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Baton Rouge Area Foundation Announces New Cohort of Development Fellows

25 leaders selected to receive training in the field of development  Baton Rouge, Louisiana – The Baton Rouge Area Foundation today announced the 2024 cohort of Development Fellows, a program of the Foundation’s Center for Nonprofit Excellence. One of the Foundation’s signature programs, Development Fellows is a workshop series that teaches fundraising fundamentals to enhance […]

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Submission Window Opens for 17th Annual Gaines Award

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEApril 4, 2023 Contact: Travis Hutchins, Baton Rouge Area Foundation, THutchins@braf.org, (225) 381-7081Sarah Gardner, Baton Rouge Are Foundation, SGardner@braf.org, (225) 387-6126  Baton Rouge Area Foundation opens entries for 17th annual Ernest J. Gaines Award   BATON ROUGE, LA — Entries for the 17th annual Ernest J. Gaines Award for Literary Excellence will be accepted through […]

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Baton Rouge Area Foundation shares updates at 2023 annual meeting.

BRAF elects new Board Members, issues awards for nonprofit and community leadership, and hosts discussion with Special Advisor Mitch Landrieu and Congressman Garret Graves during annual meeting.    Baton Rouge, LA – March 17, 2023 – At its annual meeting Thursday evening, the Baton Rouge Area Foundation’s members elected Dianna R. Payton, president and CEO […]

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Baton Rouge Area Foundation launches new strategic framework.

The Baton Rouge Area Foundation announced this week they have concluded a detailed planning process that involved participation from hundreds of community members during much of last year. The full findings of this process were documented in a written report, which can be found linked below. Gathering input from a dedicated planning committee, six topical […]

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Baton Rouge Area Foundation Announces newest cohort of Development Fellows

The Baton Rouge Area Foundation today announced the newest cohort of its Development Fellows program. The selected participants represent a diverse cross-section of the Capital Region’s non-profit organizations. Development Fellows was founded in 2010 to equip new development professionals with skills to increase their capacity to serve and lead nonprofit organizations.  “We’re looking forward to […]

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Jacinda Townsend wins 16th Annual Ernest Gaines Book Award for Mother Country

Jacinda Townsend’s second novel, Mother Country, has won the 2022 Ernest J. Gaines Award for Literary Excellence, presented annually by the Baton Rouge Area Foundation to support an emerging African American fiction writer. She receives $15,000 to support the continuation of her craft.     A national panel of literary judges selected the winner from […]

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Building Trust: An experiment could juice NBR development

By Sara Bongiorni Build Baton Rouge is conducting a first-of-its-kind experiment in urban redevelopment. It’s incubating a hybrid land bank and trust to advance the redevelopment of blighted lots on and near Plank Road into affordable housing, parks and green spaces, commercial sites, and environmental services. Foundation Fact: The Baton Rouge Area Foundation researched and […]

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Northshore Community Foundation offers online counseling post-Ida

By Sara Bongiorni Illustration by Carolyn Blakley Suicides on the Northshore spiked sharply more than two years after hurricanes Katrina, Gustav and Isaac and 2016 spring flooding. A new initiative aims to prevent a wave of suicides in the aftermath of Hurricane Ida by offering free access to online mental health therapy designed to reach […]

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Lakes project, here we go

By Mukul Verma An island is being born. Made by man and nature, the atoll in University Lake is doing double duty. It’s an experiment to determine the best method for dredging a lakes system in decline. And it’s a prelude to the construction of a boardwalk, designed to allow walkers and cyclists to safely […]

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Breathing Room

In Livingston Parish, Chantelle Varnado, with a hand from her family, cares for 400 kids with special needs By Amy Alexander | Tim Mueller photos Chantelle Varnado has a passion for helping kids express themselves. Her doctoral studies at LSU involved learning everything she could about rib cages. Help the kids to breathe better, she […]

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Wholly, holy

Two synagogues forge a bolder future for Judaism in Baton Rouge By Gary Perilloux Generations of Jewish families practiced their faith consistently in Baton Rouge, but they did so in synagogues separated by five miles: B’nai Israel on Kleinert Avenue and Beth Shalom on Jefferson Highway. That separation changed in 2022. Today, the congregations are […]

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