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

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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.

Foundation for Louisiana will be an active participant in the 2017 Unity Summit that runs Sept. 18-20 in New Orleans. This event, focusing on the themes “Resistance,” “Protection” and “Empowerment,” will feature intersectional approaches that align equitable and philanthropic practices to mobilize investments in movements that build power for all communities.

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. FFL co-hosted Sunday’s pre-Summit “Out in Unity” reception in partnership with GNOFN and Funders for LGBTQ Issues.

FFL President and CEO Flozell Daniels, Jr. will be a featured speaker at the breakfast discussion “Investing in Infrastructure for Black-led Social Change” on Monday (Sept. 18) from 7:30 – 11:30 a.m. at the New Orleans Marriott. He also will serve as moderator at the empower panel titled “Want Answers for this Movement Moment? Look to the South” from 1:30 – 3 p.m. Monday at Mardi Gras World, and will moderate the community learning tour “Criminalization/Criminal Justice Reform” from 1 – 5 p.m. Tuesday at Orleans Parish Criminal District Court on Tulane Avenue.

Daniels and FFL staff will be honored as a Mover & Shaker Awardee as one of the recipients of the 2017 National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy’s (NCRP) Impact Awards at a ceremony held from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. Monday at the New Orleans Marriott.

Cruz will be featured at the panel “Everyone Is an LGBTQ Funder!” from 1:30 – 3 p.m. Tuesday (Sept. 19) at the Marriott.

“The Change Unity Summit represents a broad collective acknowledgment that we are all in this together to build greater equity and justice,” Cruz said. “FFL stands behind this goal. Our sponsorship support and active role in the Summit are ways in which we can demonstrate our commitment to that shared goal.”

The Unity Summit will lay out strategies for participants to address each theme:

Resist: United to resist forces of injustice, intolerance, and prejudice; the promotion of inequitable practices and policies. Supporting real structural and institutional change by shifting philanthropy energy and efforts towards a more inclusive and just society.

Protect: Secure, invest, preserve and protect the power, advocacy and lived experiences of diverse communities against infringement. Honoring gifts and cultivating qualities of individuals to expand human capital for social impact to lead movements that advance change through equity.

Empower: Inclusive collective engagement and facilitative process for problem-solving and decision-making which honors the wisdom of diverse communities in organizing to build collective power, a bold vision, and movement towards a shared goal to empower real change.

Learn more about the 2017 Unity Summit here. Follow along and share on social media with the hash tag #UNITY2017.