GiveNOLA Day Raises $7.3 Million in its 11th Year for a Record-Breaking 1,004 Nonprofits

May 8, 2024


GiveNOLA Day Raises $7.3 Million in its 11th Year for a Record-Breaking 1,004 Nonprofits

Over 50,000 Donations Made on GiveNOLA Day 2024 

NEW ORLEANS (May 8, 2024) – On Wednesday, the Greater New Orleans Foundation (Foundation) announced that while the final numbers won’t be confirmed for several weeks, initial returns indicate that the Foundation’s 11th annual GiveNOLA Day, hosted by Baptist Community Ministries and powered by Entergy, generated over $7.3 million in donations for a record-breaking 1,004 nonprofits exceeding the 2023 total of 951 nonprofits. The total number of online contributions exceeded 50,000 donations at the close of the 24-hour period.

The full list of results (sortable by organization name, total gifts or total dollars) is listed at

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“At the Foundation, we believe everyone can be a philanthropist, and GiveNOLA Day demonstrates this,” said Andy Kopplin, President & CEO of the Greater New Orleans Foundation. “As we mark 11 years of GiveNOLA Day, we are especially thrilled to celebrate another record-breaking year. With 1,025 registered nonprofits participating – more than ever – and the $7.3 million raised, this year’s GiveNOLA Day served as yet another reminder that our region is filled with good people who work tirelessly and give selflessly to help us overcome the challenges our region faces. I am thankful to all who took the time to give and grateful for their generosity. And none of this would be possible without our amazing sponsors, especially our hosting sponsor Baptist Community Ministries and Entergy, who powers GiveNOLA Day. I look forward to continuing this success in 2025.”

“GiveNOLA Day taking place in May is such a strategic time for our nonprofits,” said Inman Houston, President & CEO, Baptist Community Ministries (BCM). “We’re all accustomed to giving at the end of the year. We all love the tax deductions that come with philanthropic and nonprofit giving. But this is the time of year when some of that giving is slow, and so very creatively the Greater New Orleans Foundation has come up with an initiative to give a boost to the nonprofits in our community, and we at BCM are thrilled to be a part of it.”

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GiveNOLA Day provides support for over 1,000 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.

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Since its inception and including this year, GiveNOLA Day has raised more than $64.3 million for regional nonprofits. The majority of gifts are $100 or less, which shows that even small gifts add up to a huge impact.

Every dollar donated on GiveNOLA Day 2024 was stretched with additional “Lagniappe Fund” dollars and prizes provided by the Greater New Orleans Foundation, its generous GiveNOLA Day sponsors, and donors.

“At the Greater New Orleans Foundation, we acknowledge how fortunate we are to live in one of the most generous regions in this country. Every single year, GiveNOLA Day shows us just that,” said David Barksdale, Board Chair, Greater New Orleans Foundation. “Over the past 11 years, the people of this region have raised more than $64.3 million for the local nonprofits serving our community, with 100% of contributions and sponsorship dollars going to the participating nonprofits. I want to thank all of the generous sponsors and donors who contributed to making GiveNOLA Day 2024 such a success.”

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“Every year, GiveNOLA Day gives us an opportunity to celebrate the region,” said Deanna Rodríguez, President and CEO, Entergy New Orleans. “Entergy has been a proud sponsor of GiveNOLA Day since its inception 11 years ago, and every year we are amazed at the generosity of this community. Thank you to the Greater New Orleans Foundation for hosting this initiative, the nonprofits for the incredible work they do, and most of all the donors for their constant support. We couldn’t do this without you.”

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“Ochsner Health is honored to yet again support GiveNOLA Day, a day when everyone can be a philanthropist. We know that giving is good for your overall heart and health, figuratively and literally. It’s inspiring to see the region come together in GiveNOLA Day’s 11th year to give over 50,000 individual donations to over 1,004 nonprofit organizations across the 13-parish Greater New Orleans region,” said Emily Arata, System Vice President, Community Affairs. “The generosity of our region continues to amaze me, year after year.”

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, preliminary results indicate this year’s winners will be:

Most Number of Unique Donors
(listed in first through fifth order for each category) 

  • Small: Trap Dat Cat, Clearwater Wildlife Sanctuary, Crescent City Café, New Orleans Pride Center, Glass Roots
  • Medium: SpayMart, Be Loud Studios, Zeus’ Rescue, Friends of Franklin Foundation, Animal Rescue New Orleans, Inc
  • Large: Team Gleason Foundation, Louise S. McGehee School, Children’s Hospital New Orleans, Second Harvest Food Bank, Louisiana SPCA

Largest Amount of Money Raised
(listed in first through fifth order for each category) 

  • Small: Clearwater Wildlife Sanctuary, City Ministries, Trap Dat Cat, Crescent City Café, Music Inside Out with Gwen Thompkins
  • Medium: First Tee Greater New Orleans, SpayMart, Friends of Franklin Foundation, Zeus’ Rescues, Jefferson Community Foundation
  • Large: Ogden Museum of Southern Art, Louise S. McGehee School, Isidore Newman School, Son of a Saint, Academy of the Sacred Heart

Each hour, one “large” nonprofit, one “medium”, and one “small” nonprofit won a $500 Rock Around the Clock randomized drawing. The 72 winning nonprofits can be identified here. 

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*Note: Based on the operational budget entered when creating a profile, all nonprofits are divided into “small” (<$100,000), “medium” ($100,001 to $750,000), and “large” (>$750,001) categories. Results will not be finalized until reconciliation is complete.

GiveNOLA Day’s Lagniappe Fund was hosted by Baptist Community Ministries and powered by Entergy. Additional sponsors of GiveNOLA Day were:

  • Ochsner Health
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Louisiana
  • Boh Bros Construction Co., LLC
  • Lemle Learning Fund
  • Merrill Lynch, The Eustis Group
  • Lynne Burkart
  • Verizon
  • Gustaf W. McIlhenny/ McIlhenny Co.
  • Lamar Advertising Company
  • Sean and Karen Aron
  • Bellwether Technology
  • Cathy and Walter Isaacson
  • Jones Walker
  • LaFleur & Laborde
  • Liberty Bank
  • New Orleans & Company
  • Elizabeth Boh
  • Grayson Data Services
  • Moffatt & Nichol
  • Waggoner & Ball
  • The Palit Family
  • Richard CPAS
  • Barrasso Usdin Kupperman Freeman & Sarver, LLC.
  • Bridget and Bobby Bories
  • David & Stephanie Barksdale
  • Mosquito Authority
  • Roger Ogden
  • Trepwise
  • Katie and Jimmy Gibert
  • Lauren and Bryan Fitzpatrick Family Foundation
  • Walmart
  • Anonymous Donors


About the Greater New Orleans Foundation:  
With roots extending over 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 by championing charitable giving, strengthening nonprofits, and leading civic projects 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 an economically and culturally vibrant, sustainable, and just region for all. Learn more at

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 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.