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As New Orleans marks the tenth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, foundation leaders will come together to reflect on a decade of recovery efforts and discuss how philanthropic investment can continue to build resiliency and equity.

The Greater New Orleans Funders Network invites funders from across the country to share in this discussion virtually.

Live Webcast: Friday, August 28, 9:15 – 10:30am Central Time


If the video player doesn't work, view the live webcast here.


National Presidents Plenary

The Prophetic City: What Can New Orleans Teach the Nation?

Introduction by Darren Walker, Ford Foundation

Moderated by Walter Isaacson, Aspen Institute

• Xavier de Souza Briggs, Ford Foundation

• Phil Henderson, Surdna Foundation

• La June Montgomery Tabron, W.K. Kellogg Foundation

• Rip Rapson, Kresge Foundation

• Judith Rodin, Rockefeller Foundation

• Dalila Wilson-Scott, JPMorgan Chase & Co.

Join the conversation on social media: #Katrina10

Framing Paper

The Greater New Orleans Funders’ Network has developed a framing paper for this convening to reflect on the past, inventory the present and imagine a just future. We think about the region in terms of both the people and the place. We want to ensure that large investments in the region result in a more sustainable and resilient place, as well as afford the people who live here a chance to participate in the decision- making and benefit from its improvements. This paper serves to set the context of how New Orleans has made progress in some key areas over the past decade, and to invite you to join a conversation about the work we recognize remains to be done.

Download the Katrina10 framing paper.


This site will soon host videos of all of the plenary sessions from this convening. Please check back to see:

Lunch Plenary - The People’s Recovery: Lessons from Local Leadership

With: Jeff Hebert, City of New Orleans; Flozell Daniels, Foundation for Louisiana; Cashauna Hill, Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center; Minh Nguyen, VAYLA; Josh Perry, Louisiana Center for Children’s Rights; Latanja Silvester, SEIU Local 21; Brooke Smith, City of New Orleans; Gladys Washington, Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation

Closing Plenary -The Role of Philanthropy and the Public Sector in Building a Just and Resilient South

With: Honorable Shaun Donovan, Director, US Office of Management and Budget; Dennis Quirin, Neighborhood Funders Group; Stephen Bradberry, Alliance Institute; LaTosha Brown, Grantmakers for Southern Progress; Wendy Lewis Jackson, Kresge Foundation; Christopher Masingill, Delta Regional Authority; Justin Maxson, Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation


The Greater New Orleans Funders Network is a coalition of local, regional and national grantmakers committed to equity and economic opportunity in the Greater New Orleans region. The network is managed by Grantmakers for Southern Progress, a project of Neighborhood Funders Group. Members of the Greater New Orleans Funders Network include:


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