The Northshore Community Foundation is a non-profit organization providing community planning assistance and grant funding for projects in St. Tammany, Tangipahoa, Washington, and St. Helena parishes.
The Northshore Community Foundation (NCF) unites human and financial resources to enhance the quality of life in the Northshore region – St. Tammany, Tangipahoa, Washington, and St. Helena parishes. This is achieved through helping donors build the assets that drive initiatives and solutions; engaging community leaders to develop appropriate responses to emerging opportunities and challenges; and evaluating this work and sharing the results with other stakeholders. The NCF serves its donors by helping them become more effective philanthropists and assisting them in meeting their philanthropic goals by providing in-depth knowledge of nonprofit organizations and community initiatives.
The Foundation was established in 2007 with support from the Baton Rouge Area Foundation. Since then, NCF has been able to grant over $3.4 million to nonprofit organizations in the service area and provide over $800,000 for smarter and more sustainable planning to protect the ‘sense of place’ for community members. This has been possible due to partnerships with individuals, families, businesses, and non-profit partners, either by initiating new funds or supporting existing funds.
Among other activities, the Foundation has managed several planning projects within its four-parish service area. These include a comprehensive plan for the City of Hammond and St. Helena Parish; a resiliency plan for the town center for Old Mandeville; a redevelopment plan for downtown Amite City; a revival plan for the West 30s neighborhood in Covington; and a Land Use Tool Kit Implementation Plan for Tangipahoa Parish. Currently, the NCF is working with the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation to implement recommendations that emerged from the Lake Pontchartrain Comprehensive Management Plan. Furthermore, the Foundation administers several funds, including the Hurricane Isaac Recovery Fund and the Abita SOS (Save Our Shore) fund created in response to the 2010 BP Oil Spill. In 2008, NCF launched the Coatney Center for Philanthropy, a hub of technical assistance, training, and other resources for local nonprofits. The Center features training activities designed to increase the capacity of nonprofit organizations serving the region, as well as classes to teach community volunteers about the value of philanthropy and service.