Welcome to GNOinfo.com

NEW AND NOTABLE

EPNO (Emerging Philanthropists of New Orleans)image

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

Guide to Contractsimage

This guide tells you everything you need to know about what to look for in a contractor agreement BEFORE you sign anything for work to be done.

New Orleans PreTrial Servicesimage

New Orleans Pretrial Services helps judges decide who stays in jail and who can be safely released to await trial.  The goal of the Program is to reduce the jail population and to save the city money.

Boy’s Hope Girl’s Hope of New Orleansimage

Boys Hope Girls Hope of Greater New Orleans provides children in need between the ages of 10 and 18 with a stable home, positive parenting, high-quality education, and the support needed to reach their full potential.

Estimating Power Usage of Common Household Appliancesimage

This site, run by the US Department of Energy, helps you estimate what the power costs are for anything in your home.

The ACE Program at Delgadoimage

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

LawHelp.org – Rental Lawimage

LawHelp.Org is an online resource for people living on low-incomes and the legal organizations that serve them. moreLawHelp.org provides referrals to local legal aid and public interest law offices, basic information about legal rights, self-help information, court information, links to social service agencies, and more. Southeast Louisiana Legal Services Corporation administers Louisiana’s LawHelp Project, which is made possible by funding from Legal Services Corporation and the Louisiana Bar Foundation. less

Geaux Voteimage

Everything you will need to know about the upcoming elections on the Secretary of State website.

NOLA Green Rootsimage

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

School Readiness Tax Creditimage

The SRTC business tax credit for Louisiana businesses is pretty straightforward. moreA business can donate up to $5,000 to a CCR&R and get 100% of their money back on the Louisiana income taxes.Upon receipt of the donation, we send them a letter and a receipt.

When the business files their income taxed with the Louisiana Department of Revenue, they will claim the credit and attach the receipt as documentation.Because it’s a refundable tax credit, if the business owes less than the amount of their donation, the state will actually write them a check.

So, if a business donated $5,000 but only owed $4,000 in taxes, the state will mail them a $1,000 check.The refundable credit can be taken against individual income tax, corporation income tax, or corporation franchise tax depending on the business’s entity type.

The Louisiana Department of Revenue also offers some additional information, including links to the relevant laws, on their web site: http://www.revenue.louisiana.gov/sections/individual/school_readiness.aspx#taxcred5.It’s the very last tax credit mentioned on the page.

The Society of Louisiana Certified Public Accountants recently highlighted the program in their newsletter in an article available at http://www.lcpa.org/lagniappe_Oct12_schoolreadiness.html.

 less

Orleans Parish Charter School Close-Upsimage

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

Court Watch NOLAimage

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

Times Picayune Historical Archivesimage

The Times Picayune Archives going back through the 1800s.

Indepenent Police Monitorimage

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 bringing 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.

Website: www.nolaipm.org – Click on the “Police Monitor” Link.

Facebook: www.facebook.com/nolaipm

Twitter: www.twitter.com/nolaipm or @nolaipm

Phone: Main Number is 504-681-3223 Complaint Hotline is 504-681-3217
Email: Policemonitor@nolaoig.org
Walk -in: 525 St.Charles Avenue
We can also make arrangements to meet complainants elsewhere.IF more comfortable, people can make complaints with our community partners:

Safe Streets/Strong Communities 504-522-3949 1600 Oretha Castle Halley Blvd
Women with a Vision 504-301-0428 215 North Jefferson Davis PKWY
Catholic Charities Hispanic Apostolate (504) 310-8766 2809 Harvard Ave, Metairie
PIB Can be reached at 504-658-6100 1118 N Rocheblave.They are now open to 8 pm and have a 24 hour hotline to record complaints as well. less

LouisianaRebuilds.info Contractor Rating Systemimage

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.

Metropolitan Crime Commission Reportsimage

The MCC issues reports periodically about public corruption and criminal justice policy.

Educate Now!image

EducateNow! is a news clipping service and blog that provides comprehensive updates on the state of public K-12 education in New Orleans

This is NOLAimage

“This is NOLA” is a free monthly event at the Joy Theater and showcasing the newest sights, tastes and sounds of New Orleans. moreWith the intention of offering a snapshot of the local contemporary culture of the city, the event will feature musical performances, visual art installations, street food, craft cocktails and other elements representative of contemporary New Orleans culture. less

Civic Source – Tax Salesimage

Civic Source is an outsourced listing of all tax sales for various cities, including New Orleans.

The Lens’ “Vault” of Municipal Informationimage

The investigative journalism site The Lens has uploaded thousands of New Orleans city contracts to DocumentCloud and enabled full-text search as well as searching by department and vendor. moreThey have also included City salaries and have included a primer on how to read a government contracts and outlined what city agencies handle what. less