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Workforce Innovations for Northwest Louisiana

Workforce Innovations in Northwest Louisiana (WINLA) is a regional funding collaborative of philanthropic, public sector, private sector and community leaders working together to create career pathways for under- and unemployed individuals and jobseekers and promote economic vitality in northwest Louisiana.  WINLA’s vision is to create employer-led workforce partnerships that align, link and leverage regional assets to improve skills and economic outcomes for low-income workers and jobseekers.  The WINLA workforce partnerships will engage employers and education/training partners to serve under-credentialed individuals in the parishes of Bienville, Bossier, Caddo, Claiborne, DeSoto, Lincoln, Natchitoches, Red River, Sabine and Webster. 

In 2011, The Workforce Innovations in Northwest Louisiana was selected to receive a $300,000 grant from the National Fund for Workforce Solutions. WINLA was one of only five sites nationwide to receive the grant.  The WINLA Funder Collaborative recently awarded grants of up to $100,000 each to Bossier Parish Community College and Southern University at Shreveport to establish workforce partnerships in the energy and health care sectors.  For more information about Workforce Development, contact Angie White at North Louisiana Economic Partnership (NLEP) at 318-677-2512. 

The Workforce Innovations for Northwest Louisiana Funder Collaborative is a partnership funded by the National Fund for Workforce Solutions, the Social Innovation Fund, and the following regional contributors: Caddo Parish Commission, Capital One Bank, City of Shreveport, Community Foundation of North Louisiana, Greater Shreveport Chamber of Commerce, Foundation for Louisiana, JPMorgan Chase, and United Way of Northwest Louisiana. The Consortium for Education, Research, and Technology of North Louisiana (CERT) serves as the Coordinator of the Workforce Partnerships.

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Success Story

“We wanted to teach philanthropy to our children while doing good in the community at the same time,” said Frank Moore.
With over 40 years dedicated to preserving the history and culture of Louisiana, the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities (LEH) has invested $11.4 million in North Louisiana.
Merrill Lynch Employee Philanthropic Fund
The Foundation staff assisted in creating a process that allows Merrill Lynch employees to leverage their time and contributions.
Maggie Lee for Good Fund
The inspiring kindness she showed in her life ensured that even in death, Maggie Lee would make the world a better place.
Sayres Family
Gerald and Debbie Sayres had one simple reason to start a donor advised fund at The Community Foundation, “We want the community to be the best that it possibly can be.”
Red River Radio Station
The Community Foundation, and several other funds held at the foundation, are proud to support red river radio and are pleased to see their new home thriving in our community.
The Clista A. Calhoun Center
The Clista Andrews Calhoun Center Foundation Fund was established and is the first fund at The Foundation to support DeSoto Parish.
The story of a French immigrant who transformed the Shreveport community through his business endeavors and generosity which paved the way for what we know to be the Community Foundation today.
The story of a true matriarch of the Shreveport community who's charitable nature is still being felt today in the form of her donation to the community foundation.