SPECIAL REPORT
August 20, 2015

Nonprofits in New Orleans: 10 Years After Katrina

In August 2005, Hurricane Katrina roared through the Gulf Coast, killing more than 1,000 people and causing more than $100 billion of damage.

In New Orleans, the failure of the levee system resulted in the flooding of 80 percent of the city. The now famous images of people trapped on rooftops and languishing in the Superdome helped trigger $6.5 billion in private giving. The vast majority would be pledged, and spent, in the first 18 months after the storm.

But several major foundations have stayed the course, investing tens of millions of dollars in long-term rebuilding efforts. In interviews across the city, foundation executives and other nonprofit leaders said they have logged notable wins in areas including education and criminal justice. The region’s nonprofit sector as a whole is stronger, they said, and the economy is growing.

But many problems proved stubbornly resistant to change, and some nonprofit leaders are worried about their long-term financial stability.

Here, stories from New Orleans 10 years after the disaster.

Article
August 20, 2015

A Decade Later, New Orleans Nonprofits Cite Gains, Yet Worry Over the Future

Bright spots since Hurricane Katrina include improved education and reduced incarceration, but leaders worry grant makers are losing focus with much work still to be done.

Article
August 13, 2015

After Katrina, Boys and Girls Clubs Go From $19-Million Rebuilding to Reality

A Gulf Coast chapter lost all five of its sites to the hurricane. Rebuilding followed quickly, thanks to a burst of giving, but long-term financial stability was more elusive.

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August 14, 2015

10 Years After Katrina, New Orleans Nonprofits Say 'Thank You'

Four major New Orleans organizations decide to share their appreciation for the flood of volunteers who aided the region.

Article
August 03, 2015

Rebuilding After Katrina, the Toyota Way

The St. Bernard Project, founded to help New Orleans residents recover from the hurricane, cuts wasted time using methods pioneered by the world’s largest car maker.

Article
August 21, 2015

New Orleans Charities Grew Fast in Decade After Katrina

The wave of public and private dollars directed to the area after Hurricane Katrina has continued, with financial growth still apparent in 2013.

Article
August 21, 2015

Walmart Foundation Pledges $25-Million to Disaster Preparation

On the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, the corporate philanthropy announces new support.

Article
August 27, 2015

Opinion: A Decade After Katrina, Can Philanthropy Make Black Lives Matter?

Black-led groups need money to seize this historic moment and build the leaders of the future.