The Lens relies on the support of the following foundations:
The Open Society Foundations work to build vibrant and tolerant democracies whose governments are accountable to their citizens. To achieve this mission, the Foundations seek to shape public policies that assure greater fairness in political, legal, and economic systems and safeguard fundamental rights. On a local level, the Open Society Foundations implement a range of initiatives to advance justice, education, public health, and independent media.
Grants awarded: 2009 $155,000, 2010 $325,000, 2012 $400,000.
The Surdna Foundation seeks to foster just and sustainable communities in the United States—communities guided by principles of social justice and distinguished by healthy environments, strong local economies, and thriving cultures. For five generations, since 1917, the Foundation has been governed largely by descendants of John Andrus and has developed a tradition of innovative service for those in need of help or opportunity.
Grants awarded: 2010 $100,000, 2011 $100,000, 2012 $100,000, 2013 $75,000.
Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation’s mission is to invest in the future of journalism by building the ethics, skills and opportunities needed to advance principled, probing news and information.
EEJF does so through contributions to media institutions and journalism schools nationwide, primarily in areas of investigative reporting, youth education, professional development, and special opportunities.
Grant awarded: 2011 $85,000, 2012 $100,000.
The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation is a national foundation with local roots. We choose, as the Knight brothers chose, to seek opportunities that can transform both communities and journalism, and help them reach their highest potential. We want to ensure that each community’s citizens get the information they need to thrive in a democracy.
Grants awarded: 2011 $63,000, 2012 $52,000, 2013 $10,000.
Baptist Community Ministries (BCM) is one of the largest private foundations in Louisiana with a commitment to the greater New Orleans region and to the attainment of a more healthy community for the people living here. BCM funds programs in the following zones of interest: education, public safety & governmental oversight, and health.
Grant awarded: 2013 $100,000.
The Greater New Orleans Foundation is one of the oldest and largest philanthropic organizations in the region. Every day, the Foundation joins other foundations, nonprofit organizations, community leaders, and government officials to address the needs of the community and build consensus for solutions. Together with our family of donors, the Foundation has invested over $100 million in our region since it opened its doors over 25 years ago to respond to community needs.
Grant awarded: 2011 $22,500, 2012 $10,000, 2013 $15,000, $4,000.
The mission of the Foundation for Louisiana is to transform the disaster caused by hurricanes Katrina and Rita into an unprecedented opportunity for a new Louisiana — providing resources for the relief, recovery and betterment of all its people by ensuring access and opportunity in rebuilding their communities and culture.
Grant awarded: 2010 $50,000.
GNO Inc.’s mission is to serve as the catalyst for wealth creation in the 10-parish region of Southeastern Louisiana. GNO, Inc. will accomplish this by pursuing an aggressive agenda of business development—marketing the region—and product development—improving regional business conditions through policy, workforce, and research initiatives.
Grant awarded: 2012: $45,000.
Grant awarded: 2011 $15,000, 2012 $15,000.
The Zeitoun Foundation was created in 2009 by New York Times best-selling author Dave Eggers. Its mission is to aid in the rebuilding and ongoing health of the city of New Orleans.
Grants awarded: 2010 $7,500, 2011 $3,000, 2013 $4,000.
The Ella West Freeman Foundation supports grant seekers from the Southeast Louisiana area. Within this area, highest priority is given to grants in the following categories: education with an emphasis on private education, arts, both performing and applied, community improvement and governmental oversight and human service organizations with an emphasis on capital projects for established agencies.
Grant awarded: 2012 $10,000.
The Rita Allen Foundation invests in transformative ideas in their earliest stages to leverage their growth and promote breakthrough solutions to significant problems.
Grant awarded: 2012 $10,000.
The Trustees of the Keller Family Foundation have, from its inception, been most concerned with using its resources to help sustain and improve the Greater New Orleans community. With each change in membership of the Board of Trustees, the Foundation’s direction and priorities change to reflect the input and priorities of the new members. The current Board has keen interests in education, youth development, human services, and public affairs. The Foundation’s primary region of interest is New Orleans, Louisiana and its surrounding communities.
Grant awarded: 2011 $5,000, 2012 $5,000.
The RosaMary Foundation supports grant seekers within the Greater New Orleans area. Highest priority is given to grants in the following categories: education, with emphasis on private institutions, human service organizations, arts, both performing and applied, community development activities, and governmental oversight activities.
Grant awarded: 2011 $7,500.
Grant awarded: 2012 $5,000.
Since 1998, The Harnisch Foundation has been a catalyst for sustainable social change, funding and implementing innovation in the fields of philanthropy, coaching and journalism.
They are collaborative and inclusive. Their projects often showcase the work of others, and we act as a convener.
Their belief is that philanthropy, coaching and journalism are ways of making a powerful difference in the world through the lives of individuals. Their team, including board, staff, volunteers, and partners, are committed to transparency in all our operations.
Their work is dedicated to unleashing untapped capacity.
Grant awarded: 2012 $2,500.
The Fertel Foundation has a special interest in initiatives from which new communities and new insights may emerge and those that challenge entrenched communities of power. The New Orleans-based foundation, established in 1999, also helps rebuild a better New Orleans—and create national models—in a post-Katrina world.
Grant awarded: 2012 $1,000.