New Orleans (March 30, 2023) – Today, during its 100-year anniversary, the Greater New Orleans Foundation (Foundation) announced that the 10th annual GiveNOLA Day, a 24-hour online giving event for the thirteen-parish Greater New Orleans Region, will take place on Tuesday, May 2, 2023, from midnight to 11:59 pm. GiveNOLA Day 2023 is hosted by Baptist Community Ministries (BCM) and powered by Entergy.
“We are so excited to celebrate the 10-year anniversary of GiveNOLA Day alongside the 100-year anniversary of the Greater New Orleans Foundation,” said Bobby Bories, Board Chair of the Greater New Orleans Foundation. “Here at the Foundation, we believe anyone can be a philanthropist and support our local nonprofits who are doing incredible work on the ground.”
GiveNOLA Day provides support for 900+ regional nonprofits in the thirteen-parish region (Orleans, Jefferson, St. Tammany, St. Bernard, Plaquemines, Lafourche, Terrebonne, Assumption, St. Charles, St. James, St. John the Baptist, Tangipahoa, and Washington Parishes). These participating nonprofits work on a broad range of issues, including arts & culture, animal welfare, community improvement, education, environment, health, housing, human services, public safety & crime prevention, and youth development.
“On our 10th anniversary of GiveNOLA Day and the 100-year anniversary of the Greater New Orleans Foundation, we’re looking forward to our biggest year yet,” said Greater New Orleans Foundation President & CEO Andy Kopplin. “The best part about the day is that everyone can be a philanthropist and support the nonprofits they hold dear. No other day encapsulates the generosity and support of the people in our region.”
Since its inception, GiveNOLA Day has raised more than $49 million for regional nonprofits. Overall, the majority of gifts are $100 or less, which shows that even small gifts add up to a huge impact. In 2022, GiveNOLA Day raised a record $7.9 million in donations for a record breaking 947 nonprofits. The total number of contributions exceeded 57,000 at the close of the 24-hour period.
“GiveNOLA Day is all about giving support, showing gratitude, and coming together to celebrate the crucial work that local nonprofits do every day to make our community a great place to live,” said Inman J. Houston, President & CEO of Baptist Community Ministries. “As Hosting Sponsor on the 10th Anniversary of GiveNOLA Day, we encourage everyone to find a cause they feel good about donating to because every donation counts.”
“I am honored to join our regional leaders in recognizing the great work of the Greater New Orleans Foundation and to encourage residents to continue supporting nonprofits through generous donations on GiveNOLA Day that drive positive impact on our city,” said New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell. “I commend the Foundation’s philanthropic leadership in connecting donors with real-time issues that can greatly improve and influence our everyday lives. This organization continues to address the challenges we face through a tremendous investment that will better position New Orleans as a more resilient and sustainable city. This 10-year partnership is a testament of how collaborative efforts on all levels are vital in strengthening our community and improving the lives of all our residents.”
“The non-profit organizations in Southeast Louisiana are incredibly important as they ensure a better future for many of our citizens,” said St. Tammany Parish President Mike Cooper. “GiveNOLA Day, with the generosity of our fellow citizens, gives many of these non-profits the funding and ability to care for our communities. I look forward to seeing the kindness of our region and the many benefits to come as a result of the 10th GiveNOLA Day.”
“GiveNOLA Day is such an important day for Jefferson Parish and the region as a whole,” said Jefferson Parish President Cynthia Lee Sheng. “Not only does it allow anyone to be a philanthropist, but many of the nonprofits rely on the money raised to support their critical work throughout the year. On the 10-year anniversary of this important event, I hope that all who are able in our region give as generously as they can.”
“The generous gifts that come in from all over the world power the organizations doing important work every day to make the Greater New Orleans region a better place to live,” said Deanna Rodriguez, President and CEO of Entergy New Orleans. “For New Orleans to continue to grow and thrive, we must support the hundreds of participating nonprofits that positively impact our city, our children, and our environment to ensure every citizen has the same access to resources and opportunities needed to reach their full potential.”
