Inter-Civic Council of Baton Rouge


Regular General Meeting: 2nd Tuesday of each month The next meeting will be at Hunan's Chinese Restaurant at 6:30 PM promptly. 4215 S Sherwood Forest Blvd, Baton Rouge, La 70816

Next Meeting:  TuesdayMay 8, 2018 




Information From President Dee Mather Muenzler

2018 Meeting Dates

Top 10 Fundraisers from LANO Meeting

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       March 7, 2018

Inter-Civic Council of Baton Rouge is about you, our members and how Inter-Civic can help your organizations grow.

March is about feeding the hungry, a major problem in our community.  I believe if someone is hungry, it angers them and could also contribute to crime in our area. The Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank is in need food.  Let us help fill their pantry this month.

WHAT ARE THE NEEDS OF YOUR ORGANIZATION???  I would like to get together a NEEDS list for Our Organizations.

We are pleased to have Peggy C. Coates with LSU Hilltop Arboretum as our Keynote Speaker this month. Please remember that meetings start at 6:30 pm promptly. Networking to begin at 6:00 pm. Hunan’s is kind enough to not charge us for the room, so the cost of the meal which includes tea and gratuity is the best deal in town for our group.

There are many proposed changes to our Bylaws to include changing the name of our Organization to Inter-Civic Council of Greater Baton Rouge; changing the  voting of our Golden Deed recipient  to the September meeting and other revisions. Please see attached.

In February, we were delighted to welcome 2 new paid members.

Susan G. Komen – Represented by Angela Miller and Pamela Emick

Kiwanis Club of The Oaks – Represented by Butch Passman

It is important to pay your dues as early in the year as possible. The eligibility to vote for Golden Deed Awards depends on how many meetings your organization attends. It is also important to note that EACH ORGANIZATION CAN HAVE 2 REPRESENTITIVES. They do not have to be Officers or Board Members, but can be an Avid Volunteer.

I recently attended a meeting of Louisiana Association of Non-Profits (LANO).  The topic last month was Top 10 Fundraising Trends for 2018.  I am attaching a brief summery from this meeting.  If your Organization is NOT a member of LANO, you really should consider joining. 

Upcoming Events: See Member Club Announcements on Website

For upcoming events, please email to Barbara Wittkoff at

My sincere condolences to the family of Joseph Culotta, a former member of Inter-Civic Council of Baton Rouge, who passed away on March 5, 2018.

I look forward to seeing you on Tuesday, March 13th at Hunan’s.


Dee Mather-Muenzler



General Meetings                 

January 11                               6:30    Hunan’s

February 13                             6:30     Hunan’s

March 13                                6:30     Hunan’s

April 10                                   6:30     Hunan’s

May  8                                     6:30     Hunan’s

June 12                                    6:30     Hunan’s                      

July 10                                                 TBA

August 14                                6:30     Hunan’s

September 11                           6:30    Hunan’s   - Only those members who qualify to vote    

                                                                                for the Golden Deed Recipient is allowed to attend. 

October 9                                6:30     Hunan’s

November 6                            6:30     Hunan’s

December 11                                        TBA


Note: Cost of Dinner is $17.00 and includes meal, tea and tip. Absolutely NO sharing of meals.


Board Meetings

Held at Bluebonnet Library from 5:30-7:00. Please be prompt.

         All members are invited to attend.    

April  3                

 May   1                

June  5

July   3

August 7

September 4

October  2


December 4               

 Board Meeting will be held the first Tuesday of the month unless unwise noted. Location of March – December meeting will be noted.



Dear Member’s,

Thursday, 2/22/18 I attended a LANO Roundtable. Barbara Autin with Alzheimer Services chaired the meeting. I have been to several meetings in the past as President of another organization and the information and support I received from LANO has been invaluable.  I asked if I could share with you a little of what I learned.


Trend # 1: Donors Not Sure They Trust You. Build donors confidence by being “transparent” about your fundraising: explicitly share how much you need to raise, why, and how the funds raised will be spent.

Trend #2: The “Donor Experience” Reigns. The new CRMs and analysis platforms start by eliciting feedback from donors.  Then they add date on the donor’s transactional and behavioral history. And presto, you can create truly customized donor experience. That’s the future!

Trend #3:  Advocacy is the new Fundraising Skill

Learn to treat officials who influence funding decisions just as carefully as if they were major donor prospects.

Trend #4: Sophistication is increasing at All Levels

Don’t let your nonprofit’s messages and appeals begin to look old and stale. It’s worth the investment to give your staff professional training and education- you’ll bring in far greater revenues.

Trend #5:  Crowdfunding and Giving Days Have a Great Future

Invest in digital and social media training.  Test your messaging and shares, and recruit “digital ambassadors” who will promoter your cause on the next #Giving Day.

Trend #6:  Watch out for the New Philanthropists and Social Entrepreneurs.

There’s room in our sector for multiple approaches.  Disruptions and experimentation can be good.  But look over your shoulder and be prepared to be impacted.

Trend #7: More Major Gifts Will be Available to all NGO’s

Committing to a systematic major gifts program over time and investing in training will pay off handsomely for your nonprofits.

Trend #8:  Internal Support for Fundraising is a Make or Break Issue

Organizations that offer wholehearted support to fundraising – and to donor relationships – will always raise far more money.

Trend #9:  Sustainer Fundraising Programs Will be King. Sticking with your sustainer program over time, because it can take years to gain traction.

Trend #10:  The ROI on Fundraising is Real.

Want a larger fundraising budget? Then run the numbers and demonstrate how you can raise more with a larger budget.

Thank you all for your support.