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This Fall's Nonprofit Fundraising Workshops

Posted By Nora Ellertsen, The Funding Seed, LLC, Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Looking to create more sustainability at your nonprofit or further develop your own fundraising skills?

 

This fall's fundraising workshops from The Funding Seed can help!


All three hour workshops are $40 per person and offer practical tools that you can put to work immediately.  Discounts are also available for students, AmeriCorps members, and organizations registering two or more people.  Workshops are held at Ashe Cultural Arts Center, located at 1712 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd. in New Orleans.


Grantwriting for Beginners

Tuesday, September 13

9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Details and registration

 

Major Donor Development 101

Tuesday, October 11

9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Details and registration

 

Quick Year-End Fundraising 

Tuesday, November 8

9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Details and registration

 

Grantwriting for Beginners

Tuesday, December 13

9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Details and registration


For more on services offered by The Funding Seed, visit www.thefundingseed.com.  For questions or to inquire about workshop discount codes, email info@thefundingseed.com.

 

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The Makeup of Nonprofit Board Influences Economic Growth--Board Data for Southeast Louisiana

Posted By Cory Sparks, Louisiana Association of Nonprofit Organizations, Thursday, July 28, 2016

This morning Allison Plyer of The Data Center was at the White House discussing the use of data in disasters. This afternoon she's sharing research on how the makeup of nonprofit boards influences the trajectory of the economy. It's fascinating and thought-provoking as she applies it to Southeast Louisiana. There's also a link to The Data Center's recently released nonprofit board data.


Did you know that the makeup of nonprofit boards can influence the growth of a region’s economy?

Studies of regional economies in the Rust Belt have shown that when boards in different social sectors had little overlap, there was little collaboration across sectors and little collective action.

On the flip side, when board members in different sectors had excessive overlap, there was an even greater problem – “groupthink” due to a complete lack of new ideas and innovation.

What’s the ideal? Heterogeneous boards that have members who also serve on boards of other sectors, and board members who serve solely within a specific sector.

This sweet spot in social leadership prevents groupthink and promotes innovation while also allowing for the development of shared economic and social goals across leaders.

Heterogeneous boards that brought together disparate groups of people helped cities, such as Allentown, to support emerging industries and spin-off new sectors after the American

manufacturing decline.

Nonprofit Board Overlap

If you are interested in seeing how your board overlaps with others, take a look at The Data Center’s newly releasednonprofit board data. It includes the names of board members of hundreds of Southeast Louisiana nonprofits and important information about these nonprofits, including their locations and sectors. The excel tables also show which nonprofits have overlapping board members.

We scraped this data from hundreds of Form 990s to make it easy for you to act on this important information by just downloading a spreadsheet and making a few phone calls.

The Promise of the Water Management Sector

Our infographic explains why heterogeneous social leadership is so important, and where we stand in Southeast Louisiana.

You may notice that we focused our analysis on the environmental sector and its overlap with other sectors and within itself. This social sector is at the epicenter of the water management economic cluster and thus, incredibly important to New Orleans’ environmental fate and prosperity going forward. As detailed in previous reports, water management is potentially the federally-fueled economic ramp that New Orleans can take toward a more prosperous, sustainable future. 

 

 

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Every Cookie Has A Mission

Posted By Kelly Pepper, Louisiana Association of Nonprofit Organizations, Tuesday, June 14, 2016

The Revenue and Fiscal Affairs Committee’s holdup on HB 51 threatens to impact the mission of not only the Girl Scout Cookie but the impact of all nonprofits in Louisiana. While I fully concur on the vital need to raise more revenue to support health care and higher education, let’s stop making high impact nonprofit organizations unnecessarily jump through hoops to make the case; diverting these organizations from truly impacting their communities. 


The Girl Scouts are an amazing organization building girls of courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place.  Holding them and the rest of Louisiana’s nonprofit organizations hostage while legislators debate revenue is harmful to the work we are all trying to accomplish.

 

To view the Advocate's story on this issue, click here.

 

 

Kelly Pepper

President & CEO, Louisiana Association of Nonprofit Organizations

 

 

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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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Nonprofit workshop: Intermediate Grantwriting

Posted By Nora Ellertsen, The Funding Seed, LLC, Monday, May 16, 2016

June nonprofit workshop:

Intermediate Grantwriting
Tuesday, June 7
9:00am-12:00pm
Ashe Cultural Arts Center
1712 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd., New Orleans
Details and registration at www.thefundingseed.com

  

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.

 

Registration $40 per person.  Discounts available for students, AmeriCorps members, and organizations registering two or more people.

 

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


For discount codes or to reserve your space and pay at the door, email info@thefundingseed.com.  For more on services offered by The Funding Seed, visit www.thefundingseed.com.


June nonprofit workshop:

Intermediate Grantwriting
Tuesday, June 7
9:00am-12:00pm
Ashe Cultural Arts Center
1712 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd., New Orleans

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.

Registration $40 per person.  Discounts available for students, AmeriCorps members, and organizations registering two or more people.

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

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

June nonprofit workshop:

Intermediate Grantwriting
Tuesday, June 7
9:00am-12:00pm
Ashe Cultural Arts Center
1712 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd., New Orleans

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.

