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Learning Lab Receives National Designation

Alexandria, La. – The Community Development Works (CDW) Learning Lab has been designated as a Foundation Center Cooperating Collection site. This distinction will allow the Lab to better serve grantseekers in the region by acquiring Foundation Center resources for grantseeking and grant writing. The Foundation Center is a nonprofit organization headquartered in New York City. The Center performs research on charitable giving, presents information on U.S. philanthropies, and helps grantseekers find funding and program information.

The CDW Learning Lab Cooperating Collection site is now one of more than 200 Collections across the United States. Foundation Center publications, supplemental materials, and the Foundation's Directory and Search will be available in the Lab for public use. Foundation Center publications include books on grant seeking and writing and grants for individuals, arts, health and religious funding.

The Learning Lab is a place for citizens, community groups, and nonprofit organizations to access information, databases, publications, and personal assistance from CDW staff that support citizen-led community and nonprofit development efforts. CDW and the Learning Lab are funded by The Rapides Foundation.

The Lab houses a nonprofit and community development reference library, with over 500 titles of books and periodicals, and a small computer center for prospect and program research. The Learning Lab located on the first floor of The Rapides Foundation Building is open from 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. For more information about the Learning Lab, contact Felicia Walker at 318.443.7880 or 800.803.8075, or e-mail at

Community Development Works' (CDW) mission is to create and support a community development infrastructure as the primary vehicle for citizen involvement in improving the health and well-being of Central Louisiana residents.

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