Create your Legacy with Friends of the Cabildo

Legacy Giving

Friends of the Cabildo (FOC) is an independent 501 (C) 3, Non-Profit organization that has supported the Louisiana State Museum since 1956 and all donations are 100% tax deductible. The FOC takes zero funds from the State of Louisiana and maintains its independence status through the raising of funds from donations, walking tours, grants, events and an endowment.

Click Here to Access a Printable Document on How to the Give to the FOC

Planned gifts are a thoughtful way to provide for the future needs of the Friends of the Cabildo, and allow you to direct your legacy toward what is meaningful to you. Gifts may be unrestricted (to be used for the highest and best use at the FOC when received) or restricted to a specific area where you wish to make impact.

Ways to Leave a Legacy Include

BequestsRetirement PlansInsurance

Cupola Legacy Society Members

Tamra & Michael Carboni | Lisa Chmiola | The Estate of Charles Gillian | THE Estate of Avis Ogilvy Moore

Cupola Legacy Society

All individuals that include Friends of the Cabildo in their legacy plans qualify for membership in the Society; Click Here to simply provide details about your gift and what you wish for it to accomplish (details kept confidential, may remain anonymous if desired).

You’ll receive special acknowledgment/recognition throughout year to further your engagement and impact on the future of the FOC.

If you are interested in supporting Friends of the Cabildo through your will or through legacy giving please contact Jason Strada at (504) 523-3939 or email

Dedicated Board Member Provides for Future of the Friends through Cupola Society Gift

(Above Tamra & Michael Carboni at the opening of a new Newcomb Pottery Exhibit at Madame John’s Legacy)

Longtime Friends of the Cabildo board member and volunteer Tamra Carboni is one of the first members of the Cupola Legacy Society, which recognizes donors who create legacy gifts in support of the Friends.

The estate gift from Tamra and husband Mike, created by naming the Friends as a beneficiary of  their IRA, will bolster the educational programs at the Louisiana State Museum.

“The Louisiana State Museum has lost funding through the years and whatever we can give is needed,” says Tamra. “Funding goes to important programming and has an immediate impact.”

A longtime educator and curator, Tamra worked with the Friends in different capacities throughout her 30-plus year career, including starting the educational department at the Louisiana State Museum. When she was asked to join the Board, she said there was no question about her involvement.

“The Friends of the Cabildo is an inclusive organization,” says Tamra. “I love how much of the work goes back to education. The way a museum can educate is so powerful. The kind of programs they create can impact both adults and children.”

While Tamra says there are many deserving organizations, she feels that by supporting the Friends of the Cabildo, you can see your dollars go to work immediately. She applauds the Friends of the Cabildo for their exceptional programming and their dedicated support of the Louisiana State Museum system.

“The Carbonis’ forward-thinking gift will have a huge impact on the work that we do,” says Jason Strada, executive director of the Friends of the Cabildo. “Volunteers and donors, like Tamra and Mike, make it possible for us to continue our mission and create important educational programming.”

Members of the Cupola Legacy Society ensure the work of the Friends will continue for generations to come by making plans for the organization in their estates. To learn more about the Society contact Jason Strada

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