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, 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.

In 2015, 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 2014 the following donors, companies, and philanthropic entities invested in our work:

Abigail Brandao

Alex Coleman

Alfred W. Brown, III

Allison M. Freeman

American Heart Association

Anastasia Lyman

Andrew McDaniel

Ann Thompson

Anna Leightman

Avery Bassich

Avery Corenswet

Ben Burkett

Beth Lambert

Betts Family Foundation

Beverly Nichols

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Louisiana

Blue Moon Fund

Bruce Gallassero

Carl Rosenblum

Caroline Sontheimer

Carro Gardner

Christin Logarakis

Christina Bouzon

Christopher Parker


Danielle Paciera

Darlene Robert

David Baker

Debbie Calkins

Diane Africk

Donald Brady

Elisa Munoz

Elizabeth Brown

Elizabeth Gephart

Elizabeth Klein

Emery Van Hook Sonnier

Erin Bolles

Eugenie & Joseph Jones Family Foundation

First NBC

Gene Coia

Geraldine Dardinski


Good Eggs

Grace LeCorgne

Greater New Orleans Foundation

Greg Sanamo


J. Kenneth Saer

Jackie Yancey

Jeanne Hughes

Jennifer Parkerson

Jessica Thomas

Jewelynn Nice

Jill Dalier

Joann Ricci

John Norris

Jonah Dowling

Jones Family Foundation

Joseph Marsiglia

Judith Karst

Judith Thigpen

Judy Stavisky

Julia Bland

Julie Finger

Kane Nantambu

Kaneez Hakim

Kathleen Carlin

Kathryn Parker

Kathryn Rosenblum

Kathy Wiedorn

Katie Landry

Katie Mularz

Keelia O'Malley

Keller Family Foundation

Kendra LeSar

Kia Brown

Kira McAllister Norris

Kristina Gibson

Laitram, LLC

Leah Whann

Lee Anne Garner

Leslie Holman

Libby Hoefer

Lisa Brooking

Lise Devine

Lisette Osier

Lori Dowden

Lori Parker

Louisette Brown

Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities

Louisiana Public Health Institute

Lynn Brooks

Lynn Dicharry

Mac Ball

Magnolia Fleet

Margaret Beer

Margaret Lang

Mary An Godshall

Mary Ferry Bigelow

Mary K. Zervigon

Mary Susan Conley

Mary Virre

Maura Sylvester

Maurya Kilroy

Maxx Sizeler

Michael Kane

Michelle Landry

Monique McCleskey

New Orleans Musician Assistance Fund

Peoples Health

Peter Ricchiuti

Rebecca Jordan

Rebecca Kelly

Rebecca Malek-Wiley

Richard McCarthy III

Richard McCarthy, IV

Richard Oberhelman

Robin Barnes

Rodco Worldwide, Inc.

Rusty Gaude

Ruth U. Fertel Foundation

Seth Harris

Sharon Jackson

Sharon Litwin

Sheldon Lykes Eustis

Stephen Hales

Susan Tucker

Sybil M. Favrot

Teri Tanenbaum

Terri Troncale

The Pinckelope Foundation

The Rapides Foundation

Thomas Bourgeois

Thomas Igou

Tina Freeman

W.K. Kellogg Foundation

Wallace Landry Family Foundation

Walter David Siegel

Wayne Amedee

Wells Fargo & Company

William Mupo

William Paulson

Wilmer Freiberg