Organizational Effectiveness

Organizational effectiveness, or OE, is the ability of an organization to marshal its knowledge, skills, and other resources to effectively fulfill its purpose. Also referred to as “capacity building,” OE describes the effort to ensure that nonprofits benefit from good management and strong governance, and are equipped to deliver programs that serve the community.

Take advantage of  nonprofit management information, much of which has been presented in previous workshops and learning opportunities. Want to know about upcoming learning opportunities? Visit our Learning Activities  page.

Needs Scan 2.0 Report

Guided by the findings from an inaugural Needs Scan survey and report five years ago, Organizational Effectiveness has shaped and offered a variety of workshops, clinics, technical assistance, coaching and grants to support capacity building and learning opportunities. In order to continue serving our nonprofit partners through OE, we recently took the pulse of the field to learn more about the key issues that organizations are working on and the opportunities and challenges they face in being more effective organizations. The resulting report is available. Please contact Joann Ricci with any questions ( or 504.598.4663).

Event Rental Spaces

In May of 2016, Organizational Effectiveness surveyed local nonprofit organizations for information on event rental spaces they have available. Please find a downloadable PDF compilation of information here. To note, this list is in no way comprehensive. Should you have any updates or edits, please email

Learning Resources

Advocacy and Public Policy – The ability of a nonprofit and its representatives to influence key constituents on behalf of its mission and clients.

Advocacy 101–Basic strategies for influencing policies on behalf of your clients and your mission.

Strategic Communications: The Game Plan -A strategic approach to communications can enhance your organization’s social change efforts.

Governor’s Tax Restructuring Briefing–Understand how the Governor’s tax restructuring initiative affects nonprofits.

Robocalling Rules-A free guide from Bolder Advocacy, an initiative of Alliance for Justice, covering the laws and regulations governing autodialing, robocall, and robotext campaigns.

Board Governance – The ability of a nonprofit to attract and retain effective board members and develop and implement effective board policies.  

Board Governance 101–Learn the difference between governance and management and ways to ensure that your Board excels at governance and leaves management to you.

Governance as Leadership: Positioning Your Board for Strategic and Generative Governance-A workshop with the Louisiana Association of Public Charter Schools that provides a practical introduction to generative thinking and offer concrete ways to apply this governance mode in a board.

Evaluation 101–Design an effective measurement program that provides the data you–and funders–need.

Financial Management and Fiscal Leadership–Understand financial documents and manage your funds to achieve your mission.

Demystifying Financial Sustainability – A webinar and day long session with CompassPoint CEO, Jeanne Bell, both establish a shared finance vocabulary across your organization, define ‘sustainability’ for your organization, and help determine your next steps towards a more financial and programmatic sustainable organization.

Form 990: Its More than a Required Tax Form-A workshop with Bonnie Wyllie from LaPorte CPAs and Business Advisors shares how nonprofits can maximize the Form 990 to tell their organization’s story.

Linking Money to Mission–An in-depth look at how to assess an organization’s financial operating performance.

Fund Development–How to acquire the financial means to sustain your mission over time.

Applying for Federal FundsPreparing participants to successfully apply for and manage government funding.

Federal Funds Management–The basics in managing and reporting on government funds.

Fundraising 101–How to raise donors, who will provide the broad base of financial support your organization needs to fulfill its mission.

Individual Donor Fund Development–How to identify, cultivate, ask, and maintain individual donors.

Creating an Effective Fundraising Plan– This workshop, led by CompassPoint’s Steve Lew, guides nonprofit leaders through donor development, assessing and diversifying income, and provides a practical framework for annual campaign planning.

Building an Individual Donor Program – Sharing concepts and tools to help participants design a successful individual donor program for their nonprofit organizations.

GiveNOLA Day

It’s Your First GiveNOLA Day Workshop-Information and tools to organizations plan and execute an online campaign, to set fundraising goals and segment a database; organize volunteers to support a campaign; and best practices on using email and social media to promote a campaign and make the ask.

Human Resources – Covering a variety of topics related to human resources.

Human Resources: Risk Management – Exploring best practices in complying with Federal discrimination laws and addressing harassment and violence in the workplace.

Fair Labor Standards and Compensation Considerations– Sharing information on fair labor standards and important wage and compensation considerations.

Insurance – Discussions hosted with Gillis, Ellis & Baker discussing an array of insurance topics related to nonprofits.

Directors and Officers-A presentation on how to better protect individual Directors &Officers as well as your organization as a whole, using D&O insurance as a recruiting tool for savvy board members, and why donors will care about your insurance program and history.

Insurance 101

Needs Scan Report-The Needs Scan assesses Organizational Effectiveness needs and helps direct our own programming and support initiatives in this area. The Foundation is making these finding available as a resource for nonprofits and other groups that support the sector.

Needs Scan Report: Taking the Pulse of Nonprofit Organizational Effectiveness Needs in the Greater New Orleans Region

Primer– Operating Reserves: A Step in the Right Direction

Primer– Funding Sources: What is the Right Mix?

Real Time Strategic Planning-Strategic planning can help nonprofit leaders stay ahead of trends, see things in new ways, and quickly move from analysis to action, leading to results.

Social Media Using social media to raise funds, followers, and awareness of your nonprofit.

Fundraising with Social MediaThis learning community will help nonprofits draw on their social networks and social media as fundraising strategy and donor cultivation and stewardship tools.

Social Media for Beginners: Marketing Your Business Through Social Media – This FSC-sponsored beginners workshop explains the basics of using popular social media tools for marketing your nonprofit.

Social Media: Beyond the Basics – This FSC-sponsored workshop builds on the tools from Part 1 and offers advanced techniques for attracting potential donors to your nonprofit via social media.

Storytelling-It is important for nonprofit staff, board members, and volunteers to be able to tell their organization’s story to a variety of stakeholders from fund development, evaluation, or to promote services to potential clients and customers.

Succession PlanningHow to plan now for your organization’s future leadership.

Supervisor Roles and Responsibilities: Helping People Succeed-In partnership with CompassPoint Nonprofit Services, a full day exploration of varied aspects of supervision.

Strategic Partnerships and Restructuring –  How collaborative relationships, strategic alliances, mergers, administrative consolidations, and joint ventures can help achieve mission-critical impact.

True Program Costs: Program Budgets and Allocations – Article from the Nonprofit Assistance Fund