New Orleans Non-Profits Hit Big With Greater New Orleans Foundation Awards
Written by  // Wednesday, 21 December 2011 13:02 //


Orleans Foundation announced today the 33 nonprofit organizations to receive funds from IMPACT 2011 in an awards ceremony held at the Greater New Orleans Foundation.

The IMPACT Program is the Foundation’s largest discretionary grants program. In partnership with its generous donors, the Foundation invests in highly effective nonprofit organizations in the following four categories: arts and culture; education; health and human services; and youth development.

 “IMPACT 2011 allows us to identify and invest in the best nonprofit organizations in the region,” said Dr. Albert Ruesga, president and CEO of the Greater New Orleans Foundation. “These nonprofit leaders are working tirelessly to make this a thriving community for all. Their contributions add tremendously to the health and vibrancy of our region.”

The IMPACT 2011 review process was rigorous. “The Foundation received over 250 letters of interest from nonprofit organizations applying for grants,” said Ellen Lee, senior vice president of programs for the Greater New Orleans Foundation. The application review process included a site visit by Foundation staff, a careful study of all the financial information for the organization, and a review by the Foundation’s grants committee. “These are tough economic times for many of our area’s nonprofits. In addition to financial support, IMPACT grantees are supported throughout the year with networking opportunities, communications assistance, and investments of time by the Foundation staff.”

Below are the 33 organizations receiving IMPACT 2011 grants. The average grant size is $20,000.

Arts & Culture

Arts Council of New Orleans
Contemporary Arts Center
Louisiana Cultural Economy Foundation
Sweet Home New Orleans
Tekrema Center for Art and Culture


Eastbank Collaborative of Charter Schools
Families and Friends of Louisiana’s Incarcerated Children
Kids Rethink New Orleans Schools
Literacy Alliance of Greater New Orleans
Scott S. Cowen Institute for Public Education Initiatives
The Lens
Urban League of Greater New Orleans

Health & Human Services

Covenant House
Dental Lifeline Network – Louisiana
Grow Dat Youth Farm
Health Law Advocates
Jefferson Physicians Foundation
Kingsley House
Latino Farmers Cooperative of Louisiana, Inc.
Louisiana Consumer Healthcare Coalition
Mary Queen of Viet Nam Community Development Corporation
Neighborhoods Partnership Network
New Orleans Coalition on Open Governance
New Orleans Faith Health Alliance
NOLA Green Roots
Puentes New Orleans, Inc.
Regina Coeli Child Development Center
Workplace Justice Project of the Loyola Law Clinic

Youth Development

Communities in Schools
Juvenile Justice Project of Louisiana
Partnership for Youth Development
Safe Streets/Strong Communities
Young Audiences of Louisiana/Crossroads Institute

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