Transforming community through philanthropy.

Our Successes

2016

Volunteer for Youth Justice to support mentoring and leadership programs at J.S. Clark Elementary, Booker T. Washington Middle/High and Lakeshore Middle in a two-fold approach. In one approach, we will conduct assemblies on conflict resolution, anti-bullying, social media, and life skills for a total of 750 students.  The second approach will target 75 students selected by school administrators for the Mentoring and Leadership program.

2015

Caddo Parish Transformation Zone in an effort to send all of the teachers and administrators in the Zone to the Ron Clark Academy for a site visit and professional development. In addition, schools are using the Ron Clark Essential 55 Book Clubs with at-risk students at each campus to teach and develop critical social and conversational skills. Students are lead through the “Amazing Shake” social and interview skills competition. Finally, there are efforts made to place distance learning opportunities in the hands of our students who are working in classrooms without certified teachers. 

2014

Caddo Parish School Board for a South Highlands and Arthur Circle STEAM Partnership to support Arthur Circle in the implementation of an arts/science initiative that has had successful outcomes at South Highlands. Funding was used to continue professional development at South Highlands and to purchase visual/performing art supplies, robotics/Lego kits for all grade levels, laptops/software needed for robotics at both schools.

2013

LSU-Shreveport Foundation, Inc. received a grant of $85,536 for LaPrep and its Associated Programs. LaPrep is a two year academic enrichment program focused on math and science for 6th and 7th grade students.  LaPrep is designed to develop abstract reasoning, problem solving and writing skills through structured academic courses.  The program runs for seven weeks each summer and serves mostly low to middle income, minority students with an interest in math and science. Particular emphasis is placed on recruiting students who are female and/or are first generation college-bound.

2012

LSU-Shreveport Foundation, Inc. received a grant of $85,000 for LaPrep and its Associated Programs. LaPrep is a two year academic enrichment program focused on math and science for 6th and 7th grade students.  LaPrep is designed to develop abstract reasoning, problem solving and writing skills through structured academic courses.  The program runs for seven weeks each summer and serves mostly low to middle income, minority students with an interest in math and science. Particular emphasis is placed on recruiting students who are female and/or are first generation college-bound.

2011

The WPN voted to award grants to two deserving organizations.

Biomedical Research Foundation of Northwest Louisiana received $17,000 for its BioStart Laboratory Boot Camp for High School Seniors.  The two week Boot Camp acclimates 16 Southwood High School students to LSUHSC and to prepare them for laboratory work. 

LSU-Shreveport Foundation, Inc. received a grant of $58,691 for LaPrep and its Associated Programs. LaPrep is a two year academic enrichment program focused on math and science for 6th and 7th grade students.  LaPrep is designed to develop abstract reasoning, problem solving and writing skills through structured academic courses.  The program runs for seven weeks each summer and serves mostly low to middle income, minority students with an interest in math and science. Particular emphasis is placed on recruiting students who are female and/or are first generation college-bound.

As of March 31, 2011, our endowment fund is valued at $223,192.

2010

Members voted to award a grant to the Biomedical Research Foundation of Northwest Louisiana, for the Encouraging Differentiated Instruction: The Classroom Performance System Project. The grant of $75,000 will provide CPS (Classroom Performance Systems) clickers/software and supplemental professional development for teachers at Keithville Elementary/Middle School, Southwood High School, and Ridgewood Middle School.

As of May 20, 2010, our endowment fund has reached $190, 971.

2009

The WPN again decided to give two grants. One, in the amount of $45,000, was given to the Biomedical Research Foundation of Northwest Louisiana to introduce seniors at Southwood high school to hands-on medical training. This grant helped BioMed leverage a $1.3 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to expand and continue the program. The second grant, in the amount of $55,000, was given to the School Turnaround of the Rensselaerville Institute, a national program that provided technical assistance to a school in Caddo Parish.

2008

We awarded the Volunteers of America $100,000 to conduct Saturday School for students from the Laurel Street Sixth Grade Center. In addition, the Alliance for Education was awarded $16,500 to provide LEAP Preparation Programs for nine schools.

2007

The WPN gave a second grant to Bethune Middle Academy in the amount of $98,700. As of January 31, 2008, no 2007 Bethune graduates had dropped out of high school. 

2006

Our first year to make a grant, we gave a grant of over $114,000 to Bethune Middle Academy to fund a comprehensive school turnaround program.

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.