The Community Foundation is our community’s savings account. Since 1961, we have strengthened our community through effective stewardship of the generosity of past donors and are poised to lead a new generation of givers to address the challenges that face our region.
Thanks to the foresight of our donors, the Foundation has been a source for both small and large agencies to obtain seed funding, program funding, and transitional funding. Initial gifts to Biomedical Research Institute, Sci-port Discovery Center and Providence House helped these organizations to leverage other funds both locally and nationally. Since inception, we have invested over $74 million in our community!
A grant from the Community Foundation recognizes the significance of the organization in our community, and operates as a "seal of approval” to encourage funding from other sources.
The Community Foundation has given gifts to numerous local organizations over the years. And we have seen countless lives changed as a result of grants to local nonprofit organizations:
- Volunteers of America of North Louisiana
The LightHouse program is an academically based, year-round after-school program that serves low-income, at-risk children. In 2012, The Foundation funded the program with $150,000 and the LightHouse program served an average of 697 children throughout the school year. Of the students assisted, 94% of students stayed in school and 99% avoided teen pregnancy and juvenile delinquency.
- Gingerbread House Bossier/ Caddo Children’s Advocacy Center (CAC)
The Gingerbread House addresses the needs of victimized children, their non-offending caregivers, direct service respondents, and the citizens of Bossier and Caddo parishes through the Child Advocacy Program. Within one year, the Gingerbread House will serve 9,425 children.
- Youth Enrichment Program Plus (YEP)
The YEP Plus Program, implemented at Stoner Hill Elementary School and Lakeshore Elementary school with funding provided by The Community Foundation, is an after-school program for students in high-risk neighborhood schools. At Lakeshore 89% of participating children were promoted to the next grade level. At Stoner Hill, 100% of participating children were promoted to their next grade level.
In addition, we award scholarships to area colleges/students annually. In 2014, the total scholarships awarded exceed $229,000. View the list of recent scholarship recipients.
The Foundation not only provides financial resources, but also works to empower our community’s most powerful asset – its people – to serve as a catalyst for positive change. View all of The Foundation’s special initiatives. Here are some community initiatives made possible through the Foundation’s leadership:
- Community Counts
This is an annual snapshot of our life together in our Metropolitan Statistical Area that includes Caddo, Bossier and DeSoto Parishes. We track data in 25 indicator areas divided among four broad categories: 1) social, 2) economic, 3) education, arts & sciences, and 4) quality of life.
- Community Leaders Program
Established in 2006, this program trains and places dedicated professionals for service on local nonprofit boards. As part of the program, participants are asked to raise money for a local nonprofit. Since inception, this fund has granted more than $60,000.
- Center for What Works
The Community Foundation has partnered with the Center for What Works to help nonprofits accurately, effectively and clearly communicate their success through benchmarking.
The Foundation’s investment assets are professionally managed with the sole intent of supporting the philanthropic visions of our donors. From September 1997 through September 2017, the long-term pool portfolio has averaged 7.0% against a policy index of 6.2%.