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  • May 04, 2023 9:34 AM | Chelsey Blakenship (Administrator)

    Are you ready to take your nonprofit to the next level? Our friends over at LSUS have just the thing for you - Nonprofit Certifications!

    Nonprofit Essentials Certificates cover the fundamental and practical elements vital to success in nonprofits, focusing on:

    • Strategic Leadership
    • Financial Management
    • People Management
    • External Relations
    • Grant Writing 
    • and more!

    Through these Essentials Certificates, the passionate individuals who dedicate their lives to worthy causes will be able to extend their capacity to help leverage their organization! 

    Learn more + register, click HERE.

  • April 03, 2023 12:21 PM | Chelsey Blakenship (Administrator)

    Nonprofit professionals from across the state will descend upon LSU Shreveport’s campus for the Statewide Conference For Louisiana’s Nonprofits in September. 

    The Sept. 20 conference, which will offer professional development for nonprofit operators, is co-hosted by LSUS’s Institute for Nonprofit Administration and Research and the Louisiana Alliance for Nonprofits. 

    Participants will engage in a full day of trainings from nationally-recognized speakers who will address the most pressing issues facing nonprofits. 

    Conference topics include fundraising, employee and volunteer retention, DEI (diversity, equity and inclusion), nonprofit resilience, and sustainability among other topics. 

    The conference keynote speaker is Maya Enista Smith, an award-winning, innovative leader who’s building global movements in service of communities. 

    “Maya Enista Smith is a well-known speaker in the nonprofit sector, and we are grateful she will be sharing her expertise of building nonprofits and spreading kindness throughout our communities,” said Dr. Heather Carpenter, executive director of LSUS’s INAR. 

    Enista Smith served as the first executive director of Lady Gaga's Born This Way Foundation, where she engaged a diverse array of partners across sectors to conduct innovative research, built authentic youth-focused programming, and led effective campaigns that fostered kindness and advanced the conversation around mental health. 

    With nearly 20 years of experience in youth empowerment, civic engagement, and community development, Enista Smith previously served as the CEO and COO of  

    In addition to her work with the Born This Way Foundation, Enista Smith is a proud member of the Presidential Leadership Scholars Class of 2022. She is a recent honoree at the Anthem Awards for the Nonprofit Leader of the Year and serves on the Bullying Prevention Advisory Committee (BPAC).    

    “We are so excited about this great partnership between the Louisiana Alliance for Nonprofits and LSUS’s INAR to co-host this second statewide nonprofit conference,” said Jill Roshto, executive director of Louisiana Alliance for Nonprofits. “It has been many years since a statewide nonprofit conference has been held in the northern part of the state.”

  • March 28, 2023 2:48 PM | Chelsey Blakenship (Administrator)

    Of Moving Colors, one of Louisiana's few professional dance companies, was founded in 1987. This year, OMC celebrates its 35th Anniversary Season and the 25th season served by Artistic Director Garland Goodwin Wilson. Performances take place at Manship Theatre in Shaw Center for the Arts along with schools, libraries and many other site-specific locations in the region. Studio Partners include PMS Dance (2016 Perkins Road), and as of Fall 2023, at Pilates Plus at (18303 Perkins Road).  

    MISSION: Of Moving Colors (OMC) is a contemporary dance-theatre organization dedicated to creating and presenting excellent performances and community-based dance activities that inspire, educate, and stimulate. OMC is equally committed to offering admirable opportunities to dancers in our community in the form of master classes, guest residencies, and paid work in order to further the validity of the dance profession in Louisiana. 

    TOP GOAL:  To support creative cultural connections in Louisiana through master residencies, workshops and performances inside and outside of the theatre. One way we do this is through funding from our annual Legends Gala. On March 30th, at the home of David Manship, we're hosting "Shakespeare & Elizabeth" where guests are encouraged to come in their most dramatic Elizabethan regalia for an evening of fanfare, festivities and, of course, scrumptious food and libations!  Following the gala, with support from the National Endowment of the Arts, OMC will premier a contemporary adaptation of "Othello'' on May 5th & 6th.  


  • March 27, 2023 12:35 PM | Chelsey Blakenship (Administrator)
    The Capital Area United Way recently opened applications for the Basic Needs Grant Opportunity beginning Monday, March 27, 2023 and until Thursday, April 27, 2023 at 5 p.m. Grant notifications will occur in May 2023 via the primary contact email provided in your application. Questions may be directed to To learn more on how to apply, click here.
  • March 07, 2023 1:53 PM | Chelsey Blakenship (Administrator)

    Knock Knock Children’s Museum, was founded in 2017 and is located in Baton Rouge, LA

    MISSIONKnock Knock Children’s Museum is a community spark for engaging, playful learning experiences that inspire and support lifelong learning. 

    GOAL: Expanding access to all children and families in the Capital Region to spark creativity and learning through play.


  • March 03, 2023 12:34 PM | Chelsey Blakenship (Administrator)

    The Grayson Foundation is a private foundation that is committed to improving the quality of life in disadvantaged populations in Shreveport-Bossier, and typically awards grants to programs serving in the health, human services, and education sectors in its’ community.

    Grant applications are accepted twice annually, however, organizations may apply only once in a 12 month period. The deadline to apply is April 30 at 4:00 PM and awards will be announced in July. Please email Liz LaBorde at with questions. To learn more and apply, click here.

  • February 08, 2023 4:43 PM | Chelsey Blakenship (Administrator)

    Capital Area Corporate Recycling Council (CACRC) was founded in 1996. 

    Location: Baton Rouge, LA at 1400 Main Street

    Mission: To promote environmental leadership and access to technology through responsible recycling of computers and other electronics, saving toxic material from the landfills and redirecting technology to individuals in need.

    Top Goal(s): "A key part of our strategic plan for 2023 is to give and help other organizations grow. We have started an initiative called 'CACRC Believes.' Our plan is to select an organization each quarter, chosen by a community/public nomination process, to receive a donation of laptops or other technology to assist with growing their missions and other special projects." 

    Learn more HERE

    Team at previous community event - Computers for Christmas. 

    CACRC's team

  • February 07, 2023 5:25 PM | Chelsey Blakenship (Administrator)

    March for Moms was founded in 2017.

    Location(s): National but majority of the team is based in Baton Rouge, LA.

    Mission Statement: March For Moms aligns the diverse voices of families, healthcare providers, policymakers, and partners to advocate for mother’s and families’ health, well-being and equal access to care.

    Current Top Goal: Our top goal right now is diversifying our current funding and recruiting new voices to our board of directors.

    Learn more HERE.

  • February 07, 2023 5:07 PM | Chelsey Blakenship (Administrator)

    The Hospice Foundation of the South was founded in 2001 and opened the Hospice House in 2014 - a three-bedroom home located in St. Tammany Parish that allows terminally ill hospice patients a place to live out their final days in home setting with family and support of their hospice program and our caregivers.

    Mission Statement: The Hospice Foundation of the South is dedicated to providing resources for medical and emotional care for terminally ill patients and their families.

    Top Goal: To open a second Hospice House in the community to help more families with the best possible end of life experience.

    Learn more HERE.

  • February 01, 2023 12:35 PM | Chelsey Blakenship (Administrator)

    The Joe Burrow Foundation (JBF) launched its new application program for "Do Good" grants that will award up to $50,000 for projects that serve their local communities by developing new pathways for mental health protection and food insecurity that are sustainable and designed to have lasting impacts on the people around them.

    The grants will have two application cycles each year, with the first being open, now until April 30 and the second opening in the summer. To learn more about JBF’s new grant program, click here.

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