The Greater New Orleans Foundation awarded more than $830,000 in grants to 38 nonprofit organizations recently.

The IMPACT Program is the foundation’s largest discretionary grants program. The foundation awards grants to nonprofit organizations in arts and culture; education; health and human services; and youth development. The average grant was $20,000.

“IMPACT 2012 allows us to identify and invest in the best nonprofit organizations in the region,” said Albert Ruesga, president and CEO for the Greater New Orleans Foundation.

“These nonprofit leaders are working tirelessly to make this a thriving community for all. Their contributions add tremendously to the health and vibrancy of our region.”

The foundation is also releasing its first IMPACT 2012 Giving Guide, which will allow the public to go online and support the nonprofits. The address is

Arts organizations receiving IMPACT 2012 grants were: Arts Council of New Orleans, Creative Alliance of New Orleans, Louisiana Cultural Economy Foundation, Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, New Orleans Video Access Center and Sweet Home New Orleans

Education organizations receiving grants were: Bureau of Governmental Research, Eastbank Collaborative of Charter Schools, Families and Friends of Louisiana Incarcerated Children, Kids Rethink New Orleans Schools, Loyola University, Pyramid Community Parent Resource Center, Recovery School District, Southeast Louisiana Legal Services, The Lens and the Vietnamese-American Youth Leadership Association.

In health and human services, grants were awarded to: the Advocacy Center, Catholic Charities/Community Staffing Services, Children’s Hospital, Covenant House, Dillard University Community Development Corp., Dulac Community Center, Grow Dat Youth Farm, Interfaith Sponsoring Committee, Jefferson Physician’s Foundation, Justice and Accountability Center of Louisiana, Kingsley House, Latino Famers Cooperative of Louisiana, National Alliance on Mental Illness of New Orleans, New Orleans Schweitzer Fellows Program, Ochsner Health System, Second Harvest Food Bank of Greater New Orleans & Acadiana and St. Anna’s Medical Mission.

In youth development, the foundation granted awards to BreakOUT!, Chartwell Center, Juvenile Regional Services, New Orleans Kids Partnership and Up2Us.

For information on the nonprofit organizations and IMPACT 2012, visit