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Welcome to News & Resources. Here you will find the latest updates about Foundation for Louisiana programs, news from our partners, and links to informative reports, toolkits, Citizen’s Guides, and other resources produced by FFL, our grantees, partners, and friends. Use the drop down menus to the right to narrow your search by category or keyword tag.

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FFL Releases "A Five-Year Review: 2011-2016"

The five-year period of 2011-2016 represented a turning point for Foundation for Louisiana as we navigated the transition from our origin as the Louisiana Disaster Recovery Foundation.


New Orleans leads all U.S. cities in jailing its people, and Nicole is just one of many in jail for being poor. How did we get here?

A holiday message from Flozell Daniels, Jr.

We ask that you support joy and justice this holiday season. Your generous donation will help us meet our goals around building stronger and more sustainable communities statewide.

FFL plays key role in 2017 Unity Summit this week in New Orleans

FFL serves as one of the sponsors of the Summit, and is a member of the Action Table of fellow sponsor Greater New Orleans Funders Network (GNOFN). Alfredo A. Cruz, FFL's Vice-President of Programs and Special Initiatives, serves on the Summit's Planning Committee.

Inaugural New Orleans Catering Showcase helps connect local vendors with organizations

Nearly 20 caterers, featuring entrepreneurs who are women and/or people of color, connected with organizations so that both parties can gain new opportunities and insights for their respective work. This invitation-only event on historic Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard featured samples of the caterers’ culinary creations along with refreshments courtesy of three featured vendors: Drinks by Divas, Second Line Brewing and Seven Three Distilling Co.

FFL, three other organizations honored with the 2017 NCRP Impact Awards

"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."

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.

Louisiana Culturepreneur Fund invests in our state's creative endeavors

If you are an individual or small business in the arts, cultural, music, culinary or creative industries located in the Greater New Orleans and Acadiana areas, the Fund offers accessible capital and business training. Loan funds can be used in many ways to support your business — from marketing and advertising to purchasing equipment and supplies, to building your capacity to create long-term projects.

LA SAFE table hosts sharpen facilitation skills at workshop

Table hosts need to be well prepared for the complicated process of guiding residents through conversations about their parishes' respective futures in the face of increasing land loss and flood. Thanks to FFL's LEAD the Coast program that directly addresses such issues, community leaders learn to become better table hosts.

LA SAFE parishwide meetings set (July 24-Aug. 3)

The parishwide meetings will allow residents to begin the process of drafting strategies based on the feedback generated during the community-meeting process. This will lead to the design of specific parishwide adaptation strategies with at least one project, program or policy that would be funded through LA SAFE—a planning initiative coordinated by the Louisiana Office of Community Development’s (OCD) Disaster Recovery Unit, in partnership with Foundation for Louisiana’s Coastal Resilience Leverage Fund.

Update to FFL community on Confederate monument removal

The foundation did not take a public position on the merits of the lawsuit while the case was undergoing litigation. However, President and CEO Flozell Daniels, Jr. states, “Foundation for Louisiana strongly supports equitable placemaking strategies – ensuring that public spaces are representative of and honor the people who live in this community. In this context, we recognize that true racial healing cannot occur while these egregious symbols remain. In order to move forward on a path of racial equity in our city it is time that we address the damage done in the past and make plans to enter the Tricentennial year as a city with a shared vision of equitable opportunity, inclusive democracy and transformative truths.”

FFL partners with City of New Orleans to enhance broadband access in City and Sewerage and Water Board Facilities

Foresite Group and FFL are designing a fiber-optic network that will enable the City of New Orleans to offer a new range of services to meet the growing expectations of citizens in vibrant urban environments. These services could range from new Smart City capabilities that improve public safety, allow for better communication with residents and improve energy efficiency to innovative ways to approach the digital divide.

LA SAFE launches series of parish-wide public meetings for coastal parish residents

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.

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."

FFL offers bridge loans to nonprofits in times of need

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.

FFL supports recommendations of Justice Reinvestment Task Force announced Thursday by Gov. Edwards

“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.

Justice Reinvestment Task Force takes positive steps toward final report

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.

FFL and Propeller form new loan fund with $500,000 from Living Cities

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.

Work TOGETHER to take the LEAD in your community; sign up for our 2017 class

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.

LEAD the Coast offers training skills to help residents address coastal challenges

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.

LGBTQ Statewide Summit empowers volunteers, activists and thought leaders

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!).

UNO class offers Certificate in Community Development Finance for working adults

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

Claiborne Corridor Ambassadors present 'Roll with Me, Walk with Me' second line

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.

FFL receives grant to address LGBTQ issues

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.

Wanted: Consultant to help design fiber network in New Orleans

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.

FFL, ChallengeNOLA coalition named finalist in $90 million SPARCC grant competition

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.

Rapid Response Fund

“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.

FFL supports community efforts to remove blight in Monroe

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.

HousingNOLA appoints Andreanecia M. Morris as executive director

"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."

FFL statement on Pulse Orlando shooting

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.

Neighborhood drain cleaning helps kick off Green Clean Effort on June 4

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.

Message from the President and CEO

"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.

FFL’s staff additions, board leadership change

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.

Ride New Orleans Coalition for Quality Transit revs up

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.

LEAD alumnus Tyrone Casby picked as interim principal

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.

Learn more about FFL's Coastal Resilience Leverage Fund

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.

Foundation for Louisiana Hires New Director of the Community Investment 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.”

New Orleans 10 Years After Katrina (radio interview)

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".

Blight Organizing Toolkit

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.

FFL's Flozell Daniels, Jr. to moderate 2015 Entrepreneurial Opportunities in Water Showcase

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.

Law Clinic receives grant from Foundation for Louisiana

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.