Bayou Region Nonprofit Conference

Friday, August 16, 2019 •  8:00 am – 3:30 pm
Fletcher Technical Community College • 1407 LA Highway 311, Schriever


Questions? Email or call BCF Executive Director Jennifer Armand at (985) 790-1150.

Conference Presentations

Paper copies of the presentations will not be provided. If you would like to refer to the presentations for future use, we encourage you to save or print copies of the presentations and/or follow along on your electronic device during the conference if you would like. Presentations will remain posted on this site for at least 30 days following the conference.

Opening General Session: “Just Do You!” Presented by “DJ Rhett” Lecompte, Marketing Director – Stellar Media & Owner/Director – Y’All Catchin’ LLC

Board Recruitment and Succession Planning – Cory Sparks, Sparks Consultants

How do you find the board leaders you need to succeed? Learn how to recruit the talent that will help your organization obtain its strategic priorities. Topics covered include:

  • Building a recruitment plan around short- and long-term needs
  • Using a matrix to organize candidates
  • Developing a recruitment process
  • Planning a talent pipeline

PR for Nonprofits: Choosing the Best Press for You – Gretchen Hirt & Sarah Hugg Centorino, Gambel Communications

In an ever-evolving world of communication, how can your nonprofit stay relevant? This session will help you unpack your overall marketing strategies through a PR lens. We will cover branding and messaging your nonprofit, as well as the basics of PR and how layering your efforts can help you reach your overall goals. Attendees will also have the opportunity to delve into different PR tactics focusing on best practices that help generate buzz, ultimately maximizing development efforts. You will walk away from this session with a deep understanding of how to effectively communicate with your target audience and how to keep up with the ever-changing media landscape.

Telling Your Nonprofit’s Story – Suzanne Raether, Sticks and Stones Writing Services

Storytelling is critical to your nonprofit’s success. Whether you are trying to fundraise or market your organization, recruit and develop board members, or evaluate your services and approach, you’re developing and sharing a story. Learn what stories to tell and how to tell them with a professional writer and fundraising professional. 

Engaging Board Members in Fundraising – Nora Ellertsen, The Funding Seed

Nonprofits raise more money when the whole team is involved, and that includes your board of directors.  But if you’re like most nonprofits, you’ve had moments when you’ve wished your board members would get more engaged with selling tickets to your event, sharing your giving campaigns with their networks, and introducing you to prospective donors.  This session will share practical tips to bring to your very next board meeting to get more fundraising action from your team.

Simply Strategic: Practical Planning for Small Nonprofits – Rebecca Thibodaux, Simply Nonprofits

Ever wish you had the time, resources or expertise to do a simple strategic planning session for your organization? This session will show you practical steps you can take to plan and coordinate your organization’s work in a meaningful and effective way. In this session, we will discuss the basics of planning, implementing and evaluating your organization’s programs. We will talk about how each step is connected and provide valuable resources you can plug into practice right away.

Leading Practices in Finance Basics for Nonprofit Leadership – Kristian Beatty & Kay Irby, LANO

This interactive workshop will address basic financial policies and practices for safeguarding organizational assets and demonstrating transparency with community resources.  Below are a few of the tools and templates LANO will provide from leading nonprofit resources:  

  • A nonprofit financial self-assessment
  • Internal controls questionnaire
  • Credit card policy
  • Form 990 checklist

 #Trending: Capitalizing on Fund Development Trends with Your Online Presence – Mandi Cambre, Cambre Consulting Solutions

In the last decade, fundraising has changed at a rapid pace. Many of these changes are due to the rise in technology and social media as fundraising tools. In this session, we’ll discuss the latest fund development trends and how you can capitalize on them through your online presence, including your website, social media, and donor communications. You’ll leave this session with a deeper understanding of the direction in which fundraising is moving, and how you can use this knowledge to increase your organization’s impact.

Getting Your Nonprofit in the News for the RIGHT Reasons – Keith Magill, Houma Courier/Daily Comet

How do local newspapers select their stories and how can your nonprofit get their attention? How do deadlines and reporter beats impact coverage of your story? What’s the best way to get your news release noticed in the newsroom and printed? We’ll talk about all this and more during this moderated session with local media representatives.

Lunchtime Fund Development Panel moderated by Susan Mancuso, CFRE: Learning from Each Other

This moderated panel discussion led by nonprofit consultant Susan Mancuso, CFRE is your chance to hear from local leaders who are are on the ground raising money for their important missions. What are YOUR burning fundraising questions? This is YOUR chance to help shape the discussion! Please submit your questions to by close of business Friday, August 9th.

Panel Participants:

  • Jonathan Foret, Executive Director, South Louisiana Wetlands Discovery Center
  • Chandler LeBoeuf, Executive Director, Fletcher Foundation
  • Sherri Roach, Vice President, Terrebonne Foundation for Academic Excellence

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