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Louisiana nonprofits struggling after Katrina

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Nonprofits in Louisiana and New Orleans, many of which were devastated by Hurricane Katrina, play a critical role in providing health and human services to residents, a new study says.

Published by the Urban Institute, “The Aftermath of Katrina: State of the Nonprofit Sector in Louisiana” analyzes the state of nonprofits in Louisiana.

Based on 2003 IRS filings, Louisiana is home to about 3,200 charities, which spend a total of $8.7 billion each year and report combined assets of $13.8 billion, the report says.

New Orleans alone has more than 900 nonprofits that spend $4.3 billion a year and have combined assets of $6.3 billion, including 83 charities that spend $2.6 billion annually providing direct health and mental health services.

Another 385 nonprofits spend $389 million a year on human services and community improvement in the city.

Louisiana nonprofits will need support if they are to continue providing critical services to citizens, especially in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, when needs are high.

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