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Partners | St. Bernard Project

St. Bernard Project

Rebuilding the Homes and Lives of Katrina Survivors


The St. Bernard Project thanks the following donors and partners for investing in the rebuilding efforts. With their support, we are able to rebuild homes and lives. To learn more about how to become a donor or partner, please contact Ann Williams at

Foundational Partner: United Way

United Way for the Greater New Orleans Area

United Way for the Greater New Orleans Area creates lasting changes in the community by focusing on the building blocks for a better life, supporting non-profits that address four broad impact categories: education, income, health, and safety net. United Way’s initial support to provide the building materials for the first 20 homes in 2006 was paramount to SBP’s ability to launch our program. Through grants and special initiatives, United Way has continued to invest generously in our programs and has connected SBP with dozens of corporate partners and thousands of volunteers. SBP is proud to LIVE UNITED.

The Women’s Leadership Council

The Women’s Leadership Council of United Way for the Greater New Orleans area partnered with SBP to create our annual Women’s Build. WLC, whose is goal is expanding women’s ability to be a strong voice within the non-profit arena by maximizing the number of women pooling their time, talent and financial resources toward specific goals, has helped Women’s Build bring strong local women to volunteer and has provided generous financial sponsorships for the event.

Corporate Sponsors

Toyota North America

Toyota is working with SBP to help improve the efficiency of its operations and speed up the pace of post-Katrina rebuilding efforts through the donation of its Toyota Production System expertise to help improve SBP’s operations and increase our impact. The Toyota Production System Support Center has worked closely with SBP since mid-2011 to improve the organization’s homebuilding processes, and SBP has realized significant initial improvements using techniques pioneered on Toyota’s assembly lines. Toyota has also made significant monetary contributions to SBP, as well as helping cut construction times almost in half.

Entergy Corporation

Entergy Corporation, an integrated energy company engaged primarily in electric power production and retail distribution operations, has been instrumental in SBP’s growth and expansion into New Orleans. Through grants and employee donations Entergy has contributed more than $2 million to SBP. In 2009, a grant of more than $516,000 allowed SBP to begin working in New Orleans. Hundreds of Entergy employees have volunteered with SBP and Entergy is currently helping SBP integrate green and energy-efficient building practices into our new build and rebuild projects.

Patrón Spirits

The Patrón Spirits Company, founded in 1989 by Paul Mitchell Systems co-founder John Paul DeJoria and entrepreneur Martin Crowley, is one of the fastest growing global spirit companies, bringing consumers high-quality, “ultra-premium” brand tequilas. The Patrón Spirits Company also includes Pyrat Rum and Ultimat Vodka brands. Patron Co-Founder DeJoria’s motto has always been “Success not shared is failure.” Since 2008, Patrón has shared its success with St. Bernard Project in many ways: The company has made generous financial contributions and in-kind donations of product for special events. Most notably, Patrón hosted a series of fundraisers across the country aboard its Patron Tequila Express, a restored 1926 rail car, to raise funds for SBP’s Center for Wellness and Mental Health to respond to the increased need for services following the Gulf Oil Spill in 2010.

American Standard

American Standard Brands is a leading North American manufacturer of bath and kitchen products in both residential and commercial markets and for new construction and replacement/remodeling. The company, known for its state-of-the-art, yet easy-to-install products, participates in all key product categories including bathroom and kitchen faucets, fixtures and furniture, toilets and bathroom fixtures. American Standard is providing their top-rated WaterSense®-certified toilets, faucets, and showerheads, as well as accessories, for each of the 120 homes SBP will build or rebuild in 2011. The WaterSense certification is granted to toilets, faucets and showerheads that meet rigorous criteria set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for high performance and water efficiency and assures consumers that a product delivers dependable performance while reducing water use by 20 percent or more. This donation, valued at more than $500,000, saves SBP significant funds on each home we build, allowing us to leverage our other funding sources and save our clients money on their water bills.

DeWalt/ Stanley Black and Decker

Stanley Black & Decker, a diversified global provider of hand tools, power tools and related accessories, mechanical access solutions and electronic security solutions, and engineered fastening systems, is SBP’s exclusive tool partner. Known for its hardworking, innovative and powerful tools that help professionals around the world build, repair and protect the world’s most valuable things, the company’s DeWALT hand tools and Stanley hand tools divisions have generously donated more than $150,000 worth of tools to SBP. The sheer volume of tools donated increased SBP’s efficiency exponentially and the quality, reliability and efficiency of the tools have helped make our volunteers and staff even more effective.


Founded by pharmacist, Caleb Bradham in 1898, Pepsi has now grown into one of the world’s leading consumer products organizations. Brand Pepsi is part of a portfolio of beverage brands that includes carbonated soft drinks, juices and juice drinks, ready-to-drink teas and coffee drinks, isotonic sports drinks, bottled water and enhanced waters. PepsiCo’s mission is to become the premier consumer products company, but as such an expansive company they take on the responsibility to continually improve aspects of the world in which they operate – environment, social, economic – creating a better tomorrow than today. Through Pepsi’s cutting edge philanthropy idea, known as “Pepsi Refresh Project,” St. Bernard Project competed in a special round of the contest called Refresh the Gulf, which was launched in the wake of the Gulf Oil Spill in the summer of 2010. SBP received the most votes in the top category and Pepsi awarded SBP with a $250,000 grant to expand our Center for Wellness and Mental Health and rebuild more houses in the New Orleans area. Most notably, the Pepsi funding has allowed SBP to launch a peer counseling program to better meet the needs of the fishing community and other hard-to-reach populations.

