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Pro Bono Publico Foundation Announces 2019-20 Grants

January 19th, 2020

Continuing its ongoing commitment to invest in New Orleans Public Schools and high-quality public education, the Pro Bono Publico Foundation awarded 2019-20 grants totaling $1.057 million to 71 recipients.

The awards ceremony, held at the Rex den on January 11, marks the fifth consecutive year PBPF grants will total at least $1 million and brings the cumulative grant total to more than $8.3 million through 13 grant cycles.

The 71 grants benefit schools serving a total of more than 35,000 students and include 10 charter management organizations responsible for 39 schools, 20 individual charter schools and nine other schools, including several serving children with special needs. The Foundation also supports 22 organizations which provide supporting services to students and schools as well as six policy and advocacy organizations and 4 college support organizations.

The Pro Bono Publico Foundation (probonopublicofoundation.org) was formed by members of the Rex Organization (rexorganization.com) as New Orleans recovered from Hurricane Katrina. Thanks to the generosity of its donors the Foundation has been able to make a sustained and meaningful investment in support of our community’s public schools and its students, as the 2019 grant total marks the eighth consecutive year the PBPF grants exceed half a million dollars and the fifth year grants have totaled at least $1 million.

Last year, Foundation officials adjusted the grantmaking approach to allow for innovative, strategic “game-changing” grants.  It became clear the greatest system-wide need was the ability to recruit and retain great teachers.  New Schools for New Orleans was awarded a 3-year grant to support that work with a goal to reduce teacher attrition by 5 percentage points by the end of 2020.

“Our donors recognize the importance of this investment in our children and our future. The Foundation’s commitment as a key local funder of school transformation and our recent focus on teacher retention helps attract critical national support,” Foundation Chairman Storey Charbonnet said. “We have made tremendous progress, but we recognize that there is much work still to do to assure excellence in all of our schools. Our investment of at least $1 million dollars five years in a row, and more than $8.3 million in total, is evidence of our support toward that goal.”

The grants show the determined efforts of Rex members and the PBPF to assure all of New Orleans’ children can attend excellent schools. These schools, and organizations supporting their important work, have been the focus of PBPF’s investment, as well as the commitment of dozens of Rex members serving on their boards.

Quick Facts:

  • 2019-20 grants total $1.057 million and giving since 2007 exceeds $8.3 million
  • This is the fifth consecutive year the Pro Bono Publico Foundation has awarded at least $1 million in grants, and the ninth consecutive year grants have exceeded $500,000.
  • 2019-20 grants awarded to 71 grantees
  • Through a grant to the NORD Foundation, the PBPF continues to sponsor activities at Taylor Playground, adjacent to the Rex Den
  • Grants from the Pro Bono Publico Foundation support organizations which serve our community’s children from “cradle to college”

Pro Bono Publico Foundation Awards 2019 Grants

January 14th, 2019

For the 4th consecutive year, Pro Bono Publico Foundation has awarded $1 million in grants supporting Greater New Orleans schools and education initiatives.

In an event attended by educators and their families at the Rex den, leaders of the PBPF awarded $ 1million dollars in grants to 68 recipients for the 2018-19 grant cycle.

The awards ceremony marked the fourth consecutive year PBPF grants will total $1 million and brings the cumulative grant total to more than $7.5 million through 12 grant cycles.

The 68 grants benefit schools serving a total of more than 35,000 students and include nine charter management organizations responsible for 44 schools, 18 individual charter schools and nine other schools, including several serving children with special needs. The Foundation also supports 23 organizations which provide supporting services to students and schools as well as six policy and advocacy organizations.

The Pro Bono Publico Foundation (probonopublicofoundation.org) was formed by members of the Rex Organization (rexorganization.com) as New Orleans recovered from Hurricane Katrina. Thanks to the generosity of its donors the Foundation has been able to make a sustained and meaningful investment in support of our community’s public schools and its students, as the 2019 grant total marks the eighth consecutive year the PBPF grants exceed half a million dollars.

Additionally, the Pro Bono Publico Foundation has established a Strategic Innovation Fund which will award larger grants and carry the potential to more broadly impact its education mission.
“Our donors recognize the importance of this investment in our children and our future. The Foundation’s commitment as a key local funder of school transformation helps attract critical national support,” Foundation Chairman Storey Charbonnet said. “We have made tremendous progress, but we recognize that there is much work still to do to assure excellence in all of our schools. Our investment of $1 million dollars four years in a row, and $7.5 million in total, is evidence of our commitment to support that work.”

The grants support the commitment of Rex members and the PBPF to assure all of New Orleans’ children can attend excellent schools. Nearly all of New Orleans students now attend public charter schools. These schools, and organizations supporting their important work, have been the focus of PBPF’s investment, as well as the commitment of dozens of Rex members serving on their boards.

Quick Facts:
• 2018-19 grants total $1 million and giving since 2007 exceeds $7.5 million
• This is the fourth consecutive year the Pro Bono Publico Foundation has awarded $1 million in grants, and the eighth consecutive year grants have exceeded $500,000.
• 2018-19 grants awarded to 68 grantees
• Through a grant to the NORD Foundation, the PBPF continues to sponsor activities at Taylor Playground, adjacent to the Rex Den
• Grants from the Pro Bono Publico Foundation support organizations which serve our community’s children from the “cradle to college”

Rex Foundation Awards 2018 Grants

January 13th, 2018

The Rex Organization continues its ongoing commitment to invest in New Orleans Public Schools when the Pro Bono Publico Foundation awards its 2017-18 grants to 63 recipients.  For the third year in a row PBPF grants will total $1 million. Recipients were honored at an open house at the Rex den on Saturday, January 13.

The 63 grants benefit schools serving a total of over 34,000 students and include 9 charter management organizations responsible for 42 schools, 14 individual charter schools and 10 other schools, including several serving children with special needs. The Foundation also supports 24 organizations which provide supporting services to students and schools as well as six policy and advocacy organizations.

The Pro Bono Publico Foundation was formed by members of the Rex Organization as New Orleans recovered from Hurricane Katrina. These grants mark the Foundation’s 11th grant cycle and bring the cumulative grant total to more than $6.5 million.  Thanks to the generosity of its donors the Foundation has been able to make a sustained and meaningful investment in support of our community’s public schools and its students.

“Our donors recognize the importance of this investment in our children and our future. The Foundation’s commitment as a key local funder of school transformation helps attract critical national support,” said Foundation Chairman Storey Charbonnet. “We have made tremendous progress but we recognize that there is much work still to do to assure excellence in all of our schools. Our investment of $1 million dollars three years in a row, and $6.5 million in total, is evidence of our commitment to support that work.”

The grants support the commitment of Rex members and the PBPF to assure that all of New Orleans’ children can attend excellent schools. Nearly all of New Orleans students now attend public charter schools. These schools, and organizations supporting their important work, have been the focus of PBPF’s investment, as well as the commitment of dozens of Rex members serving on their boards.

The open house also highlighted the work of Teach For America. Nearly 1,300 TFA corps members and alumni teach and lead across the Greater New Orleans community, and TFA corps members or alumni will be found in seven out of ten Orleans Parish public schools.  Teach For America has three components to its approach:  to enlist diverse individuals to become teachers in low-income communities and life-long advocates, to train members of its teaching corps to be effective leaders in the classroom and to mobilize as many individuals as possible to strengthen the movement for educational equity.

Quick Facts:

  • 2017-18 grants total $1 million and giving since 2007 exceeds $6.5 million
  • This is the third year in a row the Pro Bono Publico Foundation has awarded $1 million in grants, and the seventh year grants have exceeded $500,000.
  • 2017-18 grants awarded to 63 grantees
  • Through a grant to the NORD Foundation, the PBPF continues to sponsor activities at Taylor Playground, adjacent to the Rex Den
  • Grants from the Pro Bono Publico Foundation support organizations which serve our community’s children from the “cradle to college”

Grants were awarded to these recipients:

4POINT0 SCHOOLS
Audubon Charter School
Bayou District Foundation
Belle Chasse Academy
Breakthrough N O (Fiscal Agent Isidore Newman)
Bricolage Academy
Choice Foundation (2 schools)
Citizens Committee for Education dba Homer A. Plessy
City Year
College Beyond
College Track
Collegiate Academies (3 schools)
Communities in Schools of New Orleans
Crescent City Schools (3 schools)
Cypress Charter School Association (DBA Cypress Academy)
Edgar P. Harney/Spirit of Excellence Academy
Education Pioneers
Einstein Group, Inc. (4 schools)
Elevate!
First Line Schools (5 schools)
Foundation for Science & Mathematics Education
Greater New Orleans Collaborative of Charter Schools
Greater New Orleans STEM Initiative dba Core Element
Hoffman Learning Center
InspireNOLA Charter Schools (4 schools)
International High School of New Orleans
International School of Louisiana
Jefferson Chamber Foundation Academy
Kenner Discovery Health Sciences Academy
KID smART
KIPP New Orleans Schools (11 schools)
LA Children’s Research Center for Dev & Learn   CDL
Lake Forest Elementary Charter School
Leading Educators, Greater New Orleans
Live Oak Wilderness Camp
Louisiana Appleseed Center for Law and Justice
Louisiana Association of Public Charter Schools
Louisiana Policy Institute for Children
McMillian’s First Steps Academy
New Orleans Center for Creative Arts Institute
New Orleans College Preparatory Academics (4 schools)
New Orleans Military and Maritime Academy
New Schools for New Orleans
NORD Foundation – Taylor Park Booster Club
Posse Foundation
Raphael Academy
ReNew Charter Schools (6 schools)
Roots of Music Inc.
Special Education Leader Fellowship
St. Augustine
St. Michael Special School
St. Stephen’s
Stand for Children Louisiana
Success Preparatory Academy
T F A Teach for America – GNO
The Chartwell Center
The Good Shepherd School
The Lighthouse for the Blind NO
Tulane University Cowen Institute
Warren Easton Charter School Foundation
YA YA   Young Aspirations/Young Artists
Young Audiences
Youth Empowerment Project
Youth Run NOLA

Foundation Announces 2017 Grants

January 7th, 2017

For the second year in a row, Pro Bono Publico Foundation will award $1 million in grants to the Greater New Orleans education community.

