Community Foundation of Acadiana (CFA) in partnership with Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors (RPA) granted almost $3 million to 18 non profits throughout Acadiana to benefit communities marginalized by the 2010 Oil Spill. RPA selected CFA as a regional partner, because of its expertise in community needs and knowledge in grant making, to re-grant dollars entrusted to RPA from an anonymous donor. CFA established the Fund for Gulf Communities (FFGC) from which grants were made to organizations in Acadiana.

The following grantees received grants from CFA and FFGC, in a series of four check presentations held in St. Martin, St. Mary, Iberia and Lafayette parishes on January 23-February 2, 2012:

· Acadiana Works, Inc. – St. Mary, Vermilion

· ASSIST Agency – Acadia, Vermilion

· Boys and Girls Clubs of Acadiana – Iberia, Vermilion

· Evangeline Area Council Boy Scouts of America – Iberia, St. Mary, St. Martin

· Franklin Foundation Hospital – St. Mary

· Iberia Industrial Development Foundation – Vermilion, Iberia, St. Mary

· Liberty Heights Community Center – St. Martin

· Our Savior’s Church & Hope Center – St. Martin

· Second Harvest Food Bank of Greater New Orleans and Acadiana – Acadia, Cameron, Iberia, Lafayette, St. Martin, St. Mary and Vermilion

· Southern Mutual Help Association, Inc. (SMHA) – Cameron, Vermilion, Iberia, St. Mary

· St. Martin Parish School Board & School-based Health Centers – St. Martin

· St. Mary Outreach, Inc. & United Way – St. Mary

· St. Mary & Vermilion Community Action Agency – St. Mary, Vermilion

· The Family Tree Information, Education & Counseling Center – Acadia, Iberia, Lafayette, St. Martin, St. Mary, Vermilion

· United Way of Acadiana – Acadia, Vermilion, St. Martin, Lafayette

· 16th Judicial District Family Services Division – Vermilion, Iberia, St. Mary, St. Martin

· Little Zion Community Outreach – St. Mary

· Vietnamese Acadiana Youth – Vermilion, Iberia

“It is indeed a testament to the capacity of Community Foundation of Acadiana and its role as a trusted and honest broker, to be invited by Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors to assist with this magnanimous project. A generous donor we will never know wants to benefit a population he or she will never meet. We are absolutely honored to help this donor meet this specific objective,” said Raymond Hebert, President and CEO of Community Foundation of Acadiana.

FFGC was established to benefit nonprofit and faith-based organizations working to strengthen the diverse communities affected by the 2010 Oil Spill including individuals, families and children. In addition to meeting the immediate needs of residents, FFGC aspires to build greater community resiliency by permanently strengthening the nonprofit and philanthropic institutions that provide important and sustained community services. CFA received over 50 submissions to the FFGC Competitive Grant Cycle. FFGC grantees were selected by an objective review panel of stakeholders from Acadiana with many years of private donor experience.

RPA and the anonymous donor provided financial resources to CFA and five other Regional Partners in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida: Greater New Orleans Foundation, Gulf Coast Community Foundation based in Venice, Fla., Community Foundation of South Alabama, Catholic Charities of Northwest Florida and Greater Escambia Community Foundation in Pensacola, Fla. Each organization will grant funds to nonprofits in their respective areas. This partnership enables RPA to fund local nonprofits that provide critical and effective services to distressed communities. Over the next three years, the FFGC will award a total of $20 million to the Regional Partners to support nonprofits along the Gulf Coast with a focus on providing effective programming in: Mental Health and Wellness, Social Services and Financial Stability and Youth Resiliency.

RPA is a nonprofit organization that currently advises and manages more than $200 million in annual giving. Headquartered in New York City, RPA has grown into one of the world’s largest philanthropic service organizations, having overseen more than $3 billion to date in grant making across the globe. “Regional leaders like CFA have a deep knowledge of communities and residents and a history of trusted, effective grant making at the neighborhood level,” said Amy Holmes, a senior philanthropic advisor at RPA who is overseeing the Fund.

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