“To alleviate human suffering” is the mission of the Joe W. and Dorothy Dorsett Brown Foundation. The Foundation is involved in funding medical and environmental research; housing for the homeless; organizations who care for the sick, hungry or helpless; religious and educational institutions; and organizations and groups concerned with improving our local communities. Applications are welcome from all non-profit, 501(c)3 organizations established for three years or more regardless of size, type, or endeavor. Efforts are restricted to the states of Louisiana and Mississippi with a focus on South Louisiana, the New Orleans area and the Mississippi Gulf Coast.
The Joe W. and Dorothy Dorsett Brown Foundation Center opened March 31, 2003. The building broadens the roots of this New Orleans based Foundation which began in 1958, and it houses the offices of the Foundation and the Brown Foundation Service Learning Program on the fifth floor and non-profit organizations on the third and fourth floors. A Community Conference Room is located on the fourth floor for use by non-profit groups for volunteer training, meetings, lectures or workshop type gatherings, as well as for similar uses by local civic or religious organizations.
Service Learning is a learn-by-doing approach to the curriculum where students receive practical, hands-on experience of studied subject matter by meeting identified community needs through active participation.
The Brown Foundation Service Learning Award Applications are available yearly to grades K-12 in the following parishes: Jefferson, Orleans, Plaquemines, St. Bernard, St. Charles, St. James, St. John, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa,