Give Early, Give Often – Give NOLA Day Already Underway
The most recent update of The Greater New Orleans Foundation’s Give Nola Day shows that there’s already been 4,262 contributions to 607 organizations totaling $789,192 in donations.
Give NOLA Day is a 24-hour event on May 4 that inspires people to give generously to nonprofits. With more than 850 nonprofits, it is easy to find a cause to feel good about donating to.
This year, Baptist Community Ministries (BCM) is presenting Give NOLA Day. In August of 2020, BCM celebrated its 25th anniversary as a philanthropic organization serving the Greater New Orleans area. BCM is committed to its faith-based vision of improving the physical, mental and spiritual health of the individuals it serves in our five-parish region.
Its service to the community began in 1926 with the opening of Southern Baptist Hospital. The hospital, a leading regional medical center, was located in the heart of Uptown New Orleans. For several generations, it provided healthcare to patients of all faiths.
Due to the changing healthcare landscape in New Orleans, a decision was made to sell the hospital in 1995. The proceeds from the sale were used to create BCM, a faith-based philanthropic foundation.
The focus changed from providing direct care to individual patients, to making social investments (grants) in local nonprofits to improve the health of the community. According to its 2019 annual report, the foundation included 35 employees, 138 churches, 228 partners and contributed $197 million in the past 24 years.
The following are a few organizations you could choose to support on Give NOLA Day:
Mission: NOLA Nature School provides all children and families with an educational opportunity that respects the place we live and follows the interest of the students, supports all domains of a child’s development and encourages children to develop a connection to and concern for our natural world. With a firm belief that nature provides ample resources through which children can learn, NOLA Nature School integrates the philosophy of Reggio Emilia into a unique place-based education.
Nola Nature School takes children out into the forested area of City Park. They introduce children to the unique flora and fauna of swamps and bayous of southern Louisiana. They also provide space for learning and growth through play-based hands-on experiences. With highly trained early childhood educators and certified master naturalists working as team teachers, each class has the tools for both social emotional development and nature immersion. The school believes that both the physical and emotional development of young children is the cornerstone of later academic success.
The institute was named after the year the Tuskegee Institute was founded. It is a nonprofit, workforce development initiative that prepares underrepresented populations for engineering careers through education, certifications and on-the-job-training.
1881 provides young-adults, 16 to 24 years old, with the support services necessary to transition into growing advanced manufacturing careers. The support provided includes workforce training, academic-tutoring, scholarships, tuition-assistance, transportation, book-vouchers, career counseling and internship-placement. Currently, 1881 is running a bridge program that seeks to train 30 young people in carpentry related fields as a pathway to engineering careers.
A community of Black moms in New Orleans providing a safe space to unapologetically discuss parenting, culture and lifestyle. Offering support and skills women need to become successful parents and financially self-sufficient. Fostering community-centered programs and cultivating happy, healthy and confident mothers that can put that energy into their families and support their community.
Every year the organization takes on 5-10 moms who are living in poverty and provides emotional and financial support programs. These programs are free and income-based.
All moms are welcome to attend paid events as an opportunity for them to connect and to raise capital to support the organization.
The organization’s website and social media accounts are used to provide educational and informational resources for moms in the community. Black NOLA Mom offers participants educational trips, yoga, arts/museums, dining, sporting events, self-care retreats and volunteer opportunities. It also provides basic needs such as essential items for mom and child, feminine products and meal delivery.