Transforming community through philanthropy.

Giving Stories

Each year, people from all walks of life make generous donations to The Community Foundation. These gifts fund grants to dozens of nonprofit organizations working to address needs in our community. Here are some great examples and profiles of your neighbors, past and present, who have partnered with us to achieve their charitable giving goals.

In early 2008 Stephen Swander, First Vice President of Investments & Senior Resident Director for Merrill Lynch, requested a meeting with the Community Foundation to discuss partnership opportunities with Merrill Lynch.  From that meeting the Merrill...

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.” With that notion in mind, they contacted The Foundation and began a donor advised fund, which would allow their family to leave a positive impact on our community for generations to come. 

Owning a local business in...

When Jerry and Frank Moore established a family foundation in 1985, they had a dual purpose in mind. We wanted to teach philanthropy to our children while doing good in the community at the same time,” said Frank Moore. “For us, a family foundation structure fit well at the time.” 

For 26 years, the Jerry and Frank Moore Foundation accomplished both of those goals. Through regular...

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.  The support of the Community Foundation of Shreveport has allowed the LEH to conduct PRIME TIME Family Reading Time programs with families in the region; engage seniors in Readings in Literature and Culture (RELIC)...

Clista A. Calhoun Center in DeSoto Parish

Clista Andrews Calhoun was the beloved mother of Carolyn Calhoun Huckabay, Riemer Calhoun Jr. and Tommy Calhoun.  She was born in southern Arkansas and was orphaned by the time she was 10 years old, with little formal education.  In spite of a difficult childhood, Clista is remembered as smart, industrious and...

Red River Radio Station, KDAQ

When Red River Radio’s flagship station, KDAQ, first went on the air in December of 1984, it was generally acknowledged that the temporary buildings on the campus of LSU Shreveport would suffice for a limited period of time but that eventually the station would need a more capable, larger home....

A little girl with a giant heart

The story of Maggie Lee Henson is one of unfathomable tragedy and unimaginable triumph.  While on the way to summer camp in July 2009, the 12-year-old was involved in a serious accident that left her with a traumatic brain injury.  After bravely fighting for three weeks,...

Ann made sure that the care she had for the community she loved would continue after her death.  She provided in her will for one-third of her current estate to be given to the Community Foundation in order to meet current and emerging needs in our area.  Her gift...