Louisiana AFN is a regional chapter of grantmakers who advance equitable wealth building and economic mobility. Members include private, public, corporate, and community foundations, public-sector funders, and financial institutions who want to help Louisianans secure economic stability, for now and for years to come. Louisiana AFN connects funders and their peers in the nonprofit, public, and private sectors. Together they share promising programs and smart strategies, gather knowledge to make their grantmaking more effective, and work to increase investments in asset building.

Louisiana AFN was launched in April 2019 as a regional affiliate of national AFN. Membership is open to funders who invest in a range of initiatives that build assets for Louisiana, from early childhood education, college access, or workforce development to health, financial capacity, or micro-enterprise. Grantmakers investing in Louisiana should contact Abby Hughes Holsclaw or Kara Wilkins if interested in joining this chapter.

How We Work

  • Connect: Louisiana AFN members support peer-to-peer learning and cross-sector collaboration. Members identify and leverage replicable and scalable high-impact strategies and innovative approaches to connect and inform influential funders of actionable investments. Members provide an insightful voice to inform both regional and national conversations.
  • Build: Louisiana AFN works to increase the number of grantmakers and resources focused on strategies that help low and moderate income people build and protect assets. Members leverage one another’s interests and investments and actively look for additional funders willing to co-invest in Louisiana.
  • Inform: Louisiana AFN members learn from one another and other stakeholders as they seek solutions to local challenges. The chapter hosts issue-based programming and calls-to-action that reflect research and philanthropic thought leadership that highlights actionable roles for philanthropy. While focusing on a variety of topics, the chapter gathers local leaders and national experts together to share data and ideas, promote innovative approaches, and help establish common language to build collaboration.
  • Influence: Louisiana AFN is working to raise the visibility of asset-building strategies within the broader community of foundations, public-sector funders, and financial institutions. Members seek opportunities to accelerate economic prosperity while also reducing racial, ethnic, and gender wealth gaps in areas such as improved savings for low to moderate income families and increased Fintech opportunities.

Regional Focus Areas

  • Financial technology
  • Emergency savings   
  • Financial access

Events

August 16, 2022: Connecting Philanthropy and Financial Institutions through Fintech

As a follow up to the release of 2021’s Philanthropy and Fintech: Identifying Opportunities for Engagement, LA AFN is launching a series of webinars designed to increase understanding around potential fintech solutions among philanthropy and practitioners across the state.

This session will focus on the importance of utilizing fintech in LA and how to incorporate fintech into funders existing or emerging grantmaking strategies as well as municipal programming.

Limited spots available. LEARN MORE AND REGISTER

LA AFN Resources

CLICK HERE for information and resources from our past events.

Chapter Highlights

Fintech in LA

Fintech in the Nonprofit Financial Health Sector

As a follow up to the release of 2021’s Philanthropy and Fintech: Identifying Opportunities for Engagement, LA AFN launched a series of webinars designed to increase understanding around potential fintech solutions among philanthropy and practitioners across the state. The May 10th, 2022 session highlighted local and national examples of fintech integration within the nonprofit sector and from the Philanthropy and Fintech brief. WATCH THE WEBINAR

Upcoming Events

Contact

Are you a Louisiana grantmaker interested in joining this chapter? Contact us to learn more.

 

Abby Hughes Holsclaw, abby@assetfunders.org
Kara Wilkins, kara@assetfunders.org

Steering Committee

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Delores Hurst

Co-chair

Capital Area United Way

Kristin Batulis Masoner

Co-Chair

Entergy Charitable Foundation

Jannease Seastrunk

Co-chair

Red River Bank

Mary Ambrose

United Way of Southeast Louisiana

Isabel Barrios

The Greater New Orleans Foundation

Sarah Berthelot

Louisiana Association of United Ways

Tristi Charpentier

Huey and Angelina Wilson Foundation

Latetao Hutchinson

JPMorgan Chase & Co.

Chiquita Lattimore

United Way of Southeast Louisiana

Alex Ruder

Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta

Jamie Schmill

Foundation for Louisiana

Jana Sikdar

Conrad N. Hilton Foundation

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Tori Thomas

United Way of Northwest Louisiana

Erika Wright
Erika Wright

JPMorgan Chase & Co.

Abby Hughes Holsclaw

Senior Director

AFN Staff

Kara Wilkins

Bank On Arkansas+ Director

AFN Staff

Louisiana AFN Building Savings Summit

Philanthropy and Fintech: Identifying Opportunities for Engagement

NEW REPORT!

LA AFN and the Financial Health Network is pleased to share our new brief created in response to growing interest in fintech across the state. Designed as a guide for funders, it provides a brief overview of fintech and its application in the financial health field, examines possible applications to Louisianans’ financial health challenges, and seeks to encourage funders to engage with fintech to support their grantmaking goals.

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