Donation Opportunity

Please keep in mind that most of the organizations listed accept much needed
financial donations to help them continue with their respective missions. Other organizations
welcoming financial support include:


Broadmoor Improvement Association
Contact: -504-309-2561, katenyoung@gmail.com
www.broadmoorimprovement.com; www.nolahealth.org/

The Broadmoor Improvement Association (BIA) is a neighborhood organization which is has
been a model for citizen-led recovery efforts since Hurricane Katrina. It is committed to
transforming Broadmoor into a neighborhood that is "better than before". In partnership with
Tulane University School of Medicine, Green Coast Enterprises, and the central New Orleans
community, the BIA is working towards bringing a community health center to central New
Orleans. This would provide access to affordable primary health care for over 14,000 residents
in neighborhoods such as Broadmoor, Freret, Hoffman Triangle, Zion City, and Gert Town. The
medical services will work in conjunctio n with other local social and wellness programs, and
bring services to the area comprehensively and holistically. We are currently working hard to
raise money towards redeveloping site of the planned health center at Washington and South
Broad, and towards operating costs. To assist in this project, please see here:
http://www.nolahealth.org/how-you-can-help


Café Reconcile

Contact: David Emond
504-568-1157, dmemond@cafereconcile.org
www.reconcileneworleans.org

Café Reconcile is committed to overcoming the deeply engrained social ills associated with
generational poverty. In our nonprofit restaurant and training program, we provide young people
(ages 16-22) with the skills and confidence they need to get and keep jobs in New Orleans'
thriving hospitality industry. Since we first opened our doors in 2000, we have served more than
800 young people. Thanks to the strong support we've received from the New Orleans culinary
community, our graduates are employed at many of the city's finest restaurants and hotels. The
2006 recipient of the James Beard Foundation's Humanitarian Award, Café Reconcile has
become an economic development anchor in the O.C. Haley Corridor of Central City, which has
begun to rebound from decades of neglect and abandonment. Thanks to positive local and
national media coverage, as well as some of the city's best southern and soul food, Café
Reconcile has become a destination lunch spot for New Orleanians and visitors alike. We are
open for lunch Monday-Friday; we open in the evening for groups interested in our "Feed Your
Soul" dinner experience. Enjoy our award winning food as you learn about our mission and
support our success. We can accommodate groups of 25- 80 people for evening functions. We
invite you to support of our mission to build hope and change lives for the youth of New
Orleans!

 

Choice Foundation - Exemplary Public Charter Schools
Operator of Lafayette Academy Charter School, Esperanza Charter School, and McDonogh 42 Charter School
Contact: Jeanne Huber
504-861-7957 jeanne.huber@lafayetteacademyno.org
www.lafayetteacademyno.org/

The Choice Foundation operates tuition-free, open-enrollment elementary schools in the South Carrollton, Mid-City, and Treme neighborhoods.  The schools give their students - of whom more than 90% receive free or reduced lunch - a rigorous academic education that is enriched by a variety of technology, fine arts, athletics, and social services programs.  For their work improving public elementary education in the New Orleans Recovery School District, the schools have received awards and/or grants from the U.S. Department of Education, MetLife, and the Walton Family Foundation, among others.
The schools rely heavily on volunteers, and welcome volunteer assistance in almost any form.  Immediate needs, however, include: help repainting basketball courts, volleyball courts, and classroom numbers; help developing the school libraries; help in the Esperanza Charter School garden; assistance with annual Book Fair; assistance with annual students' "Holiday Superstore"; and help with administrative filing in the Special Education Office.

 

Good Work Network
2028 Oretha C. Haley Boulevard
New Orleans, Louisiana 70113
504-309-2073
www.goodworknetwork.org

Operation Good Network is a 501(c)3 organization that is dedicated to helping minority and women-owned businesses start, grow, and succeed throughout Southeastern Louisiana. Good Work Network was founded in 2001 and has a client base that is 92% African American, 69% female and 67% low-income. The organization offers business training courses on financial education and entrepreneurship as well as other specialty areas like QuickBooks and marketing. Good Work Network educates, coaches and supports these smaller businesses to help them improve their skills, realize their full potential and become active participants in the local economy.
The organization is located in the newly renovated Franz Building, a 100-year-old historic building on Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard in New Orleans' vibrant Central City neighborhood. Community members can attend events held at this location and meet with other members of to help the entrepreneurs in our community by building their knowledge and skills. Please visit the www.goodworknetwork.org to donate to this organization. Donations start as low as $50.

