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Spark of Philanthropy Honors
Freeman, Keller, Wisdom Families

On Tuesday, March 29, the Greater New Orleans Foundation held its Biennial meeting and presented its Spark of Philanthropy award. The Foundation was proud to honor three families - The Freeman Family, The Keller Family, & The Wisdom Family for their outstanding philanthropic contributions to our region. View the video below to learn more about the incredible impact these families have made across multiple generations over the past 80 years.

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GiveNOLA Day 2022
Kicks Off with Press Conference 

On March 30th, the Foundation announced that the 9th annual GiveNOLA Day, a 24-hour online giving event for the 13-parish Greater New Orleans Region, will take place on Tuesday, May 3, 2022 from 12 a.m. to midnight. GiveNOLA Day 2022 is hosted by Baptist Community Ministries and powered by Entergy.

Since its inception in 2014, GiveNOLA Day has raised more than $40 million for regional nonprofits. In 2021, GiveNOLA Day raised a record $8.1 million in donations for over 900 nonprofits from over 67,000 contributions. 

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Foundation Grants $50,000 in
Immediate Relief Following Tornado 

The Foundation activated its Disaster Response & Restoration Fund and provided immediate grants totaling $50,000 to five organizations that are coordinating their response with emergency managers in St. Bernard and New Orleans. Grants were made to the St. Bernard Economic Development Foundation, Community Center of St. Bernard, Sankofa Community Development Corporation, Second Harvest, and VIA Link 211.

“This funding will help us repair and rebuild our Food Pantry,” said Jamie Hornberger, Executive Director, Community Center of St. Bernard. “It also gives us the ability to provide crucial emergency resources to our Arabi Community.” The photo above shows Hornberger with volunteers from Footprint Project who provided solar panels to power the community center immediately following the storm. 

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Our Greater Region

News and events from around the 13-parish region. Today, we're in Jefferson Parish! 
  • Philanthropist MacKenzie Scott has donated $4.5 million to the New Orleans chapter of Habitat for Humanity as a part of her overall $436 million gift to the national Habitat organization. The New Orleans chapter has plans to build its largest-ever project in the metro area comprised of 154 homes in a custom-designed neighborhood on the West Bank. The new 44-acre Terrytown neighborhood will include approximately 50 homes for people 55 years of age and older. Read more here.
  • The STEM Ecosystem Hub in Metairie opened with a ribbon-cutting celebration on March 22. The new, 12,000 square-foot building inspires and equips science teachers to carry out hands-on lab lessons by providing supplies for research, lab work, and teaching -- all for free. STEM Library Lab founder Todd Wackerman is a recent graduate of the Greater New Orleans Foundation's Executive Director Intensive programRead more here.

People of Philanthropy

We believe that everyone can be a philanthropist. Meet the people, grantmakers, and nonprofits that are making it a reality.

Meet Ms. Anita Jefferson, one of the Workforce Innovations Navigators at the Greater New Orleans Foundation, and our unofficial style guru at the office.
Name: Anita Jefferson
Role: Workforce Innovations Navigator
Organization: Greater New Orleans Foundation
Favorite Outfit: I don't particularly have a favorite outfit, although I do like dressing up in Christmas outfits to bring cheer to those around me.

What advice would you give to younger women seeking careers in philanthropy? Be true to understanding the principle of what it really means, and have a caring heart to support that principle, for there is nothing more rewarding than giving back to individuals and a community. It does not always have to be monetary. Generosity truly fills a gap in a community that has gone silent.

How'd you celebrate Women's History Month? I celebrated Women's History Month by remembering those strong female leaders in my family that set the course for me to follow many years ago. I am often reminded of the Sheros in my family that shared the passion of love, kindness, and generosity that have helped to shape the woman I am today. I stand on their shoulders and the dozens of other women that have blazed this terrific pathway from gravel to a paved road.

The Good Word

What we’re reading and listening to for Women's History Month.
  • Actors Rosario Dawson and Retta chronicle the fight for women's rights in the deep South in their podcast "And Nothing Less: Episode 6, Southern Discomfort", where they interview four women historians, professors, and authors. According to the podcast excerpt, "Suffragists needed three-fourths of the states on board to get victory for the whole country. But that meant winning over the south, where zero states were in."  Listen here.
  • Courtney Bryan, professor in the Newcomb Department of Music at Tulane University, is an award-winning composer and pianist. In this Q&A, she reflects on how she has been inspired by some of Louisiana's great musicians like Clyde Kerr, Ellis Marsalis, Kidd Jordan, and Daniel Weilbaecher. Read it here.


If you've ever strolled Royal Street in the French Quarter, you've likely seen her. To culminate this year's Women's History Month, we leave you with Tanya Huang's unmatched mastery of the violin.
GiveNOLA Day 2022 is coming up! Learn more here.
Thanks for joining us for today's edition of The Greater Good.

Until next time!
The Greater New Orleans Foundation Team
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