The Greater New Orleans Foundation Awards $1,020,000 in IMPACT Grants

November 10, 2015

52 nonprofit organizations win highly competitive IMPACT grants

(New Orleans, LA | November 10, 2015) – The Greater New Orleans Foundation announced today the 52 nonprofit organizations that received 2015 IMPACT grants in the following categories: arts and culture; education; health; social services; and, youth development. Now in its seventh year, the IMPACT program is the Foundation’s largest discretionary and most competitive grantmaking program. It awards grants to organizations that serve mostly low-income communities. This year the Foundation awarded a total of $1,020,000 to 52 nonprofit organizations.

“The IMPACT grants are made possible thanks to the generous support of our donors, and we are humbled to be their partner in philanthropy,” Albert Ruesga, president and CEO of the Greater New Orleans Foundation. “We are honored to recognize and support these nonprofit organizations addressing our community’s most pressing needs.”

“The IMPACT grant will help us continue engaging and empowering young leaders through running,” said Denali Lander, executive director of Youth Run NOLA, a first-time IMPACT grantee. “These funds are critical as we work to support 2,000 youth across the finish line of the upcoming 504K in February 2016.”

“With the national film industry growing in the region, NOVAC supports local and indigenous storytellers, training and developing film workers, independent filmmakers and community voices, while cultivating a pipeline of young creative professionals for New Orleans’ next generation,” said Darcy McKinnon, executive director of New Orleans Video Access Center (NOVAC), which is receiving an IMPACT grant for the fourth consecutive year. “We are honored to receive this IMPACT grant that will support our continued work in this field.”

Over 130 applications were received and the rigorous review process included a site visit by Foundation staff, a careful study of the organization’s financial information, and a review by the Foundation’s grants committee. In addition to financial support, IMPACT grantees are also supported throughout the year with networking opportunities, communications assistance, and trainings and workshops on nonprofit best practices.

Since its inception in 2009, the IMPACT Program has granted more than $6 million to more than 150 nonprofit organizations in the Greater New Orleans region.

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Below are the 52 organizations receiving 2015 IMPACT funding.


Contemporary Arts Center – $15,000
Louisiana Partnership for the Arts – $10,000
Music and Culture Coalition of New Orleans – $15,000
New Orleans Airlift – $5,000
New Orleans Film Society – $10,000
NOVAC – $5,000

Brothers Empowered to Teach (BE2T) – $15,000
Center for Development and Learning (CDL) – $10,000
KIDsmart – $10,000
Louisiana Center for Children’s Rights – $20,000
The Posse Foundation – $10,000

504HealthNet – $10,000
Albert Schweitzer Fellowship New Orleans – $35,000
Backyard Gardeners Network – $10,000
Broad Community Connections – $30,000
CBNO/MAC Foundation – $30,000
Daughters of Charity Foundation of New Orleans – $35,000
Dillard University Office of Community Relations – $20,000
Friends of Lafitte Greenway – $30,000
Interfaith Sponsoring Committee – $25,000
Jefferson Community Health Care Centers, Inc. – $25,000
Loyola University New Orleans – $18,000
NAMI New Orleans – $20,000
Market Umbrella – $38,000
Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center – $30,000
MQVN Community Development Corporation – $20,000
New Orleans Ballet Association – $35,000
New Orleans Health Department – $15,000
New Orleans Recreation Development Foundation – $30,000
Sankofa CDC – $10,000
Sight Savers America – $40,000
The Childhood and Family Learning Foundation – $35,000
The Cookbook Project – $20,000
The First Tee of Greater New Orleans – $26,000
Tulane University Prevention Research Center – $25,000
YMCA of Greater New Orleans – $30,000
Young Audiences of Louisiana – $30,000
Youth Run NOLA – $17,500


Catholic Charities Archdiocese of New Orleans – $15,000
Dulac Community Center – $25,000
Goodwill Industries – $15,000
New Orleans Family Justice Alliance – $15,000
New Orleans Police and Justice Foundation – $8,500
Plaquemines Community CARE Centers Foundation, Inc. – $10,000
Providence Community Housing – $10,000
Reconcile New Orleans, Inc. – $10,000
UNITY of Greater New Orleans – $10,000


BreakOUT! – $15,000
Liberty’s Kitchen – $22,000
New Orleans Children and Youth Planning Board – $20,000
Up2Us Sports – $5,000
Youth Empowerment Project – $25,000
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