Leadership & Engagement

As expressed in our mission statement, Foundation for Louisiana is committed to investing in people as well as practices that are grounded in the wisdom of the residents – those with deep roots in the social and cultural environment of our state, and those who have chosen to make Louisiana their new home. Through our TOGETHER Initiative, the foundation builds capacity in individual civic leaders and the organizations they represent. This capacity takes the form of new networks, skills, and financial resources to help them achieve their own missions and create impact in their local communities.

For us, engagement occurs in multiple stages and dimensions. Our resident leaders engage with each other – learning about neighborhoods and causes that are different than their own but often interrelated. These leaders also deepen their engagement with their own members and potential members. More broadly, their participation in foundation programs gives them more opportunities to engage with elected officials, public servants, and a host of decision-makers who influence their lives.

Projects We Support

Ambassadors for Safe Streets

The Livable Claiborne Community Ambassadors program is just what the name says: an opportunity for residents of the Claiborne Avenue corridor to engage with their neighbors on community issues. But it's equally valuable as a transportation safety program, since its focus is giving neighborhood residents a voice in making their neighborhood streets safer for biking and walking.

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This memorial was erected for a New Orleans bicyclist who was struck and killed in August 2015 at the intersection of North Broad and Canal Streets.

LEAD: Training Residents to Be Their Own Champions

LEAD (Leadership, Engagement, Advocacy and Development) Community Training Program is a resident leadership academy to promote civic engagement. LEAD is the first phase of Foundation for Louisiana's TOGETHER Initiative.

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members of the 2014 LEAD class engage in a closing activity

Fighting Blight in New Orleans Neighborhoods

Broadmoor Improvement Association, Miller Urban Consulting and "New Zion" City Preservation Association, Inc. (NZCPA) teamed up to develop strategies for fighting blight in small communities.

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Zion City resident reviews a copy of the blight organizing toolkit