The Community Foundation of North Louisiana held its 55th Annual Community Celebration on Tuesday, April 26, at the Louisiana State Exhibit Museum. The event serves as the organization’s annual meeting to celebrate the successes and achievements over the past year.
The Foundation awarded more than $2.5 million in grants to nonprofits in the 2016 competitive grant process, including $586,000 from the United Way of Northwest Louisiana Grant Fund. This year the competitive grant process awarded $910,000 to strengthening education and $420,000 to improve health outcomes in the community. A complete list all the organization’s and programs with grant amounts can be found on The Foundation website, www.cfnla.org.
The Foundation’s 2015 annual report, Cultivating Community, was also distributed at the meeting. Thanks to the generosity and foresight of donors and the careful administration of the funds entrusted to The Foundation, the organization awarded more than $6.9 million to the community in 2015. As of the end of 2015, the Foundation’s assets total more than $115 million, up $9.2 million from 2014.
At the meeting Bobbie Cates Hicks was recognized as the recipient of the inaugural Tucker Community Impact Award. This award was created to honor Col. John Tucker, whose vision for a stronger community through philanthropy led to the creation of The Community Foundation in 1961. Hicks was chosen to receive this award for her long term giving for the greater impact and her focus on the future of philanthropy locally. “Bobbie Hicks is a giver. And the effect of her generosity on this community is incalculable, reaching across sectors, encouraging others to give, building a lasting legacy in the community she loves,” said Paula Hickman, executive director.
Established in 1961, the Community Foundation of North Louisiana’s mission is to strengthen communities through philanthropy. By bringing together fund donors, their financial advisors and nonprofit agencies, the Foundation is a powerful catalyst for building charitable giving and effecting positive change in our area. Through the generosity and vision of our family of donors, both past and present, the Foundation has made grants to vital nonprofit organizations since our inception. In our shared endeavor to build a more robust, vibrant community, we fund a variety of critical initiatives, including education, health, arts and culture, and poverty alleviation. Through integrity and sound financial practices, the Foundation has successfully stewarded the philanthropic interests of past donors and is poised to lead the next generation of givers to address the challenges facing our region.