Baton Rouge Area Foundation Responds to the Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill Relief Effort

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Community Foundation Responds to Oil Spill Disaster

According to Kevin Lyle, a BRAF representative, “We are committed to both the environmental and economic recovery efforts in the region, and have established funds to target specific facets of that long-term process.

Stellar Technology Solutions (STS) would like to congratulate the Baton Rouge Area Foundation (BRAF) for its quick and effective response to the oil spill disaster in the Gulf of Mexico.

The Baton Rouge Area Foundation responded to the disaster in the Gulf by establishing several charitable funds to raise money, advise donors, and write grants for the long-term recovery of the Gulf Coast. Using Stellar’s Giving Opportunities functionality, BRAF was able to establish several new funds on their public website that facilitate online credit card donations from visitors or donors directly to a Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill Disaster fund of their choice. The Giving Opportunities capability is fully integrated with BRAF’s back office management system, iPhi CoreEnterprise®. This full integration allows BRAF to receive thousands of online donations that flow seamlessly to their back office for processing, without increasing work for the Foundation staff.

The Foundation’s unique approach to community service and disaster relief has been noticed both nationally by Steven Colbert who created The Colbert Nation Gulf of America Fund and federally by BP who donated $100 million to create The Gulf Coast Restoration and Protection Foundation, at the request of President Obama, to assist in providing hardship grants to the rig workers.

According to Kevin Lyle, a BRAF representative, “We are committed to both the environmental and economic recovery efforts in the region, and have established funds to target specific facets of that long-term process. We also take very seriously our responsibility, through our supporting organization, to distribute the funds donated by BP to those rig workers who suffered financial hardship from the deepwater drilling moratorium imposed after the spill. As always, our donors have been very generous in responding to this disaster, and our task every day is to earn that trust and work to improve our community and region.”

“Assisting BRAF in quickly responding to a critical environmental and community destabilizing event is something we were willing and able to do because of the capability and flexibility of our community foundation software solution”, states Bryan Mileger CEO of Stellar Technology Solutions.

About Baton Rouge Area Foundation http://www.braf.org
The Baton Rouge Area Foundation makes the world better in two ways. We connect fund donors – philanthropists – to worthwhile projects and nonprofits. With them, we have granted more than $232 million over 46 years to give people a chance to prosper. We also take on projects that change the direction of South Louisiana, such as revitalizing downtowns, spearheading the building of the Shaw Center for the Arts, supporting innovations in public schools and reclaiming inner-city neighborhoods.

About Stellar Technology Solutions, LLC http://www.stellartechsol.com
Stellar Technology Solutions, Inc. is a leading provider of integrated enterprise level philanthropic management software for charitable organizations and for financial institutions providing services to nonprofit organizations.

Baton Rouge Area Foundation Contact:
Kevin Lyle    
Phone: (225) 387-6126            
Email: klyle(at)braf(dot)org

Stellar Technology Solutions Contact:
John Coogan
Phone: (570) 517-3500 Ext. 2
Email: jcoogan(at)stellartechsol(dot)com

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