Location: 402 N 4th St, Baton Rouge, 70802 LA
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Reviewer 9572 - Professional in the field
Baton Rouge Area Foundation (BRAF) does not function like a typical community foundation. They are more like an economic development agencies with their own long-term projects. They barely do anything to grow or profit the nonprofit sector. They fill their coffers with major donor dollars. They never advertise their job openings and tend to hire people that have no nonprofit experience. As far as their competitive grant programs go, talk with the program officer beforehand. Even their competitive grant programs have pre-selected organizations. So be sure you're not wasting your time. It's unfortunate that we don't have a community foundation more eager to partner and support the local nonprofits.
Inadvertently exerts negative influence in the field, Doesn't "get" nonprofits and issues, Difficult to work with
Professional in the field
There is an online grant process and platform with clear deadlines. Unfortunately, some of the funds award grants outside of their giving area so it's hard to predict what they will actually fund. The current donor services program officer is pretty active in the community and will (sometimes) provide helpful advice.
I have no idea what BRAF's philanthropic goals are -- building their endowment to fund their long-term economic development projects?
BRAF needs to listen to the nonprofit community and actually invest in it. A lot of nonprofits are afraid to provide feedback because of the power BRAF has in the community.