Meetings conclude through December in Jefferson, LaFourche, Plaquemines, St. John the Baptist, St. Tammany and Terrebonne parishes.
Statement from FFL on First Circuit Court of Appeal's decision on Gov. Edwards' LGBTQ executive order
It is moments like this that underscore FFL's commitment to fulfill its mission to invest in people and practices that work to reduce vulnerability and build stronger, more sustainable communities statewide, and to expand the narrative on what safety and freedom mean to LGBTQ people living in Louisiana.
The result of two months of research and planning, these draft strategies follow a third round of meetings at the parish level, where residents engaged in interactive roundtable activities that showed the LA SAFE team what types of projects, programs and policy recommendations work best for their parish.
Seeded with a $50,000 matching grant from Funders for LGBTQ Issues' Out in the South program, FFL will raise an additional $250,000 for the fund by the end of 2018.
The successful bidder will assist in the development of evaluation metrics and strategies to assess the effectiveness of the TRHT work.
The topic, "Investing in Justice: Truth-telling, Racial Healing and Transformation," allowed FFL's president and CEO to give a preview of our Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation work
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.
"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."
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.
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.
Residents across six parishes began to draft adaptation plans after reviewing data, feedback from local communities
Equity-focused education champion Andrea Zayas tapped to launch and lead new youth-development intermediary in New Orleans
This new organization comes out of recommendations from the YouthShift Initiative, a community-driven initiative working to improve outcomes for children and youth in New Orleans — with the ultimate goal of supporting youth-serving organizations and programs to reach their goals for positive youth outcomes.
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.
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.
In other staff news, Tanya Gulliver-Garcia has been promoted to Associate Director of Programs and Planning.Also, Liz Williams who has been promoted to Coastal Communities Resilience Director, while Rachelle Thomason has been named Programs Associate for our Coastal Resilience Leverage Fund after coming on board FFL as a fellow working under Williams.
With two rounds of LA SAFE meetings completed, momentum builds as parish residents continue hard work
Over the past several months, more than 1,000 residents of coastal parishes came together in public meetings to share their visions of how they would like to build stronger, safer communities.
Small group meetings next step towards development of coastal community adaptation plans
The 16 participants spanned a diverse spectrum of community leadership in terms of age, race, gender, experience and issues they hoped to address by taking the workshop. Each participant seemed to be particularly affected by different classes, speakers, themes and exercises.
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.
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."
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FFL will work with the state’s Office of Community Development on LA SAFE (Louisiana’s Strategic Adaptations for Future Environments), which will create a community-focused resilience and adaptation policy framework to complement the state’s Coastal Master Plan.
The Cohort 2 meetings run concurrently with the Cohort 3 meetings in an effort to provide space for residents to grow their knowledge around coastal issues and become more informed as to how they might take action in the process.
LEAD (Leadership, Education, Advocacy, Development) the Coast was developed to enhance local capacity and recognize the thought leadership, traditional knowledge, and valuable input that exists within a community.
These sessions will provide space for residents to grow their knowledge around coastal issues and become more informed as to how they might take action in the process.
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.
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.
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!).
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.
“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.
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.
Claiborne Corridor Ambassadors host "Safe-Tea on the Lafitte Greenway" with help from TOGETHER Initiative
Participants created and displayed their own safety signs to help raise awareness of the importance of this issue. New Orleans City Council member Susan Guidry voiced her support at the event.
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.
Claiborne Corridor Ambassadors host "Safe-Tea on the Lafitte Greenway" Friday to raise safety awareness
The event will be held at the Broad Street Theatre (636 N Broad St.) near the Greenway’s crossing at North Broad Street, identified by the Ambassadors as a high-need area for education and awareness. Participants at the event will be able to create and display their own safety signs to help raise awareness of the importance of this issue.
“Restoration on the Half Shell” informs citizens, stakeholders on key issues during State of the Coast 2016
This “mini-conference” was co-sponsored by the Foundation for Louisiana in conjunction with the Greater New Orleans Foundation, The Water Campus and other interests. State of the Coast was presented by the Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana in partnership with the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority of Louisiana (CPRA) and The Water Institute of the Gulf.
