Founder Jackie Silverman presents at Impact 100

(New Orleans, LA – December 2, 2014) Impact 100, an initiative of the Greater New Orleans Foundation, announced today that its $100,000 transformative grant will be awarded this year to the New Orleans Women’s Shelter. Located in Central City, the New Orleans Women’s Shelter is one of the few shelters that accept homeless women with children and pregnant women. Since opening its doors in 2007, the New Orleans Women’s Shelter has provided warm beds and nutritious meals to 700 homeless women and children. It is estimated that the number of homeless women in New Orleans has risen 66 percent since 2012.

“Impact 100 is a group of 100 New Orleans women who came together because of the shared belief that by pooling their resources, they could impact our community in ways they couldn’t achieve on their own,” said Alice Parkerson, vice president for development at the Greater New Orleans Foundation.

The announcement of the $100,000 grant was made on Giving Tuesday, the national day of giving that kicks-off the giving season.

“I’m overwhelmed with gratitude to the women of Impact 100,” said Jackie Silverman, who with her husband Dan founded the New Orleans Women’s Shelter after Hurricane Katrina when they learned that there was no place for mothers with young children to go. “In this community, we have way too many mothers with children living in abandoned buildings, parks, and in cars. It’s simply unacceptable.”

The young mothers receive individualized case management, job training and placement guidance, and a savings match program. Eighty-eight percent of the women NOWS has helped have successfully transitioned to independence and stability.

After the Impact 100 members voted to support the category of health and social services, they heard presentations from Eden House, the National Alliance for Mental Illness, and the New Orleans Women’s Shelter. Eden House and NAMI will each receive $12,500.

“Organizations in the health and social services are working tirelessly to help families and individuals to regain control and achieve self-sufficiency.,” said Albert Ruesga, president and CEO of the Greater New Orleans Foundation.

“If you are looking to make an impactful gift during this holiday season, you may want to consider the nonprofits working in the health and social services field,” said Ruesga. “These nonprofits are identifying the environmental forces that create, contribute to, and address problems that keep individuals from reaching their full potential.”
The Greater New Orleans Foundation is the community foundation that serves a 13 parish region in southeast Louisiana and last year awarded $19.1 million to over 300 nonprofit organizations.

For more information on the nonprofits that participated in Impact 100 visit To learn how you can participate in Impact 100 next year, please call Develoment Officer Allie Betts at the Greater New Orleans Foundation at 504.598.4663 or email her at


About the Greater New Orleans Foundation
The Greater New Orleans Foundation is one of the oldest and largest philanthropic organizations in the region. Every day, the Foundation joins other foundations, nonprofit organizations, community leaders, and government officials to address the needs of the community and build consensus for solutions. Together with its family of donors, the Foundation has invested over $100 million in our region since it opened its doors over 30 years ago to respond to community needs.