 

Just The Right Attitude (JTRA)
Contact: Jonathan Burrell
504-309-3326, dsouth1022@cox.net
www.jtra.org

JTRA was started in 1999 by Debra South Jones, a single parent of two, who was sick with cancer.
JTRA food pantry has been around for 14 years. The last 12 years were with Second Harvest Food Bank. Last year alone we gave out more than one million pounds of food.

JTRA also offers a hot meal program in which they cook more than 10,000 meals a month, which includes clients that visit the site. The organization delivers hot meals to five senior citizen complexes around the city and a half way house that receives no governmental assistance.  JTRA also delivers meals to a low income complex, which mostly houses elderly women raising children, as well as a local shelter for the homeless. In addition, those numbers do not cover the amount of meals the organization serves exclusively to the homeless. JTRA also offers their assistance to many local social service events.

For information or to sign-up for volunteer opportunities, email dsouth1022@cox.net.

 

Louisiana Cultural Economy Foundation
Contact: Lisa Picone
504-895-2023, info@culturaleconomy.org
www.culturaleconomy.org

LCEF programs maintain our unique cultural heritage and serve our cultural producers-
individuals, nonprofits and businesses working in music, film, culinary arts, performing and
visual arts, design, literary arts, and historic preservation (& our Mardi Gras Indians). As low
income wage-earners, LCEF facilitates access to healthcare and provides economic development
support for these workers. Our programs help them earn a decent living and maintain a
respectable quality of life. Contributions to LCEF will provide small seed grants for
cultural workers to explore business opportunities. LCEF grants enable them to generate new
revenue streams, and grow and diversify their income. This fosters self-sustainability. LCEF
grant examples: N. O. City Park received a $2,500 grant to build a mobile box office wired for
electricity so they could accept credit cards at an outside entrance. The first year used, it resulted
in a 15% increase in revenue for the annual Celebration in the Oaks. Jewelry artist Laura
Teague received a $1,500 grant to create professional photographs of her work for media,
website and festival applications. As a result, her sales increased more than 50% from the
previous year. LCEF 501(c)3: 20-3598297


Make It Right Foundation
Contact: Le'Kedra Robertson, Community Relations Manager
504-620-3200 lrobertson@makeitrightnola.org
www.makeitrightnola.org

The mission of the Make It Right organization is to act as a catalyst for redevelopment of the
Lower Ninth Ward by building a neighborhood comprised of safe and healthy homes that are
inspired by Cradle to Cradle thinking, with an emphasis on a high quality of design, while
preserving the spirit of the community's culture. The goal is to accomplish this quickly so that
residents can return to their new homes built on their own property as soon as possible. The
foundation is making its homes affordable by providing "gap" financing to cover the difference
between the home price and funds available to the property owner from various sources. The
ability to provide gap financing and to meet affordability goals is wholly contingent upon the
level of charitable contributions made to the Make It Right Foundation.


New Orleans Public Library: Friends of New Orleans Public Library
504-596-2587
fnopl@gno.lib.la.us

As New Orleans Public Library rebuilds, the Friends of the New Orleans Public Library are on
the scene to lend a hand. In the past, the Friends have lent their support by sponsoring programs
and purchasing equipment for the library. However, financial support is now the Library's
greatest need. NOPL will receive monies from traditional disaster relief sources, but these funds
will not begin to cover all their building costs.

 

Operation Hope
1215 Prytania Street, Suite 103
New Orleans, Louisiana 70130
504-309-6153
www.operationhope.org

Operation Hope is a national organization that promotes financial literacy empowerment for youth and financial capability for communities. Operation Hope was founded in 1992 and has served more than 2 million individuals. HOPE has also directed more than $1.5 billion in private capital to America's low-wealth communities, maintains a growing army of 20,000 HOPE Corps volunteers, and currently serves more than 300 U.S. cities, as well as South Africa, Saudi Arabia, Morocco, and the United Arab Emirates. HOPE Inside is located in New Orleans and provides a 12 week entrepreneurial training program and individual financial counseling to help local businesses and entrepreneurs to launch and grow their business enterprises.

