"Pull Together Louisiana" funds a statewide platform for nonprofit support and multi-sector partnerships; Former Gov. Buddy Roemer to serve as Honorary Campaign Chair.
BATON ROUGE—The Louisiana Association of Nonprofit Organizations, LANO, a 501(c)3 provider of professional training, organizational development and networking opportunity to nonprofits, announces the launch of a six-week campaign to rally support for its mission from businesses and philanthropic investors.
The business case for investment in LANO's Pull Together Louisiana campaign is endorsed by Honorary Campaign Chair, Charles "Buddy" Roemer III, former State Governor and founder of Business First Bank.
Noting the bank's membership, Roemer highlights LANO’s unique role among state organizations as a "nexus for mutual support" between nonprofits, corporations, public agencies and Louisiana citizens.
"LANO does more than represent hundreds of important charities," said Roemer. "LANO improves their capacity to serve us and connects them to partners in the business community and beyond in ways that benefit all parties."
Roemer and LANO emphasize the importance of a strong nonprofit sector to the wellbeing of Louisiana citizens and the state's economy. Louisiana's more than twenty thousand nonprofits serve millions of Louisianans each year and employ more than 130,000 workers whose jobs benefit local communities.
"The bottom line [for stronger nonprofits] is a better state," said Roemer in recent remarks to fellow corporate leaders, "and that helps your bottom line."
Downward trends in public and private funding of nonprofits, plus a lack of professional development and affordable business services present serious hurdles to mission success. Also damaging, says LANO, are the sector's insufficient partnerships and resources to make lasting change, problems a statewide network is uniquely positioned to address.
"Pull Together Louisiana is about everyone's interest in a sustainable nonprofit sector," said LANO President and CEO, Ann S. Williamson. "Charities' traditional avenues of support cannot maintain, much less grow, the sector's service delivery in a time of expanding need." Through in-person training, networking and online tools, said Williamson, LANO provides a unique platform for connecting nonprofits to their essential resources: management expertise, new donors and sponsors, and qualified staff and volunteers.
LANO's membership of more than 11,700 includes registered 501(c) charities, local and statewide businesses, government agencies, academic institutions and thousands of private individuals. For more information about Pull Together Louisiana and how to support LANO's mission, see: www.lano.org/pulltogether or contact Ali Castillo at 225.925.2605 (email@example.com)
Take The Survey!
LANO members who participate will receive copy of the final report (expected Summer 2013) at no cost.
SURVEY ENDS APRIL 30
What is The 2013 National Nonprofit Salary Survey?
Prepared by Columbia Books in partnership with the Louisiana Association of Nonprofit Organizations, this annual salary survey of nonprofit professionals is designed to be the fastest and easiest-to-use survey instrument and compensation report available.
With over 100 job descriptions, a simple interface and robust support team behind it, taking the survey is easy, and the resulting report will be a tremendous help to nonprofits in need of the latest information on staff salary ranges.
Survey Dates: March 27 - April 30
- 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 region, budget, and staff size
- All-new enhanced benefits section Your Questions Answered:
Who fills out the survey? Primarily senior leadership in HR, finance or executive staff 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. All data and the online user interface are encrypted.
Three time-limited sources of nonprofit program and general operating revenue are currently available to Louisiana charities through state and national funds.
The Louisiana Association of Nonprofit Organizations provides information about these and other periodical funding opportunities through its online Community Calendar and Member News & Events blog.
The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) released a Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for $5 million to conduct a School Turnaround AmeriCorps initiative. LANO Member, The Volunteer Louisiana Commission in the Office of the Lt. Governor, encourages all eligible organizations to strongly consider this opportunity due to its very short application window:
- A Notice of Intent to Apply is due Tuesday, April 2, 2013 at 5 pm EST. Failure to submit a Notice of Intent to Apply will render an applicant ineligible to apply.
- Applications are due Tuesday, April 23, 2013 at 5 pm EST.
