Funders and Donors

Generous contributions from the following funders + donors make VAYLA’s programming and organizing possible. Support us as we make a difference in the many lives of young people and the New Orleans community.

Additional donations provided by:

  • Alesandra T. Bellos
  • Annie Hoover
  • Best Life Pixels
  • Brandon Bergeron
  • Brian Hong
  • Carly Friedman
  • Cam Tu Nguyen
  • Cha Gio Tuyet Huong
  • Chase Bank
  • Colleen Kelly
  • Connie and Shawn
  • Corey Newell
  • David W. Morris
  • Dong Phuong Oriental Restaurant
  • Eileen Sheridan
  • Gary McMillen
  • Giao D. Tran
  • Glauco A. Ruesga
  • Greg Hymel
  • Haley Leibovitz
  • Head 2 Toe Hair and Nail Salon (Metairie, LA)
  • Henry and Lien Nguyen
  • James Do
  • Jennifer Terry
  • Joe Lucero
  • Junior
  • Karen Buher
  • Kelsey Petrone
  • Ken’s Pharmacy
  • Kenny Harrison
  • Kevin Fong
  • Laura A. Siu
  • Leo Chiang
  • Louisiana Disaster Recovery Foundation
  • Loyola Asian Student Association
  • Mary O’Brien-Kovari
  • Mary Queen of Vietnam Church
  • Mary Queen of Vietnam Church – Community Development Corporation
  • Matthew M. Triticon
  • Megan + Lauren
  • Mia-lia B. Kiernan
  • Micah Fincher
  • Michele Many
  • Mimi-Cristien Nguyen
  • Nicole Mast
  • Ny Deer
  • Oyian Poon
  • Ray Nichols
  • Ross Gonzales, Jr.
  • Scott Eustis
  • Stanley
  • Southern Sports League
  • Tara Foster
  • Thuy Pham
  • Tiernan Kiefer
  • Tien N.
  • Tristan Call
  • Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine
  • University of New Orleans – Vietnamese American Student Association
  • University of California, San Diego – Vietnamese Student Association
  • Vignesh Krishnan
  • Waltzer Wiygul & Garside
The Academy for Educational Development (AED) is a nonprofit organization working globally to improve education, health, civil society and economic development–the foundation of thriving societies. AED’s mission is to make a positive difference in people’s lives by working in partnership to create and implement innovative solutions to critical social and economic problems.

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Dillard University’s mission is to produce graduates who excel, become world leaders, are broadly educated, culturally aware, and concerned with improving the human condition. Through a highly personalized and learning-centered approach, Dillard’s students are able to meet the competitive demands of a diverse, global and technologically advanced society.

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In 1925, Edward Warriner Hazen established a foundation to “promote the public welfare, either by supporting existing agencies or through independent activities to be exclusively religious, charitable, scientific, literary or educational in character.” Despite drastic changes in the social, political and economic landscape, Edward Hazen’s legacy lives on through his foundation’s longstanding support of the education and development of our youth. Young people, especially youth of color and children hindered by poverty, are still currently assisted by the foundation in supporting organizing and leadership toward dismantling structural inequity based on race and class.

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The Hill-Snowdon Foundation envisions a fair and just society for low-income families, particularly youth of color and no-and low-wage workers. Our mission is to work with low-income families and communities to create a fair and just society by helping them develop the capacity and leadership skills necessary to influence the decisions that shape their lives. We believe that it is essential for people to proactively define the type of society in which they want to live and then work collectively to achieve this vision. HSF seeks to accomplish this mission by providing grants to organizations that work directly to build the power of low-income families; leveraging our and others’ resources; and promoting opportunities for learning and growth.

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The Funders’ Collaborative on Youth Organizing (FCYO) is a collective of national, regional and local grantmakers and youth organizing practitioners dedicated to advancing youth organizing as a strategy for youth development and social justice. The mission of the FCYO is to substantially increase the philanthropic investment in and strengthen the organizational capacities of youth organizing groups across the country.

