Funding Opportunity for New Orleans area nonprofits

Nonprofit organizations in the Greater New Orleans area of Southeast Louisiana – could your organization use an extra $10,000 this year??

nonprofit funding from centerplate at the new orleans arena and mercedes benz superdome new orleans

Tanja Rogers, the Non Profit Recruiter & Trainer for Centerplate at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome and New Orleans Arena, asked me to share this information with nonproifits in the Greater New Orleans area. They are looking for area nonprofits to participate in their generous funding opportunity described below:

Nonprofits invited to fundraise with Centerplate

New Orleans, LA – Centerplate at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome and New Orleans Arena is looking for dedicated and enthusiastic 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations to join its fundraising program.  Each season, members of non-profit organizations from the local area and as far as Alabama take ownership of concession stands at both venues to raise money and are therefore responsible for the inventory, cash handling, cleaning, food preparation, and customer service to guests during an event.   A large majority of organizations raised over $10,000 last season.  If you are interested in this opportunity for a nonprofit organization, please contact Tanja Rogers at (504) 558-6275 or via email at

Program Details

Centerplate at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome and New Orleans Arena is looking for dedicated and enthusiastic non-profit organizations to join its fundraising program.  Each season, members of non-profit organizations from the local area and as far as Alabama take ownership of concession stands at both venues to raise money.  One organization raised over $100,000 last season!

Centerplate will provide the following:

  • Exciting events that entice volunteers to work
  • Coordinated scheduling
  • Captured customer base
  • Food products and supplies to sell
  • Training in operations, safety, and sanitation
  • Provide supervision to help ensure success
  • A commission check 4-6 weeks after each event worked

This program provides opportunities for your organization to earn money at a variety of sports and entertainment events, such as Saints and Pelicans games, Essence Festival, Sugar Bowl, and NBA All-Star Game.  We are proud to say that some of our groups have been with us for over 10 years.


Centerplate’s Human Resources department oversees the program.  The mission and goals of your organization must be well-defined and of a long-term nature.  The group must have a strong and committed leadership of 2-4 individuals, have a 501c3 tax-exempt status as defined by the IRS, and a minimum of 10 volunteers that are at least 16 years of age.  Volunteers that work as cashiers must be at least 18 years of age.


  • Fun events to draw your membership to volunteer
  • Consistent fundraising opportunities each year with more than 200 events
  • Earn 10-12% commission on net sales at permanent stands with a base guarantee for events worked
  • Complimentary hot dog, soda, and popcorn at each event per volunteer
  • Free parking for groups – car pooling is encouraged

For more information, please contact Tanja Rogers at or 504-558-6275.


About Centerplate

Centerplate is one of the largest hospitality companies in the world with 250 North American sports, entertainment and convention venues. We are the largest food service provider for the NFL, a major provider to professional baseball, and we partner with six of the top ten most active convention centers. No stranger to marquee events, we’ve hosted countless landmark occasions, including 12 Super Bowls, 20 World Series, 15 official U.S. Presidential Inaugural Balls, more than 100 major College Bowl Games and the largest plated dinner in history at the Alpha Kappa Alpha Centennial Celebration. We attribute this continued growth and success to an unwavering commitment to our E3 formula: Executing Extraordinary Experiences.



Letter of Intent Template for Grant Funding Requests

Foundations and Corporations often request a letter of intent from nonprofit organizations seeking grant funding. This is usually the first step in the grant application process. The letter of intent is very important because it is the first impression given to a potential funder. I encourage nonprofits to take the time necessary to write a solid letter of intent that can be modified for future requests.


Elements of an effective letter of intent:

1. Basic information about your organization; particularly 501(c)3 status. Keep it brief.

2. Description of the need for your proposed project or service.

3. Description of how your program or service will fill the need described.

4. A statement about the foundation or corporation’s mission areas with linkage to your proposed project. This is extremely important! Make sure you research who you are requesting money from & let them know that you have done your homework by stating their funding priorities. If your project doesn’t match their funding priorities, look for a different grant source that does match.

A PDF template is available by clicking the link below:

Letter of Intent Template

grant sample letter of intent template


St. Tammany Parish – CDBG Grants for Nonprofits now available

St. Tammany Parish Government’s Department of Health & Human Services announced today that funding  is available for area nonprofit organizations. These public service grants are funded by the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG); a program of the US Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD).

Grant applications are due September 15, 2012.

Eligible applicants are established, operating public or private non-profit organizations. Projects must serve residents of St. Tammany Parish (Louisiana) & must address the needs identified in the Parish’s Consolidated Plan. All other requirements are listed in the grant application (click to view/download).

Want to apply but need grant writing help? Contact to find out how The Coudrain Group can help maximize your opportunity for securing a piece of this year’s CDBG funding!

What should I post on my blog?

Obviously, it depends. But here are 3 suggestions to get good content flowing:

1. Original content. Linking/re-posting content created by others is usually encouraged, and is almost always allowable. However, publishing articles that aren’t posted anywhere else gives your post a huge advantage. It also works to establish yourself as an expert in your industry.

