The Entergy Corporation and the Entergy Charitable Foundation have announced that they've awarded grants totaling approximately $19.5 million to nonprofit organizations working to rebuild the physical, intellectual, and cultural assets of post-Katrina New Orleans and the surrounding region.
Over the past five years, education and literacy programs have received $7.3 million, or approximately 38 percent of the total funds awarded by Entergy and its foundation, while grants for community improvement initiatives accounted for about a third ($6.4 million) of the total funds awarded and social and safety net service groups received 15 percent ($3 million).
In its latest round of grants, the foundation awarded nearly $1.2 million to forty-two nonprofits in states served by Entergy subsidiaries, including more than $500,000 to support education and literacy programs. Grants included $355,000 to Teach for America; $150,000 to the Louisiana Children's Museum to support the Early Learning Village project; and $150,000 to the Ochsner Clinic to establish a Nurse Family Partnership program on the west bank of New Orleans.
"Five years ago, the story of Katrina was about devastation and destruction. Today, the story of Katrina is about resiliency and hope," said Patty Riddlebarger, director of corporate social responsibility at Entergy. "New Orleans is our home and we are proud to do our part to help fuel recovery."