Common Ground Relief (New Orleans, LA)


  • Name:Bonnie Goldblum
  • Title:Grant writer

Organization Address

  • Organization Name:Common Ground Relief
  • Address:1800 Deslonde Street
    New Orleans, LA 70117
    United States

Organization Phone

  • Main phone:(504) 312-1729
  • Main fax:(504) 754-7917

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  • Mission:
  • Common Ground Relief's mission is "to create resilient Gulf Coast communities that are environmentally sustainable, financially viable and personally cohesive."

  • Overview:
  • Common Ground Relief, a volunteer-based, non-profit organization located in New Orleans' Lower Ninth Ward (L9W), was established in 2005 to provide short-term relief and long-term rebuilding support to the Greater New Orleans communities affected by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Common Ground Relief's mission is "to create resilient Gulf Coast communities that are environmentally sustainable, financially viable and personally cohesive." To realize its mission, Common Ground Relief helps individuals and communities build the personal and financial assets as well as physical infrastructure that support community transformation and renewal. Common Ground Relief identifies the following issues as those that are vital to creating communities that are environmentally sustainable, financially viable and personally cohesive: (1) residents with marketable job-skills; (2) individuals and families with financial knowledge and asset retention skills; (3) access to affordable legal support; and (4) environments that are ecologically sustainable.

    Common Ground Relief engages local, visiting and corporate volunteers in an integrated platform of programs that include coastal wetlands and urban environmental restoration, school-based environmental education, home building, job training and legal support. Since its inception, Common Ground Relief has engaged nearly 50,000 local, regional, corporate and civic volunteers in the implementation of its programs. To learn more about Common Ground Relief’s work and accomplishments, visit its website at or

    Of the 50,000 total volunteers, over 20,000 have participated in environmental restoration projects in urban communities and on federal, state, city, and private wetland properties including the re-vegetation and maintenance, as well as the building of a public outlook, of the Bayou Bienvenue Wetland Triangle. Over 30% of Common Ground Relief's college sponsored volunteer groups from around the country are repeat volunteers, which demonstrates its ability to effectively engage and motivate the volunteer groups. Highly regarded for its ability to organize engaging and mutually beneficial volunteer experiences, Common Ground Relief has become a model for volunteer engagement and community revitalization.

    One of Common Ground Relief’s major achievements is the completion of the one-acre Native Plant Nursery that it owns and operates in the Lower Ninth Ward and on which the staff, volunteers and Youth Green Team members propagate, pot and maintain plant material needed for its programs. Organizations such as the Army Corps of Engineers and Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries are sourcing the wetlands materials from the Native Plant Nursery. Over the past few years, the Coypu Foundation has generously invested in Common Ground Relief’s mission – first in 2012 with a grant to support the building of the Native Plant Nursery and then in 2013 to provide a part-time Native Plant Nursery Manager/Horticulturalist. These two grants have enabled Common Ground Relief to achieve optimum plant production for the coastal wetlands and urban plantings, increase its capacity for creating, planning, implementing and evaluating coastal wetlands and urban environmental projects and, ultimately, have a greater impact on wetlands deterioration and urban hydrology.

  • History:
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  • Year established:2005
  • Endowment:Unknown


  • Executive / Trustee board size:7
  • Advisory board size:0
  • Staff size:2


  • Organization type:Grantseeker
  • Country of registration:United States
  • Tax Determination Letter:Received Determination Letter
  • IRS Section:501(c)(3)
  • IRS Subsection:None
  • Tax ID:06-1816720

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IRS Business Master File Information

  • EIN:061816720
  • Organization Name:COMMON GROUND RELIEF
  • Sort (Secondary) Name:
  • Care Of Name:% MARINA DRUMMER
  • Organization Address:1800 DESLONDE ST
  • Organization City:NEW ORLEANS
  • Organization State:LA
  • Organization Zip:70117-4032
  • Group Exemption Number:0000
  • Subsection Code:03
  • Classification Code(s):1, 2
  • Subsection/Classification Desc.:Charitable Organization, Educational Organization
  • Affiliation Code:3
  • Ruling Date:August, 2007
  • Deductibility Code:1
  • Foundation Code:15
  • Foundation Code Desc.:Organization which receives a substantial part of its support from a governmental unit or the general public 170(b)(1)(A)(vi)
  • Activity Code(s):
  • Activity Code Desc.(s):
  • Organization Code:1 (Corporation)
  • Exempt Org. Status Code:01 (Unconditional Exemption)
  • Tax Period:December, 2016
  • Filing Requirement Category:01 (990 (all other) or 990EZ return)
  • Accounting Period:December
  • NTEE Code:M20
  • Asset Amount:$411,479
  • Asset Code:4 ($100,000 - $499,999)
  • Income Amount:$99,004
  • Income Code:3 ($25,000 - $99,999)
  • 990 Revenue Amount:$99,004
  • Last Updated:2/25/2018 5:20:02 pm

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