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In 2018, South Louisiana Giving Day raised $1,095,013 in charitable donations from 1,768 donors from ten different states to support more than 130 Acadiana organizations.

Community Foundation of Acadiana

South Louisiana (SOLA) Giving Day, an event of Community Foundation of Acadiana (CFA), raised $1,095,013 in charitable donations during its inaugural event to support more than 130 Acadiana nonprofit organizations, churches and schools who serve Acadiana.

SOLA Giving Day was held on Thursday, May 10. It began at midnight and ended at 11:59:59 p.m. CST. For a 24-hour period, the Acadiana community was asked to contribute charitable dollars to 134 participating organizations by visiting SOLA Giving Day began accepting donations during its scheduled donation period on March 12 through May 9.

The Impact

More than 30 generous donors secured $534,000 in matching donations to support 38 participating organizations. A list can be found at

Bridge Ministry of Acadiana

Bridge Ministry of Acadiana, The Church Academy raised $142,296 during the event. It secured the most donations among all participating organizations. The Church Academy will use the contributions to support its facility, afterschool care and scholarship needs.

The success of Bridge Ministry of Acadiana, The Church Academy was driven by the generosity of a matching donation sponsored by William C. Schumacher Family Foundation. A matching donation is a charitable donation by private donors that will match the general public’s donations dollar for dollar.

Other Top Performers

St. Pius Elementary School Monsignor Richard von Phul Mouton Scholarship Fund was another top performer and raised $113,205. As an effort to jump start its success, Richard and Elaine Zuschlag Family Fund sponsored a $50,000 matching donation.

Other top performers were Moncus Park who raised $68,992. Ragin’ Cajun Catholics received $63,121 in donations. Boys and Girls Clubs of Acadiana collected $56,240. A list of the participating organizations can be seen at

SOLA Giving Day awarded $25,000 in prize grants to more than 20 participating organizations. The winners can be viewed at

“CFA is excited about the generous response to its first South Louisiana Giving Day,” said Raymond Hebert, CEO and President of Community Foundation of Acadiana. “This event aligns perfectly with our core purpose to build legacies and improve communities by connecting generous people to the causes they care about. We are proud of the structure we offered to allow generous benefactors a unique opportunity to benefit their favorite nonprofits, churches, and schools. We already anticipate a bigger and better event in 2019.”

Raymond Hebert

“This matching donation opportunity offers children in our community the access to education they deserve, and it is in support of our foundation’s Mission,” said Dr. William Schumacher, founder of the William C. Schumacher Family Foundation. “The Church Academy is clearly investing in the future of our youth in a meaningful way, and so we proudly support this school and humbly request the community’s consideration of this matching grant opportunity.”

Dr. William Schumacher

“We wouldn’t be here without the generosity of Acadiana families and businesses, and it’s such an exciting time to donate to Moncus Park. We are so honored to be offered the opportunity to double everyone’s donations over the next month with this generous match, since it will help make each individual contribution twice as impactful in the park’s future,” she said.

E.B. Brooks

"Monsignor Mouton was a great friend and mentor to the Zuschlag Family. He was a strong advocate for the improvement and expansion of catholic education in our diocese. My family is honored to build upon his legacy by partnering with St. Pius Elementary School to establish the Monsignor Richard von Phul Mouton Scholarship Fund."

Richard Zuschlag
Upcoming Events

South Louisiana Giving Day

 - 12:00pm

The second annual South Louisiana Giving Day will be held on Thursday, May 9, 2019.

The event is sponsored by Superior Energy Services and supported by Community Foundation of Acadiana Board of Directors and its affiliate foundations, Iberia Parish Foundation and St. Mary Parish Foundation.

CFA is a tax-exempt, donor-centric, entrepreneurial foundation whose core purpose is building legacies and improving communities by connecting generous people to the causes they care about. CFA has realized cumulative gifts exceeding $227.5 million and has made cumulative grants of more than $110.4 million.