The Baton Rouge Area Foundation is among more than 700 community foundation across the United States.

At the Foundation, we work to improve the quality of life for all people. We do so in three ways.

  1. Connect fund donors – philanthropists – to worthwhile projects and nonprofits. Our donors have granted nearly $350 million over 50 years.

  2. Take on public projects that change the direction of the Baton Rouge region and South Louisiana. This master plan – Destination: The Lakes – is among these civic leadership initiatives.

  3. Support local nonprofits with strategic consulting to endure overall impact and sustainability.

    The Foundation’s civic leadership work is underwritten by members, which number nearly 600. We thank them. We request you join our members at Membership begins at $100. The more members we have, the more we can do to make our region thrive.


Current civic leadership projects:

The Health District – A master plan to improve traffic and movement in the Bluebonnet Boulevard, Perkins Road and Essen Lane corridor, and a strategy to leverage health care expertise and research to lift the economy. As well, health care providers in the District are creating Center of Excellence and the District itself is being retrofitted with infrastructure to be a more complete place.

The Water Campus – With Commercial Properties Realty Trust, which manages our real estate assets, the Foundation is building a 1.8 million-square-foot gathering place for scientists and engineers who are offering solutions for coexisting with rising seas and disappearing wetlands. The Water Campus has The Water Institute of the Gulf, LSU Center for River Studies and Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority, as well as other tenants.

Intercity Passenger Rail – Collaborating with leaders from Baton Rouge to New Orleans to start passenger rail service between the cities.

Other civic leadership projects – Improved autism services • Bikeshare • East Baton Rouge Bike and Pedestrian Master Plan • Justice Reform that includes pre-trial release and the Criminal Justice Reform Council • Plan Baton Rouge downtown planning • Shaw Center for the Arts • reviving Capitol House as downtown Hilton • Old South Baton Rouge revitalization strategy • research reports on Baton Rouge and New Orleans airports, public education and health care • CityStats indicators • creation of New Schools Baton Rouge to support charter schools operating in North Baton Rouge • developing Ardendale (formerly Smiley Heights) with partners on 200 acres off Florida Boulevard • creation of the East Baton Rouge Redevelopment Authority.