Chronicles of Resilience & Resolve; A Three Year Review: 2005-2008
Report issued by Louisiana Disaster Recovery Fund
The genius of philanthropy is its pluralism. LDRF, Louisiana’s Fund for Louisiana’s People, has supported nonprofit organizations working to provide not only relief and recovery, but also reform and renewal. Our initial focus was almost exclusively on saving and rebuilding lives. Now we have turned our attention to ensuring that all citizens are able to participate in deliberations about their future by strengthening the Louisiana nonprofit sector so that it has a seat at the table with policymakers, and providing support for economic development, housing, health, and education.
The lessons we have learned in Louisiana are lessons for the nation. Hurricane Katrina gave poverty and inequity a human face. These issues inform the broader dimension of our work and its impact. We believe that the best way to demonstrate the efficacy of our democracy is to prove that it can work equitably for all of our citizens.