Gustav recovery fund created
LAFAYETTE - As it did following Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005, the Community Foundation of Acadiana, Southern Louisiana’s premier charitable and philanthropic organization, has established a fund -- the Gustav South Louisiana Recovery Fund -- to help direct charitable dollars to those affected by Hurricane Gustav. All donations to the Gustav South Louisiana Recovery Fund will go directly to support hurricane relief.
Created to increase charitable giving in south-central Louisiana, the Community Foundation of Acadiana will work with local, state and national entities, including nonprofit organizations, churches, government entities and private industry to build partnerships to ensure that charitable dollars raised for the Gustav South Louisiana Recovery Fund have the greatest impact.
In 2005, following Katrina and Rita, the Foundation distributed nearly $11 million in aid to this region. Once again, the Community Foundation of Acadiana stands ready to help attract and direct charitable dollars to those agencies and entities providing hurricane relief and recovery.
“It is hard to imagine that almost three years to the day Hurricane Katrina devastated southern Louisiana, our community faces a similar challenge. Relying on our expertise gained from previous disasters, the Gustav South Louisiana Recovery Fund has been created to help South Louisiana recover. We encourage all those who wish to help the people affected by Gustav to make a generous contribution to this Fund,” said Raymond Hebert, Executive Director of the Community Foundation of Acadiana.
Donations to the Gustav South Louisiana Recovery Fund can be made online www.cfacadiana.org) or by calling a toll-free number 1-866-627-3440.
About The Community Foundation of Acadiana
The Community Foundation of Acadiana was established in 2000 to encourage and enhance charitable giving in south-central Louisiana. The Foundation’s primary service area is an eight-parish area in south-central Louisiana including Acadia, Evangeline, Iberia, Lafayette, St. Landry, St. Martin, St. Mary and Vermillion Parishes. It should be noted that while this is the primary service area, this does not limit the Foundation’s ability to receive gifts or make grants outside this area. In its first seven years, the Community Foundation of Acadiana has attained assets of $21 million. The Foundation has met the National Standards for operational quality, donor service and accountability in the community foundation sector. They are incompliance with the National Standards of U.S. Community Foundations Program administered by the Council on Foundations, a membership body of more than 2,000 grantmaking foundations and giving programs worldwide. This affirms a commitment to financial security, transparency and accountability.
About the Gustav South Louisiana Recovery Fund
The Gustav South Louisiana Recovery Fund will help meet the immediate and long-term needs of the region impacted by Gustav. Donors can make a donation online at HYPERLINK “http://www.cfacadiana.org”www.cfacadiana.org or by calling a toll-free number 1-866-627-3440. In an effort to remain responsive during the hours of the storm, the Community Foundation of Acadiana has partnered with a foundation based in Kansas City, Greater Horizons, to administer the Community Foundation of Acadiana’s Gustav South Louisiana Recovery Fund. All money given will support hurricane relief efforts.