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Community Leaders

LANO Community Leaders Program

Sponsored by:

The Huey and Angelina Wilson Foundation and Capital One Bank

COMMUNITY LEADERS

PROGRAM DESIGN & GOAL

The Community Leaders program is built on the principle that an engaged and empowered Board of Directors is critical to a nonprofit organization’s success and sustainability. In these times, nonprofit organizations are being faced with an increased demand for accountability while trying to sustain their operations and programming in a recession.  Now more than ever, nonprofits need strong and committed board members who are practicing the principals of good governance.  A national report from Board Source, a leading authority on board governance, has recently said, “Strong board leadership will be the means through which many nonprofit agencies survive.”

The Community Leaders program is designed to educate and engage diverse professionals of all ages to strengthen nonprofit governance and to increase civic engagement and philanthropy for the Baton Rouge area nonprofit community.

TIME COMMITMENT

Class Dates and Time:

Classes will be held on Thursday nights from 5:00 – 8:30 pm at the Capital Area United Way Board Room, located at 700 Laurel St. We have a very strict attendance policy. Please check your availability on the following dates:

 

  • September 19 – Governance and Board Roles & Responsibilities 
  • October 3 – Legal and Fiduciary 
  • October 17 – Financial Leadership and Management 
  • November 7 – Fund Development 
  • November 21 – Change Fund

Important Dates:

6/10/2019 – Applications Open 

8/19/2019 – Applications Closes for 2019 LANO Community Leaders

8/26/2019 – Selections Announced 

FINANCIAL COMMITMENT & FUNDRAISING

Part of the Community Leader experience is to learn the important role board members play in fundraising.  Most nonprofit boards require members to raise funds and to make a financial commitment.  As a way of teaching this technique, LANO has included a philanthropic component in the program called the Change Fund.  The class is charged with raising $10,000 or more for a worthy nonprofit program in the Baton Rouge community.  Each participant will be required to donate $200 and raise an additional $200 for the fund.  The Change Fund experience helps leaders gain confidence while practicing the art of fundraising.

EDUCATION COMPONENT

The five trainings include: Roles and Responsibilities of Governing Boards, Fund Development, Financial Management, Conduct and Procedures of the Board, and hearing presentations for the Change Fund.  Upon completion, LANO facilitates a matching session to connect the leaders to nonprofit organizations for potential board or committee service.

TRAINING SESSION

The five trainings include: Roles and Responsibilities of Governing Boards, Fund Development, Financial Management, Conduct and Procedures of the Board, and hearing presentations for the Change Fund.  Upon completion, LANO facilitates a matching session to connect the leaders to nonprofit organizations for potential board or committee service.

BOARD GOVERNANCE
  • 10 basic responsibilities of board members
  • Why nonprofit organizations have boards
  • The board’s responsibility and how it relates to the mission and vision of the organization

Fundraising and the Role of the Board and Making the ASK

  • Fundraising expectations of board members
  • Understanding how finances and fundraising are linked
  • Learning to identify and approach potential donors in the community

Procedures and Conduct of the Board

  • Importance of conflict of interest statements
  • Role of the board and the executive director
  • Bylaws and articles of incorporation
  • Legal and fiduciary responsibilities

Financial Issues of Nonprofit Boards

  • Financial and legal questions board members ask of nonprofit organizations
  • Learn to read financial statements, basic budgets, cash flow and balance sheet
  • Audits and the IRS Form 990
  • Budget planning with restricted and unrestricted fund
CHANGE FUND PRESENTATIONS

Change Fund: Real Time Fund Development

Due to the generosity of the The Community Foundation of North Louisiana and Capital One, participation in the program is free. However, in learning the role of the board and fundraising, LANO has included a philanthropic component called the Change Fund.

This component gives Community Leaders real-time experience in fundraising. Each participant is asked to invest $400, of which at least $200 must be raised rather than donated by the participant. A request for proposals is announced and much like a grants committee, the Community Leaders review and vote on a program and raise $10,000 or more for a program to be the beneficiary of their funds. Not only does the Change Fund raise money for a local nonprofit, Community Leaders practice soliciting donations and gain confidence as fundraisers.

One session of the program will be dedicated to hearing proposals presented by nonprofit organizations competing for the Change Fund Award.  Leaders will come up with their own criteria for selection and will vote on the recipient before being challenged to raise money for the recipient.

PLACEMENT ON NONPROFIT BOARDS

Placement on Nonprofit Boards

At the conclusion of the training program, LANO facilitates matching of Community Leaders to area nonprofit organizations for placement on Boards of Directors or committees.

  • Structured engagement on nonprofit organizations for successful matches based on leaders’ interests and nonprofit governance needs
  • Networking event with the class and area nonprofit Board chairs and Executive Leadership
  • Community Leader profiles featured on LANO’s website for year-round matching

The 2019 Community Leader class was announced on September 17th.  

COMMUNITY LEADERS PROGRAM | BATON ROUGE

LANO is seeking professionals and civic leaders in the Greater Baton Rouge regions who are interested in increasing their knowledge of nonprofit board service.   

Community leaders will take part this fall with a 5-session series of workshops devoted to key fundamentals of board service. Each community leader who completes this training will be equipped with the knowledge and tools to be an effective and engaged board member. 

  • SESSIONS
  • TIMELINE
  • CLASS DATES & TIMES
  • Fund Development
  • Financial Management
  • Code of Conduct & Legal Issues
  • Governance and Board Roles & Responsibilities
  • Change Fund Presentations
  • Speed Dating (Optional)

6/1/2018- Applications Open

TBD- Informational Session

8/17/2018- Applications Close for 2018 LANO Community Leaders

8/24/2018- Selections Announced

9/2018-11/2018- Training Sessions

1/2019-Speed Dating

Class Dates and Time:

Classes will be held on Thursday nights from 5:00 – 8:30 pm, at the Capital Area United Way Board Room, located at 700 Laurel St. We have a very strict attendance policy, please check your availability on the following dates:

  • September 19- Governance and Board Roles & Responsibilities 
  • October 3- Legal and Fiduciary 
  • October 17- Financial Leadership and Management 
  • November 7- Fund Development 
  • November 21- Change Fund

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