Implementing the Challenges
Selected nonprofits for a Freeman Endowment Challenge or Freeman Board-restricted Reserve Challenge have 12 months to meet their challenge. The selected organizations will receive technical assistance and peer-learning support throughout the year.
Rising to the Challenge
Eight organizations were accepted into the 2018 Freeman Challenges program:
Each community-enhancing nonprofit has a mission for good in the New Orleans and South Louisiana region. They are committed, motivated, and enthusiastic, with passionate board members who hope to lead the Freeman Challenges campaigns to rally donors to the goal.
Meet the Winners
Bayou District Foundation
The community quarterback organization for a group of strategic partners redeveloping and revitalizing New Orleans’ Bayou District in Gentilly.
To raise $100,000 to be matched with $50,000 from the Freeman Challenges for the General Endowment Growth Initiative.
Boys Hope Girls Hope of Greater New Orleans
Helps academically capable and motivated children-in-need to meet their full potential and become men and women for others by providing value-centered, family-like homes, opportunities and education through college.
To raise $150,000 to be matched with $75,000 from the Freeman Challenges for the College Road Fund.
Antenna / Press Street
A gathering space featuring literary and visual art events and education, as well as a printing press.
To raise $10,000 to be matched with $5,000 from the Freeman Challenges for the Antenna Board-Restricted Cash Reserve Development and Campaign.
Southern Repertory Theatre
Working to promote a stronger, more vibrant, creative community, to encourage a higher quality of life for city residents, and to enhance the city’s longstanding legacy as a hub for culturally important, innovative theatre and art.
To raise $30,000 to be matched with $15,000 from the Freeman Challenges for the Capital Reserve – Southern Rep Theatre on Bayou Road.
Tennessee Williams / New Orleans Literary Festival
To serve the community through educational, theatrical, literary, and musical programs; to nurture, support, and showcase regional, national and international writers, actors, musicians, and other artists; to honor the creative genius of Tennessee Williams, who considered this city his spiritual home.
To raise $10,000 to be matched with $5,000 from the Freeman Challenges for the “A Little Piece of Eternity” Rainy Day Fund.
Louisiana Center for Children’s Rights
A nonprofit law office that defends young people in Louisiana’s juvenile justice system through both direct representation and policy advocacy.
To raise $10,000 to be matched with $5,000 from the Freeman Challenges for the Louisiana Center for Children’s Rights Board-Restricted Cash Reserve Campaign.
A fun and creative program that teaches children in the New Orleans community to explore and build confidence in themselves as artists.
To raise $10,000 to be matched with $5,000 from the Freeman Challenges for the Upturn Arts Board-Restricted Cash Reserve Plan.
Youth Empowerment Project
Engages underserved young people through community-based education, mentoring, and employment readiness programs to help them develop skills and strengthen ties to family and community.
To raise $30,000 to be matched with $15,000 from the Freeman Challenges for the Youth Empowerment Project Campaign to Establish an Operating Reserve.