Registration $40 per person.  Discounts available for students, AmeriCorps members, and organizations registering two or more people.

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

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

June nonprofit workshop:

Intermediate Grantwriting
Tuesday, June 7
9:00am-12:00pm
Ashe Cultural Arts Center
1712 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd., New Orleans

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.

Registration $40 per person.  Discounts available for students, AmeriCorps members, and organizations registering two or more people.

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

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

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Your top questions about the Fundraising Intensive Program, ANSWERED!

Posted By Nora Ellertsen, The Funding Seed, LLC, Thursday, April 28, 2016
Have you been wondering whether the Fundraising Intensive Program is right for you?
Check out the answers to these frequently asked questions.


 

1. What is the Fundraising Intensive Program?
The Fundraising Intensive Program is a eight month training program that combines group learning and individual coaching to help bring your nonprofit's fund development to the next level.

During the program, participants meet once a month for a discussion on a shared topic and receive tools and homework assignments related to that topic.  Following this, participants also receive a 90-minute individual coaching session and 30-minute follow-up phone call each month to help them to apply that topic to their own unique organization.  
 
There are two goals of the program: to help your organization to raise immediate funds, and to help you develop lasting skills and habits that allow you to raise more money for the long haul.
 
Course Curriculum:
June- Creating your Fundraising Plan
July- Telling your Story
August- Individual Donors
September- Fundraising Letters and Emails
October- Review month
November- Fundraising Events: House Parties
December- Major Donor Development
January- Staying on Track

Program description and application
2. Why do you have both group and individual sessions?
Combining group and individual learning means that participants can learn from each other in a safe, trusting environment while also getting support from a professional to trouble-shoot issues specific to their own organization. 

Program description and application

 

 

3. What are the sessions like?
The group sessions are discussion-based; there is no PowerPoint and no lecture.  Program members largely work together in small groups, doing practice exercises, reviewing case studies, and sharing lessons learned from personal experience.

The individual sessions allow program members to receive guidance and support implementing ideas from the group sessions at their own unique organizations.  The focus is on making monthly homework assignments meaningful and productive and on monitoring progress towards the goals each participant has created in their personal fundraising plan.

Program description and application
 
4. Why do you make us do homework?  I thought I was done with school!
The Fundraising Intensive Program uses the saying, "Use it or lose it."  It's not just learning about fundraising theoretically; it's about actually making real change in your nonprofit's fund development program.  The homework assignments are all practical and designed to help you truly ingrain the skills we discuss into your own actions and habits.

In addition, the program is designed to help you raise money as you go.  For example, in the month dedicated to fundraising letters and emails, the homework is to write and send a fundraising letter and email.  This means that, if you do your homework, you are actually raising money while the program is happening.

Program description and application
  

 

5. I've already been to a bunch of The Funding Seed's workshops, and it seems like a lot of the topics you cover in this program are the same.  What would I get out of the Fundraising Intensive Program that I wouldn't get from the regular workshop series?
About half of the people who have participated in The Fundraising Intensive Program's first three graduating classes have participated in one or more of The Funding Seed's regular workshops.

The Fundraising Intensive Program provides an entirely different way to learn.  Because participants receive a special individual coaching session every month, you have the opportunity to take the ideas and tools from the group session and work with a professional to help you implement them.  This added accountability means you are more likely to actually do the things you need to do to make real progress.

In addition, because the same participants meet every month, you become a part of a genuine learning community, a group of people who are comfortable sharing ideas and experiences to help everyone fundraise better.

Program description and application

 

 

6. This seems pretty expensive.  Can I justify spending the money for this program?

The Fundraising Intensive Program is an investment, both in terms of time and money.  However, the $250 per month tuition (a second member from the same organization may also participate at a 50% discount) covers more than 40 hours of group and individual coaching, which is significantly less than the cost of similar coaching outside the structure of the program.  In addition, remember that part of the intention of the program is that you will be actively working to raise funds as you go, not just spending money for something you may not ever get around to doing.

Program description and application
 
7. I'm not in New Orleans.  Can I still apply?

You don't have to be based in New Orleans to apply for this program.  However, please be aware that the sessions take place in New Orleans, so you must be able to travel to your sessions every month.

 

Program description and application

 

 

8. Bottom line: Why should I consider doing this program?
If you are ready to make a real leap forward for your nonprofit's fund development efforts, The Fundraising Intensive Program is for you.  Every nonprofit needs to know how to raise money.  Whether you're an Executive Director, development staff,  a board member, a program manager or a volunteer, having the skills to fundraise successfully and sustainably makes you an asset to your organization, and allows your nonprofit to serve your community even more effectively, making the world an even better place for the future.

Have more questions? Email info@thefundingseed.com or call (504) 307-7220.
Or you can read the full program description and apply today!


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

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Expand your Network with LANO CONNECTS-New Orleans

Posted By Tasha L. Cooper, Louisiana Association of Nonprofit Organizations, Monday, April 25, 2016

​Please join your fellow nonprofit organizations, volunteers and supporters at LANO Connects: New Orleans at Urban South Brewery

on Tuesday, May 10th from 4:30-6 p.m.


