Green Light New Orleans and the Urban Conservancy were awarded a total of $250,000 in grants from the Allianz Katrina Fund to promote sustainability efforts in New Orleans and Jefferson Parish. Philips also matched the grant with a donation of 3,500 LED light bulbs for Jefferson Parish. Allianz, a global financial service company, has dedicated $1 million in long-term donations to the New Orleans area post-Hurricane Katrina.
Unity of Greater New Orleans was awarded $1.3 million to help prevent domestic violence survivors from becoming homeless. U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS and the Violence Against Women Act supplied the grants. Unity will partner with CrescentCare, the New Orleans Family Justice Center and Southeast Louisiana Legal Services to connect people with housing and other services.
Irvin Mayfield once again has been asked to repay the New Orleans Public Library Foundation — this time for an additional $150,000 he redirected to yet another nonprofit on which he sits as a board member, according to a report from WWL-TV's David Hammer. In May, Mayfield agreed to a five-year plan to repay the foundation more than $1 million (partly in cash, the rest "in kind") that he steered from the foundation to his New Orleans Jazz Orchestra.