The TerraBella Institute
The TerraBella Institute (“The Institute”) fosters a sense of place for TerraBella Village and encourages growth as a community where people can connect to art, nature, and one another. This vision of The Institute was established by the developers before the first lot was sold in 2008. Every resident in TerraBella Village is a member of The Institute.
The TerraBella Institute was formed October 17, 2016, as a non-profit 501(c)3 organization to support philanthropic, charitable, educational, scientific, literary, and cultural pursuits, and the preservation of nature within our community through charitable giving. Our goal is to instill in our children and grandchildren the importance of education, our cultural arts, our natural resources, and giving back to others. A general liability insurance policy is maintained.
The Institute is dedicated to building a better way of life for generations to come with a mission to support philanthropic, charitable, educational, scientific, literary, and cultural pursuits for our children and grandchildren, and encourage the preservation of nature in our growing community. In furtherance of the vision and purpose of the Institute, the Institute shall continue to host community events with proceeds benefiting the objectives for TerraBella Village and local charities.
The Institute shall host a calendar full of events with a goal to partner with and give back to local charities. The events offer a unique amenity not offered in other local neighborhoods creating a sense of community and adding to the cultural value of the TerraBella Village experience. The events at TerraBella Village support The Institute’s goals and mission by aiding in funding for The Institute. Each event is cleverly designed for all participants to enjoy the event and give back, including the bands selected for the outdoor concerts, food trucks serving food, restaurants selling beverages, sponsors with financial gifts and offering activity booths, volunteers, attendees, and so much more.
Our annual festivals are an opportunity to support Northshore charities, including the Northshore Food Bank with a food drive and The Samaritan Center to organize a coat drive for the homeless in St. Tammany Parish.
In addition to hosting our own events, TerraBella Village is a venue for other non-profit organizations to host events such as 5K runs, 1 mile fun runs, or a walk to support other local causes.
Philanthropy, Science, Music, Literature, Nature, Cultural Arts, Theater, Education, Charity, Creativity, Wellness, and Community Connection, which together enhance the total value of the village lifestyle and ownership experience at TerraBella Village.
Future Objectives for TerraBella Village
- Community Garden
- Art & Farmers Market
- Provide art and music lessons
- Outdoor theater
- Enhancements to the Nature Trails
- signs (including indigenous trees, insects, plant life, reptiles)
- foot bridges
- duck boxes
- Guided nature walks in the nature preserve with a specialist
- Sculpture garden or Zen meditation area
- Yoga/Pilates in the park
How is The Institute funded?
- Corporate Sponsors
- Assessment fees
- Member contributions
- Event proceeds – including raffles, portions of the proceeds from food & beverage sales, silent auction, wine & beer tastings, photo sales, etc.
- Amazon Smile
How to get involved
- Attend events
- Assist with promoting events – Social media, family & friends
- Buy and sell raffle tickets
- Donate raffle items
- Donate through your company on a monthly basis
- Join or chair a club, or committee
- Green Leaf Club
- TerraBella Art Guild
- Welcome Committee
- Focus Group
Each year a local charity is selected through an application process where the charities are nominated by homeowners, business owners, partners in the community, and the charities themselves. After all applications are received from the nominated charities, they are selected by The Institute board of directors.
Portions of the proceeds raised from our seasonal raffles support these local charities. By partnering with local charities, we are building connections in our community allowing The Institute to branch out into St Tammany Parish and beyond. TerraBella Village has proudly given back to the community with charitable donations amounting to over $10,000.
Board of Directors
The TerraBella Institute Board of Directors were initially selected by the TerraBella Developers. The board may consist of three class B members, and eight class A members for a total of not more than 11 board members. Class B members will remain on the board for the duration of the project. Class A board members serve a term of 3 years.
The Board of Directors meets four times per year, carrying out the vision, supporting the mission of the Institute, and representing The Institute with a positive voice in the community.
Meet the Board of Directors
- Class B members
- Boh Brothers (Seamus Loman) – TerraBella developer
- Wayne Buras – Secretary Treasurer – homeowner and TerraBella developer
- Randy Meyer – Developer and TerraBella builder
- Class A members
- Laura Thibodeaux – President – Event Coordinator for TerraBella Village
- Aimee Foret – Vice President – homeowner
- Hope Richard – homeowner
- Rick Robertson – homeowner
- Nicole McIvor – homeowner
For more information please call Laura Thibodeaux 985-871-7171 or email firstname.lastname@example.org