Nonprofit Conference


One-day conference and networking opportunity for Bayou Region nonprofit professionals, Board members and volunteers presented by Bayou Community Foundation.

Thursday, August 19, 2021 •  Check in begins at 8:00 a.m. Program 8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Hosted by Fletcher Technical Community College • 1407 LA Highway 311, Schriever

Sponsored by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Louisiana

To help you stay healthy and stop the spread of COVID in our community, all attendees will be required to wear masks during the conference.

$60/per person, includes full program, breakfast and lunch

Registration/Ticket Sales Close at 5 pm MONDAY, AUGUST 16

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

About Our Conference

2021 Bayou Conference Flyer

Bayou Community Foundation invites area nonprofit professionals, Board members and volunteers to a conference on Thursday, August 19, 2021 from 8:00 am – 2:30 pm at Fletcher Technical Community College in Schriever.  To help keep you healthy and stop the spread of COVID in our community, MASKS will be REQUIRED for all attendees.

We will “Celebrate our Strength,” with general session and breakout speakers and presentations on topics like:

  •  The power of nonprofits and philanthropy in our community
  •  Building resiliency of your nonprofit through collaboration
  •  Grantwriting and thanking donors
  •  Nonprofit management and the role of Board of Directors during a crisis
  • Panel of Funders discussing the types of grant requests they fund and what they look for in grant applications

We will also have a special session after lunch with friends from Community Foundation of Southwest Louisiana discussing their community’s experiences as they lived through multiple disasters over the past year, the way local nonprofits adapted to continue work through these crises, and the role nonprofits have played in recovery.  

Cost: $60/per person, which includes the program, networking, breakfast and lunch.

Registration / Ticket Purchases open until 5:00 p.m. on MONDAY, AUGUST 16, 2021 HERE.

  • Purchase Tickets online with credit card, OR
  • Use coupon code CHECK at checkout to pay with check. Mail check payment of $60/per person to: Bayou Community Foundation, P.O. Box 582, Houma, LA 70361

We hope to see you on August 19!

Final conference agenda and speaker line-up coming soon!

Presentations and Speakers

Opening Speaker:  Lisa Chmiola, Fablanthropy

“Resilience is a Team Sport” – Trying times test even the strongest of us, and the past 18 months has presented a number of challenges to the nonprofit community – not just to our organizations, but to us personally as well. Despite these obstacles, we’re reminded that the best way to manage trials is through teamwork.

Collaboration is critical to the growth of our communities – we must work alongside our donors, clients, and colleagues – both inside and outside our organization. How do we foster these connections for success? 

Lisa will share her personal experience of bouncing back after a layoff in the early months of the pandemic. We’ll discuss strategies for relationship management, and learn how truly we should be competing to better ourselves and not against others to win. And, we’ll also celebrate just how far we’ve come!

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

“Grantwriting like a B.O.S.S” –  Budget.  Outcomes.  Significance.  Sustainability.  If you focus on these components before you ever start writing a grant, you can set yourself up for the best possible success.  These are the components that set your grant proposal apart from the pack. 

Starting with “how can you say you need the money if you don’t know how you’re going to spend it?” to “how can you say you’re going to create change?” to the biggest question of all—“So what?  Who cares?”  This session will cover how to craft your important and meaningful work into a solid project plan that demonstrates why your work is so significant and why the funder should care about it.  This session is intermediate to advanced and will be most effective for those who understand the basic components of grantwriting to private funders.

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

“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!

Breakout Session:  Germaine Townsend, HR NOLA

“Collaborative Planning for Resilience: How nonprofit boards contribute to organizational responses to crises” – In this breakout session, we will reflect critically on nonprofit boards’ leadership and management activities to understand the implications of natural disasters,  the current COVID-19 crisis, and other community emergencies on governance.

We will explore a contingency theory of governance and the balance between leadership and management for nonprofit boards as organizations face different stages (shock, adaptation, recovery and “new normal”) of crisis management.  Board Members and Executive Directors in particular may find this session very useful.

Breakout Session:  Nora Ellertsen, The Funding Seed

“Thanking Donors at a Small-Shop Nonprofit” – Thanking a person who gives to your nonprofit is one of the most effective ways to increase the odds they’ll give again.  In fact, a donor thanked within 48 hours of their gift is four times more likely to give again.  So how do you make this a regular practice at your organization? 

This session offers practical advice for how to show gratitude to your donors and increase your donor retention, with a special focus on small nonprofits that are creating their thanking strategy with a small-but-mighty team and a shoestring budget.

Closing Session:  Moderated Panel Discussion and Q&A with Grant Funders

Hear from local and regional grant funders such as Bayou Community Foundation, Blue Cross Blue Shield of LA Foundation, Chevron, Danos Foundation and others.  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.

As events and activities are scheduled, they will be listed on this page.

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