Nonprofit Conference

Bayou Community Foundation invites area nonprofit professionals, Board members and volunteers to attend our annual one-day learning and networking conference on Thursday, August 18 from 8:00 am – 2:30 pm at Fletcher Technical Community College!

As our community and our nonprofits recover from the one-two punch of Hurricane Ida and the pandemic, we need to give ourselves and our organizations time to “Reboot!” Join Bayou Community Foundation and nonprofit representatives from throughout our Bayou Region as we RECONNECT with each other and learn how to REJUVENATE our nonprofit programs, fund development and management during this day-long conference JUST FOR US!

2022 Bayou Region Nonprofit Conference presented by Bayou Community Foundation

Thursday, August 18 •  8:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Fletcher Technical Community College,  1407 LA 311, Schriever, LA, Room 213-217


REGISTRATION: $65/per person 
  • Purchase Tickets online HERE with credit card,  OR
  • Use coupon code CHECK at checkout to pay with check. Mail check payment to: Bayou Community Foundation, P.O. Box 582, Houma, LA 70361. Payment is due once online registration is completed and at the rate included on your registration. 

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

About Our Conference

We have a great day of learning and networking scheduled for you, with sessions such as:

• rebuilding and strengthening your organization as our community recovers from Ida

• building and growing your relationships with donors

• cultivating Board members and volunteers for fundraising

• developing programs for grant applications

• business planning for your nonprofit

• funders panel discussion

• AND a fun networking activity to meet fellow nonprofit leaders!

Breakfast and Lunch included.

Conference Agenda

Bayou Conference Agenda 2022 – CLICK HERE TO VIEW/PRINT


Opening General Session: Tanya Gulliver-Garcia, Director of Learning and Partnerships, Center for Disaster Philanthropy

PRESENTATION:  The Cobbler’s Children Have No Shoes

“The Cobbler’s Children Have No Shoes” –   The title stems from the book The Proverbs of John Heywood published in 1546. In this, the cobbler was found to be so busy with his clients and work, that he ignores the needs of his family at home. Similarly, those of us who work in disaster response often do not have time to take care of our own needs as organizations, let alone our personal issues and matters. This presentation will discuss:

  • The resilience of non-profits during recovery from disasters.
  • How to recover as a non-profit when the whole community is recovering?
  • Fundraising strategies when your community is tapped.
  • What is your preparedness plan when you’re in recovery?
  • Strategic partnering and mutual aid
  • Continuity of Operations
  • Capacity Building
  • Resources available from Center for Disaster Philanthropy

Breakout Session:  Lisa Chmiola, Fablanthropy

PRESENTATION: A Moves Management Love Story

“A Moves Management Love Story” – Moving prospects through the donor life cycle is similar to a good love story: even after the courtship, it’s a lifelong journey of maintaining the relationship you worked so hard to build. But what does this truly look like? Regardless of how you interact with donors and clients (in-person, phone, email, social media or various other technologies), building relationships in a healthy manner is a must for your organization’s longevity as well as your personal ethics as a fundraiser. We’ll discuss how to do this in a caring and thoughtful way, ensuring impact on your organization’s mission for year to come.  Session objectives:

  • Learn elements of successful relationship building.
  • Understand opportunities for relationship building throughout all stages of the cycle.
  • Discuss donor interactions to further refine practices of healthy relationship building.

Breakout Session:  Jimmy Nguyen, LA Small Business Development Center

PRESENTATION: Business Plan Road Map to Success

“The Business Plan Road Map to Success” –  Nonprofits might not think of themselves as a business, but to be successful, we should prepare and operate as one!  This presentation includes an introduction to create a customizable guide called a business plan to help nonprofit organizations prepare to respond quickly and recover from disruptions like hurricanes.  A business plan is much more than a piece of paper. It is your roadmap to success. The plan forces you to consider your entire organization at once, and therefore maintain consistency in planning and execution of your organizational structure. A comprehensive, focused, well written business plan enables you to control your destiny and opens potential for success. This seminar covers the detailed parts of a thorough business plan applicable to nonprofit organizations.

Breakout Session:  Jenny Bigelow, Fund Raising Consultant and University of New Orleans adjunct faculty member

PRESENTATION: Crafting Your Grants

Slides with space for notes – available to print

“Crafting Your Grants for Fit and Fundability” –  As disappointing as it is to hear, some foundations are just not going to fund your organization.  It’s because foundations are not one-size-fits-all.  This session will examine how to find a funder that is a fit to you.  When you find that funder, it is critical to show alignment – it’s not about what you need, it’s about what they want to impact.  We will explore how to write a proposal that speaks to what is important to the funder and learn how to design your “pitch” in the most fundable way.


Breakout Session:  Annie LaRock, Strategic Planning and Fund Raising Counsel

PRESENTATION: Activate Your Board to Raise Funds

HANDOUT: Board Responsibilities – available to print

“How to Activate Your Board to Raise Funds” – Why do Board members donate? What makes them willing (eager!) to raise funds? How do you recruit Board members who will help you with fundraising (and everything else)? How do you set expectations? What are Board Giving Policy Options? We’ll explore this and more during our interactive breakout session.  Board Members, Executive Directors and Development Officers are encouraged to attend!


Closing Session: Funders’ Panel Discussion and Q&A, Facilitated by:  Sally Ray, Director of Domestic Funds, Center for Disaster Philanthropy

PRESENTATION: Sally Ray Disaster Philanthropy

Hear from local and regional nonprofit grant funders.   Learn more about the types of projects or issue areas they tend to fund, their application process, and other important information to help your organization succeed with your grant request.  


Bayou Community Foundation provides grants, workshops and other programs for nonprofit organizations in Lafourche, Terrebonne and Grand Isle to help our community grow and prosper.

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