The Rex Organization continues its ongoing commitment to help New Orleans Public Schools when the Pro Bono Publico Foundation awards its 2016-17 grants totaling $1 million to 63 recipients Saturday, Jan. 7 for the second time in a row. The awards ceremony will be conducted during an open house from 10 a.m. to noon, at the Rex Den.

Those 63 grants benefit 10 charter management organizations which include 39 schools; 25 individual schools; and 28 supporting and advocacy organizations.

The 2017 grant total marks the sixth consecutive year Pro Bono Publico Foundation’s grants exceeds one million dollars. Thanks to the generosity of its donors, each year the Foundation is able to provide meaningful support to our community’s public schools and its students.

“The generosity of those donating to such a worthy cause has been tremendous as the Pro Bono Publico Foundation continues to hit this $1 million milestone,” said Foundation Chairman Storey Charbonnet. “We’ve seen continued annual growth in contributions to help invest in our community’s future by supporting a strong educational environment from the ‘cradle to college’ for children.”

The grants exemplify PBPF’s drive to assure that all of New Orleans’ children have access to excellent schools. Ninety-three percent of New Orleans students now attend public charter schools. These schools, and organizations supporting their important work, have been the focus of PBPF’s investment, as well as the commitment of dozens of Rex members serving on their boards.

The Pro Bono Publico Foundation was formed by members of the Rex Organization as New Orleans recovered from Hurricane Katrina. Foundation giving, in its tenth grant cycle since 2007, now totals $5.5 million in cumulative cash contributions to schools.

The open house also highlights the work of Teach For America, which has more than 1,200 corps members and alumni teaching and leading across the Greater New Orleans community. Today, seven out of ten public schools in Orleans Parish have TFA corps member or alumni teachers and leaders in their buildings. Teach For America has three components to its approach: to enlist diverse individuals to become teachers in low-income communities and life-long advocates, to train members of its teaching corps to be effective leaders in the classroom and to mobilize as many individuals as possible strengthen the movement for educational equity.

Quick Facts:

  • 2016-17 grants total $1 million and giving since 2007 totals $5.5 million
  • This is the second year in a row the Pro Bono Publico Foundation has awarded $1 million in grants
  • 2016-17 grants awarded to 63 grant – 54 schools and 28 supporting and advocacy organizations
  • Through a grant to the NORD Foundation, the PBPF continues to sponsor activities at Taylor Playground, adjacent to the Rex Den
  • Grants from the Pro Bono Publico Foundation support organizations which serve our community’s children from the “cradle to college”

2017 Grantees

  • 4POINT0 Schools
  • Arise Academy
  • Audubon Charter School
  • Bayou District Foundation
  • Belle Chasse Academy
  • Benjamin Franklin High School
  • Breakthrough NO
  • Bricolage Academy
  • Center for Development and Learning
  • Choice Foundation
  • Citizens Committee for Education dba Homer A. Plessy
  • City Year New Orleans
  • College Bridge New Orleans
  • College Track
  • Collegiate Academies
  • Communities in Schools of Greater New Orleans, Incl
  • Crescent City Schools
  • Cypress Charter School Association DBA Cypress Academy
  • Education Pioneers
  • Educators for Quality Alternatives/NET Charter School
  • Einstein Group, Inc.
  • First Line Schools
  • Greater New Orleans STEM Initiative DBA Core Element
  • InspireNOLA Charter Schools
  • International High School of New Orleans
  • International School of Louisiana
  • Jefferson Chamber Foundation Academy
  • Kenner Discovery Health Sciences Academy
  • KID smART
  • KIPP New Orleans Schools
  • Lake Forest Elementary Charter School
  • Leading Educators
  • Lighthouse for the Blind in New Orleans
  • Live Oak Wilderness Camp
  • Louisiana Alliance of Charter Schools (East Bank Collaborative)
  • Louisiana Appleseed Center for Law and Justice
  • Louisiana Association of Public Charter Schools
  • Lycee Francais de la Nouvelle-Orleans
  • McMillian’s First Steps
  • New Orleans Center for Creative Arts Institute
  • New Orleans College Preparatory Academics
  • New Orleans Military and Maritime Academy
  • New Schools for New Orleans
  • NORD Foundation for Taylor Park Booster Club
  • Policy Institute for Children
  • Raphael Academy
  • ReNew Charter Schools
  • Roots of Music
  • St. Michael Special School
  • Special Education Leadership Fellowship
  • Stand for Children Louisiana
  • Success Prepartory Academy
  • Teach for America GNO
  • The Chartwell Center
  • The Foundation for Science & Mathematics Education
  • The Good Shepherd School
  • The Posse Foundation, Inc.
  • Tulane University Cowen Institute
  • Warren Easton Charter School Foundation
  • YA YA – Young Aspirations/Young Artists, Inc.
  • St. Augustine High School
  • St. Stephen’s Catholic School
  • Youth Empowerment Project