It is time: you have an idea, a wish to make the world a better place. Consider us your next step. We connect philanthropists like you with the causes they care about most.

How so?

At the Foundation, you can open a charitable fund to make grants. It's like an investment account for doing good. We will manage the fund on your behalf, making your philanthropy effective and enduring.



  1. Talk with Elizabeth Hutchison of the Foundation to outline charitable interests and terms of your fund. Reach her directly at (225) 381-7080 or
  2. Select a name and type of fund.
  3. Deposit a tax-deductible donation to the fund and begin making grants to nonprofits.


Donor Advised Fund Well-suited for individuals. They can make a charitable contribution, receive an immediate tax benefit and then recommend grants from the fund over time. DAFs are opened with a minimum gift of $10,000.

Corporate Advised Fund Companies open the funds and make grants, sometimes using committees that are comprised of employees. 

Designated Organization Fund A fund that is established to benefit one or more nonprofits, as specified by the donor. 

Field of Interest Fund A fund to make grants to causes, such as arts or education. 

Scholarships A fund to support students by underwriting tuition and fees.

Supporting Organizations Legally separate nonprofits, they are governed by their own boards. SOs have to file separately with the federal government and are established with a minimum donation of $1 million.

Organization Funds Nonprofits open these funds to use our services, especially our investment experts. 


Tax Benefits Contributions receive maximum tax benefits permitted by law. Our donor services department and general counsel will offer choices that produce the greatest results. 

Knowledge Our staff of 20 can provide knowledge of the issues and nonprofits, and where your gift will produce the greatest results. We also conduct research that guides our donors, such as our annual CityStats report that tracks the quality of life in East Baton Rouge. 

Asset Management Your assets will be pooled with other funds and be managed by top Wall Street firms that are overseen by the Foundation's investment committee. 

Flexible Funding We accept assets of many types. They include:

  • Cash
  • Real estate
  • Stock in public companies
  • Ownership in private businesses
  • Personal property, such as art and jewelry.

Administration Our staff makes philanthropy easy. We will make grants on your behalf, issue acknowledgement letters, handle all paperwork. We manage more than 600 charitable funds for our donors.

Interested in learning more about charitable giving?

Contact Elizabeth Hutchison

Our 2016 Donor Brochure

Our 2016 Donor Brochure