Saturday, September 03, 2005
Louisiana Relief Foundation Formed
Gov. Kathleen Blanco has announced the formation of a nonprofit organization devoted to soliciting money worldwide to provide relief to victims of Hurricane Katrina. The Louisiana Disaster Recovery Foundation will be a 501(c) 3 group under the federal tax code, letting donors take a charitable tax deduction. The money will be used for education, job assistance, housing, medical needs and other purposes to help disaster victims return to productive lives.The governor will appoint a foundation board with members from around the nation. Former Presidents Bill Clinton and George Bush will help lead the fund-raising effort, just as they did for relief after the tsunami that struck Southeast Asia in December.The address of the foundation is P.O. Box 94095, Baton Rouge, LA, 70804. Money also can be donated by credit card on the Internet at www.Louisiana.gov.