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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     Letter From the President

May 8, 2018

Dear Members,

Well, what do you think of the new logo?  A special thanks to Brian Golden with The Advocate for taking his time and talents to design our logo.  Without The Advocate many of the changes planned for this year and into the future would not be possible.  Note:  We are now Inter-Civic Council of Greater Baton Rouge.

This month we welcome Inner Wheel Baton Rouge as a New Member.  The Inner Wheel Club of Baton Rouge is a non-profit organization dedicated to service and friendship. Since 1990, Inner Wheel Baton Rouge has worked in the Baton Rouge community to raise funds for area non- profit through the “Attic Trash and Treasure Garage Sale” which is usually held in March.  Cheryl Olinde will be representing Inner Wheel.

We also welcome Life of a Single Mom.  Their programs provide solutions to single parent challenges. They are the industry leader in helping churches and communities start or improve a single mom’s support group, ministry, and outreach plan. Their programs focus on helping single moms succeed in finances, parenting, and health & wellness. Don’t miss their Impact Luncheon on May 10, 2018 from 11:00 – 1:00 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel. For more details see their web site Jennifer Maggio and Tiffany Temple will be their representitives.

SAVE THE DATE- Our Summer Social will be held July10th at the Lake Sherwood Clubhouse – Thank You Charlotte Frattini. This event will give our members more opportunity to get better acquainted and earn points to vote on our 2018 Golden Deed             Recipient.  Marilyn Mayeux will be Chairing this event. 

Gary Graham, Charlie Ford and Bruce Hammett will speak on Kiwanis Club at our next General Meeting on May 8th at Hunan’s. The meeting will start promptly at 6:30, so please arrive by 6:15.

Other events are in the works for later this year to help your organization become better known in our community. 

Please don’t forget the Active for Autism 5K/Run/Walk and Fun Fest and Silent Auction to be held at Pennington Biomedical Center on May 5th from 8:00-1:30. This event benefits Families Helping Families of Greater Baton Rouge.

Thank you all for your help and support.

Dee Mather-Muenzler

2018 President

Inter-Civic Council of Greater Baton Rouge



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.