FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 16, 2010
Contact: Kate Wynne, Director of Donor Relations 337.769.4844
CFA Awards $30,000 to 10 Local Nonprofits,Supports Mission to Improve Quality of Life in Acadiana
Lafayette, LA. – Community Foundation of Acadiana (CFA) held a Nonprofit Seminar with the Louisiana Association of Nonprofits (LANO), Business First Bank and Internet Marketing Consultant Paul Chaney on November 16, 2010. CFA awarded $30,000 to 10 Acadiana nonprofit organizations who participated in the Foundation's 2010 DONORSense® grant competition. Buddy Roemer, President and CEO of Business First Bank, announced the recipients of the 10 awarded grants. The seminar was sponsored by Business First Bank.
The Nonprofit Seminar was part of Community Foundation of Acadiana's 10th Anniversary celebration and the culmination of its 2010 DONORSense® grant competition. CFA received 69 applications from nonprofit organizations in Acadiana who were encouraged to demonstrate a way to creatively impact Acadiana if chosen for the grants. CFA's DONORSense® grant competition was an effort to increase nonprofit participation on the new searchable database. CFA's goal is to build the database into a platform that makes giving easier and increases giving in Acadiana. It is poised to bridge the gap between all nonprofits in south central Louisiana.
A total of $30,000 was granted by CFA to the following organizations and their representatives:
· Acadiana Youth (Vicki Boudreaux)
· Big Brothers Big Sisters of Acadiana (Betty Blair)
· Boys & Girls Clubs of Acadiana (Tamara Anthony)
· Children's Museum of Acadiana (Suzanne Oge)
· Community Outreach Corporation (Mary Zaunbrecher)
· EarthShare Gardens (Julia LaFleur)
· Iberia Performing Arts League, Inc. (Donald Voorhies)
· Jeff Davis Communities Against Domestic Abuse, Inc. (Sheila Babineaux)
· Lafayette Community Health Care Clinic (Jeannette Alcon)
· Girl Scouts of Louisiana – Pines to the Gulf (Sharon Bourgeois)
Community Foundation of Acadiana's mission is to improve the quality of life in our region by increasing giving, connecting donors to the causes they care about, and providing leadership on community needs and opportunities. CFA believes the development of its DONORSense® database, the successful DONORSense® grant competition, and giving $30,000 in 2010 to 10 Acadiana nonprofits are important ways that the Foundation accomplishes its mission. Since its incorporation in the year 2000, the Foundation has given almost $20 million back into the Acadiana community through nonprofits, under the direction of its donors. Visit http://www.cfacadiana.org/ and http://www.donorsense.org/ for more information.
About Community Foundation of Acadiana:
Community Foundation of Acadiana's mission is to improve the quality of life in our region by increasing giving, connecting donors to the causes they care about, and providing leadership on community needs and opportunities. Anyone can be a philanthropist – Donors establish a fund at the Foundation, with any dollar amount, invest the fund, and make grants on fund earnings to fulfill immediate community needs or permanent charitable objectives.
The Foundation focuses its primary grant making within an eight-parish area: Acadia, Evangeline, Iberia, Lafayette, St. Landry, St. Martin, St. Mary and Vermilion. As a tax-exempt, non-profit charity the Foundation offers the following advantages: maximum tax benefits, competitive investment fees, variety of investment options, recognition or anonymity, expertise in community needs and grant making. The Foundation has assets exceeding $46 million and it has granted almost $20 million back into the community since its inception in 2000.
For more information visit: http://www.cfacadiana.org/