FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
COMMUNITY FOUNDATION OF ACADIANA
September 8, 2010
Community Foundation of Acadiana Announces First Discretionary Grant Competition
Plans to Give $30,000 to Local Nonprofits as Part of 10th Anniversary Celebration, First Foundation in Louisiana to Develop DONORSense®, Community Impact Reaches Up to $20 Million
Lafayette, LA–- In honor of its 10th Anniversary, Community Foundation of Acadiana announces the DONORSense® Grant Competition, a grant cycle from the Foundation's "Spirit of Acadiana” discretionary fund, to begin September 8th through October 15th. The Foundation will grant a total of $30,000 to local nonprofits who can illustrate a project planned to creatively impact and improve Acadiana's quality of life. A maximum grant of $5,000 will go to each nonprofit. The Foundation committed its first discretionary dollars from its Spirit of Acadiana Fund for the direct benefit of the community, and, over the past 10 years it has granted up to $20 million back into the community under the direction of its donors. Winners will be announced during a Philanthropy Week event in November 2010. The event is sponsored in part by Business First Bank.
Applicants are required to have completed DONORSense®(http://www.donorsense.org/) profiles. By requiring DONORSense® profiles, the Foundation can continue to build its database and provide comprehensive information on Acadiana nonprofits so that donors can make effective giving decisions – all nonprofit information in one website.
Community Foundation of Acadiana iscurrently one of onlyten community foundationsacross the U.S. to develop and provide a DonorEdge product to its community - powered by the Foundation's national partner Guidestar - the specific product for Acadiana is now called DONORSense®. This online searchable database of nonprofit organizations providesdonors the answers to anyquestion they might have abouthow local charities are impacting the quality of life in Acadiana. And, in a continuous effort to increase giving, donations can be made to the charity of your choice, right from the DONORSense® database.
The upcoming DONORSense® Grant Competition is open to organizations that meet the following two qualifications: 1. 501 (c) (3) located in or serving the residents of the eight-parish region of Acadiana including: Acadia, Evangeline, Iberia, Lafayette, St. Landry, St. Martin, St. Mary and Vermilion parishes, and 2. Completed DONORSense® profile.
The competition's requirements reflect the spirit of the Foundation's database DONORSense®–which connects south Louisianans to the causes they are passionate about. Research proves donors are showing a need for information before making their giving choices. The Foundation plans for DONORSense® to be the accessiblecentral database tofind the information on local nonprofits that Acadiana wants.
In the past ten years, the Foundation has granted up to $20 million dollars back into the community under the direction of its donors, broadly impacting Acadiana. The Foundation facilitates projects for Acadiana like the proposed Horse Farm public park initiative, the creation of the 25-mile multi-purpose Attakapas-Ishak Trail, directing dollars to families and fishermen greatly affected by the devastation of the Oil Spill, providing resources to Miles Perret Cancer Services for families in Acadiana fighting and surviving cancer, and, ultimately giving a child a precious gift of hope. These are just a few ways the Foundation impacts the "spirit” of Acadiana.
The Foundation is committed to its donor-focused structure, and can continue to perform community outreach programs such as the DONORSense® Grant Competition through its donor support. To contribute to the civic leadership programs and outreach of the Foundation, anyone can get started and support the Foundation's good works by giving to its Friends of the Community Fund. Contributions can be made online as well as more information can be found at http://www.cfacadiana.org/
For an application or for more information on the DONORSense® Grant Competition visit www.cfacadiana.org/DONORSense or contact Director of Philanthropy, Erin Kelley, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 337.769.4842. Completed applications must be submitted via email to Erin Kelley on Friday, October 15th by 12:00PM CST.
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 CFA, with any dollar amount, invest the fund, and make grants on fund earnings to fulfill immediate community needs or permanent charitable objectives. CFA 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 CFA 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 since its inception in 2000. http://www.cfacadiana.org/ 1035 Camellia Boulevard, Suite 100, Lafayette, LA 70508.