A focus on people.


As the needs of our community change, the Foundation is shifting our grant processes to encourage more cooperation and less competition, more focus on outcomes and not outputs, and opportunities for listening, sharing, and moving forward together. The Foundation will build human capital by bringing together knowledge, experience, and expertise in cooperative efforts to support people and places. The Foundation will serve as a champion for collaboration focused on helping meet basic human needs through real-issue, systemic root-cause outcomes, rather than short-term symptoms. 


The Engage pillar focuses on our most underserved populations in the 10-parish Capital Area with these specific goals: 

  • Decrease percentage of families who are liquid-asset poor 
  • Increase healthcare utilization by families below the ALICE threshold 
  • Decrease recidivism rate 


In December 2022, 23 organizations were selected to have meaningful impact on the Engage goals.

Organization Project Title Area of Impact
Baton Rouge Health District BRHireD: Strengthening the Regional Health Workforce Development and Retention Ecosystem Financial: Collaboration
Christian Outreach Center Of Baton Rouge Inc Capacity and Stability Building Financial: Direct Service
Gardere Initiative Project SOAR Financial: Direct Service
Habitat for Humanity of Greater Baton Rouge Homeownership Program Capacity Building Financial: Direct Service
HOPE Ministries Of Baton Rouge The $TEP UP Project Financial: Direct Service
Mid City Redevelopment Alliance Financial Literacy & Education Program (FLEP) Financial: Direct Service
Urban Restoration Enhancement Corporation (UREC) UREC’s Lock and Key Homebuyer Club Financial: Direct Service
Louisiana Budget Project Building Support for Refundable Tax Credits Financial: System
Policy Institute for Children Geaux Far Louisiana Implementation Healthcare: Collaboration
American Diabetes Association Project Power Adult Healthcare: Direct Service
Cancer Services of Greater Baton Rouge Breaking Down Barriers to Access Cancer Care Equity Healthcare: Direct Service
Launch Launch Links Healthcare: Direct Service
Start Corporation Start Community Health Center – Baton Rouge Healthcare: Direct Service
The Emerge Center Emerge Behavioral Health Program Healthcare: Direct Service
Louisiana Partnership For Children And Families Universally Available Home Visiting in Louisiana Healthcare: System
SocialWorx Institute, Inc. Reducing Recidivism through Improved Service Coordination and Comprehensive Community ReEntry Planning Recidivism: Collaboration
Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Baton Rouge Joseph Homes Recidivism: Direct Service
Church United The Life House Recidivism: Direct Service
Criminal Justice Coordinating Council Rapid Case Assessment Team (RCAT) Recidivism: Direct Service
One Touch Ministry Inc OTM Reentry Housing Recidivism: Direct Service
Youth Oasis Juvenile Re-entry Continuum of Care Recidivism: Direct Service
Louisiana Parole Project Second Chances Initiative Recidivism: Direct Service & System
Texas Public Policy Foundation Right On Crime: Improving and Innovating Re-Entry in Louisiana Recidivism: System


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