Message from the President and CEO

Lousiana’s

"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.

(Note: This message leads off our most recent newsletter, a Spring 2016 update. Read the entire newsletter here.)

These are exciting times in Louisiana. Louisiana’s people are collectively welcoming spring with a series of cultural festivals and community-based rituals, while also stepping up to represent their best interests in asserting equitable policy work. The more you get to know us, the more you realize the two are not mutually exclusive. It’s amazing that it’s already been nine months since we commemorated the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina (and later, Hurricane Rita) and their domino effect on Louisiana — not the least of which was the birth of the Louisiana Disaster Recovery Foundation and our more recent transformation into the Foundation for Louisiana. At the Foundation, we’ve taken the last year to broaden and deepen our commitment to the FFL mission: investing in people and practices that work to reduce vulnerability and build stronger, more sustainable communities statewide.

For 10 years, we did it with a small but dedicate staff and with the support of an amazing and diverse board of directors. To keep our work going, and with an eye toward the next 10 years where we’ll continue to partner with Louisiana’s people to take on the shifting challenges and opportunities upon us, we’ve expanded our staff and welcomed a change in board leadership. That’s why, in this newsletter, you’ll read about a few new faces, some of whom are taking on a series of new initiatives that we believe will make a big difference in people’s lives. You’ll see it in everything from our Coastal Resiliency Leverage Fund to the work we’ve done with HousingNOLA and its 10-year strategy and implementation plan, for starters.

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; stoking policies and practices that protect neighborhoods and people within neighborhoods. If our neighbors and our neighborhoods realize measurable and shared economic dignity, we’re all made stronger and more resilient. Please join and support us on the journey. Your participation, community wisdom and personal philanthropy make us all the more resilient and strong.

— Flozell Daniels, Jr.