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$2.5 million awarded and Tucker Impact Award Recipient Announced

Posted on: Wednesday , April 26 , 2017

The Community Foundation of North Louisiana held its Annual Community Celebration on Tuesday, April 25 at the new BHP Billiton YMCA. The event serves as the organization’s annual meeting to celebrate the successes and achievements over the past year.

At the meeting, The Foundation announced awards of $2.49 million in grants to nonprofits in the 2017 competitive grant awards. This year, The Foundation funded 58 grant projects to positively impact our community, including $930,354 to strengthen education and $434,643 to improve health outcomes in the community. A complete list all the organization’s and programs with grant amounts can be found on The Foundation website,

At the meeting L. Frank Moore was recognized as the recipient of the Tucker Community Impact Award. This award was created to honor Col. John Tucker, whose vision for a stronger community through philanthropy led to the creation of The Community Foundation in 1961. Moore was chosen to receive this award for his long-term giving for greater impact and his focus on the future of philanthropy locally. “The effect of Frank’s generosity on this community is incalculable, reaching across sectors, encouraging others to give, and building a lasting legacy in the community he loves,” said Paula Hickman, executive director. 

The Foundation’s 2016 annual report, Connect for Good, was also distributed at the meeting. Thanks to the generosity and foresight of donors, and the careful administration of the funds entrusted to The Foundation, the organization distributed more than $7 million to the community in 2016. The Foundation’s assets total more than $125 million at year-end 2016, up $10 million from 2015.  

The Foundation also announced the new officers and board of directors. Tom Murphy will serve as chairman of the board. Other officers are Rand Falbaum, vice chairman; Margaret Thompson, secretary; and Glenn Kinsey, treasurer. Janie Richardson, Terry Davis, and Jerry Edwards will serve as directors.




Centenary College of Louisiana - $7,600.00
Regional High School Theatre Festival at Centenary College               

Highland Area Partnership, Inc. - $8,000.00
14th Annual Highland Jazz and Blues Festival  

Red River Radio/LSU in Shreveport Foundation - $50,000.00
Local News and Community Connections (Community and Cultural Affairs coverage)                

Robinson Film Center (Red River Film Society, Inc.) - $22,000.00
Dialogues on Faith, Diversity, the Arts and Social Change

Shreveport Opera - $25,000.00
Shreveport Opera Xpress  

Shreveport Regional Arts Council - $25,000.00
ArtBreak 2018 

Shreveport Symphony Orchestra, Inc. - $40,000.00
Musical Discovery Series: Link Up 2018

Theatre of the Performing Arts of Shreveport - $20,000.00
The Yazzy (Youth Celebrating Jazz) Series: Arts Education for Low-Income Youth  



Louisiana Association of Nonprofit Organizations, Inc. - $30,000.00
LANO Community Leaders Shreveport 



Bossier Arts Council - $10,000.00
Digifest South 

CoHabitat Foundation, Inc. - $25,000.00
Cohab's LeanTrax Program   

Dress for Success Shreveport-Bossier Inc. - $25,000.00
Dress for Success Shreveport-Bossier 

Film Prize Foundation - $45,000.00
Start Up Prize       

Film Prize Foundation - $15,000.00
Film Prize 

Goodwill Industries of North Louisiana, Inc. - $136,287.00
Job Placement Program  



Bernstein Development, Inc. - $15,100.00
Camp Bernstein Summer Reading and STEM Program   

Career Compass of Louisiana - $75,000.00
Career Compass 2017-18 School Year, Bossier and Caddo Parish School Systems   

Family Resources For Education & Empowerment Inc - $40,000.00
School of Greatness-Making Proud Choices

Literacy Volunteers at Centenary College - $17,500.00
Sponsorship of 300 Adult Literacy Students   

Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities (LEH) - $59,400.00
Preschool and Family Reading Time: PRIME TIME in Northwest Louisiana  

LSU Health Sciences Foundation in Shreveport - $20,446.00
Reach Out and Read extension into the community   

Northwest Louisiana Community Development Corporation - $5,000.00
Youth Technology Center   

Renzi Education and Art Center - $12,600.00
2017-2018 After-School Program   

Step Forward NLA - $125,000.00
Collective Impact: Cradle to Career   

The LSU in Shreveport Foundation, Inc. - $33,900.00
A.S.P.I.R.E. ("After School Program for Innovation and Respect for Education") 

The LSU in Shreveport Foundation, Inc. - $75,000.00

The Salvation Army Shreveport Corps - $90,000.00
Boys & Girls Club

Training, Education and Mediation for Students (T.E.A.M.S.) - $45,000.00
Direct Support for Struggling Students K-12   

Volunteers for Youth Justice - $60,000.00
VYJ Truancy Program  

Volunteers of America of North Louisiana - $250,000.00
Communities In Schools/LightHouse  

Youth Enrichment Program (YEP) - $6,408.00
Youth Enrichment Program Plus (YEP Plus)



Council on Alcoholism & Drug Abuse of Northwest Louisiana - $27,500.00
Outpatient Upgrades - Finishing Grant 

David Raines Community Health Centers, Inc. - $20,000.00
Mobile Oral Health Services 

Holy Angels Residential Facility - $75,000.00
Holy Angels Autism Center   

Louisiana Association on Compulsive Gambling - $15,000.00
Louisiana Substance Abuse and Suicide Prevention Helplines  

Martin Luther King Health Center & Pharmacy - $105,000.00
HEART Access to Care/Healthy You  

Northwest Louisiana Interfaith Pharmacy, Inc. - $20,000.00
Health Management for the Uninsured   

Samaritan Counseling Center - $15,000.00
Client Care--Low Income Subsidy

Shreveport Green - $10,000.00
Beyond the Garden and Mobile Market   

Southeastern LA Area Health Education Center - $9,573.00
Black Mothers' Breastfeeding Club of Shreveport/Bossier

St. Luke's Episcopal Mobile Medical Ministry, Inc. - $15,000.00
Replacement of medical van 

St. Luke's Episcopal Mobile Medical Ministry, Inc. - $12,250.00
Steps To Health: Access, Assessment, Education   

The Philadelphia Center - $24,320.00
Wellness Center & PrEP Clinic Support   

YMCA of Northwest Louisiana - $86,000.00
Swim For Life – Caddo Second Graders



Caddo Council on Aging, Inc. - $30,000.00
Home Delivered Meals (Meals on Wheels) 

Catholic Charities - $45,000.00
Family Strengthening - Financial Education/Emergency Assistance, and Healthy Eating on a Budget Initiatives   

Gingerbread House Bossier/Caddo Children's Advocacy Center - $50,000.0
Child Advocacy Program 

HOPE Connections, Inc. - $80,000.00
Coordinated Access Point 

Louisiana Association for the Blind - $3,299.00
Community Outreach Program

Northwest Louisiana Family Justice Center: 26th Judicial District - Office of the District Attorney - $7,500.00
Northwest Louisiana Family Justice Center (NWLA FJC)

Northwest Louisiana Food Bank - $200,000.00
Build Today - Feed Tomorrow Capital Campaign

Northwest Louisiana Food Bank - $25,000.00
Back Pack Program: Caddo-Bossier 

Norwela Council, Boy Scouts of America - $8,600.00
Boy Scouts of America, Assistance to At Risk Youth 

Providence House - $125,000.00
Providence House 

Volunteers for Youth Justice - $15,000.00
CASA, Court Appointed Special Advocate - Waiting List   

YWCA of Northwest Louisiana, Inc - $15,000.00
LEAD Program for Teen Girls and Racial Justice Program  



McNeill Street Pumping Station Preservation Society - $25,000
Repairs to masonry in the pumphouse filter wing

Robinson's Rescue - $12,500.00
Building a Stronger Robinson's Rescue – Equipment Upgrades


2017 Competitive Grant, Total Awarded = $2,490,783     


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