The State of Louisiana currently holds $517 million waiting to be claimed by nonprofit organizations, residents, schools and businesses before it is to be turned over to the Louisiana Treasury after a required holding period. According to the Treasurer's Office, nonprofit groups have many ties to the community which give them a higher potential for funds to get misplaced. Errors in mailing may be responsible for lost donations, refunds, rebates, and insurance proceeds now held by the Treasury as undeliverable. Nonprofits can search by name and address in the Unclaimed Property online database 24 hours a day at www.LATreasury.com.
Louisiana nonprofits that suffered a decline in revenue during 2010 are eligible this year to make claims on a nearly $8 billion fund established to mitigate economic damages due to the BP Oil Spill. The law firm of Kahn Swick & Foti, LLC, a LANO member, will host a free luncheon at Gino's Restaurant in Baton Rouge this Friday, March 15, to provide LANO members with information and procedures regarding the BP Oil Spill Claims process.
Statewide honor brings $20,000 in grants for outstanding service to Louisiana children
The Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana Foundation has opened nominations for the 2013 Angel Award. The deadline to nominate an individual who has done extraordinary volunteer work on behalf of Louisiana kids is April 5, 2013.
This year, up to eight Louisiana angels will be selected and will receive grants of $20,000 each for their chosen 501(c)(3) organizations. Anyone who knows a deserving individual is encouraged to nominate him or her for the 2013 Angel Award by April 5.
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. You are encouraged to send supplemental information in support of the nomination, including testimonial letters, brochures, news articles, photos and videos, but these materials cannot be returned.
A selection committee made up of past Angel Award recipients will choose this year’s honorees based on the following criteria:
- 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.
The Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana Foundation will award grants to the honorees’ chosen charities that qualify as nonprofit charitable organizations with tax-exempt status under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.
ABOUT THE AWARD: Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana founded the Angel Award in 1995 to seek out, honor and reward Louisianians who have demonstrated outstanding commitment to our state’s most at-risk children.
In the course of its 19 years, the Angel Award program has helped to identify and honor 143 outstanding individuals and has given $1.4 million to nonprofit organizations on behalf of the honorees. Past nominees have come from all walks of life and ranged in age from 17 to 93. What they all had in common was their unselfish contribution of time and energy to improve the welfare of needy children in their communities.
BATON ROUGE—Members of the Louisiana Association of Nonprofit Organizations can now participate in a national discount program that includes savings on thousands of recognized brand name products and services.
The new program, called Member Rewards, can lower overhead costs for staff travel, lodging, meals, communications, retail supplies, information technology, entertainment, employee fitness and other expenses.
All LANO member organizations and their registered staff are eligible for the new discount program, courtesy a partnership with LANO’s contracted database management service, YourMembership.com.
Users signed in to LANO.org can click the Member Rewards icon for exclusive access to discounts in numerous service categories. Familiar brands include communications products by Sprint and T-Mobile, consumer goods from Target and Sam's Club, computer equipment by Dell and HP, and fleet maintenance services from Firestone Complete Auto Care.
LANO Vice President Matt Mullenix notes that operational expenses can tip any nonprofit into insolvency. LANO recommends a concerted approach to cost savings that includes strategic partnerships, pro bono and volunteer support, and appropriate outsourcing.
"Combined with other measures, discounts on recurring expenses can significantly improve the bottom line for nonprofits, schools and small businesses alike,” said Mullenix.
The Member Rewards program is optional and can be cancelled anytime. Participants pay a one-time annual charge of $19.95 for individual access to program discounts that will continue while LANO membership remains active. A small percentage of the participation fee returns to LANO to offset costs for web hosting and database management.
For more information about the Louisiana Association of Nonprofit Organizations, its nonprofit consulting and multi-sector partnerships, contact LANO at 225.929.5266 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The online service that provides our member network database reports that it will be performing a hardware upgrade on Saturday, February 16, 2013.
The maintenance window will occur between 9 AM - 12 PM eastern (GMT -5).
While we do not expect access to be unavailable during this entire time frame, we do expect sporadic outages during this window.
We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and thank you for your patience!
SHREVEPORT—The Community Foundation of North Louisiana and the Louisiana Association of Nonprofit Organizations have strengthened a longtime partnership by jointly funding a new staff position that will expand services to Foundation grantees, local LANO member organizations and the nonprofit community at large.
