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Newsletter - Gulf Coast Fund Official Partners

ChooseHotTubsDirect has teamed up with the Gulf Coast Fund to help Hurricane Ike Gulf Coast victims with shelter, food, water & other supplies. For more information on these recent projects, please visit these links:

-ChooseHotTubsDirect Charity Page Disaster Relief Efforts Page Hurricane Disaster Relief Press Release at

Background on the Gulf Coast Fund Official Partner of the Gulf Coast FundCreated shortly after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005, the Gulf Coast Fund for Community Renewal and Ecological Health has distributed more than $2 million to over 100 grassroots organizations in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Texas. Unique among the region‘s recovery grantmakers, GCF is committed to an open and transparent decision-making process led by the most affected communities themselves. The Fund operates in partnership with an inter-disciplinary Advisory Group of grassroots leaders working on the ground across the Gulf Coast and Diaspora. This group informs the grant making process and identifies needs on an ongoing basis.

The Gulf Coast Fund created the Gulf Coast Emergency Response Fund immediately after Hurricane Gustav in order to quickly distribute emergency grants of up to $5,000 to organizations working in the most vulnerable communities affected by this current hurricane and possible future disasters.

For information about the Gulf Coast Fund Emergency Response Fund application process and application form, please go to

Funds to respond to urgent needs are critical. You can support the Gulf Coast Fund‘s efforts by donating to the Gulf Coast Emergency Response Fund online at or send a check to Gulf Coast Fund at Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, 6 West 48 Street, 10th Fl, New York, NY 10036. To ensure your support has the deepest impact possible, RPA is waiving all administrative and financial fees thereby maximizing the benefit directed to this effort by your contribution.

About the Fund: Official Partner of the Gulf Coast Fund

Hurricanes Katrina and Rita have exposed the human and ecological costs of racial discrimination and unsustainable development. The rebuilding of New Orleans and Gulf Coast communities that have been damaged by these hurricanes is an historic opportunity for philanthropic organizations to participate in the Gulf Coast Fund for Community Renewal and Ecological Health (the "Fund"). The Fund has been supported by a number of foundations and donors.

The Fund recognizes the pernicious nature of institutional racism, as evidenced by the abandonment of African Americans for days without food, water, shelter, and safety following Hurricane Katrina. The Fund also recognizes that other communities were deeply affected and continue to suffer.

The Fund is a collaborative grantmaking fund supporting community, state and regional efforts that engage, empower and benefit displaced and returning residents, and that promote the sustainable and just rebuilding of neighborhoods, cities and ecosystems throughout the Gulf Coast.

The Fund is committed to an open and transparent decision-making process that is led by the communities most affected by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. To achieve this, the Fund operates in partnership with an Advisory Group consisting of a cross-section of leaders working on the ground across the Gulf Coast. This Advisory Group informs the grantmaking process and identifies needs on an ongoing basis. All grant recommendations will be made by rotating panels of Advisory Group members through a Panel Process. Final grant decisions will be made by Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors.

The Fund will support projects that strengthen and amplify local organizing, social justice concerns and movement-building, and those that address the underlying causes that contributed to the severity of the disasters in the Gulf Coast. The Fund focuses on communities that have been historically disenfranchised due to race, class, gender, and/or immigration status. The majority of Fund grantees are organizations led by people of color and/or historically disenfranchised constituencies that reflect and are grounded in the communities in which they work. Further, the Fund seeks to support the building of community-based regional power that can inform and affect local, regional and national policy. The Fund considers only those proposals that are developed by or in collaboration with residents and advocacy organizations affected by hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

The Fund was launched with two grants in 2005 and in early 2006 grants were made to each of the organizations represented by Advisory Group members.

For more information, please contact Annie Ducmanis at Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors by email at or by phone at (203) 287-1948.