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Community Foundation of Acadiana (CFA) in partnership with Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors (RPA) granted almost $3 million  to 18 non profits throughout Acadiana to benefit communities marginalized by the 2010 Oil Spill.  
RPA selected CFA as a regional partner, because of its expertise in community needs and knowledge in grant making, to re-grant dollars entrusted to RPA by an anonymous donor.  CFA established the Fund for Gulf Communities (FFGC) from which grants were made to organizations in Acadiana.
The following grantees received grants from CFA and FFGC, in a series of four check presentations held in St. Martin, St. Mary, Iberia and Lafayette parishes on January 23-February 2, 2012: :
·         Acadiana Works, Inc. – St. Mary, Vermilion
·         ASSIST Agency – Acadia, Vermilion
·         Boys and Girls Clubs of Acadiana – Iberia, Vermilion
·         Evangeline Area Council Boy Scouts of America –
                  Iberia, St. Mary, St. Martin
·         Franklin Foundation Hospital – St. Mary
·         Iberia Industrial Development Foundation –
                  Vermilion, Iberia, St. Mary
·         Liberty Heights Community Center – St. Martin
·         Our Savior’s Church & Hope Center – St. Martin
·         Second Harvest Food Bank of Greater New Orleans and Acadiana –
                  Acadia, Cameron, Iberia, Lafayette, St. Martin, St. Mary and Vermilion
·         Southern Mutual Help Association, Inc.  (SMHA) –
                  Cameron, Vermilion, Iberia, St. Mary
·         St. Martin Parish School Board & School-based Health Centers – St. Martin
·         St. Mary Outreach, Inc. & United Way – St. Mary
·         St. Mary & Vermilion Community Action Agency –
                   St. Mary, Vermilion
·         The Family Tree Information, Education & Counseling Center –
                   Acadia, Iberia, Lafayette, St. Martin, St. Mary, Vermilion
·         United Way of Acadiana –
                   Acadia, Vermilion, St. Martin, Lafayette
·         16th Judicial District Family Services Division –
                   Vermilion, Iberia, St. Mary, St. Martin
·         Little Zion Community Outreach – St. Mary
·         Vietnamese Acadiana Youth - Vermilion, Iberia
"It is indeed a testament to the capacity of Community Foundation of Acadiana and its role as a trusted and honest broker, to be invited by Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors to assist with this magnanimous project. A generous donor we will never know wants to benefit a population he or she will never meet. We are absolutely honored to help this donor meet this specific objective,” said Raymond Hebert, President and CEO of Community Foundation of Acadiana.
FFGC was established to benefit nonprofit and faith-based organizations working to strengthen the diverse communities affected by the 2010 Oil Spill including individuals, families and children.  In addition to meeting the immediate needs of residents, FFGC aspires to build greater community resiliency by permanently strengthening the nonprofit and philanthropic institutions that provide important and sustained community services.  CFA received over 50 submissions to the FFGC Competitive Grant Cycle.  FFGC grantees were selected by an objective review panel of stakeholders from Acadiana with over 38 years of private donor experience.


RPA and the anonymous donor provided financial resources to CFA and 5 other Regional Partners in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida:  Greater New Orleans Foundation, Gulf Coast Community Foundation based in Venice, Fla., Community Foundation of South Alabama, Catholic Charities of Northwest Florida and Greater Escambia Community Foundation in Pensacola, Fla.  Each organization will grant funds to nonprofits in their respective areas. This partnership enables RPA to fund local nonprofits that provide critical and effective services to distressed communities. Over the next three years, the FFGC will award a total of $20 million dollars to its Regional Partners to support nonprofits along the Gulf Coast with a focus on providing effective programming in:  Mental Health and Wellness, Social Services and Financial Stability and Youth Resiliency.


RPA is a nonprofit organization that currently advises on and manages more than $200 million in annual giving.  Headquartered in New York City, RPA has grown into one of the world’s largest philanthropic service organizations, having overseen more than $3 billion to date in grant making across the globe.  "Regional leaders like CFA have a deep knowledge of communities and residents and a history of trusted, effective grant making at the neighborhood level,"  said Amy Holmes, a senior philanthropic advisor at RPA who is overseeing the Fund.