Kay Irby, Director of Nonprofit Leadership Development for the Louisiana Association of Nonprofit Organizations and the Community Foundation of North Louisiana
The position, Director of Nonprofit Leadership Development, will be held by Kay Irby, whose name and expertise are familiar within regional nonprofit circles. Irby has been the face of LANO in Shreveport since 2006, where she has served as Director of the association's regional office and chief liaison to nonprofits in need of organizational development and training.
In her new partnership capacity, Irby will be working from Community Foundation headquarters at 401 Edwards Street in Shreveport but will maintain her existing LANO phone number (318.865.5510 ext. 1) and email address: email@example.com
According to the partner organizations, the new position will maintain LANO-related responsibilities as regional member services coordinator and director of the Community Leaders program, an annual training series funded in part by a multi-year Community Foundation grant, that readies a diverse population of young professionals for exceptional nonprofit board service.
Additional responsibilities of the new position will include creating and managing collaborative efforts that increase community impact; coordination of work to improve nonprofit outcomes; conducting site visits and one-on-one consulting with Foundation grantee organizations, and providing analysis of community and nonprofit needs to the betterment of Foundation investments.
Community Foundation Executive Director Paula Hickman welcomes Irby as a strong addition to an effective and powerful partnership with LANO. "In this day of limited resources, we are especially pleased to find creative collaborations that enhance our work and the community we serve. We hope that this alliance will demonstrate to other nonprofits the advantages that can be gained by working together,” said Hickman. LANO President and CEO Ann S. Williamson echoes praise for Irby and for the multi-facetted partnership. "This move strengthens both organizations," said Williamson, "and advances each of our missions to the benefit of Louisiana nonprofits."
For more information, contact LANO at 225.929.5266 or the Community Foundation of North Louisiana at 318.221.0582
BATON ROUGE—The website of the Louisiana Association of Nonprofit Organizations, LANO.org, now offers a free directory allowing its 11,500 members to find in-network business consultants in over two dozen fields, including strategic planning, marketing and legal services.
"Nonprofits frequently hire consultants, trainers and service providers from the business world," said LANO VP, Matt Mullenix. "What's new is a network that lets them find and contact each other as fellow members in a no-pressure environment."
Corporate members of LANO can opt in to the new directory by adjusting a setting within their online profiles and indicating which services they offer. Nonprofit professionals in the network can query the listings by service category, city or zip code. The database provides direct access to full member profiles that meet the selected need.
Prominent firms now offering service to LANO members include I-MPACT, owned by Matthew Rachleff, recently featured among 225 Magazine's 2013 "People to Watch," and Covalent Logic, co-founded by Stafford Kendall, a Baton Rouge Business Report "Young Businessperson of the Year" and "Forty Under 40" honoree.
The directory lists more than 25 consulting firms at present, and LANO invites all companies statewide that offer training or consulting to nonprofit clients to join the Association and make their services available through its peer-to-peer network.
For more information about the Louisiana Association of Nonprofit Organizations, its nonprofit consulting and multi-sector partnerships, contact LANO at 225.929.5266 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Nonprofit association channels business and government resources to Louisiana charities with new win/win marketing initiatives
Three statewide partnerships initiated by the Louisiana Association of Nonprofit Organizations highlight the power of social networks to bridge gaps between public and private sectors. State government, along with industry leaders in banking, healthcare, and information services will connect directly this year with Louisiana's online network of over eleven thousand nonprofit professionals and volunteers.
The new partnerships follow a 2011 reorganization in which LANO opened its membership to corporate and government entities that seek to reach and assist the nonprofit sector.
Louisiana-based Business First Bank, founded by former Governor Buddy Roemer, was among LANO's first Associate Members. Leveraging the Association's nonprofit sector connections and member-to-member communications network, Business First recently purchased exclusive access codes to the premier national grantmaker database, Foundation Directory Online. The bank now offers the database free of charge to its nonprofit clients, along with a range of new banking services tailored exclusively to the needs of the nonprofit sector.
The Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana Foundation, also a LANO member, renewed in January its annual contract with information services company CausePlanet to provide Louisiana nonprofits free access to a database of business management book summaries and monthly live author interviews, both delivered exclusively through LANO's online network.
The Office of the Lieutenant Governor's Volunteer Louisiana Commission joined LANO last year and in December contracted with the Association to configure its database to capture volunteer interest and organizational needs through its member profiles. Starting January, 2013, LANO's thousands of website users can search for volunteer opportunities within the network and advertise their willingness to serve in their communities.LANO's General and Associate membership increased by 30% in 2012 and added an average of 100 new member profiles each month. LANO welcomes public sector agencies and private sector consultants, product and service providers in numerous fields who wish to engage with Louisiana nonprofits in a cooperative exchange of value. For more information about these and other multi-sector partnerships, contact LANO at 225.929.5266 or see http://www.lano.org/
LANO staff commentary was recently featured in two national online publications.
The stories, released by The Nonprofit Times and The Kresge Foundation, highlight the importance of the nonprofit sector in disaster response and how to measure and address the organizational impact of that response on individual nonprofits.
As the US East Coast struggled with Hurricane Sandy recovery efforts late in 2012, LANO President & CEO, Ann S. Williamson, was asked to share with The Nonprofit Times readership details of Louisiana's government and nonprofit partnerships following the Gulf storms of 2005.
Williamson writes, "When disaster strikes, the challenge for nonprofits is multi-faceted and spread over a much larger population than the organizations might be ready to serve. How those groups respond will largely determine the success of the relief effort as well as the future viability of the nonprofits themselves."
In the editorial, Williamson expands on five key lessons for effective nonprofit action:
- Stick to the mission
- Use all means of communication
- Form partnerships early and often
- Take care of your service providers
- Maintain strong systems of accountability
A new study by LANO partner The Urban Institute finds New Orleans nonprofits, years after regional disasters including Hurricane Katrina and the BP oil spill, remain in critical need of technical assistance, training in fund development, and lacking in demographic diversity among the leadership.
In a feature published by study funder The Kresge Foundation, LANO's VP for Public Relations, Matt Mullenix, makes the case for continued support of nonprofits after initial disaster response has ended:
"Many small, local groups are run by people who draw on their personal and organizational resources and time to stand in the breach during a crisis...This makes these nonprofits incredibly vulnerable, because they quickly exhaust their immediate resources and leverage to the hilt to continue and expand their missions.”
LANO is proud of its members' collective response to recent regional crises and works to improve the sustainability of the sector in anticipation of future calls to action. Through key multi-sector partnerships, LANO provides statewide organizational development training, a board leadership program focused on increasing diversity in nonprofit governance, and a year-round online networking space where nonprofit employees and volunteers can obtain professional development and share resources.
For more information, see www.lano.org.
In an effort to help our community nonprofits, Baton Rouge Parents Magazine is compiling a Nonprofit Wish List to be published in the December issue.
In December 2010, the magazine published a Nonprofit Wish List that highlighted some local nonprofit organizations and created good response from the public, so Baton Rouge Parents Magazine wanted to expand on it and publish again.
Said editor Kimberly Fortner, "During the holiday season many of our readers are looking for places to donate needed items, especially to places that serve the community."
If you would like to be included in the list, email email@example.com with a wish list for your nonprofit by November 13.
Items might include office supplies, computers or playground equipment. Please include information about your organization and the service you provide to the community.
Depending on the number of agencies who respond, some may be listed only on the magazine's website, which will be referenced in this special printed section.
"Help us help you," said Fortner, "and you just might get what you need this holiday season."
Capital Area United Way, a LANO member, is pleased to announce the CAUW Social Innovation Fund Request for Proposals.
CAUW is seeking eligible and qualified nonprofit organizations to replicate or expand early childhood development programs for children and families in low-income communities within the ten-parish Capital Area.
Applicants from outside the 10 parish region who wish to expand services to the capital area may also apply.
Over the course of the CAUW Social Innovation Fund (SIF) award, selected subgrantees will work with CAUW to increase significantly the evidence base for their early intervention models.
