GNOF Grants $100K For Tornado Relief

NEW ORLEANS – The Greater New Orleans Foundation is awarding $100,000 grants from its Helping Our Neighbors: Tornado Relief Fund to 13 nonprofit organizations providing immediate assistance to families who have suffered catastrophic losses from the tornadoes that struck on Feb. 7.  The nonprofit organizations receiving funding are on the frontlines, providing assistance to families still suffering from the disaster.

         “We are extremely grateful to everyone’s quick response to helping our neighbors impacted by the tornadoes, and we’re particularly grateful for the generosity of Trombone Shorty and the Trombone Shorty Foundation for matching every donation up to $50,000,” Andy Kopplin, president & CEO of the Greater New Orleans Foundation, said.

         The nonprofit organizations selected are experienced in providing assistance for people with emergency needs.

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         New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu said, “We’re grateful for everyone’s contributions to the New Orleanians impacted by the tornado last week. In our darkest hour, angels among us are coming to help us out. We can’t forget that this is just the beginning. The needs are still great, and we encourage everyone to stay involved as we continue to support our neighbors in New Orleans East.”

         The Greater New Orleans Foundation’s Helping Our Neighbors: Tornado Relief Fund will continue to award grants from the fund. “Our track record of success in dealing with disasters from hurricanes to oil spill and floods has taught us that a different set of challenges often arise after the first wave of emergency grants. We want to be there for the long-term,” Kopplin said.

         Nonprofit organizations receiving emergency grants include:

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• American Red Cross – $12,500, to provide meals and supplies

• Catholic Charities – $12,500, to support food and case management assistance

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• Camp Restore – $5,000, to support volunteer operations

• Giving Hope Nola – $12,500, to distribute hot meals

• Hands on New Orleans – $10,000, to support volunteer coordination

• Household of Faith Church – $5,000, to help their distribution center

• Mary Queen of Vietnam – $5,000, to help purchase supplies

• NOLA Tree Project – $5,000, to help with debris removal

• Second Harvest Food Bank – $12,500, to help with food distribution

• Team Rubicon – $5,000, to provide supplies to Veteran volunteers

• United Saints Recovery – $5,000, to coordinate efforts of hundreds of volunteers

• VAYLA – $5,000, to provide language access to victims

• VIET – $5,000 to provide language access and purchase of supplies


         The Greater New Orleans Foundation is one of the oldest and largest philanthropic organizations in the region. Its mission is to create a thriving community for all. Every day, GNOF joins other foundations, nonprofit organizations, community leaders and government officials to address the needs of the community and build consensus for solutions, reps said. Together with a family of donors, the Foundation has invested more than $100 million in the region since it opened its doors over 30 years ago to respond to community needs.


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