4 northwest Louisiana groups need support


A Community Thrives is a new approach to social impact programs that was developed through a collaboration across the entire USA TODAY NETWORK.

Four northwest Louisiana nonprofits are working to qualify for a share of $2 million being awarded by A Community Thrives.

But first they need your support. In order to become eligible for that money, organizations must raise matching funds. Learn more about the nonprofits online and sign up to donate.

A Community Thrives is sponsored by the Gannett Foundation and the USA TODAY network, the parent company of The Times. The program invests in charities that support education, arts and culture, wellness and other community-building initiatives.

Northwest Louisiana groups in the program are:

Friends of the Mansfield Female College Museum, which is looking to build a reasonably priced event center for parish, city, charity and private functions.

Holy Angels Residential Facility, whose mission is to provide individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities a path to self-fulfillment through education, empowerment, spirituality, independence and work. Holy Angels is raising funds for its project — AngelWorks Bistro: Meaningful Jobs for Individuals with Disabilities.

LSU Health Shreveport Foundation, whose mission is to support LSUHS in its mission to teach, heal and discover in order to advance the well being of the region and beyond. The mission is also to educate physicians, basic scientists, and other health professionals, to  provide state-of-the-art clinical care to an enlarging and diverse regional base of patients, and to achieve distinction and international recognition or basic science and clinical research programs.

LSU Health Shreveport Foundation is raising money for its project — Eat Right and Move — Decreasing Cardiovascular Risk Factors in our Black Communities during COVID 19.

Project Reclaim of Minden, whose mission is to operate high-quality programs of integrity and fidelity, designed to help reclaim the promise, hope and full potential of youth and families.

Project Reclaim is raising money for its Youth Leadership Institute.

What’s next? The nonprofits will raise matching funds via the website. Depending on their size, the groups must raise either $3,000 or $6,000 by Friday, Oct. 16. The groups keep the money whether they’re awarded a grant or not.

A Community Thrives will award 16 major grants nationwide ranging from $25,000 to $100,000. In addition, A Community Thrives will award more than 100 grants nationally that will be targeted specifically toward communities such as Shreveport that are served by Gannett news organizations.

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