In July 2011, based on research by Nobel Prize-winning economist James Heckman and others, CAUW made a 10-year commitment to work toward the goal that children in the capital area will enter school ready to learn. To meet that goal, CAUW seeks to achieve the following outcomes:
- Improve birth outcomes
- Engage, educate, and support parents to meet the needs of their young children
- Ensure that all children have access to quality child care and preschool
- Meet children's physical health and safety needs
- Meet children's social-emotional health needs
At least one representative from an applicant organization will be required to attend one Technical Assistance session in order for the organization's application to be considered for funding.
Choose to attend one of the following sessions (these are duplicate sessions):
- Friday, October 26th, 10:30 am – 12:00 pm, at CAUW, 700 Laurel St.
- Tuesday, October 30th, 1:00 – 2:30 pm, at CAUW, 700 Laurel St.
- Thursday, November 1st, 10:30 am –12:00 pm (webinar)
RSVP for a session as soon as possible to firstname.lastname@example.org.
If an interested organization cannot attend any of the 3 sessions listed above, notify CAUW by November 1st, so that we can make other provisions for you to receive this Technical Assistance.
This funding opportunity is made possible through a Social Innovation Fund grant CAUW received from the Corporation for National and Community Service, along with additional support from the capital area community.
Please see www.cauw.org/sif for more information. All questions about CAUW SIF proposals must be directed to email@example.com.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Matt Mullenix at firstname.lastname@example.org or 225 929-5266 ext. 221
Conference to Highlight Business and Nonprofit Partnerships, October 2-3 in Baton Rouge
Former Governor Buddy Roemer will address assembly, joining list of entrepreneurs, foundation and nonprofit experts at River Center event
BATON ROUGE, Sept. 18, 2012—The Louisiana Association of Nonprofit Organizations, a membership group of nearly 11 thousand nonprofit professionals and supporters statewide, will hold its 15th Anniversary annual conference on October 2-3 at the Baton Rouge River Center.
The two-day program includes 24 classroom-style sessions led by 35 expert presenters and will feature keynote addresses by prominent figures, author Heather McLeod Grant of the Monitor Institute, and former Louisiana Governor, US Representative and successful entrepreneur, Charles Elson "Buddy" Roemer, III.
McLeod Grant will share research that illuminates "Six Practices of High-Impact Nonprofits," and Gov. Roemer will outline the business case for greater investment in the charitable sector. Other topics include cause marketing, public/private partnerships, social networking and a two-part presentation sponsored by Whitney Bank titled "Politics, Economy and Nonprofit Funding." Full schedule is available here.
Themed "Vanishing Borders—Increasing Impact," the conference reflects growing alignment between mission-centered and for-profit enterprises, which increasingly resemble one another in business and marketing strategy, communications technology and management style.
According to conference organizers, partnerships between charitable and business communities can improve bottom lines on both sides by opening new markets and finding new applications for proven business models.
LANO Vice President for Public Relations, Matt Mullenix, said that a slow economy factors into the creation of such partnerships. "Private donations and government grants are shrinking as sources of nonprofit revenue," he said. "And more foundations require business planning and ROI that mission-driven organizations may struggle to demonstrate."
Despite these challenges, the situation is ultimately positive in LANO's view. "These days, nonprofits need genuine investment, not just donations," said Mullenix. "In the long run, that's the better path to sustainability."
The two-day conference is free of charge to LANO members and $150 to the general public with registration. Members of the Louisiana Bankers Association will hold a concurrent meeting on October 2 at the same venue. Discount hotel accommodations are available through Friday, September 21, at the Belle of Baton Rouge Casino and Hotel.
The 2012 LANO conference is presented by Whitney Bank, with major support from the Baton Rouge Area Foundation, the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Louisiana Foundation, Guaranty Broadcasting and Transformyx.
For more information, and to register, visit: http://www.lano.org/event/vanishingborders
From FEMA Private Sector
CONTACT: Lucianne Phillips
FEMA External Affairs Private Sector Liaison Louisiana Initial Operating Facility
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is working closely with our state and local partners, as well as Louisiana's many voluntary organizations, to help individuals, businesses and communities recover from the damaging effects of Hurricane Isaac.
