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 

2024 Applications

Applications are closed. Organizations are encouraged to review the Engage Program Guidelines and Engage resources. Contact Tristi Charpentier to discuss your program and interest.

The projects supported by Engage should be long-term in nature, and the Foundation is open to multi-year investments through 2025. Partners will be expected to report on progress and participate in learning sessions quarterly. Opportunities for additional support will be provided to partners who make meaningful progress toward the Engage results.


The following organizations are working toward Engage goals.

Baton Rouge Health District BRHireD: Strengthening Regional Health Workforce Development and Retention Ecosystem Financial Stability
Christian Outreach Center Of Baton Rouge Inc Capacity and Stability Building Financial Stability
Gardere Initiative Project SOAR Financial Stability
Habitat for Humanity of Greater Baton Rouge Habitat for Humanity Homeownership Program Capacity Building Financial Stability
HOPE Ministries of Baton Rouge  The $TEP UP Project Financial Stability
Louisiana Budget Project Building Support for Refundable Tax Credits Financial Stability
Mid City Redevelopment Alliance Financial Literacy & Education Program (FLEP) Financial Stability
Southeast Louisiana Legal Services Corporation Increasing Financial Stability for Returning Citizens Financial Stability
Urban Restoration Enhancement Corporation UREC’s Lock and Key Homebuyer’s Club Financial Stability
Cancer Services of Greater Baton Rouge Breaking Down Barriers to Access Cancer Care Equity Healthcare Utilization
Family Service of Greater Baton Rouge Behavioral Health and Primary Care Healthcare Utilization
Launch Launch Links-Year 2 Healthcare Utilization
Louisiana Mental Health Association LAMHA Advocacy Program Healthcare Utilization
Louisiana Partnership For Children And Families Universally Available Home Visiting in Louisiana Healthcare Utilization
Policy Institute for Children Geaux Far Louisiana Implementation – Year 2 Healthcare Utilization
Start Corporation Start Community Health Center – Baton Rouge Healthcare Utilization
The Emerge Center Emerge Behavioral Health Program Healthcare Utilization
Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Baton Rouge Joseph Homes, Inc. Recidivism Reduction
Church United for Community Development Life House Recidivism Reduction
Criminal Justice Coordinating Council EBR Community Reentry Coordinator Recidivism Reduction
Criminal Justice Coordinating Council Rapid Case Assessment Team (RCAT) Recidivism Reduction
Louisiana Center For Children’s Rights East Baton Rouge Advanced Advocacy Project Recidivism Reduction
Louisiana Parole Project Second Chances Initiative Recidivism Reduction
One Touch Ministry Inc OTM Reentry Housing Recidivism Reduction
Right on Crime Improving and Innovating Re-Entry in Louisiana Recidivism Reduction
Youth Oasis Juvenile Re-entry Continuum of Care Recidivism Reduction


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