The Funding Seed
The Funding Seed coaches non-profit staff, board members and volunteers to make each organization confident, strategic and self-sufficient when it comes to raising money. moreMonthly Open workshops from The Funding Seed are a great way to learn new strategies, brush up on skills and engage with other members of the nonprofit community. Covering topics from Grantwriting for Beginners to Fundraising Events 101 to Creating and Managing an Individual Donor Program, these workshops are an affordable option for nonprofits looking for new fundraising training opportunities. less
DestinationGNO was originally a site selection tool for economic developers. moreHowever it has now been made available to the public.The site highlights 48 communities around the region, includes a moving guide, and highlights information about New Orleans’ rich arts and culture, climate, cost of living, economy, education, emergency preparedness, healthcare, parenting, public safety, shopping, and transportation.The site also allows users to select lifestyle attributes important to them and populates suggested communities based on their selections. less
The OneApp Process for New Orleans Schools
The Orleans Parish School Board and the Recovery School District are partnering together to provide students and families with the opportunity to choose a school that suits their interests and needs. moreThe annual New Orleans Public School Enrollment Process offers students the opportunity to easily apply to all participating schools using one application. less
NOLAParks.com helps you see what outdoor recreation options are across the city. The site allows you to see where various things like Dog Parks or Basketball Courts are located.
New Schools For New Orleans
New Schools for New Orleans trains school leaders, helps get them and their schools launched and advocates for the New Orleans Charter School Movement.
Eastbank Charter School Collaborative
The East Bank Charter School Collaborative publishes the RSDigest (Recovery School District/ New Orleans) and the OPSBrief (Orleans Parish School Board) each month with agendas before the meetings and reports on the decisions and discussions of the meetings.
New Orleans One Stop for Permits and Licenses
The City of New Orleans’ One Stop Shop you can get information on all permits, licenses, and City Planning Commission actions have been brought into single place. moreWhether you are looking to build a house or repair one, start a business or renew a business license, host a special event or sell at one, this is your one place to start. less
STAIR – Start the Adventure in Reading
is a volunteer-based, non-profit children’s literacy organization that provides reading tutors for public school 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grade students. moreSTAIR was founded in New Orleans in 1985.Over the last 28 years, STAIR‘s trained volunteers have tutored more than 6,000 public school children who qualify for the program.Volunteer tutors work one-on-one with 1st, 2nd, and 3rd graders to improve their reading and language skills. less
The ACE Program at Delgado
Even without a high school diploma or GED, you can begin classes at Delgado and start earning credit towards a degree and career in one of the following divisions: Healthcare, Information Technology (IT) and Technical Pathway. moreIf you are interested in pursuing a career in any of these fields, the ACE Program might be a great way for you to start pursuing a degree.The benefits of participating in the program include the ability to enroll in college prior to finishing the GED program (an early start to your college career), and the opportunity to receive partially waived tuition and book fees for your first 12 credits in ACE. less
NOLA Un-Leaded Lead Paint Information
NOLA Unleaded is a concerned citizens organization composed of residents and professionals seeking to address the needless and persistent lead poisoning of New Orleans’ children.
Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses
Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses at Delgado Community College is a practical business management education program that gives entrepreneurs valuable skills for growing their business, the opportunity to access financial capital, powerful networking opportunities and more — at absolutely no cost to participants.
Times Picayune Historical Archives
The Times Picayune Archives going back through the 1800s.
The "New" Soft Second Mortgage Program
The new version of the Nagin Administration’s Soft Second program allows developers to use the program to rebuild blighted or empty lots where otherwise the financing doesn’t make sense.
Blighted Property Search
BlightStatus is an on-line system that allows citizens to see what the City is doing about blighted properties in New Orleans.
New Orleans Code Enforcement
The Code Enforcement Department is in charge of hearings, fines and other property-maintenance issues throughout the city.
