The Shreveport/Bossier Community Leaders program was started in 2006 with a grant from The Community Foundation and Capital One Bank. Since the program's inception, these funders have invested over $300,000 in future leaders for the nonprofit community. The intent of the program is to help potential leaders better understand their role and support of fundraising as a nonprofit board member.
The Change Fund started in 2007 as a giving component of the Community Leaders program. The Fund promotes philanthropy by giving Community Leaders the opportunity to solicit donations and gain confidence as fundraisers. All Community Leaders are expected to participate in The Change Fund component by donating $150 and raising $150 for the fund or by raising all $300 required. Their goal is to raise a minimum of $10,000 each year. The Community Leader class then opens The Change Fund application process each year to nonprofit organizations in the Shreveport/Bossier area.
Over the last five years the Shreveport Community Leader program has supported the Food Bank of Northwest Louisiana; Martin Luther King Health Clinic; Salvation Army; Common Ground; The Arc of Caddo Bossier; WERLA (Wildlife Education and Rehabilitation of Louisiana); and Gingerbread House, investing more than $90,000 back into the Shreveport/Bossier nonprofit community through the Change Fund Program.
This year's class has selected St. Luke's Mobile Medical Ministry as their nonprofit organization. To donate to the 2016 Change Fund, click the button below.