  • 700 Credit Scores Initiative: Instant approval to clients seeking assistance, commit to the resolution of primary credit denial factors, and work to raise credit scores on average 120 points over 18 months of active counseling.
  • Home Buyers Program
  • Foreclosure Counseling
  • Small Business Program

HOPE Inside provides the community with 3 ways to become active within the organization:

  1. Give: Cash donations as low as $50.
  2. Serve: Go to www.operationhope.org/becomeavolunteer to fill out an application.
  3. Partner: Fill out an inquiry at www.operationhope.org/becomeapartner if you are interested in partnership with HOPE Inside.

 


Operation Kids/Brees Dream Foundation Initiative
www.change.org/operationkids/projects

Led by Saints Quarterback Drew Brees and his wife, Brittany, this Project seeks to
improve/enhance the lives of children in New Orleans, including the building of athletic field at
Lusher High School, supporting Best Buddies, building a Beacon of Hope Resource Center,
supporting and helping to restore New Orleans Recreation Department Playgrounds, building the
Edible Schoolyard at Green Charter School, and other designated projects.


Second Harvest Food Bank
Contact:  Heather Sweeney, Director of Development
504-729-2839 or hsweeney@secondharvest.org
www.no-hunger.org

Second Harvest Food Bank of Greater New Orleans and Acadiana is leading the fight against hunger and building food security  in south Louisiana through food access, advocacy, education and disaster response.  We reach those in need by providing food to more than 300 partner agencies and direct food access to community members across 23 parishes from the Mississippi border to the Texas state line.  Together, we make up the largest anti-hunger network in the state.  Our community programs and services are valued at approximately $50 million annually.  The essence of our work depends on public-private partnership with local and state government as well as private investment from corporations, foundations, employers and fellow neighbors and friends.  Community support has never been more important and donations to Second Harvest make a big difference in the lives of those struggling with hunger.  Every $10 donation helps provide 28 meals to those in need. Click here to view our fact sheet.


The Roots of Music
Contact, Clair Wilkins, Policy Coordinator
504-460-2611 or 504-460-5699, therootsofmusic@gmail.com
www.therootsofmusic.org

Founded in 2007, the Roots of Music's mission is to teach, support  and empower New Orleans' youth through music education, academic support and  mentorship while preserving and promoting New Orleans' unique musical and  cultural heritage. Our goal is to give the youth of New Orleans the resources  to live positive, productive, self-reliant lives.

Five days a  week, we provide year-round free music education to kids aged 9-14 years old and  aim to teach our students the necessary skills to perpetuate New Orleans'  unique musical tradition with an emphasis on academic success. We provide  academic tuition, all our kids' instruments, free transportation to and from  the program and a hot meal daily. Our program is based at The Louisiana State  Museum's Cabildo in the heart of the French Quarter.  We currently serve  140 kids living all across Orleans Parish and attending over 45 different schools.

Our students  comprise a full New Orleans marching band, The Marching Crusaders. We march in  Mardi Gras parades, play for weddings, conventions and many other occasions.  Our Crusaders had the honor of being invited to participate in the famous  Tournament of the Roses Parade in Pasadena, California this past New Year's Day  and we took buses all the way from New Orleans to Pasadena to march in the  parade. Receiving this invitation is a true testament to the hard work  and tenacity of our amazing kids, the vast majority of whom have never picked  up a musical instrument before they joined us.  

To learn more  about our organization and ways in which you can help shape a young musician's  future, please visit us at www.therootsofmusic.org/


Tipitina's Foundation Instruments-a-Comin'
Toll-Free: 866-372-0512
http://tipitinasfoundation.org

Dedicated to providing New Orleans public schools and professional musicians with
instruments for performances, school bands and instruction. Also rebuilding Fats
Domino's house among other projects.