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.