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.
Foundation for Louisiana partners with Bike Easy to promote safe access to transportation around in New Orleans
During the 10-week program, participants will spend two hours each week covering a range of topics that include bicycle and pedestrian street-design basics, conducting outreach and developing community solutions, and more.
Once the contractor and sub-contractors are set in place, project liaison Matty A. Williams said, construction could take between six to 18 months to complete on the site located on the historic LaSalle Street corridor near A.L. Davis Park — a landmark for Mardi Gras Indian events.
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.
These workshops are offered each month to all potential job-seekers, with the goal of connecting everyone with opportunity centers that can help them find work.
Among Reali’s work will include the management of the Foundation’s TOGETHER Initiative, which works with partners to empower residents to rebuild and strengthen disenfranchised communities by promoting leadership, policy-making and grant-funding opportunities.
HousingNOLA’s 10-year strategic and implementation plan to help increase equitable housing opportunities for New Orleanians
In a first for New Orleans, HousingNOLA’s “10 Year Strategy and Implementation Plan for a More Equitable New Orleans” plans to increase access to affordable housing over the next decade. HousingNOLA, a program of the Greater New Orleans Housing Alliance (GNOHA), is a product of the Foundation for Louisiana (FFL).
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.
Williams will work directly with the Coastal Resiliency Advisory Committee and FFL’s partners and allies to generate effective practice and policy strategies. She also will lead the development of the Coastal Resiliency Leverage 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.”
2015 report issued by FFL's 2013 grantee and Transportation Working Group lead agency Ride New Orleans'
Mardi Gras Indian Hall of Fame Releases "Green Paper" Revealing Impact of Image Exploitation on Local Culture Bearers
Evidence Collected in Support the Hall of Fame's "You Get Paid, I Get Paid" Fair Use Campaign presented to community during Aug. 3 "Blue Linen Night," which is the first event of the 2015 Mardi Gras Indian Hall of Fame week.
Mardi Gras Indian Council & Foundation for Louisiana Receive $500,000 ArtPlace America grant for Mardi Gras Indian Cultural Campus
Foundation for Louisiana is working with the Mardi Gras Indian Council to create a new Mardi Gras Indian Cultural Campus along New Orleans' historic LaSalle Street Corridor
On Independence Day, First Lady Michelle Obama issued the Mayor’s Challenge to End Veteran Homelessness in local communities by the end of 2015. The city of New Orleans did the first lady one better and completed the task by the end of 2014.
The Foundation for Louisiana has awarded $246,225 in grants to six projects aimed at improving the quality of life in the Claiborne Avenue corridor.
Earlier this year, the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy (NCRP) released a special edition of its quarterly journal and included an interview with FFL's CEO & President about our innovative loan fund.
Grants double last year's foundation investments in New Orleans' resident-driven policy change; will address affordable housing, cultural preservation/cultural economy, economic opportunity, environmental sustainability, neighborhood safety and transportation.
2013 policy grants support advocacy work in transportation, criminal justice, and housing and blight.
Inaugural round of funding supports small businesses, affordable housing and strategies to fight poverty, blight statewide.
LSU's Office of Community Design and Development Receives $25,000 Foundation for Louisiana Grant to Study Small Town and Rural Community Development
The Foundation for Louisiana recently awarded $25,000 to the LSU School of Architecture's Office of Community Design and Development, or OCDD, to conduct a 10-month public service project and pilot study, "Advancing Louisiana Small Town and Rural Community Development."
Northwest Louisiana Collaborative Awarded Grant to Strengthen Innovation to Help Local Workers, Jobseekers Build Careers
Awards Represent Distribution from Federal Government’s Social Innovation Fund.
Foundation for Louisiana Releases New Publications: Citizen's Guide to Land Use and Citizen's Guide to Urban Design
Citizen's Guides to spur resident engagement in planning processes that impact underserved communities throughout the state.
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