Start A Fund

As an affiliate, SMPF utilizes the resources, infrastructure and professional management of assets of Community Foundation of Acadiana while utilizing its own board of directors to focus attention on improving the community and growing philanthropy in St. Mary Parish.

Some Key Features

  • Growing and strengthening local philanthropy
  • Developing a permanent source of funding exclusively for the benefit of St. Mary Parish via permanently endowed named funds
  • Local leadership via a local Board of Directors
  • Determining local priorities and addressing local issues, needs, and opportunities

  • Regional connections with CFA and other affiliate foundations concerning regional issues, needs, and opportunities
  • An unparalleled economies of scale provided by CFA’s investment, accounting, grant-making, administrative support, and tax-exempt status
  • Enhanced credibility via alignment with CFA, one of south Louisiana’s premier philanthropic organizations

Board of Directors

St. Mary Parish Board of Directors consists of individuals that can reside in and represent each of the eight parishes of its primary service area in Acadiana including St. Mary Parish.CFA seeks Directors with integrity and a variety of perspectives, opinions and experiences who are capable and committed to the Foundation’s core purpose of building legacies and improving communities by connecting generous people to the cause they care about.

Brian Thorguson

Cecil Hernandez

Craig Thomson

Greg Hamer

Janice LeBlanc

John Armato

Larry Callais

Marshall Guidry

Patti Simineaux

Phyllis Glover