Rotary donates to Ascension Fund

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Rotarian Malcolm Dugas presents the donation to the Ascension Fund’s Executive Director Jennifer DeFrances.

The Donaldsonville Rotary club donated to the Ascension Fund at its weekly club luncheon at Café Lafourche last week. The club presented the donation to the Ascension Funds’ Executive Director Jennifer DeFrances.

The Ascension Fund 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.

According to the Ascension Fund’s website, its mission is to be “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.”