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  • April 10, 2024 10:25 AM | Anonymous

    With many Louisiana nonprofits operating on slim budgets capacity building projects can get pushed to the backburner. Your nonprofit’s work is important. It shouldn’t be so hard to get the resources to tackle the kinds of capacity building projects that will help your organization grow and thrive!

    Blue Cross Blue Shield of Louisiana partnered with the Taproot Foundation for the Team Blue Preaux Bono Day — a high impact, in-person event where talented teams of high-performing employee volunteers from BCBSLA will help six Louisiana nonprofits to develop a custom solution or set of recommendations for an organizational challenge.

    They're looking for six projects in Marketing and Communications, Strategy, Human Resources, IT, or finance for their pro bono consultants to take on.

    It’s easy:

    1. BRAINSTORM

    2. APPLY

    3. SHOW UP

    Break out that wish list and select up to two priority projects. (Pro tip: The PDF below has suggestions.)

    Complete a quick online application to submit your project idea by April 24, 2024.

    If chosen, show up to Baton Rouge on Tuesday, June 25. You’ll spend the event collaborating with your team to develop solutions that fit your organizational need.

    Apply now for early consideration!

    Still not sure what to expect from the session? Click on these attachments for some sample challenges and potential projects that a small team of BCBSLA volunteers could work with you to accomplish.  Here are the questions in the application so you can prepare to apply. BCBSLA will not accept written or emailed applications. 

    All applications must be submitted online using THIS LINK



  • March 01, 2024 3:00 PM | Anonymous

    Kubota Tractor Corporation’s Fourth Annual Kubota Hometown Proud Grant Program opened today, with 20 grants available across the country to projects meant to revitalize or refresh communities! 

    • Who can apply: Any 501(c)(3) nonprofit within a 50 mi radius of a Kubota dealer
    • Applications are open: March 1 – April 12
    • How to apply: Answer three questions on KubotaHometownProud.com

    All entries will be considered and can be submitted March 1 through April 12, 2024.


  • February 28, 2024 2:04 PM | Anonymous

    United Way of Southwest Louisiana was founded in 1940. 

    Mission Statement: Positive Community Impact

    Top Goal: Every Southwest Louisiana community member have access to all of the building blocks needed to thrive and support their family. 

    From the organization"We just finished a new Initiative – Lasagna-Fest – where we fed 8,400 community members lasagna prepared by over 100 volunteers. We would love to share the story with other nonprofits as it was such a successful event and kicked our year off with so many positive outcomes. Our partner agencies, corporate volunteers and team members hope to share the idea with other nonprofits!"

    Video/recaphttps://vimeo.com/904149479?share=copy

    PDF recaphttps://heyzine.com/flip-book/5655d28de9.html

    KPLC news storyhttps://www.kplctv.com/2024/01/10/lasagna-fest-helps-tackle-food-insecurity/

    Attendee quotes:

    “Westlake UMC’s Food Pantry is so thankful to receive several pans to serve and give! Thank you so much.” - Amy Duhon Castro

    “Thank you so much. Vinton Senior Center is serving lasagna love Thursday for our Seniors.” - Anita Nunez

  • February 15, 2024 3:25 PM | Anonymous

    The Kevin Love Fund offers a free arts-based mental health program that is designed for middle, high school and college students. Kevin Love is an NBA basketball player who has been vocal about his own mental health challenges, and he brought together mental health and education experts to help young people learn skills to share stories from their lives through creative activities.

    You can hear more about Kevin’s story and what inspired him to create this program  here. 

     Activities are designed to be flexible and additive if nonprofits are  already using a mental health program with their students, or if you have very little time.

    The Kevin Love Fun activities are already being delivered to  more than 55,000 students, and have seen very positive results from initial research; for example, 85% of students participating in the pilot said they felt an increased feeling of belonging in the classroom after completing the curriculum. 83% of students felt they are more likely to reach out to their teacher if they are struggling. 

