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Thursday, May 10, 2018

Charity Navigator's Cross-Country Tour: Louisiana


Each week, Charity Navigator features a few of the highly-rated charities in one of the fifty states. Today, we’re heading down to the Gulf of Mexico to learn more about a few of Louisiana’s top organizations. 

Louisiana’s Creole and Cajun cultures reflect its history as a melting pot for African, American, and French-Canadian heritage. New Orleans, the state’s most popular city, is known for its annual Mardi Gras celebration, unique French Quarter, and rich musical traditions.

This week, we’re looking at a few of the organizations that are serving the children, families, and animals of this diverse region, and working to protect its rich cultural traditions and unique ecosystems. Keep reading to learn more.

Louisiana Children’s Museum (Baton Rouge, LA)
☆☆☆
Hands-on participatory learning for children of all ages

The Louisiana Children’s Museum is one of New Orleans’ premier attractions for children and their families. The Museum aims to contribute to the region’s future prosperity by helping children realize their potential today through play and exploration.

The Museum’s Fetch! exhibit allows children to explore the world of physic by observing, hypothesizing, and testing their ideas through activities and games, while the Safety Zone exhibit helps children grasps safety basics, like calling 911 and identifying household hazards.

Each year, more than 147,000 people visit the Museum. Consider supporting their important programs with a gift today.

WWOZ (New Orleans, LA)
☆☆☆
Dedicated to bringing New Orleans music to the universe

WWOZ is New Orleans’ Jazz and Heritage radio station. Based in the city’s French Quarter, this community radio station is committed to preserving the New Orleans’ musical history and traditions. The Station is listener-supported and volunteer-programmed. It aims to be the “worldwide voice archive and flag-bearer of New Orleans culture and musical heritage.”

If you love New Orleans, Louisiana, jazz, or public radio, consider supporting this organization’s work to protect the city’s musical traditions.

Louisiana SPCA (New Orleans, LA)
☆☆☆
Unleash your heart

The Louisiana SPCA has been serving New Orleans and the surrounding region for more than 130 years. The organization is committed to promoting, protecting and advancing the well-being of the state’s companion animals. Each year, the organization cares for more than 43,000 animals. 

In addition to providing and supporting rescue and adoption services, the organization works with the Humane Society of the United States to draft and promote regional legislation to protect Louisiana’s animals.

Show your love for Lousiana’s homeless and companion animals by supporting this highly-rated organization today.

Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana (Baton Rouge, LA)
☆☆☆
Our coast, Our future

The Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana is committed to protecting the state’s rich coastal wetlands around which communities, culture, and the economy thrive. Started 30 years ago, the Coalition is the state’s oldest coastal restoration organization. It was begun by a small group of individuals who identified the reality and cost of coastal land loss before it was widely accepted. 

While the organization was founded to affect legislation and policy related to coastal land loss, it is now recognized for its policy, science, outreach, and ground research expertise, as well as its inclusive environment. Each year, the Coalition connects thousands of volunteers with relevant updates and information, and hands-on opportunities to get involved.

Support the Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana today, and take a stand against coastal land loss in the Gulf.

Providence House, Louisiana (Shreveport, LA)
☆☆☆ + Impact
Breaking the homeless cycle one family at a time

Providence House, Louisiana was founded 30 years ago in Shreveport, Louisiana, as “Evergreen House.” The organization’s original goal was to provide short-term shelter and services to families and children experiencing homelessness. A few years later, they determined there was a greater need for long-term transitional housing services in Northwest Louisiana. That is when they changed their name to Providence House and began offering more comprehensive support services that would help children and families successfully move from homelessness to self-sufficiency.

Today, the organization offers a spectrum of services geared for all of the people it serves, liked educational programs for children and teens, as well as literacy, parenting, nutritional, and workforce programs for adults.

Help break the cycle of poverty for people in Northwest Louisiana by supporting this highly-rated organization today.

Did you know Louisiana is home to more than 40 highly-rated charities? You can use Charity Navigator’s Advanced Search Tool to find more organizations working in the state.

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