Mission & History

 

The vision of the Bayou Community Foundation is to strengthen our local capacity to create a compassionate and sustainable coastal community for generations to come.
We will achieve this vision through strategic investments in educational success for children and adults; protection and preservation of our coasts; and human services.
The BCF service area is Terrebonne Parish, Lafourche Parish, and Grand Isle, LA.

 

 

red bucket content artThe Bayou Community Foundation (BCF) was created in 2012 by a group of business leaders and philanthropists from Lafourche and Terrebonne Parishes as a donor-advised fund of the Greater New Orleans Foundation.

Bayou Community Foundation is the only community foundation specifically and solely serving Lafourche Parish, Terrebonne Parish, and Grand Isle, Louisiana.

In the aftermath of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita and the 2010 Gulf oil spill, these local leaders recognized the need for a community foundation to strengthen human services, education/workforce development, and coastal preservation efforts in our area, as well as to serve as “the community bucket” for national and international assistance in the event of a future emergency or natural disaster.

In 2012, the Gheens Foundation awarded BCF a 5-year, $500,000 challenge grant, which, combined with contributions from local donors, provided the seed money for BCF grant-making programs focused on addressing the region’s most critical needs. BCF met the $1 million Gheens Foundation match in April 2015, nearly two years ahead of schedule.

The Gheens Foundation and many other donors continue to support the work of BCF with their gifts, particularly the organization’s annual competitive grants program that awards grants to nonprofits in Lafourche, Terrebonne, and Grand Isle that are meeting critical needs in our community.

With the assistance of GNOF and the support of donors, BCF also offers free workshops to local nonprofits during the year to strengthen their work and organizations, and coordinates the annual “GiveNOLA Day for the Bayou Region” online giving event.  BCF is also building a Bayou Disaster Recovery Fund to provide help to local residents and attract private donations from around the country and the world the next time a hurricane or other disaster strikes our region.

BCF founders include Charlotte Bollinger, JJ Buquet, III, Arlen “Benny” Cenac, Jr., Berwick Duval, and Alexis Duval.