About Community Foundation of Acadiana:  The mission of Community Foundation of Acadiana is to improve the quality of life in our region by increasing giving, connecting donors with what they care about, and providing leadership on community needs and opportunities.  The Foundation is south-central Louisiana’s premier philanthropic organization that benefits our region, with a particular focus on the parishes of Acadia, Evangeline, Iberia, St. Landry, St. Mary, St. Martin, and Vermilion.  The Foundation has realized cumulative commitments exceeding $100 million and has made cumulative grants of over $40 million.  Learn more about YOUR Community Foundation of Acadiana at

St. Martin Parish, at St. Martin Parish Courthouse:
 Names Left to Right:  Angela O. Fusilier (Liberty Heights Community Center), Matilda Perry (Liberty Heights Community Center), Sharleen Jeanbaptiste (Liberty Heights Community Center), Katie Kirkpatrick (Our Savior’s Church / Hope Center), Tim Kirkpatrick (Our Savior’s Church / Hope Center), Michael Dubone (Liberty Heights Community Center), Raymond Hebert (Community Foundation of Acadiana CEO), Glen Perrodin (Liberty Heights Community Center), Richard Lavergne (Superintendent of St. Martin Parish Schools), Jody West (St. Martin Parish School Based Health Center), Bernard Pierre (Liberty Heights Community Center), Guy Cormier (St. Martin Parish President), Senator Fred Mills Jr. (Louisiana Senate District 22)

St. Mary Parish, at Franklin Foundation Hospital:
Names Left to Right:  Brenda Liner (St. Mary's Outreach), DiDi Battle (Franklin Foundation Hospital), Eugene Foulcard (Franklin Foundation Hospital), Eric Guidry (Community Foundation of Acadiana), Nelvin Coleman (Little Zion Community Outreach), Richard LeGrier, III (Louisiana Circles), Willie Rack (St. Mary/Vermilion Community Action Agency), Jeff Beverly (St. Mary's/Vermilion Community Agency), Mary Stansberry (Little Zion Community Outreach), Franciso Jenkins (Little Zion Community Outreach), Dr. Donna Tesi (St. Mary Parish Community Fund), Laura Osbourne (St. Mary's Outreach), Alice Pecoraro (St. Mary Parish Community), Larry Callais (St. Mary Parish Community Fund), Dale Nash (Acadiana Works), Missing from photo, St. Mary Parish Community Fund: Craig Thomson, Marshall Guidry, Al Lippman, Tonya Stiel, Rebecca Conrad, Dan Conrad, Patrick Little, Gregory Hamer, Sr.

 Iberia Parish, at Delcambre Marina:
Names Left to Right:  Mike Wattigny (IPEF), Beau Beaullieu (IPEF), Sister Helen Vinton (Southern Mutual Help Association), Harvey Gonsoulin (IPEF), Denise Galatas (Southern Mutual Help Association), Mike Tarantino (Iberia Economic Development Authority), Zach Mitchell (IPEF), Thomas Hymel (LSU Agricultural Center), Raymond Hebert (CEO of Community Foundation of Acadiana), Donald Menard (Twin Parish Port Commission), Claire Daley (Family Services Division of the 16th Judicial District), Orris Belanger (Twin Parish Port Commission), Carlin Trahan (Twin Parish Port Commission), Wendel Verret (Port of Delcambre), Richard Primeaux (Primeaux Touchet & Associates)

Lafayette Parish, at Community Foundation of Acadiana: 
Names Left to Right:  Eric Guidry (COO of CFA), Jessica Baudoin Ph.D. (The Family Tree), Brandy Young (United Way of Acadiana), Art Hawkins (Evangeline Area Boy Scouts of America), Robyn Blackwell (United Way of Acadiana), Dianne Granger (ASSIST Agency), Lori Petrie (United Way of Acadiana), Rusty Cloutier (MidSouth Bank), Sharon Clement (ASSIST Agency), Raymond Hebert (CEO of CFA), Chris Martin (Boys and Girls Clubs of Acadiana), Angie Doyle (Boys and Girls Clubs of Acadiana), Amy Fuselier (Second Harvest), Dr. Derek Nguyen (Vietnamese Acadiana Youth), Francis Khang Cao (Vietnamese Acadiana Youth), Jerry Prejean (Boys and Girls Club of Acadiana), Kerry Stutes (ASSIST Agency)


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