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Southwest Louisiana Harvey Relief - 8/31/2017 -

For immediate release

Contact: Sara Judson, president and CEO,, (337) 491-6688

Foundation Creates Charitable Fund to Help After Disasters
Donations to the fund at Community Foundation of Southwest Louisiana will go directly to nonprofits

The Community Foundation of Southwest Louisiana has created a relief fund that will issue grants to nonprofits serving the community after disasters, such as flooding expected from Hurricane Harvey.

The charitable fund is named Lake Charles Area Relief Fund, and online donations to it can be made through or directly at All contributions to the fund are tax deductible.

The Foundation is among more than 700 community foundations in the country. Based in Lake Charles, the Foundation manages money on behalf of generous people and companies, making sure that charitable dollars produce the greatest good for our communities.

"Our goal is to make grants to local nonprofits that are the first responding to disasters, said Sara Judson, president and CEO of the Community Foundation of Southwest Louisiana. "These nonprofits usually dip into their own resources to feed, clothe and shelter others. Our grants to them relieve some of the shock, and make sure they are here for the long term for our communities.

Hurricane Harvey is the most destructive storm in modern history. It dropped trillions of gallons of rain across the Southeast, displacing tens of thousands of people and flooding homes.


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