The Greater New Orleans Foundation Awards Grow Dat $35,000 – the Highest IMPACT Grant Allocation!!!

Grow Dat is honored to be selected as one of the ‘best nonprofit organizations in the region’, receiving the highest award of the new IMPACT Grants from the Greater New Orleans Foundation!

From the 12.21.11 GNOF press release about the awards:

“The IMPACT Program is the Foundation’s largest discretionary grants program. In partnership with its generous donors, the Foundation invests in highly effective nonprofit organizations in the following four categories: arts and culture; education; health and human services; and youth development.

“IMPACT 2011 allows us to identify and invest in the best nonprofit organizations in the region,” said Dr. Albert Ruesga, president and CEO of the Greater New Orleans Foundation. “These nonprofit leaders are working tirelessly to make this a thriving community for all. Their contributions add tremendously to the health and vibrancy of our region.”

The IMPACT 2011 review process was rigorous. “The Foundation received over 250 letters of interest from nonprofit organizations applying for grants,” said Ellen Lee, senior vice president of programs for the Greater New Orleans Foundation. The application review process included a site visit by Foundation staff, a careful study of all the financial information for the organization, and a review by the Foundation’s grants committee. “These are tough economic times for many of our area’s nonprofits. In addition to financial support, IMPACT grantees are supported throughout the year with networking opportunities, communications assistance, and investments of time by the Foundation staff.'”

See the Times-Picayune coverage of the awards:


Our Impact 2011

Measuring Our Impact 

As 2011 draws to a close and we rapidly move into our hiring cycle for Grow Dat 2012, it’s important to pause and reflect on our first year.  Jolissa, Teedy, Muffin, Pink, Bri and Jabari rep our successes in this sweet evaluation infographic.

Infographic designed by Justin Park of the Tulane School of Architecture

Why provide employment for young people?
Check out the purple fact: 20% of all food and beverage workers are 16 to 19 years old. That’s 6 times the proportion for all other workers. This is the national average, but some researchers suspect that this number is even higher in New Orleans.