The Foundation’s approach to addressing the city’s high murder rate is first and foremost to address some of its root causes: lack of opportunity for low-income families; sub-par public schools; disengaged and alienated youth; unaddressed mental health and substance abuse issues; and lack of a living wage for workers, among others. The Foundation supports organizations addressing these issues primarily through its IMPACT program. Specific initiatives include the following:

NOLA For Life

The Foundation is partnering with the City of New Orleans on the NOLA for Life Initiative, a comprehensive murder reduction strategy aimed at tackling the city’s historically high murder rate.

Police Perception Survey

The Foundation is a co-sponsor of the annual Police Perception Survey administered by the N.O. Police and Justice Foundation.  The survey tracks public attitudes about the effectiveness of the NOPD.  Chief Serpas has stated that the survey is an effective NOPD management tool.

Patrick Taylor Education Fund for Continuing Education of Greater New Orleans Police Officers

The Greater New Orleans Foundation provides NOPD staff support to this important community resource.

Lead Abatement

The Foundation’s Environmental Fund has adopted lead abatement as one of its four funding areas.  There is strong evidence supporting a link between high levels of lead contamination and geographic variations in the violent crime rate.

Capacity Building

A significant number of direct service and advocacy organizations working in the criminal justice and youth development areas participate in trainings offered by GNOF’s Organizational Effectiveness department.