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Advocacy Training Available for Non Profit Board Members or Membership

Posted By Cindy Bishop, Checkmate Strategies, Tuesday, January 16, 2018

 

 

Are You Protected for 2018?   Nonprofit Organizations are essential to Louisiana because they provide needed services and allow citizens to have a voice in the public policy arena. Unfortunately, Louisiana is now facing a tremendous budget deficit and state funding is at risk.  This Friday the Joint Legislative Committee on the Budget will get to hear the Edwards Administration proposed budget for FY 2018-2019.

 

Checkmate Strategies can  help your nonprofit with advocacy training, if needed.

 

Advocacy 101 Training: Knowing the players is important one thing.

Knowing how to effectively influence their decisions is critical for your success is a whole other ball game.

 

Checkmate Strategies is available to provide an Advocacy 101 training program for you and your board of directors or your membership to provide tips on how to influence the Louisiana Legislature.

 

For more information,   please contact Cindy Bishop: (225) 933-5435 Cindy.bishop@checkmate-strategies.com

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Partner with Byronz Restaurant Family for Your Next Fundraiser!

Posted By Melissa Kemmerly, Louisiana Association of Nonprofit Organizations, Thursday, January 11, 2018
Updated: Thursday, January 11, 2018

Hello LANO!

 

My name is Chelsea and I’m the Marketing and Public Relations Director for Byronz Restaurant Family, including Bistro Byronz and Flambée Café. I wanted to reach out to you all about the fundraising opportunities at our restaurants and see if we might be a match for your organization.

 

Byronz Restaurant Family has always committed to giving back to the community through donations to various events and foundations, especially through our Bistro For Your Cause program. With the opening of Flambée Café, we have added French Fired Fundraisers as yet another way to bring awareness to local causes and aid them in their fundraising efforts.

 

Both events are held on either Monday or Tuesday nights and have the same structure: 20% of non-alcoholic in-house dinner sales and 10% of take-out orders go directly to the featured cause. Patrons simply fill out a short comment card when they sign their receipt and we take care of the rest! Plus, we have prix-fix menus created on WaitR that activate for give back events only and 10% of those sales will be donated. Shortly after the event, we tally the sums from each receipt and we cut you a check that you can pick up at your convenience or have it mailed to your organization.

 

We have revamped our structure to create more awareness for each cause and have seen unprecedented success with the new program. My personal goal for 2018 is to reach a point where we have at least one fundraiser scheduled per week across our organization. I can’t think of a better thing than helping 52+ local causes meet their needs and I would love for your organization to be part of this initiative. I personally work with each organization to create Facebook events, flyers, and graphics to help you promote the event and we promote on social media as well as emails to our 10,000+ patron database. All we ask is that you do your best to fill the room, and we will ensure they have an amazing experience!

 

Please let me know if you are interested in scheduling an event with either restaurant for 2018 and we can get started planning right away!

 

Best,

 

Chelsea Gidden

Marketing and Public Relations Director

Byronz Restaurant Family

chelsea.gidden@bistrobyronz.com

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Creating a Powerful Fundraising Plan

Posted By Nora Ellertsen, The Funding Seed, LLC, Sunday, January 7, 2018
Updated: Thursday, January 11, 2018

Creating a Powerful Fundraising Plan
Thursday, January 18, 2018
1:30 PM – 4:30 PM
Ashe Power House Theater
1731 Baronne St. New Orleans 70113

Grow your nonprofit's capacity 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?

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.

 

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER. The Funding Seed is glad to offer a special 15% discount for LANO members, simply enter the code LANO2018 at checkout to redeem.

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

Registration $40. 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. Visit thefundingseed.com to learn more about the Funding Seed's other offerings!

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2018 LA SCCC Applications now Available!

Posted By Robin Taylor, Louisiana Association of United Ways, Friday, January 5, 2018
Updated: Friday, January 5, 2018

 

 

2018 Louisiana State Combined Charitable Campaign (LA SCCC) Application now Available!

 

 

Over the past four years, state employees have raised over $890,000 through the Louisiana State Combined Charitable Campaign (LA SCCC), with proceeds benefiting over 100 Louisiana charities. We will soon complete the 2017 campaign and are eager to confirm our final results.  

 

Louisiana is already gearing up for the 2018 State Combined Charitable Campaign! Once again, state employees will be given the opportunity to contribute, through payroll deduction, to approved health and human service non-profit organizations. The Louisiana Association of United Ways will continue to serve as the Principal Combined Fundraising Organization (PCFO) and will be working in coordination with the Office of State Uniform Payroll (OSUP).

 

 Don’t miss your chance to be part of the 2018 LA SCCC! All qualifying health and human service non-profits operating within the state of Louisiana are encouraged to apply to be a participating charity. The application is available at www.lasccc.org/application  and is due by March 1, 2018. All charity applications will be reviewed and notified of eligibility no later than June 30, 2018.

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Federal and State Agencies to Offer H-Programs Compliance Assistance Event for Louisiana Employers

Posted By Katelyn Smith, Louisiana Association of Nonprofit Organizations, Thursday, January 4, 2018

Federal and State Agencies to Offer H-Programs Compliance Assistance Event for Louisiana Employers

Alexandria, LA

Date: 01/19/2018

Location:

              Central Louisiana Technical Community College 

              4311 South MacArthur Drive

              Alexandria, LA  71302                                            

 

Don’t miss this opportunity for free compliance assistance and training from the agencies that enforce Federal and State laws that impact your business.

8:30am-8:45am Opening Session: New Orleans DD Troy Mouton (WHD) opening comments and introduction of participating agencies. 

Presentations:

8:45am-9:45am WHD | Agricultural Requirements Under The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and The Migrant and Seasonal Agricultural Worker Protection Act (MSPA)

This module will discuss agricultural employers’ obligations and responsibilities under the Fair labor Standard Act.

9:45am-10:45am WHD | H-2A Provisions of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA)  

This presentation covers the legal obligations of agricultural employers relating to the H-2A program and relates to the H-2A regulations which became effective on March 15, 2010.

 

10:45am-11:00am Break

11:00am-12:00pm LWC-Foreign Labor Programs |TBD

Foreign Labor Certification Unit provides value-added services to employers looking to hire a non U.S. citizen. The Unit works directly with the National Processing Centers and focuses primarily on screening ETA application forms and conducting housing inspections.                                                          (See back page)

 

12:00pm-1:00pm Lunch Break

 

1:00pm-2:00pm WHD |Requirements to Participate in the H-2B Program 

This presentation covers the legal obligations of employers relating to the H-2B program

2:00pm-3:00pm WHD | Overview of H-1B Program 

This presentation covers the legal obligations of employers relating to the H-1B program

Seating is limited for this free event and registration is strongly encouraged. We cannot guarantee a seat will be available to those who do not register. Doors open at 8:30 am. Stakeholders and employers who wish to attend this event need to register using the following link:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/federal-and-state-agencies-to-offer-h-programs-compliance-assistance-event-for-louisiana-employers-tickets-41247089154

For additional information contact: William Sabik, Community Outreach and Resource Planning Specialist, at sabikkandel.williams@dol.gov

 

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Federal and State Agencies to offer H-Programs Compliance Assistance Event for Louisiana Employers

Posted By Katelyn Smith, Louisiana Association of Nonprofit Organizations, Thursday, January 4, 2018

Federal and State Agencies to offer H-Programs Compliance Assistance Event for Louisiana Employers

Baton Rouge, La                                                                   

Date: 01/18/2018                                                                

Location:                                                                               

East Baton Rouge Parish Library                                                       

7711 Goodwood Blvd                                                          

Baton Rouge, LA 70806                                                                                                              

 

Don’t miss this opportunity for free compliance assistance and training from the agencies that enforce Federal and State laws that impact your business.

