Who we are

About Forum

Our mission is to create opportunities for Baton Rouge young professionals to grow philanthropically, professionally, and civically. We're enhancing the vitality of the Baton Rouge community through civic-minded and service-oriented young professionals.

Meet Our Members

We have members working across the Capital Region.

Meet Our Board

Our Board of Directors are making a difference.
Our History

Over 25 Years of Young Leaders for a Better Baton Rouge

Founded in August 1993 to inspire young professionals to become involved with philanthropic organizations and activities, Forum 35, as we were formally known, was founded to support young men and women dedicated to leading, improving, and shaping Baton Rouge. The Baton Rouge Area Foundation, under the leadership of John Davies and John Barton, Sr., provided $5,000 each to start the organization.

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Lighting the Bridge
Worked with many partners to raised $350,000+ to install lights on the Mississippi River Bridge, which serves as a gateway into the Capital City.
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Harvard Research Study
Facilitated Baton Rouge's participation in a Harvard University research study designed by Robert Putnam known as the Social Capital Survey.
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Barton Leadership
Created the John W. Barton, Sr. Community Leadership Development Program in Partnership with the Louisiana Association of Nonprofit Organizations (LANO).
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Kicked off our Cultural Diversity Initiative kicked, Mixture, to feature our backgrounds, cultures, and unique sense of self through art, fashion, music, dance and much more.
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Adding Service
Recognizing the organization's rich history with service to the community, Forum 35 officially adds Service as a fourth core pillar.
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Plan Baton Rouge
Meetings began that would firm the participation in Plan Baton Rouge.
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Forum Fridays
Started engaging leaders at Forum Fridays to create continued dialogue on issues in our community.
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Art Mob
Art Mob was created to assist in supporting and sustaining smaller arts organizations in Baton Rouge with limited access to advertising opportunities.
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Diversity Committee
Partnering with 100 Black Men and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana, we formed a Cultural Diversity Committee to increase the diversity of our membership and create dialogue.
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Strategic Planning
We revised our strategic plan to ensure the organization could sustain for another 20 years. We identified three core pillars: Arts and Culture, Diversity and leadership.
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Community Cleanups
Organized a three-hundred person volunteer cleanup and beautification of the inner city Gus Young Park.
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We Are BR!
Launched the We Are BR! campaign to increase civic pride and support the observance of the Baton Rouge Bus Boycott 50th Anniversary.
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Plan Baton Rouge
After hosting a New Urbanism lecture series, BRAF and Forum35 to investigated how to apply new urbanism to Baton Rouge. These efforts resulted in hiring noted urbanist Andres Duany to conduct a community brainstorming session. This work was the catalyst for Plan Baton Rouge—a blueprint for the re-development of downtown into a 24-hour city.
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Policy & Activism
We began to speak out on major policy issues in the community. We also unveiled a new logo, volunteered for more than 3,500 hours in the community, and we had our largest Reindeer Run event ever.
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With support of the membership and unanimous vote of the Board, the organization changes its name and logo to Forum 225.

Join Forum 225

Student Membership


per year

  • Access to events, trainings, and service projects
  • Reduced price for current students

Standard Membership


per year

  • Access to events, trainings, and service projects
  • Leadership opportunities

Business Sponsor

$500 - $2500

per year

  • Membership for 5 - 10 team members
  • Listing on website