The public meetings, coordinated by LA SAFE and partners including Foundation for Louisiana, help give coastal residents a broad and often historical overview of how the coastline has come to suffer from the kind of erosion that's threatening the economic, cultural and social fabrics of diverse communities. But then as the meetings continue, residents learn how they can become participants and leaders in their own future as they learn to recognize and adapt to challenges by recognizing opportunities.
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."
Our bridge loans offer nonprofit organizations the working capital they need to continue providing critical services to communities and individuals. For nonprofits waiting for committed funds from government agencies and foundations or other contracts, our loan can help your organization continue operating.
“Never before have we had such a cross section of leaders work together to come up with effective solutions to the challenges facing our justice system. This task force has involved elected leaders, business leaders, leaders in the those in the nonprofit and philanthropic communities, as well as advocates and grassroots activists, and leaders from the faith-based communities across the spectrum,” said FFL President & CEO Flozell Daniels, Jr., who has served as the governor’s designee on the task force.
FFL will work with the state’s Office of Community Development on LA SAFE (Louisiana’s Strategic Adaptations for Future Environments), which will create a community-focused resilience and adaptation policy framework to complement the state’s Coastal Master Plan.
The governor hopes that the March 16 report will give legislators the guidelines they’ll need when the session begins on April 10 to begin the important task of making more effective laws to protect our citizens and reduce what has become a vicious cycle of incarceration and criminalization of one set of our population while endangering and practically bankrupting another.
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The Cohort 2 meetings run concurrently with the Cohort 3 meetings in an effort to provide space for residents to grow their knowledge around coastal issues and become more informed as to how they might take action in the process.
Sebastian Rey and Amanda Smith, the center's Community Coordinator, also attended the inaugural LGBTQ Statewide Summit in the fall of 2016 as part of FFL's work with the Out in the South initiative, thanks to a $50,000 grant from the Funders for LGBTQ Issues.
Foundation for Louisiana is partnering with the W.K. Kellogg Foundation on a National Day of Racial Healing on Tuesday, Jan. 17. This day is part of a new initiative known as Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation (TRHT). Its goal: to create a new conversation about race in our community.
LEAD (Leadership, Education, Advocacy, Development) the Coast was developed to enhance local capacity and recognize the thought leadership, traditional knowledge, and valuable input that exists within a community.
WKKF is sponsoring a multi-year project known as the Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation (TRHT) enterprise.
These sessions will provide space for residents to grow their knowledge around coastal issues and become more informed as to how they might take action in the process.
Through this effort, Propeller and Foundation for Louisiana will make loans to non-profit and for-profit social ventures that are solving pressing issues in food access, water management, educational equity, and health. The partnership will seek to address funding gaps faced by New Orleans’s small businesses, particularly those owned by women and entrepreneurs of color, by offering loans with favorable terms and providing ongoing mentorship and guidance to borrowers.
FFL, Southeastern Council of Foundations consider 'Navigating the Currents of Change' at 47th annual meeting
The annual meeting was a chance for foundations to network, organize and think about what future will hold for philanthropy and for the country.
Foundation for Louisiana sees opportunities amid the challenges. With your help, we continue to support a range of innovative strategies for promoting community resiliency.
This seven-week program brings in guest experts to host skill-building sessions in a variety of fields like community organizing, advocacy, public policy, and land use and development. LEAD graduates develop the skills that they need to enact positive change through their organizations and communities while building strong relationships with other neighborhood leaders from across the city. Deadline to apply: Feb. 10, 2017.
Training begins Nov. 5. Skills from this training will be useful for other work where residents may be involved. The information will break down the science, policies and realities facing Louisiana's coastal communities. Residents trained in this program will also have a chance to be employed as Community Fellows throughout FFL's coastal community engagement and planning efforts. This program will provide payment for participation, childcare, breakfast and lunch each day and cover travel expenses.
The panel discussion is a part of The Big Issue Speaker Series.
