Philanthropy is the act of individual citizens contributing money or goods, along with their time and skills, to promote the well-being of others and the betterment of the community. The Family Foundation promotes philanthropic activities, primarily in Southwest Louisiana, and works to connect donors, philanthropic organization, foundations, and corporations to community priorities that will enhance the quality of family and community life for generations to come.

In addition to developing an endowment to sustain the divisions of Family & Youth, the Family Foundation

  • Promotes development of local philanthropy.
  • Assists nonprofits in developing their fund development programs.
  • Promotes accountable fund development practices.
  • Encourages public recognition of philanthropies and philanthropists in Southwest Louisiana.


Nonprofit organizations play a key role in improving and maintaining the quality of life in communities. They provide important services, such as meeting critical needs of families in distress, responding in times of need, providing job training, feeding the hungry, sheltering the homeless and displaced and much more. Nonprofit organizations are consistently on the front lines, providing immediate services in the wake of tragedy and disaster and sticking around long after public interest has waned.

The Family Foundation of Southwest Louisiana supports leadership development in the nonprofit sector. Developing excellence in nonprofit organizations promotes honesty, integrity, fairness, respect, trust, responsibility and accountability.

The Family Foundation assists nonprofit organizations with information, training and education in key organizational areas, including:

  • Mission-Driven Programming
  • Active Governance
  • Ethical Performance
  • Leadership and Human Resources Development
  • Transparent Financial Practices
  • Strategic Fund Development
  • Inclusive Civic Participation in Public Policy


Family Foundation of Southwest Louisiana is committed to meeting the needs of families in Southwest Louisiana. Therefore, as the community grows so must Family & Youth and Family Foundation. That is the goal of the campital campaign. It was created to provide funding for a building expansion, which will ensure that Family & Youth’s divisions will have the resources and capabilities to welcome and serve anyone who needs our help in our community.