Kate Archer Kent

Shreveport-based LifeShare Blood Centers announced the creation of its first endowment Wednesday made possible by a loyal blood donor who quietly bequeathed a life insurance policy to the blood bank. The endowment, currently $10,000, will serve like a savings account that will grow in perpetuity, according to LifeShare CEO Margaret Wallace.

South Arkansas Community College was one of 40 nonprofit groups to receive a gift from the $11 million estate of a Fort Smith, Ark., accountant.

The Community Foundation will once again help pay for swimming lessons for Shreveport area youth through a matching grant fund.

Soles4Souls, Inc.

Keep Louisiana Beautiful affiliates around the state - including Natchitoches and DeRidder - gathered 28,000 pairs of shoes for Soles4Souls, a Tennessee shoe charity.

The Central Louisiana Community Foundation will give its Community Impact award to the Alexandria Museum of Art at Dec. 14 ceremony.