News & Resources

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.

Media contact:
David Lee Simmons
Communications Specialist
504-352-2539
dsimmons@foundationforlouisiana.org

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 Resiliency 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.