FFL Releases "A Five-Year Review: 2011-2016"

Lousiana’s

The five-year period of 2011-2016 represented a turning point for Foundation for Louisiana as we navigated the transition from our origin as the Louisiana Disaster Recovery Foundation.

Chronicling the years 2011 to 2016, FFL has released a digital copy of its most recent Five-Year Review, designed by Denise Chapoton.

The five-year period of 2011-2016 represented a turning point for Foundation for Louisiana as we navigated the transition from our origin as the Louisiana Disaster Recovery Foundation. The name and mission of the organization mirrored that of the state as we all moved from a recovery mode into one of resilience — in anticipation of the commemoration of the 10th anniversary of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, and our founding.

While words such as relief, recovery and resilience evolve, one thing remains the same:
We remain committed to freedom work statewide, and to seeing all Louisianans thriving in dignity and in strength. We’ve made tremendous progress in our three main areas of work — policy initiatives, leadership and engagement, and community and economic engagement — as you will see from this five-year snapshot.

We want to continue to make investments that are responsive to communities, staying focused on philanthropy in a way that is deeply steeped in equity and inclusion. We want to help develop policies that protect neighborhoods and people in neighborhoods. We will continue to pull our efforts together to makes sure that our neighbors have access to the resources that they need to survive, thrive and affect change in their own communities.

At our 10-year commemoration, we found that much progress had been made — by way of community engagement; investments infrastructure, both physical as well as political; and really giving people the chance to participate in the conversation in ways that they haven’t had access to before. We also saw data and evidence and experiences that told us we have a long way to go by way of racial equity and the opportunity to be able to fully participate in democracy across the region. We’re ready to make the generational change that we know we have the capacity to make.

As you’ll see in this report, Foundation for Louisiana has built up our capacity as we have targeted those challenges. As a statewide and state-based philanthropic organization, we’ve built strong partnerships across sectors and increased equitable outcomes. We’ve not only helped connect national philanthropies with groups and residents in need of support, but we’ve also, through our Community Investment Fund, invested nearly $5 million in community development projects in New Orleans and Baton Rouge since 2008.

We are moving our work forward with the guidance of a strategic plan that will serve us well in the next few years. We know that, as in previous years, we cannot do our good work without the donors, funders and partners who have given us the kind of support that makes not a “community foundation,” but a foundation for communities.
Proud of our progress while vigilant of the challenges that remain, we remain committed in our efforts to fulfill our mission, and we hope that you will continue to support us in our work.

CONTENTS:
Our Board & Staff
TOGETHER Initiative
LEAD Training
HousingNOLA
Transportation Grants
Water Wise NOLA
Mardi Gras Indians
Katrina @ 10
Community Investment Fund
Deal Flow Toolkit / Fighting Blight
Disaster Recovery
Coastal Analysis
Testimonials
Financial Highlights
Grants

Click here to read the full report.

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