The summit also featured the panel discussion "Organizing for Political Change," moderated by Sebastian Rey (LGBT Community Center of New Orleans) and featuring panelists Frank Perez (LGBT+ Archives of LA), Cherry Galette (National Performance Network), Dylan Waguespack (Equity Louisiana and Louisiana Progress) and Shaena Johnson (BreakOUT!).
The program will focus on real estate finance, financial analysis and real estate development to support stronger, more resilient and equitable communities. Due to a short launch period and strong demand, the program will start on Jan. 11, 2017. This will allow more time for applicants to plan and prepare for the upcoming coursework. Registration is open through Jan. 6, 2017
The Claiborne Corridor Ambassadors are concerned citizens and your neighbors who have participated in a 10-week training facilitated by Bike Easy, and they organized this demonstration event to highlight potential road safety improvements and engage even more community members in supporting more transportation options.
The Out in the South Fund has two main goals: 1) build up local LGBTQ funds as sustainable sources of locally rooted LGBTQ funding; and 2) strengthen the capacity of local community organizations making a positive impact on the lives of LGBTQ Southerners.
Over the past two months, staffers from the New Orleans Video Access Center has been collaborating with filmmakers in the capital city to tell the stories of neighborhood groups, faith leaders, organizers and other citizens who are making their mark in the community.
FFL provided $250,000 in gap financing for the development, which offers quality housing for seniors aged 55 and older with a special emphasis on seniors with special needs.
Foundation for Louisiana (FFL) seeks a qualified consultant to plan an institutional fiber network for possible future construction in the City of New Orleans. If built, this network would help meet New Orleans’ goal to serve city-owned and operated buildings and facilities located throughout the 350-square mile city. This new network also would allow the City to: 1) expand its provision of online services to residents; 2) support implementation of Smart City applications; 3) achieve cost efficiencies in daily operations; and 4) help disadvantaged residents to bridge the digital divide via high-speed internet access in city owned and operated facilities.
SPARCC is a three-year, $90 million initiative that challenges the six final cities to create more just outcomes for all residents while focusing on three key areas of need: racial equity, climate resiliency and health. The ChallengeNOLA coalition represented New Orleans as one of 10 cities in the U.S. invited to compete in the first stage of the competition which narrowed the field to eight cities. The final results will be announced in December.
Here you not only can earmark your support to a particular fund, or make a contribution to our general fund, but you also can choose the level and frequency of your donation. You can use your credit card or PayPal account, or simply send a check.
Community, volunteer, faith-based and private nonprofit organizations that had damage from Louisiana’s recent severe storms and floods may be able to receive FEMA Public Assistance (PA) grants to repair or replace their facilities so they can continue offering critical and essential community services.
"As our mission has evolved, the old challenges remain and new ones arise, and so we are honored to continue to be a partner and a neighbor with Louisiana’s people as we all join hands in response to these latest floods." -- Flozell Daniels, Jr.
We learned after Hurricane Katrina that a critical need for small businesses was a quick infusion of cash to reopen as quickly as possible. NOLA Media Group has pledged $100,000 to that cause. We hope others will join us.
Visit donate.foundationforlouisiana.org to donate.
“We’re reminded by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in his letter from a Birmingham jail, ‘We must use time creatively, in the knowledge that the time is always ripe to do right,.’ Now, more than ever, we must honor the many innocent lives lost to police violence by resourcing the people who are leading the charge to achieve justice and equal accountability for everyone. These are times for courage, unabridged love for humanity and laser-focused attention on practices that work to ensure everyone receives justice and safety.” — Flozell Daniels Jr., Foundation for Louisiana’s CEO.
Foundation for Louisiana (FFL) has been working in partnership with SCIA since 2011 to help residents build their advocacy and organizing capacity while also addressing blight and other community concerns. Recently, FFL also has supported the City of Monroe’s efforts to address the growing problem of blighted and abandoned properties. In doing so, the city is developing local ordinances and revamping some code enforcement practices with technical support from the national non-profit Center for Community Progress.
