IPEF, an Affiliate of Community Foundation of Acadiana, Awards $2,500 to Iberia Parish Organizations and Grants $3,000 for Oil Spill Relief
New Iberia, La. – Iberia Parish Enhancement Fund (IPEF), an Affiliate of Community Foundation of Acadiana (CFA), completed its third annual grant cycle in October 2011 and awarded a total of $2,500 in November 2011 to the three following organizations in Iberia Parish:
· Social Service Center – Awarded a grant for its Food Program
· Jacob Crouch Foundation – Awarded a grant for its Suicide Prevention and Awareness program provided to all Iberia Parish Middle and High Schools
· Iberia Parish Sports Complex Commission – Awarded a grant to purchase a mobile watering system
The third annual grant cycle was open to any nonprofit, church or school serving Iberia Parish. Applications were accepted July 18th through September 16, 2011.
Additionally, the IPEF Board of Directors created the Iberia Parish Oil Spill Relief Fund at CFA in response to the 2010 Oil Spill. It made its second grant from the Fund in excess of $3,000 to Second Harvest of Greater New Orleans and Acadiana to assist Iberia Parish Food Banks. All local food banks have experienced an increase in requests since the 2010 Oil Spill.
IPEF was established as an Affiliate at CFA in 2007 and is advised by a Board of Directors made up of Iberia Parish residents. The variety of grants awarded by IPEF reflects the broad mission of the Fund which focuses on enhancing the quality of life in Iberia Parish. IPEF utilizes the resources, infrastructure and professional management of assets of CFA while focusing attention on improving the community and growing philanthropy in Iberia Parish.
A CFA affiliate is a community Fund established for the specific charitable objectives of residents in specific geographic regions or communities. Affiliates have their own advisory board of local leaders in specific geographic regions. Each affiliate Fund provides a community the opportunity to maintain its identity and to safeguard money raised or given in that community.
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. The Foundation, incorporated in 2000, is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit entity and focuses its primary grant making within an eight-parish area: Acadia, Evangeline, Iberia, Lafayette, St. Landry, St. Martin, St. Mary and Vermilion. As of March 31, 2011 the Foundation has attained assets of $55.8 million and has connected generosity of donors with community needs by making cumulative grants, almost exclusively donor-directed, of nearly $20 million to nonprofits working to improve Acadiana. Additionally, the Foundation will disburse $30 million for the BP Louisiana Tourism Recovery Program. It is south-central Louisiana's premiere philanthropic resource. For more information visit: www.cfacadiana.org