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Mr. Michael Liebaert

Managing Director

Azby Fund

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Azby Fund

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Celebration in the Oaks 2005, a New Orleans tradition [cached]

"Now is the time for foundations to do what they are designed to do," said Michael Liebaert, Managing Director of the Azby Fund.

One success that foundations are hoping ... [cached]

One success that foundations are hoping to build upon is the "gigantic" post-Katrina surge in volunteerism, said Michael Liebaert, longtime managing director of The Azby Fund, who said that one of the ideas being discussed is a national group that can quickly provide infrastructure -- tents, housing, showers, meals -- for volunteers working at disaster sites.

In earlier sessions, other locals had uttered similar pleas for help, said Liebaert. And in the end, each of them had "come here and connected," he said, calling those much-needed linkages an unplanned "byproduct" of the conference.

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Since Hurricane Katrina ravaged his city last August, Michael Liebaert has been working nonstop in the botanical gardens at New Orleans' City Park.He has been hacking through felled tree limbs, planting boxwood and overseeing the laying of new irrigation and electrical lines.Six- and sometimes seven-day work weeks have become the norm for Liebaert, managing director of the local Azby Fund, a private foundation that has pledged $2.1 million toward restoration of the heavily damaged park.

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On a Saturday afternoon last December, he paused near a greenhouse filled with rare plants and pointed to a plaque from 1935 on the brick-and-glass structure explaining it was built as one of the New Deal's hundreds of projects in the area.Unlike many people in New Orleans and along the Gulf Coast, Liebaert resists the notion that unlimited federal disaster relief-a "New New Deal" as some have come to call it-is the appropriate response to Katrina."The United States government cannot bail everyone out every time something happens," he says."It should be there for emergency response so people don't starve to death and have at least a tent to live in, or maybe a trailer.But to come back and say, 'We're sorry you decided to build your house below sea level and we are obliged to put it back'-I don't think so."
Liebaert prefers a different recovery strategy, one that relies upon tax incentives, private philanthropy, for-profit enterprise and limited government assistance. - Beloved but battered park needing years of loving care [cached]

"City Park is as integral a part of the community as the police, the firefighters, the doctors," says Michael Liebaert, managing director of the Azby Fund, a foundation that has paid for many past improvements.With virtually no park income now - 98% of the $10.8 million annual budget came from user fees and donations - Liebaert writes checks weekly to help keep things going.

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"It looked like an atomic bomb had hit," said Michael Liebaert, the managing director of the Azby Fund.

"They saved our priceless cactus collection," Mr. Liebaert said.
"Two hundred Mormons came one weekend from all over," Mr. Liebaert said.
"That's why we're working so diligently to get the pavilion open for that wedding," Mr. Liebaert said.

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