    With the help of Dak Prescott who is from Louisiana, the Kevin Love Fund is launching a focused expansion and is working with other Louisana nonprofits including AmeriCorps. To access the free program, educators attend a one-hour virtual training (also free) that is scheduled around the educator’s availability.  

  • January 31, 2024 4:25 PM | Anonymous

    SOLA Giving Day is May 2 and it's time to gear up! Registration for nonprofits opens on January 30.

    Prepare for registration >>

    This annual giving movement, an event of Community Foundation of Acadiana, exists to support nonprofits, churches, and schools across South Louisiana.

    Over the past six years, SOLA Giving Day has resulted in $8.47 million for 425+ organizations!

    Learn more >>


  • December 06, 2023 3:36 PM | Anonymous

    In partnership with the East Baton Rouge School System, BRAC has created an internship program as a first step in its plan to increase the region’s young professional by 5%.

    Currently the Capital Region experiences a negative net migration of young professionals, and BRAC believes this program will help businesses better connect with the future workforce by providing a work-based learning experience.

    The interns are high-school seniors… enrolled at public high-schools throughout the parish. With the guidance of CEOs throughout the region, their curriculums have been enriched to build career awareness at an early age. Many are on course to accreditations in their fields of study.

    See the one-sheet attachment below with additional information regarding this program. 


  • December 05, 2023 12:58 PM | Anonymous

    Wondering how to develop your nonprofit content marketing strategy in 2024? Content development and publishing is a whole process in the new nonprofit paradigm that takes time, intention and a cohesive strategy. We think nonprofits would really benefit in becoming relevant content creators in their field. It goes beyond storytelling.

    White paper created by Yodelpop Marketing

    DOWNLOAD THIS FREE RESOURCE TODAY! 

  • December 01, 2023 4:03 PM | Anonymous
    Norwela Council, Boy Scouts of America, was founded in 1923 and serves Bienville, Bossier, Caddo, Claiborne, DeSoto, Natchitoches, Red River, Sabine, and Webster Parishes.  

    MISSION: To prepare young people to make ethical choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Law.

    TOP GOAL: To develop more sustainable annual funding by creating a broader donor base.

    LEARN MORE: https://norwela.org/

    FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/Norwela.Council/


  • November 21, 2023 3:13 PM | Anonymous

    Gift-A-Lift of Louisiana, Inc., organized in 2023, although started in 2020 as a program of another nonprofit, James Samaritan. Located on the Northshore of Lake Pontchartrain in Covington

    MISSION: To provide vehicles to at-risk adults, primarily transitional youth in the Extended Foster Care system, who are working to break the cycle of poverty through education and hard work. 

    TOP GOAL: To grow the impact of Gift-A-Lift by raising community awareness of our mission (in other words, get more funding and cars donated!)

    A photo of us out at the Final Friday Block Party in Covington in October is attached. The kids love the race and we let the parents know about our nonprofit.

    Donate a Car! Change a Life!

  • October 31, 2023 9:26 AM | Anonymous

    Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwest Louisiana, the region’s largest donor and volunteer supported 1-to-1 mentoring network, has launched the Big Defender Fund. The endowment fund was seeded using an unprecedented $1.1 million individual donation from billionaire philanthropist MacKenzie Scott and is a means to future-proof the organization following the pandemic and years of challenging weather events that disrupted critical services to at-risk youth.

    The Big Defender Fund, a designated beneficiary fund created in partnership with the Community Foundation of Southwest Louisiana, will provide BBBS of SWLA with a steady income stream to continually support their mission of creating and supporting impactful mentoring relationships that protect and nurture the potential of youth. The fund will also be used to expand youth safety practices and quality of match relationships, offer support services for parents and guardians, and provide innovative new mentoring programs that reach older youth and young adults.

    READ MORE: https://www.einpresswire.com/article/662243908/big-brothers-big-sisters-of-southwest-louisiana-uses-transformative-mackenzie-scott-donation-to-launch-big-defender-fund

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