Leadership & Engagement

As expressed in our mission statement, Foundation for Louisiana is committed to investing in people as well as practices that are grounded in the wisdom of the residents – those with deep roots in the social and cultural environment of our state, and those who have chosen to make Louisiana their new home. Through our TOGETHER Initiative, the foundation builds capacity in individual civic leaders and the organizations they represent. This capacity takes the form of new networks, skills, and financial resources to help them achieve their own missions and create impact in their local communities.

For us, engagement occurs in multiple stages and dimensions. Our resident leaders engage with each other – learning about neighborhoods and causes that are different than their own but often interrelated. These leaders also deepen their engagement with their own members and potential members. More broadly, their participation in foundation programs gives them more opportunities to engage with elected officials, public servants, and a host of decision-makers who influence their lives.

Projects We Support

LEAD: Training Residents to Be Their Own Champions

LEAD (Leadership, Engagement, Advocacy and Development) Community Training Program is a resident leadership academy to promote civic engagement. LEAD is the first phase of Foundation for Louisiana's TOGETHER Initiative.

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members of the 2014 LEAD class engage in a closing activity

A New Type of Housing Plan for New Orleans

Greater New Orleans Housing Alliance (GNOHA) is coordinating a large-scale effort to develop a ten-year strategy for housing New Orleans' current and future residents

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TOGETHER Initiative — "Building Power Through Community"

Following a two-month planning phase launched by the Equity Caucus event, neighborhood and cultural groups work with technical-assistance providers who are part of the Equity Caucus in developing strategies and projects to address inequities in specific quality-of-life areas. Working groups members collaborate on project proposals that are ultimately submitted to FFL for grant consideration.

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Snapshots from our TOGETHER Initiative word

Foundation's LEAD Program kicks off leadership workshop March 25

Participants learned about FFL's work and mission and were introduced to some of the skills and issues that will be covered in the workshop: civic participation, neighborhood transformation, social justice, leadership development, and civic values, rights and responsibilities. The LEAD Program stands for "Leadership, Engagement, Advocacy, Development."