8:30am-8:45am Opening Session: New Orleans DD Troy Mouton (WHD) opening comments and introduction of participating agencies. 

Presentations:

8:45am-9:45am WHD | Agricultural Requirements Under The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and The Migrant and Seasonal Agricultural Worker Protection Act (MSPA)

This module will discuss agricultural employers’ obligations and responsibilities under the Fair labor Standard Act.

9:45am-10:45am WHD | H-2A Provisions of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA)  

This presentation covers the legal obligations of agricultural employers relating to the H-2A program and relates to the H-2A regulations which became effective on March 15, 2010.

 

10:45am-11:00am Break

11:00am-12:00pm US DHS –ICE | Worksite Enforcement and IMAGE    

The IMAGE program was created in July 2006, as a joint government and private sector initiative designed to build cooperative relationships that strengthen hiring practices and encourage employer compliance to ensure a lawful workforce.  Through close coordination and partnership with the private sector, IMAGE seeks to promote principals of ethical business conduct, prevent the hiring of unauthorized workers, and empower employers with a pragmatic immigration compliance strategy.

 

12:00pm-1:00pm Lunch Break

 

1:00pm-2:00pm LWC-Foreign Labor Programs |TBD

Foreign Labor Certification Unit provides value-added services to employers looking to hire a non U.S. citizen. The Unit works directly with the National Processing Centers and focuses primarily on screening ETA application forms and conducting housing inspections.

2:00pm-3:00pm WHD |Requirements to Participate in the H-2B Program  

This presentation covers the legal obligations of employers relating to the H-2B program

3:00pm-4:00pm WHD | Overview of H-1B Program  

This presentation covers the legal obligations of employers relating to the H-1B program

Seating is limited for this free event and registration is strongly encouraged. We cannot guarantee a seat will be available to those who do not register. Doors open at 8:00 am. Stakeholders and employers who wish to attend this event need to register using the following link:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/federal-and-state-agencies-to-offer-h-programs-compliance-assistance-event-for-louisiana-employers-tickets-41094205876

For additional information contact: William Sabik, Community Outreach and Resource Planning Specialist, at sabikkandel.williams@dol.gov

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Save the Date - 2018 LA SCCC Applications available

Posted By Robin Taylor, Louisiana Association of United Ways, Monday, December 18, 2017

 

Save the Date and don’t miss your chance to be part of the 2018 LA SCCC! 

 

Louisiana is gearing up for the 2018 State Combined Charitable Campaign (LA SCCC)!  Once again, state employees will be given the opportunity to contribute, through payroll deduction, to approved health and human service non-profit organizations. All qualifying health and human service non-profits operating within the state of Louisiana are encouraged to apply to be a participating charity.

 

 2018 LA SCCC Applications will be available on Friday, January 5, 2018, at www.lasccc.org/application, and due by March 1, 2018.

 

If you have any questions, please e-mail sccc@launitedway.org or call 225-218-2613.

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Intermediate Grantwriting

Posted By Nora Ellertsen, The Funding Seed, LLC, Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Intermediate Grantwriting
Thursday, December 14, 1:30pm - 4:30pm
Ashe Power House Theater
1731 Baronne St.
New Orleans, LA 70113

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.

 

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

For more on services offered by The Funding Seed, visit www.thefundingseed.com. To reserve your space and pay at the door, or for any questions, please email coordinator@thefundingseed.com

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Nonprofit Fundraising 101

Posted By Nora Ellertsen, The Funding Seed, LLC, Wednesday, November 29, 2017
Updated: Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Nonprofit Fundraising 101
Thursday, December 7, 1:30 - 4:30pm
Ashe Power House Theater
1731 Baronne St.
New Orleans, LA 70113

Every nonprofit needs to know the options for how it will raise money. This workshop will give you the essential background you need in order to keep your work well-funded.