2. Answers to common questions. What to customers and friends ask you? When people find out what you do, what questions do people ask? For example, I have a friend who works as an auto-mechanic. When I want an honest opinion about something related to my car, I call him. Think about what your friends consider you to be an expert in, and start recording your answers on your blog!

3. Specific, instructional information. “How to change your own oil.” “How to check tire pressure.” To an auto-mechanic, these answers seem obvious. To many of the rest of us, this would be very useful information. check tire pressure

What works for you?

Nonprofit Funding Available – Greater New Orleans area

HUGE opportunity for NOLA area nonprofits!

Imagine unrestricted funding (better than a grant!) in exchange for the sweat equity of volunteers…

In the past year I’ve had the opportunity to participate in two similar opportunities as a Rotarian– selling beer at the City of Covington’s Rockin’ On the Rails & at Jazzfest. Not only did we earn a nice sum of funding to support Rotary’s local and international human service initiatives, we had FUN!

Tanja Rogers, the Non Profit Recruiter & Trainer for Centerplate at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome and New Orleans Arena, asked me to share this information with nonproifits in the Greater New Orleans area. They are looking for area nonprofits to participate in their generous funding opportunity described below:

Click here to download full program information, including eligibility & requirements for participation

“Fundraising Made Easy with Centerplate at Mercedes-Benz Superdome and New Orleans Arena

Say goodbye to car washes, candy sales, and magazine sales.  Centerplate at Mercedes-Benz Superdome gives back to the local community by offering non-profit organizations the opportunity to volunteer at concession stands during events to raise money.  We use non-profit groups to staff 95% of our stands.  Last year, Centerplate gave back more than $1.3 million to the local community.

Centerplate is now looking for 501 (c)(3), non-profit organizations for the upcoming 2012-2013 event season at the city’s premier event venues. If you are interested, please contact Tanja Rogers at (504) 264-4848 or via email at”
Centerplate Logo New Orleans Arena and Superdome
And please share this information with other local nonprofits; thanks!

2012 Capital One Bank Nonprofit Grants Available – “Investing for Good” Awards

2012 Capital One Grants

Capital One Bank recently announced the availability of 2012 ‘Investing for Good’ grant funding. Eligible applicants are 501(c)3 nonprofit organizations that focus on community development, financial literacy, and education.

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The following is quoted from the Capital One Bank cybergrants site where Letters of Intent may be submitted online. Please visit:

“Investing for Good Award

The Investing for Good Award is designed to spotlight the best direct service models that are serving people in need and building strong neighborhoods throughout Louisiana. The Award will provide 2 years of grant funds and intensive volunteer support to build the capacity of area nonprofits to serve the needs of low- to moderate-income communities. The grant provides first year funding of $40,000; followed by a second year of funding of $20,000. There are up to 6 Awards available in the Region. Each Capital One Bank Investing for Good Award recipient will have the opportunity to select from Capital One’s array of skill-based volunteer services. These services fall in the following areas: Marketing/Branding, Information Technology, Human Resources, Legal Services, Finance, Process and Project Management. In addition, our Community Corps Council will be leading volunteer efforts to align our associates’ volunteer endeavors throughout the community in support of these organizations.

The Capital One Bank Investing for Good Award will be selected through a two-part application process made up of 1) a Letter of Intent (LOI) due June 21st, 2012 and 2) The Award Application due August 10th, 2012. Capital One Bank will review all submissions and invite full applications online by July 19th. Winners will be notified in mid-September. The public Award announcement will be made at a community reception in early October.
Focusing Our Support
Through Capital One’s philanthropy program, we provide grant investments to local organizations that build economic opportunity in the following focus areas:

Capital One provides opportunities for children and youth to access and excel in education and enrichment activities that prepare them for successful futures. Areas of investment include advancing teacher effectiveness, increasing family engagement and supporting students’ academic and basic needs.

Community Development
Capital One strengthens low- to moderate-income neighborhoods by supporting economic development efforts that improve the quality of living, earning potential and financial well-being of individuals and families. Areas of investment include:

  • Affordable housing – access to affordable, permanent home-buying programs and homeownership education, as well as temporary shelter and transitional housing
  • Small business development – access to financing or training and capacity building
  • Workforce development – support for career exploration, training and placement for teens and adults

Financial Education
Financial education empowers individuals to make wise financial decisions that protect and enhance their well-being. Capital One provides financial literacy tools and resources, as well as financial support for youth and adult financial education programs.

Capital One does not support the following:

  • Organizations without federal tax-exempt status
  • Individual, fund-raising or fellowship assistance
  • Advertising or marketing activities
  • Political, labor, fraternal organizations or civic clubs
  • Religion-based organizations for sectarian purposes
  • Sports, athletic events or athletic programs
  • Travel-related events, including student trips or tours
  • Development or production of books, films, videos or television programs
  • Memorial campaigns
  • Health-related organizations

Geographic Focus
Capital One Bank provides funding for programs in the state of Louisiana.”


Need help writing your Letter of Intent or completing your grant application? Contact for information about grant writing services.

Good Luck!

New Facebook for Nonprofits Pages Guide

facebook for nonprofits november 2011

Facebook just released a new guide for non-profit organizations about building and managing your organization’s Facebook page. To download, click here.