Iberia Parish Foundation

The Iberia Parish Foundation (IPF), formerly known as Iberia Parish Enhancement Fund, was established in 2007 and was the first affiliate fund of Community Foundation of Acadiana (CFA). What began as a $100 commitment and a desire to improve Iberia Parish has grown into an endowment fund in excess of $100,000 to benefit the community.

IPF utilizes the resources, infrastructure, and professional management of assets of CFA while focusing attention on growing philanthropy in Iberia Parish. IPF is advised by a Board of Director made up of Iberia Parish residents who focus on broad philanthropic fields including social services, children and youth, the arts, education, community development and more.

Please click here for a full listing of Iberia Parish Foundation's 2017 Board of Directors.

Please click here to make a tax-deductible contribution to the Iberia Parish Foundation.

Iberia Parish Foundation receives support from Second Harvest Food Bank

Photo L-R: Elizabeth Little, Iberia Parish Foundation Board of Director; Heather Sweeney, Second Harvest Food Bank Director of Development; Ella Nora, Soloman House Executive Director

New Iberia, LA - Second Harvest Food Bank donated a $10,000 grant to the Iberia Parish Foundation, an affiliate of Community Foundation of Acadiana (CFA). The grant will support food banks throughout Iberia Parish.

Across 23 south Louisiana parishes, Second Harvest Food Bank provides 34 million meals annually to 210,000 people in need. It strives to create pathways out of hunger through food distribution programs, community kitchen, nutrition education, and public benefits assistance.

In Iberia Parish, one in six individuals and one in four children are food insecure.  This means 12,960 people are struggling with hunger, including 5,070 children. Second Harvest provides more than 550,000 meals annually to people in need throughout Iberia Parish.  Collaborating with ten local community partners, Second Harvest serves approximately 2,600 individuals every month. 

Second Harvest partners with agencies in Iberia Parish such as Kingdom of God, Loreauville Baptist Church, Mt. Calvary Baptist Church Food Bank, Our Lady of Victory Food Pantry, Social Service Center – New Iberia, Solomon House, St. Nicholas Social Justice & Community Concern, Mt. Olive Baptist Church, Jeanerette Elementary School, a school-based food pantry, and West End Council of Neighborhood Associations.

The Iberia Parish Foundation is an affiliate of Community Foundation of Acadiana and has a separate board of directors, specifically for the benefit of Iberia Parish.  The purpose of the Iberia Parish Foundation is to fund programs which broadly impact Iberia Parish and to focus on enhancing the quality of life in Iberia Parish. Please visit www.cfacadiana.org/Iberia for a list of the local board of directors or for more information.

More than $15,000 raised through South Louisiana Giving Day to support the Parks and Recreation Fund City Park Tennis Court Revitalization Project

JOIN US to create, promote and encourage a better quality of life in New Iberia by providing revitalizing the New Iberia City Park tennis courts for the community.

OUR HISTORY. In 2012, The New Iberia City Park Playground Enhancement Group was formed with the mission of improving thequalityof life of residents of our community through imaginative play. Our volunteer led, community effort, joined together local corporations and private citizens, and raisedapproximately $240,000to build the largest handicap accessible playground in Louisiana. Since the inception in City Park in 2012, thisvisionary structurehas attracted schools and families acrossAcadiana by offeringa safe, free placeforfamiliestoengageinoutdoorplay.

OUR ACHIEVEMENTS. Following the installation of the City Parkplaygroundin 2012, we continued with our main fund-raiser, the Acadiana Dragon Boat Races, and our group broadened our scope in New Iberia toensureoureffortswouldprovideapositiveimpacttoallparksinthecity. Through our fundraising efforts, the New Iberia Parks and Recreation group has installed, repaired, and revitalized equipment in 6 different parks around the city.

OUR CURRENT PROJECT. Recently, we have noticed a budding tennis community growing in the New Iberia youth and adult population. We want to be apart of this movement and fund the revitalization of the New Iberia City Park tennis courts in partnership with Major Freddie Decourt. We are joining together to provide a safe environment to play tennis at no cost. Through the Acadiana Dragon Boat Races,we have raised approximately $12,000 of our goal of $15,000 to cover the costs of this project through South Louisiana (SOLA) Giving Day, an event of Community Foundation of Acadiana (CFA). On Thursday, May 10, $15,803 was raised to renovate the tennis courts. The project should begin in late 2018.

