Louisiana Family Forum

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The Louisiana Family Forum (LFF) is "a faith-oriented, anti-abortion" [1] religious non-profit organization created with the expressed mission of "persuasively present[ing] biblical principles in the centers of influence on issues affecting the family through research, communication, and networking." [2] The group lobbies on social issues, typically having to do with reproductive health.

For its challenges to the teaching of Darwinian evolution, in 2007 The Times-Picayune referred to Lousiana Family Forum as a creationist group.[3]

The Louisiana Family Forum's allied litigation group is the Alliance Defending Freedom, which has been deemed a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center.

LFF is an associate member of the State Policy Network.

News and Controversies

Success in pushing bills anti-abortion legislation

LFF was one of "da winnas" in 2018 according to a Louisiana political columnist. LFF was given this title for "successfully push[ing] bills that bar abortion providers from receiving Medicaid funds, outlaw[ing] abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy (subject to court approval of a similar law in Mississippi), creat[ing] the crime of “coerced abortions” and impos[ing] additional regulations on abortion providers." [4]

"Tax Shelter" Accusation

In 2014, writer Lamer White Jr. blogged on his website that, "Louisiana Family Forum Isn’t A Charity; It’s A Tax Shelter For The State’s Most Powerful Lobbyist." White argues that the LFF President Gene Mills is "housing all of his lobbying activities under the umbrella and auspices of a 501(c)(3)" about which White says, "you just can’t do that." [5]

$100,000 Earmarked by Political Ally

In a 2008 fiscal bill, former Senator David Vitter included a $100,000 earmark for Louisana Family Forum to "develop a plan to promote better science education." Louisana Family Forum has notably "opposed the teaching of evolution and, more recently, have pushed to have it prominently labeled as a theory with other alternatives presented." Vitter and LFF have had employees work for both of their offices according to The Times-Picayune.

Ties to State Policy Network

According to a brochure put out by LFF, the organization "maintains relationships with community-minded organizations in Louisiana and is part of nationwide networks of state policy organizations Focus on the Family, Family Research Council, State Policy Network and the Alliance Defending Freedom, our litigation arm." [6]

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Funding

Louisiana Family Foundation does not disclose their donors.

Core Financials

2016 Louisiana Family Foundation Inc[7]

  • Total Revenue: $602,353
  • Total Expenses: $496,286
  • Net Assets: $170,836

2015 Louisiana Family Foundation Inc[8]

  • Total Revenue: $498,031
  • Total Expenses: $624,440
  • Net Assets: $64,769

2014 Louisiana Family Foundation Inc[9]

  • Total Revenue: $679,482
  • Total Expenses: $663,448
  • Net Assets: $191,178

2013 Louisiana Family Foundation Inc[10]

  • Total Revenue: $541,109
  • Total Expenses: $465,616
  • Net Assets: $175,144

2012 Louisiana Family Foundation Inc[11]

  • Total Revenue: $477,812
  • Total Expenses: $457,099
  • Net Assets: $96,078

2011 Louisiana Family Foundation Inc[12]

  • Total Revenue: $397,675
  • Total Expenses: $413,095
  • Net Assets: $107,101

2010 Louisiana Family Foundation Inc[13]

  • Total Revenue: $431,832
  • Total Expenses: $405,839
  • Net Assets: $122,521

2010 Louisiana Family Foundation Action[13]

  • Total Revenue: $175,432
  • Total Expenses: $162,962
  • Net Assets: $-2,799

2008 Louisiana Family Foundation Inc[14]

  • Total Revenue: $691,915
  • Total Expenses: $638,577
  • Net Assets: $132,055

2007 Louisiana Family Foundation Inc[14]

  • Total Revenue: $509,349
  • Total Expenses: $512,953
  • Net Assets: $78,715

2006 Louisiana Family Foundation Inc[14]

  • Total Revenue: $507,682
  • Total Expenses: $304,284
  • Net Assets: $24,852

2005 Louisiana Family Foundation Inc[14]

  • Total Revenue: $372,363
  • Total Expenses: $355,288
  • Net Assets: $44,026

2004 Louisiana Family Foundation Inc[14]

  • Total Revenue: $396,852
  • Total Expenses: $343,953
  • Net Assets: $77,751

2003 Louisiana Family Foundation Inc[14]

  • Total Revenue: $283,291
  • Total Expenses: $304,284
  • Net Assets: $24,852

2002 Louisiana Family Foundation Inc[14]

  • Total Revenue: $298,146
  • Total Expenses: $294,103
  • Net Assets: $45,845

2001 Louisiana Family Foundation Inc[14]

  • Total Revenue: $384,423
  • Total Expenses: $406,971
  • Net Assets: $23,130

Personnel

Board of Directors

  • Clay Sharon Clement, Board Chairman/Director
  • Gene Blanche Mills, President & Executive Director
  • Charlie Ellen Davis, Director
  • Todd Cindy Miller, Treasurer/Director
  • Derek Heather Babcock, Vice Chairman/Director
  • Kevin Dale Hoffpauir, Chief Operations Officer
  • Eric Melissa Arman, Secretary & Director
  • Jerry Melissa Bryan, Director
  • Charles Clelie Carpenter, Director

Staff

  • Dale Hoffpauir, Operations Director
  • Victoria Kelly, Administration
  • Kristie Corss, General Counsel
  • Kathleen Benfield, Legislative Director
  • Tim Grant, Communications & Information Technologies Director

Contact Information

Louisiana Family Forum
655 Saint Ferdinand St.
Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70802
Phone: (225)344-8533 or (800)606-6470
Email: info@lafamilyforum.org [15]
Website: https://www.lafamilyforum.org/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/lafamilyforum/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/lafamilyforum?lang=en
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/lafamilyforum/

References

  1. ADAM NOSSITER In Louisiana, Inklings of a New (True) Champion of the Right New York Times, June 2, 2008
  2. Lousiana Family Forum about organizational website, accessed June 2018
  3. Bruce Eggler Vitter earmarked federal money for creationist groupThe Times-Picayune Sept 22 2007
  4. Clancy Dubos Da Winnas and Da Loozas of the 2018 Louisiana Legislative session Gambit, May 22, 2018
  5. Lamar White Jr. Louisiana Family Forum Isn’t A Charity; It’s A Tax Shelter For The State’s Most Powerful Lobbyist Cenlamar, Sept. 3, 2014
  6. Louisiana Family Forum Leadership Academy Broschure promotional material, printed for 2014
  7. Louisana Family Foundation, 2016 990, ProPublica, accessed July 2018.
  8. Louisana Family Foundation, 2015 990, ProPublica, accessed July 2018.
  9. Louisana Family Foundation, 2014 990, ProPublica, accessed July 2018.
  10. Louisana Family Foundation, 2013 990, ProPublica, accessed July 2018.
  11. Louisana Family Foundation, 2012 990, ProPublica, accessed July 2018.
  12. Louisana Family Foundation, 2011 990, ProPublica, accessed July 2018.
  13. 13.0 13.1 Louisana Family Foundation, 2010 990, Cenlamar, accessed June 2018.
  14. 14.0 14.1 14.2 14.3 14.4 14.5 14.6 14.7 Nonprofit Explorer LFA 990s click to download, ProPublica, accessed July 2018.
  15. Louisiana Fmaily Foundation Family Facts May 15, 2018