Cisco Systems

Cisco, leading supplier of networking equipment and network management for the Internet, prides itself on making the world a smaller place through technology and using it to enhance life experiences. Their social responsibility programs are designed to provide long-term benefits to Cisco employees, customers, shareholders, partners, and individuals in communities around the world. After volunteering with SBP in the fall of 2010, Cisco committed to making SBP their chosen nonprofit partner for 2011. Their extensive contributions include providing a generous technology donation to upgrade SBP phone and internet systems, sponsoring events to benefit SBP, sending employees to volunteer and matching these volunteer hours with further donations.


Zurich is one of the world’s largest insurance groups, and one of the few to operate on a truly global basis. The company’s mission is to help our customers understand and protect themselves from risk. It offers a wide range of general and life insurance products and services for individuals, small businesses, mid-sized and large companies and multinational corporations. Zurich engages in long-term global partnerships with select non-profit organizations to bring about innovative and sustainable solutions to pressing global challenges in areas of mutual interest. Zurich works with SBP in several capacities. They have donated funds and raised awareness about SBP through their sponsorship of the Zurich Classic Golf Tournament, hundreds of volunteers from all levels of their company have volunteered during the Zurich Classic, and they have sponsored two campaigns to raise funds and awareness through PGA star Ben Crane. The SBP logo was on displayed his golf bag and Zurich donated $100 every time he hit a fairway during a portion of the season in 2011 and again in 2012.


For more than a century UPS has pioneered excellence in shipping, freight, logistics, and supply chain management. Operating in more than 220 countries, UPS prides itself on their unrivaled quality and reliability. They are the world’s largest package delivery company and a leading provider of transportation and logistics services and SBP is proud to call them a partner. UPS’ relationship with SBP began several years ago when the company generously funded three houses as a part of United Way’s N.O. Place like Home campaign. Now, UPS is sharing their love of logistics with SBP by analyzing and streamlining our inventory tracking system and processes. In March 2011, UPS donated their own patented tracking software. This software allows us to track each item that goes out to our construction sites. Armed with this knowledge, we can improve the way we work so that our construction crews have the supplies they need, when they need them. This year, UPS has generously lent us a local executive to directly oversee improvements in our warehouse and construction operations. By reducing warehouse congestion and standardizing our distribution and systems, SBP will save time and money so that we can build more houses faster and more efficiently. By helping us improve our systems and process they are building our capacity so that SBP’s disaster recovery model can help other disaster impacted communities in their time of need. UPS is also challenging other companies to loan SBP executives and share expertise, and in doing so, UPS is helping SBP do what we do best: bringing people home.


KPMG is a global network of professional firms providing audit, tax and advisory services operating in 144 countries with 137,000 people working in member firms around the world. KPMG, which views corporate citizenship as inseparable from their business, delivers a globally consistent set of multidisciplinary services based on deep industry knowledge. Its industry focus helps KPMG professionals develop a rich understanding of clients’ businesses and the insight, skills, and resources required to address industry-specific issues and opportunities. In addition to numerous corporate volunteer trips, KPMG’s Business Performance Services practice has helped SBP transform our business model, streamline our processes, improve functional visibility, and secure government grants, which has made a significant impact on our capacity and pace in rebuilding.

Glover Park Group

The Glover Park Group (GPG) is Washington, D.C.-based independent, strategic communications firm that delivers research-driven, targeted campaigns that draw attention, shape opinions and inspire action. After a company-wide volunteer experience in December 2009, GPG provided generous sponsorship for an SBP home and have partnered with SBP to provide consulting in marketing, public relations and messaging.

Capital One Bank

Capital One, which began as credit card company that tailored credit cards to individual consumers, now offers diversified financial services that provides Credit Cards, Auto Finance, Branch Banking, Small Business, Commercial Bankings, Personal Loans. Capital One’s core corporate values – excellence and do the right thing – are highlighted in their commitment to supporting their communities. Through the United Way, Capital One is a title sponsor of our annual Women’s Build event and has provided generous support for special events and through in-kind donations such as office furniture.


Trim-Tex is the premier manufacturer and distributor of vinyl drywall beads and drywall finishing accessories. The 40-year-old family company, which specializes in “drywall art” and in solving common drywall finishing problems, generously provides St. Bernard Project with corner bead and other drywall finishing accessories. The company is owned by Joe and Deb Koenig, whose relationship with SBP began because of their daughter Lindsay’s passion for SBP and rebuilding the New Orleans area. In addition to in-kind donations, the company has committed to offering industry knowledge and support to increase the efficiency of SBP’s construction processes, training staff in using their products and recruiting professionals to join them for a skilled volunteer blitz builds.

Zurich Financial Group volunteers with SBP

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