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A fundraising event that benefits the Foundation and other area nonprofits, celebrates North Caddo farmland, and connects participants to food and
healthy eating!

WHY: Fosters self-discovery and challenges area runners with a 10-mile and 3-mile run

GET INVOLVED: Come to our run: It's the prettiest run in Caddo Parish, and funds raised through registrations benefit collaboration with other area nonprofits. Sponsor our event: Sponsorships benefit the Foundation and help support all our programming throughout the year.

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Connects fundraisers with funders and policymakers, nurtures collaboration, and offers resources, education, and support to the members

WHY: To enhance the current work of our nonprofit organizations, to nurture future leaders, and to cultivate new and emerging programs serving our community

GET INVOLVED: Become a community venture partner: share your knowledge and expertise in fundraising, event marketing, nonprofit accounting, and legal knowledge. Be a guest speaker for our monthly "lunch and learn.” Offer your services to Exchange members on a sliding scale or pro-bono. Become a sponsor!

MSE is a green mission gallery shop open weekdays in Ruston, LA. We have a curated selection of repurposed handmade goods and art to support our work with North Louisiana nonprofits! You may contact us for a private appointment in Ruston, or check Facebook for pictures of our inventory and any special events.

Community Forums

The Foundation brings to our community individuals who live their lives in challenging ways and have responded to a deep sense of call to live out of their talents and passions in ways that serve the greater good. Our first forum was held in the Fall of 2016 with world class climber Conrad Anker and wife Jenny Lowe Anker, Founding Director of the Alex Lowe Charitable Foundation.  Join our email list and follow us on FaceBook so you will know when our next forum is scheduled.

Artist-in-Residence Grants

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The Foundation is committed to bringing into the area Master Teachers and Artists who want to spend time in an intentional community to cultivate the arts and the artist within.  Our first workshop in April of 2017 brought together writers who spent a week Cultivating the Writer Within! Guiding the Artist-in-Residence event was  Published Author and Master Teacher Robert Benson. Future workshops are being planned.  Be sure you are on our email list and you follow us on FaceBook so you will know when our next offering is scheduled.

Contemplative Pilgrimage


Our pilgrimages will be to sites in the US that take us into nature and invite us to unplug and breathe, listen and de-stress. explore and create. The intent will be to consider compassion for oneself, for place and for others. Pilgrimage director Lisa Frost of Baton Rouge leads pilgrimages annually to Ireland and will be leading ours to Montana in 2018.   Be sure you are on our email list and follow us on FaceBook so you will know when                                                                       our plans are finalized.

grants and scholarships

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Perhaps the heart and soul of the outreach of the Foundation is found in the Grants and Scholarships we give to individuals and non-profits whose mission and work matches ours.  Pictured here are some of the students of Stoner Hill Lab School in Shreveport who participated in the canoe day as part of the Bayou to Bay Caddo Outdoor Eduction Water Stewardship Program.

Contact us for more information about applications. 

Give for Good


Each May the Foundation participates in the Shreveport Community Foundation Give for Good Day.  It is a day of  encouraging online giving and the cultivation of individual donors, while giving area non-profits the opportunity to tell their stories.  We are fortunate to have Breathe Yoga offer proceeds of the classes held on Give for Good Day to us.  There are also funds through                                                                     the program that match the donations received by the                                                                         non-profits that are given by corporate sponsors.