GiveNOLA Day Raises $4.8M+ For 717 Nonprofits, Surpasses Goals

Charles Leche
Irma Thomas performs at the inaugural GiveNOLA Day Festival on Lee Circle, at the Greater New Orleans Foundation’s new Center of Philanthropy, 919 St. Charles Ave.

NEW ORLEANS – While the final numbers won’t be confirmed for several weeks, initial returns indicate the Greater New Orleans Foundation’s GiveNOLA Day generated an astounding $4,889,567 in donations for 717 nonprofits, exceeding its 2016 total of $4 million. There were 38,283 online contributions at the close of the 24-hour period.

         “Raising nearly $4.9 million for our local nonprofits in a 24-hour period is a testament to the generosity of the people of Southeast Louisiana,” said Andy Kopplin, president and CEO of the Greater New Orleans Foundation. “We’re honored to be part of such a generous community that supports the causes and nonprofit organizations that make our region great.”

         During the 24-hour campaign on Tuesday, May 2, people made online donations to one or more of the 717 nonprofit organizations profiled on Donations came from all 50 states and the District of Columbia and 27 countries. The full list of results (sortable by organization name, total gifts or total dollars) is listed here.

         The Top 10 nonprofit organizations that collected the most were:



         Every dollar donated on GiveNOLA Day will be stretched with additional “lagniappe” dollars provided by the Greater New Orleans Foundation and its generous GiveNOLA Day sponsors, organization reps said. The total amount in the Lagniappe Fund is $280,000. Additionally, awards and prizes totaling $120,000 will be awarded.

         Part of the excitement of GiveNOLA Day was the opportunity for nonprofits to compete for cash awards. While the results are not yet final and rankings may change as reconciliation is completed, this year’s winners appear to be as follows:


• The small nonprofits that had the largest number of unique donors, in first through fifth order: Youth Run NOLA, Animal Rescue New Orleans, Dancing Grounds, Friends of City Park, and SpayMart, Inc.

• The large nonprofits that had the largest number of unique donors, in first through fifth order: Team Gleason, Louise S. McGehee School, WWNO, Second Harvest Food Bank, and Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast.

• The top five small nonprofits raising the largest amount of money, in first through fifth order: Jewish Federation of Greater New Orleans, PLEASE Foundation, Orleans Public Education Network, Trinity Christian Community, and What You Give Will Grow.

• The five large nonprofits raising the most money, in first through fifth order: Ogden Museum of Southern Art, Louise S. McGehee School, Louisiana Children’s Museum, Bridge House/Grace House and Trinity Church.


*Note: Large nonprofits have operating budgets of a $1 million or more, while smaller nonprofits are those operating on less than $1 million. Results will not be finalized until reconciliation is complete.


         Throw-Me-Something-Mister prizes, which rewarded nonprofits with the most unique donors within selected hours with a $3,000 prize, were awarded to Crescent City Christian Schools, Youth Run NOLA, Team Gleason, Friends of City Park, three-way tie between Academy of the Sacred Heart – New Orleans, Louisiana SPCA and WWNO, and unCommon Construction.

         Random drawings for the hourly Rock Around the Clock giveaways went to: Shared Housing of New Orleans, Silverback Society, Inc., PATOIS: The New Orleans International Human Rights Film Festival, APEX Community Advancement, Inc., Arts Council New Orleans, Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Houma-Thibodaux, Gulf Restoration Network, St. Tammany Library Foundation, The Good Shepherd School, Lyons-Burke Boosters, The First 72+, PinkHouse, Core Element, Chartwell Consortium, Dress for Success New Orleans, St. Bernard Parish Adult Education/ WRU, Alzheimer’s Association, Friends of Lafitte Greenway, CSED, CASA Jefferson, Inc., Funny Bones Improv, Better Than Ezra Foundation, Girls on the Run – Bayou Region and St. Augustine High School.

         Sponsors of GiveNOLA Day’s Lagniappe Fund were lead sponsors Entergy and Baptist Community Ministries. The supporting sponsors were Boh Brothers; Mike and Lynn Coatney Family Foundation Fund; Gillis, Ellis & Baker; Laitram; the Lemle Fund; and, the Shell Beach Fund. Friend sponsors were Baldwin, Haspel, Burke & Mayer; Bellwether Technology; The Berger Company, Inc.; Jones Walker; Merrill Lynch; Postlethwaite & Netterville; and, Villere & Company. Partners were the Boettcher Fund; Cox Charities; F. H. Myers; LaPorte CPAs & Business Advisors; Lukinovich, A Professional Law Corporation; the New Orleans Convention & Visitors Bureau; and, Whole Foods Market. Rock Around the Clock sponsors were: Elizabeth Boh; Lorraine and Scott Chotin; Patty and John Elstrott; Lauren and Bryan Fitzpatrick; Katie and Jimmy Gibert; JoAnn and Harry Greenberg Fund; Aida Smith Johnson; Emily and Tapash Palit; Roger Ogden; Henry Timms; Perlis Clothing; and, Trepwise.


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