The St. Landry Parish Foundation, an affiliate of Community Foundation of Acadiana, is accepting tax-deductible donations to support churches that were burned down in the parish of St. Landry in rural south Louisiana. Donations can be made to the St. Landry Parish Church Fires Fund online at www.stlandrychurchfires.org.

On and after March 26, three historic churches were burned to the ground. The churches are St. Mary Baptist Church in Port Barre, and Greater Union Baptist Church and Mount Pleasant Baptist Church in Opelousas.

The St. Landry Parish Foundation initially established the St. Landry Church Fires Fund through donations from the William C. Schumacher Family Foundation, LHC Group and the Myers Family Foundation. The St. Landry Parish Foundation is championing this fundraising effort to help rebuild and re-establish churches recently destroyed by arson. These churches will benefit from 100% of all donations.

“I have every belief that our community will rise in support of these churches and their congregations,” said Dr. William “Kip” C. Schumacher of the William C. Schumacher Family Foundation. “The loss of these churches is devastating, but we will come together as a family and help these churches rebuild. Those impacted by these losses deserve our compassion and our support.”

“On behalf of the LHC Group family and the Myers Family Foundation, I encourage everyone to search their heart and give as they are able,” said Keith Myers, LHC Group chairman and CEO. “These historical churches are part of a heritage we all share, and their congregations must know that they do not face these difficult times alone. The deplorable actions of a few cannot – and will not – stand in the face of a united community determined to support those in need.”

“We are thrilled with the success of the Seventh District Missionary Baptist Association fundraising success, and we hope it exceeds its fundraising goal,” said Raymond Hebert, president and CEO of Community Foundation of Acadiana.

“We have spoken to Reverend Freddie Jack, the president of the Seventh District Missionary Baptist Association, and he is in support of the St. Landry Church Fires Fund. On Monday, Community Foundation of Acadiana met with community leaders and the pastors affected by the fires. For this reason, some generous donors decided to establish the St. Landry Church Fires Fund. The Fund allows donors to make tax-deductible donations in different forms such as online giving, by check, or through a fund transfer from a Community Foundation or other financial institutions from anywhere in the country. Less standard credit card fees, the churches will benefit from 100% of donations.”

Generous donors can contribute online at www.stlandrychurchfires.org or by check made payable to Community Foundation of Acadiana, memo: St. Landry Church Fires Fund, and mailed to 1035 Camellia Boulevard, Suite 100, Lafayette, LA 70508.

Generous donors can also recommend grant distributions from their Donor Advised Funds at Community Foundation of Acadiana or elsewhere. Other gift options include appreciated publicly-traded securities and IRA Charitable Rollovers (for those 70 ½ and older). For more information regarding the St. Landry Church Fires Fund or your contribution, please call 337.769.4843.

Community Foundation of Acadiana (CFA) is one of more than 750 community foundations in the U.S. Community Foundations are grantmaking public charities that are dedicated to improving the lives of people in a defined local geographic area.

CFA is one of south Louisiana’s premier philanthropic organizations benefiting our region. Our core purpose is to build legacies and improve communities by connecting generous people to the causes they care about.

Since its inception in 2000, CFA has realized cumulative gifts exceeding $255 million and has made cumulative grants of more than $132 million. Learn more at www.cfacadiana.org.