About The Helis Foundation

Advancing access to the arts and continuing a family legacy of philanthropic support to the New Orleans community.

The Helis Foundation is a Louisiana private foundation, established and funded by the William Helis Family. The Helis Foundation’s resources and objectives are divided into two areas: the general fund, and the Diana Helis Henry and Adrienne Helis Malvin Art Funds. The general fund focuses on community needs primarily within the Metropolitan New Orleans area by granting funds to numerous local nonprofit organizations.

The Art Funds were established by bequests from Diana Helis Henry and Adrienne Helis Malvin. The Art Funds make grants to sustain operations, to provide free admission to, and to acquire significant art works on behalf of major institutions within the Metropolitan New Orleans area. The Art Funds also underwrite major initiatives and special projects, such as Prospect.3’s Basquiat and the Bayou presented by The Helis Foundation, the Poydras Corridor Sculpture Exhibition presented by The Helis Foundation, Airlift’s Roving Music Village in City Park, the installation of Lynda Benglis’ The Wave of the World in City Park, and The Helis Foundation Enrique Alférez Sculpture Garden.

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The Helis Foundation accepts funding requests from 501(c)3 organizations on a rolling basis. Please review the website thoroughly prior to inquiring regarding funding. Organizations interested in funding can direct all inquiries to info@thehelisfoundation.org.

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