"Foundation for Louisiana is pleased to be a founding partner in the work of HousingNOLA and their mission to provide sustainable, affordable housing for the people of New Orleans since the organization's inception," said Flozell Daniels Jr., President and CEO of Foundation for Louisiana. "We are thrilled to see that Andreanecia Morris will be leading this effort to implement the strategic housing plan that hundreds of residents helped to develop toward the actualization of their mission."
"This task force has the opportunity to engage our community advocates as well as our system leaders in effecting the kind of legislative policies to make for a more equitable Louisiana." -- Flozell Daniels Jr.
Claiborne Corridor Ambassadors host "Safe-Tea on the Lafitte Greenway" with help from TOGETHER Initiative
Participants created and displayed their own safety signs to help raise awareness of the importance of this issue. New Orleans City Council member Susan Guidry voiced her support at the event.
To members of the LGBTQ community here in Louisiana, we continue to stand with you as partners and allies for equality, an end to discrimination and the securing of legislative protections.
FFL’s 2nd Core Committee meeting helps Plaquemines Parish leaders plan for engagement on coastal challenges
This 2nd Core Committee Meeting was sponsored by Foundation for Louisiana through its Coastal Resiliency Leverage Fund and continued the work that began with an initial gathering that called for community leaders to participate. The latest meeting was held at the Belle Chasse Auditorium and was facilitated by members of a multi-group Support Team that includes the Restore the Mississippi River Delta Coalition, Gulf Coast Center for Law & Policy, Gulf Restoration Network, Concordia, and FFL among others. Leaders included respected neighbors, a few elected officials, business people as well as community advocates.
Claiborne Corridor Ambassadors host "Safe-Tea on the Lafitte Greenway" Friday to raise safety awareness
The event will be held at the Broad Street Theatre (636 N Broad St.) near the Greenway’s crossing at North Broad Street, identified by the Ambassadors as a high-need area for education and awareness. Participants at the event will be able to create and display their own safety signs to help raise awareness of the importance of this issue.
“Restoration on the Half Shell” informs citizens, stakeholders on key issues during State of the Coast 2016
This “mini-conference” was co-sponsored by the Foundation for Louisiana in conjunction with the Greater New Orleans Foundation, The Water Campus and other interests. State of the Coast was presented by the Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana in partnership with the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority of Louisiana (CPRA) and The Water Institute of the Gulf.
Friday's "Restoration on the Half Shell" explains restoration, protection challenges during State of the Coast
The half-day mini-conference is co-sponsored by Foundation for Louisiana, so that we can continue to support coastal residents as important stakeholders in their own future.
Organizers hope the effort will increase drain-cleaning awareness in advance of the hurricane season. Partners in the effort include the 7th Ward Neighborhood Association, St. Roch Neighborhood Association, Bunny Friend Neighborhood Association, the Greater Treme Consortium, the New Orleans Sewerage and Water Board, Water Wise NOLA, Tulane Prevention Resource Center and more. Foundation for Louisiana is a funder of Water Wise NOLA through its Equity Caucus.
Tremé/7th Ward festival celebrates neighborhood's arts and culture "Under the Bridge" on Memorial Day Weekend
The three-day festival, sponsored in partnership with The Network for Economic Opportunity, is part of the Tremé 7th Ward Cultural District's efforts to build community-based economic-development efforts through arts and culture and other avenues while supporting the culture bearers who make the neighborhood unique.
"Our vision for FFL moving forward is a state-based philanthropy whose daily pursuit is the achievement of more equitable and inclusive outcomes for all of Louisiana’s people." — Flozell Daniels, Jr.
As FFL’s work grows and evolves with Louisiana’s people, we’re pleased to announce the latest changes in board and staff leadership that promise to strengthen our mission to invest in people and practices that work to reduce vulnerability and build stronger, more sustainable communities statewide.
