CCELL at LSU Launches Challenge Fundraising Campaign

11/11/2013 10:49 AM

BATON ROUGE – LSU’s Center for Community Engagement, Learning and Leadership, or CCELL, has launched a new fundraising campaign, the CCELL Challenge, with the goal of raising $20,000 by the end of 2013. Retired LSU architecture professor Barrett Kennedy and wife Peggy Reily, who issued the challenge, will provide an additional $20,000 donation if the center raises matching funds by 2014. Campaign proceeds will go toward the establishment of an endowment account that will annually generate income for CCELL, LSU’s office for service-learning and campus-community partnerships.

Interest from the $40,000 endowment account will enable CCELL to fund community-university listening sessions and discussion panels; end-of-semester celebration grants for service-learning partnerships; and travel to conferences for faculty, students and community partners. As the endowment grows, CCELL hopes to provide grants for students to complete significant community-based research, design and/or service-learning projects.

Kennedy believes the endowed fund will help bolster an important program at LSU, and impact the community at large in necessary and productive ways.

“Our donation is to support CCELL, but we also see it as directly going to the community,” said Barrett.  “It’s an investment in developing student citizens through the experience of service to Louisiana communities. We also hope that students will develop a stronger connection to Louisiana through their service-learning projects – a deep and enduring connection that compels them to be a force of positive change in Louisiana after graduation. They are the future, the state needs them, and our communities will grow and prosper through their best efforts.”

CCELL remains nationally known for its commitment to and excellence in service-learning, where students complete numerous service projects that reinforce course learning goals and introduce them to important social issues. Annually, more than 3,500 LSU students work with more than 100 community nonprofit organizations to address critical community needs in approximately 150 service-learning classes taught in every college and school at the university. Collectively, these efforts add approximately $700,000 to the local economy, and provide deliverables such as public relations campaigns and websites for nonprofits, anti-bullying curricula for middle school students, community gardens, public school playgrounds, libraries and more.

Those interested in donating to the Challenge Fundraiser should visit and click on the button to “Support CCELL,” or mail a check payable to the LSU Foundation with “CCELL Endowment” in the memo section to: LSU Foundation, 3838 West Lakeshore Drive., Baton Rouge, LA 70808.

For more information, contact Christy Kayser Arrazattee at 225-578-4245, or

Billy  Gomila 
LSU Media Relations

Posted on Monday, November 11, 2013