OUR PARTNER. This citizen, driven initiative is exceptional in that it seeks private funding to partner with the City. A third partner to help realize this project is the Iberia Parish Foundation (IBF),an affiliate of CFA (www.cfacadiana.org). CFA is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation whose core purpose is to build legacies and improve communities by connecting generous people to the causes they care about.

YOUR CALL TO ACTION. Our goal is to raise the remaining funds needed for the revitalization project of the New Iberia City Park tennis courts through South Louisiana Giving (SOLA) Giving Day. Please consider making a tax-deductible donation online by visiting www.southlouisianagivingday.org/iberiaparks. SOLA iving Day is a 24-hour online fundraising campaign for nonprofit organizations, churches and schools throughout Acadiana. 

Iberia Parish Foundation’s Competitive Grant Cycle Supports Iberia Parish Nonprofits



New Iberia, LA – Iberia Parish Foundation (IPF), an affiliate of Community Foundation of Acadiana, awarded grants to three nonprofits totaling $7500.

The grant recipients are Boys and Girls Clubs of Acadiana, Iberia Mental Health Initiative Family Support Group, and Iberia Sports Complex Commission.

Boys and Girls Clubs of Acadiana will fund a community garden to serve fresh vegetables and foster relationships and experiences.

Iberia Mental Health Initiative Family Support Group will provide a mental health professional to lead a monthly support group to provide assistance and education for family members of those impacted by mental illness.

Iberia Sports Complex Commission will purchase playground equipment for younger children.

IPF provides resources to meet the current and emerging needs and opportunities in Iberia Parish. IPF is advised by a board of directors made up of Iberia Parish residents who are committed to increasing philanthropy, and ultimately improving the quality of life in Iberia Parish. IPF supports the arts, education, and community development projects to improve the local culture and tourism industry in Iberia Parish.

Community Foundation of Acadiana (CFA) is a tax-exempt, donor-centric, entrepreneurial foundation whose core purpose is building legacies and improving communities by connecting generous people to the causes they care about. CFA is south Louisiana’s premier philanthropic organization benefiting our region, with a particular focus on the parishes of Acadia, Evangeline, Iberia, Lafayette, St. Landry, St. Mary, St. Martin and Vermilion.

Iberia Parish Foundation’s Competitive Grant Cycle awards over $13,000 to Seven Organizations in Local Community

The Iberia Parish Foundation (IPF) awarded $13,179.30 to Iberia Performing Arts League, Envision da Berry, Bayou Teche Museum, CASA of the 16th JDC, Inc., Acadiana Boat Festival, New Iberia Museum Foundation, and Shadows-on-the-Teche for programs that strive to improve the local Iberia Parish community.

To read the full press release click here

"Hats & Horses" Kentucky Derby Party

The Iberia Parish Foundation (IPF) hosted a Kentucky Derby party May 7, at Five Star Stables in New Iberia.

The event featured the live racing action of the 142ndDerby on a large screen. Attendees enjoyed mint juleps and other beverages and southern fare appetizers and desserts. The event also featured contests for the Best Hat for Ladies and the Best Dapper (Dressed) Man.

Congratulations to Helen Bayard, winner of the "Best Hat for Ladies" contest.
Congratulations to Huey Olivier, winner of the "Best Dapper (Dressed) Man" contest.

Guests came dressed to impress, click here to view event photos by Lee Ball Photography, LLC.


Iberia Parish Foundation Awards $10,000 to Local Organizations

The Iberia Parish Foundation (IPF), an affiliate of Community Foundation of Acadiana, recently awarded $10,000 to local nonprofit organizations through a competitive grants cycle.

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Iberia Parish Foundation Unveils The Leader In Me at Daspit Elementary School

The Iberia Parish Foundation (IPF), an affiliate of Community Foundation of Acadiana, announced Wednesday its selection of Daspit Elementary School as the pilot school in Iberia Parish for the Leader In Me.


