Greater New Orleans Foundation

Emergency Outreach Opportunities in Our NOLA Community

Dear Friends and Supporters of Leading Educators,

As many of you know, seven tornadoes touched down in New Orleans last Tuesday, damaging nearly 1,000 structures, injuring 30, and leaving an estimated 4,000 without power.

I am relieved to report that Leading Educators’ team and offices were spared, but times like these serve to remind us that unexpected - and sometime catastrophic - events can happen to us at any time.  Now that the storms have cleared, it is time for us to rally around and support each other.  We’ve already received many inquiries from those who want to know how they can help. In response, we’ve compiled the list below of good local organizations that might benefit from your support, including one of our partner schools:

On behalf of Leading Educators and our NOLA-based team, thank you for the kind notes and concern over the past few days. We are fortunate to have been unaffected, and we appreciate being part of such a caring team and community.



Steph Bates
Associate Director of Program Delivery
Leading Educators, New Orleans


$33,000 strong for Teacher Leadership

Tuesday of this week was a special day: Teacher Appreciation Day and GiveNOLA DAY, a 24-hour online giving event hosted by the Greater New Orleans Foundation where donations receive a partial match from the foundation. Leading Educators encouraged friends and supporters to show their appreciation for teachers by giving to the organization via GiveNOLA. By the end of the day, over 80 people donated to Leading Educators, raising over $33,000 to support teacher leaders and the students with whom they work! We are proud to say that 100% of the Leading Educators staff contributed during the event, showing their dedication to our mission not only through their everyday work but also through their personal donations.

Stay tuned--next week we will find out the grand total that includes the match from the foundation. For now, we are touched by the support we saw during GiveNOLA and look forward to next year's event.