meet our supporters

We are grateful to the individuals, foundations, and corporations who invest in our work. Prior to Hurricane Katrina, we pursued a business model that relied heavily upon the earned income we raised through our many public market stall fees. We received early financial support from the Catholic Campaign for Human Development, Foundation for the MidSouth, Farm Aid, and the William B. Reily Company.

By 1999, we had established an endowment at the Greater New Orleans Foundation (as part of the Ford Foundation's Rural Development and Community Foundation Initiative) with investments from BellSouth, Coypu Foundation, Keller Family Foundation, William Randolph Hearst Foundation, and Zemurray Foundation. (Our endowment circa 2008 has reached $880K.) Steadily, we began to assemble a varied base of support from the likes of Culinary Concierge, F.B. Heron Foundation, Ford Foundation, Louisiana Cookin' Magazine, Louisiana Seafood Promotion and Marketing Board, RosaMary Foundation, Tabasco Brand Products, USDA Agricultural Marketing Services, among others and other activities, like our annual harvest dinner for the Crescent City Farmers Market.

In 2005 as we were poised to restructure and rebrand our organization from the Economics Institute into marketumbrella.org, our region was devastated Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Upon our return to the city in October of that year, we turned to our existing supporters for emergency funds to meet the needs of rural farmers and fishers whose livelihoods had been destroyed. We restarted two of our four farmers markets, and we sparked new relationships with investors keen to make good things happen in the chaotic context of the Katrina recovery zone and to share lessons learned in an environment where experimentation is wide open.

By 2011, we are noticing that the dust (and mud!) has begun to settle despite unanticipated events, like the 2010 BP Deepwater Horizon explosion and spill. Our work evolves. We are grateful to those who are helping us grow. Pledged to social enterpreneurism, we remain true to our mission yet open to unexpected partnerships and learning. As to how this shapes our base of support, we are patiently tapping local individuals and organizations for support while also forging new relations with national investors.

We are proud to report how in 2011 the following corporate and philanthropic entities invested in our work:

Capital One Bank
Penny and Jim Coulter
Dante's Kitchen
Dooky Chase
Entergy New Orleans, Inc.
F.B Heron Foundation
Fertel Foundation
Fortune Fish Company
Gabrielle at the Uptowner
Greater New Orleans Foundation
Greater New Orleans Inc. (The Coastal Vitality Project)
IBERIA Bank
Keller Family Foundation
Lazy Magnolia Brewing Company
Louisiana Disaster Recovery Foundation
National Rural Funders Collaborative
Newell-Usdin Fund
Pinckelope Foundation
Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen
Republic National Distributing Company
Reily Foods Company
Ruth U. Fertel Foundation
Share Our Strength
Standard Coffee Service Company
Surdna Foundation
Tabasco Brand Products
The Emeril Lagasse Foundation
The Kresge Foundation
Tulane University
Wallace Landry Family Foundation
Wholesome Wave Foundation
W.K. Kellogg Foundation

Thank you to the following investors who rallied around us in and since the fateful autumn of 2005:

Amano Italian Restaurant
AWS Water Filtration
Blue Moon Fund
Coastal Vitality Project
Emeril's Foundation
F.B. Heron Foundation
Ford Foundation
H.O.M.E. Foundation
International Association of Culinary Professionals
Kresge Foundation
Le Cordon Bleu Schools of North America
Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry
Louisiana Disaster Recovery Foundation
National Rural Funders' Collaborative
Mennonite Economic Development Associates
Oak Cliff Cellars
Oscar Mayer Sandwich Showdown
Oxfam America
Project for Public Spaces
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Ruth U. Fertel Foundation
Share Our Strength
Slow Food USA
Smith’s Creamery
Tabasco Brand Products
United States Department of Agriculture Agricultural Marketing Services
United States Department of Agriculture Community Food Projects
Whole Foods
Wholesome Wave Foundation
W.K. Kellogg Foundation