Be Heard

Louisiana residents like to vote, but sometimes they don’t like the choices. That should not be a problem in an upcoming ballot aimed at shaping the state for the next five decades.

From Jan. 22 to Feb. 10, residents – those who live in the state and have been flung afar by Katrina – will get a chance to pick how Louisiana will develop in coming decades. The ballot, conducted at libraries and across the Net, is a crucial step for the Louisiana Speaks project – a year-long effort of land planning led by Calthorpe Associates and overseen by the Center for Planning Excellence, birthed originally as Plan Baton Rouge by the Foundation.

The planning bridges borders across South Louisiana and will provide a blueprint for the long-term future of the state. It is expected to be revealed in March for For more on the Louisiana Speaks project, visit

A Neighbor in need is an opportunity for service.
Since 1964, the Baton Rouge Area Foundation has helped local philanthropists create a lasting legacy of community development.Through more than 300 charitable funds, the Foundation’s donors and advisors are cultivating far-reaching community improvements, and continuing a vision of long-term success that first earned their founders the distinction of being the premier resource for philanthropists, nonprofit organizations and community leaders in the area.

The eight parishes served by the Foundation in South Central Louisiana are benefiting from the more than $18 million in grants made last year alone. Through donor advised and unrestricted funds, philanthropists are creating opportunities in the areas of Arts & Humanities, Community Development, Education, Environment, Human Services, Medical Health, Religion, and Scholarships. is an internet portal established by the Baton Rouge Area Foundation to report to its donors and the greater community on its Hurricane Katrina relief efforts. Foundations for Recovery was created to recognize the incredible support of community and private foundations, and individual donors around the country; and fulfill our commitment to transparency and open reporting. Click here to access

Baton Rouge Area Foundation
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Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70802

Phone (225) 387-6126
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Currents, Fall 2006
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2005 Annual Report
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Currents, Summer 2006
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Avon establishes relief fund
In the wake of Hurricane Katrina there has been a measurable increase in the number and severity of ...

The LRA Fund
The LRA Fund, established at the Baton Rouge Area Foundation, serves as a support mechanism for the ...

Wal-Mart Gives $500,000
Wal-Mart Gives $500,000 to the Baton Rouge Area Foundation to Assist with Ongoing Hurricane ...

Community Advancement Fund Suspension
The Board of Directors has suspended grantmaking from the Community Advancement Fund for 2005-2006. ...

Grant Guidelines for Relief Funds seeks out non-profit organizations operating programs in the areas of ...

Hope VI Community Meeting
On Tuesday, December 13th at 7:00 p.m., Plan Baton Rouge hosted the fourth Old South Baton Rouge ...