Public-radio series “The Working Coast” (May 9-13) to chronicle impact of low oil prices on Louisiana economy, families
“The Working Coast,” a product of WWNO’s recently created Coastal Desk, is a five-part series that examine how low and unpredictable oil prices in Louisiana have impacted on the state’s workers and their families. The series premieres on WWNO (89.9 FM) on Monday (May 9) at 7:45 a.m. and will air daily through Friday (May 13) as a local component of the nationally syndicated NPR show “Morning Edition,” according to station Marketing and Development Manager Ron Biava.
Dryades Public Market has partnered with workforce development programs in Central City to hire employees, working in close coordination with the Foundation for Louisiana, which also helped to finance the store.
For this day, we wish the best of luck and encourage everyone to support those with whom we’ve developed thriving partnerships as we strengthen our communities.
Foundation for Louisiana partners with Bike Easy to promote safe access to transportation around in New Orleans
During the 10-week program, participants will spend two hours each week covering a range of topics that include bicycle and pedestrian street-design basics, conducting outreach and developing community solutions, and more.
Once the contractor and sub-contractors are set in place, project liaison Matty A. Williams said, construction could take between six to 18 months to complete on the site located on the historic LaSalle Street corridor near A.L. Davis Park — a landmark for Mardi Gras Indian events.
The event marked not only the formation of a coalition of transit supporters but also the recent completion of RTA service improvements that took effect on (April 17). Foundation for Louisiana is one of the funders of the project.
Casby, who also serves as the Big Chief of the Mohawk Hunters, is a 2014 alumnus of Foundation for Louisiana's LEAD Community Training Program that trains citizens in the community on best practices for leadership and engagement.
These workshops are offered each month to all potential job-seekers, with the goal of connecting everyone with opportunity centers that can help them find work.
Among Reali’s work will include the management of the Foundation’s TOGETHER Initiative, which works with partners to empower residents to rebuild and strengthen disenfranchised communities by promoting leadership, policy-making and grant-funding opportunities.
HousingNOLA’s 10-year strategic and implementation plan to help increase equitable housing opportunities for New Orleanians
In a first for New Orleans, HousingNOLA’s “10 Year Strategy and Implementation Plan for a More Equitable New Orleans” plans to increase access to affordable housing over the next decade. HousingNOLA, a program of the Greater New Orleans Housing Alliance (GNOHA), is a product of the Foundation for Louisiana (FFL).
In order to face the resulting challenges of losing land and a rising sea level in Coastal Louisiana, an abundance of NGOs, business groups, and philanthropists is growing alongside increasing government agency participation at the federal, state, and local scale. Often, this multiplicity of interested players and government agencies can contribute to duplicative as well as absent efforts and simultaneously leave economic inequalities to be exposed by relevant disasters. Coupled with the multiplicity of interwoven efforts, plans and commitments have been established throughout various agencies within local, state, and federal government.
Williams will work directly with the Coastal Resiliency Advisory Committee and FFL’s partners and allies to generate effective practice and policy strategies. She also will lead the development of the Coastal Resiliency Leverage Fund.
“Foundation for Louisiana is excited to have Lydia Cutrer join the team to build on a legacy of meaningful investments that expand economic opportunities for Louisianans,” CEO, Flozell Daniels, Jr. said. “With a deep and diverse background in community development finance and project management, a values-driven commitment to strengthen communities through more equitable outcomes, and a Louisiana native’s perspective on the landscape, we are confident Lydia’s leadership will advance FFL’s mission and the goals of our partners at the One Table initiative.”
Foundation for Louisiana CEO and President Flozell Daniels, Jr. joins Jarvis DeBerry of the Times-Picayune, Paul Kemp of the Southeast Louisiana Protection Authority, and ninth ward grocer Burnell Cotlon for an hour-long reflection with on New Orleans' struggle to rebuild and where we go from here. Aired on Tom Ashbrook's NPN show, "On Point".
Community Second Line Parade Culminated with Block Party at Ashe Cultural Arts Center
As we commemorate the 10th anniversary of the storm, the Administration will continue its all-of-Nation approach, with the President and members of his cabinet planning to visit impacted areas to highlight some of the many remarkable recovery and resilience stories across the region.
