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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.