The result of two months of research and planning, these draft strategies follow a third round of meetings at the parish level, where residents engaged in interactive roundtable activities that showed the LA SAFE team what types of projects, programs and policy recommendations work best for their parish.
The powerful changes that lift up Louisiana’s most vulnerable residents can only be sustained over the long-term through systems change and policy that works for the people. Foundation for Louisiana is committed to policy work that ensures that the hard-won gains of our grantees and partners are institutionalized. FFL supports advocates working to increase access to affordable housing, build community wealth, expand economic opportunity, and empower underserved communities to influence policy at the local, state and federal levels.
In action, our policy initiatives take the form of convening an Equity Caucus, where community members from many perspectives – activists and advocates, public employees, nonprofit staff, and representatives from private industry – can collectively strategize actions to bring about policy change in the public and private sectors. We make grants to sustain these action plans and provide technical assistance to the lead agencies and resident leaders who are responsible for carrying them out. We also invest in concept papers and original research; these thoughtful, evidence-based documents lay the groundwork for policy advocacy by our partners and others across the state.
Projects We Support
The Livable Claiborne Community Ambassadors program is just what the name says: an opportunity for residents of the Claiborne Avenue corridor to engage with their neighbors on community issues. But it's equally valuable as a transportation safety program, since its focus is giving neighborhood residents a voice in making their neighborhood streets safer for biking and walking.Support Projects like these,
When Foundation for Louisiana's 2014 Environmental Sustainability working group met to develop a project focused on New Orleans' Claiborne Avenue Corridor, their first challenge was simply to decide what they meant by "sustainability." As Jeff Supak of Global Green USA's New Orleans office explains, participants brought different perspectives – some cultural, some neighborhood, some environmental, and some simply tired of repeated street flooding from New Orleans' typical "gullywasher" summer rainstorms.Support Projects like these,
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Seeded with a $50,000 matching grant from Funders for LGBTQ Issues' Out in the South program, FFL will raise an additional $250,000 for the fund by the end of 2018.
"Foundation for Louisiana is humbled and excited to receive the first-of-its-kind 'Mover and Shaker' Award for Bold Peer Organizing,” said Flozell Daniels, Jr., FFL's president and CEO. "This work is powered by our incredible grantee partners, talented staff and board, our public sector partners and, most important, the wisdom of community in the pursuit of greater equity outcomes. Considering the task at hand, this is just the beginning."