New Orleans, LA – Today, the Greater New Orleans Foundation and Gayle Benson announced $650,000 in immediate assistance grants to local nonprofits leading disaster response. Mrs. Benson generously provided matching funds totaling $300,000. Since activating the Disaster Response & Restoration Fund last week, over 550 individuals have contributed and over $2 million has been raised. The fund also received generous contributions from The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation, The Baltimore Ravens and The Stephen and Renee Bisciotti Foundation, Inc., The United Health Foundation, Chevron U.S.A., The Community Foundation of Northeast Louisiana, and The PepsiCo Foundation.
“The Greater New Orleans Foundation is proud to award these grants to our nonprofit partners leading the recovery effort on the ground across our region,” said Andy Kopplin, President and CEO of the Greater New Orleans Foundation. “This recovery will require both immediate and long-term recovery efforts and the generosity of Mrs. Benson and all our funders puts us in the best position to quickly get our community back on its feet.”
The Greater New Orleans Foundation is the community foundation for the 13-parish Southeast Louisiana region (Assumption, Lafourche, Terrebonne, St. Charles, St. James, St. John, St. Tammany, Jefferson, Orleans, Plaquemines, St. Bernard, Tangipahoa, and Washington) and has a board approved disaster response strategy that prioritizes Equity, Resilience, Nonprofit Sustainability, and Civic Participation.
After receiving guidance from parish officials performing damage assessments, and conducting due diligence to verify that the following nonprofits are actively responding to the unfolding disaster, the Foundation has made 13 separate grants ranging from $25,000 – $100,000 to the following organizations that are providing emergency food and shelter; legal aid and technical assistance for residents working to navigate applications for assistance; support mucking and gutting operations; and diaper distribution: