September 1, 2015

Funder Coalition Calls for Building a Just and Resilient New Orleans

August 29, 2015, Philanthropy News Digest - While challenges such as entrenched poverty and overincarceration remain, funder collaborations, cross-sectoral partnerships, and community-based leadership and participation have helped transform New Orleans in the decade since Hurricane Katrina caused catastrophic damage to the city, a paper from the Greater New Orleans Funders Network argues.

The paper, Fulfilling the Promise, Making New Orleans a Just and Resilient City (16 pages, PDF), outlines the progress made and challenges that remain in areas where philanthropy has played an important role, including education, economic development, affordable housing, environmental restoration, and public health. And it highlights the significant public, private, and philanthropic investment — including the nearly $7 billion dollars Louisiana stands to receive from the BP oil spill settlement — that is expected to help New Orleans address "the triple threats of disappearing coastal wetlands, climate change, and failing municipal infrastructure," while inviting other funders to join efforts to not only protect the city but also "transform the regional economy [through] the creation of a new knowledge-based, globally exportable industry."

"If we are intentional about building economic resilience in addition to environmental resilience," the paper argues, "these investments in place promise to catalyze opportunities for people who live throughout the region."

According to the paper, the planning and implementation process going forward should focus on community engagement and support for community-based institutions, especially those led by people of color. The paper calls on funders and their partners to prioritize equity and justice as a core grantmaking strategy, build systems that balance the need for economic growth and development with the need for social supports, and address the injustice of low-income neighborhoods of color being most vulnerable to future disasters.

Managed by Grantmakers for Southern Progress, a project of Neighborhood Funders Group, the Greater New Orleans Funders Network includes Baptist Community Ministries, the blue moon fund, the Foundation for Louisiana, and the Ford, Greater New Orleans, Kellogg, Kresge, JPMorgan Chase, Surdna, and Walton Family foundations, which collectively have invested nearly $570 million since 2005 to support the city's recovery.

"Philanthropic investment can be the key that unlocks New Orleans’ potential," said Ford Foundation senior program manager Jerry Maldonado. "We can make New Orleans a model for cities across the country. But we need more funders to be a part of this effort."

"Fulfilling the Promise, Making New Orleans a Just and Resilient City." Greater New Orleans Funders Network Report 08/28/2015. 

"Major Funders Outline Vision for a More Just and Resilient New Orleans." Greater New Orleans Funders Network Press Release 08/28/2015. 

Read original article in Philanthropy News Digest.

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December 10, 2018

Welcome to the new NFG website!

Thank you for visiting Neighborhood Funders Group's new website! We've completely redesigned and improved how it works to make it easier than ever for our members to use as an online resource.

We're currently in soft launch mode before we publicly announce the new site in 2019, so thanks for taking an initial sneak peek! Please excuse our digital dust as we finish testing all of the features of our new website. You can find a temporary archive of our old site at

What new features can you find on the site?

  • Search the entire website for news, events, and resources using the search bar at the top of every page
  • See where all of the members of our national network are based, right on our member map 
  • Discover more related content, tagged by topic and format, at the bottom of every page
  • Look up NFG member organizations in our member directory
  • Log in to view individual contacts in the member directory and register for events in the future

If your organization is an NFG member, first check to see if your account has already been created for you. Click "Forgot Password" on the log in page and try entering your work email address to activate your account and set your password.

Let us know at if you come across any issues logging in, or anywhere else on the site. Stay tuned for our official launch announcement, and thanks for visiting!

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January 22, 2019

Welcome Faron McLurkin, Sr. Program Manager of the Integrated Rural Strategies Group

Faron McLurkinFaron McLurkin has joined NFG’s staff as the Senior Program Manager for the Integrated Rural Strategies Group (IRSG), which brings together funders working to build long-term support for rural organizing infrastructure that centers values of racial justice and builds sustainable power in rural communities. 

Faron was a founding member of IRSG in his former role as Program Officer at the Unitarian Universalist Veatch Program at Shelter Rock (Veatch). During his time at Veatch, Faron oversaw its New York state and Environmental Justice portfolios. He has also served as the Executive Director of the Center for Third World Organizing, one of the oldest racial justice organizations in the country, and as a national organizing director for several unions.

In his new role leading IRSG, Faron will utilize his background in political education, philanthropic grantmaking, and organizing for social change to help drive the growth and advancement of the group’s programming. His focus will include developing programming for funder audiences to promote rural organizing opportunities; creating vehicles for moving resources to support rural communities; and identifying grantmaking strategies, grantees, and partners in the field to inform this group’s work.

To learn more about IRSG and how to get involved, get in touch with Faron at

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