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About the Foundation
The Baton Rouge Area Foundation, a community foundation with $608 million in assets, provides two essential functions for the capital region.
- The Foundation connects philanthropists with nonprofits to make sure the needs of our communities are met. Our donors, for instance, fund music programs for children, provide money to feed the hungry and underwrite education reform. Last year, our donors and the Foundation made thousands of grants worth more than $28 million. We help donors create a lasting legacy and fulfill their philanthropic goals.
- The Foundation begins and manages civic leadership projects. Our Plan Baton Rouge initiative underpinned the rebirth of downtown Baton Rouge and is returning life to neighborhoods between LSU and the city center. The Foundation’s latest civic initiative is The Water Institute of the Gulf, which is an independent nonprofit that will provide a scientific response to the problem of eroding marshes and rising seas.
The Foundation also has a partner on the Northshore of Lake Pontchartrain and another in Southwest Louisiana. The Northshore Community Foundation is overseen by an independent board and run by CEO Susan Bonnett. The Community Foundation of Southwest Louisiana is managed by CEO Lisa Verrette, who reports to a board from the region anchored by Lake Charles.