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CFA Now Accepting Nominations for 2015 Leaders In Philanthropy Awards

Lafayette, LA – Community Foundation of Acadiana (CFA) is now accepting nominations from the community for the 2015 Leaders In Philanthropy (LIP) Awards.

Leaders In Philanthropy Awards are presented annually to outstanding individuals or couples from each of the eight parishes of CFA’s primary service area who have made a philanthropic impact in their communities through substantial charitable contributions or by attracting substantial contributions. An award recipient will be chosen from each of the eight parishes if nominations allow.

In 2014, an inaugural Corporate Award was also presented to a corporation that made a philanthropic impact, through substantial charitable contributions, in at least one of the eight parishes of CFA’s primary service area. (The Corporate Award winner need not be headquartered in Acadiana.)

Applications should be completed online at and will be accepted until close of business on Friday, January 30.

CFA President and CEO Raymond J. Hébert, said, “Our annual Leaders In Philanthropy Awards Luncheon is an appropriate way to recognize those who have contributed so much to our communities through charitable giving or philanthropic work and is attracting attendees from throughout our region.”

CFA’s Board of Directors Emeriti will review and choose the award recipients for all parishes, except for Iberia and St. Mary. CFA has affiliates in those parishes with local Boards of Directors who will review and choose their parish’s award selections. Recipients will be selected in March and will be presented with awards at the fifth-annual Leaders In Philanthropy Awards Luncheon in November 2015.

The purpose of CFA’s 2015 Leaders In Philanthropy Awards Luncheon is to honor outstanding area philanthropists, increase awareness of the value of philanthropy and to educate the public about CFA and its mission across its 8-parish service area. Please contact CFA communications and development director, Erin Winder, with any questions at 337.769.4842 or by email at [email protected]

image004Community Foundation of Acadiana is south Louisiana’s premier philanthropic organization benefiting our region, with a particular focus on the parishes of Acadia, Evangeline, Iberia, Lafayette, St. Landry, St. Mary, St. Martin and Vermilion. CFA’s core purpose is to connect all generous people to the causes they care about. In 2013, Community Foundation of Acadiana was recognized for the second year among the Top 100 community foundations in the country as #3 Most Active Grantmaker, #72 Most Gifts per Capita, and #74 Most Activity. Additional milestones include over $135 million in cumulative gifts and over $73 million in cumulative grants since inception. Learn more at