Growing Opportunity in the 17 Wards of New Orleans
Organized by: Fund 17
If you live in New Orleans, or maybe you have visited before, you know it is special. Everything that makes New Orleans so loved comes from its resilient and creative people and at Fund 17, we fight to make sure all New Orleanians have the opportunity to succeed.
Fund 17 is a New Orleans nonprofit that provides tailored training and resources to underserved community members that have a business or business idea. Our entrepreneurs usually own informal, home-based businesses like baking or landscaping. We got our start about four years ago as a student-run nonprofit and have now been led by our full-time founder for a year. This past year has rocked. We launched our fellowship program, which builds local businesses by pairing trained university students with local entrepreneurs. Learn more about this transformative year in our new impact report.
As you will see, we have built relationships, learned about our entrepreneurs and validated our place in the community. Now we need to GROW so every deserving community member can have the opportunity to make their dreams a reality. Our goal is to serve 100 community entrepreneurs in the next year through one-on-one assistance, educational workshops and access to 0% interest microloans through our partnership with Kiva. This expansion will also help us launch our Spanish language programming so we can empower Latino and immigrant entrepreneurs in New Orleans.
But we need YOU to make this happen. Our $25,000 goal will allow us to hire more staff and expand these necessary services in the community. Our new staff will be hired from within the communities we serve and will play a case management role to ensure all Fund 17 entrepreneurs get quality attention and meet their business goals.
Donations to this campaign will directly create opportunity in the 17 wards of New Orleans. Join us in this fight for equality and equity!
Fund 17 is currently waiting for our tax-exempt, 501(c)(3) status. If possible, we will be sending tax receipts to donors when we are approved, but we cannot guarantee this. If you are interested in making a guaranteed tax-deductible donation, please email firstname.lastname@example.org about your options!