The Leader In Me works to educate students and faculty on non-traditional aspects of success that are not typically taught in schools. It teaches students the self-confidence and skills they need to thrive in the 21st-century economy.The concept is based on the book,The 7 Healthy Habits of Highly Effective People, The Leader in Me, by Stephen Covey and is in use in more than 2,000 schools worldwide.


IPF decided it wanted to bring the Leader In Me to a school in Iberia Parish after its strategic planning session in early 2013. The selection was based on an independent grant application process conducted by the IPF board of directors.



TheLeader In Me program will cost $80,000 to implement over a three-year period. This public-private partnership is made possible through the Iberia Parish Foundation, Daspit Elementary School and generous donors. During the unveiling, Dan Alexander, chief financial officer of Berard Transportation, announced that the company will match dollars that have been raised to ensure The Leader In Me is implemented at Daspit Elementary school.

Please click here to read the full news release.

Iberia Parish Foundation Ground breaking for the Sugar City Growers Co-Op in Jeanerette

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Iberia Industrial Development Foundation (IDF) joined with BestLife Iberia and Iberia Community Garden Co-Op in Jeanerette, LA on February 12, 2014, to begin work on Phase II of the Iberia Gardens Project. Representatives and project stakeholders and partners came together to celebrate this additional phase of the hydroponic gardening project. The project is funded by a grant from Iberia Parish Foundation through the Fund for Gulf Communities that provides programs and services to assist those affected by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

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Iberia Community Garden Co-Op, sister project of Sugar City Growers Co-Op, held a very successful, first ever "Farm Stand Flash Market" in their greenhouse on February 13, 2014. They have witnessed huge success since its official groundbreaking ceremony held on December 10, 2013. It has attracted the attention of national leaders and advocates in sustainable systems such as Dylan Ratigan, of MSNBC's past "Dylan Ratigan Show" and New York Times Best Selling Author, who stopped by the greenhouse February 17.

To learn more about IDF, please click here.
To learn more about BestLife Iberia, please click here.

Iberia Parish Foundation is Making "Progress"

On Tuesday, July 30, 2013, four IPF Board members attended the Greater Iberia Chamber of Commerce's stakeholder signing of "Operation Progress". IPF representatives attended the planning meetings earlier this spring and helped create the document.

Pictured Left to Right:Benny Menard (IPF Board Member), Beau Beaullieu (IPF Vice-Chair), Michael Wattigny (IPF Chair)
Not Pictured:Linda Dautreuil (IPF Secretary/Treasurer)

The Foundation Awards Over $18,000 for the Acadiana Dragon Boat Festival

IPF awarded over $18,000 to the Acadiana Dragon Boat Festival in a check presentation in Bouligny Plaza in downtown New Iberia Thursday, March 21, 2013.
Pictured Left to Right: Beau Beaullieu (Iberia Parish Foundation and Acadiana Dragon Boat Festival Team Participant for "Dragon Ducks"), Michael Wattigny (Iberia Parish Foundation), Jessica Ditch (New Iberia City Park Playground Enhancement Project) and Victoria Simoneaux (Acadiana Dragon Boat Festival Team Captain for "Edward Jones")

The New Iberia City Park Playground Enhancement Project is a fiscal sponsorship of IPF -
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In 2011, IPF made 3 grants to organizations serving the parish. The grants were awarded to: Jacob Crouch Foundation, Social Service Center, Inc. and Iberia Parish Sports Complex Commission. The Iberia Parish Council also proclaimed November 2010 as Iberia Parish Philanthropy Month.

IPF recently partnered with the State of Louisiana, BP and Iberia Parish Government on a project to attract tourists to Iberia Parish and boost its economic vitality after the Gulf Oil Spill. IPF facilitated three, competitive grant cycles to award a total of $30 million to nonprofit organizations in Iberia Parish with scheduled cultural events or projects. Dollars were awarded from the Iberia Parish Tourism Community Development Fund, a component Fund of Community Foundation of Acadiana. The Fund was established with dollars allocated for Iberia Parish from the BP Louisiana Tourism Recovery Fund, administered by the State of Louisiana Office of the Lt. Governor, Department of Culture, Tourism and Recreation.

To contribute to the Iberia Parish Foundation online, please click here.
You may also mail a tax-deductible contribution to: Iberia Parish Foundation, P.O. Box 14123, New Iberia, LA 70562.


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