“As a nonprofit healthcare system, Ochsner Health is proud of the work we do to overcome barriers to care and help families across the Gulf South access the treatment they need,” said Pete November, CEO, Ochsner Health. “GiveNOLA Day is a critical event that gives much-needed resources to our communities, and it provides Ochsner the opportunity to continue our vital work in providing the best care we can for all, with health equity and healthcare education at the forefront of our efforts. We are grateful for the platform so that we may strengthen partnerships with local organizations and continue to build healthier communities.”
“GiveNOLA Day is a time when we can all come together to strengthen our community through support for nonprofit organizations who are tirelessly serving those in need throughout the 13 parish region,” said Tandra LeMay, State Government Affairs Director, Verizon. “Whether your passion is STEAM, homelessness, mentoring or public safety, there is an organization for you to help. Thank you GNOF for your leadership and congratulations on 100 years of impact in the region.”
“Our city and the museum have something in common,” said Gia M. Hamilton, Executive Director & Chief Curator, New Orleans African American Museum. “We are the city and organization that could. We are resilient and full of possibility. It took thought partners like the GNOF to believe in the possibility and return of the New Orleans African American Museum. As an organization that has been rebuilding, we could not have re-emerged without platforms like GiveNOLA Day. In our very first GiveNOLA Day, we raised $25,000 and introduced new supporters and donors. Now, we are looking to connect with the 30 remaining original Black families in Tremé and capture their histories in launching our media lab efforts with our initiative Where the People at? Collective Memories in Tremé.”
“Our team at Our Voice Nuestra Voz is energized to get our board, family and friends together to invest in our work through GiveNOLA Day,” said Mary Moran, Executive Director, Our Voice Nuestra Voz. “Donations raised will support our organizing work to bring Black and brown families together, and to train them to lead justice-seeking campaigns in K-12 education, immigration and improving our criminal legal systems. The best part is that everyone can give and everyone can help make change on GiveNOLA Day.”
“Over the past 10 years, GiveNOLA Day has provided us a platform to build new relationships with donors who would have never known about the work we do in the bayou region,” said Jonathan Foret, Executive Director, South Louisiana Wetlands Discovery Center. “With training provided by GNOF, we have learned how to retain our donors as we continue to gain new supporters year after year.”
For more information about GiveNOLA Day, hosted by Baptist Community Ministries and powered by Entergy, visit www.GiveNOLA.org, email GiveNOLA@gnof.org or call (504) 598-4663.
For any communications questions, email Vice President of Communications and Public Affairs Courtney Thomas Barnes at email@example.com. Connect with the Greater New Orleans Foundation on Facebook (@greaterneworleansfoundation), Twitter (@GNOFoundation), and Instagram (@GNOFoundation). You can also help by sharing your GiveNOLA Day posts by using #GiveNOLADay.
About the Greater New Orleans Foundation:
With roots extending 100 years, the Greater New Orleans Foundation connects generous people to the causes that spark their passion. As one of the most trusted philanthropic organizations in the region, we work every day to drive positive impact through philanthropy, leadership and action in our thirteen-parish region. In addition to grantmaking, we convene people, resources, and ideas to create intelligent strategies and solutions to meet our region’s greatest challenges. We are proud to serve as a vocal civic leader with our partners to ensure a vibrant, sustainable, and just region for all. Learn more at www.gnof.org.
About Baptist Community Ministries (BCM):
BCM is a 27-year-old private foundation providing philanthropic services and promoting the health and well-being of our community members in the Greater New Orleans area. BCM partners with local nonprofits and other organizations in an effort to build a healthier community and has awarded over $230 million in grants since its inception. In addition, BCM provides direct services through two operating divisions – Chaplaincy Services and Congregational Wellness. By doing so, BCM is able to extend its reach deeper into the community to help those in need. Learn more at www.bcm.org and find us on social at @bcmnola.
About Entergy New Orleans, LLC:
Entergy New Orleans, LLC is an electric and gas utility that serves Louisiana’s Orleans Parish. The company provides electricity to more than 200,000 customers and natural gas to more than 108,000 customers. Both companies are subsidiaries of Entergy Corporation. Entergy strives to improve the quality of life in communities where Entergy operates through strategic investments in education/workforce development, low-income/poverty solutions, and environmental programs.