The Greater New Orleans Foundation Awards $771,500 in IMPACT Grants

December 20, 2016

50 nonprofit organizations win highly competitive IMPACT grants

(New Orleans, LA | December 20, 2016) – The Greater New Orleans Foundation announced today the 50 nonprofit organizations that received 2016 IMPACT grants in the following categories: arts and culture; education; health; social services; and, youth development. Now in its eighth 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 $771,500 to 50 nonprofit organizations.

“The competitive IMPACT grantmaking program supports some of the most impactful nonprofit organizations in our community,” said Andy Kopplin, president and CEO of the Greater New Orleans Foundation. “We are grateful to our generous donors, without whom this program would not be possible.”

“With thousands of individuals and families being affected by mental health issues, the need for the work of NAMI New Orleans has never been greater,” said Lisa Romback, Executive Director of NAMI New Orleans. “We are honored to receive an IMAPCT grant supporting this critical work, which ultimately bolsters our entire community.”

More than 180 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 $7 million to more than 150 nonprofit organizations in the Greater New Orleans region.

To follow the success stories of IMPACT grantees throughout the year, we invite you to follow us on Twitter @GNOFimpact and visit

Below are the 50 organizations receiving 2016 IMPACT funding.

Contemporary Arts Center – $12,000
Efforts of Grace, Inc. – $12,000
Music and Culture Coalition of New Orleans – $12,000
New Orleans Film Society – $12,000
The ELLA Project – $12,000
United Houma Nation – $12,000

Brothers Empowered to Teach (BE2T) – $10,000
Career Compass of Louisiana – $16,000
College Track – $10,000
Families and Friends of Louisiana’s Incarcerated Children – $10,000
Orleans Public Education Network – $10,000
Southern University System Foundation – $10,000
Stand for Children Leadership Center – $5,000
The Posse Foundation – $5,000
Youth Empowerment Project – $20,000

504HealthNet – $10,000
Cancer Association of Greater New Orleans – $30,000
Daughters of Charity Foundation of New Orleans – $10,000
Dillard University – $15,000
Jefferson Community Health Care Centers, Inc. – $20,000
Luke’s House Clinic – $10,000
Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center – $20,000
NAMI New Orleans – $15,000
NAMI St. Tammany – $15,000
New Orleans Ballet Association – $20,000
New Orleans Mission, Inc. – $20,000
Ochsner Clinic Foundation – $50,000
Sight Savers America – $25,000
The Childhood and Family Learning Foundation – $25,000
The Cookbook Project – $20,000
The First Tee of Greater New Orleans – $20,000
Tulane University Medical Group, The Brinton Family Health and Healing Center – $20,000
UNITY of Greater New Orleans – $10,000
VIET – $20,000
YMCA of Greater New Orleans – $20,000

Broadmoor Improvement Association – $12,500
Covenant House New Orleans – $13,000
Justice and Accountability Center of Louisiana – $13,000
New Orleans Family Justice Alliance – $13,000
New Orleans Police and Justice Foundation – $8,500
Plaquemines Community CARE Centers Foundation, Inc. – $13,000
Reconcile New Orleans, Inc. – $13,000
The Good Samaritan Ministry of St. Luke the Evangelist Catholic Church – $12,500
Ride New Orleans – $13,000

BreakOUT! – $10,000
Community Works of Louisiana – $12,000
New Orleans Children and Youth Planning Board – $20,000
New Orleans Kids Partnership – $20,000
Silverback Society, Inc. – $25,000
Up2Us Sports – $10,000

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