“As a fairly new teacher, I have limited materials in my classroom. Ascension Fund provided me with the opportunity to expand on educational material and create an interactive learning environment. During the 2011-2012 School Year I received a grant funded by Ascension Fund for a listening center and interactive listening activities. The listening center provided students with the opportunity to enhance and reinforce literacy skills, which aided in improving students’ performance. The grant had an impact on the entire class and will continue to stimulate students throughout the following years.”
- Jenna Braud, Spanish Lake Primary

Mission

The Ascension Fund, an instrument for private sector leaders to reward and inspire excellence in public education, by investing directly in the work of individual teachers and schools through grants for innovative ideas and programs in Ascension Parish public schools.


History

The Ascension Fund is a 501(c)3, not-for-profit organization that provides grant money to public schools and teachers in Ascension Parish.

It was established in 1991 as a project of the Rotary Club of Gonzales. Original pledges of $800,000 for the creation of The Ascension Fund were placed in an endowment, the income from which now funds the grants. The Fund provided its first grant in 1992, and since that time has given over 1,100 grants representing $1.25 million in awards to area public schools and teachers. The Ascension Fund is guided by a board of directors and the invested funds are overseen by the Baton Rouge Area Foundation.

The Fund operates two programs: Grants for Teachers fund grant proposals of $500 and $1,000 for teacher projects for individual classrooms; while School Impact Grants provide $2,500 for creative programs that have a school–wide academic impact.

In 2011, The Ascension Fund celebrated its 20th year anniversary by pledging to continue to increase the quality of education by providing schools and individual teachers with funds to implement new, creative ways for student learning. As Ascension Parish continues to grow, The Ascension Fund will continue to support local schools provide the best education for our children.


Board of Directors


Michael Buturla, President

Domain Architecture


Sally Diez, Vice President

Diez, Dupuy & Ruiz, LLC


Lisa Philippe Dunigan, Secretary

The Philippe Family


Brad J. Walker, Treasurer

InfiniEdge Software


Jason Bonaventure

Bonaventure Law Firm


Sherrie Despino

Ascension Chamber of Commerce


Malcolm Dugas, Jr.

Attorney – Donaldsonville


Alsie Dunbar

STEM Gems


Fritz Englade, Sr.

River Parish Securities


Sonny Graugnard

Graugnard Furniture


Amy Hathorn-Lambert

Ascension Health & Nutrition Alliance


Kevin Hardy

Shell Chemical LP-Geismar


David Herring

Entergy


Bret Hughes

Hughes Insurance Services


Juanita Pearley

Donaldsonville Chamber of Commerce


Cherron Philippe

The Phillippe Family


Timothy E. Pujol

Pujol, Pryor & Irwin


Paulette Rosamond

BASF Corporation


Beryl S. Smith

EATEL


Donald Songy

Ascension Parish School Board Superintendent (retired)


Buddy Wells

AllStar Ford/Lincoln


Jennifer deFrances

Executive Director