Participants will learn:
Where nonprofits get their funding.
Why your nonprofit might choose to prioritize fundraising from grants, individual donors, events, and other sources.
What it means to make your funding sustainable.
The difference between restricted and unrestricted funding.
The Donor Cultivation Cycle- the framework for identifying and building relationships with your donors and funders.

This workshop is ideal for both for those new to the fundraising and nonprofit world and for those with some experience in fund development.

 

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

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, visit www.thefundingseed.com. To reserve your space and pay at the door, or for any questions, please email info@thefundingseed.com.

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Could Your Organization Fall Victim to Embezzlement?

Posted By Celeste Viator, Hannis T. Bourgeois, LLP, Thursday, November 16, 2017

Embezzlement by employees can take many forms -- from the simple use of a company credit card to buy inexpensive personal items to complex check forging schemes that result in massive losses. Take a look at these court cases, which illustrate some of the ways not-for-profit organizations can be defrauded:

•A former chief financial officer of the Capital Area United Way in Michigan pleaded guilty to embezzling nearly $2 million by writing checks to herself and forging the co-signatures of superiors. The financial executive's fraudulent activity was only discovered after she resigned her position and the new CFO discovered the trail of missing checks.

•A former employee of a West Virginia not-for-profit, chartered to assist senior citizens and the mentally ill, pleaded guilty to a theft scheme in which she embezzled nearly $800,000. Responsible for the organization's finances, she charged more than $200,000 to an American Express Account as well as made direct deposits into her personal bank accounts.

•A former program administrator of a Washington, DC, organization that supports science education pleaded guilty to embezzling more than $200,000 that was earmarked for public schools.

These are just a few of the countless cases that wind up in courtrooms nationwide. When a not-for-profit falls victim to embezzlement, the perpetrator is often an unlikely suspect. Fortunately, there are warning signs and ways to detect and prevent internal theft. Here are some steps your organization can take to help avoid becoming another embezzlement statistic:

Where there's Smoke, there May Be Fire

According to the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, workplace fraud typically takes a year and a half to discover. One of the most important tools management has in uncovering potential embezzlement early is critical observation. Behavioral warning signs may suggest employee wrongdoing.

Some traits sometimes exhibited by those convicted of embezzlement include:

•Abrupt shifts in work schedules.

•Declining to take vacations.

•Sudden changes in lifestyle such as buying a larger home and driving a more expensive car.

•Problems with drug abuse, alcoholism or gambling.

On their own, these behavioral changes may be explainable. But take note if they arise in conjunction with financial abnormalities.

Listen to Employees. They May Know About Colleagues' Fraudulent Behavior

Embezzlement usually occurs when motive combines with opportunity. In the workplace, if an employee is disgruntled or has financial problems, fellow staff members are often the first to hear about it. Having a system in place for colleagues to report suspicious behavior often makes the difference between embezzlement going undetected and having the information reach the desks of upper management.

One of the most useful and cost-effective internal controls is a hotline where employees can immediately report concerns or suspicious activity with a degree of anonymity. The Association of Certified Fraud Examiners found that workplaces with an employee hotline were able to detect fraud an average of nine months earlier than those that did not have a reporting system in place.

When a hotline is part of a system of internal controls, concerns can be investigated quietly and without necessarily confronting employees who may be innocent of wrongdoing. If circumstances are thoroughly investigated and suspicions found to be unwarranted, the employees involved may not have to know about them. Keep in mind that false accusations can lead to discrimination charges and other legal actions.

Consider Consulting a Forensic Accountant

When it comes to embezzlement, it is best to err on the side of caution because detecting crimes early can save your organization considerable further losses. Many times, a convoluted paper trail makes it difficult to determine whether embezzlement has occurred.

A forensic accountant can efficiently ascertain whether fraudulent activity is underfoot at your not-for-profit organization. Like the old saying goes, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

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