Created in 1964, the Foundation has one simple goal: to help philanthropists pursue their causes for bettering the lives of the people of South Louisiana.


Our Mission: The Baton Rouge Area Foundation unites human and financial resources to enhance the quality of life in Southern Louisiana.

We pursue our mission by:

  • Serving donors to build the assets that drive initiatives and solutions
  • Engaging community leaders to develop appropriate responses to emerging opportunities and challenges
  • Partnering with entities from our service area, as well as with other community foundations, to leverage our collective resources and create the capacity to be a stimulus of positive regional change
  • Evaluating our work and sharing the results with our stakeholders.

What we do:

Among the largest community foundations in the country, we do three things:

  1. Serve more than 600 fund donors, who make grants to nonprofits through their charitable accounts at the Foundation
  2. Undertake projects for civic good, such as  downtown revitalization, inner-city revival, urban planning and education reform.
  3. Support local nonprofits with strategic consulting to endure overall impact and sustainability.