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

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

Grants Build Capacity, Leadership in Growing Latino Community

Puentes was conceived as a Latino-run, Latino-serving community development organization in 2007 with a mission to address needs for civic engagement, coalition building and advocacy around social justice issues affecting Latinos in the New Orleans area.

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Ambassadors for Safe Streets

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.

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This memorial was erected for a New Orleans bicyclist who was struck and killed in August 2015 at the intersection of North Broad and Canal Streets.

FFL launches Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation process in Baton Rouge and New Orleans

TRHT is a comprehensive, national and community-based process to plan for and bring about transformational and sustainable change, and to address the historic and contemporary effects of racism. It was initiated in January 2016 with a year-long design phase and builds upon and complements the Kellogg Foundation’s decades-long commitment to advancing racial equity and racial healing throughout the United States.

FFL Rapid Response Fund Statement of Intent August 2017 Flooding

One of the biggest concerns during the most recent events was the inability of the city to effectively disseminate news about the flooding risks. Residents were caught off-guard and unaware. It also quickly became obvious that despite the numerous disasters that have affected the city, not all local residents have been able to take the personal mitigation and preparedness actions that could help them remain safe.