Foundation for Louisiana (formerly the Louisiana Disaster Recovery Foundation)

Founded just six days after Hurricane Katrina hit, the Foundation for Louisiana (formerly the Louisiana Disaster Recovery Foundation) initially focused on immediate recovery priorities such as repairing infrastructure and regaining stability.  Its $41.5 million in investments provided emergency relief to more than 30,000 people, enabled 8,130 families to secure safe, affordable housing, helped 3,012 small businesses re-open, and engaged thousands of residents in neighborhood planning and leadership development.  The foundation renamed itself in 2010 to reflect its broader intention to strengthen the state’s ability to achieve a prosperous, equitable future by investing in people and practices that work to reduce vulnerability and build stronger, more sustainable communities.  To do so, it remains committed to reaching out to diverse groups to develop initiatives that address the real needs of underserved communities.  To maximize the impact of its investments, the foundation aims to identify underlying causes of poverty and inequity, address complex issues with multi-pronged strategies, and support the transformation of organizational and ideological structures that present barriers to progress.

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