"We are, after all, only trustees of the wealth we possess.
Without the community and its resources...
there would be little wealth for anyone." -John Ruskin
By investing in the communities we love, we can make a meaningful difference in the places where we live, work, and pursue our dreams. The Foundation believes philanthropists transform and sustain the quality of life in our communities. As the neutral convener, the Foundation can bring resources in the community together for greater and more far-reaching impact.
Community Foundation of Acadiana played an instrumental role in the recovery process after the Hurricanes of 2005 (Katrina and Rita) and 2008 (Gustav and Ike), by granting over $11.5M to organizations and individuals.
Fiscal Sponsorships allow corporations, groups, and individuals to raise tax-deductible contributions for charitable projects, without having to go through the time and expense of creating a nonprofit entity.
Community Foundation of Acadiana in partnership with Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors (RPA) granted almost $3 million dollars to 18 nonprofits throughout Acadiana to benefit communities marginalized by the 2010 BP Oil Spill. RPA selected CFA as a regional partner, because of its expertise in community and regional 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.
Located off of La. 82 on the Vermilion River between Abbeville and Intracoastal City, Palmetto Island State Park opened on October 28, 2010 to serve Louisiana citizens and out-of-state visitors. It's lush scenery, camping facilities and cabins provide an economic boost to Vermilion Parish and the surrounding region. Thanks to the efforts of a group of dedicated state and local officials, as well as numerous concerned citizens, the Palmetto Island State Park Fund was established at CFA for the sole benefit of the park and its ongoing operations.