Come out for fine food, fellowship and refreshments!

  

 

To register, click here!

For more information, please contact Emilie Bowman at 225-929-5266 or emiliebowman@lano.org.

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Nonprofit Workshop: Fundraising Events 101

Posted By Nora Ellertsen, The Funding Seed, LLC, Friday, April 22, 2016

May nonprofit fundraising workshop:

Fundraising Events 101
Tuesday, May 10
9:00am-12:00pm
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.

 

Click to register 


Discounts available for students, for AmeriCorps members 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.
To learn more about workshops and other services from The Funding Seed, visit www.thefundingseed.com.

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Louisiana Nonprofit Salary Survey- We Need Your Input!

Posted By Tasha L. Cooper, Louisiana Association of Nonprofit Organizations, Monday, April 11, 2016

Louisiana Nonprofit Salary Survey Opens April 11, 2016

 

The Louisiana Association of Nonprofit Organizations (LANO) has partnered with publisher Columbia Books & Information Services to conduct a large scale nonprofit compensation survey for Louisiana nonprofits. Participation is FREE and members of LANO ("Friends of LANO" excluded) are eligible to receive a free copy of the report if you participate in the survey.  Members who do not participate in the survey can purchase a copy of the report at a discounted price. To register to participate in the 2016 survey please visit http://www.statenonprofitcompensationreport.com/.

 

  • If you are unsure whether your organization is a member of LANO, please contact us at 225-929-5266.

 

What is The 2016 Louisiana Nonprofit Salary Survey?

Prepared and produced by experts with over 30 years of experience conducting compensation reports, this annual salary survey is designed specifically for nonprofits. It is the fastest and easiest-to-use salary survey available. With over 100 job descriptions, a quick and easy interface and a robust support team behind it, taking the survey is easy, and the resulting report will be a tremendous help to your nonprofit.

 

Why participate?

         It’s fast, easy, and FREE. Clear job descriptions make matching your positions simple and straightforward.

        The survey is specific to nonprofits like yours.  You can compare your organization’s staff salary levels to those of similar organizations.

        The more participants we have, the better the data will be. High participation produces robust results, benefiting both nonprofits and those seeking to work in the nonprofit sector in our state.

        The results will help you and your organization set fair and competitive compensation – the key to hiring and maintaining valuable employees.

 

What will the final report include?

         Hard data to use to analyze your nonprofits’ salary structure

         Specific market salary information for over 100 positions. Easy-to-read charts include median     salaries, average salaries and more

        Changes in nonprofit pay levels from one year to the next

        Salary differences by non-profit type, budget, and staff size

        All-new enhanced benefits section

 

Your Questions Answered:

        Who fills out the survey? Primarily HR or finance executives at associations and nonprofits, but if you don’t have a dedicated HR or finance staff person, your executive director would be the most appropriate person to complete the survey.

        Is it difficult? No. The user interface is designed for easy input of compensation information. A support team will be available for troubleshooting.

        Is it secure? Absolutely. The user interface is encrypted and password protected.

        What if I filled this out last year? If you participated since 2014, the survey will “remember” your responses from the last time, which will make filling the survey out much easier!

        Is there a cost? It is 100% free to fill out the survey, and as a member of your State Association you will receive a free copy of the report.

Here is what other participants have said about the survey:

 

"As a participant I found the survey was easy to take and didn't consume a lot of my time. The resulting report is going to be a valuable tool for myself and our board of directors"

-          Linda Elliot, President, Hawaii Wildlife Center

 

"The survey contained so many options under job positions - it was easy to find and list our staff salaries"

-          Bryce Chitwood, Director of Operations, Central Christian Camp

 

 

We hope that you will contribute to this vital study. Participation is free and all results are confidential. We encourage you to forward this information to other organizations you think might be interested.

 

When will the report be available and how much will it cost? The report will be available in June from LANO. The full report is free for any participating members, $75 for members who did not participate, $75 for non-members who participated and for $150 for non-members who did not participate.

 

To register to participate in this year’s survey, opening April 11, please visit http://www.statenonprofitcompensationreport.com/.

 

Feel free to contact Tasha Cooper, Director of Member Services at 225-929-5266 or tashacooper@lano.org with any questions.

 

 

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Expand your network with LANO Connects-Lafayette!

Posted By Tasha L. Cooper, Louisiana Association of Nonprofit Organizations, Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Please join LANO Wednesday, April 13th at the Community Foundation in Lafayette as we host our annual networking event,

LANO Connects-Lafayette!

 

Eric Guidry, COO of  the Community  Foundation of Acadiana will welcome our guests as our evening of fellowship begins. LANO members, friends of LANO, nonprofit supporters and guests are welcome to attend.  Cocktails and light hors d'oeuvres will be served. Attendance is free.

 

When: Wednesday, April 13, 2016
4:30 PM
Where: Community Foundation
300 Main Street, Suite 100
  Lafayette, LA 70508

 

Contact: 

emiliebowman@lano.org

 

 


CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR LANO CONNECTS!


 

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