundraising Events 101

Thursday, May 8
2:00-4:30 p.m.

Ashe Cultural Arts Center
1712 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd., New Orleans
Details and registration


Learn to create events that raise money
for your non-profit!  

 

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.


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


For discount codes or to reserve your space and pay at the door, email info@thefundingseed.com.

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Annual Fund Campaigns: The Essentials

Posted By Nora Ellertsen, The Funding Seed, LLC, Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Nonprofit fundraising workshop
Annual Fund Campaigns: The Essentials
Thursday, April 17
9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Ashe Cultural Arts Center
1712 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd., New Orleans
Register at www.thefundingseed.com

Annual fund campaigns are a great way to jumpstart a nonprofit's fundraising.  But how do you get started?  And what can you do to make sure your campaign raises more money?

This workshop will walk you through the process of running your annual fund campaign, from Day One to the Victory Party. 

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

For questions, to inquire about discount codes or to reserve your seat and pay at the door, email info@thefundingseed.com.

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

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Nonprofit workshop: Grantwriting for Beginners

Posted By Nora Ellertsen, The Funding Seed, LLC, Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Nonprofit workshop:
Grantwriting for Beginners
Thursday, March 20
2:00-4:30 p.m.

Ashe Cultural Arts Center
1712 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd., New Orleans
Details and registration at www.thefundingseed.com

Are you involved with a non-profit?  
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 $35 per person.  Discounts available for students, AmeriCorps and organizations registering two or more people.


Email info@thefundingseed.com to inquire about discount codes or to reserve your space and pay at the door.

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Free info session: The Fundraising Intensive Program

Posted By Nora Ellertsen, The Funding Seed, LLC, Wednesday, February 26, 2014
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?

Free information session on
Wednesday, March 19, 4:00-5:00 p.m.
Propeller, 4035 Washington Ave.
RSVP by emailing info@thefundingseed.com,
or call (504) 307-7220

Join The Funding Seed and members of this year's inaugural 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. 

For more on services offered by The Funding Seed, visit
www.thefundingseed.com.

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Call for Applications: The Fundraising Intensive Program

Posted By Nora Ellertsen, The Funding Seed, LLC, Tuesday, February 18, 2014
Now accepting applications for enrollment in the 2014-2015 class of

The Fundraising Intensive Program

a comprehensive fundraising training opportunity presented by The Funding Seed!

 

The Funding Seed's 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 will learn best practices and practical skills related to a range of fundraising activities.
 
Over the course of the program, the nonprofit staff, board members and volunteers involved will learn about:

Fundraising Planning
Individual Donor Development
Major Donors
Fundraising Events: House Parties
Fundraising by Mail and Email
Grant Research and Writing
Corporate and Business Sponsorship

Participation is limited and applications are required.

If you are interested in joining The Funding Seed's Fundraising Intensive Program's Class of 2014-2015, visit www.thefundingseed.com and complete the program application by Tuesday, April 29 at 5:00 p.m.

For questions, please call (504) 307-7220 or email info@thefundingseed.com.

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2014 Angel Award Nominees Sought by Blue Cross Foundation

Posted By Tristi Charpentier, Huey and Angelina Wilson Foundation, Monday, February 10, 2014

 

2014 marks the program's 20th year of support for state’s children.

Nominations for the Angel Award, which recognizes and rewards exceptional volunteer work for the benefit of Louisiana children, have been opened by the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana Foundation.  Now in its 20th year, the Angel Award will honor eight individuals.

Deadline for nominations is April 4, 2014.

Each winner will name a 501(c)(3) organization to receive a grant of $20,000.  In the two decades since its inception in 1995, more than 150 individuals from all across the state have been chosen for the honor.  With this year’s grants, the total going to support organizations enriching and improving life for Louisiana children will top $1.8 million.

There is no age limit, upper or lower, imposed on potential nominees.  They have run the gamut from students to retirees, with a wide range of vocations in between.  They were all chosen for the time and effort they spent away from or in addition to their studies, their jobs or their retirement activities to be an "Angel.”

An online nomination form and more details on the program are available at the Blue Cross website, www.bcbsla.com/angelaward.

Nomination packets are also available by calling toll-free 1-888-219-BLUE (1-888-219-2583) or emailing Angel.Award@bcbsla.com. Nominators are encouraged to send supplemental information in support of the nomination, including testimonial letters, brochures, news articles, photos and videos. (Please note: These materials cannot be returned.)