EPNO (Emerging Philanthropists of New Orleans)
EPNO is a giving circle that aims to engage young professionals in philanthropy and to increase the impact that these individuals can have by pooling their resources in a grant-making process for local nonprofit organizations. moreEach participant pledges $500 of his/her own money, and then has that matched by an employer, an outside funder, friends/family, etc.So, each person has $1000 to pool in a focus group (usually about 8-9 people per group) to then dole out the sum ($8000 – $9000) to selected grant applicants. less
NOLA Food and Farm Exchange (FFEx)
We know that there’s a bunch of you that are growing a lot. moreOften you grow more than you can eat or give to friends & family.The NOLA FFEx gives you a way to move your bounty, extra compostable material, soil, tools, services, available land, etc.that you can get something in return — money, a portion of someone else’s bounty, a much needed tool, services, etc.Listings are free. less
The Deepwater Horizon Economic Claims Center
The Deepwater Horizon Economic Claims Center, or DHECC, is the new program that replaces the Gulf Coast Claims Facility (GCCF) that closed up in early 2012. moreThis new program is expected to offer better settlement terms to claimants and an accelerated payment process. less
EO Accelerator New Orleans
Accelerator is a national program of Entrepreneur’s Organization (EO) to help businesses grow from $250,000 in revenue to over $1,000,000. moreIt features group mentoring, accountability and great programming and contact generation.The New Orleans chapter is the oldest and has the most graduates of any Accelerator chapter in the country. less
NOLA Green Roots
NOLA Green Roots facilitates garden training for hundreds of participants. moreBy developing community gardens, we teach youth, low-income residents, and senior citizens how to grow fresh fruits and vegetables at a low cost. less
NOLA Satellite Government
There are over 140 boards, commissions, public benefit corporations, security and development districts, and other entities that undertake public functions on behalf of the people of New Orleans. moreThis site is a guide to them all. less
EducateNow! is a news clipping service and blog that provides comprehensive updates on the state of public K-12 education in New Orleans
Metropolitan Crime Commission Reports
The MCC issues reports periodically about public corruption and criminal justice policy.
Early Childhood and Family Learning Foundation
The Early Childhood and Family Learning Foundation promotes the Whole Child Comprehensive Health Program in 5 Central City schools and 5 Day cares. moreThey assess all the children in the schools for vision, dental, hearing, BP, obesity and other indicators to identify children with physical, mental or social health factors that are obstacles to their learning.A professional health team then establishes a treatment plan that the school faculty and the health team monitor for completion.
Already, after 3 years, our program has assessed and provided services to over 4,000 children and have given critical help to over 150 children that has turned their school performance around, raised the schools’ LEAP scores and put them on track for a successful life. less
Project Nola is a public safety information community that provides alerts of criminal justice and police information. moreRun by a local security company, it has notification services via Twitter, Facebook, etc. less
New Orleans Inspector General
The Office of the Independent Police Monitor (IPM) is an independent civilian police oversight agency created in August of 2008. moreOur goal is to improve police services to the community, citizen trust in the NOPD, and officer safety and working conditions.We do so by bringing accountability to the police department through independently observing the complaint investigation process; by brining transparency to the department by increasing access to public information about NOPD; and by insuring that departmental discipline, personnel practices, and policing practices are fair to both citizens and individual officers. less
WorkNOLA is a website that features jobs in the New Orleans area.
Orleans Parish Charter School Close-Ups
This online listings, put together by the Lens, features profiles of all New Orleans public, charter, and Recovery School District schools. moreThe information includes test scores, extracurricular activities, admission criteria, and neighborhood and school demographics to help parents choose the best schools for their children. less
Everything you will need to know about the upcoming elections on the Secretary of State website.
Court Watch NOLA
Court Watch NOLA’s mission is to monitor each part of the Justice System to ensure transparency and accountability at every level. moreCourt Watch volunteers attend court hearings and trials in all sections of Orleans Parish Criminal District Court and monitor the progress of cases as they proceed through the courts from arraignment through sentencing.To volunteer, visit the website.
