The Institute for Nonprofit Administration and Research (INAR) and the Louisiana Alliance for Nonprofits received a grant from the Carolyn W. and Charles T. Beaird Family Foundation to offer a Capacity Building Cohort for Nonprofit Leaders in the Shreveport/Bossier Region. Leaders from 15 nonprofit organizations will be selected to participate in this program, which will take place February-November 2023.   

The Capacity Building Cohort members will attend nonprofit professional development workshops once a week on the LSUS campus from February through June 2023. Cohort members will be matched with a mentor, who is an experienced nonprofit leader who will provide oversight and feedback during the capacity-building project. Types of capacity-building projects include financial sustainability, employment manuals, volunteer recruitment and management policies, marketing and social media, board development, and/or activities that enhance the organization’s operations.  

Cohort members will finish their capacity building project at the end of November 2023 and present their project to the cohort and participate in a celebration.   

"We are excited to partner with the Louisiana Alliance for Nonprofits in offering this new program. Compared to traditional professional development opportunities, the capacity-building cohort aims to increase the communication and innovation between nonprofit organizations in the community and help reduce duplication of services," said Dr. Heather Carpenter, the Interim Executive Director for the Institute for Nonprofit Administration and Research. 

Applications to participate in this program will be available until January 31. Leaders interested in serving as mentors may also apply. Cohort members will be selected by a committee based on their application, organizational size, and the capacity issue they would like to address in this program. 


LSUS Institute for Nonprofit Administration and Research (INAR) was founded in 2001 to conduct research and disseminate knowledge about nonprofit organizations. INAR strives to elevate the future of the nonprofit sector through transformative education, impactful research, and professional development. INAR is housed in the College of Arts and Sciences at Louisiana State University Shreveport. For more information, please visit    

The Louisiana Alliance for Nonprofitsworks to educate, engage, and empower the nonprofit community for a stronger Louisiana. We seek to educate the nonprofit sector by offering trainings in these core competencies: Financial Management, Human Resources, Disaster Preparedness, Communications, Governance, and Diversity Equity & Inclusion. We seek to engage nonprofits by fostering an environment of cooperation and collaboration to reduce duplication of services and resources and encourage the sharing of knowledge, experience, and lessons learned. We also seek to empower nonprofits by providing weekly public policy updates and communications from the National Council of Nonprofit Organizations so that they are informed on relevant state and national issues. For more information, please visit