Individuals who themselves have been honored as "Angels” make up the committee that will decide this year’s winners.  The following are the criteria they consider and nominators are asked to carefully consider this list:

  • NEED: Did the nominee contribute a needed service to Louisiana children?
  • ACTION: Was the nominee active, not just a figurehead?
  • INITIATIVE: Did the nominee initiate new programs or activities and use new methods to solve problems?
  • ACHIEVEMENT: Has the nominee accomplished desired results?
  • IMPACT: Has the activity or service provided by the nominee produced positive changes and provided examples for other groups?
  • TIME: Was the amount of time devoted to the activity or service significant?
  • CHALLENGE: Did the nominee have to overcome any unusual challenges, such as limited resources or public misperception of the problem?

A nominee may be recognized for work performed individually or through churches, schools or civic organizations, but a group cannot be nominated. The volunteer work must have been performed in the state of Louisiana with Louisiana children as the primary beneficiaries. The volunteer effort can be focused on enhancing any aspect of a child’s life, including physical, emotional, creative and spiritual. Individuals who are paid for their services are eligible, but their efforts must be considered to go above and beyond their job descriptions. Work done on work-release time and/or for student course credit may also be considered. Individuals may not be nominated posthumously.

The Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana Foundation will award grants to the honorees’ chosen charities that qualify as Louisiana-based nonprofit charitable organizations with tax-exempt status under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. 

About the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana Foundation
The Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana Foundation is building a healthier Louisiana through community outreach and charitable giving. Its two signature programs are The Angel Award®, an annual statewide recognition program that awards funds to outstanding Louisianians working to improve the quality of life of the state's children, and Smart Bodies®, an interactive education program to prevent childhood obesity. In addition, Blue Cross contributes nearly $2 million annually in financial aid to various non-profit organizations throughout the state that contribute to health, education and the overall quality of life in our communities. When we put dollars into Blue Cross communities, it makes Louisiana a better place for everyone. The Foundation is funded solely through Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana. 

About Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana
Founded in New Orleans in 1934, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana is the oldest and largest Louisiana-based health insurance company. Blue Cross is a private, fully taxed mutual company, owned by policyholders—not shareholders—and governed by a local Board of Directors. Learn more on the company’s website a
t
www.bcbsla.com or visit our social media hub to connect with us via Facebook, Twitter and more.

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Nonprofit workshop: Creating and Managing an Individual Donor Program

Posted By Nora Ellertsen, The Funding Seed, LLC, Monday, January 27, 2014

 


WHEN: Thursday, February 6, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

WHERE: Ashe Cultural Arts Center, 1712 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd., New Orleans

Details and registration at www.thefundingseed.com.

 

Individual donors give three quarters of all private charitable donations- more than foundation grants and corporate gifts combined.

How can your nonprofit find individual donors to support your work?  What can you do to ensure that your individual donor program is as successful as possible?

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 info@thefundingseed.com.

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Create a Powerful Fundraising Plan in New Orleans Workshop

Posted By Nora Ellertsen, The Funding Seed, LLC, Wednesday, January 8, 2014
January nonprofit workshop:

Creating a Powerful Fundraising Plan

Tuesday, January 21
9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Ashe Cultural Arts Center
1712 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd.

Start the new year right with a powerful fundraising plan!

What would happen at your organization if you never had to worry about your funding?  If you knew how much you needed to raise, and how you were going to raise it?

What would happen at your organization if you never had to worry about your funding?  If you knew how much you needed to raise, and how you were going to raise it?

This workshop will help you make that a reality.  You'll learn ways to assess your resources, to set fundraising goals, and to create a calendar that will keep you on track.  Participants will receive tools they can take back to their organizations and put to work immediately.   

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

For questions, to inquire about discount codes or to reserve your seat and pay at the door, email info@thefundingseed.com.

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

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Nonprofit workshop: Grantwriting for Beginners

Posted By Nora Ellertsen, The Funding Seed, LLC, Friday, November 22, 2013
Nonprofit workshop:

Grantwriting for Beginners

Friday, December 13
9:30am-12:00pm
Ashe Cultural Arts Center
1712 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd., New Orleans
Details and registration at www.thefundingseed.com.

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

Register online at www.thefundingseed.com. To inquire about discount codes or to reserve your space and pay at the door, email info@thefundingseed.com.

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