Within eight days of the Aug. 29 major disaster declaration, more than $16 million in grants had been approved to help homeowners and renters begin to recover from the storm. Many more millions of dollars in assistance will go to Louisianians as we progress with the recovery effort.
Private sector organizations play a key role before, during and after a disaster, and private sector resiliency and recovery is a central component in a community's recovery. The FEMA specialists delivering assistance to hurricane survivors in the affected parishes — including perhaps many of your own employees — would like your help in disseminating information and guidance to your workers, colleagues and others.
Please help us spread the word that businesses and individuals in disaster-designated parishes should register with FEMA if they sustained damage to their business, home or personal property.
They may register online at www.disasterassistance.gov, smart phone at m.fema.gov, or at 1-800-621-3362or (TTY) 1-800-462-7585. Those who use 711 Relay or Video Relay Services may call 1-800-621-3362. The toll-free telephone numbers open 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a week.
To provide immediate relief for the victims of Hurricane Isaac, the Greater New Orleans Foundation has opened the Hurricane Isaac Relief Fund (HIRF). Proceeds from this fund will support nonprofit organizations in the Greater New Orleans area providing storm assistance and care for residents with emergency needs. As for long term recovery efforts, the HIRF will be used to address the comprehensive rebuilding needs of the community.
Donations to the Hurricane Isaac Relief Fund (HIRF) can be made online at: http://www.gnof.org/hurricane-isaac-give-now/
For more information, contact: Julia Boyer: email@example.com or 312.909.9161
LANO Member The Louisiana Housing Alliance has announced the dates for its 2012 Listening Tour.
During the first and third week of September (the 5th thru 24th), they will host nine meetings across the state of Louisiana designed to:
- Reflect on LHA previous year's Policy Priorities;
- Hear the concerns and successes of housing providers, advocates, local elected officials, and others concerned about housing in their area;
- Discuss action steps for raising the issue of housing for the next year.
See LANO's Community Calendar for registration links, dates and locations near you.
In anticipation of travel and safety concerns related to Tropical Storm Isaac, LANO's North Louisiana Public Policy Institute (previously scheduled for Wednesday, August 29) will be postponed until a later date.
Registrants will be notified directly, and all current registrations will be honored for the rescheduled event.
Notice of a new date for the Institute will be broadcast via LANO email and social media, and posted at our website.
We apologize for this inconvenience and wish all in the storm's path a safe and secure week.
BATON ROUGE—Ann Silverberg Williamson, President & CEO of the Louisiana Association of Nonprofit Organizations, or LANO, has been named among 50 of the nation's leading nonprofit executives in an annual ranking released August 1 by industry publication The Nonprofit Times.
For the fifteenth consecutive year, the NPT Power & Influence Top 50 ranking has surveyed executives from across the country to compile a list of nonprofit leaders whose work best addresses the unique challenges of their time.
According to its publishers, this year's anniversary edition reflects an opportunity to look back and forward, highlighting both seasoned executives and the "next generation” of nonprofit leaders to guide the sector through coming decades.
Williamson occupies a unique position on the list, having served in executive human service roles in state government and now leading a state-wide association of nonprofits, organizations that together form the backbone of service delivery to Louisiana's most needy citizens.
Williamson is cited specifically for her advocacy of new nonprofit revenue models in a state that has seen sector-wide declines in funding following a post-Katrina surge in charitable donations. Under her leadership, LANO documented this decline through reports and public testimony related both to natural disasters and later, the man-made devastation of the Gulf Oil Spill.
In addition to providing evidence for a crisis in nonprofit funding, Williamson's LANO demonstrated an effective organizational response by diversifying the Association's funding sources, reducing expenses, expanding partnerships, re-investing in membership value and emerging as a stronger, more focused organization, better able to meet its mission.
Under Williamson's guidance, LANO has translated these necessary lessons of nonprofit sustainability into a diverse, multi-media curriculum delivered through new electronic and print publications, a unique social networking platform, access to online funding databases and management libraries, live seminars, one-on-one coaching, regional institutes and annual conferences.