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The Harrah’s Foundation serves as the principal funding entity for the company’s community and social investments. With the exception of required jurisdictional giving, the Foundation represents our source for funding programs and projects of at least $10,000. It prioritizes the strengthening of organizations and programs in the communities where our employees and their families live and work.

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Our mission is to create a thriving community for all. At the Greater New Orleans Foundation, we look to create a resilient, sustainable, vibrant community in which individuals and families flourish and the special character of our region is preserved, celebrated, and supported. Recognizing that New Orleans is more than a city–it is an interconnected region–we serve the surrounding parishes of Assumption, Jefferson, Lafourche, Orleans, Plaquemines, St. Bernard, St. Charles, St. James, St. John the Baptist, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa, Terrebonne, and Washington.

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Partnership for Youth Development has been helping afterschool programs achieve the highest levels of program quality since 2002. Prior to August 29, 2005, the Partnership for Youth Development (formally known as Afterschool Partnership) worked collaboratively with nearly 180 non-profit, community-based, faith-based, and school-based organizations to support afterschool services for school-age children in the New Orleans area. The devastation of the levee failures, the destruction of many of these sites, and the displacement of thousands of citizens resulted in few programs for children and families and forced the Partnership and our provider network to refocus efforts in order to provide these needed services in a safe environment.

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Founded in 1929, the JACL is the oldest and largest Asian American civil rights organization in the United States. The JACL monitors and responds to issues that enhance or threaten the civil and human rights of all Americans and implements strategies to effect positive social change, particularly to the Asian Pacific American community.

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NeighborWorks America creates opportunities for people to live in affordable homes, improve their lives and strengthen their communities.

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The Open Society Foundations work to build vibrant and tolerant societies whose governments are accountable and open to the participation of all people. We seek to strengthen the rule of law; respect for human rights, minorities, and a diversity of opinions; democratically elected governments; and a civil society that helps keep government power in check. We help to shape public policies that assure greater fairness in political, legal, and economic systems and safeguard fundamental rights. We implement initiatives to advance justice, education, public health, and independent media. We build alliances across borders and continents on issues such as corruption and freedom of information. Working in every part of the world, the Open Society Foundations place a high priority on protecting and improving the lives of people in marginalized communities.

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Schott supports an “Opportunity to Learn” frame on educational policy, which focuses on ensuring that resources are provided for all students to have an equitable opportunity to learn and produce high achievement outcomes. Schott maintains its historic commitment to institutionalizing an opportunity to learn standard in New York and Massachusetts, while recognizing the strategy for change, when possible, must extend beyond these two states. Schott supports a far reaching implementation strategy and infrastructure that is capable of maneuvering the dynamic relationship between national and state-based movement building to produce federal and state policies to protect an opportunity to learn for all students.

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SEARAC is a national organization that advances the interests of Cambodian, Laotian, and Vietnamese Americans by empowering communities through advocacy, leadership development, and capacity building to create a socially just and equitable society. We envision a socially, politically and economically just society for all communities to enjoy for all generations.

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Surdna is a family foundation established in 1917 by John Emory Andrus. The foundation makes grants in the areas of environment, community revitalization, effective citizenry, the arts and the nonprofit sector, with annual grantmaking of approximately $37 million.

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The Rockefeller family has created the Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors (RPA), an independent, nonprofit service that develops and manages giving programs for individuals and families. RPA, located in New York City, is an outgrowth of the philanthropy office of Rockefeller Family Services, which advises Rockefeller family members and other clients on charitable giving in more than 40 countries.

Despite uneasiness about the economy, philanthropy in the United States is experiencing its biggest growth in 50 years, with total giving by independent foundations alone reaching $29 billion in 2001.

With over 100 years of experience and multigenerational giving, RPA is uniquely positioned to offer assistance to individuals and families who are contemplating or have recently begun philanthropic giving.

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The W.K. Kellogg Foundation supports children, families and communities as they strengthen and create conditions that propel vulnerable children to achieve success as individuals and as contributors to the larger community and society.

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