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Institute of Mental Hygiene of the City of New Orleans


Last Updated: 2016-07-28

At A Glance

Institute of Mental Hygiene of the City of New Orleans

1055 St. Charles Ave., Ste. 350

New Orleans, LA United States 70130-3995

Telephone: (504) 566-1852


Type of Grantmaker

Independent foundation

Financial Data

(yr. ended 2014-12-31)

Assets: $22,464,326

Total giving: $1,092,447





Additional Contact Information

E-mail for Ron McClain:


Established in 1937 in LA

Purpose and Activities

Giving to improve mental health for children and their families, in New Orleans, LA.

Program Area(s)

The grantmaker has identified the following area(s) of interest:

Advocacy Grants

The foundation supports advocacy as a strategy to work toward increased public support for the full range of mental health services for children and their families, and toward the development of policies and regulations that promote quality in the support and services available to all children. The foundation also supports organizational efforts to increase and strengthen the voices of children, parents and caretakers in their communities, and it will support convenings to better inform the public on issues relating to children's optimal development and mental health .

Child Care Improvement Grants to Promote Diverse Delivery

The foundation supports Diverse Delivery, the provision of LA 4 preschool and/or Head Start/Early Head Start services in child care centers. Both Head Start grantee agencies in New Orleans (Total Community Action and the Recovery School District) have contracted with child care centers to locate Early Head Start and Head Start classes within Child Care centers. The Recovery School District has also contracted with several child care centers to provide LA4 classes. In each case, these diverse delivery classrooms meet all the standards for each funding stream and setting involved, providing the highest quality option for the children served. See foundation web site for further information.

Communuity Based Services

The foundation supports efforts to increase the availability of prevention, early intervention and treatment services in community settings. Such efforts might include the co-location of mental health services with other well-utilized services for children and their families. The foundation supports the provision of services in locations that are easily accessible to vulnerable populations. It also supports the development of partnerships and collaborations between multiple organizations that serve the same population.

Comprehensive Mental Health Services in Public School Settings

The foundation defines comprehensive mental health services as the range of services necessary to address the barriers to learning that many children experience. It is especially interested in efforts that address the barriers that stem from emotional and behavioral issues/problems, which must be integrated with efforts to address barriers that stem from learning and physical health problems. The foundation believes that comprehensive mental health services need to be rooted in a school climate that welcomes and nurtures students and their families. The foundation supports the use of prevention programs to build the social and emotional competence of the entire school population. .

Early Childhood Program Grants

Through this grantmaking program, the foundation will fund programs to increase the number of children ready for kindergarten by building their social and behavioral skills; to increase the social and emotional well-being of children in early childhood programs; to assist parents and caretakers in parenting their children; and to improve the effectiveness of parents and organizations in advocating for programs and policies that address the social and emotional needs of young children. In reviewing applicants, the foundation looks for the use of evidence-based approaches. The foundation will also fund early intervention and treatment programs for young children with mental health issues.

Nancy J. Aronson Core Support Grants

The foundation also provides Core Support Grants to mental health organizations with a proven record of accomplishment. These grants are intended to provide stable yet flexible dollars to organizations addressing the mental health needs of children and their families. These grants are named the Nancy J. Aronson Core Support Grants Program in recognition of the sixteen-year tenure of the first director of foundation and her commitment to supporting the work of nonprofits in the community. Applications are by invitation only.

Fields of Interest

  • Family services
  • Health
  • Mental health care
Population Groups
  • Children
  • Children and youth
  • Economically disadvantaged people
  • Low-income and poor people

Financial Data

Year ended 2014-12-31

Assets: $22,464,326 (market value)

Expenditures: $2,106,835

Total giving: $1,092,447

Qualifying distributions: $1,368,963