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While the Patrick F. Taylor Foundation’s primary focus is on education, our work extends far beyond the classroom.  In addition to giving education assistance to individuals in the form of scholarships, focus is directed toward programs and projects that can be brought to scale and have a broad impact. 

Featured Projects

Object Project at the Smithsonian
The Foundation donated $7.5 million for education outreach and a new learning space named the Patrick F. Taylor Foundation Object Project at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History. Object Project, which opened July 1, 2015 in the museum’s renovated west wing, focuses on “everyday things that changed everything” and encourages visitors of all ages to discover American history through games, activities and authentic touchable objects.
Sybil P. Gayman Endowment
In 2001, the Foundation established the Sybil P. Gayman Endowment, at the Greater New Orleans Foundation, in honor of Patrick F. Taylor’s late mother. The Endowment benefits WRBH Reading Radio 88.3 FM, a station for the blind. Mrs. Gayman, who died at age 91, suffered for 20 years with macular degeneration, eventually losing her vision. The Foundation honors Mrs. Gayman by helping others who suffer from blindness to continue to enjoy the arts through high-quality radio programming.
Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots
The Foundation has been involved with the U. S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program for more than 30 years. Each year, Toys for Tots ornaments and cards are sent to colleagues and business associates informing them that a donation has been made to Toys for Tots on their behalf and encouraging all to donate unwrapped toys. The new and unwrapped toys are collected at the Foundation office where they are picked up by the Marines and distributed as Christmas gifts to less fortunate children in the community.
The New Orleans Jazz Market
The Foundation has committed $150,000 to the New Orleans Jazz Market, a state-of-the-art Jazz market for performance, education, Jazz preservation and development, and special events. The New Orleans Jazz Market will serve as a centralized facility dedicated to community development, economic stabilization, and the creation of job opportunities within the Central City neighborhood, as well as an attraction for locals and tourists alike. 
Greater New Orleans Foundation
As a community foundation, the Greater New Orleans Foundation (GNOF) serves both donors and recipients- linking philanthropists with the needs and aspirations of the greater community. Its funding is provided through gifts from citizens, and GNOF, in turn, invests in deserving nonprofit organizations. By partnering with donors, GNOF helps them achieve their charitable goals- whether that means starting a fund, creating an endowment, leaving a legacy, or just making a gift. The Patrick F. Taylor Foundation, not only supports GNOF by donating to its endowment fund, but it also calls upon the expertise of GNOF to administer some of its scholarship and other benevolent funds. 
Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities
The Patrick F. Taylor Educational Center encourages excellence in the humanities by offering teacher institutes, literacy courses, and other programs aimed at bringing the richness of the Humanities to the state of Louisiana.
Water Innovations: Reducing Hypoxia, Restoring our Water
Phyllis M. Taylor, Chairman and President of the Patrick F. Taylor Foundation, granted $1 million to Tulane University to award as a prize for the best solution to combat annual “dead zones” in the world’s lakes and oceans. The grand prize will be awarded for a testable, scaled and marketable operating model that significantly, efficiently and cost effectively reduces hypoxia. 
Riverfront Streetcar Project
In 1988, the City of New Orleans began the Riverfront Streetcar Project. As a committed New Orleanian, Patrick Taylor took particular interest in the project. But as months passed, the utility poles ordered to complete the project failed to arrive. Taylor put the project back on track with a donation valued at $1.2 million dollars. He provided poles made out of oilwell casing. These “Taylor Poles” could support almost 600,000 pounds, perfect for the busy streetcars. A streetcar was named after Mr. Taylor in gratitude for his donation.
“Success by 6” Program
Research indicates the more enriched a child’s early environment, the greater the odds of future academic success. Therefore, the United Way for the Greater New Orleans Area, funded in part by the Patrick F. Taylor Foundation, began the “Success by 6” Program. The program works to improve childcare centers by moving instructors toward accreditation by the National Association for the Education of Young Children.
Scholarship for Primary Care
The Patrick F. Taylor Foundation partnered with the LSU School of Medicine to offer a new Scholarship for Primary Care. It was established to help ensure an adequate supply of exemplary physicians who live and practice Primary Care in Louisiana. Qualifying students are high-achieving individuals committed to providing such care to populations in the state of Louisiana and are entering their third and/or fourth year of medical school at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center, School of Medicine in New Orleans.

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Patrick F. Taylor Foundation Object Project Opens at Smithsonian

Oct 12, 2015

By: Smithsonian National Museum of American History The Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History opened a unique hands-on learning space, the Patrick F. Taylor Foundation Object Project, on July 1. Made possible by philanthropist Phyllis Taylor, the 4,000-square-foot space in the museum’s new Innovation Wing focuses on “everyday things that changed everything.” Anchored by an array of individual cases—some overhead, others with visitor-activated sound,light and motion effects—“Object Project” invites visitors to interact with approximately 250 objects within the 9-by-40-foot sculpture that forms the learning space. The space is divided into four sections: Bicycles, Refrigerators, Ready-to-Wear Clothes and Household Hits, which includes a customized interactive version of “The Price Is Right” game show format licensed from FremantleMedia North America Inc. “‘Object Project’ puts history into the hands of our visitors, helping them learn about the history of innovation and allowing them to discover connections between innovative ideas and society’s needs,” said...

Phyllis Taylor Announces $1,000,000 Patrick F. Taylor Foundation Gift to Support the Louisiana Children’s Museum’s Early Learning Village Campaign

Jun 08, 2015

Phyllis Taylor has announced a $1,000,000 gift from the Patrick F. Taylor Foundation to support the Louisiana Children’s Museum’s Early Learning Village Campaign.  The announcement was made at a rare gathering of the Museum’s founding board members and current leadership, and on the heels of the Louisiana Children’s Museum receiving the 2015 National Medal for Museum and Library Service – the nation’s highest honor given to museums and libraries for service to the community. “When the Patrick F. Taylor Foundation started its efforts in education, it was focused almost entirely at the university level.  As we continued that effort, particularly working to see that the TOPS opportunity continues to be available, we have come to realize the great need for early childhood development,” said Phyllis Taylor. “The decision to support the Louisiana Children’s Museum’s Early Learning Village Campaign was an easy one. This is a unique concept that brings many...