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2015 Force For Good Award Winners Announced

Posted By Bettsie Norton, LANO, Monday, October 05, 2015

The Louisiana Association of Nonprofit Organizations announced today the selection of Gerard Barousse of the Bayou District Foundation and the Society of St. Vincent de Paul as the 2015 honorees of the LANO Force For Good Awards.  The awards will be presented during the annual LANO Conference on October 22-23 at the Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Baton Rouge.

The Nonprofit of the Year Award recognizes a LANO member whose exceptional delivery of services to the community sets a high standard of quality and impact.  The Leadership Award honors an individual LANO member who has demonstrated strong decision-making abilities consistent with their organization’s mission and scope; rallies both staff and volunteers to maximize their potential; and achieves consistently successful results.


Based in Baton Rouge, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul recently celebrated 150 years of delivering care and assistance to homeless, at-risk and disadvantaged individuals and families throughout the Baton Rouge area. The nonprofit organization provides person-to-person aid by offering food services and housing solutions for those in need.


The Society collaborates with stakeholders and business leaders to develop affordable retail stores, dental clinics and pharmacies, and in 2014, the Society served over 240,000 meals, filled over 30,000 prescriptions and provided 25,000 guest nights of shelter to the homeless.


Gerard Barousse is the founder and Chairman of the Bayou District Foundation, an organization largely responsible for the creation of Columbia Parc—a thriving, mixed-income family community serving nearly 500 low-income households in the heart of New Orleans.


Since its completion, the Columbia Parc community has been 100% occupied, crime has reduced by nearly 100%, and all residents are either employed or in school full-time.  Barousse is regarded as an urban renaissance innovator, mentor and a community icon demonstrating outstanding leadership in the New Orleans nonprofit community.  

Please join us in celebrating these outstanding LANO members by attending the 2015 Annual Conference and Force for Good Awards Luncheon October 22-23!

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