Court Watch NOLA is supported by The New Orleans Crime Fighting Coalition. less
Project Last, a program offered by the Children’s Bureau, offers specialized Grief and Trauma Group and Individual Counseling to school aged children affected by trauma, loss, or disaster. moreProject Last has been shown to be very effective in reducing symptoms in children who are in crisis due to trauma and community violence.The program is available to Orleans and Jefferson Parish children ages infant to 17 and their families who are survivors of traumatic events, witnesses to acts of extreme violence, or victims of violence.For more information call 504-525-2366. less
LouisianaRebuilds.info Contractor Rating System
Find and rate contractors working locally and help our community rebuild by getting the word out about good and bad contractors. Use our Contractor Rating System (with over 500 local listings and ratings) to rate a contractor you’ve used or search for contractor reviews before you hire.
Common Contractor Problems
Read this list of the most common contractor scams to protect yourself from contractor fraud. more
You need to think carefully about working with a contractor if he or she…
Be sure to follow best hiring practices listed here.
- Doesn’t provide a local address or local telephone number- do not hire someone who only supplies a cell phone number.
- Uses a P.O.Box for an address.And some fraudulent contractors give fake addresses of places that don’t exist or are actually storm damaged properties.Confirm that the address they cite is legitimate by driving to their office.
- Has a company with a religious or military name like “Jesus Saves Construction,” “Marine Construction,” or “Honest Joe’s Landscapers”.These names are often a cover-up.It doesn’t necessarily mean they’re trustworthy – in fact, it usually means the opposite.
- Has a ‘doctored’ license.In one case cited by a State Contractor Licensing Board investigator, a man took a real license and forged his name on it.Always look at the contractor’s license (its best to get a copy) and make note of the license number.Make sure that the contractor is the owner of that license and that he is registered in your parish by confirming with the State Contractor Licensing Board.See a sample license here.
- Has only an occupational license.An occupational license is required for all business owners for the purpose of paying taxes.Make sure your contractor has a State Residential Building License if the job is more than $7500.
- Solicits door-to-door.Legitimate (and busy) contractors do not have time to solicit door-to-door.
- Just happens to have left-over materials from previous jobs.
- Will give you a discount for recommending other customers.
- Demands that you pay in cash or for the job upfront.Never pay in cash.Make sure you pay with a check or credit card which can serve as a record of payment.
- Takes more for a down payment than is reasonable, claiming to need instant cash for supplies and to pay workers.A down payment shouldn’t exceed 10% or $1,000, whichever is less, or reasonable to the size of the project.
- Tries to pressure you into signing a contract you haven’t read or that has blank spaces.
- Asks you to get the construction permits.It’s the contractor’s responsibility to file for building permits.
- Asks you to use your home as security for a home improvement loan or borrow money from a lender the contractor knows.If you do not pay the loan or miss a payment, the lender can take your home and sell it.
- Uses high pressure sales tactics to scare and intimidate you into making an immediate decision about work.Get a competitive bid, check license and registration and get references from customers you can call to discuss their work with.
- Claims that your job will be a “demonstration.”
- Offers to perform a free inspection then claims that faulty wiring, bad plumbing, or a leaky roof is putting the homeowner in danger in an attempt to scare the homeowner into agreeing to unnecessary, over-priced work.Always get at least three bids/inspections.
- States that a written contract is unnecessary, promising to deliver on the verbal agreement.The shady contractor then takes advantage of the situation to perform shoddy work or none at all.
Louisiana Department of Economic Development: Resources for Businesses
Louisiana Economic Development is the official economic development agency to connect Louisiana businesses with the resources they need and to foster growth across all industries. moreThe LED site features small businesses resources including financial assistance, FAQs, relocation assistance, and links to business counseling centers and small business development centers. less
St. Thomas Health Clinic
Saint Thomas Health Services (STHS), a full-service neighborhood medical center, is the only primary medical facility in the St. moreThomas Irish Channel Community of New Orleans, Louisiana.Located at 1020 St.Andrew Street, one block away from its original location within the St.Thomas Housing Development, the Clinic thrives within the cultural context of the African-American Community in which it is situated and under whose direction it proudly serves. less
Tipitina’s Foundation supports Louisiana and New Orleans’ irreplaceable music community and preserves the state’s unique musical cultures through its four main programs.
These are: Instruments A Comin’, Sunday Youth Music Workshops, Tipitina’s Internship Program and Tipitina’s Music Office Co-Ops.