These efforts have in turn increased LANO's membership, deepened its partnerships with business and foundation leaders, and helped rebrand the Association as an effective nexus for nonprofit and community collaboration.
Williamson expressed gratitude for this recognition, which she says directly reflects the hard work and vision of her staff.
"Coming amid LANO's own 15th Anniversary year,” said Williamson, "this appreciated recognition reminds us to continue taking the best of what LANO has done and move it forward. We need to keep our work relevant and alive to meet today's needs; this will take our best efforts and the support of every change-maker we can enlist for the cause.”
Sharing the spotlight with Williamson in this year's ranking are veteran philanthropic luminaries like James Firman, President & CEO of the National Council on Aging; Bill Gates, Co-Founder of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; Rebecca W. Rimel, President & CEO of The Pew Charitable Trusts; and Judith Rodin, President of the Rockefeller Foundation. Emerging leaders in the newest nonprofit arenas are also on the list, including Wendy Harman, Social Media Manager for the American Red Cross, and Ben Rattray, Founder and CEO of Change.org.
For more information about the work of LANO, Ann S. Williamson and her staff, contact Matt Mullenix, VP for Public Relations, at firstname.lastname@example.org or see www.lano.org.
A new webpage providing access to nonprofit management webinars and other streaming media content generated by LANO or its partners is now available to all General and Associate members.
Initial page content includes approximately seven hours of recorded training on topics such as nonprofit fundraising, public policy, board development, financial management, marketing and communications.
LANO has negotiated partnerships that will expand this content and grow the archive as a resource to nonprofit professionals.
New additions will be advertized as they are acquired via LANO's social media and website.
For more information on LANO's content-related member benefits, contact Matt Mullenix, Vice President for Public Relations.
LANO's Baton Rouge office and state headquarters, currently on Goodwood Blvd., will be moving this week into newly renovated office space on Third and Main in the Capital City's downtown area.
We are pleased to partner in this move with Springboard, a nonprofit campus located in the historic Kress Building and formed to host a collaborative partnership between charitable and business entities with the specific mission of "stimulating, nurturing and growing creativity in our next generation of entrepreneurs."
Please note our new physical address, starting Monday, July 2, 2012:
- 447 Third Street - 2nd Floor
Baton Rouge, LA 70802 US
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LANO will be closed this Friday, June 29, due to the move. Telephone communication may be interrupted during the period between June 28 and July 5. However, all LANO staff will continue to be available via email.
Our P.O. Box will remain unchanged for the immediate future:
- PO Box 66558, Baton Rouge, LA 70896
Need furniture? LANO still has a few quality items available that will not be moved into our new offices. See this blog for more information.
THE FUNDING PIE: Completely revised for 2012, with 68 color pages, 16 illustrations, 13 fully-editable worksheets.
[Free Sample Available]
A newly-revised edition of LANO's The Funding Pie publication is now available for immediate download at the LANO Storefront. LANO offers this resource at significant discount to its General and Associate members*.
Included in this completely re-designed, downloadable publication are planning templates, editable worksheets in MS Word, numerous illustrations, and other resources that help nonprofits apply best fundraising practices to the benefit of their missions.
[Available for Immediate Download]
In a recent email to its members, LANO explained why releasing a revised edition of the popular 2007 publication is important:
"LANO encourages nonprofits to strive for a healthy mix of revenue sources. An unbalanced 'funding pie' can have severe consequences for an organization's mission and those it serves if just one critical source of revenue falls short of expectation.
"A balanced fund development strategy gives nonprofit organizations flexibility and depth in resources to best serve their constituents and communities."
Early praise for 2012 edition: "The Funding Pie is a great nonprofit resource to share with staff and stakeholders on the Board. The comprehensive layout has practical steps to put a funding plan in motion...A great educational tool to unite everyone working on different parts of the same revenue strategy. I would recommend utilizing this resource to any nonprofit, large or small."
--Nonprofit Fund Development Professional & LANO Member
*Sign in for LANO member discount.
For LANO members and friends who access our website on smartphones and other Internet-capable mobile devices, we now offer a mini-site compatible with most mobile Web browsers.