2015 report issued by FFL's 2013 grantee and Transportation Working Group lead agency Ride New Orleans'
Foundation for Louisiana's beginnings, future, featured on W.K. Kellogg Foundation's digital feature, "New Orleans: A City Rebuilds"
Mardi Gras Indian Hall of Fame Releases "Green Paper" Revealing Impact of Image Exploitation on Local Culture Bearers
Evidence Collected in Support the Hall of Fame's "You Get Paid, I Get Paid" Fair Use Campaign presented to community during Aug. 3 "Blue Linen Night," which is the first event of the 2015 Mardi Gras Indian Hall of Fame week.
Mardi Gras Indian Council & Foundation for Louisiana Receive $500,000 ArtPlace America grant for Mardi Gras Indian Cultural Campus
Foundation for Louisiana is working with the Mardi Gras Indian Council to create a new Mardi Gras Indian Cultural Campus along New Orleans' historic LaSalle Street Corridor
Developed by the Blight Working Group formed by Broadmoor Development Corporation, New Zion City Preservation Association (NZCPA) and Miller Urban Consulting as part of Foundation for Louisiana's 2013 TOGETHER initiative.
On Independence Day, First Lady Michelle Obama issued the Mayor’s Challenge to End Veteran Homelessness in local communities by the end of 2015. The city of New Orleans did the first lady one better and completed the task by the end of 2014.
FFL's Flozell Daniels, Jr. will help to kick-off New Orleans Entrepreneur Week by moderating the Entrepreneurial Opportunities in Water Showcase at Water Challenge Day on Monday, March 23rd. Water Challenge 2015 is free and open to the public, including a $25,000 civic design competition, presentations from Councilwoman LaToya Cantrell and agencies like the Sewerage & Water Board and the Data Center, and a $10,000 live business pitch.
An Analysis of Coastal Restoration Workforce Assets, Challenges and Opportunities in South Louisiana
December 2014 report published by from Foundation for Louisiana and Greater New Orleans, Inc.
The Foundation for Louisiana has awarded $246,225 in grants to six projects aimed at improving the quality of life in the Claiborne Avenue corridor.
Earlier this year, the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy (NCRP) released a special edition of its quarterly journal and included an interview with FFL's CEO & President about our innovative loan fund.
2013 policy grants support advocacy work in transportation, criminal justice, and housing and blight.
Funding will support new and existing preparedness programs.
Inaugural round of funding supports small businesses, affordable housing and strategies to fight poverty, blight statewide.
The Workplace Justice Project in the Stuart H. Smith Law Clinic and Center for Social Justice in Loyola University New Orleans' College of Law is the recipient of a $50,000 grant that will be used to address employer wage theft in Louisiana.
LSU's Office of Community Design and Development Receives $25,000 Foundation for Louisiana Grant to Study Small Town and Rural Community Development
The Foundation for Louisiana recently awarded $25,000 to the LSU School of Architecture's Office of Community Design and Development, or OCDD, to conduct a 10-month public service project and pilot study, "Advancing Louisiana Small Town and Rural Community Development."
Northwest Louisiana Collaborative Awarded Grant to Strengthen Innovation to Help Local Workers, Jobseekers Build Careers
Awards Represent Distribution from Federal Government’s Social Innovation Fund.
Strengthening Democracy, Increasing Opportunities: Impacts of advocacy, organizing, and civic engagement in the Gulf/Mid-south region
2011 report published by the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy (NCRP)
Published by the Mayor's Office of Cultural Economy, 2011
2010 report published by the Alliance for Justice in partnership with Louisiana Disaster Recovery Foundation and Foundation for the MidSouth.
2007 report published by the Alliance for Justice in partnership with Louisiana Disaster Recovery Foundation and Foundation for the MidSouth.
This collection of downloadable documents and links may be helpful in the unfortunate event of a natural disaster.