The LANO Mobile Mini-site offers quick access to the Association's upcoming events, latest news, membership directory and the Member News & Events Blog, a free resource available to LANO General and Associate members for promotional purposes.
Use the LANO Mobile Mini-site as your quick reference to what's going on at LANO.
On mobile phones, visit: http://www.lano.org/m/
Got a suggestion for new mini-site feature? Contact us!
The June 11 issue of the Baton Rouge Business report features LANO as an organization leading in the use of mobile technology during its member meetings and seminars.
Writer Maggie Heyn Richardson's article "The New Etiquette" highlights the now common practice of meeting attendants checking email on cell phones and making other use of smart mobile devices during business presentations.
While a distraction to some organizations, LANO CEO Ann S. Williamson notes that smartphones and tablets can add value to business meetings and that the Association encourages such use where it can make meetings more productive.
"LANO is absolutely in the thick of this issue,” Williamson says. "One of the values we bring to our clients is (utilizing) knowledge and tools, and it's important we impart that knowledge and that we impact behavior. We view smartphones or notebooks as things that add value to the experience. We want to encourage their use while not losing sight of etiquette.”
Three years ago, LANO invested in a significant overhaul of its website as a way to better engage its statewide membership. Nonprofits can now log in and access newsfeeds, webinars and virtual training sessions meant to help them improve the way they manage resources and serve clients. Eighteen months ago, LANO also introduced an iPhone app that makes it easy for training session participants to access handouts and supplementary material during or after face-to-face workshops.
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LANO member Connect For A Cause is a Louisiana company that helps nonprofits raise money through a unique kind of online auction: High-profile donors, board members or executive directors can auction an hour of their time for a business lunch, with 90% of the proceeds going to a selected organization.*
Launched in April, Connect For A Cause has already raised over $20,000 for participating nonprofits.
As part of the company's nationwide promotional strategy, they will be advertising the service widely in Louisiana soon. This is an opportunity for Louisiana nonprofits to piggyback on company-funded promotions and increase the reach of their message.
There is no cost to participating nonprofits or their supporters on auction. To participate in this limted-time campaign, contact Jason Nicosia at Connect For A Cause: email@example.com or on Twitter, @connect4cause
*LANO members receive a 50% discount on the Connect For A Cause administrative fee.
LANO and Forum 35, a community of engaged young people dedicated to improving and shaping Baton Rouge, announce this year's participants in the John W. Barton Sr. Leadership Community Development Program.
Since 2004, Forum 35 and LANO have partnered to train young emerging leaders in nonprofit governance and then match them with local nonprofit organizations for service on their Board of Directors. The program is named in honor of John W. Barton Sr. in recognition of his support of Baton Rouge's nonprofit sector for over 75 years including his vision and commitment to developing new and emerging leaders.
Based on the applications received, the 2012 John W. Barton, Sr. Community Leadership Development Program has selected 30 participants. The selected applicants represent a diverse population of the Greater Baton Rouge community. Over 45 applications were placed with limited space available. All applicants were encouraged to apply in 2013.
Nonprofits seeking candidates for board or committee service are encouraged to browse the biographies of the 2011 leadership class on the LANO web site. The biographies include important information on the leaders' interests and the skills and qualities that they have to offer a nonprofit organization. Contact information for the leaders is included in the biographies.
If you are interested in Forum 35 or need for information on the leadership program, visit forum35.org or contact Melissa Parmelee at Melissa@forum35.org for more information. For information on LANO visit http://www.lano.org/?page=CommunityLeaders_BR or contact Kellie Chavez Greene at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Mark Comanducci Children's Charter School
Rosemary Courville Louisiana State University
Keith Courville Associated Professional Educators of Louisiana
Lauren Davis West Baton Rouge Museum
Maureen Dunham MidSouth Bank
Rowdy Gaudet State of Louisiana
Chad Guzzardo JE Dunn Construction
Bryan Jones HNTB Corporation
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Nita Martin Zachary Community School District
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Rachel McDonald Louisiana Department of Public Safety - IT Center
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Cassandra Roy Capital Area United Way
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Amanda Vargo CSAL, Inc.
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